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MacSkiddin last won the day on March 12 2015

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About MacSkiddin

  • Rank
    Groomer Grommet


  • Location
    Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Home Mountain/Resort?
  • Occupation?
  • Current Boards in your Quiver
    F2 Speedster 177
    Volkl Renn Tiger 163
    F2 Speed Cross 165
    Volkl Cross 167
    Nidecker GS 183
    Prior WCR 181
    Prior WCRM 187
    Prior MFR 162
    Prior WCR 161
    Flow Team 157
    Salomon Rancho 160
    Palmer Centric 162
    Nitro Pantera MW 163
  • Current Boots Used?
    Raichle AF600
    Flow Rift
    Flow Rift Boa
    UPZ RC10
  • Current bindings and set-up?
    TD1s 70/58 3 & 6
    F2 Race Titanium
    Flow Quattro
    Salomon Cypher
    Rossignol Cobra
  • Snowboarding since
  • Hardbooting since

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  1. Prior WCRM 187


    Sorry - cancel that. Just noticed they're step-ins.

    2nd in line
  4. Vancouver Carvers' Diaries 2016/17

    No worries about fog. Just another learning opportunity and a reason to go into the trees. Thanks again for the advice on going to Whistler too.
  5. Vancouver Carvers' Diaries 2016/17

    Yup, I was there. Looks like NS is being spellchecked to US. Sad. I had a few runs with Patrick & a good chat in the lodge (thanks again for the OJ, Patrick!) then went up to Sky chair for the softest snow & the trees. Bailed at 2 pm to catch my flight home. Sorry I didn't see more BOLers, but frankly it was pretty cool to see a guy in hardboots at the top of a run and say "Patrick?", to which he replied "Dave?" Not the reason I got into the sport, but one of the best things about it, for sure.
  6. Vancouver Carvers' Diaries 2016/17

    Yes, my plan is Cypress on Sunday. Just need to figure out weekend transportation. Likely a car rental.
  7. Vancouver Carvers' Diaries 2016/17

    I had a lot of fun exploring Cypress. I found it quite crowded to carve and pretty fogged in starting about halfway up Rainbow. I managed to link some carved turns on Rainbow, but was a bit intimidated by the mild bumpiness on the sides, having seen one of my clinic-mates sail into the bumps and break a tib-fib at ECES a few years ago. I was needing that width to control my speed. I would really like to go back for a first-chair situation. I stayed out til 9:30 on account of arriving so late, by which time it was a lot less crowded, but I was getting tired Whistler was epic! Quite busy. I 'rode the mountain' on my MFR and hard boots, but did no carving. Many times I was wishing I was on my soft setup because I find it a more relaxing & less tiring ride, but there were times when I really appreciated the leverage that hardboots give. I was really happy with the MFR. It is a great board for a place with so much variety. I think if I ever pare down to one board (heaven forfend!), it will be the MFR. I was exhausted by 3 and started making mistakes (more than the usual), kind of scaring myself on a traverse in Whistler Bowl. I used my hand on the snow wall for balance because I wasn't trusting myself not to make a mistake and go end-over-ending down into the bowl. Then I fell on a flat in the glades below and struggled to first of all get upright and then to make forward progress with my back foot out, trying to skate it on light-packed & powder snow. That's never a worry at home. After that, I headed for the family zone at Peak-to-Peak to skid it down to the bottom, to my anxiously waiting beer. Funny, on my first ride up the Whistler gondola, I looked out and thought "tree wells". Then I completely forgot about them, even riding in some of the glades in the Symphony area. Someone mentioned "tree wells" at supper last night and I thought, "Oh sh!t ... yeah, gotta remember about tree wells". Especially riding alone. Anyway, all in all, loved it, and planning to get out again Sat & Sun, staying in Vancouver Sat night & flying out at 6 pm Sun. Also, the workshop I'm in includes a trip to Grouse 2-8 pm Thursday, so I'll bring the MFR. Will be looking for advice on whether to bus or car-rent to Whistler on Saturday. Apparently the rental cars only have M&S tires, slightly better than 'all seasons'. I lucked out last weekend because the guy at the Avis desk at YVR asked where I was going. When I said whistler, he gave me a Santa Fe instead of the Impala I booked, for no extra charge. Nice guy.
  8. Vancouver Carvers' Diaries 2016/17

    My flight was delayed 3 hrs in Montreal, so I didn't reach the hill 'til 4 pm. Saw the same SG in the rack. Giving Rainbow a try tonight. Whistler tomorrow.
  9. Vancouver Carvers' Diaries 2016/17

    I don't land until 9:30 am, & then need to check in, etc, so sounds like the 162 MFR might be the choice for Saturday. I'll be wearing a bright lime/yellow/black jacket, black pants, & yellow helmet. Thanks for the tips, guys. Dave
  10. Vancouver Carvers' Diaries 2016/17

    Thanks, Patrick. I'll buy you a beer for selling me those boots.
  11. Vancouver Carvers' Diaries 2016/17

    Ok, so like Dan, I am coming out to Vancouver from Feb 11-19 & will be able to ride on the Saturdays and Sundays. I understand Cypress is the best near-Vancouver mtn for carving runs & possibility of riding with other BOL-ers & has a shuttle. Check. Should I bother bringing a long-ish board on weekends? Also, is it worth the extra distance to go to Whistler on one or two of those days? Thanks for any insights. Dave
  12. Prior WCRM 187

    I believe the sidecut radius is about 15 m. Waist width is about 20 cm. The dimensions are just slightly off the spec sheet on the Prior website for the 187 (few tenths of cms off at most). Or I am not a great measurer.
  13. Prior WCRM 187

    Price drop. $300 USD.
  14. Donek & Nidecker Boards for Sale

    Donek is sold. Thanks, Tai!
  15. Prior WCRM 187

    Still for sale. Price drop to $US325.