After a 2 month hiatus from snowboarding due to 2 broken ribs (the longest I've ever had in 17 years of snowboarding), I was itching to get back on the snow. My friends and I made plans to get out to an unnamed cabin in the Whistler backcountry for my 30th birthday. Expecting dismal snow, but just looking forward to a good outing, we were surprised to find some good turns at the upper elevations. After snagging a nice couloir, we retreated to the cabin for dinner, drinks, and dance parties. Everyone sleeping in the cabin complained that it was much too hot, and they had restless sleeps. I, however, had opted to break in my new tent I had recently purchased, and I was cozy and comfortable all night. The next day we woke up, and headed out to some hot springs, where more friends joined us and we had another great night of camping. I couldn't have wished for a better birthday, and a great welcome back to snowboarding.