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So Boring Here
« on: 03/07/16, 05:12 AM »

Last good discussion's involved bunny hopping dog poop and which soup to slurp.
This joint could use a Random topic o the day to keep it interesting.

Otherwise, hey, it's a ski n sno-board site for the stealth downhill after secret uphill crew, so business as usual.
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Re: So Boring Here
« Reply #1 on: 03/07/16, 07:33 AM »

Yes but it is polite
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Re: So Boring Here
« Reply #2 on: 03/07/16, 10:13 AM »

yeah, this should be a Telemark forum ~ everything else is so milque-toast..
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Re: So Boring Here
« Reply #3 on: 03/07/16, 10:47 AM »

For constant entertainment of questionable substance I recommend backcountry yyc https://www.facebook.com/groups/532259223516611/

or south coast
https://www.facebook.com/groups/swbcbackcountryski/
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« Reply #4 on: 03/07/16, 05:56 PM »

The mothership supplies enough stimuli, just enjoy the local banter with my irl friends.
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Re: So Boring Here
« Reply #5 on: 03/07/16, 06:09 PM »

Missing the Scotsman to stir the pot? Me, too.
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Re: So Boring Here
« Reply #6 on: 03/07/16, 06:26 PM »

This joint could use a Random topic o the day to keep it interesting.

Lurkers please post more conditions reports here, and pot stirring comments at TGR thanks!
http://www.tetongravity.com/forums/showthread.php/109620-Best-Gaper-qoute-of-the-weekend/page252
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« Reply #7 on: 03/07/16, 06:59 PM »

Ohh, I wouldn't mind a little "Padded Room" action here... for the articles you know. Cheesy
http://www.tetongravity.com/forums/showthread.php/202302-Part-2-Padded-Room-Special-Collection-Of-Junk-That-More-Than-Likely-Will-Be-NSFW/page788
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« Reply #8 on: 03/07/16, 07:52 PM »

Last good discussion's involved bunny hopping dog poop and which soup to slurp.
This joint could use a Random topic o the day to keep it interesting.

Otherwise, hey, it's a ski n sno-board site for the stealth downhill after secret uphill crew, so business as usual.

You have the power.  Make it the change you would like to see.  Oh wait.  You are more of a bore than that which you criticize.
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Re: So Boring Here
« Reply #9 on: 03/07/16, 08:22 PM »

boredom is a self inflicted wound....!
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« Reply #10 on: 03/08/16, 05:19 AM »

You have the power. Make it the change you would like to see. Oh wait. You are more of a bore than that which you criticize.
This is good, ideas and posts, proclamations and post, critical thinking and post.
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« Reply #11 on: 03/08/16, 07:29 AM »

I just look at the pictures..
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Re: So Boring Here
« Reply #12 on: 03/08/16, 08:37 AM »

Should I let go of my powder skiing turn radius snobbery?  I used to scoff at people who make 30 tiny feet right together hip swiveling turns on a run I might ski in 5 turns.  Maybe these folks are tuned in to something I can't perceive?  Are they ex mono skiers or do they spend ours on their skiers edge at-home training device?  Or, the question I'm afraid to ask, are they having more fun than me?
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« Reply #13 on: 03/08/16, 09:20 AM »

It's all gravy, gravyb, and kudos for the humor ? to break the borecycle.   Kind of surprised you don't have a skiers edge device, pretty sure 99.99% of everyone on here owns at least one.   The squiggly turn thing, and don't quote me now, but it might have something to do with, after all the hiking to summit making the descent last more than 10 seconds might be close to what that is all about, unless most people who got yelled at by those European ski instructors that invaded the country way back when and screamed "Bend ze knees and keep ze skis closer," just can't seem to shake it for fear of being disobedient, even after all this time.
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« Reply #14 on: 03/08/16, 09:37 AM »

FS. Extremely used Skiers Edge training device.
$450 Skrilla
Also interested in trading for 190cm or longer, pair of skis.
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« Reply #15 on: 03/08/16, 10:04 AM »

boredom is a self inflicted wound....!
An apt observation. I'm afraid I've hurt myself, as I'm finding talking about talking about talking to be, well, you know...

