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C5 Snowboarder
11-28-2007, 05:26 PM
If so what do you ride and where? :beer:

maunahaole
11-28-2007, 05:53 PM
When I have access to snowy hills, I am a grouchy retro two-planker.

ti_boi
11-28-2007, 05:59 PM
Raises hand.......................7 year-old Ride Mountain 156.....3 year-old Forum navigator 163..........Brand spanking new Ride Timeless....164......Let it snow. Let it snow....though we are having a gorgeous fall here.... :beer:

northbend
11-28-2007, 06:18 PM
C5, Driving home from work today, I saw the ice crystals in the raindrops as they hit the windshield and I cannot wait until they open up (MtBaker opens tomorrow)! I am a skier, the father of a snowboarder and I ski most of the time at Alpental. Do you have a season pass for the summit? This year for a few extra bucks you can ski 5 days at Crystal as well. If I had my choice that is the better place but I have many incredible days at Alpental. Favorite runs? Shot Six and the trees below it or Kante, then skiers left down the first open shot in the trees are always first choices when theres new snow. Let everyone else wallow in the avalanche debris in Internationale. I'll do that later after the front is tracked out. I do ski alot at night after work on chair 1 (Debbies gold). There is a suprising amount of variety off that chair. :fight:

David Kirk
11-28-2007, 06:27 PM
This is year 28 of my snowboard obsession.

I ride mostly at Bridger Bowl here in Bozeman. It's a wonderful place with real steeps and lots of snow. http://www.bridgerbowl.com/snowreport/

I ride two types of boards. My free ride, big mountain boards, are Rad-Air Tankers. My every day board is a 187W and the big gun for deep days is a 200 Tanker. Nothing I've ever ridden is faster or smoother than these boards. They are the best kept, easiest to ride fast secrets on the hill. You leave the twin tip guys like they've dropped anchor. Try one and you will never want to ride your 167 again.

When it's not deep and soft but the groomers are good I ride Rossi race room GS boards. I have a 181 and a 191. The 191 goes mach schnel. They are wonderful stiff and fast race boards made by hand by the race room guys at Rossi. I'm very lucky to have two.

I use hard boots and plates on everything. I use a very soft boot for freeride and a very stiff one for the race boards.

http://www.exoticboards.com/i/Exotics/tanker-0607.jpg

Come join us soon.

Dave

C5 Snowboarder
11-28-2007, 06:27 PM
C5, Driving home from work today, I saw the ice crystals in the raindrops as they hit the windshield and I cannot wait until they open up (MtBaker opens tomorrow)! I am a skier, the father of a snowboarder and I ski most of the time at Alpental. Do you have a season pass for the summit? This year for a few extra bucks you can ski 5 days at Crystal as well. If I had my choice that is the better place but I have many incredible days at Alpental. Favorite runs? Shot Six and the trees below it or Kante, then skiers left down the first open shot in the trees are always first choices when theres new snow. Let everyone else wallow in the avalanche debris in Internationale. I'll do that later after the front is tracked out. I do ski alot at night after work on chair 1 (Debbies gold). There is a suprising amount of variety off that chair. :fight:

Sounds like you do well --
I have a mid-week season pass for Crystal this year and go to Whistler/Blackcomb about once a month. Used to ski but my kids got me into snowboarding about 10 years ago and have not been on skis since.

C5 Snowboarder
11-28-2007, 06:35 PM
When it's not deep and soft but the groomers are good I ride Rossi race room GS boards. I have a 181 and a 191. The 191 goes mach schnel. They are wonderful stiff and fast race boards made by hand by the race room guys at Rossi. I'm very lucky to have two.

I use hard boots and plates on everything. I use a very soft boot for freeride and a very stiff one for the race boards.

Dave

Wow Dave, another hardbooter! Surprise Surprise...I ride softy's only now and then - prefer my AF600s on TD2s with my 178 Hot Blast or Volkl RT GS. or a Prior 4X4 179. Longest I have ridden is Prior's WCR 185 - great board but with 9 boards in my quiver not much room for more. Hope you have a great year in the snow - Big Mountain I hear is going to be expensive. Cheers!

big D
11-28-2007, 06:38 PM
I'm heading to Jay Peak this weekend.

