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Old 04-22-2013, 04:19 PM   #476
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Yesterday was my last day up at Stevens. Can't believe the seasons already over, already wishing it was back.

I saw Board Junkie up there yesterday, we had a short conversation in line and you mentioned how you could use some steroids haha.

This is my favorite shot of the year, my buddy took it of me finishing up a backside 360 on the waterfall at Stevens:
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Old 04-22-2013, 04:26 PM   #477
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awesome pic. That jump looks huge. One of these years, i'm actually going to try and become a better park rider instead of just saying it every September.

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Old 04-22-2013, 04:43 PM   #478
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That shadow makes that pic that much better!
I think I may be done for the season. Missed out on the last 2 storms due to work. I also bought those Mt. Hood groupon coupons and never used them (not sure if they are expired or not).

Already making the transition to my bike. Did a short session at DH on Wed and spent the day out at State Patrol yesterday.
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Old 04-22-2013, 07:16 PM   #479
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Thanks guys!

I was lucky; when I started snowboarding I was 16 and had already been skateboarding for 4 years, so all the park stuff came much easier to me than it would have with out the previous skating experience. I normally ride pow and backside for the first half and park for the second half of the day. Unless there's no new snow then it's park all day

I have never owned a suspension bike but am looking into buying one so I can use Steven's bike park. I miss that place too much during the summer! That and Whistler has their bike park too.
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Old 04-22-2013, 08:06 PM   #480
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We have a NWIC mtb thread too and this belongs there, but I think unless you're going to do it often enough, renting a DH bike at Stevens is better way to go. DH bikes are expensive and plus all the maintenance after beating on it season after season. I thiiink rentals are $125 at stevens. You'd need a lot of days to break even on a DH bike. At the same time, its not your bike and probably isn't set up the way you would want it.

I saw some video online recently where both the DH trails and the snow trails were running all the way down to the lodge. That would be an awesome day.
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Old 04-22-2013, 09:34 PM   #481
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That's definitely true. I appreciate the advice, I'll have to take that into account.

Until then, I shall be utilizing the weekends that Crystal's open to ride! Last year I rode all the way til June 31st.
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Old 04-22-2013, 10:47 PM   #482
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quick question for those of you that ride with an avalung backpack. I got an Outlaw pack recently and the left shoulder strap is pretty uncomfortable. Maybe i'm doing something wrong, but the intake box puts a lot of pressure on my shoulder when the pack is weighted. Is that just how it feels? seems weird to put a hard straight piece on a strap that needs to conform to curves over your shoulder.
This is the exact reason I got the Avalung sling instead of the any of the BD packs with them built in. The intake box was always putting pressure in different spots. Sean had the same problem too. On the other hand, one of my other buddies has the Outlaw as well and has never had a problem with it so who knows.

Play around with it a bit more with different adjustments and see if you can find a spot where it feels better. There are enough adjustments on the pack to maybe find a spot where it doesn't put pressure on you.
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Old 04-23-2013, 11:00 AM   #483
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I know a majority of you all have probably heard about the Loveland Pass avalanche this past weekend by now. From everything that I gathered, it feels a lot like Tunnel Creek 2.0....a group of highly experienced backcountry riders caught in a bad spot. There were a couple serious heavy hitters in the splitboard community caught in this one. Through my Colorado trip this past winter, I was fortunate enough to meet a few of the "who's who" in splitboarding and when I heard about this incident I feared the worst and braced myself for the terrible news. Mike Bennett, a rep for Jones Snowboards, was one my acquaintances on my trip. My heart sank hearing that one that perished was "a local Jones rep." Thankfully Mike wasn't one caught, but he was one of the first responders on site. He wrote up a quick narrative of the account here:

http://www.wildsnow.com/9938/mike-be...eek-avalanche/

Joe Timlin was the Jones rep killed and the organizer for the Rocky Mountain High backcountry gathering that was going on that day. Also among the five was Rick Gaukel, a local well known guide.

RIP to the five. The splitboard community will be reeling from this one for awhile.
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Old 04-23-2013, 11:38 AM   #484
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The fact that the conditions were soo text book ripe for an avalanche and this gathering was about avalanche safety blows my mind. It really doesn't make sense at all.

RIP to those 5 guys.
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Old 04-24-2013, 11:29 AM   #485
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I saw Board Junkie up there yesterday, we had a short conversation in line and you mentioned how you could use some steroids haha.
Funny you mentioned that. I forget why I needed them, I think bc my quads were toast.

