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vanango Name Vanango
Location San Francisco, CA, US
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"it's not the years, it's the mileage." 
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Gender: Female
Age: 10
Languages: English
Experience  
Years Riding: 6
Average Days/Year: 13
Skill Level: high speed groomers
Riding Style: freeride
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Preferred Terrain: powder, groomers
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Height/Weight: 5'6, lbs
Board Size: 151
Boot Size: 7
Clothing Size: M
Jacket Size: M
Pants Size: M
Thermal Size: M
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Region: California
Location: Nor-Cal
Resort: Kirkwood
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5/7/2010 11:40:52 AM Sorry, I didn't see the previous board game thread, so here's a more specific topic. I only recently discovered the awesomeness that is Settlers of Catan and I love it. I also really like Cities & Knights expansion I've played Sea Farers (which is all right... just too much set up but has some neat scenarios) Was curious if Traders & Barbarians was worth it... but anyways, I was curious what other games you guys could recommend to me. Here are some of the other games I've played and liked/disliked (not including typical party games like apples to apples or wits & wagers etc) Mahjong -- Also a game favorite Bananagrams -- Really liked this game, would recommend Set -- Love this game. Saboteur -- Neutral Some other card type games... from some indy company. Not particularly interested in these. Chrononauts -- I played it once... Transamerica -- kinda boring 5 Crowns (makers of set) -- it got pretty boring even when we played it as a drinking game Poker -- Don't like poker all that much TCG -- Can't be bothered to build decks. Also, I haven't play Carcasonne, wondering if you guys would think I'd like that game? Arkham Horror? Puerto Rico? thanks!
5/1/2010 10:37:18 PM This might gross some people out, so this is your warning. but there was a Liz quote directed towards Jenna: Liz questioned Jenna’s unusual level of happiness, asking: “Why are you so happy and nice? Are you soaking your tampons in vodka again?” the line itself is hilarious -- but then I started questioning whether you can get contact drunk from alcohol. Aaaaaaaaaand this is what I found: http://www.snopes.com/risque/kinky/vodka.asp I'll let you do your own reading.
4/26/2010 6:10:31 PM When I went last weekend, it was pretty slushy and partially icy, but still really fun to ride on. It was 60 some degrees out and by noon all the hard ice was softened. I'm wondering how it is now, is there still much of a base or are there more rocks and obstacles? I'm debating on going this weekend for 4 days and they are open until the 9th of May. I've gone boarding late in the season but not this late. It's supposed to rain more in the Bay which typically means snow at Tahoe... any recommendations? Is it worth going up? (mostly it's the time + cabin, we have season passes so that would be free)
4/26/2010 3:00:39 PM I have a pair of old Burton Bindings I don't know much about them to be honest except that I keep managing to break the strap off of one of them. I finally got a new pair so I have these now. They are pretty standard bindings I suppose. The right binding has a broken ridge-y strap but the clippy part I think still works (these are very technical terms I'm using here.) The toe strap I think part of the clicky mechanism is not so clicky anymore. It might be easy to fix and definitely easy to replace. So if anyone wants these bindings (I wear women's size 7 boots but they are men's bindings) you can doing some awesome Frankenstein salvaging to fix them up. They are free, but one caveat: I will not ship them anywhere. I will only deal locally in the Bay Area and you gotta come to me. You must PM me if you are interested. I will update this ad if these are claimed.
4/23/2010 3:26:54 PM I was wondering if anyone had experience getting timeshares at or around Tahoe? (Specifically South Lake) I've found some websites -- what are the costs? How does one go about getting a cabin with a bunch of friends? Is that something I should be looking at now for next winter season? And if possible breakeven costs? It might just be easier to rent, but might as well get the info.
4/22/2010 6:19:11 PM (Updated 4/28) Projected closing dates, conditions permitting: • Squaw Valley: 5/9 (~7 lifts) • Alpine: 5/16 (~2 lifts) • Mammoth: 5/31 -- Possibly until 7/4 (~8 lifts) • Boreal: 4/11 • Diamond Peak: 4/11 • Homewood: 4/11 • Dodge Ridge: 4/18 • Bear Valley 4/18 • Mt. Rose: 4/18 • Northstar: 4/18 • Sierra-at-Tahoe: 4/20 • Sierra Summit: 4/25 • Sugar Bowl: 4/25 • Kirkwood: 4/25 • Heavenly 4/25 lists the number of open lifts: http://www.snowbomb.com/conditions/snow.php (7 resorts still open as of today)
4/19/2010 2:01:22 PM Share your stories of fixing up or improving your boarding experience! Two trips ago, my boot broke. I use boas, and I couldn't tighten them beyond a certain point and they kept popping open. No good, especially on powder. I ended up getting duct tape (the power tool of powerless tools used by this powerless tool) because the shop said it would cost $20 to fix. Taped up the boot and wrapped it up with the drawstring from the shorts I happened to be wearing under my pants. It worked really well -- but it didn't prevent my binding straps to break. Yes, that's right, straps. I broke both the toe and main bindings on my right binding. One came completely off. After recovering from a particularly ouchie crash, I used the same drawstring (since the duct tape was doing well) and carefully tied my boot to the binding. Rode down and called it a day. -- so clearly, my old bindings were POS -- got a new pair, and this weekend discovered that my current boots were too wide for my shiny new bindings. I discovered this at 2am the night before I would be driving up (and waking up in 3 hours) So how does one narrow their boots? Exacto knife isn't a bad idea, but slow -- since I was home and had access to some power tools, clearly a dremel was the perfect tool. Have inhaling some boot dust, I got a perfect fit and now my boots fit perfectly into my new bindings. It was fast, cheap, and wonderful. When riding, you can't see where I took off some of the boot and when walking it just looks like there is a white stripe. Pretty great weekend, I thought it was a funny story, hoping to hear how other people avoided a potentially bad scenario with a little imagination and innovation.

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