I'm so happy this that it is actually snowing. I am newbie but because of my size I had to get a pretty decent board.

My Prior is is 168 XW.

RudAwkning
11-28-2007, 06:40 PM
Kirkwood is my home away from home. Far enough from Tahoe to keep the tourists away but close enough where I can spend the night (and a paltry $50 at Motel 6) in south Lake and drive down the next day.

Currently riding a Burton Idiom 158cm with maple top. Idiom toe cap strap bindings.

Waiting for the snow to fall out here on the left coast. Not even a drop of rain this season. Great for cycling but the suck for boarding. Had to travel to Whistler last season because lack of snowfall. Hope I won't have to do that again :P

Serotta_Janelle
11-29-2007, 08:26 AM
My husband is a snowboard instructor at Gore Mountain in North Creek, NY. A few years ago before we were married, and before he "graduated" to working at Gore, he was working at West Mountain, the local but much smaller hill. He was there every operating hour of every weekend day and every weekday evening, leaving me home alone to realize what garbage there is on cable. I was a snowboarding widow! So, I decided to give it a try. Even though I hated being out in the cold, if I could do it, it had to be better than sitting home by myself all weekend. Needless to say, I fell in love, and the full privilege family season pass extended by Gore Mountain to its employees is a wonderful benefit that has taken me from bunny hill novice to double diamond expert. And Gore's Rumor trail is one of the best in the Northeast.

Five years later, I have only two boards in my quiver (to my husband's dozen+.) A 154 Ride Solace (for early/ late season before the ground is covered) and a 159 Burton Sensation (for when I am feeling confident and daring.) I don't jump or do tricks, I don't ride in the trees or in the bumps, I just like to ride fast down the steeps avoiding any obstacles that might be in the way of that perfect run.

Sadly, I will be unable to go snowboarding at all this year. We are expecting our first child in April or May '08, so I will miss the entire season. (I thought about heading up to Killington in June, but something tells me I might not be up to it so soon after giving birth.) The OB says that I can't go because even though I don't (often) fall on my own, the risk for collision is too great to chance harming the baby.

It works out alright though. Last year over the President's Day holiday (right after that huge Valentine's Day 3 ft. dump) I developed an injury in my right knee. Tendonitis and torn cartilage that the doc says isn't bad enough for surgery, but I need to stay off it and probably shouldn't snowboard anymore. I still went a few times after that, and it definitely aggravated the injury. It will be nice to take an entire season off and let it heal, so that in the '08/'09 season, if I can tear myself away from the baby, I should be good to go for a couple runs without having to sit down. Even though I'm one of them, there's nothing I hate more than seeing snowboarders sitting down on the trail...

J.Greene
11-29-2007, 08:32 AM
Do you know the difference between a snowboard and a vacum cleaner?

It's the way the dirt bag attaches. :)

Just joking of course. I've been snow boarding once and think with some more practice I'd like it better than skiing.

JG

ti_boi
11-29-2007, 09:55 AM
Do you know the difference between a snowboard and a vacum cleaner?

It's the way the dirt bag attaches. :)

Just joking of course. I've been snow boarding once and think with some more practice I'd like it better than skiing.

JG


More than likely if you try snowboarding.....you will forget skiing....simply put....give it a week or so. Wear padded shorts to protect your tail bone....wear wrist protection to protect those....

Boarding -- if you can avoid contusions -- is easier on the knees than skiing...it is a dream sport. You put your turns together and experience what I can only say is the closest thing to surfing on the snow....and easier than real surfing cause the contours are not constantly shifting underneath you....the earth is a wonderful place to ride....and snowboard. :banana:

Larry D
11-29-2007, 12:05 PM
I am not a boarder, but I just came off of a few good runs at Sugarbush. It is snowing up here and there is snow and cold in the forecast through the weekend and a possible storm on Sunday night.

It is great to be able to take a hour out of my work day and hit the slopes.

Life is good. :banana:

Karin Kirk
11-29-2007, 01:19 PM
I just have to write and say...IT'S DUMPING HERE!
Bridger Bowl got 15 inches overnight and it's piling up at a rate nearing 1 inch/hour.

