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  1. Gilmour bias...

    It's been on my list to go for over 20 years. I don't know anyone there with a pad for crashing but now with the tesla I sleep in the heated car anyhow. If it becomes part of the epic pass or ikon pass I'll hit it. Or if anyone has free lift coupons .during good cord
  2. Gilmour bias...

    OK I don't know why but I'd thought I just post something about stance width. And I'm going to dictate this because I'm just damn lazy. The other day I got on my Original Madd 170 and for some reason it wasn't working for me. I had removed the bindings and, much like so many of us, found myself lost trying to find the proper stance. I plopped down the bindings (F2 race titaniums) in the holes which always gave me good results before but I was riding like crap. It took me a couple of adjustments that went apparently nowhere towards improving my ability . Then I remembered that this particular board was the very first batch of the original 170s. And I had changed the hole pattern on the next batch of original 170s (like 95% of the 170s original speckled base ones) because the first three Madd 170s didn't have the insert pack locations specified. So what to do? No tape measure, on a hill, no flat surfaces, not way to accurately find the peak sidecut. I wasn't about to waste a perfect groomer day. So I started by taking my skipass lanyard and measuring the distance from my heel to the center of the hinge point of my knee ( that starts you off with an equilateral triangle) k. That would be my starting point. I also measured how high my heel was from the base of the board. I put knots in my lanyard to note these lengths and transfer them to the board. I took a run with the knee to heel distance as my stance and started widening from there. Of course there was joint interference, which you can see immediately affects my ability to get low. You start with fairly large increments . Say 1/2 inch per binding and go bigger and smaller and feel the difference . Note where washout occurs in the turn, if knees are blocked etc. each increment TEST both wider and narrower to confirm your directional choice of your stance. Bring a pencil to mark. So after moving back and forth by 1/2 " increments you change the increment. But here is where many make a mistake..., most decide now to use 1/4" increments (wrong) instead use different increment that doesn't divide cleanly. Like 1/3 of an inch. You are eyeballing this, but the idea is you keep using smaller increments as you hone in on your stance but no increment is divisible cleanly by the previous increment chosen and each smaller increment is slightly more than 1/2 of the original increment ...this will land you on different spots of the board every time so no mounting is needlessly repeated . It also makes sure you didn't overshoot because of increment size. I find this is the fastest way to find the magic spots. Same thing goes with increments and Gilmour Bias and if you only have holes with fixed increments you can use the bomber eyelets , or for Catek Olympic And World Cup series use a bit of duct tape wind it around on the bail but not too much or it's release issue. The increments get smaller and smaller THEN You start to do each binding independently as the increments get under 1/4 inch. ( it's easier anyhow as it is just 1/2 the amount of screws. Ride the same run ( preferably a fairly difficult run for you in terms of steepness but not such a hard run that you get tired -or you are just measuring your binding optimized for fatigue as opposed to optimal performance) . You will have to move your bindings 6-10 times (more if you doubt yourself and need to confirm) you could end up with 15 times if you are forgetful . But you'll nail it pretty exactly. Don't use any powder snow for this, it should be good clean groom or smooth chalk partly cloudy day so the snow conditions don't vary much as you do this. If , if you remember anything about this just remember not to use increments that are evenly divisible and more than half the size of the previous increment ... or you'll never get closer to accuracy than the increment itself. By the end of it your increment should be very small ( so small that you can't believe (i.e. Feel stupid) you are even bothering to do it) but you'll be able to feel the difference if you push it in turns. When you can't feel a drop in performance when you change the increment in the wrong direction ....then the increment has become insignificant and you are (hopefully ) done. But just to be sure recheck by the same previous larger increment size the next time you go out both larger and smaller) . Well, so, how did it work out for me? Before I was washing out all over, riding slightly worse than in softboots, not trusting the board. I was riding with Paul Miller at Beaver Creek and kinda felt ashamed that I was riding so shitty. I even started to wonder, "are hardboots still worth it? " After I nailed my stance, I was blitzing the hill, ski patrollers were complimenting me on my turns, people spinning around on the lifts and cheering, I