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thegroetken Name steven groetken
Location Durango, CO, US
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General  
Gender: Male
Age: 28
Languages: English
Experience  
Years Riding: 5
Average Days/Year: 30
Skill Level: picking up speed
Riding Style: all mountain
Area of Expertise: weekend warrior
Preferred Terrain: powder, park
Sizing Info  
Height/Weight: 5'11, 185 lbs
Board Size: 156
Boot Size: 11
Clothing Size: L
Jacket Size: L
Pants Size: M
Thermal Size: M
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Region: Rockies
Location: Colorado
Resort: Purgatory
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10/30/2013 2:05:42 PM the post is supposed to read "Need a ride?" I have a whip that is racked and ready.
10/30/2013 2:03:26 PM The title pretty much sums it up.  I'll be heading out from Durango on either saturday or sunday, depending on if anybody joins.  I went last weekend and it was still pretty rocky on the less used trails, but they groomed the main ones.  Weather is calling for more snow tonight (Oct 30) and the rest of the week won't get too far above freezing.  text (918) 281-9362
3/2/2011 4:46:50 PM -15F on Thanksgiving day at Arapahoe Basin.  Really wasn't too bad since the sun was out and the air was dry.  The wind kind of sucked though.  Thank God I wore a thick wool sweater underneath my shell.
3/2/2011 4:41:14 PM Apocalypse Now!   oh and as far as snow movies goes, you really can't beat the boned age.
3/2/2011 9:13:15 AM i envy you.  I just came back from Sapporo/Niseko.  The pow is pretty amazing there.  Was going to hit Rusutsu but decided against it since it was the last day and I felt I knew Hirafu/Hanazono better to find the pow. I and 3 others bought the reverse crew and took it to Niseko.  It worked really well in most conditions.  We had 1 icy/hard pack day and it wasn't so good on edge hold but in the pow it was pretty good.  I ride a 162, 215-220 lbs, size 12, 6ft.  The board is easy to throw tricks in the park too.  My only complaint is that it doesn't seem to last.   Maybe I rode it too hard but both me and my friend's board has the top sheet peeling off.  On mine, the base is trashed and ptex won't hold.  I took this board out for 18 days so far this season and it is pretty much done.  I will be using this board for early/late season riding when coverage is crappy and also for park so if it gets damaged further, I won't care.[/QUOTE] I have the Sierra Stunt, and love the performance.  It feels like a much more expensive board, but durability is an issue.  The top sheet is cheap fiberglass, so don't expect to have any around the edges after a few days.  I don't have any problems with the base, but I also haven't hit any exposure.  I did hit a bunch of rails though and don't have any marks, save for the edges being worn down a bit.  If you're just hitting powder, I don't suppose there would be much problem with the Reverse Crew getting tore up.  They're cheap too, so it's not a big loss if something ends up happening to it.
3/1/2011 9:54:38 PM Had a great time despite there being a good amount of people.  Of course there were less than there could have been since chains were required.  Also, hitting the first chair and staying for night shredding might be a bad idea for most.  Damn near kicked my ass, luckily Tommy's was open after we got back to the valley.
3/1/2011 9:42:50 PM 169cm is huge.  I'm 185 and ride a 155 and couldn't be happier.  For your size I'd prolly go with something smaller than what you have.  Check out some rockers for the powder stuff.  You'll find that you can flex a lot better, float and just generally play around more.  Also, grab your board, put the tip on the ground and try flexing it.  If you build up a sweat just moving it an inch, then the technology is pretty outdated.  Flatland tricks and spins are pretty hard to do when you're literally riding on top of a door.  My first board was a mid 90s Burton Air, and it felt like I was riding a coffee table and was letting the snow gods determine my course down the mountain.  You can always rent for a day and check the difference, or invest in one of the cheap sierra boards (my stunt kicks ass).  If you're riding more than ten times a season, then it's always a good idea to have more than one board in your closet.  Just a thought.
2/23/2011 1:09:10 PM The only people I ever see using step ins are old dudes attempting to look cool because they are on a snowboard.  My guess is that they grew up skiing and think step ins are legit because they are like the ski bindings they grew up on 40 years ago.  Those folk tend to wear the "mental" beanies with the fake dreads or blue mohawk thing.
2/23/2011 12:36:17 PM I have totally wanted to try out some of those kind of shoes, are yours Vibrams?  I remember reading some very interesting articles about the running style when you have traditional cushioned shoes vs these newer barefoot shoes, moving on the balls of your feet with the calf acting as a shock-absorber instead of on the heel where your thigh/knees take the brunt force. [/QUOTE] I got a pair of VFFs from an REI garage sale for 13 bucks.  They're seriously amazing.  The only thing is, you really have to break them in, the shoes as well as your body.  I screwed up and tried running 3 miles the day I got them.  Bad idea.  I got blisters all over my toes and my calves felt like they were going to explode.  You use a different muscle group as you take the shock in your calf and not the heel.  Overall, this is much better for your body as your muscles instead of your joints take the hit.  Over time you'll eventually run faster too as you incorporate more of your calf into the run.  I have a family history of bad knees, so provided I stay away from the big heeled shoes (nike shox) and walk on the front portion of my foot, I should be fine.
2/23/2011 11:35:47 AM Heading there this upcoming weekend.  Any tips/tricks/suggestions for maximum enjoyment?
2/23/2011 11:32:00 AM Red Devil Ale from SanTan Brewery
2/23/2011 11:29:06 AM Ditch the sugar, bread and potatoes.  I switched to an all meat and vegetable diet and dropped 10lbs in less than a month.  It was all fat loss as my body fat % dropped to 13%.  Protein and saturated fat is the way to victory!
2/23/2011 11:22:12 AM Last winter for AZ was absolutely amazing.  Mt. Lemmon (southernmost ski area in the US) still had 11 foot of base in April.  This winter has been a complete bust though, Snowbowl is still decent, I guess.  It's given me a good reason to do a lot of traveling though.  Just one more semester and I'm out of this town.  Being able to go down a slope without a shirt in February is cool for a while, but it means that the season will be short.
2/16/2011 2:06:46 PM Wool is the way to go, and smartwool is the best.  Wool, even when sopping wet retains about 70% of its insulating capacity.  It also feels dry when its damp, and dries pretty fast.  Cotton is horrible.  It saps heat away when wet, and its hydrophilic so it takes a long time to dry.  You also want to keep the laces around your toes loose to improve circulation.  
2/15/2011 2:04:25 PM Lago for sure.  His part in "The Boned Age" was absolutely sick.  He also got in trouble for doing this with his olympic medal.  Pretty cool in my book


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