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Old 07-19-2014, 04:55 PM   #1
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July is always the best time to bring this up. I'm thinking about, you're thinking about it. I'm super thankful for the break in the hot weather. I could use some 25* and powder slashes (buuuut not the liftlines). The past couple years I've spent 90% of my riding days at Snoqualmie. Its close and my kid had lessons every week. The other days were at crystal because I had a gold pass. Well since gold.pass is limited to weekdays this year and my kid wont be in lessons, its time to make up for neglecting baker and Stevens. I'm also going to try and slip in some turns at Mission and White. I haven't been to mission in 10 years and white in almost 20. Time to get around. Heck, maybe ill even visit hood. Either way, I'm looking forward to riding.

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Im 6'3 250 lbs, I mostly ride powder/backcountry, rarely ride park and I'm looking for a new board and bindings. I'm really liking the lib tech skunk ape hp, would the burton genesis bindings match well with the board? Anybody on here use either of the two?

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I personally didn't like the genesis bindings. I thought it was fine on powder days, but as soon as you hit the crud, it had a very vague feeling and I felt like I didn't have control over my board. I went back to my unjon atlas bindings if that tells you anything.

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Old 07-20-2014, 01:07 AM   #2
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I'm soooooo ready to shred pow pow!
Down in Baja at the moment, I was just railing my van on the beach not 1 hour ago and thinking "gawd this feels like snow, gaaaaawd I am so missing snow".
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Old 07-20-2014, 02:43 AM   #3
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adding another post from last year's thread:

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Just moved to the area, stationed at whidbey island, looking for some advice on which place to get a season pass at this year? Pretty much between Stevens, summit, or mt baker? Mt baker is looking crazy expensive so leaning more to Stevens or summit, which one would you guys go with?
Where are you seeing prices for Baker? I only saw last year's price, but that was probably the mid season pricing. you probably save a few hundred buying it early.
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Old 07-20-2014, 04:41 AM   #4
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Stevens is way better than snoqualmie from what I've heard. I ride Stevens 25+ times a season, good all-around mountain, but definetly gets crowded on weekends. Don't know a whole lot about the summit besides from what my friends have told me. It's more park oriented from what I've heard.
I've riden baker a few times, epic pow and not overly crowded. Problem is that it's just so far away it gets expensive to drive all the way there for alot
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Old 07-20-2014, 04:50 PM   #5
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Staring at my boards every day in the garage...
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Old 07-21-2014, 03:47 AM   #6
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Thank you for moving my post over. I saw a review on yelp from last year saying their early season pass discount was only $50 off but when I checked mt bakers website it said prices weren't being released until mid September so we'll just have to wait and see I guess.
I definitely don't like dealing with crowds so if mt baker has competitive pricing, I'll probably get a pass for there since it's a little shorter of a drive then Stevens for me.
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Old 07-21-2014, 12:57 PM   #7
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If its a shorter drive, I'd get a pass there. I think youd be more likely to use it if its closer. I think this will be my 10th season as a pass holder at Snoqualmie. Its only 30 minutes from my house. So many people knock on Snoqualmie for its low elevation, but I had a ton of POW days last year. Which is pretty awesome considering the season we had and that I didn't start riding until end of January. The thing I dont like about snoqs is that the runs are pretty short. Unless you're riding from the top of Alpental. Those can be long leg burners.

In terms of Snoqualmie being park oriented. I think Stevens has a better park from what I've seen. It looks like its set up better to help you progress. I'm not a good park rider but it seems like there's only 3 features I ever hit. Everything else seems intimidating. They have a little baby park off the bunny hill, but its always in terrible condition and the bunny chair is always super slow. Come to think of it, the beginner park near the bunnyhill at Stevens was pretty fun too. I hit those jumps a couple times last year.
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Old 07-21-2014, 03:32 PM   #8
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Did anyone take advantage of the early bird season pass to MTM? I got mine for $314.


