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 1   Hot Air / Lift-accessed Skiing Reports: non-backcountry / 12/5/19 Breckenridge/Keystone??  on: Today at 07:00:32 PM 
Started by avajane | Last post by avajane
Anyone ski there this year yet? Going for Saturday/Sunday skiing and picking out my skis...Not real happy...should have booked Tahoe - but it is what it is...

 2   Hot Air / Random Tracks: posts that don't fit elsewhere / Re: TAY Ski Reports Declining- Why?  on: Today at 01:07:08 PM 
Started by TonyM | Last post by JimD
I agree with most of the comments above.

As a long time reader and contributor I miss the good old days when Jason and others posted magazine quality TRs with lots of eye candy. As a photographer I quit posting here infact because of the photo posting limits, but would still drop links here to NWHikers where I found a user friendly platform. I saw posting my own TRs as paying back some of the value I got out of the site, and still do, but over the years many of my partners complained about increasing crowds on our favorite runs and blamed my pretty pictures, so I have tapered off. Now I mostly post simple conditions reports (esp. about bad or dangerous conditions) following Silas's lead (which I greatly appreciate) to post area conditions reports with out specific run beta.

All that said, here's some pre-season eye candy of one of my favorite areas taken last week - not enough snow to ski yet.

 3   Hot Air / Personal Yardsale: gear FS or WTB, deals seen / FS: 2019 Salomon Stella 106 skis w/STH2 bindings  on: Today at 12:17:59 PM 
Started by charlier | Last post by charlier
2019 Salomon Stella 106, 167 cm, mounted with Salomon STH2 13 bindings. Bindings mounted for 290mm BSL (Atomic Hawx 25.5). The bindings have 28 mm adjustment range. Never used, ever - $500,
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 4   Hot Air / Random Tracks: posts that don't fit elsewhere / Re: So..this does not look good....  on: Today at 10:50:42 AM 
Started by dberdinka | Last post by Fall City Brian
Not promising in the least:

 5   Hot Air / Personal Yardsale: gear FS or WTB, deals seen / WTB: Burton Cartel or Mission Bindings Medium  on: Today at 06:37:52 AM 
Started by whiskey | Last post by whiskey
Looking for Burton Cartel or Mission bindings in size medium, 4x4 pattern. Located in Portland.


 6   Hot Air / Random Tracks: posts that don't fit elsewhere / Re: TAY Ski Reports Declining- Why?  on: Yesterday at 07:50:04 PM 
Started by TonyM | Last post by frankfrank
Let's get the new site software running, as demonstrated by MtnPavlas. That should help greatly, improving ease of viewing on mobile, uploading photos, and new user creation. (Right?) Who is operating the current site? 

 7   Hot Air / Random Tracks: posts that don't fit elsewhere / Re: TAY Ski Reports Declining- Why?  on: Yesterday at 05:20:53 PM 
Started by TonyM | Last post by arb
I think that in general more people are moving to the FB version of TAY, and also moving to just post on their FB feed, Instagram, etc.

Speaking just for myself, I have stopped posting most mid-winter trip reports due to my perception of crowding in the BC/competition for limited Route 2 Corridor parking and snow.  Now I'll only post trip reports for objectives that hard to access, unlikely to see many repeats, or so popular already that I feel that I'm not making things worse (for myself). Given the evolution of light weight ski gear my threshold for "hard to access" keeps getting raised.  I fully recognize that this behavior is both selfish and self serving, since I find other peoples trip reports super useful, but there it is.

Some of you may remember a William Nealy cartoon depicting the evolution of relationships between kayakers as the sport became more popular: I think his cartoon sums up my attitude towards other skiers in the BC these days.   

All that said, I would hate to see TAY go away, and I love its clunky, old-school nature.

 8   Hot Air / Personal Yardsale: gear FS or WTB, deals seen / Sold: Fritschi Tecton 12 $200  on: Yesterday at 08:13:09 AM 
Started by Jeff_Ward | Last post by Jeff_Ward
Lightly used for one season. Wide brakes included. I had them on a pair of DPS Wailer 112's and the brakes seemed a little wide but they worked. Should fit any ski between 110 and 135mm underfoot. Different sized brakes available from Black Diamond. New binding retails for $650.

Best downhill performance of any tech binding I've skied. Good on the up but the "Speed Nose" on the Hoji boot would hit the front bumper, shortening my stride slightly.  Not a problem with any boot with a standard toe welt.   

 9   2019 Backcountry Trip Reports / November 2019 Backcountry Trip Reports / Re: November 30, 2019, Camp Muir  on: Yesterday at 07:26:48 AM 
Started by aaasen | Last post by vogtski
Very slow start to winter this year! I thought last year was bad but there was solid coverage of the Paradise area and even the Tatoosh this time last year...

NWS is saying November was the driest at Paradise in fifty years, with the 3rd-lowest snowpack:
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 10   2019 Backcountry Trip Reports / December 2019 Backcountry Trip Reports / Re: December 1, 2019, Blewett Pass  on: 12/03/19, 10:31 PM 
Started by pnygren | Last post by pnygren
We found what appeared to be burned trees that had been cut down. During a recent(?) fire?  Does anyone know?  Thanks. We called our day “the best of the bad.”

We met a guy in the parking lot who said he had done some brush clearing somewhere along the old XC trail that goes to Mission Ridge, but he wasn't very specific about what he did or where he did it. The fire seemed pretty recent, when we were pushing through the burned deadfall there was a distinct smell of ash. Maybe I was just conflating the snowmobile fumes with ash though.
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