Neil Gendzwill

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About Neil Gendzwill

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  • Birthday 07/22/1961

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  • Location
    Saskatoon, SK, Canada
  • Home Mountain/Resort?
    Lake Louise, AB
  • Occupation?
    Software geek
  • Current Boards in your Quiver
    2012 Coiler Nirvana Free Carve 180, 2016 Coiler VSR All-Mountain 167, 2001 Rad-Air Tanker 200
  • Current Boots Used?
    Raichle 224
  • Current bindings and set-up?
    F2 TitanFlex, Proflex TitanFlex, Raichle Intec RS
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  • Hardbooting since
  1. Some of column A and some of column B. During hard carving, your legs are putting heavy demands on your heart.
  2. Judging by the number of carvers that stop to rest every few turns, I'd say cardio is not over rated.
  3. I'd like to see the average days of use on Kurt's boards. I'd bet no more than 3.
  5. Not only is the Pilot a race board, it is meant for kids. I suggest you hang around the classified forums here. They pick up considerably in the fall. There are many BOL members who can sell you gear in excellent condition for much less than new prices.
  6. Usual opening day in a good year is 2nd weekend in November. Sunshine opened Nov 3 last year but that was unusual. March 20, conditions are usually great unless it's a bad snow year. For straight carving Nakiska is best but weekends are insanely crowded. I would way rather hit Louise or Sunshine, bring an AM or a softie board.
  7. The other issue is that for winter, usually you want taller sidewalls. Skinnier is good too. My winter wheels are an inch smaller with higher profile tires, overall diameter is the same.
  8. As you are in Canada, check into They carry F2 bindings and Deekuxe boots. I ride and recommend the F2 Titanflex for all-mountain.
  9. If you are thinking custom look into Coiler. Fantastic boards made in Canada and cheaper than Prior.
  10. You are me. What you want is a softer hard boot and an all-mountain board with a wider waist that will let you run lower angles. There are probably 15 people or so that ride in the Calgary area. Allie is one of them: she posts here often and can probably connect you with the crew. Riceball is the ringleader but doesn't post here much. Most years he organizes the Nakiska Expression Session the 2nd weekend of January. This is your chance to borrow gear, get some tips and drink some beers. I come out every year from Saskatoon and Corey makes the trip from Winnipeg.
  11. Any decent hot wax job should last several days, not just a couple of runs.
  12. If I am making full carves, I'm still moving fast enough that not many catch up. However, if they do it's the usual problem: if they aren't used to the movement pattern they may get surprised. That's why I like it clear both up and down-hill, and why I check uphill as often as I can to make sure it is still OK. If I'm cruising, I seldom get passed: it'll usually be some straight-lining idiot or a racer kid. Either way, I look uphill if I decide to take it across in some unpredictable fashion. If I have to pass a crowd, I usually just take it to the very edge of the run near the trees and biff along where most people aren't comfortable.
  13. If you mean for fully commited carving, I want the slope completely clear unless I am riding with people I trust. If general riding I only need a small space, I can keep it under control with swing turns if it is crowded.
  14. People definitely overthink this stuff. I had no choice on angles with my old Burton Elite (45f/0r), or my Gnu Raceroom (45/45) and when I've had the choice I've set it up according to board width, so I've ridden everything from 35/30 to 55/50 on hardboots. Used to have some cant, now I have some lift. It makes some difference but not nearly so much as people make out. Set it/forget it, grip it/rip it.
  15. I wouldn't say either of those things exactly, but if it were the only thing I could do on a snowboard it would get boring.