felt the red sun was gone and I had my superpowers back. I ripped some of the best arcs of my life, and cut trenches which were unfillable for hours later. Of course some lady called in to the yellow jackets to complain about a mono skier destroying the slopes. So I took that as a cue to leave Beaver Creek and ride some pow in Japan. So much for my $38 Forever 21 Men's hologram shiny jacket and white pants and bright reflective orange blue red and bitching colored Troy Lee Helmet .... I'll have to give that "easy to identify outfit " up ... Sooo... Here you go ...dumb ass yellow jackets, back to full skier Camo. That's right , lame ass poser skier outfit ALL Arc'teryx black jacket black arc'teryx bibs, and black Troy lee helmet with the visor removed I'm unidentifiable and invisible now bitches... yeah Im Back In Black! Whiny paranoid women can calls in to ski patrol:, "There some guy going fast please stop him he is turning all over the place," (in actuality the call will never go to yellow jackets because ski patrol won't want to sound stupid) Yellow Jacket: We will do our best Mam, what was he wearing? Whiny Paranoid 4o something woman: I can describe him exactly, he was wearing black with a black helmet please find him. Yellow Jacket: was there anything else identifiable about him? Whiny overweight out of shape boring 50 something paranoid woman empowered needlessly by cellphone on chairlift: No, but he was on a snowboard. yellow Jacket : "Well if we see him (rolls eyes) we will talk to him" ( immediately goes back to social media and online dating/dumping sites) . Plans to ignore her future cell phone number - "another loon" he thinks to himself, " dumb lady thinks I should chase down everyone wearing black going moderately fast, like she owns me." Back in black always worked for me and for Ray of Virus. Sucks for photos though. And it sucks for temperature regulation. So get your stance and boots dialed and get ready to be Back in Black. The JAPOW was ok, but I should have just stayed at the Beave. I paid $770 for my ticket to Japan , got bumped AND UPGRADED!!! ....paid a $800 AMEX gift card by the airlines and got to change my return flight for free to included a full beach day in Hawaii , , got $20 a day lift tickets using my Mountain Collective pass, and had about five bottomless pow turns and the rest were about the same as a decent powder day in Colorado. Gained 7lbs all in Sushi 🍣 .. Visited the Gentemstick Factory store and cafe and gallery ... and the grooming in Niseko was so awful I didn't get a single satisfactory carve the entire three weeks... no superpowers, just a mere skidding mortal. I had the best powder guide Paul Price of Utah Powder Tours ...took me everywhere in the side country in gorgeous Japanese tree POWDER riding . It rained twice, I saw Neil Dutta while I was there ...total coincidence at the gondola both of us suffered the lack of true JAPOW. Stayed at Paul Prices killer pad with the most amazing mountain view a five min walk to the main gondola. Why is that Japan trip stuff significant in this post? Because we have all seen Japow and wanted to ride it..but dialed in on cord....well ...for every turn not in deep pow, I was longing to get back on my perefectly dialed in Madd and blitz some colorado cord. Thats how much fun a perfectly dialed in stance is. That's why it is worth it. Because if you want to ever feel superhuman...you need to take the time mind numbing effort to get your stance and boots right. Seriously, a dialed in stance on groom and sleeping in my car beats a Free luxury flight to JAPOW with twenty dollar lift tickets in a luxury condo near the gondola. But it had been January in chest deep snow, likely, JAPOW would have won. I saw a pile of felllow freaks in Japan who ride swallowtails with high angles carving stances..and they are the legends of the hill there. Being on a Hovercraft ( Hovercrafts are VERY common there, and very few non directional boards there) instead of my Rossignol Judge swallowtail lost me some hardcore swallowtail devotee locals cred... ODD SIGHT...tons of young Japanese chicks carve on swallowtails too...and they were cute enough even not on swallowtails to be worth the trip. Black in Black, back to being superhuman ..... Kid : That "S" that repeats over and over , what's it stand for ? Me with dialed in stance: The one I carved into the slope, that stands for Sliced Slope, it's like a winding river , thicker slightly then thinner, reminds me of something my ....(pause). ...fellow carver used to say. It's like car keys easy to lose (your line), but then you find it again and again. It's what I like best about being on planet Earth. (Turns and Rockets off into the distance).
  3. Mammoth

    I’m heading up as soon as I get back
  4. Mammoth

    If the report is pa Les powder and colder temps I’m in!
  5. Premium Carving vacations.

    https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCCHLEniQxTQMy2iF8-aD1HQ teal good channel since 2005 I’ve been softboot carving on swallowtails.... found my fellow carving freaks here- now just gotta ride with them.
  6. Premium Carving vacations.

