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  1. 5 points
    pokkis

    Tracks

    Few aftrenoon turns in Le Corner at Zinal today.
  2. 5 points
    Corey

    Heard in the lift line - 2017/2018

    We're on the chair with a mom and kid. She points out that we have carving boards to her son, which prompted a discussion. She mentioned that her husband used to race snowboards. Mario: "What's his name?" "Chris Klug." Me: "Yeah, we've heard of him!" She was super nice. :)
  3. 4 points
    Jack Michaud

    NASTAR 2016-2017

    Oh hey! So this just happened... http://skiracing.nastar.com/index.jsp?year=2018&source=selectrankings2&pagename=viewrankings&overallsnowboard=Y&male=Y
  4. 3 points
    Eric Brammer aka PSR

    Fluffy!

    I usually am very stoked on having Snow fall in large amounts. But for two things; Shoveling out, and, then like Today, when my Madds 170 didn't arrive DUE TO THE WEATHER!! But, at least the riding around these parts ought to be pretty decent! I have 11-1/2" in the back yard, so far...
  5. 2 points
    erazz

    Adventures in plates (3D Printed)

    I want to try and ride my softboot board with plates. However, dropping $$$ on a power plate or gecko system is just not in the cards right now. What is? 3D printing! Fire up the CAD, sketch up a snowboard, drop in some plates (3 degree cant, 27/9 front/back, 25mm rise) Slice it up Print in ABS And 16 hours later we have this: Which is totally unworkable! For some reason I placed the screw holes 50mm apart. Wonder why I can't mount it... So right now I got the new version printing. More to come! And I'm also working on an adjustable version. Once it's ready I'll post the files.
  6. 2 points
    I wonder if a Co-Op would work for something like this. I also wonder, if a range of what would be the outlay, and what would be purchased would inspire some more frenzied interest? Someone like AG with his machine skills would definitely make it interesting with the next generation for the TD and the like. (Two Jacks would cripple Vegas as they would both race and the odds placed would be too long)
  7. 2 points
    Hmmm, we need a poll: Would it be a good thing to have two Jack Michauds?
  8. 2 points
    Corey

    Official/Unofficial ATC 2018 thread

    It sounds like First Tracks fills up a few days to a week in advance. I forgot to register earlier. :/ Here's a clip from Snowmass: I'm on a Donek 175 Secret demo in very soft groom. Thanks to Jim for filming!
  9. 2 points
    Like the hall-of-famer Laura Thornhill?
  10. 2 points
    pow4ever

    Official/Unofficial ATC 2018 thread

    Thank you Corey for the alway excellent clinic: It's like a great book; it doesn't matter how many time I took it. I always seems to get more out of it everytime. In addition thank you again Corey for the General cat herding: all the demo/planning logistic, and positive vibe!! Condition were not the best for a bit; but it's not too difficult to find trails that work for each's own taste. If your snowboard have not earn a new battle scar; you should buy lottery. tomorrow and Friday should be EPIC.
  11. 2 points
    These came out really sweet! Both plates together weigh ~200 grams are dead straight and super tough. They position the binding exactly as I wanted. Now I just need to ride them. If I can get a certain softboot rider to get over his disdain of no camber boards we might get a second opinion :)
  12. 2 points
    At the time pot was not on the banned substance list, certainly not generally considered a "performance enhancing substance", although it was illegal in Japan. Rumour has it, for years Robin Williams told a joke related to Ross having his medal stripped and given back, saying how the only way pot could have been considered a performance enhancing drug was if there was a giant chocolate bar at the bottom of the hill. Apparently he paid Ross royalties each time he used the joke.
  13. 2 points
    softbootsurfer

