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Years Riding: 5
Average Days/Year: 50
Skill Level: advanced
Riding Style: all mountain
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Preferred Terrain: powder, park, groomers
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Height/Weight: 5'7, 145 lbs
Board Size: 155
Boot Size: 9
Clothing Size: M
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Pants Size: M
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Region: Rockies
Location: Colorado
Resort: Copper Mountain
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1/11/2009 4:11:18 PM if you have had your chance to hate, take the time to thank! I am thankful that Sierra has provided a way for many people to have excellent setups at reasonable prices also for the friends and fellow riders that I have met here... for the Colorado Mtns! for my Capita Horrorscope
12/27/2008 12:48:03 PM 2009 Burton Demo Tour Super Stops January 2-4, Copper Mountain Resort - Copper, Colo. January 9-11, Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort - Truckee, Calif. January 17-19, Bear Mountain Resort - Big Bear, Calif. January 23-25, Keystone Mountain Resort - Keystone, Colo. January 30-February 1, The Summit at Snoqualmie - Snoqualmie Pass, Wash. February 6-8, Park City Mountain Resort - Park City, Utah February 20-22, Spirit Mountain - Duluth, Minn. February 27-March 1, Mountain Creek Resort - Vernon, N.J. March 6-8, Stowe Mountain Resort - Stowe, Vt. March 14-16, Waterville Valley Resort - Waterville Valley, N.H. To find a Burton Demo Tour stop near you, visit www.burton.com/unlimitour. courtesy EXPN.com
12/18/2008 10:55:24 AM I am just curious how everyone counts the days they are on the mountain.  If you rode during the day and during the night, would you count that as 2 days?  I know not everyone cares, so long as they get up to the mountain.  I respect that.   I have set a goal to get at least 50 days this year, for me that is any time I get on the lift.  But if I ride from 8am-8pm I still only count that as one day.  Not trying to start a competition of how many days, it just helps me track progression.  That and I am on lunch at work and pretty much all I am thinking about is riding...
10/25/2008 5:28:47 PM So I have been seeing a lot of requests lately for light bindings, light boards, light on and on.  Many people on here have expressed how one board is lighter than the other and how they want this or that.   I would encourage others to add some facts and opinions so that people can feel better informed about these "light" pieces of equipment.   So many new boards, bindings, and boots are extremely light and well constructed these days that what it comes down to more often is riding style and opinion.  Some (very few) people may actually be able to tell the difference between a few ounces on their equipment.   My question to those who care so much about weight...if it's all that important why aren't you riding naked?    I do not really see any advantage to taking a few ounces off.  It's like putting keys in your pocket.  I am not saying if you have some 1980's gear that upgrading isn't a good idea, but everything is lighter now.    To those who are stressing about the weight, it's not that big of an issue so long as the equipment you are looking at is designed for your style of riding.    Its like a 200+lb bruizza cruisin down the hill on a vapor, I mean who does that
9/11/2008 8:34:54 AM Just thought I would start something today.  For all of us who remember exactly where and what we were doing when the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks happened.    Hug someone you love and remember what is important.          Something my Mom sent me thought I would share:   When things in your lives seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 cups of coffee. A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was. The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was. The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with an unanimous 'yes.' The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed. 'Now,' said the professor as the laughter subsided, 'I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things--your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions--and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car. The sand is everything else--the small stuff. 'If you put the sand into the jar first,' he continued, 'there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you. 'Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal. Take care of the golf balls first--the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.' One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented. The professor smiled. 'I'm glad you asked. 'It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend.'
9/4/2008 6:29:00 AM Anyone up for an early season demo day rendezvous at Loveland?  It would be cool to get a decent presence from Sierra to show up and do some reviews...
9/4/2008 6:25:22 AM I know there has been significant discussion on the SportCommand throughout the site.  I was curious on how people are still using the remote and if it works with the ipod touch...   is there anything similar out there for the ipod shuffle?
8/26/2008 8:07:58 AM Japanese website lists the softest burton board of a feel 2 is the x8v?  confuses me since it's a vaporskin...anyone know any more than I about this?  The x8 is listed as a feel 3 along with the dominant and fix.  Burton has some lower end boards at a 2 like the clash bullet and deuce.  Anyone on the forums been on an x8v?
6/4/2008 8:56:40 AM Unfortunately it looks as if someone has started abusing the wiki/stock boards setup.  Check the burton fish or supermodel for an example.   I hate to say it, but maybe only respected members of the forum should be allowed to make those changes.  This is unfortunate because a lot of people have knowledge that should be able to be added, but kids visit this site...     to whom ever decided to ruin that...you are a tool.
5/23/2008 6:14:26 AM hey all, just thought I would ask you to keep my friends and neighbors in your thoughts and prayers.  An area of about 50-70 square miles had somewhere between 20-30 tornadoes touch down yesterday afternoon causing a lot of damage.   It was the strangest weather I have ever witnessed.  The tornadoes were well over a mile wide.  We do not usually get tornadoes this close to the mountains. 
