Urban snowboarders (Dec. 7)

December 4, 2007

On Friday night there’s a clinic at The Alpine Shop in Kirkwood about how to care for skis and snowboards in between professional tune-ups. I’d have dismissed it out of hand … except that last winter our local sledding hill had its share of wannabe snowboarders using it as a bunny slope to learn the sport. And if parents have already shelled out on the gear, the kids should learn how to take care of it, right? Snow is snow, whether it’s in a city park or on an actual mountain. The free clinic is from 7 to 8:30, but you have to register at 314.962.7715.

We’re definitely not snowboarders, but we’ve bought our share of camping gear at The Alpine Shop (see the web site for a calendar of events and clinics). I always peruse the boards for info about trips and classes, imagining that I don’t have two little kids, and that I’m actually in shape enough to spend an active day adventure racing in the wilderness. The store is a nice resource for getting people in touch with groups of like-minded athletes (i.e. women who bike). And maybe 2008 will be the year I finally sign up for one of the free backpacking theory classes and actually take one of the adeventurous trips I daydream about — maybe even do it with a toddler in the backpack.

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