    Tracks

    yum...
  14. 1 point
    We're reviving the Rally at the Thunderdome this February 24th & 25th! at Berkshire East in Charlemont, Ma. It'll be a great opportunity to meet old friends and make new ones while trenchin' the BEast. Unfortunately, it's "unofficial" this year: no discount tickets (so far); or fabulous raffle prizes; or super-models to sit with at the bar. But it should be GREAT anyway! We'll keep a list here of who's going, so post up if your in! The List: Whitehorse - Sat & Sun Kym - Sat & Sun Armtron2000 lafcadio ktv dingbat Powdahbonz Ween
  15. 1 point
    First, I want to apologies to everyone for all the confusion and disruption here at the BomberOnline forum and business. It was unfortunate and was something I was hoping to avoid. However, the situation was not in my control at the time and like all of you, all I could do is watch. When you own and run a small business, there are a many rules to follow for ensuring success. Two biggies that are VERY important are: Watch every penny and only spend where it makes sense and has the best return Your customers are your life-line, treat them right and promptly If you ignore the above two rules, and spend recklessly and treat customers poorly, your business will fail. It happens every day. Unfortunately, the past owners of Bomber chose to ignore these simple rules for the past two years and we all suffered the result of this. Moving forward….. I have taken control of Bomber for the time being. It is an arrangement with others involved and allows the forum, website, etc. to stay running. The Store is on hold, but plan to turn that back on soon. So that brings us to the main point of this post: I am in charge of finding Bomber a new owner. Yep, Bomber is looking for new owner(s). So consider this a call out to all those interested in being the new owner(s) of Bomber. There is a lot to explain and go over and I feel this is not the area for this (the forum). I do want anyone interested in this to please contact me, but I do have one request: PLEASE only contact me if you are very serious about this. If you are just curious or want to “kick the tires” I just don’t have the band-width for that right now. Only true and honest inquires please. Go ahead and send me an e-mail at the primary e-mail of: bomber@bomberonline.com and we will start a conversation from there. Bottom line is, if run properly, this is a great opportunity to own and run a profitable snowboard company that has a twenty five year history of servicing the “adult” snowboard community of carvers. I look forward to chatting with the new owner of what we’ll call Bomber v3.0!
  16. 1 point
    jng

    Racing v. Carving boards

    When explaining my carving board to someone unfamiliar with the sport, I often will say that it’s like a racing board. In fact I use my Nirvana for beer league racing but I really don’t know what’s fundamentally different between the two. What exactly is the difference between a carving board and a racing board in terms of performance and construction? How do those differences translate to how you ride the board? Let’s assume you asked Bruce or Sean to build you two boards for the same turn size, one for carving and one for racing, what would you get?
  17. 1 point
    Eric Brammer aka PSR

    Help a soft booter

    So, my softboot setup vary widely, dependent upon the board, and mission of the day. But, I do have two 'preferred' stance settings for freeride/carving. They are different due to board size in width. So, my wider rides (all of which are wider than 26.5CM at the waist) run a stance width of 21-1/2", a slight bias in footprint that puts the front heel a bit (usually a 1/4") closer to the edge, where the front foot is then set so that my toes just barely overhang the toeside edge. The front angle is 24*, and the rear 12* (positive; I only run Duck when riding Park/Pipe or coaching a reg-footer whose a visual learner). I use different forward lean angles, as well, with the front being some 5*-7* more upright. This lets my hip drop deeper into the turn, with a positive edge recovery late in a heelside turn. My Highbacks are also rotated within the heel-hoop, such that up front, the forward hinge is closer to board's centerline, and the aft hinge is pushed closer to the heel edge. At the rear, the same idea, reversed, applies, but with a less drastic differential in skew. On 'narrower' boards, ones with a waist width of 26CM down to 23CM, I run a slightly narrower stance of 20-3/4", and push the angles up to 36* Front, 21* Rear . I used to run a Volkl 'Cross' lift system, but it disappeared with my '06 Reto a few years back, and I have quit using a Palmer Lift kit with the inserts of a Sappa getting 'bent' in the board, obviously due to the binding sliding fore-aft in combination of the extra lever-arm of the longer bolts needed. I don't see That being an issue with something like the Geckho lift system (or Volkl's). I love Nidecker bindings, and have one pair left, with the LDS riser built-in. Their Carbon 900 was a Beast of a binding, only lacking in not having a 'power-wing' highback option. I run T-9's from a few years back, and my 'shred til death' Element's have the wrap-around 'power wing' highbacks, which make a big difference in heelside turns. So, a stiffer binding (such as Ride's El-Hefe) contributes greatly to your level of control, especially on hardpacked snow.
  18. 1 point
    SunSurfer

