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  1. 4 points
    drschwartz

    2017-2018 New Board Porn

    Already got my new boards: Coiler Carbomonster Donek Secret Oxcess 174 GS Oxcess 163 SL Kessler boardercross You know what they say "Once you go black.... 😎👍🏂
  2. 3 points
    Tanglefoot

    2017-2018 New Board Porn

    I woke up suddenly, and way too early. After staring at the ceiling for a few minutes, I woke my wife up and explained: "I am a free carving, coffee drinking rocket scientist who rides mainly in Kongsberg. I need more Edge Hold on ice, hard pack and man made snow." My wife, of course, had heard it all before. She just mumbled "Talk to Bruce" and went back to sleep. So I jumped out of bed, downed a couple of swift frappucinos and got to work on my annual "Dear Bruce" letter. Bruce, of course, had heard it all before. He did not hesitate to recommend the "Kongsberg Free Carver 170", which apparently was the blueprint for the Nirvana Energy back in the day. This particular specimen boasts a 20 cm waist, an 11 m VCR, and 0.4 mm Titanal for added Edge Hold on ice, hard pack and man made snow. My wife, of course, was not born yesterday. A few mornings later, she woke me up (suddenly, and way too early), and whispered in my ear: "Mrs. Tanglefoot's board?" So I jumped out of bed, downed a couple of swift frappucinos and got to work on the second "Dear Bruce" letter of the season. Bruce, of course, was not born yesterday. He did not hesitate to recommend the "Steampunk 168", which is based on the "Kongsberg Free Carver 170", but with 0.3 mm Titanal, less whimsical graphics, and a flex pattern tuned to suit the female center of gravity. It later transpired that my wife's actual words had been "Mrs. Tanglefoot's bored", but by then, the "Steampunk 168" was a reality, and the rest, as they say, is history. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure it out: Winter is coming.
  3. 3 points
    nils

    Sad news...Passing of Jean Nerva

    Just got the news of the passing of a great snowboarder and inspiration as well as a nice low key man...Jean Nerva passed away last night. He was 57, and developped a rare form of blood cancer that almost got him blindsighted in 2011. He joined a NGO called shades of love to provide sunglasses to mountain populations... https://shadesoflove.org/ I got into snowboarding after watching him and Regis Rolland in Canon Surf....also had the chance to meet him and he gave great advices at the creation of Swoard.. :( N. nice pics on this page: http://www.fluofun.fr/news/20604-salut-jeannot.html
  4. 2 points
    Dan

    2017-2018 New Board Porn

    So...just kicking off this year's thread with a teaser...I rode some Thirst boards last season, and after dithering between two sizes (and test riding both - thanks Mark!), decided on the Warp Superconductor 172. Mark has been waiting for me to get my act together on the topsheet art, and I saw preliminary sketches today from the artist I'm working with, Raffaella Vaz. I am super happy with the way things are coming together and hope to have something to show off in this thread soon!
  5. 2 points
    Jack Michaud

    2017-2018 New Board Porn

    Love my Nirvana Energy 174/20/12-14. Although "KFC" has a different connotation in the US.
  6. 2 points
    west carven

    Binding ramblings

    howdy stop blaming gear!!! the obvious obstacles are your limitations. there are people ripping clean carves in soofboots, hardboots just makes it easier. don't ever blame the gear... people were ripping back in the day with crappy gear. stop making excuses...
  7. 2 points
    BlueB

    Binding ramblings

    Whole point of the longitudinal flex is to happen at the ankle joint in supported (by the flex of plastic or spring/elastomer device) and controlled (by our muscles) manner. I personally would hate to have the "falling on my nose" feeling, if something flexed forward under my boot... As for the side flex, I like my ski boots slightly rocking sideways in the bindings. When that is not present, I get sore ankles. But I've got wonky ankles, so maybe not the best person to judge it... Otherwise, you are describing the Switch softboot bindings. Those attached to the side of the boots and were incredibly solid.
  8. 2 points
    philw

