To all you dudes out there, I want you to know that I did it. Finally. And it was so worth the wait. It was better than my wildest dreams.
That's right-- I met girls.
It took 24 years of searching, but I finally found a solid crew of ladies to snowboard with. Not just girls with snowboards, but girls who shred. I mean, these ladies are crushing it out there, and they love snowboarding just as much as I do. I found them in Salt Lake City, hailing from Montana, British Columbia, and trucks. Up until this winter, I have always been the token girl in the group, the one that shreds just as hard and is referred to as an exception to the rule, not counting, or my favorite "not really a girl." Don't get me wrong--I love hanging out with guys. Almost every one of my best friends is male. That's been my entire life, and I'm comfortable being the only bun at the sausage fest. I need to say, though, after meeting other females that get after it, I learned a lot about what I've been missing.
Snowboarding with Ladies vs. Dude Posse
When you're the only girl in the crew, you hear things like:
a. "You test the jump. If you can clear it, I'll spin off it."
b. "Go down around this cliff and tell me how my landing is."
c. "Oh hey, don't forget to take the camera with you so you can get a picture of me going huge."
d. "Did you see that? How big did I go?"
e. "You're like... the manliest chick I know."
Things I heard for the first time in my life this winter while riding with other rippin chicks:
a. "Want me to take a picture of you?"
b. "Group hug!"
c. "Yeah, I have an extra hair tie. Here you go."
d. "You can drop in first. Go get it!" (Seriously. Apparently, girls say this to each other all the time. It's so awesome.)
e. "Did that mogul field hurt your boobs, too?"
Riding on chairlifts with other chicks is incredible. We talk about boys, not girls. We encourage each other's snowboarding, talk about how happy we are to be riding with each other, compare gear performance, and share packs of those heart-shaped candies with positive sayings on them. On powder days, we apologize for almost taking each other's lines. We go back to certain natural features until everyone is satisfied with how they hit it. We dance, laugh, and sing goofy songs. Then jump off cliffs and high five each other at the bottom. We test ride each other's snowboards, share gloves, and when we're splitboarding, "my uterus hates me" is a perfectly understandable reason to take a break from skinning.
Here's to future winters shredding steep lines and bottomless pow together.
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