3/11/2008 5:27:03 PM I am stealing the main format of this review from Hoon.   Test Conditions Copper - CO Intial Conditions - 1" Powder 12F Morning to 40F afternoon.  Took the JJ for two runs through the catalyst terrain park. Graphics Graphics are typical jj style, some will love...some will hate.    Ride The JJ is a park board.  It's also a wider board than I need so I would recommend this to people with a larger foot than me (8.5 salomon malamute).  The width made it so that my runs were probably misleading.  The board handled great on kickers but didn't keep an edge for me.  It's stiffer than the x8 but doesn't have much pop.  All in all I was not impressed with this board.  Like I said though, bigger foot probably would make all the difference. It takes boxes and rails great, stable at high speeds off kickers but not a board to go carving around the mountain on.
3/11/2008 11:55:19 AM Test Conditions: 30F, Packed Powder, Terrain Park/Kickers.  Size 8.5 Salomon Malamutes on me, Burton Rulers size 10.5 for my friend. All of the EST Bindings have the new capstrap.  I ride with this years EST bindings and the toe strap falls off after almost any decent jump.  The new toe strap still comes off but no where near as frequently  The toe strap was more comfortable and if dialed in right you should be able to minimize them falling off. Cartel's:  Mounted on an 09 Fix.  These bindings are made for the park and now the straps are super comfortable.  These were my favorite binding of the day.  I rocked the pink ones on a pink board, not sure I can go with that for the entire season but it was fun for a day.   The bindings have a softer flex and are mid-weight. Triad's:  Mounted to an 09 x8.  I am not a fan of these, but they were the binding of choice for my friend.  He said these were the most comfortable bindings he had used and they were great for all the test conditions (ok mainly park with groomers).  He currently uses P1's and would trade them in a second for these bindings.  UnInc's: Mounted to an 09 JJ.  These bindings were sweet!  I do say that you should try these bindings on before you buy them.  They have a baseplate that is angled to reduced the stress on your knees at wider stances.  These bindings I felt were extremely comfortable, however my friend felt they were to tight on his ankle when strapped down so they cause circulation issues.  I may own a pair of these next year.
2/29/2008 9:45:02 PM How many CO boarders here?  Or people who want to be in CO boarding?  Head up usually every weekend so anyone who is up there let us know.
2/12/2008 8:29:18 AM I am stealing the main format of this review from Hoon...so thanks. Burton Custom ICS 154 with EST bindings. Me - Intermediate to advanced rider - hit the kickers but no double backflips for me.  About a 50% park 50% the rest.  Not by any means one of the better boarders here but I thought you might like my take on this board.  If you don't...write your own. I have ridden a 2007 Custom for about 10 days and a 2008 for half a day.  This board doesn't show much change when compared to the two previous years.  If there is a big difference its in the ICS system.  My first day on this board I wasn't really impressed but I was just coming off of a separated shoulder.  I wasn't really impressed with my performance that day so I waited another week and went up again.  The board was much more fun (because I could actually jump without wanting to rip my arm off).   Test Conditions WinterPark/MaryJane - CO Intial Conditions - 12" Powder 12F Morning to 40F afternoon.  Took the board in deep powder (24"+) to groomed runs and park. Graphics In my opinion the 2009 custom graphics are the best in quite some time.  The topsheet is an improvement over last years as it seems to have a better top coat.  Hopefully it will not have the same issues of flaking as the 2008.  The neon is definitely a trip back to the 80's and 90's but it is subtle enough to last.   Ride I started the day out with some nice powder and tested the boards float and carving (the 154 was a little small for this but I am only around 5'7" 150 so it was "ok") the board did great through sharp turns and trees in the powder.  It has a directional shape which helped keep the tip up. Later I took it to the park, hit some boxes (no rails for this board) and a few of the 20' kickers.   Surprisingly to me this board handled quite well.  I almost like it more in the park than the X8.  UnInc is still my favorite but this board did really well.  Extremely stable at the high speeds and held well when I had to dodge a ski pole on the jump landing.  All in all if you are looking for an all around board this is still one of the best out there.  I haven't ridden hundreds of boards like some but this board will work well for almost any rider.  It can also progress you all the way to some of the most advanced riding. You can *currently* only mount Burton bindings to this board.  If you are going for the best feel and stance options go with a set of the EST bindings.  The cartels or triads couple well.  
1/15/2008 10:02:12 AM I know of several boards that will have the Infinite Channel System next year, I was wondering if anyone else knew of some. Currently that I know of (Men's) X8 Custom customx (forgot this one even though I had the pic) Vapor Fix JJ UnInc X8V mens boards 1 mens boards 2 mens boards 3 mens boots mens bindings mens ak ronin mens outerwear 1 mens outerwear 2 mens outerwear 3 coalition womens boards womens boots/bindings womens ak womens outerwear 1 womens outerwear 2 womens outerwear 3 anon anon Pics of some 09 paraphernalia: Operator X8V x8-fix-uninc-jj-custom-farm-operator

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