    Snowboard (non) development

    A thread here on Allflex plate variants and a discussion on Facebook about the mysterious workings of the JJA plate got me thinking (always a hazardous thing). The Allflex plate limits how far aboard can bend along its' length. Conventional sliding hinge plates don't limit that. Why not build a sliding hinge plate mechanism with the ability to accurately adjust the amount of slide available? That would allow predictable tuning of the minimum achievable SCR of the mid section of the board resulting from the designed SCR and the board flex. The adjustment would need to be very precise, accurate to fractions of a millimetre. The interaxle distance is another variable, but once that was fixed then tuning could begin. Measuring the achievable chord depth as the board flexed would probably be the easiest tuning measure to determine the resulting SCR.
  19. 1 point
    erazz

    Adventures in plates (3D Printed)

    Absolutely, your thread got me thinking about printed plates so I have to thank you for that! Honestly I was contemplating saving up for power plates. Here are the print details. Slicer: Cura Layer height: 0.2mm (0.4mm nozzle) Infill: 20% triangles - I wanted good strength top to bottom Material: ABS - For cold weather performance (see this link for good cold weather plastics). Once I run out of red I'll use Black as it is much more UV resistant. PETG should also be a good choice. Stay away from ASA as it gets really brittle. Temps: 250/95 (nozzle/bed) with an enclosure. This combination yields excellent layer adhesion. Wall/floor/ceiling thickness: 0.8mm Print time was ~24 hours for both plates together The plates came out super super strong. The rule of thumb for stress on general plastics is 3kg/mm^2. Taking into account infill density and wall thickness this should be able to support up to 3 metric tons before collapsing . I weigh a lot but not that much. You'd be surprised at how strong these materials are in compression. I would only be worried if you set these up in tension perpendicular to the layers. I would love to see what we can come up with next!
  20. 1 point
    ^^ It's possible the cuff bolting was done after the BTS was reverse blocked, and he simply didn't feel like pulling it all apart again to remove the redundant parts. Not like that small amount of unsprung weight is going to make much difference. And it's always a plus if you can keep your competition guessing as to what's going on with 'unusual' equipment. The boot hinge may be effectively locked, but its so far forward already, how much more boot travel will he get before his ankle bones run into each other? Further, he my be using his shin as a hammer on the toeside turn, in which case he'd want the cuff totally locked.
  21. 1 point
    patmoore

    NASTAR 2016-2017

    Jack - You're riding great! I'm having a good year on board and skis.
  22. 1 point
    softbootsurfer

    Milkland... a Surfers Paradise

    Incredible Surf up on the Wave today just another million Carves
  23. 1 point
    jim_s

    Adventures in plates (3D Printed)

    I'd love to compare notes between your soft boot risers and my lift/cant shims for F2 bindings, particularly in terms of how they hold up with time and use. (http://forums.bomberonline.com/topic/45886-3d-printing-binding-parts/ if anyone is interested) I've been printing mine in ABS, but am going to try PETG next, to see how they compare in terms of strength and durability. What kind of layer height and infill density are you using? For ABS, I've been using .1575mm layer height, and an 80% cubic infill, with vertical and horizontal shell thickness such that the walls of my shims end up solid (so, for 5mm walls, I'm using 6 shell layers, which result in solid 5mm walls). I've been wanting to try a .1mm layer height, to see if/how that affects the strength, but haven't yet devoted that print time to trying that out, nor to trying relative strength testing. (I have run over the shims repeatedly with a minivan, just as a gross level strength/durability test! :-) I've also been contemplating trying to bake the shims, to improve layer adhesion, but haven't gone there yet. Great work on these risers! Please share slicer details, if you're willing to do so, so that we can hopefully leverage each others results.
  24. 1 point
    lonbordin

