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9/9/2014 7:20:35 AM This is the time of year where the weather here starts changing a bit and I start shifting focus from summer to winter.  Looking forward to a few premieres here this year.  I know a big one here in Denver is this weekend (snowboard on the block www.blockfestival.com ), but I am a fan of the Teton Gravity Research films.  Will be checking out the final film in Jeremy Jones trilogy of Deeper, Further, and now Higher.  Also checking out their ski film "Almost Ablaze".   Anyone have any premieres they are heading out to see?  The next film in the Travis Rice series waits another year...but still looking forward to it... bring on the snow.
1/30/2014 8:31:18 AM A recent topic over at Thrive sparked some interest for me.  One, what is the average age of the snowboarding group?  I have posted up a poll to try and determine if the OutsideOnline article has any merit or is just another attention grab before the Olympics.  The media will be the media in that they want to generate controversy and website hits.  So it's an opinion, both from the skier perspective and the snowboarder perspective. http://www.thrivesnowboards.com/forum/t/snowboarding-is-dead-i-guess-we-need-to-start-skiing/p~1 http://www.angrysnowboarder.com/snowboarding-officially-dead-according-one-skier/ http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/snow-sports/skiing-and-snowboarding/snowboarding/Snowboarding-Is-Screwed.html Now I do not think the Outside Online article was malicious, but Angry brought up some excellent points in his ever so tactful way.  The Thrive thread sparked my interest with the "Snowboarding is Dead, guess we should start skiing". I should note, that I both ski and snowboard, though I am 95% snowboard, 5% ski I find them both entertaining and each have their benefits.   I have lived in the mountains all my life and I know that snowboarding has come a long way in just the small amount of time I have been involved in it.  Click the poll with your age, I am curious to see what the trend is.  I think Angry has some good points with the overall age of the sport in relation to the age of the people. .... let it begin 
1/14/2014 4:23:47 PM Setup:Boots: Nike Zoom ItesBoard: Thrive AccompliceBindings: Switchback Halldor Pro Model Comparisons: Burton Infidel, Burton Genesis, Rome Mod Boss http://www.switchbackbindings.com/webshop Riding Style: Park and Powder Put a few days on the switchbacks.  I had heard good things and bad things about them so I wanted to try out for myself.  I have to say, the straps are legit.  They are comfortable and they keep the ratchet strap enclosed in the outer cover.  I liked this style a lot on the Flux bindings and Switchback has an even better (in my opinion) cover. A couple things I look for in bindings, the toe strap holds and stays in place and the ratchets are easy to tighten and loosen.  Seems simple enough but I have those issues constantly.   Took them over some medium sized jumps and the toe straps stayed in place.  One thing I like from bindings is to not notice them while I am riding.  I want to the board to do what I want when I want and the bindings to feel non-existent.  These bindings accomplish this quite flawlessly.  The Halldor variation has a "scrub hook" style highback which is something I have come to appreciate.  I have them on my infidels and while it feels somewhat gimmicky I still prefer how it fits to my boots.   The bindings easy to switch up and adjust.  The footbed was a pain to get out but I imagine that will change the more it's removed.   I think there are a lot of good binding choices out there and these rank up there with them.  First time in awhile I have actually been excited by a pair of bindings.  They are a little different and stand out a bit.  They switch up extremely easily which is a bonus for making your own or replacing components.  Except for the Genesis bindings currently mounted to my barracuda I would gladly swap out my other bindings for these.  All in all I expected to be impressed and these delivered.  
1/9/2014 1:54:33 PM ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ___ ____Any of you EM's ever check this section anymore?  I forgot it existed.
12/11/2013 3:50:22 PM Looks like its down to Spenser's home resort of Eaglecrest, AK vs my first resort Crested Butte, CO. http://www.powdermag.com/stories/ski-town-throwdown-2014/ Though I have no idea how Sun Valley beat Jackson, the town or the mountain.  People must be confused.  CB is a pretty sweet place, never had the pleasure of riding Eaglecrest.  Hopefully that'll change at some point. cheers.