    Sounds pretty awesome . I’m Scheduled to go Chitose - Haneda with a long layover March 17 then NRT to Honolulu . My accommodation in Niseko ends 13rh March and was going to hang inn Sapporo 13-17 but I’m flexible. Saw the downchill videos and wanna meet that crew too
  7. Premium Carving vacations.

    I always wanted to go to Sun Valley but I don't know anyone there.
  8. Premium Carving vacations.

    I'm in Niseko Japan for the next two weeks. The swallowtail thing here is insane. Have never seen so many women riding swallow tails. However this might seem off topic as this is certainly a place where a hardboot carving set up would seem very out of place. That being said there is tons of softboot carving here, on the flip side of premium vacations ...a Mountain collective pass makes a 5 day lift ticket about $30 a day, and the Owashi Lodge 2 person bunk rooms work out to $51 a day. Airfare here from LAX can be as low as $640 round trip (I wanted some time I. Tokyo so I paid $770). Amex platinum AND A DELTA FLIGHT got me the Delta sky miles lounge and the Virgin Atlantic lounge with the free priority pass by AMEX. So airfare was about the cost of an EPIC pass. I did manage to flirt with the cute boarding attendant 25 year old at the jetway and get bumped. Which paid out as a $800 AMEX gift card. Also got me (4) $15 meal vouchers ( all converted to Fiji water for the trip) , and a free hotel night as well as the ability to reroute my rutrn flight which I did on Delta so I avoided baggage fees and got a free 8am -8:45 pm day in Honolulu on the way back, I out myself on a pricey ticket itinerary on the return that books as a $1800-2500 ticket so I might manage a bump on the way back too. I also got to upgrade for free which made sleeping possible . So essentially they fed me, put me in a hotel , gave me $30 refunded my flight, and let me pick a better flight home. As it stands now I'm ahead $30 in airfare not counting the other stuff .i may ship my boards home in their Soorttube hard case via one of the stores here with discounted shipping which gets me to just having carry on stuff so I can bail out anywhere along my itinerary. Here from the Feb 27th until March 17th. Staying with a skateboarder friend next to the gondola so the lodging only cost $150. And the convenience store sushi tuna rolls are 108 yen are about a buck and as good as USA restaurant sushi. Yes it could be expensive here you can buy a $260 steak here, no thanks, I'll take the all you eat sushi. I do want to meet the Japanese carver's - particularly the ones that do both hard boot and softboot carving. I brought my Madd 170 and hard boots and there is a possibility it might get firm enough for it, but for now it would be a submarine here. Anyone have a connection to a Japanese surf carving crew?
  9. Gilmour bias...

    I often ask people what is more terrifying going 140mph in a Ferrari ....or 50 mph in a Pinto with no brakes? Being dialed in gives you better brakes, not just carving performance, I tell people their TOP SPEED limit is being about to come to a complete stop in a single turn. Because you never know if you are going to get to turns 2,3,4, otherwise. Any carving is better than no carving and I think I would crap bricks if I saw my Godson going over 30mph. I just taught him how to lay it over toeside, yesterday, he just turned 6. ( he learned to ride at age 2, and got 60 days in last year,) And I spent about 15 minutes dialing in his bias so he wouldn't have so much issue in his turn transitions and it showed an improvement instantly ,. Point is it doesn't matter how old or young you are... being dialed makes it even better. We looked like totally annoying parents filming him from all angles with our iPhones ...swarming and swirling around him as he rode. Gilmour has a 6 year old Godson that carves? I know it's not believable ...I mean who would trust JG as a responsible godfather...? Shocking Truth is , I have 2 Godsons. Both from different moms that ride snowboards blazingly fast ...the board is their bitch. Just gotta ride with the older Godson and dial in his heelsides. So watch me eat my words.. haha. The 6 year old kid will kick my ass before I get to squander my social security checks on premium wax.
  10. Premium Carving vacations.