    NASTAR 2016-2017

    The NASTAR system isn't perfect. A few of years ago they did the midwest pacesetting at a resort which has a very flat course, a glide course if you will. The national pacesetter was beaten (head-to-head) by wiley locals who used their wax and course knowledge to their benefit. NASTAR hasn't done pacesetting at that resort since. But the course does matter. The skiers that take this WAY more seriously know which courses/resorts can lead to low handicaps. In the opposite they also know which courses are considered the most difficult. Paoli Peaks, believe it or not, has been called out in the NASTAR forums more than once as being the toughest NASTAR course. Can't see the finish from the start, abrupt dogleg on a knoll before the steeper finish segment (hard to turn in the air!), and the pesky coursesetter/pacemaker that really likes to add a few out of rhythm gates at the most inappropriate places all add to the difficulty. BUT it is a lot of fun... especially to be beaten (head-to-head) by very young skiers. I think I have over 100 days of NASTAR races recorded, in 2013-2014 I had 151 race results. I made a promise after the last time I got hurt I wouldn't race in soft conditions and Paoli has now limited NASTAR to run only on the weekends so I haven't got a finish in the last couple of years. This Saturday is looking like my chance!
  25. 1 point
    lonbordin

    NASTAR 2016-2017

    I'm waiting for one freakin' firm day! Just one! Good job Jack!
  26. 1 point
    Algunderfoot

    Ski Cooper Carvers?

    My Indianhead season pass has reciprocity there, as well as at Sunlight...one has snow and the other....well sunshine.
  27. 1 point
    Lurch

    Help a soft booter

    Binding angles are related to your board width - as you get higher on edge you run into the issue of toe/heel drag. You can either get a wider board or increase you angles until you get clearance. Riding the lowest angles possible while still having that clearance works for me. Like @BlueB said, if you are up around 35 deg and still booting out, it's time think about a wider board or hard boots. This https://www.donek.com/width-calculator/ will give you some idea of boot size/binding angle/board width.
  28. 1 point
    dredman

    Racing v. Carving boards

    This is a really good question that I am sure will be answered with lots of technical answers. I will try and give my understanding of the difference in not so technical terms... Race boards are for setting a turn then going straight to the next gate for a short turn then repeat. They also tend to have a flex profile that will accelerate through the turn typically with a stiffer tail. You may hear that they do not like to finish the turn. Freecarve boards like to finish the turn across the fall line. This give you good speed control. They often have a forgiving flex pattern that work well in a wide range of carving conditions. There are tons of tricks that different board builders do to blend designs for specific applications. Side cut, metal construction, core layup, amount/direction/pattern of fiberglass or carbon. The magic of this niche sport is that we have amazing board builders available locally in North America (Sean @ Donek, Bruce @ Coiler, Mark @ Thirst, Prior) that will listen to your needs, watch a video of your riding and build you some magic if you listen to them.
  29. 1 point
    Butt sticking out carving is a crime!
  30. 1 point
    Poloturbo

    Fluffy!

    Looking really good. Jay probably tomorrow. Snow Totals as of 7:30 AM on 2/8/18 Up-to-Date Conditions can be found at skivermont.com Stratton Mountain Resort:15" in the past 24 hrs Bromley Mountain Resort: 13"- 15" in the past 24 hrs Burke Mountain: 14" in the past 24 hrs Jay Peak Resort: 12"- 14" in the past 24 hrs Killington Resort: 13" in the past 24 hrs Pico Mountain: 13" in the past 24 hrs Suicide Six: 13" in the past 24 hrs Mad River Glen: 10"- 12" in the past 24 hrs Magic Mountain: 10"- 12" in the past 24 hrs Okemo Mountain Resort: 10"- 12" in the past 24 hrs Bolton Valley: 8"- 12" in the past 24 hrs Sugarbush Resort: 10" in the past 24 hrs Smugglers' Notch Resort: 8"- 10" in the past 24 hrs Mount Snow Resort: 8" in the past 24 hrs Stowe Mountain Resort: 8" in the past 24 hrs I'm grabbing my diamond blade and hitting the slopes. Just shipped my only pow board 😂
  31. 1 point
    slopestar

    Adventures in plates (3D Printed)

    Great Stuff! I’ll be your “Huckleberry”
  32. 1 point
    Yo Nate, The snark is strong in this one
  33. 1 point
    Well, i finally earned the "right to vote" today. Had a long day at Mountain creek on this borrowed Donek. It broke a 17 year hiatus from Alpine. It felt good, real good in fact 👍. Only hard time i had was getting my boot into that rear bail on the back foot ! Tricky little piece of hardware that it is 😀.
  34. 1 point
    Eric Brammer aka PSR

    Coiler VSR 170 T. Vendu

    Barfoot Ravine Graphics!! Holy hell, that's cool!
  35. 1 point
    erazz

    Yo Lci!!