10/4/2013 7:58:20 AM PM me if interested I am clearing out some gear - if anyone is interested (especially if you're in the area) let me know.148 Nitro Subzero                                          http://denver.craigslist.org/spo/4094172506.htmlMedium Rome Boss 390 Bindings           http://denver.craigslist.org/spo/4094194335.htmlMedium Burton Infidel Bindings                  http://denver.craigslist.org/spo/4094205469.html8.5 Nike Snowboard Boots                          http://fortcollins.craigslist.org/spo/4057877034.html154 Rome Reverb Rocker                            http://denver.craigslist.org/spo/4057859079.htmlMedium Quicksilver Jacket                           http://denver.craigslist.org/spo/4094116802.html177 Teton Floater Rocker Skis                    http://denver.craigslist.org/spo/4099928941.htmlalso have a pair of Smith I/O's with a couple lenses that aren't posted yet I am clearing out some gear - if anyone is interested (especially if you're in the area) let me know. 148 Nitro Subzero                                          http://denver.craigslist.org/spo/4094172506.htmlMedium Rome Boss 390's Bindings         http://denver.craigslist.org/spo/4094194335.htmlMedium Burton Infidel Bindings                  http://denver.craigslist.org/spo/4094205469.html8.5 Nike Snowboard Boots                          http://fortcollins.craigslist.org/spo/4057877034.html154 Rome Reverb Rocker                            http://denver.craigslist.org/spo/4057859079.htmlMedium Quicksilver Jacket                           http://denver.craigslist.org/spo/4094116802.html177 Teton Floater Rocker Skis                    http://denver.craigslist.org/spo/4099928941.html also have a pair of Smith I/O's with a couple lenses that aren't posted yet
1/25/2012 7:54:46 AM Board:  154 Rome Reverb Rocker Conditions: Powder/Packed Powder Stance: Centered 15/-15                    Comparison: 2010 -154- Custom V-Rocker Me: 5'7" 140-145lbs My Ability – Intermediate to Advanced    Tech Details ·         HotRods: Glass Single Barrel A rod of fiberglass placed in the centerline of the nose and tail for higher ollies and nollies ·         QuickRip Sidecut Technology Unique sidecut geometry that lets the board ride loose and playful at slow speeds, and powerful and precise at higher speeds ·         Basalt Impact Plates Environmentally friendly basalt plates under the bindings to fight against core-compression damage ·         Pop Core Matrix A smooth-flexing matrix of lightweight Poplar that kicks back energy when you lay into it ·         StraightBiax Laminate The glass configuration that steers our freestyle boards: torsionally forgiving to keep the feel super playful ·         SinterTrue Base Fundamental sintered performance: abrasion resistance with wax absorption equals all the speed you need Day 1: Copper Mountain Packed Powder at Copper.  Took the board on some bump runs, groomers, and park.   The board has some pop to it.  Loading up the tip and tail through the jump lines at Copper (medium line) and the board felt smooth.  Hit a couple of the rails and boxes and had no trouble locking on the rails.  The board is about average as far as weight for current year boards.  Had no problem with it’s swing weight for what I need.   Torsionally the board is fairly stiff for me, but if you are in the 160lbs plus range, I think it would be a completely different feel. Through the moguls and into some powder areas the board handled great.  Kept float so long as I kept the weight back a little (thanks to center mount).  The board has a default centered stance for reference.  Held an edge great on groomers.  The rocker between the bindings and camber under foot is similar to camrock from several other manufacturers that proves to be a good all mtn board rocker.   Day 2: Copper Mountain 11-12” of snow fell from lift close to lift open, it was a great powder day.  I don’t know if it’s possible not to have a good time on a powder day.  So my impression of this board was great.  Excellent float, I like the true twin style for the amount of snow we received.  It’s fun to pop around and ride switch for a bit then change back.  Does force you to keep your weight back but I would rather have the variability to adjust riding conditions overall: I would highly recommend this board to anyone looking for an all mountain board that is reasonably priced.  I prefer it over the Agent, although I still really enjoy the Custom V-Rocker.  This board will eventually retire the Custom.  Rome makes very durable boards and I have had great luck with them in the past (I know own 3 of their boards, 2011 Artifact,2012 Reverb and 2013 Whiteroom).