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Old 07-21-2014, 03:54 PM   #9
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uh, MTM? (I obviously did not)
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Old 07-29-2014, 06:01 PM   #10
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Continued from 13-14 thread -

Love my Mervins. At Bachelor they are 2/3's of the boards you see. Assuming it's the same in WA. I've had my Carbon Credit for 3+ seasons and it's still in great shape. It has over 100 days on it. Love my T-Rice too. My friend has broken a Lib before. He just sent it back to Backcountry and they sent him a new one.

For a bigger guy I would absolutely recommend the Skunk Ape. Throw some Union bindings on it and it will be plenty light.
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Old 07-29-2014, 06:09 PM   #11
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I think all boards will break. If the same board is breaking in the same spot by different people, then yeah manufacturer issue.

I remember in the past the Mervin boards had a reputation for delamming. I have heard as many complaints about that recently. Its also about your own experience with gear. Everyone always complained about the union capstrap sticking but I never had a problem. Doesn't mean all those other complaints weren't valid though. There was a lot of them.
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Old 07-29-2014, 06:11 PM   #12
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Finally started enjoying snowboarding last year. Something about it just clicked. I'm considering maybe getting a season pass for Crystal. Is there any optimal time to look into buying one (will it be cheaper over the summer?)?
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Old 07-29-2014, 06:15 PM   #13
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Most mountains offer an early purchase discount. Bachelor passes go up $100 after the end of September.
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Old 07-29-2014, 06:19 PM   #14
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Old 07-29-2014, 06:22 PM   #15
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Stoked for the winter!

Looking to pick up a split set up sometime over the season. Also plan on doing my avy 1 class.
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Old 07-29-2014, 06:23 PM   #16
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Old 07-29-2014, 07:08 PM   #17
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Ever since tearing my meniscus and MCL on March 31st I've been training like a MF to get healthy again. Hoping to come back stronger and better than ever...Ready to ride, I think. I was hoping my knee pain would be lesser after this long but it is what it is...Either way, seasons right around the corner and the hype train is coming...Probably going to watch That's It That's All followed by AOF tonight
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Old 07-29-2014, 11:43 PM   #18
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I'm psyched to be back in the PNW. It's been three long years on the east coast. Tuckerman's was fun and all, but negative temps with high winds and hard ice-like snow all the time... no thanks.

Looking forward to fresh and deep days this winter.
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Old 07-31-2014, 01:14 PM   #19
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I am ready for winter already... SNOWWWWWWW!!!!!!!
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Old 08-02-2014, 12:00 PM   #20
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I.
Can't.
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For pow pow!

Just came back from a road trip from Baja.
Looking to fill some season gaps with surf.
Any cats on here surf by chance?
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Old 08-02-2014, 01:41 PM   #21
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i moved to the deep south. guess this will force me to learn the park.
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Old 08-07-2014, 06:06 PM   #22
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I surf occasionally. Definitely not a "regular" by any means. I actually need to get rid of my short board and get something more like a fish, because last time I was out, I realized i just didn't have the arm strength any more to accelerate the short board. Such is life.
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Old 08-12-2014, 01:55 AM   #23
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After having a pass to snoqualmie last year, and spending the majority of my time at Stevens I can definitely say Stevens is the s***! Baker is amazing too but it's a couple more hours north and they close at 330. Also a little fun fact, Mt baker was #1 in snowfall last year and Stevens was #3! Stevens has a decent military discount if you order it before October 31st.

To the big guy looking for a new board I can definitely recommend a skunk ape. I test drove the HP edition last year and it was the s***. I picked up a regular 161, so it's a little more playful. You might want the 165+ though.
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Old 08-12-2014, 02:00 AM   #24
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Snoq also can get super crowded because of the shorter runs. And unless you're at alpental, expect massive amounts of kids and new riders. Not bad, everybody has to learn, but their etiquette is lacking.
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Old 08-20-2014, 11:45 AM   #25
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Nah, Stevens isn't that great. Just go follow the crowds to Crystal and Snoq.







~11 weeks until November! Any big trips planned for anyone this year? Still got Chamomix on my mind from last year. Once in a lifetime experience, no doubt.
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