Well, I’ve snowboarded on the harshest continent in the world. Something not many people get to do. I was very happy and excited to do it, but it’s not like snowboarding on the deep soft fresh snow we have at home in Colorado. The snow here is sastrugi and is basically like icy drifts that set up like concrete. It’s so hard that it breaks many of our snowmobiles.
The only decent area to snowboard here is about a 9.5 mile walk round trip and as a result it deters many from trying it. Because of that my coworker Dave and I wanted to get people out there without all the hassle and risk. A proposal was sent in to station management and the NSF to use a Pisten Bully to shuttle people out there and also to use to get them up the hill. We were really excited when it was approved, but it happened right before Dave left the ice so I led all of the trips while he was surfing on some tropical island. I led about a dozen snowboard trips during both day and night (the sun was up 24hrs a day) so that everyone who wanted could go. It was really awesome when people said that they had their best day on ice during one of my trips!