Maybe a thread on best light cameras for downhill action shots, or strategies for getting the goods between atmospheric river events, or whether it would  be practical to organize to get an alternative-to-ski-area high plowed winter parking access up off 542 (and what tactics would be best there) or [fill in the many possible blanks]
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« Reply #16 on: 03/08/16, 10:17 AM »

Or, the question I'm afraid to ask, are they having more fun than me?
I can't answer that one for you, but it's definitely fun!! And more turns per run. I guess it depends on whether you are more into the speed or the floaty feeling of transitioning from turn-to-turn?
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« Reply #17 on: 03/08/16, 10:58 AM »

Bigger turns come with bigger acceleration and more extreme floaty factors.

I can't log into TGR any more for whatever reason.  Even submitted a message through some form on the site and never heard from anybody about it.  So oh well....
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Re: So Boring Here
« Reply #18 on: 03/08/16, 03:33 PM »

It was not boring at Mt. Hood yesterday.  Had enough snow to even call it a pow day.  Today I am back at my desk which is boring indeed.  TAY makes my break a little less boring.
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« Reply #19 on: 03/08/16, 08:39 PM »

Should I let go of my powder skiing turn radius snobbery? I used to scoff at people who make 30 tiny feet right together hip swiveling turns on a run I might ski in 5 turns. Maybe these folks are tuned in to something I can't perceive? Are they ex mono skiers or do they spend ours on their skiers edge at-home training device? Or, the question I'm afraid to ask, are they having more fun than me?

Yeah, they might be having more fun.

Long swoopy turns are fun. Short rhythmic turns are also fun.

I like rhythmic turns with a feeling of rebound. The kind where the skis do virtually all the work and you just bound from edge to edge almost effortlessly.

Why is this so fun? Here's one idea:

Have you ever made a crystal glass sing? You know how you can rub your fingertip around the rim of a glass and after a while it starts to hum in resonance? That's what rhythmic turns are about for me.

When you get a rhythm going, it's not just one turn after another. It's a continuous thing. It's like dancing. You click into a higher state of being.

You're not thinking, well, that was a nice left turn, now let's go for a right turn. It's more like, I'm TUUUUURRRRRNNNNIIIING. I want to keep TUUUUURRRRRNNNNIIIING! This is awesome!

So, a series of well linked turns isn't like a counting exercise. It's more like an ecstatic state where the individual turns aren't the thing, the flow of linking them dynamically is. And it goes on like that until you stop.
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« Reply #20 on: 03/08/16, 09:22 PM »

When you get a rhythm going, it's not just one turn after another. It's a continuous thing. It's like dancing. You click into a higher state of being.

This...and then pair that with good ski partners and you're not dancing alone, but swooping back and forth and dancing with each other! It's a full on hoe down!
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« Reply #21 on: 03/09/16, 09:59 AM »

Great post Lowell!  That's the kind of talk that inspires a skier to drive up to the snow.  It's worth remembering how great a recipe gravity, snow and ski or snowboard gear really is.
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Re: So Boring Here
« Reply #22 on: 03/09/16, 10:42 AM »

That there is a better or best way to make turns is kind of an east coast PSIA mentality, rooted in the unconscious, born of a deep psychological frustration caused by insufficient snow and terrain, which can be a barrier to attaining enlightenment.
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« Reply #23 on: 03/09/16, 10:59 AM »

It's worth remembering how great a recipe gravity, snow and ski or snowboard gear really is.

That's for sure.

This discussion inspired me to post a little video on Facebook:

Feel the crystal glass sing
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« Reply #24 on: 03/09/16, 01:30 PM »

That's for sure.

This discussion inspired me to post a little video on Facebook:

Feel the crystal glass sing

Hell yeah man! 
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« Reply #25 on: 03/09/16, 05:58 PM »

That's for sure.

This discussion inspired me to post a little video on Facebook:

Feel the crystal glass sing

My work is done


Well almost, I think I can help our buddy Skykilo too;-)
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« Reply #26 on: 03/09/16, 08:48 PM »

Short turns in powder vs long. Some would say short to get more of the experience. Yet like Lowell, for me its about the rhythm. It is magical to me too, a total zen experience where I leave myself and just AM, in the moment. Like leading in rock climbing, I just AM. No worries, no thoughts. Just AM.

