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Kazak_Hstan
Apr 28, 2014



Grimey Drawer

https://imgur.com/CS68Y6a

Finally got my hands on my new skis!!

Very excited for these, especially how cheap they were, and also hopefully not sinking up to my nipples in anything vaguely resembling powder.

Iíd eat rear end for some snow right now.

Kazak_Hstan fucked around with this message at 03:00 on Nov 15, 2018

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Kazak_Hstan
Apr 28, 2014



Grimey Drawer

Wistful of Dollars posted:

Nice, I'm aiming for a pair of them for my next skis.

I picked up a pair of Fischer Rangers second hand for this season.

I had initially looked at the rangers for this upgrade but this thread pretty strongly recommended the enforcer / Brahma / mantra cluster of skis. I donít have any opinion on the rangers, but the thread consensus was that Fischer is not a great brand.

I got these enforcers with marker griffon bindings for about $400 shipped from powder7. They are in great shape, just some cosmetic nicks. Compared against new stuff for around $900 sticker itís pretty great. Very easy company to deal with.

Kazak_Hstan
Apr 28, 2014



Grimey Drawer

Dropping over 1/3 of your body weight in a year is an impressive assertion of dominance.

Kazak_Hstan
Apr 28, 2014



Grimey Drawer

I have a rich rear end in a top hat brother and I never know what to get him for Christmas. However, he just bought a condo in telluride. He loves the area. I am thinking of like a framed map of the ski area. Do any of you know of a sort of artistic ski area map, Iím not looking to just frame one of the Niehues ones.

Kazak_Hstan
Apr 28, 2014



Grimey Drawer

HookShot posted:

https://www.circlesquarediamond.com/

I got one of these from a secret santa a couple years ago and it was awesome.

this is the content I crave

Kazak_Hstan
Apr 28, 2014



Grimey Drawer

highme posted:

Thinking really hard about flying to Denver for the Icelantic Ice on the Rocks festival. It's on my birthday & one of my favorite acts of all time is on the bill (De La Soul) and none of the other artists suck (Atmosphere, Living Legends & Watsky).

as ur lawyer i advise u 2 do it

Kazak_Hstan
Apr 28, 2014



Grimey Drawer

brignone brignone give me the formuoli

Kazak_Hstan
Apr 28, 2014



Grimey Drawer

I canít tell whether I love or hate everyone in the waterslide article

Kazak_Hstan
Apr 28, 2014



Grimey Drawer

anyone been to whitefish or the vicinity this year?

Iíve heard itís not great yet.

Kazak_Hstan
Apr 28, 2014



Grimey Drawer

Kids???

In this economy??

Kazak_Hstan
Apr 28, 2014



Grimey Drawer

Got out on my new enforcers today, albeit only on Midwest groomers, and boy do they make me happy. Can not wait to try them in some power.

Also lol, just lol, if you donít carry your skis in a clattering catastrophic heap like the black and white disaster scene at the start of an infomercial.

Kazak_Hstan
Apr 28, 2014



Grimey Drawer

Im neither an engineer nor do I work in lift ops, but it seems like you would want to put more weight on it than you reasonably expect to ever actually have. Maybe thatís ďover-engineeringĒ or whatever, but as a gondola rider I would like to think the system I am on has a good safety margin.

Then again itís pretty uncommon for every gondola car to be packed to capacity with large men.

Kazak_Hstan
Apr 28, 2014



Grimey Drawer

Whatís the purpose of testing at that threshold?

Kazak_Hstan
Apr 28, 2014



Grimey Drawer

spwrozek posted:

Most materials in structural engineering are tested to half there design load so seriously stop worrying.

Beaver Creek was great today. Endless powder and skied right on to every single lift.

Why is this though? Iím not arguing, Iím genuinely curious. It makes no sense to me as a non-engineer. If youíre confident enough in the systems ability to sustain a max load that you donít actually test to that, whatís the point of testing at half the load? Are there certain stress indicators or whatever from which you can make inferences or something?

Kazak_Hstan
Apr 28, 2014



Grimey Drawer

Collar bones are like kidneys, you function just fine with one

Kazak_Hstan
Apr 28, 2014



Grimey Drawer

kiimo posted:

I think doing some cross country skiing would help in terms of balance and maybe lose a few holiday pounds!



Fair warning, I can't imagine a less fun way to ski. Also don't let your in laws teach you how to ski, take a legit class.

Good advice, but it sounds like theyíre not teaching snowplow turns, so thatís good.

Cross country is useful, but ice skating is even better for flatland training. If you ďgetĒ edges on ice skates youíll get edges on skis fairly quickly. If you go with cross country donít get duped into thinking classic is easy and skating is advanced. Skating technique is not hard to pick up and itís way more fun to be a mediocre skate skier than a mediocre classic skier.