    Binding ramblings

    There's a fair bit of historic information here: http://www.alpinecarving.com/binding_model.html If you think about the costs of injection moulds (see the Mountain Slope discussion), then you can see why it would be quite a challenge for a low-numbers sport like this to come up with brand new moulds and also a completely new binding design. Without the mass market, it's a challenge. But then the technology is changing, and Mountain Slope have built some new moulds. If you've got that, maybe it's not too hard to mess with the interface too, so perhaps there's hope. In fact did they not suggest something to that effect?
  9. 2 points
    Nooooo! This makes me so very sad. Such a lovely guy, I have such fun, fond memories of our Chiemsee Team photo shoot in Switzerland. He made me ride snow bikes for the first time, and pushed me to go flat out, dragging me round the mountain at terrifying speeds...only afterwards did he mention he'd been a motorbike world champion! He had a wicked sense of humor. An alpine snowboarding pioneer, furthering race board design along with teammate Peter Bauer, they changed the face of the sport forever...and for the better. RIP Jean...one of my snowboarding heroes now, and forever 😢 "You carve, you carve, you carve...no slide, even when it's icy!" J. Nerva.
  10. 2 points
    howdy DOWNCHILL CARVING... they are having fun carving on their powder sticks...
  11. 2 points
    Beckmann AG

    Carvings back on the menu!

    Can't blame you for that. Around here it's cost prohibitive, so illegal cattle parking usually results in booting, and If that doesn't take, the animal is put down. Or did you mean kowtow? (Wasn't clear from context).
  12. 2 points
    colintkemp

    Kessler Alpine Question?

    Barryj, I'm the weirdo... My 185 KST is my go to board. It is not stock, however; and it is a bit softer than stock. (I bought it from Canada's very own Michael Lambert's in 2012/2013, if can remember right. It's a metal top (Lambert told me he preferred that (lighter, faster)) and build for ice (and thus a bit softer than stock).) It is definitely a lot of board (I totally agree with all the posts). It is tiring and takes a lot, for sure. I ride it with a Apex v2 plate. I'm not a big guy. Indeed, I'm actually just your average guy - 5'11", 170lb. It definitely makes a difference that I raced alpine in college (but I wasn't particularly good). And I have great news for you: Even if you don't buy one this season, you can ride mine -- My kids are in Squaw ski school and I just got my gold pass... So, we can meet up and you can ride my 185. (Or one of my two 180s, or my 182 NSR.) I would be fun to connect. Let's connect through PM as we get closer to the season.
  13. 2 points
    kiteparsons

    ECSS 2017...?

    Jack, East Coast Slush Sesh...... you might remember it from a couple years ago.
  14. 2 points
    big mario

    Kessler Alpine Question?

    Only should be ridden by someone with gorilla balls or brain damage. That stick will wear out mere mortals in half a dozen runs
  15. 2 points
    corey_dyck

    Kessler Alpine Question?

    There's an interesting bias on forums though. Many people here prefer to discuss their big bad boards as you have to be on your game and/or on wide slopes to ride them. But from what I've seen, that's the 2nd or 3rd board that only comes out when everything is right. Most people seem to go to freeriding boards with smaller sidecuts most of the time. Barry, given your description above; steer clear of the Kessler 185. It can turn surprisingly tight - if you're very skilled and/or willing to put in a lot of work. If you sit back and just tip the board, it defaults to very big turns.
  16. 2 points
    Ba ha ha! Sugarloaf/CVA's very own Mark Fawcett...
  17. 2 points
    Thank you jack! I remember that shot and seeing it today made me smile.
  18. 2 points
    slopestar

    2017-2018 season prep thread.

    I switched from Colorado Native Lager to Coors Light. Getting a lot more reps in now. 12oz curls can be brutal
  19. 1 point
    Lurch

    VIRUS SOULSURF 190!!!