Bored. Nah. Never these days with 4 kids, a busy job and great skiing this winter.
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« Reply #27 on: 03/10/16, 10:41 AM »

Yes, Lowell's discussion of bounce and rhythm better captured much of why I like to do fairly tight turns than did my  own comments on "float" (and joking about #of of  turns). I suspect one's ski may also have something to do with it too, but I've not experimented with enough to confirm the hunch. Of course tight turns can alsobe quite useful in many below-treeline skiing situations. While there  are some situations where I prefer bigger swoopier turns, I find myself returning to tighter sine wave track in most cases where it's possible. Pretty funny that anyone would posit one or the other mode of turning  as superior though - seems like it's just about what we each dig most (as long as one isn't hung up on spooning of tracks for hyper-efficient slope farming, which has a way of constraining one to someone else's rhythm).
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« Reply #28 on: 03/10/16, 03:52 PM »

Speaking of interesting topics/discussion (or lack thereof) - where the heck is Amar?! What happened to the in depth weather and snow info?!
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« Reply #29 on: 03/10/16, 10:35 PM »

Second what Matt said.... those are always solid reports.
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« Reply #30 on: 03/11/16, 05:04 PM »

Turns are like a signature, it's personal and unique unto the person making them...

My work is done
I see what you did there... Wink
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Well almost, I think I can help our buddy Skykilo too;-)
No doubt...

Still remember a (paraphrased) quote from him at a NWAC workshop years ago.
"ascending on rock is one way to avoid triggering an avalanche"
With a bunch of rad images to support...
Apologies if I got that wrong Skykilo.
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« Reply #31 on: 03/12/16, 07:07 PM »

Watched the opposite of boring at the Alpental Junior Freeride Comp today.
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« Reply #32 on: 03/13/16, 11:09 AM »

Powder snow skiing is not fun. Its life, fully lived, life lived in a blaze of reality.
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« Reply #33 on: 03/13/16, 04:34 PM »

Oh, I dont know about that.
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« Reply #34 on: 03/13/16, 06:57 PM »

Once again, I offer this Python take on the thread:


Q:   WHAT DO YOU WANT?
M:   Well, I was told outside that...
Q:   Don't give me that, you snotty-faced heap of parrot droppings!
M:   What?
Q:   Shut your festering gob, you tit! Your type really makes me puke, you vacuous, coffee-nosed, maloderous, pervert!!!
M:   Look, I CAME HERE FOR AN ARGUMENT, I'm not going to just stand...!!
Q:   OH, oh I'm sorry, but this is abuse.
M:   Oh, I see, well, that explains it.
Q:   Ah yes, you want room 12A, Just along the corridor.
M:   Oh, Thank you very much. Sorry.
Q:   Not at all.
M:   Thank You.
(Under his breath) Stupid git!!

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« Reply #35 on: 03/14/16, 06:25 AM »

Powder Skiing is Fun
Just need to do it, right.
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« Reply #36 on: 03/15/16, 06:15 PM »

Yeah, they might be having more fun.

Long swoopy turns are fun. Short rhythmic turns are also fun.

I like rhythmic turns with a feeling of rebound.

Why is this so fun?

When you get a rhythm going, it's not just one turn after another. It's a continuous thing.


So, a series of well linked turns isn't like a counting exercise. It's more like an ecstatic state where the individual turns aren't the thing, the flow of linking them dynamically is. And it goes on like that until you stop.


Yess!! Like HE said! I just couldn't have said that but man I feel that one Nicely done sir!

