Skiing thread

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Spam16v, Sep 22, 2019.

  1. 2whlrcr

    2whlrcr gooligan

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    60 second runs, if you're taking your time...5 minutes in the chair. Good thing is no waiting during the week. 500' vertical and it's still easy to get a 20000' day, if you don't die of boredom first.

    I run the NASTAR league and they are about 30 second runs.
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  2. nomad_games

    nomad_games Long timer

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    JH is 4,139' of vertical. 5 runs will get you 20695'.
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  3. nomad_games

    nomad_games Long timer

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    A Basin is open. ski season has started. won't see my riding the white ribbon of death, but cool it's going. 8 days earlier than last year. Hope that means a similarly amazing season.
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  4. manfromthestix

    manfromthestix Lost in Space Supporter

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    As much as I love Jackson and Wyoming in general (I lived in Wyo for 34 years) if I were free to move to there or Salt Lake I would probably choose SLC. The wild country around Jackson is absolutely incredible but in reality it is a very isolated and expensive place to live compared to SLC. You have your choice of what, 12 areas within a 30 to 45 minute drive? Typically awesome Wasatch snow, endless BC skiing, rock climbing, hiking and single-track MC and bike trails, AND a real city with culture, affordable housing, choice of jobs, international airport, a few hours from Moab, etc. My brother and his wife have lived there for 30 years and absolutely love it. He sent these photos last year:

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    There's also endless BC skiing around Jackson of course, but the expense of living there and its isolation from the rest of the world can be a burden that diminishes the attractive nature.
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  5. Spam16v

    Spam16v Squid Rocket Supporter

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    Went to the ski swap, was a bust on equipment. If we were out West it would have been a gold mine. Local shop was dumping old kid crap and powder skis along with some low end stuff.

    Narrowed my decision down to the Blizzard Brahma or the Brahma CA. The CA’s just lack the metal laminate to save weight and make them more forgiving. Both available used for about the same money used from a rental shop in 180 or 187. At my weight, I’ll probably opt for the 187’s. Any thoughts one way or another?
  6. nomad_games

    nomad_games Long timer

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    I had Brahmas last year. I’m 5’10 and 200 and had the 180’s. All my other skis are 188 or longer. I never felt like they were too short. Those skis rip. Such good frontside carvers. You have to be intentional about how you ski. Like, you can ski very precise and on edge, or you can ski smeary, but either way, you have to make a decision to ski that way and do it on purpose. Not like my other skis where I can kind of just ski however and get away with it. I haven’t skied the CA, or the Bushwacker, which is the same shape but all wood. The Brahmas are fast and damp chargers. I hit 75 on them on blue groomers last year, according to Strava.
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  7. SnipTheDog

    SnipTheDog Been here awhile

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    These are not the Blizzards, but there are some reasonable deals on last year's skis. I have the QST and so far it's been a pretty good ski. Also, not affiliated in any way with Evo, just passing on an OK deal.
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  8. Spam16v

    Spam16v Squid Rocket Supporter

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    Shopping online, bought some demo 187 ‘18 Brahma‘s. I’m heavy, estimated the metal sheets won’t hurt compared to the CA/SP’s with carbon sheets. I’ll grow into their capabilities I hope. Thanks for the advice everyone.
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  9. nomad_games

    nomad_games Long timer

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    ski season has started here. seeing all these photos of people getting good days in at Keystone already. I'm over here doing baby steps in physical therapy. Killin me.
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  10. manfromthestix

    manfromthestix Lost in Space Supporter

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    I spent last week in SE Idaho (Driggs) and Salt Lake City and got snowed on twice. I got back to Virginia in time for ... rain. And horrid traffic on I-81; there was a 14 mile back-up near here on Sunday night (both north bound lanes closed for nine hours) and a 7 mile back-up yesterday afternoon, both wrecks caused by truckers unable to navigate the fooking rain. When I lived in Wyoming this shite was just normal winter driving:

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    People out here freak out if there's any snow on the roads and the schools will cancel classes on the THREAT of snow. It's been my experience that the crappier the roads are the better the skiing is. Bring it on! :D
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  11. nomad_games

    nomad_games Long timer

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    driving on 80 in a blizzard in Wyoming is terrifying.
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  12. oldmanb777

    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism!

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    Its been snowing here for the last few days. I always hate that. Means I have to deal with "Skiers" traffic all winter. That's miserable. Idiots in a hurry on snowy roads that they don't have any idea what they are doing on. Rude tourists. Tired from skiing all day, a few beers for the drive back to the disaster on the front range. I like the snow, just don't like the abusive idiots it brings.
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  13. Spam16v

    Spam16v Squid Rocket Supporter

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    Scored a pair of Full Tilt Descendant 8 boots. Looking forward to having a local shop mold/fit with liners. Contacted them to pay for foot beds and fitting them as it was too good of a deal to pass up. Approached them acknowledging I didn’t source the boots from them and they appreciated that, but getting an appointment with dumping the boards for binding setup, grind/sharpen/wax to start the season fresh softened the blow. First time I’ll ever have good equipment on my feet. I’ve always skied cheap crap. 100+ days in high school in bottom of the barrel ski swap stuff. I’m interested how the other half lives.
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  14. rollinrob

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    You should see the shit show that Lake Tahoe has become on weekends.

    I was doing the Squaw/Alpine pass the last few years. This year it will be Sugar Bowl, way closer, way less traffic to get there.
    This winter will be year 50 of skiing. Learned at Mount Lessen National Park. Two rope tows and a Palma lift up the face. If you fell off the Palma lift you skiied down the face.
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  15. Spam16v

    Spam16v Squid Rocket Supporter

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    Thinking about a helmet this year, make sense?
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  16. rollinrob

    rollinrob Long timer

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    I started wearing one about 10 years ago. Main benefit for me is the warmth, better than a hat.

    In the Tahoe area you are in the minority if you don't have one.

    With all the yahoo's on the hill these days I figure it will protect me if they crash into me. I just shove a beanie or ball cap in my jacket for breaks, sitting on the deck.

    Buddy from high school is real messed up from hitting a tree with his head back in the 80's
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  17. SnipTheDog

    SnipTheDog Been here awhile

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    Same here. Just bought a pass to Sugar Bowl because the road to Alpine/Squaw can be jam packed with skiers using their Epic/Ikon passes. I love skiing Alpine, but just don't want to deal with all those crowds. I think that Alta/Snowbird was having a similar problem with Little Cottonwood Canyon being bumper to bumper on weekends.
  18. Spam16v

    Spam16v Squid Rocket Supporter

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    Just ordered an Oakley helmet since I get a military discount. Warm is good, safe can’t hurt either.
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  19. rollinrob

    rollinrob Long timer

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    I like Alpine, can't deal with the Squaw crowd and their attitudes, Alpine definitely has the more " local" folks skiing there.

    Worked the gondola at the Bowl way before the Mount Juda expansion, lifts and lodge. Was some fun times.
    Another reason I don't like Squaw. ( I think this might be the Alpine lot) They take the " no friends on a powder day" to new levels.


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  20. bassogap

    bassogap Kids in sports makes me an athletic... Supporter

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    My bro-in-law lives 15min from Les 2 Alpes...7500 ft of vertical.