Kazak_Hstan
Apr 28, 2014



Grimey Drawer

HookShot posted:

I mean sure but also stopping by shifting to the uphill ski screams "LESSONS! FOR THE LOVE OF GOD TAKE A LESSON!"

I read that as two distinct things, 1) stopping, and 2) initiating a turn by committing to the uphill ski, but yeah lessons will help everyone.

Kazak_Hstan
Apr 28, 2014



Grimey Drawer

Wistful of Dollars posted:

Out at Sunshine Village today. The snow is "ok" but the lines are short and the weather is great.

p jealous, even if the snow is merely ok

Kazak_Hstan
Apr 28, 2014



Grimey Drawer

bringer posted:

Heli skiing was great and my worries about skill were unfounded. I had to call the day short after my chronic illness flared during lunch, but the morning was exceptional and Iím glad I went.

PSA for men in your 30s: If something seems wrong, donít waste time before getting your butt checked: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=QxIIHy8kGvM

My best friend would be dead if he hadnít gotten his butt checked. Itís good advice.

Kazak_Hstan
Apr 28, 2014



Grimey Drawer

Math You posted:

WHAT WAS WRONG WITH YALLS BUTTS?

Tell me what rear end cancer signs I am missing :ohdear:


He went to give blood and was too anemic to donate, and instead of ignoring the problem he got a full work up done which detected the butt cancer early enough to treat it.

Kazak_Hstan
Apr 28, 2014



Grimey Drawer

big crush on Chad OMG posted:

If Vail wouldnít get sued to oblivion then Iíd say just let them naturally select out of the population.

Weird overlap in the Venn diagram between people who would never venture into the backcountry and people who donít respect inbounds closures.

Kazak_Hstan
Apr 28, 2014



Grimey Drawer

Yeah but look at all those bones that are intact.

So many bones!

Thereís always a bright side.

Kazak_Hstan
Apr 28, 2014



Grimey Drawer

The Something Awful Forums > Discussion > You Look Like poo poo > Ski and Snowboard 18/19: Broken Bones and Bleeding Butts

Kazak_Hstan
Apr 28, 2014



Grimey Drawer

The boom box is fine provided it is a large rectangular one from the 1980s, and occupies an entire shoulder and arm.

Kazak_Hstan
Apr 28, 2014



Grimey Drawer

My helmet has integrated headphones, which I thought were going to be amazing. I wanted to like get off the lift, turn on REM and just float down the mountain in my own little bubble. It only works in a big open gentle bowl without many people around. Otherwise it diminishes situational awareness and either makes me afraid Iím going to contribute to a collision or not give my full attention to skiing something difficult enough to challenge me.

For me anyway itís a pretty narrow use case.

Kazak_Hstan
Apr 28, 2014



Grimey Drawer

My level 1 course was in avalanche terrain. Every course I am familiar with is, but Iíve only paid attantion to offerings in south central Alaska.

Kazak_Hstan
Apr 28, 2014



Grimey Drawer

I personally love smart wool ski socks. Theyíre a good item to buy in the off-season, can usually be found cheap.

Kazak_Hstan
Apr 28, 2014



Grimey Drawer

Recover fast, young Bob Odenkirk.

Kazak_Hstan
Apr 28, 2014



Grimey Drawer

Re: climbing skins, any experience or recommendations for either G3 Alpinist or Black Diamond Ascensionist?

They are both about $100 cheaper than alternatives like the Contour Hybrid Mix, which has higher reviews.

I am probably more sensitive to glue failure than other considerations like glide. I donít want some gloppy bullshit thatís going to trash my bases.

Alternatively, any first hand experiences with the non-adhesive silicon ones like the ďvacuumsĒ or w/e? They sound interesting, but also like separation is pretty common.

Kazak_Hstan
Apr 28, 2014



Grimey Drawer

That loving sucks.

If you want a pair of Head Peak 72s you can have them for the cost of shipping. Theyíre nothing special, basically rental style skis, but theyíre better than nothing.

Kazak_Hstan
Apr 28, 2014



Grimey Drawer

tokenbrownguy posted:


Dudes/ettes! Double thank you! Thank you so much! I'm going to hold off and wait a weekend or two to see if they show / I track them down on Craigslist. If that don't work I'll hit you up for sure.

Please do if it comes to it, theyíre just extra stuff Iím moving around at this point.