I shared (and attempted to convert my children) to this obvious truth using your words Lowell and this is what they said:

"Dear Dad.
While we love you dearly and thank you for our very lives as snowboarders we outright reject your noodley eurotrash powder 8"s, 80's cop show hairdo and your retro style shitty skier universe.
Looking forward to seeing you at Easter. Lots of love J&N"

Well I just didn't have a response for that. Pass the turkey?
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« Reply #37 on: 03/16/16, 05:41 AM »

I could send a reply for you.
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« Reply #38 on: 03/17/16, 02:53 PM »

I could send a reply for you.

hahaha I'm sure. All in good fun! Kids! There is just no changing anyone's mind on this.
Last weekend as I was waiting in line for the Peak Chair to open on Whistler the first 3 skiers emerged at the top of Shale Slope and put in 9 turns top to bottom. Wow I thought where is the value in that? There's room for like 700 turns there or something. 60 seconds later a skier and snowboarder emerged and straight-lined the whole thing. No turns. My contemporaries assure me that it takes skill to do that.
It's just funny to me. Everyone is having fun! however they ride. That's what it's all about.
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« Reply #39 on: 03/17/16, 10:33 PM »

Wanna know what's awesome about telemark turns?

Instead of thinking like Lowell said... "I'm TUUURRRNNNINNNG!"

It's, "I didn't fall!  hey!  I didn't fall!  Yes, again!  I didn't fall!"

That's why it's so fun.

Also, skiing is dancing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XM5wA2L4MPE
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« Reply #40 on: 03/18/16, 04:03 PM »

Skiing is dancing....................

https://vimeo.com/151341119
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« Reply #41 on: 04/04/16, 09:09 PM »

Took a week off but caught up in about 10 minutes.
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« Reply #42 on: 04/05/16, 04:26 PM »

I'm on a mailing list of a group of (ahem) older skiers planning a get-together in a couple weeks.

One of the group passed long the following video that some of you may be able to relate to:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zeCG8_zPpQ&sns=em

Yo! Put the footrest down!

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« Reply #43 on: 04/06/16, 08:05 AM »

That's awesome Lowell.  Looks like Erik from CBSP and Central patrol...
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« Reply #44 on: 04/06/16, 10:47 AM »

Lowell, glad to have you on boards keepin it light! There are many more gems from the hole that came from. Probably not be a bad idea to keep the inmates humored, esp  during the swing season before the new snow flies!
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« Reply #45 on: 04/09/16, 03:58 PM »

I have nothing but respect for his use of Duct Tape. 
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« Reply #46 on: 04/11/16, 12:31 PM »

Dude has a couple happy kids n wife from the looks of things.
I'd say he's still having fun and knows what to do when it gets
boring:-)
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« Reply #47 on: 04/25/16, 08:27 AM »

Alpental open for lift served skiing April 31 and May 1!!
NOT BORING
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« Reply #48 on: 05/21/16, 11:16 AM »

No random activity since 5/19, I find that hard to believe.
The Southern Resort is NOT re-opening.
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« Reply #49 on: 05/23/16, 07:49 AM »

No random activity since 5/19, I find that hard to believe.
The Southern Resort is NOT re-opening.

Just noticed that this morning, thus proving again to always go when you can, no matter what.

Here is some random fun that is kinda analogous to the Footrest vid:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8kSzSxAZhrU
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« Reply #50 on: 05/23/16, 07:11 PM »

Dabs with Dads FKNA AWESOME RANDOM !!!
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« Reply #51 on: 05/23/16, 08:24 PM »

Dabs with Dads FKNA AWESOME RANDOM !!!

I know boss, isn't that great. Graham sent that to me.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kSzSxAZhrU&app=desktop
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« Reply #52 on: 03/18/18, 09:05 PM »

I think there’s like 7 folks still posting.
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« Reply #53 on: 03/19/18, 06:30 AM »

It’s like a public place that’s trying to keep a secret.
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« Reply #54 on: 03/20/18, 12:00 PM »

Lowell,  I'm only adding my OPINION here:
Glad you recognize that long turns are fun too!
Speed is fun!
The singing glass is a great metaphor.  My skis sing, not like fine crystal but more like a Formula I race car.  They do this when skiing long turns, short turns, slow turns or fast.  One turn at a time or multiples as you like.  Weight forward, middle or aft.  They accelerate and brake at a world class rate just like Formula I.  They rebound in the pow (even in long turns) like a racing ski does on corduroy!  They are wide enough for me to transfer all my weight to one ski and get even more response.  They have a tip higher than any other ski I've seen.  That results in a much safer ski especially early season and wow does it ever pull me into a tight turn.  With a slightly rockered tail, quick, tight and more braking turns are easy with weight on my heels.  They sing a really beautiful tune on the uphill too!