    I know a guy who knows a guy with a Donek shaped hole in his quiver that this would fill :)
  20. 1 point
    I just finished my first week of Stronglifts from the very beginning. My background is as an amateur competitive cyclist turned crossfitter, turned weightlifter. I had plans in 2011 to train for competitive weightlifting, aiming for the 2017 Pan America Weightlifting competition in the Senior Division. Vital stats at my prime in 2011 were 148lb body weight, 145lb snatch, 195 C&J, 295 deadlift and 215 squat. These are respectable globo-gym numbers pound for pound, but nothing competitive. I'm also 5'9" with long limbs and a short torso, so not even close to the correct proportions to lift anything heavy. After a particularly traumatizing life event, I gave up on a lot of fitness based activities, took up smoking again, and started to drink a LOT more alcohol. My fitness slowly declined up to a few years ago then I started mountain biking more and quit those bad habits. I've been struggling with various weightlifting programs since then, getting on Takano's program, then ditching that because it was too much duration and too technically difficult for my current skill level, Waxman's programming but quit that for one reason or another. I've had great success with Wendler 5-3-1 because it was super simple to follow, but also incredibly boring and it took a while to get in and out of the garage gym. I first heard of StrongLifts 5x5 through Corey in this thread: 2017-2018 season prep thread It looked interesting after some investigation, I was concerned about the really low initial starting weight, but I think that the really fast ramp up on the first progressive loading cycle will address that and also allow anyone to achieve some sort of technical proficiency. Plus you really shouldn't be able to injure yourself squatting 45lbs or benching 45 lbs incorrectly. Hopefully most of the program users are using support channels to improve their form via photos, video and in person coaching. For me, it really feels like a waste of time as I could probably start at the body weight squat, but this is about following a specified program, not the Joe Breese Roll Your Own Program. I did make one small adjustment on Workout #2 and that was to increase the squat to #65 as that is my normal warmup, get the blood flowing weight, I use the barbell only weight for dynamic warmups, and I just couldn't bring myself to put some tiny 2.5# plates on the side. Sorry, couldn't do it, had to add 10lb bumpers to make it look like I was doing something meaningful. Also deadlift started at 95# since I'm not going to put numerous tiny weights on a bar that is 5# shy of an easy to load bar. My initial impressions are: StrongLifts 5x5 is a good program for the person with NO experience what-so-ever, in fact you need very little to start it in your home, and this allow the lifter to slowly acquire more weights as they get stronger. All that is needed to start is a barbell, clamps, rack, bench, 2x 25lbs plates, 2x 10lb plates, 4x 5lb plates, 2x 2.5lbs plates. The exercises are easy to execute and complete in a short amount of time, especially in the early stages, later on I can see this taking upwards of 90 minutes to complete. Obviously nutrition is going to be a large part of your gains or lack thereof. I was once a very pro-vegetarian person and it was difficult to get the proper ratio of macro nutrients at first. My advice for anyone with an anti-meat diet is to focus on getting the proper amount of lean proteins to support your body and workout, then control the fats, then see where your carbs are at. Mostly those can be ignored as they will already be adequate enough, possibly even excessive in a vegetarian diet. So first week numbers are: Starting weight 151.8 Squat 45# @ 5x5 Bench 45# @ 5x5 Row 65# @ 5x5 Squat 65# @ 5x5 Press 45# @ 5x5 Deadlift 95# @ 1x5 Squat 70# @ 5x5 Bench 50# @ 5x5 Row 70# @ 5x5 Ending weight 150.4 I'll keep a running log so whoever is interested can follow along.
  21. 1 point
  22. 1 point
    softbootsurfer

    Minds in the Water

    some Crunch at the Wedge
  23. 1 point
    hard to realize the old guard is passing away enjoy that perfect cord on your way to those powder fields in the sky helped me justify my choice of plates and hardshells 3 decades ago
  24. 1 point
    Jack Michaud

    Sad news...Passing of Jean Nerva

    Sad news. One of my early inspirations to get into alpine snowboarding. "You carve you carve you carve you carve, and you cannot slide, even if it's icy!" Words that challenge me to this day. Watching Ch!ll as a 14 year old, he was a carving god. RIP, J.
  25. 1 point
    Ernie00

    fullbag

    J'ai ridé la mienne au début avec des fix à botte dures. C'était correct mais il manquait quelque chose. Je me suis entêté longtemps à tout rider en bottes dures mais il y a des situation ou boards qui valent la peine à rouler en bottes molles. J'ai beaucoup plus de plaisir avec mon kit de bottes molles sur ma Fullbag. Rendu là une paire de bottes dans le fond de la voiture c'est pas si pire à trainer.
  26. 1 point
    lordmetroland

    2017-2018 season prep thread.