    So one question for this 2017/2018 season is ...who has the best conditions and terrain for advanced fast steep Freecarving, and what sort of amenities does the resort have? Just my experience... from this last month. I've been on the road riding since January 3rd. So 39 days with maybe 2 days off snow. So earlier this year Mammoth had the most acreage covered for riding. And the snow freeze/thaw/refreeze cycle doesn't put it on par with Colorado snow as temps get too high in the daytime in Mammoth for too long in this warmer season. How's the luxury part? Well it s ok, but not exceptional. One cool thing is the Fort business center on the hill and a s condo in town ($40 a month) that gives you something to do if conditions are not good. Mammoth also has a shop that gives FREE HOT WAX (near the VONs supermarket (listen for his flags waving). Mammoth also has amazing free hot springs with nearly no sulfur content about 10 minutes from the resort where th resort can be full winter cold and the hot springs are around 62 degrees outside. The Mammoth lodge has horrible beds , the Village Inn is better and has decent workout room, and an ok jacuzzi (not hot enough ever, weak jets). Decent food at decent prices at Roberto's. Great frozen drinks and nachos at Gomez's Catina in the village. The food at Mammoth is not so good...though perhaps that private dining restaurant is good (haven't snuck in there yet haha). The Village Lodge has heat d indoor underground parking. And parking at Mammoth at the win lodge is going to involve a lot of walking as it is linear along a endless road once the lots fill. Mammoth , where ski bums can still have a life without a trust fund. Colorado. The shoot out here si Aspen VS Vail VS Beaver Creek . So here's my take as a former Aspen resident. Aspen to me is mostly all about Ruthies run.sure I like Tiehack at Buttermilk, Thunderbowl and the top of Highlands, Sneakys run at Snowmass, but it's mostly Ruthies because it doesn't get trashed as quickly as the top of highlands or sneakys. Tiehack can be a bit narrow on some runs. The snow grooming is superior on any given day and the likelihood of a blue sky carving day is much higher at Aspen. It's also warmer in January and February , no down jackets required. The Sundeck restaurant on top has EXCELLENT FOOD at Aspen prices (sometimes has fun events) , but it's likely better and cheaper than any dinner you'll find at all but a few restaurants in town. The Aspen Club at the summit of Ajax (you have to know a member to eat there - is flat out awesome). The Ajax tavern at the bottom is also good, and sunny most days. The little Nell has a close fireplace and decent bar menu, and bathrooms no wife could complain about. The demographic in Aspen is about 60+ mostly cougars, and if someone is in town under 30 they ar either a full time resident offspring or a ski employee. Rampant alcoholism and probably the highest cocaine consumption of any ski town. The private jet airport dwarfs the commercial airport. Direct flights from Phoenix and LAX. but if you book during snow season and pay that premium beware that you could get diverted to Denver and end up paying for a premium ticket and taking the bus, Vail . Swingerville Is a fun wide run, that would benefit from seamless grooming, they have a lot of board shops. Much younger crowd for apes ski but parking is fricking insane, non exisitant. You are on a bus... which after a while sucks . Vail people seem to be a lot more friendly than Aspen, more inclusive, and there are piles of attractive women with a tiny percentage of cougars compared to Aspen. Tons of terrain here for intermediate carvers, but beware of straighliners and novice skiers swinging left and right on tight traverses. And be prepared to traverse and spend a lot of time just trying to get to your terrain..and the lines...the lift lines. Pretty long for a luxury resort. Food ... I haven't tried anything outstanding there yet. Remedy is ok but $$$. They have a Four Seasons there too. Lots of options in town. I find myself doing apres here in the dive bars like the George, and Bart and Yeti, and Garfinkles. Awesome friendly apres ski crowd. Best anywhere. The Beaver. Ok Beaver Creek, they got a snooty rap. And it has its share of dickheeads ( seems to be more from the gated communities ) that want to talk about how much cash they made on the lifts, but if you get beyond that ... because you aren't going to hang with those fools anyhow ...it's an awesome place. Majorly upgraded since the 1990s lots more options. Aspen has the Wheeler and its symphony space in summer, but BC has an amazing performing arts center. With acts you want to see even not in ski country. Centiential is the carving run. It's shorter on the steeps than Ruthies by a long shot but it's conditions seem to hold up until 2:30 -4pm whereas Ruthies can be shot by 11:30 on a busy day typically not lasting until 12:30. BCD is a family designation place ( as most carver's seemto be family age now it's a consideration) beaver creeks staff, its the gold standard of sincere friendliness , great people. You'd have them over at your house for dinner if you could. They really want you to have the best possible time. Within the first 48 hours it seemed everyone knew me at Beaver Creek . It took about a week at Mammoth (cracked their industry night party with the turtles ) , and Vail... I'd probably just be one of the herd. But then again with the long white hair, Brightky colored Troy lee designs D3 BMX helmet , shiny holographic silver jacket, and the laid over high speed carves, and pet turtles at the bar I'm not normal. Instagram helps in the smaller ski towns. Wind. Mammoth is so windy they boast about "wind buff" as a ski condition that makes the wind worth it.. I think it is barely worth it. Aspen Ajax has the least wind. You can't fly a kite there if you tried, Beaver Creek was not very windy . Not as wind free as Aspen, but not "hood clutching blow you off the chairlift" like Mammoth So I did a family resort shootout . Vail Beaver Creek vs Aspen Snowmass. The Aspen Viceroy vs Beaver Creek The Park Hyatt. parking. Viceroy free valet , free unlimited car charging . Winner Aspen Park Hyatt $80 ski valet parking (no prostitute included which is expected since it seems like you are the one getting the shaft ) You can get 2 hours free parking if you eat at the 8100 Hyatt restaurant . comparing the breakfast buffets. Both $34 8100 restaurant Park Hyatt $35 Viceroy. The Viceroy: Evening atmosphere seems weird at the Viceroy breakfast. Salmon was slimy pasty farm raised. French toast gluten free had no flavor and they tried to charge extra for it. No specialty coffees or teas, felt very cafeteria .. in the food was bland. Horrible from concentrate fruit juices, good seclection of fresh berries and omelet. Staff, not very friendly or engaging, hotchcolate was power mix with hot water dreadful 8100 Park Hyatt: European Bistro atmosphere works for day or night. Buffett clearly superior in ingredient quality , selection , and preparation , salmon was delicious and well worth it. Selections of premium cured European meats, 3 variety s of BACON. BACON 🥓 makes my morning. Unlimited gourmet tea and coffee and any custom concoction, amazing hot chocolate, fresh whipped cream, premium whipped butter, huge pasty selection , and some of the best waitstaff anywhere , they ar truly interested in your day and making your day perfect. Winner park Hyatt Snow quality. This year BC beats Aspen by a country mile. Fantastically good snow especially considering how little Colorado got. Vail gets more snow, but BC does a better job with maintaining it. The beave has escalators to bring your weary "day 3 carving legs" to the slopes. They have a mixed lift with gondola and chairs. Very nice, The BC Osprey hotel is no kidding 5 strides from the lift. A good use for those Amex points as thto y accept them while the Park Hyatt does not (Costco used to give your 75,000 points for signing up with Amex). Park Hyatt has the superior Spa (it's amazing, with hair salon, and steamsauna and huge workout space, Massia heat d pool and jacuzzi. It's bigger than the Little Nell at Aspen Ajax and even though not as refine, it seems nicer because it is bigger and the staff is so incredibly nice in part because the Hyatt treats them well and gives them generous vacations and let's them use their own Hyatt properties at massive discounts ...so they treat you like they would want to be treated. Ski valet at both the Park Hyatt and Osprey is way nicer than the confusion at Viceroy. The little Nell has the best Ski valet. They will even lace up all your kids and wife's boots and carry everything for you. I didn't sleep in any of these beds. Other than the Mammoth Lodge sack of cement mattresses (I was seriously bummed I didn't sleep in my car instead) . I E-Glamped it all. I just review these places that carver friends of mine stay at. Personally even if I was a millionaire I'd Motel 6 it with my own 3" pure bliss latex mattress toppers and my own sheets... and use the saved cash to eat at least one nice meal a day and stay for 3 times as long. Or car camp , and spend that saved money on board tunes , base welds, and food treats which I give the lifties to keep the snow karma going. But for those carvers who get that one week with the family , I hope this review helps.
  11. Gilmour bias...

