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heyjohnsullivan Name Sully
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Gender: Male
Age: 27
Languages: English
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Years Riding: 22
Average Days/Year: 40
Skill Level: advanced
Riding Style: all mountain
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Preferred Terrain: powder, backcountry, groomers
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Height/Weight: 6'3, 220 lbs
Board Size: 163
Boot Size: 12
Clothing Size: XL
Jacket Size: XL
Pants Size: XL
Thermal Size: XL
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9/7/2010 12:06:25 PM Any chance we'll have these again this year?
9/7/2010 12:04:46 PM Bretton Woods. If its dumping in Franconia Notch it can;t be beat. There is never any issue with winds like you get with other mountains in the area... Loon, Canon, Killington BW baby.
9/5/2010 5:01:16 PM Yea, Franconia Notch area has the craziest weather. Its a trip driving up there in the winter to get to Bretton Woods or Canon.
9/4/2010 8:47:49 AM Everyday, every run at mittersill on the back side of canon mountain
9/4/2010 6:54:24 AM I will have to check out Bondcliff this fall. I've heard great things.
9/4/2010 6:52:11 AM I can understand everything else. But what is the waist-width to do with my boot size? I thought as long as my boots feel snug it should be fine. Thanks, Simon[/QUOTE] Waist width refers to the width of the area around your bindings on the snowboard. When you see a board labeled as mid-wide or wide, that means the waist-width is wider than a normal board. Typically if you have a size 11.5 boot size or above you will be riding either a mid-wide or wide snowboard.
9/3/2010 3:32:33 PM do you know which trails you took?
9/3/2010 3:30:33 PM I climbed Mount Washington via Tuckermans Ravine last year. What a sick hike!
9/3/2010 11:27:52 AM Living in the northeast, alot of the mountains I ride down in the winter are great for climbing up in the summer. How about that... Anyone suggest any hikes in New England or anywhere else? My personal favorites include: The beehive at Acadia Cannon Mountain Franconia Ridge
9/3/2010 10:01:05 AM GO ND! Bring on the haters!
9/3/2010 9:56:58 AM @barnyard I agree. I tried snowboarding at the end of a season and wasn't able to snowboard again until the following year. That second day was just as tough as the first.
9/3/2010 9:54:49 AM Originally posted by ballistic: "hey i'm in opposite boat. i started riding 3 yrs ago and want to try skiing soon. What should i expect in making the switch? i did ski one day about 20 yrs ago, managed to go down a green run no problem. I just want to mix things up a bit, i dont plan on quiting boarding by any means. That would just be plain stupid" @ballistic, good to hear you are trying new things! The only thing skiing and snowboarding have in common is that there is snow underneath thin metal things that let you go really fast. Other than that it is completely different. Which is why it doesn't matter that i skied for 20 years before I switched to riding. Technique wise, there are no similarities. Prepare to use different muscles when skiing. Here are some differences you can be prepared to experience: When skiing you will have poles to help you remain upright and standing when you are not moving. No more getting up and down every time you stop. Snowboarding is a lot easier on the knees compared to skiing. Knee injuries are not as common in snowboarding as they are in skiing. Ski poles are great for flats on the mountain. Skis are better in bumps and ice, which is why you see more skiers on the east coast and more snowboarders on the west coast. Falling on skis is a whole lot funnier. You'll learn that on your first yard sale. Be prepared to walk to find your stuff when you take a bad fall on skis. In summary Get proper equipment. (take a look at the reply to simonhang, and follow the same steps as you would for renting a snowboard) Prepare to fall. Personally I prefer snowboarding. There is something fluid about the connection between the singular board and your legs. Keep me updated and let me know what you like better.
9/3/2010 9:37:00 AM @simonhang Yes! Knowing what type of person you are before going out is important. I never took a formal lesson, but it is definitely helpful to some people. There are probably some pains and bad habits I could've avoided if I took a lesson. The biggest thing is make sure you get the proper equipment. I had a terrible first day because my board was way too small. If you find yourself on something too short/narrow, you'll catch your toes or heels and be falling even when your are doing things right. If you get on a board that is too long its going to take alot more from your body to make it turn and that can create bad habits in your form. Make sure when you go out on a board for the first time you talk to someone, in person, who knows what they are doing. Don't rush the rental process. Make sure these few things are cleared up before you walk out: Your weight is accurate. You explain this is your first day riding. (This will play a role in what type of board you get) Your boots feel snug. (Ankle pain can be avoided!) Specifically ask if the waist-width is okay for your boot size. Determine your riding style, goofy. Typically first days on a board are terrible as it is, but it gets a lot more fun the second time around. Making sure you have the right board set-up under you is crucial to not developing bad habits from the start. Good luck!
9/3/2010 8:04:53 AM Thanks richardvoyageur Glad to be here...
9/3/2010 7:52:56 AM Hey all, Just wanted to open myself up as an outlet for anyone who has recently made the switch or is thinking about making the switch from skiing to riding. Background: I was a skier for the first 20 years of my life. Made the switch to riding 2 years ago. I have lived in New England all my life. I have average about 40 days on the mountains every year. My home mountain is Bretton Woods, but my favorite run in the world is a stash in the backcountry at Canon Mountain. I am not a big park guy...yet. I have ridden and skied in every New England State, Colorado, and Utah. And after skiing in CO and UT I'm glad I grew up on the mountains in New England, it has made me a better rider. When I started riding, I used the Sierra community as a learning outlet and I want to return the favor. Bring on any and all question. I am here to help. Thanks, Sully


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