    Praise God, it's the Holy Trio! There may be a greater dumb song than "Lights Out" but I'm not aware of it. Actually, "Angel of Death" comes pretty close...
  27. 1 point
    lordmetroland

    Yo Lci!!

    I've had good luck with Denver Sports Lab near 6th Ave and I-70. Hours can be a bit funky but they've done good work at a very fair price. Found some unfortunate things out about at least one of my boards through their diligence. Heard good things about Powder7 right off Hwy 93 near Hwy 58 too.
  28. 1 point
    Turkey feather ash looks like a baseball bat. I saw one at the factory that looks even better than this image. The dark one is walnut. I went with curly maple for my new wide ST 166.
  29. 1 point
    I_LOVETT

    gekkkkkkko plates for sale

    I want but don't need most things alpine. Looking forward to trying these.
  30. 1 point
    We've got a lot of decks left over from last season, and as part of our pre-season sale, we're offering them at a huge discount. Be sure to check them out: 164 Donek Nomad, normally $800, on sale for $599 180 Donek Proteus, normally$1150, on sale for $750 SOLD! 168 and 178 Oxess XR, normally $1,899, on sale for $1100 162, 168 and 171 Kessler KST, normally $1299, on sale for $899 179 Donek Freecarve, normally $1150, on sale for $750 Swoard Extremecarvers, normally $999, on sale for $699 We also have a full list of demo boards on sale. Be sure to check out the other thread for more details.
  31. 1 point
    queequeg

    Hard boots - not only for carving!

    Well, this has to be the most niche-snowboarding photo I have ever seen: hardboot-tandem-sandboarding ... is that a skwal too?? I've seen it all.
  32. 1 point
    So, I will be posting pics in short order, but the following are for sale (and, if you are interested, pm me): *************SOLD.Coiler Pure Race 188 (traditional construction). new wax and sharpened edges from Rennstall in park City, yellow top sheet. damp and forgiving, very predictable in a good way, wide. 7.5/10***************SOLD **************SOLD .Donek Freecarve 182 (glass board). skinny in the middle. stiff, lots of pop. red topsheet. 7.5/10 SOLD************** ***************SOLD. Rad Air tanker 182 (WITH SOME PROBLEMS). older version and 2 of the rear inserts are plugged with cut screws that were just spinning in place. most can work their stance around it, i would guess. as is, would not affect a powder stance, placed back. best solution might be to extract and t-bolt, in lieu of proper inserts. overall i would say 6.5/10*******SOLD .TD3's, step-ins with Fin-tecs to go with. perfect condition 10/10, both the bindings and Fin-tecs in equally good shape. both discs are 0 degree. i am the one guy who rides em' flat. keep that in mind. .$275 for the bindings, $110 for the Fin-tecs, plus shipping of course. $350 for both, plus shipping (i will cover anything over $25 shipping, lower 48). I am a decent communicator and easy to deal with. Plenty of history here to that effect. Pics on request or I will post them up in a few hours or tomorrow morning. Thanks. Dave
  33. 1 point
    carvedog

    Utah: Best SL Resort for Carving?