    I say keep it going. I live vicariously through you :)
  36. 1 point
    Algunderfoot

    Indianhead / Blackjack opening

    They finally had a chance to address some thin spots that rookie groomers left prior to the holidays....no worries.
  37. 1 point
    utahcarver

    30 years, 40 years;;

    Congratulations PSR! You've put in your time over the years online, too. October of last year made 40 years (off and on) for me. Boardguru is one of my mentors here. Again, happy anniversary! Mark Winterstick or Die!
  38. 1 point
    Algunderfoot

    Thirst XC 171 WARP

    Thirst XC 171 WARP💝 Three straight days of relatively decent carving conditions have me giggling a bit, looking way better than I should this early in the season, and searching for more leg...as they are depleted. Mark and I worked on designing this model specifically for smaller resorts, to provide faster transitions, more CPR's (Carves Per Run), and essentially add several hundred feet of vertical to my local 700 foot hill. All I can say is that Mark nailed it! I did however need to relax a bit, stay neutral over the board and ease up on knee pressure as over steering this beauty will have you looking uphill, or face down in the snow in a heartbeat. Simply getting her up on edge is plenty of input, just fall in after her. The XC is a WARP design (Waist Abberated - Radius Proportioned) that is a stance specific feature (regular / goofy) which aids in edge transition and calms ones body positioning, perfect for AARP / AMAC Members like me. Now that we understand each other, its hard not to love the nimble, yet ridiculous edge hold and effortless transitions. Much like a Lamborghini, a gentle gas pedal is also required, this gal has more gitty-up than any board I own, or ridden quite frankly. The stability and quietness of this deck is also well beyond expectations, but the "dampness" I've experienced with all my titanal boards is surpassed with the pop that can be unleashed at will. I'm easily able to carry and aggressively carve pitches that previously were just pastimes. I can't imagine a purpose built board more suited for providing oohs, aahs, and yes, giggles at smaller resorts. With the Wife watching all my fun, her Jones for a thirst board is reaching critical mass, but we have a SF 162 on order for her.
  39. 1 point
    Algunderfoot

    Thirst XC 171 WARP

    I concur with everything Keenan said! Even though our Midwest hills are small, steep is readily available, deep, a few times a year, all have been very comfortable, better edge hold than my metals.
  40. 1 point
    st_lupo

    Guess I Love Daytime Riding Too

    Talk about being spoiled. Timed my vacation day from reality just perfectly.
  41. 1 point
    Epilogue... Today I did play hooky, took a day off of work and had a solid day at the local hill. After taking a couple of warm up laps on the blue Coiler (and then sending the sunny morning porn shots to my colleagues who were still in the office) I got the Kessler out. The first two runs were a bit rusty. I got in some solid carves that were a lot bigger than what the board is really capable of, but whenever I tried pushing the board to what I thought it should do, I completely lost it. I learned a lot about some of my riding habits that just work fine on the Coilers but the Kessler just wont have any truck with them. My biggest idiosyncrasy is that I really press the nose in the turns, on the Kessler the nose bites in, hard, but the back (feeling neglected) just whips around and dumps me all over the place. Centered is the key, but being the ham-fisted rider that I am, I started to over compensate but shifting my weight back, too much and at the wrong time. Boy did that Kessler lock in fierce and it stayed locked in until I chickened and skidded out. The depth of those carves, and the amount of debris and shrapnel that was spewed forth was truly awe inspiring. I was a one-man death cookie creating machine and 10 hours later, those trenches were still the single most identifiable features on the most trafficated runs. Some say that those trenches and the Great Wall of China are the only two man-made creations that can be seen from space. On the magic run number three, the heavens opened, the sun warmed my face, and I was covered in that beautiful sweet-spot again. The ride from then on wasn't quite as wild as my first night on the Kessler; it wasn't launching itself on every transition, but it was like riding a bottle of slightly pent-up fury; shiny and chrome. Evisceration doesn't describe by half the edge-hold on that little 162 when angulating properly. And easing up on the turn radius revealed that hidden under that black ptex top* there was a couple of Holley four-barrels. I've definitely found a new best friend today! *Speaking of black p-tex top, that stuff is slippery. I'd gotten spoiled by the cabonium tops on my Coilers and don't bother with stomp pads anymore. That ptext though... if there is one thing that sticks less to it than snow, its boot sole, and I'm sure the lifty at the top of the hill has me pinned as a proper gaper.
  42. 1 point
    Maybe you should start carving the halfpipe. Droppin' in! :)
  43. 1 point
    queequeg

