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tOfficial Snowboarding/Skiing thread.

  • I moved to the Denver area 15 years ago and love it. Bought a condo at Copper Mountan a few years ago. Can't say I miss skiing in Michigan.biggrin

  • Spartans ATTACK said... (original post)

    Will hit Mt. Bohemia in about 4 weeks. 2 trips to Utah planned. Atla, Snowbird, Snowbasin, The Canyons, Park City, Alta, Solitude, Brighton, Alta.
    Did I mention Alta?

    You son of a bitch. Take me with you!

  • Spartans ATTACK said... (original post)

    There is no snowboarding allowed at Alta. It's my favorite ski resort in the world. My family has directions to leave my ashes at the top of the Supreme lift, after they hike the ridge to Supreme Bowl. holy

    Sounds like the snowboarders need to call this guy

  • Le Flama Blanca said... (original post)


    I started skiing when I was 3 and stopped around 16 when I quit skiing and snowboarded full time, did both from 12-16 years old. Now I'm 26.

    I just accepted a job in Denver and I'll be moving out there in about 3 weeks, so I'll be riding a lot more. I'm excited but wish the timing would have worked out a little better as you can buy a season pass for under $600 out there. Depending on which one you choose...you can get the Epic Pass for like $600 that includes unlimited Vail, Beaver Creek, Keystone, Breckenridge, A-basin, and even Northstar and Heavenly (both in Tahoe). That price has now jumped up to $1900 for that pass though! You have to buy before mid-November to get the deal. It's completely worth it as long as you ride at least 6 days (for those that haven't been out there in a while....Vail costs $98 per day, BC is $99, and the others are around $92).

    I'm riding a Lib Tech Banana Magic with Rome Targas this season. First time I've bought new gear since like 2002.

    Sorry for the rambling....I love snowboarding and I'm glad someone started a thread like this.

    Hey I am actually interested in both the banana magic and the targas. How do you like them? I had a skate banana but it was too soft for me. I currently ride Rome 390s which are great.

  • Spartans ATTACK said... (original post)

    I love Vail, it's a great mountain. You just have to know how to avoid the crowds. I could ski Moonlight Basin all day, every day the rest of my life. I don't have too much of a beef with the snowboarders, especially when they know what they're doing. The ones that get on slopes too steep and just plow all the snow of the run going down sideways are the ones that drive me nuts. I laugh at the whole "lifestyle" with it freezing out and they're going down slopes with their ski pants down below their ass but I did some pretty stupid stuff in college too.

    I'm mostly just goofing on both Vail and dirtbags, er, snowboarders. I lived in Aspen for 20 years, skied all over Colorado, and there is no doubt in my mind that Aspen (from Aspen Highlands to Snowmass) is by far the best set of mountains to ski in Colorado.

    And snowboarders are just annoying. Only about .01% of the snowboarding population can actually carve both their front side and heel side turns. The rest are just out there sitting on their ass scrapping the snow off the hill.

    "No one cares what you know, until they know how much you care." Mark Dantonio


  • I love both of them. I came from an old Ride All-Mountain deck, so I can't compare to a Skate Banana. I mostly freeride and I'm rarely in the park. I'd rather be ripping it up in the trees or powder and hitting natural features than in the park.

    With that said... The board is incredible. I don't know if it's the magnetraction or the reverse camber design, but I can carve infinitely harder and faster than I could on my old board. It was like going from a Harley Davidson full dresser to a Ducati 1098.

    Regarding the Targas: I went from a pair of Burton Cartels to these and I like these a lot better. Not that the cartels were bad, but these can be completely customized to your boot and riding style. It actually took me about an hour to set them up based on the directions given in the box. I have the "medium" ankle strap inserts in, but you can take those out for a very soft flex or add the "hard" flex insert in to get a very stiff binding. Only downside so far is that I keep hearing this clicking noise on when switching from toeside to heelside carves. I think I just need to adjust the high back so that it sits more flush into the heel basket.

    Other than...the new setup is awesome. Can't wait to get out to CO to really ride it, as I've actually only ridden twice so far this and both times at Holly.

  • Phil McCrackin

    PunjabiExpress said... (original post)

    I was there over christmas. I hope you have better weather than we did- all the alpine lifts were closed due to 100kmh winds. sucked. luckily the bars were all open.

    Yes, hopefully better weather than that.
    Is there a good place to check weather forecasts for BC? (or any ski areas) The Whistler/Blackcomb website seems to be overly optimistic in terms of snow, and lists much colder temps than other sites.

  • Le Flama Blanca said... (original post)

    I love both of them. I came from an old Ride All-Mountain deck, so I can't compare to a Skate Banana. I mostly freeride and I'm rarely in the park. I'd rather be ripping it up in the trees or powder and hitting natural features than in the park.

    With that said... The board is incredible. I don't know if it's the magnetraction or the reverse camber design, but I can carve infinitely harder and faster than I could on my old board. It was like going from a Harley Davidson full dresser to a Ducati 1098.