I am sitting here in my long underwear, trying to tie up a couple of work things before dashing out for a quick ski.

Janelle, I loved your story. Nice way to turn around your "widow" situation, good for you! I used to ride (bikes) with the ski school director at Gore, and it sounds like a nice place to work. I have fond memories of "the Rumor." OK, I also have some not-so-fond memories of it too! It's a difficult run.

Good luck with taking the season off, healing your knee and having a baby!

smudgecycles
11-29-2007, 01:44 PM
Gah! I passed on an opportunity to go today for the first time this season, too much work to get done. I've been snowboarding for a number of years, but have only been able to go with any frequency for the last two. This will be my third winter in Portland and my season pass to Mt. Hood Meadows is already attached to my jacket and is chomping at the bit to get some use.

I got a Burton T6 164 a few years ago and have no complaints. I also picked up a Fish at the end of the 06 season; it's good at what it's designed to do, but needs a lot of speed to stay afloat.

Ozz
11-29-2007, 01:44 PM
Q. Why is skiing so hard?
A. Cuz if it was easy, they would call it snowboarding.


Q. How many snow board instructors does it take to change a lightbulb?
A. Three - one to hold it, one to video tape it and the other to say "AWESOME DUDE!"


Q. What do you call a snowboarder with no girlfriend/boyfriend?
A. Homeless


Q. What is the difference between a snowboard instructor and a snowboard student?
A. 3 days!


Q. If you have a car with 3 snowboarders in the back seat, what do you call the driver?
A. Officer!


Q. How does a snowboard instructor meet his group?
A. He rides into them!


Q. What's the last thing a snowboarder ever says?
A. "Dude, watch this!"


:banana: :banana: :banana: :beer: :beer: :beer: :banana: :banana: :banana:


PS - just signed up my 1st grader for ski lessons yesterday!

ti_boi
11-29-2007, 01:55 PM
!


I have a great skiing joke....but it is offensive...(to some people)....so I will show restraint this once. :crap:

Ozz
11-29-2007, 02:00 PM
I have a great skiing joke....but it is offensive...(to some people)....so I will show restraint this once. :crap:
This one?

Q. How many ski instructors does it take to scew in a lightbulb?
A. ski instructors don't screw in light bulbs......they screw in hot tubs! :banana:

:beer:

apologies to anyone offended. :)

Oakely-Erik
11-29-2007, 03:05 PM
Ah, snowboarding, if only the skiers knew what they were missing :). I love to ride out west, but I have spent most of my time in Minnesota at Buck Hill, and Afton alps in the Twin Cities. I ride at Spirit Mountain in Duluth and Lutsen up on the north shore at least once a year. I go to school in Cincinnati so I try to make it out to Snowshoe Mountian in W. Virginia. But the place I truly lust over is the aforementioned Bridger Bowl in Bozeman. Three trips out there in the last 6 years and each one of them has been better then the last :D.

My Boards: 2008 GNU Riders Choice 161 with magnetraction (just picked it up last week) and a 2006 Atomic Alibi 156.

Tom
11-29-2007, 03:12 PM
I grew up on two planks when nobody thought of one plank, then hit the plateau and took up boarding, graduated to GS board and hard boots and really grew to enjoy the water-injected blue ice they call snow in the east. Then I checked out shaped skis and laughed, they're just like two teeny snowboards.

Now it just depends on the mood and the snow which I go out on.

smudgecycles
11-29-2007, 03:41 PM
...grew to enjoy the water-injected blue ice they call snow in the east....

I know...you've got to make due with whatcha got. For a long time while living in MD, I was able to go for free almost anywhere in the mid-atlantic and would get comped at a few places up north. For a few years, I spent three nights a week up at Whitetail and would go out to Snowshoe whenever I could stack four days off together...until I spent two weeks in SLC with some friends. That took all the fun out of east coast ice and I lost interest. I didn't snowboard at all from '00 until I moved to PDX in '05.