1/19/2012 10:49:52 AM I should be receiving my splitboard this week.  I am excited to see that splitboards are becoming more and more available and will only begin improving in tech.  You can get a very good setup from many brands.  Complete setups can cost you as little as $900, which isn't bad considering that use to just cover the board! Now I can see more and more people watching movies, commercials, and advertisements thinking the backcountry is awesome.  I think it is.  But I have some huge hurdles and learning experiences I still need to overcome.  Many on here are experts at judging snow conditions and stability.  I am not.  I cannot afford to learn these things the hard way.  I don't want to hear of anyone in the community getting hurt, or worse killed, in an avalanche.  The people you are with must be just as cautious as you.  It may not be you that gets injured or killed in the slide, but the one you are with.  Conditions across the country vary greatly.  In Colorado we don't worry much about tree wells (as compared to other locations like Oregon where I am currently traveling, woohoo 80+" of snow this week).  Please do your research, take classes, anything you can do to educate yourself.  This is a great fun sport, but it is not without risks.  Kind of like riding without a helmet, you can do it, but it's not the most educated route. So for those, like myself, starting the splitboard world and earning our turns in the near future, please be cautious. =) and tear it up.
12/7/2011 12:33:47 PM A couple of my friends started up a company called Definite Productions a few years back.  They are trying to get some interest in an ad they create for Crash the Superbowl, with Doritos.  Take a look, show some love. http://www.crashthesuperbowl.com/#/gallery/?video=14867 It's at least good for a laugh, while we wait for some more snow! http://definiteproductions.com/
10/24/2011 8:48:12 AM So this morning a place I use to live was torched.  I believe the initial thought is arson.  I have a couple friends who still live there and are going to lose everything.  http://www.coloradoan.com/article/20111024/UPDATES01/111024004/Fire-still-burning-Old-Town-Fort-Collins-building?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7CNews%7Cp   I don't usually do this but my friends are freaking awesome people.  Suzanne owns a snowboard clothing company called AKINZ.  If you get a chance, stop by her website www.akinz.com and give them some love.  Suzanne and Bumpas are awesome people and provide some sweet stuff.  I can't see a better time than now to support them.   www.akinz.com  
11/1/2010 7:10:11 AM For those of you who aren't familiar, this is probably one of the most extreme in bounds runs in North America.  It is located at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Corbet%27s_Couloir_jackson_hole.jpg   I have ridden Jackson before, but this run hasn't been open or conditions weren't advisable.  Was wondering if anyone has done this run before.    Nut up or shut up I guess.
3/31/2010 8:09:15 PM Rome: I felt the need to stop and take a minute to say thanks.  I had made assumptions about what to expect.  Typically you go to a board demo and the people setting you up are sometimes helpful and cool, but a lot of times they seem annoyed to have to deal with people. I went to Stowe for Bettypalooza with the intent on riding one of their boards if they had something I wanted to ride.  Flat out, Rome stepped up more than I would have ever expected.  I know Jenn and Sierra spent some time making arrangements and making sure that we had a good time.  For a company to come out with a lot of their staff and ride with us, as well as let us demo a lot of their 2011 boards and bindings (even some boots) was just impressive.  Getting us some beer, Redbull, food, and just overall being some of the most laidback and cool people I have met in the industry.  I never would have expected this from them.  I should Thanks guys, I know you changed my perspective on Rome.  I will be looking to ride one of your boards next year.   If you are ever in my area, let me know.  I would like to return the favor and hospitality. Joel
3/31/2010 7:28:59 PM Board:  2011 Artifact Rocker 147 Conditions: 20-40F, granular, icy, hardpack Stance: 23”                                                                  Bindings: Rome Boss 390’s, with 3.5deg cantMe: 5'7" 140-145lbs Day 1-2: Stowe Started out the day on some icy hard packed groomers.  The board doesn’t excel all mountain, but that’s not really it’s purpose.  I wouldn’t take the board into pow, but there wasn’t any to be found anyway. When I got the chance I took the board through the park.  I was really impressed with how well the board goes from boxes to jumps.  Seemed to excel in both areas.  I expected the board to be a little sloppy on the jumps (about 20-30ft) but it handled great, even when I came up short on one and overshot another.  I give credit on the tip and tail pop to the glass reverse v-stringer tech.  I liked the fact that the board has pop but still butters. As I got a little more use to the board on the icy conditions I trusted the edges a lot more and was not disappointed.  The board can turn the whole mountain into a playground if you let it.   overall:  I would recommend this board to someone who treats the whole mountain as a park.  Not looking to bomb runs everywhere but looking to just have fun.  It will carve great but doesn’t have the pop in and out of the turns like some of the other boards in their lineup.  I would gladly take this as my everyday board.  I like the tip and tail pop and the torsional flex makes the board buttery fun.  I had never ridden an Artifact before and now I am sad that I haven’t.   This board ranks in my top 5 for park boards that I have tried out…a couple more days on it and it might start pushing for number 1. Quick Response Bindings: Boss 390’s with 3.5deg CANT: These bindings were impressive.  I do like the cant and the straps are simple yet effective.  The Asym highbacks didn’t stand out to me,  but the adjustability of these bindings did.  There really isn’t much that you can’t adjust on them.  The biggest drawback, expect to spend a good 30-45 minutes setting these up the first time and a good 20min each setup change.  Trust me, it’s worth it.  