    Regarding the Targas: I went from a pair of Burton Cartels to these and I like these a lot better. Not that the cartels were bad, but these can be completely customized to your boot and riding style. It actually took me about an hour to set them up based on the directions given in the box. I have the "medium" ankle strap inserts in, but you can take those out for a very soft flex or add the "hard" flex insert in to get a very stiff binding. Only downside so far is that I keep hearing this clicking noise on when switching from toeside to heelside carves. I think I just need to adjust the high back so that it sits more flush into the heel basket.

    Other than...the new setup is awesome. Can't wait to get out to CO to really ride it, as I've actually only ridden twice so far this and both times at Holly.

    Nice! I just got a GNU Rider's Choice last year and didn't get to ride it until a few weeks ago at Holly. Before that, I was riding the same Burton Brian Igucchi since about 1995. But wow, I can carve so much better now, not sure it it's the Magnetraction either or just because it's a newer board with sharper edges or what, but it makes a world of difference. It took me about an our to really get used to it, but after I figured out, it was a lot more responsive and stable. Can't wait to take it up north in a couple weeks and take it on a bigger hill.

    I've got the Burton Cartels. I wanted the Targas but I found a great deal on these and they are already a huge step up from what I was riding on before. Plus I can't really tell much of a difference between bindings, they're soft, they keep my feet attached to my board, and they're easy to get in and out of. No complaints from me.

  • I'm a front range skier so summit county/vail are my home mountains...specifically Breck and Vail. I looove Aspen, but too far for me to hit regularly. Once a year, if I'm lucky. Lived near Wolf Creek for a season that had over 500 inches...very nice snow and never a crowd. sucks for snowboarders...too much traversing after hikes. anyways, check out this website...great tool for getting snow predictions at specific resorts. Please, bookmark this and check regularly...thx!:

    www.snowforecast.com

  • I don't board or ski - but to all those self righteous skiers who think they own the mountain - fuck you you don't own the place..

  • Spartans ATTACK said... (original post)

    Staying in PC. Found a condo a block from Main St. and the town lift for a pretty good deal.

    You're the 2nd person to recommend Snowbasin. It will depend on if we are up for the drive.

    Let me be the third.

    Snowbasin has some wicked long runs especially out in the "strawberry" section. Tons of fun.

    Also the lodges there rival or best anywhere else I have seen including Vail and Deer Valley. And its almost never crowded. Been there probably 10 times mostly around holidays and spring break times and never had to wait in line. Totally worth the drive.

  • GTASpartan87 said... (original post)

    I'm mostly just goofing on both Vail and dirtbags, er, snowboarders. I lived in Aspen for 20 years, skied all over Colorado, and there is no doubt in my mind that Aspen (from Aspen Highlands to Snowmass) is by far the best set of mountains to ski in Colorado.

    And snowboarders are just annoying. Only about .01% of the snowboarding population can actually carve both their front side and heel side turns. The rest are just out there sitting on their ass scrapping the snow off the hill.

    .01 really? I think it's just a little higher than that. If you can't ride switch all the way down a run on a snowboard you are probably pretty bad and shoul stick to the cat tracks or blues. While I agree most snowboarders suck ass and ruin snow, skiers are just as bad. Don't get me started on the people that snow plow the whole way down or even the people that ski back and forth across the whole run going 2 mph.

  • Started skiing sand dunes and trash piles in west Michigan at the age of 7. Got board with skiing in high school and started snowboarding and did that till my last year at State. Than started telemark skiing when I moved to Jackson Wyoming, 13 years ago and been doing that ever since.

    We are having a pretty amazing winter so far, over 245 inches to date (more than any resort in Colorado and second only to Alta, damn Utards).

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  • Snowbasin, for sure.

    All those resorts are awesome, when I lived in SLC I used to ski Solitude a lot. Both Solitude and Brighton offer that classic Cottonwood experience. Great resorts.

    But Snowbasing is special in it's own right, lots of natural contours and interesting lines. Great tree skiing, and they are right there with snow totals as well....though, Powder Mountain gets a little more close by. Snowbasin is a great experience, different and worthy. Great verticle in the runs and the fall lines always seem to be right. there is something about all the natural features, makes for a good time.

    This post was edited by SD Spartan 3 years ago

  • Spartans ATTACK said... (original post)

    jackson is at the top of my wish list from what ive heard... im thinking of having my bachelor party weekend next winter at Jackson Hole

    Winger
    Several years after I moved to Jackson, two of my State friends had a joint bachelor party here. I would highly recommend that you rent a house out at Teton Village (the area surrounding the base of the JH resort). If you pack a bunch of guys in there it is relatively cheep. Plus you are right there at the ski resort for easy access to the mountain and the few bars out there. It is about a 15 minute car ride or half hour bus ride to town, which is not bad if you are going there to eat or party, but is more of a pain if you are going back and forth with all your ski gear.