For the past two years, I've invited myself out to SLC to stay with a long time good friend for a long weekend. I guess I'm just unlucky, both times we had epic snow on Mt. Hood while I was gone and bright, cold, sunny days and ice out in UT. I'm not going this year. :(

DRZRM
11-29-2007, 03:43 PM
I guess I should not be surprised how many hardbooters there are here. Somehow the expense and rarity of the gear translates nicely to Serotta owners. I've been riding for something like 25 years, in softboots, but I just picked up my first hardboot setup. I've been working on carving better, and after a few runs with a guy on an Alpine setup, I figured I'd go for it this winter. I'm headed over to Wachesetts on Tuesday to get some turns in without the crowd. I got a Donek Axxess 182 with a wide (22.5 ) waist and I'm just getting used to wearing hardboots again (picked up some NOS Burton Furnaces, and I've been wearing them in front of the TV for a couple hours to see about pack-in and fit). It's been since 1989 or so since I put on ski boots. I can't wait. :banana: :banana: :banana:

Any advice about the transition from softboots to hard?

David Kirk
11-29-2007, 05:10 PM
I guess I should not be surprised how many hardbooters there are here. Somehow the expense and rarity of the gear translates nicely to Serotta owners. I've been riding for something like 25 years, in softboots, but I just picked up my first hardboot setup. I've been working on carving better, and after a few runs with a guy on an Alpine setup, I figured I'd go for it this winter. I'm headed over to Wachesetts on Tuesday to get some turns in without the crowd. I got a Donek Axxess 182 with a wide (22.5 ) waist and I'm just getting used to wearing hardboots again (picked up some NOS Burton Furnaces, and I've been wearing them in front of the TV for a couple hours to see about pack-in and fit). It's been since 1989 or so since I put on ski boots. I can't wait. :banana: :banana: :banana:

Any advice about the transition from softboots to hard?

With a waist width of 22.5 I'm guessing you'll want to run angle in the 45* range. What bindings do you have? can you adjust cant and lift?

Dave

DRZRM
11-29-2007, 05:45 PM
Yeah, I'm a Mondo 30.5 (13 street shoes) so I can get just over 45 deg with no overhang. I picked up some TD1s, and so far on my living room rug I feel like a 3 degree plate under my front foot, and flat in the back works best. I can't do cant an lift separately on that binding, but at that angle the plate splits the rise between inward cant and toe lift. Feels pretty good.

My old bindings ran around 21 deg rear and 15 or 18 front, so it will be a big difference, but I'm glad I don't have to make the transition to really steep angles, it just seems too weird.

With a waist width of 22.5 I'm guessing you'll want to run angle in the 45* range. What bindings do you have? can you adjust cant and lift?

Dave

C5 Snowboarder
11-29-2007, 06:01 PM
I got a Donek Axxess 182 with a wide (22.5 ) waist and I'm just getting used to wearing hardboots again (picked up some NOS Burton Furnaces, and I've been wearing them in front of the TV for a couple hours to see about pack-in and fit). It's been since 1989 or so since I put on ski boots. I can't wait. :banana: :banana: :banana:

Any advice about the transition from softboots to hard?

Donek makes nice boards so good choice. One you might try to transition to hardboots is a narrower board like in the 18-19 waist width. I rode quite a few All Mountain boards before trying a square tail 173 Volkl RT with a 19 waist - then all the sudden the light turned on and that quick edge to edge transition was such an awakening. Love the Hot Blast 178 square tail too!
Happy riding :banana: :banana:

BTW - Are you riding the TD1s with step-ins?

David Kirk
11-29-2007, 06:05 PM
Yeah, I'm a Mondo 30.5 (13 street shoes) so I can get just short of 45 deg with no overhang. I picked up some TD1s, and so far on my living room rug I feel like a 3 degree plate under my front foot, and flat in the back works best. I can't do cant an lift separately on that binding, but at that angle the plate splits the rise between inward cant and toe lift. Feels pretty good.

My old bindings ran around 21 deg rear and 15 or 18 front, so it will be a big difference, but I'm glad I don't have to make the transition to really steep angles, it just seems too weird.


If you can you might want to consider going 3* on both feet. It's personal preference but you'll end up with a more comfortable stance (cuff neutral) and you'll be more centered. If you only have one cant disc you definitely want it under the front foot.

