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MikeD13559 Name Mike
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"never let fun out of your sight!!!" 
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Gender: Male
Age: -61
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Years Riding: 25
Average Days/Year: 35
Skill Level: advanced
Riding Style: all mountain
Area of Expertise: general knowledge
Preferred Terrain: powder, backcountry, park, groomers
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Height/Weight: 5'10, 190 lbs
Board Size: 157
Boot Size: 105
Clothing Size: L
Jacket Size: XL
Pants Size: L
Thermal Size: L
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Region: Mid West
Location: Michigan
Resort: Caberfae Peaks
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2/27/2015 11:22:52 AM Barnyard is right.  You can get a brand new one for $400 w/ free shipping.  $300-350 is a more realistic price since it has been used and P-tex'd. 
2/26/2015 2:31:14 PM it's the 2013 model
2/26/2015 1:29:02 PM Day 27 Location: Caberfae Peaks, Cadillac, MI Temp: low teens Conditions: Sunny, Partly cloudy, Cloudy Board/Bindings: 157 Bataleon Evil Twin - Union Force Bindings -  Nike Zoom Force 1 boots 5" fell the day/ night before. So, there was fresh pow all over... besides some of the runs they groomed but SHOULD NOT HAVE!!!  Seriously....  WTF is that!?!?.....  Grooming on a weekday after 5" fell on the runs that ppl want to ride with fresh snow.... Stupid F-ing hillbillies!!  There were no more than 50 ppl at the resort.  IDK why they are so OCD about grooming all the time at this place.  Besides that moronic descision... everything was awesome!  Shin to knee deep drifts all over the place and my favorite little cat track/ snowmobile track/ wind lip was perfect with a lot of fresh snow in the landing. I lapped the backcountry the entire time.  I hit the groomers after dark for 2 runs and left.  I pretty much wore myself out in the backcountry.  The hike out every time is just enough to wear me out an hr or 2 earlier than normal.  It was a fun day riding!
2/26/2015 10:33:23 AM it's not fake.  They made a lot of dif colors in that board and some of the other models.  All colors in the spectrum.  And no one is going to make fake MTX edges.
2/25/2015 10:38:22 PM Dang 2zz!! I hope your knee feels better soon.  Ice, Ibu and elevation as much as you can stand it.  Tiger balm or icy hot or w/e helps too.
2/25/2015 11:57:24 AM Awesome! it's dumping here (but, super windy) and I want to go out.. but, I'm sooo tired from the weekend and the 10 hr drive home yesterday.. and don't feel like driving 1.5 hrs to the resort in the crazy whiteout conditions..  Tomorrow it's back on though [/QUOTE] Lucky! You guys out there must be loving it! (minus the storm of course) Cali has been dry. We're expecting a couple of storms to rescue the season, I can't wait![/QUOTE] Yeah loving the snow for sure!  It has been awesome here since the new yr!  The really cold weather the past 2 weeks, esp this past weekend, isn't the greatest.  But, it's brought lake effect snow and kept the conditions really awesome!  More snow in the forecast this weekend and next week! 5" fell last night at my resort!  So, I'm off to sample some of the goodies
2/25/2015 1:07:16 AM The codes for free gear are good for 30 days.  Have you thought of getting something popular (...burton) in medium or M/L and selling them on eBay, then use that $ for new bindings?  I know it's a hassle.  But, it's looking like it might be the best way to get a binding you actually want to ride.
2/24/2015 3:05:35 PM I have a 4 yr old contour HD camera ($119) that works just fine for filming riding and disc golf.  It does 1080p video.  They have 3 models and a bunch of attachments and stuff.  I have the lowest end model. The newer models are a lot nicer than what I have, which I'm happy with for $119.  I wish I had a better video editing program I can use.  It came with something for PCs.  Which is no good for me.  I'm not sure what if the newer cam come with editing software that works on a Mac. I recommend getting an extra battery no matter what cam you go with. The cold def drains it way faster of course.  So, having an extra one in your pocket while riding is a good idea.  Here's a link to the contour site: http://contour.com
2/24/2015 2:43:10 PM Day 25 Location: Mount Bohemia, Lac La Belle, MI Temp: mid teens to single digits Conditions: Sunny and snowing somehow.. Board/Bindings: 159cm Capita TFA- Union Force SL Bindings -  Nike Zoom Force 1 boots PowPowPalooza 6!!  It's an annual meet up with my brother and my friends.  7 of us met up at Mt. Bohemia waaaay up in the Keweenaw Peninsula of the Upper Peninsula of MI.  It's 5 miles from the very tip.  Mt. Bohemia is a prehistoric volcano and rides like the top 1/2 of mts out west... But, cover with trees.  It's as gnarly as any on resort terrain anywhere in north america.  All black diamond to triple blacks (besides one blue cat track run called the Ghost Trail.  About 80% of the terrain is glades.  There is no grooming, no park, no snow making.. all natural. Here's a link to the trail map: Trail Map It snowed all day Friday for us.  