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This is my favorite shot of the year, my buddy took it of me finishing up a backside 360 on the waterfall at Stevens:
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I was lucky; when I started snowboarding I was 16 and had already been skateboarding for 4 years, so all the park stuff came much easier to me
know just what your saying..I just started boarding in Jan 11' and if it weren't for my skating / skim board background I wouldn't be where I'm at now.
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Old 04-28-2013, 01:44 AM   #486
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Thinking about picking up a skate banana. I've regretted selling my riders choice btx. I've had a lot of boards come through my hands the past few years looking for that same ride. I got rid of the RC because I needed something better in powder. I had not been keen to the idea of owning multiple boards. I wasn't happy with my quiver situation this year. There were time when I grabbed my park/"no new snow" board but wished I had my all mountain board when I got there. The opposite was true on multiple occasions also. So I think next year the idea is to ditch the boards and go with an all mountain/park twin like the SB in 159cm.

Thoughts? Just get over it and keep my current quiver?

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Old 04-28-2013, 03:12 AM   #487
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I'm in a tough spot too. Not quite the same, but I need to really have 2 separate boards. I've been riding a 156 park pickle since the first one came out. And finally cracked the tail at the end of this year. I'm really considering the Burton superhero for my park/all mountain stuff, but really need to get a pow deck. I'm 6'3" with a 14 boot, and I'm done with my toes and heels killing my riding in anything over a foot. And it's really limiting how much fun I can have. Problem I'm scared of hitting, is finding something that rides good both ways. I ride switch a bit and have rode a true twin since my early days. So I want to find something that will handle the deeper stuff ok without having to have a stance set all the way back. Might just be wishful thinking though.
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Old 04-28-2013, 04:22 AM   #488
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I'll sell you a Nitro Team Gullwing 159 for cheap or a Burton Nug for a reasonable price.

I think a couple years ago, if I had just bought a pow deck instead of selling the riders choice, I'd probably still be riding it.

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Old 04-28-2013, 07:08 PM   #489
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I doubt that nug would be even close to keeping my feet on the board, and the Nitro is a bit smaller than I was looking at for a powder dedicated ride.
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Old 04-28-2013, 07:55 PM   #490
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Oh for sure. The nug is wider than you think but def not for a size 14.

Skate banana looks good on my shelf. I'll probably take it out in a couple weekends.
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6' 3" and size 14 boot on a 156cm? That is ridiculous. I'm 6'3" and the smallest board I ride is a 162 wide. My pow specific board is a 168, and my new do anything board is a 164.5

Now is the time to pick up boards on the cheap. GNU Carbon Credit's can be had right now for dirt. IMO, living in the Pac NW and not riding Mervin is kind of shameful. Not only are they made locally, they are the best boards.
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Old 04-29-2013, 12:44 PM   #492
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dogfunk.com has Carbon Credit's for $239 & Riders Choice for $323. Free shipping, lifetime return policy. No brainer IMO.
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Old 04-29-2013, 01:24 PM   #493
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i'm pretty happy with my unridden 2013 Skate Banana off of CL for $220 yesterday.

I almost didn't pull the trigger on it since I wanted to sell off some other boards first. However, I figured i'll be buying the same board or older next year and probably pay more for it.

I am hoping to take it for a spin this weekend up at Alpental.

Edit: also Capita makes some good boards and are a Northwest company. Not really sure who else is in the area.

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i'm pretty happy with my unridden 2013 Skate Banana off of CL for $220 yesterday.
Hell of a deal. I sold a 159 SB 2011 model for $125 a few weeks ago. It was beat to ****...

Different note-

Anyone check out the "rhythm and bruise festival" at white pass this past weekend?

Had some friends ride in that. Said it was a slush bowl.
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Old 04-29-2013, 09:29 PM   #495
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forgot to post a pic from Mt. Si this morning. My mind couldn't wrap around the fact that its late april and not late November.


Untitled by joel and a camera, on Flickr

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Old 04-30-2013, 10:03 AM   #496
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Whoa, the NWAC telemetry shows 15" in the past 24 hours at 5470' on Alpental. Crazy late April weather.
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I even got snow at my house in Snoqualmie this morning.

Too bad no operations until this weekend. Supposed to be warm though. Maybe there will be some slush shred. I'm super excited to ride the SB.

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Old 05-07-2013, 11:33 AM   #498
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Anyone get out last weekend? I would have if I wasn't down in San Fran. Hoping the weather keeps it up, might try for Crystal on Saturday if anyone wants to meet up for some corn pow.
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Old 05-07-2013, 05:19 PM   #499
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Still have three weeks left on my pass for Timberline! Last weekend was crap due to hurricane force winds. Anyone else on here ride hood?
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