The big mistake that most soft booters make when changing over to hard boots is that they increase their stance angles (as they should) but they hold their upper body as if they still had low stance angles. Remember that you want your chest to be more or less perpendicular to your front foot. So as your angles increase your hips and chest rotate so you face down the hill more. If you don't compensate you'll have the dreaded "toilet turn" when going heel-side turns. This is when it looks like you are about to take a dump during heel sides. If you have trouble with washing out or edge chatter on heel sides it's a very good bet that your upper body alignment is not what it needs to be. Face down the hill.

I use a race board with a 19cm waist and run 65* front and rear on the bindings. So when I stand on the board my upper body looks much like a skier's does facing down the hill.

Nothing will hook up better that a race board with high angles on the hard stuff. If you do the math you'll find out that a good sharp board, on good hard grippy snow, and proper technique will allow you to pull 3Gs during hard turns. Talk about a leg power workout. Once you have a feel for the technique you can out corner anyone on anything. It's fun to have skiers try to follow your tracks.

Have fun.

Dave

arcteryxman
11-29-2007, 06:16 PM
Dudes... what do you call a snowboarder over 40?

A failed skier.

DukeHorn
11-29-2007, 06:24 PM
Naw, just a skier with 2 torn ACLs (one via basketball, the other by Ultimate Frisbee) and a healthy aversion for a 3rd one.

Though I'm a much better skier than snowboarder (can't hit the back bowls with my board), I can't do moguls anymore and putting on two bulky braces just to ski takes a bit of the enjoyment out of it.

C5 Snowboarder
11-29-2007, 06:24 PM
Dudes... what do you call a snowboarder over 40?

A failed skier.

Hey Arcteryxman --

What do you call someone who is 5'8" tall ?

SHORTY!

Acotts
11-29-2007, 06:25 PM
Any colorado folks do loveland back country or Berthoud Pass back country.

I spent some of the best days of my life on those hills.

-Peace!

ti_boi
11-29-2007, 06:34 PM
Dudes... what do you call a snowboarder over 40?

A failed skier.


arc'teryx....man?

arcteryxman
11-29-2007, 06:37 PM
hey C5, do you know why golfing came about?

They ran out of sheep!

ti_boi
11-29-2007, 06:38 PM
I wonder what in this image suggests anything but pure bliss.....

arcteryxman
11-29-2007, 06:41 PM
just to clarify....

i'm under 40 and both ski and snowboard.... shouldn't I get a splitboard?

ti_boi
11-29-2007, 06:45 PM
just to clarify....

i'm under 40 and both ski and snowboard.... shouldn't I get a splitboard?


Whew....thank goodness...I thought we had another renegade skier on our hands....thought maybe the group had too much port and got rowdy. :banana:

C5 Snowboarder
11-29-2007, 06:56 PM
hey C5, do you know why golfing came about?

They ran out of sheep!

Actually -- Short people are generally better golfers. I dunno anything about your sheep -- I never touched your sheep - honest to God. :beer:

David Kirk
11-29-2007, 08:05 PM
A good day.

Dave

http://Bomber.smugmug.com/photos/4514106-L.jpg

DRZRM
11-29-2007, 09:25 PM
Wow! That is awesome!!! I can't wait.

A good day.

Dave

http://Bomber.smugmug.com/photos/4514106-L.jpg

andy mac
11-30-2007, 11:31 PM
i ski when it's hard or i can hang with some good skiers otherwise i reach for the board.

burton super model '07. 164.

had an original 168cm supermodel circa 1998 and love it to death. tried replacing it with a cascade 168 but never really liked it.

went into a store in steamboat and asked what's the closet riding board to the old supermodel? they said "the new limited edition re-release."

ye ha. i purchased one on the spot. happiness underfoot again.

:beer:

C5 Snowboarder
12-01-2007, 06:58 PM
Up to 3 feet of snow expected this weekend in the Cascades -- looks like a banner year for riding in the GPNW. :beer: :beer:

big D
12-02-2007, 07:41 AM
Was at jay peak yeasterday.

They should be getting 2-3 feet in the next 48hrs.

It was a tough day though. It felt like mid Feb temps.

C5 Snowboarder
12-05-2007, 02:57 PM
Hey Hardbooters -- check this link out.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alpine_snowboarding