2/8/2010 6:43:27 AM Board:  148 Nitro Subzero - Gullwing Rocker  Conditions: Packed Powder Stance: Centered 15/-15, 23.6" (it's the reference stance) Comparison: 2010 Capita Green Machine / 2010 Burton Hero Bindings: 2010 Flux Distortion Me: 5'7" 140-145lbs   Day 1: Breck Breck has decent snow considering the lack thereof this year.  So I took the board on a couple intermediate groomers to warm up for the day.  Really liked the board right off, which for me is a change, it usually takes me a couple runs.  I felt a little uneasy at speed but that was mainly because I was riding on the Flux bindings as compared to the usual Union Contacts.   Groomers:  The board handled with no problems at speed, although when things began to get choppy later in the day it wasn't quite as forgiving.  But all in all, handled better than I expected.   Park:  Since this is why I have the board, I took the board to Brecks jump lines.  I started the day off on the 10-20-30 line.  I was impressed.  Now the Breck jumps are by far my favorite of the resorts I ride.  They just are smooth take off and landing.  The board handle well enough that I took it off the park lane jumps as well (although I did opt out of the two bigger jumps being as it was the end of the day).  Again impressed.  The board is easy to spin, but with the gullwing camber I am still getting adjusted to landing without having to revert right after landing.  Boxes and rails are no issue at all.    Day 2: Keystone since this is the resort I get the most days on each year, it's also where I feel the most comfortable.  Took the board down some of the steep runs and even did the south bowl.  There is really no powder to speak of and the board would sink like a rock at this size anyway.  Steeper runs at speed the board began to feel a little unstable.  Although I did try to straight line a black groomed run.  It's pretty steep and I am not sure I would feel stable on my custom on this run without some carving.   Once again, in the park I really like this board, comfortable on rails and boxes.  I feel a lot more comfortable on this board in the park than my green machine or my former hero.  overall: this board would work almost anywhere on the mountain.  it's a park board, so thats where it felt the most comfortable to me.  It will be replacing my green machine as my go to park board.  The only thing I will miss about the green machine is the playful skate like feel of the fk for Capita's park boards.  The nitro is a lot more fun to me than the hero.  But it's also not a fair comparison as the GM and Hero were both 152's and the Nitro is a 148.  I would put this board as a close runner up to my 2009 horrorscope.  I will try to update the review after I get 5-10 more days on the board.        As a quick note:  Flux bindings will be my new go to bindings.  Super comfortable straps.  I need to play around with the adjustment on these bindings but I had zero issues with them all weekend.  Which is a welcome change from my consistently bad luck with my contacts.  I enjoyed the flex of the Distortion's as well.  Hit me up if you want more info about these bindings!
1/4/2010 10:12:27 AM I am curious when people think they need to pull out the split boards?  or less the fish, charlie slasher, tapered boards, etc..   When would you trade in your twin for a pow board on the mountain?  I notice a lot of people have an extra board and I have never really felt the need for a powder specific board.  Then again, there aren't too many days here where we get that much snow.     


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