    As Gforces build the leverage to tilt the board to the toeside will be disproportionately heavy on the rear ankle. At the speeds in the video and for snow condition it wouldn't be a problem . You could also have ankles of steel ... I do not. At :08 th picture appears to be perpendicular to the camera ..and it would appear you are inbound quite a bit on the front foot, maybe it's just a weird camera. I I were that inbound on my front foot at speed with chatter I would find it hard to reset a lost edge. I'd be limited to carving under 25-30mph and on good surface only. Err. then again, I'm an odd duck...in that I never ride duck, and I don't care much if my line is wavy and I'm touching the snow so long as I'm going fast and turning and trenching. I figure I'll refine it as I go at the limit (slower way to learn but thrilling and fun). I do also carve without touching the snow, more so now for increasing leg strength and honing balance than for fun. I will admit I have more fun pushing shitty gear to its limit now a days, which is why I often use a powderboard and soft boots to carve. I am having trouble with comfortable fit in my hardboots as the liners have little give and I have always struggled with hardboots that run too high and have tons of forward lean. (I know I should just book a ticket to see BECKMANN in Maine and figure out these issues). All other boot fitters I have spoken to seem relatively clueless about alpine, its unique force distribution, and how to overcome these issues with great force combined with high speed jackhammers. One way I reduce these forces is through "Gilmou bias" which is more fun than slowing down.
  12. Gilmour bias...