It had snowed 1ft the past 5 days and 3ft the 2 weeks before. So, over 4ft of snow in Feb!!  Making Saturday was pretty dang epic!  Shin deep and deeper pow all over the place!  Everything was good so we just hit every part of the volcano. Day 26 Location: Mount Bohemia, Lac La Belle, MI Temp:  COLD!!!! -12 with windchill readings -35 ! Conditions: Sunny and windy Board/Bindings: 159cm Capita TFA- Union Force SL Bindings -  Nike Zoom Force 1 boots It snowed some over night.  About an inch.  It all got blown to the backside of the Mt.  It was the coldest day I have ever gone riding.  I have all the proper gear.  So, once I got moving I was fine.  You def had to be fully covered up.  The snow was super slow.  We took one run and I delclared we needed to wax our boards.  (even though we had waxed our boards the day before)  It was needed really badly for traversing some areas.  Cold temp wax with some graphite powder mixed in made all the difference in the world!  It was an awesome day despite the super cold temps!  The snow in the Outer Limits and Middle Earth was awesome and totally fresh all day!  We stayed in that zone all day.  My last run of the trip I ventured through the "Graveyard"  (which you have to hike out to meet back up with the ghost trail) below the "Haunted Valley".  It was totally fresh all through there.  I started that line off with a snow cover boulder/ stump jump off into the trees.  Which was pretty dang awesome!!! It was another awesome trip to Mt. Bohemia I'll add an edit when I whip one together.
2/24/2015 11:00:26 AM Awesome! it's dumping here (but, super windy) and I want to go out.. but, I'm sooo tired from the weekend and the 10 hr drive home yesterday.. and don't feel like driving 1.5 hrs to the resort in the crazy whiteout conditions..  Tomorrow it's back on though
2/24/2015 10:51:28 AM we got 4" friday-sat morning in the Upper Peninsula for the weekend.  That was on top of 1ft the previous 5 days and over 3 ft the 2 weeks before.  So, conditions were pretty epic 3-5" in the forecast for west MI today! It's super windy though.. 25-30 mph winds with 40+mph gusts.  I just got home from the long trip (10 hr driving) to the U.P.  and don't feeling like battling the roads today.  I'm def going tomorrow as most of the snow is supposed to fall tonight. Although, it's already whiteout status on the webcams.
2/24/2015 10:47:13 AM the gift items for reaching dif pt levels have to be 30%+ off.  Once current season gear goes 30% off it should be eligible.  But, it also depends on what the manufacturers says TruSnow can discount... they are the ones allowing or not allowing items to be discounted.  They give the OK and TS can put them on sale of X% off.  I'd go with the Force SLs over anything available on the site in L/XL.   I got the Force SLs 2 seasons ago with my code.  I love them!  I still rock them on my Capita TFA, which I rode all this past weekend.  There really isn't much difference between the new Force models (I have some 2014 Forces on one setup) and the Force SL from 2012.  The main dif is the toe strap.  They improved it to hold more boot models more securely.  And depending on what boot you have it may or may not make a difference. You can always upgrade to the new straps for $20 from www.c3-shop.com There is no noticeable dif between the new Forces and the 2012 Force SLs besides the yr they were made.  Don't let the age of the model deter you from getting them.  There is literally no difference in performance or quality. *edit*  don't allow the yr to influence what you get too much.  In most cases all that has been changed are the colors.
2/19/2015 3:10:53 PM Have you seen the "every 3rd Thursday" vids on their site?!?!?!  So cool some of the stuff they do.  One of them, the solar board, is a model they sell this season.  here's a link in case you haven't seen them: http://signalsnowboards.com/shows/ett edit*  was EET supposed to be ETT?  a little type-o ?  LOL I just thought of this..  I was thinking EET was a new model.  Then I saw the end of that link i posted^  and saw the "eet"
2/19/2015 1:46:34 PM ssshhh I know!   LOL Idk how I manage to get 30+ days in each yr the past 7 or so seasons.. I ride 2 or 3 days a week to get to that mark.  My 39th day last season was a 8" pow day at A Basin in april.  I came home and everything was closed for the season and there wasn't anything to hike.  the snow had gone poopy.  So, I figured a CO pow day was a good way to end the season. For about 2-3 yrs I've been trying to figure out how to get a spot in CO for the winter and keep my place here in MI.  MI is awesome spring-fall.  Winter is ok too.. just no Mts.
2/19/2015 12:47:07 PM Yeah man! trying for the elusive 40 day season... I hit 39 the past 2 seasons.  And 35+ the past 5 seasons. I made a little edit from some of the vid I got on tuesday.  I'm going for a more of a put you  there with me riding kind of a feel with my little edits lately.... since I have been riding solo so many days this season.  I just can't get anyone to go with me for some reason...  16 solo days this season. http://vimeo.com/120025088


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