    This post was edited by JH Spartan 3 years ago

  • I've been to mostbofnthe places you guys are mentioning but none of them come close to whistler. Whistlers weather can be very off and on toasted the beginning and end of the season. If you go there during January or February nothing even comes close. The heli skiing is top notch. If you are an avid skier/boarder do yourself a favor and drop the $$ to go to whistler. They also built a new peak to peak gondola that takes 10-15 minutes and you can ski both mountains. I personally love backcomb mountain more than whistler, the glaciers over there are amazing to ride and are only a short hike away. Not to mention the ridiculous amount of snow on the hills.

  • Le Flama Blanca said... (original post)

    I love both of them. I came from an old Ride All-Mountain deck, so I can't compare to a Skate Banana. I mostly freeride and I'm rarely in the park. I'd rather be ripping it up in the trees or powder and hitting natural features than in the park.

    With that said... The board is incredible. I don't know if it's the magnetraction or the reverse camber design, but I can carve infinitely harder and faster than I could on my old board. It was like going from a Harley Davidson full dresser to a Ducati 1098.

    Regarding the Targas: I went from a pair of Burton Cartels to these and I like these a lot better. Not that the cartels were bad, but these can be completely customized to your boot and riding style. It actually took me about an hour to set them up based on the directions given in the box. I have the "medium" ankle strap inserts in, but you can take those out for a very soft flex or add the "hard" flex insert in to get a very stiff binding. Only downside so far is that I keep hearing this clicking noise on when switching from toeside to heelside carves. I think I just need to adjust the high back so that it sits more flush into the heel basket.

    Other than...the new setup is awesome. Can't wait to get out to CO to really ride it, as I've actually only ridden twice so far this and both times at Holly.

    thanks for the information. how does the magic handle at high speed? my biggest complaint about the skate banana was that it chattered like crazy at speed.

  • PunjabiExpress said... (original post)

    thanks for the information. how does the magic handle at high speed? my biggest complaint about the skate banana was that it chattered like crazy at speed.

    I would assume if it's rockered (reverse camber) it would struggle at higher speeds.

    Rocker makes it easier to initiate turns, easier to spin, easier to float in powder but at higher speeds, especially on hardpack, rockered boards and skis tend to struggle. The u/v shape of the rocker brings the contact points on the board closer to your feet. That causes lack of control and more chatter.

    On a purely technical level, a completely rockered board is only functional as a powder board or a pipe/park board.

    Now. After looking at the board, it's rockered between the foot, yet still cambered underfoot. This is a "best of both worlds" type scenario. That provides greater length between contact points, but a more surfy, quick to edge board.

  • My son just got back from Park City last night. He was very excited about his last few days at PC where he spent the afternoon with Stevie Bell, Scotty Arnold, Pat Lynch and Louie Vito.
    He's a better skier than snowboarder but snapped his ski in half at Alta last spring and didn't order new ones until this winter and they didn't come in on time.
    All this ski talk is getting me pumped up. Looks like I'll have to satisfy myself some this Friday being a chaperone for the kids school ski club at Mt. Holly.
    Joy, joy.

    I've boarded a few times when conditions have been benign for a few days but cannot help but put on the skies after a fresh dump. I will give credit to the snowboard to giving my new meaning to the green and blue runs! I'll stick to wakeboarding where my hips and ass don't take quiet the beating by the end of the day.

  • PunjabiExpress said... (original post)

    thanks for the information. how does the magic handle at high speed? my biggest complaint about the skate banana was that it chattered like crazy at speed.


    The Banana Magic, as Snowy pointed out, is considered a "hybrid" rockered design where it has reverse camber between the feet and then regular camber past the bindings.

    This is actually how most companies are heading instead of just a rocker style (regular banana). K2 does flat rocker where it's completely flat instead of camber or reverse, except at the tip and tail which are reverse. Never summer's line is all reverse camber now...and there was a power struggle between them and Lib Tech regarding the patent. Lib put it in first but with less detail, NS received their patent first.

    Anyway...regarding chatter. I don't have much chance to really charge at Mt Holly, but I did get cruising pretty fast on Friday and it was stable as my old cambered board, or at least so unnoticeable that I couldn't tell a difference.

    Attached is a photo of my Magic and how it is "hybrid" camber (hope the photo works)

  • JustinVoolander

    Bump b/c I'm heading to the condo @ Boyne Highlands to ski for 4 days...Any of you wanna join?

  • JustinVoolander said... (original post)

    Bump b/c I'm heading to the condo @ Boyne Highlands to ski for 4 days...Any of you wanna join?

    Only if we go to Nubs wink_msu

  • JustinVoolander

    Spartans ATTACK said... (original post)

    Only if we go to Nubs wink_msu

    I will ski nubs for a day/nite (eventho I have a pass @ boyne)....The car is almost full...Anyone else?

  • Spartans ATTACK said... (original post)

    Only if we go to Nubs wink_msu

    .....and it's Krazy Daze.

  • JustinVoolander

    Spartans ATTACK said... (original post)

    .....and it's Krazy Daze.

    Damn u guys are gettin picky...ill throw in pizza from teddy griffins!