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Re: So Boring Here
« Reply #50 on: 05/23/16, 07:11 PM »

Dabs with Dads FKNA AWESOME RANDOM !!!
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Re: So Boring Here
« 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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Re: So Boring Here
« 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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Re: So Boring Here
« 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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Re: So Boring Here
« Reply #58 on: 04/10/18, 07:34 PM »

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

Nah
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Re: So Boring Here
« 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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Re: So Boring Here
« Reply #61 on: 04/19/18, 03:19 PM »

I’d let him use it with no strings attached.
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Re: So Boring Here
« 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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Re: So Boring Here
« 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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Re: So Boring Here
« 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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Re: So Boring Here
« 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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Re: So Boring Here
« 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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Re: So Boring Here
« Reply #69 on: 05/03/18, 02:19 PM »

bring it! this is the place
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Re: So Boring Here
« 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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