So, to use another analogy, to me it is like saying you love music but only listen to Country.  I love Country Music but I listen to everything!  My take is that you (and your brother, who I watch frequently) use "specific" skis that do one thing perfectly (like good crystal glass) but are relatively deficient in the great variety of things that I wanna do in the backcountry pow.  Maybe like taking that crystal glass to a frat party.  Don't get me wrong here, you and Gordy are FAR better skiers than I am.  Gordy has totally confirmed that "A perfect ski will make a perfect turn when skied perfectly in ANY snow condition!!"  (Something that I best observed in night clinics on radically frozen corn ruts in huge moguls with Rene Farwig but eludes me entirely on all but the best conditions!)

BTW......They are the La Sportiva Vapor Floats, 189cm, 117 underfoot.  Carbon nanotube materials result in the lightest ski made, per surface area, and WOW the response in deep pow!!  Absolute THRILLING skis in powder!! More than well worth the high price! I'll be back on my "Corvettes" in Spring corn.........

PS: long and wide make 'em way less effort to ski also!  At 71, I need all the help I can get. 
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« Reply #55 on: 03/20/18, 06:27 PM »

Yo...at 66 I always put the foot rest down ...even the first ride up...started bout fifteen years ago..
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« Reply #56 on: 03/20/18, 06:59 PM »

Lowell,  I'm only adding my OPINION here:
Glad you recognize that long turns are fun too!
Speed is fun!
The singing glass is a great metaphor.  My skis sing, not like fine crystal but more like a Formula I race car.  They do this when skiing long turns, short turns, slow turns or fast.  One turn at a time or multiples as you like.  Weight forward, middle or aft.  They accelerate and brake at a world class rate just like Formula I.  They rebound in the pow (even in long turns) like a racing ski does on corduroy!  They are wide enough for me to transfer all my weight to one ski and get even more response.  They have a tip higher than any other ski I've seen.  That results in a much safer ski especially early season and wow does it ever pull me into a tight turn.  With a slightly rockered tail, quick, tight and more braking turns are easy with weight on my heels.  They sing a really beautiful tune on the uphill too!

So, to use another analogy, to me it is like saying you love music but only listen to Country.  I love Country Music but I listen to everything!  My take is that you (and your brother, who I watch frequently) use "specific" skis that do one thing perfectly (like good crystal glass) but are relatively deficient in the great variety of things that I wanna do in the backcountry pow.  Maybe like taking that crystal glass to a frat party.  Don't get me wrong here, you and Gordy are FAR better skiers than I am.  Gordy has totally confirmed that "A perfect ski will make a perfect turn when skied perfectly in ANY snow condition!!"  (Something that I best observed in night clinics on radically frozen corn ruts in huge moguls with Rene Farwig but eludes me entirely on all but the best conditions!)

BTW......They are the La Sportiva Vapor Floats, 189cm, 117 underfoot.  Carbon nanotube materials result in the lightest ski made, per surface area, and WOW the response in deep pow!!  Absolute THRILLING skis in powder!! More than well worth the high price! I'll be back on my "Corvettes" in Spring corn.........

















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« Reply #57 on: 03/21/18, 08:10 PM »

My take is that you (and your brother, who I watch frequently) use "specific" skis that do one thing perfectly (like good crystal glass) but are relatively deficient in the great variety of things that I wanna do in the backcountry pow.

I have a bunch of different skis now, from little skimo racing skis to 110mm+ rockered skis.

I use them all at some point during the year.  Fun!
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« Reply #58 on: 04/10/18, 07:34 PM »

I’ve thought about using a different ski.
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« Reply #59 on: 04/16/18, 07:54 PM »

Nah
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« Reply #60 on: 04/17/18, 01:11 PM »

If Christopher Guest hadn't already made "Waiting for Guffman" he could have used this thread.  But unlike "This is Spinal Tap" and "Best in Show" so few people would get it.
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« Reply #61 on: 04/19/18, 03:19 PM »

I’d let him use it with no strings attached.
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« Reply #62 on: 04/20/18, 06:59 AM »

Skiing powder snow in southern Vermont in mid-April...