    Minds in the Water

    Things have been pretty solid at Ocean Beach lately, wish I wasn't headed out of town tomorrow. Crappy iphone pix but a camera is a camera:
  44. 1 point
    L-R Iliana, Joe Breese, Mr. J.G., Laura Thornhill, Henry Hester, Katie and I, Carlo Nafarette. Haha! Now get up!
  45. 1 point
    Keenan

    Thirst XC 171 WARP

    It does fine with more vertical. I picked one up two weeks ago and have had it at Schweitzer and Mt. Hood Meadows, you can easily change the turn shape and there is no chatter at higher speeds. It's also pretty good in fresh snow compared to many carving boards. It looks like I'll be trying it out in slush next week.
  46. 1 point
    Algunderfoot

    Thirst XC 171 WARP

    Briggette as in Charcoal .... The tail art is a shout out to Kingsford, MI
  47. 1 point
    For lack of a better description I will name the knee fatigue “nervous knee”. Although I agree with the sequence of events I do not agree that rider input is the root cause of a nervous knee. There are only two ways to solve a problem: 1) reduce input variation 2) become robust to the input variation. Following your train of thought, if a riders’ poor technique was the root cause of a nervous knee then the introduction of a damping device is a robustness action if the poor technique cannot be cured (reduction of input variation). The damping device mitigates the poor inputs resulting from the poor technique and thereby prevents the establishment of feedback signals to the knee that cause the nervous reaction. Consider the following decision matrix: If the riders’ input is indeed the root cause then the end result of an uncomfortable nervous knee is independent of the surface. The nervous knee is a function of “poor technique” rider input generating an undesirable feedback signal resulting in a nervous knee leading to fatigue. Conclusion: A “Poor Technique” rider should expect a nervous knee under all surface conditions even when riding a generous layer of forgiving powder AND a “Good Technique” rider would never welcome relief on a hard lumpy/uneven surface. Not convinced either If the surface condition is the root cause then the end result of an uncomfortable nervous knee is independent of the technique. The nervous knee is a function of the surface condition generating an undesirable feedback signal resulting in a nervous knee leading to fatigue. Conclusion: Both a “Good Technique” and a “Poor Technique” rider would benefit from a dampening device when riding “Hard Lumpy/uneven” surface conditions. In both scenario’s the damping device is a robustness action against the poor surface condition. Reality Check: There is a strong interaction between Technique and Surface Condition but I would argue that the overwhelming driving force for a dampening device is not to overcome poor technique induced nervous knee reaction but rather the desire to ride beyond optimal conditions.
  48. 1 point
    Too long in the tooth at this point in my life but what an opportunity for someone. Corey your in the geographic centre of North America give it a second thought !
  49. 1 point
    patmoore

    NASTAR 2016-2017

    Finally got around to posting some shots of the grandsons in action. The youngest had just turned five and won his age group in both boarding and skiing. Six year old grandson took 2nd in skiing The nine year old took 2nd. Here's a composite shot of him and me. The kid is racing on twin tips! I need to get him some race skis. Hope to see many of you at Squaw Valley in 2018!
  50. 1 point
    Eric Brammer aka PSR

    Vermont but where???

    Of those 3 Sugarbush is your best bet. Stowe second, but the pricing (on everything!) will kill.. K-mart is a horrible place to ride unless you know your way around. Best 3 you missed are Okemo, Stratton, and Bromley(tho, not late-season;gets slushy quick). The 'Bush fits between Stratton and Bromley, unless it's dumping snow. Insert other media
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