Kazak_Hstan
Apr 28, 2014



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Spime Wrangler posted:

My brother just started a six day ski trip today. First day out he's at Taos. Right as he got off lift 4 his group watched an inbounds avalanche carry at least two people. Ski patrol immediately deputized everyone to start probing but it sounds like the dogs were what found them. One person may have been wearing a beacon and the other wasn't, and it took about 45 minutes to extract both of them from under ~10 feet of debris. 45 minutes was too long. e: apparently those people are now being reported as alive



https://taosnews.com/stories/avalanche-buries-multiple-people-on-kachina-peak,54548

wow

Kazak_Hstan
Apr 28, 2014



Grimey Drawer

Gonna get out on A/T skis for the first time on Saturday :stoked:

I pieced together a sweet setup at big time discount. The skins were the most expensive part, and they werenít even sticker. A yearís worth of obsessive reading, scouring online deals and ski swaps paid off.

Kazak_Hstan
Apr 28, 2014



Grimey Drawer

knox_harrington posted:

What did you get?


spwrozek posted:

And for how much?

4FRNT Col 114s (lightly used) $125 from a guy I talked to at a ski patrol party

Dynafit Beast 14s $150 from steep and cheap

G3 Alpinist skins $160 from backcountry.com (the ones cross branded with backcountry - they did not come with a skin saver of any kind, not even a cheap sheet of plastic, for anyone considering them)

I guess my boots cost more but Iím using the same Cochise 120s Iíve been using for in bounds, so it didnít cost me any new money.

I didnít cut corners on safety gear, but did wind up with beacon shovel probe and airbag for $500.

BCA Tracker 2 (new) from Freeze Pro Shop online for ~$200
Shovel / probe from a local shop $100
SnowPulse 30L airbag pack from a local outdoor consignment shop for $200. That was the piece I was most skeptical about, but the pack shows virtually no signs of use, I inspected the airbag and it shows no damage, and it inflated properly (came with a charged cylinder, bonus), so I think it was a sound purchase. Thereís probably cause for caution buying a used lifesaving device, but I canít really swing a sticker priced new one so I think it nets out as a benefit to my risk exposure.

Kazak_Hstan
Apr 28, 2014



Grimey Drawer

hell yeah everybody break everything

Kazak_Hstan
Apr 28, 2014



Grimey Drawer

McStephenson posted:


Edit: in other news, anyone got a silver bullet for IT Band/LCL injuries? Elevate, but should I do cold or hot on it?

Running goons swear by foam rolling for the muscle stuff, if itís ligament damage though youíre probably stuck taking it easy and letting your body do its thing. How sure of the specific nature of the injury are you?

Did my first AT day today, some parts very positive some very difficult!

It was good to put everything together and skin up, which went really well. Unfortunately, the ski down was extremely difficult - an inch of breakable crust on top of three feet of rotten sugar. I have not yet mastered the dynafit bindings; it seems like getting the toe piece to actually engage requires NASA precision.

All in all really good though, all the volcanoes were out, gorgeous sunset, and my extremely poor, verging on futile, turns were 100% human powered.

Probably going to take this setup to alyeska and get it a little more dialed in. Itís very frustrating to attempt to step into my bindings and fail eight times in a row. Seems like maybe i need to fashion some sort of gaffe to manually engage the lever that controls the pins on the toe piece, but like that should engage if the pins are lined up with the holes and I step on the spring plate.

Kazak_Hstan
Apr 28, 2014



Grimey Drawer

LostCosmonaut posted:

How to make your ski area management look like assholes;





(from what I heard this wasn't posted by the main resort, instead by the concessions, but still)

So dedicated to your poo poo job youíre considering spending the night there for free? Yeah, well double gently caress you!

Kazak_Hstan
Apr 28, 2014



Grimey Drawer

After messing around with my boots and touring bindings, I think I solved my problem with difficulty engaging the toe piece.

My problem was that when stepping on the spring that engages the toe pins, it only partially activated, leaving the pins barely touching the holes. Reaching down and manually pulling up on the tour/ski lever clicked them in, but that seemed pretty impractical.

Most of the videos I could find, as well as advice from friends with dynafit bindings, said to line up one hole and then roll the boot toward the other pin. Instead, I have been centering the toe of the boot, pressing down to partially engage the spring, and then rotating the boot forward by lifting the heel as though I were walking, which fully triggers the spring.

Anyone else had tech bindings work this way? Dynafit beast 14s (which is just a TLT toe piece) and tecnica Cochise boots. If it works it works I guess, but it seems like something as precisely machined and tested as tech bindings should work in one way, and makes me suspect I am doing something wrong.

Kazak_Hstan
Apr 28, 2014



Grimey Drawer

https://imgur.com/a/d9pwDmE


We really need some snow in south central AK but any sunny day at alyeska is pretty nice.

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Kazak_Hstan
Apr 28, 2014



Grimey Drawer

Snow in southcentral AK isnít great for downhill but ive been out on the cross country trails and boy is it nice to glide through snowy spruce trees.

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