    It's been a while since I have been to the other resorts but I love Snowbasin. There is some great lower angle carving in Strawberry area as well as back closer to the base. Want to ramp up the Gs and I will go to some of the upper runs or hit the downhill courses - mens and womens. I don't remember too many names . There were great turns to be had all around. Of course the problem is .... it still snows quite a bit there. So I make sure to have a powder board or all mountain in the quiver.
  34. 1 point
    Somewhat click-bait. They don't have fully printed ski boots yet. The tech isn't completely there (materials are either too brittle or too soft) but I imagine that this is definitely the future for high end and/or specialized boots. As 3D printing is a big part of my job I watch this closely and the advances in the last decade are awesome for us. In the not too distant future you will be able to scan your foot and send the file to a specialist. This will, in turn, be printed into a fully functional ski boot with the exact fit and flex parameters you want. This will also allow a lot of innovation because manufacturers won't be bound to $$$$ tools. I think it's awesome!
  35. 1 point
    Jeez, I'm guessing/hoping that's a big telephoto lens? Or maybe the bears are more mellow in CO than here? That guy is looking pretty much at peace with the world.
  36. 1 point
    Moved to Off-topic. I'd bet it feels weird starting at such a low weight after having pretty good numbers before! My only experience is as someone who thought a 45-lb bar was a little scary. The small steps hugely improved my confidence. I was up to about 75 minutes per workout when I dropped StrongLifts in favor of Wendler 531. Thinking back, I should have just tried the higher weight, failed, and stepped down as prescribed. But, my ego got in the way so I took all the rest periods in hopes of successfully lifting the weight in the next set. The mentally crushing part was that if I lifted that weight successfully, it would go up next time. Wendler 531 is too open-ended for my liking. What are good accessories? How many? Should I do push-ups somewhere? Kroc rows? One-footed Bosu ball deadlifts while spinning plates on my free foot?
  37. 1 point
    breeseomatic

    2017-2018 season prep thread.

    If anyone cares to follow along and read what I have to say about StrongLifts 5x5.
  38. 1 point
    softbootsurfer

    Milkland... a Surfers Paradise

    walked down the road this evening
  39. 1 point
    Puhutes

    Hard boots - not only for carving!

    Can one really carve on sand?
  40. 1 point
    inkaholic

    KarverKai tucking in

    KarverKai has been getting more and more into DH skating after a year spent freeriding to learn different slides. Well, he has now stepped up his game and is tucking in with some of ColoRADo's top DH skaters. He is not yet really fast but makes gains each time out learning what he can from the Vets. Here is a quick clip from his first day out on one of our local "runs". Ink IMG_3889.mov
  41. 1 point
    SunSurfer

    2017-2018 season prep thread.

    Or you could try this Not sure I'd recommend it though!
  42. 1 point
    philw

    Utah: Best SL Resort for Carving?

    I wouldn't say that, it depends what you want / mean by that. It's not a "motorway cruiser" type place and you'd probably want to stick your hard boots on a powder board on a powder day...
  43. 1 point
    davekempmeister

    Utah: Best SL Resort for Carving?

    agreed. conversely, Snowbasin's food is worth taking a true lunch break. the view from the Needles lodge, the lodge itself, the food. google it and click images. incredible. i am getting hungry. snowbird does sell a high quality "chapstick" with their logo on it. the stuff is the best. not exactly food but the next best thing.
  44. 1 point
    Lurch

    Utah: Best SL Resort for Carving?

    IMO Solitude will be the least crowded and grooming is pretty good; anything off Eagle is fun and there is a bit of a carving crew there. You can usually get 4-5 clean runs in if you hit first chair. On the downside, they hosted the FIS BX race there last year and the course really squeezed the space up, so it will pay to investigate if that will be on again this year..... I might have been more forgiving if they opened the course up to regular punters one the racing was done - some of the berms were awesome :) Brighton much busier, but running off Great Western can be good mid-week (and there is always the night session). The Bird is ok too, but the drive up LCC can be a real hassle.
  45. 1 point
    Dibs on the Oxess!!!
  46. 1 point
    Just to update this thread for reference, I have purchased the blue REV 163 above.
  47. 1 point
    Congratulations Emdee, nicely done. I am definitely not the fastest in the world, at anything.
  48. 1 point
    Sweet baby Jesus, the steeeeeeeeeze! Can I get a witness from the congregation?!?!?
  49. 1 point
    Last week from Sugarloaf..that be the new 163 swallowtail from Winterstick
  50. 1 point
    howdy dreaming of deep powder days... this run gave me a woody...
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