    Actually bias let's you ride less angle because it encourages useful overhang
  13. Gilmour bias...

    Thinner boards frequency would find resonance at a higher pitch. That's why it sounds that way.
  14. Gilmour bias...

    Looking at you front boot, you are really far inbound on your toe on the MK which makes toeside initation tenuous and less aggresive and makes you more prone to chatter and clumps. YMMV
  15. Gilmour bias...

    18.0 cm wide with a 26.0 shell on UPZ that gives you tons of options...except for bias... ha ha 😖 Gilmour bias is helpful for people whose feet run a bit too big and can run a little flatter on a board that is too narrow. If you end up on a board that is too wide for you....well bias can reduce the amount of struggle but should just be kludge for a day and you should dump a board that is too wide as it will stress your ankles over time. Riding a snowboard that is too wide for alpine carving, will force you to ride a flatter stance which will bias your turns towards the toe side weakening your heel side. A lot of people run the heels and toes to the edge and call it "done" . Theoretically done this way you could ( if the upper boot did not hit the snow first) tilt the board to 90 degrees with no drag. So you might want to ask yourself, "If I were to tilt the board to 90° -where with the board take me?" Well for a board designed with too much camber it would turn left if you were leaned to the right at 90 degrees. It would run away from you. ( Been there done that) So you are more interested in leaning a board less than 90 degrees and then setting up for no boot out. I had my board dialed perfectly , got a core shot in combo with "extra unintended magnatraction " bulging edge , dropped it off at Buzzs boards in Vail ( they claim zero failure rate on this repair in 20 years) . And git it back with the bindings changed. So so now I'm having to set my bias again, and I decided to mess with more settings and it's easy to get lost. If you feel too aggressive heel bite , along with hop and chop, and being too locked in on heelsides that are highly tilted and leaned over ....you overdid your bias with too much heel overhang. ( obviously boot out by going even further eliminates lock in and is bad or dangerous as it causes the edge to let go completely ) If you feel that your board is "gently " releasing on heelsides turns and you can "reset the lost heel edge" then you don't have enough front heel bias. Obviously if you went overboard and lost the edge from full boot out you can't reset it without doing something drastic. Oh and I'm not talking about 45 degree lean, I'm talking about freecarving heelsides lean closer to 60° - 70° + setting toeside bias is easier because you want to set it close to "boot out" but just barely "not boot out " on firm snow. Really try to never be inbound on your front toe ( stresses rear ankle) and not be inbound on your rear heel ( really bad heelside performance after the turn apex) Jim running with too much forward lean on the front can make your heelside engage too early similar to too much heelbias .and can get you stuck difficult to transition back to toeside from being fully heeled over.