... that is not boring!!! Grin
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« Reply #63 on: 04/21/18, 12:01 AM »

I'm one of many total sapsuckers here for any heartstring story of skiing in the old homeland.  Even though it drove me crazy and drove me to here.  So post it!
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« Reply #64 on: 04/22/18, 09:50 PM »

gonna get even more boring now that the southern resort is shut down.
fuck the ski area operators for limiting the lift access while there is fully loaded slopes underneath. can’t wait for next November and have them jacked up on a 18” base getting the hype train rolling and promoting their goods to 3 million pugetopolis powder techs.
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« Reply #65 on: 04/25/18, 03:03 PM »

couple more weeks and we can put tay to bed for a few months
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« Reply #66 on: 04/25/18, 08:17 PM »

couple more weeks and we can put tay to bed for a few months

Do you even tour, bro?
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« Reply #67 on: 04/29/18, 08:28 PM »

Yeah but I don’t write about it.
This is TAY right, I thought we were afraid to give up our stashes, meadows and secrets for fear that our favorite spot will get overrun by the influx of jong tourons?
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« Reply #68 on: 05/01/18, 05:20 PM »

No Fear

If anyone would like to augment the boredom with a read of some excerpts from my unpublished novella The Snow Leopard Manuscript, which I finished this year let me know and I'll give you a small dose of literary non fiction.
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« Reply #69 on: 05/03/18, 02:19 PM »

bring it! this is the place
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« Reply #70 on: 05/03/18, 11:07 PM »

Make TAY great again
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« Reply #71 on: 05/06/18, 07:46 AM »

From The Snow Leopard Manuscript-page 10
The ascent is always a match for stamina and purpose.   It is testament to the hardest of efforts.   The descent; a display of power, style and garnered skills, an accomplishment so transient and fleeting, yet so personal it is seared into memory like scar on flesh never to be erased.   Thirsty, soaked with sweat, falling snow, freezing wind, numbed fingers and toes, tired legs, cramped feet, blisters, heavy boots, a gnawing hunger from hours of hiking through deep snow, all are forgotten at the summit, just before dropping in for that first turn.
You never see an eagle at the resort, or a raven floating on a wind current an arm’s length away from your shoulder; hovering, silent, obsidian feathers shining in luminescent hues, their one eye staring as if to say, “I see you here on knife-edged ridge with me.”   In the forests and glades quiet skiers flash down through deep snowfalls in sprays of powder far away from the hum of machines and the babble of conversation.   In the hinterlands of wood, branch and bough the stillness and the wind are the breath of the universe; the heartbeat.
   The deep snow skier knows something happens up there, it’s not about glory or prestige; it is about what touches the soul.   The snows of winter become nature’s playground.   The mountains reveal themselves in fields of splendor, thresholds of wonder; pristine, dangerous, alluring.   They call in a pure song that beckons and pulls one away from the resort and into the wilderness, where infinite lines, steep faces and immense bowls lay at your feet like wild beasts who know your scent and bid you welcome; welcome to their world.
   The solo skiers are not unusual.   Alone, climbing high through forests, past creeks that spout and flow from rock, above tree line on windswept ridges and barren cliff tops they climb, sweat and endure in order to plunder snow filled faces and bowls.   By themselves they understand, there is no one else, but rarely if ever do they feel alone.

   Spike was one of the old timers who had been climbing and skiing for decades.   It took years to know the snow the way he did.   On big powder days charging through deep crystals of untracked snow I would run into him, all the time, up there where it was steep and the snow was deepest and hard to get to; the best places.   He would extend his hand and say, “this is it man, it’s the only place to be,” or after hiking together and summiting, standing at the edge of an entry into a beautiful, untouched panorama of virgin powder he’d look at me with this huge grin before speaking my favorite words, “go ahead bud, take the shot, after breaking so much trail you deserve first tracks.”

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