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Age: 28
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Years Riding: 6
Average Days/Year: 35
Skill Level: advanced
Riding Style: all mountain
Area of Expertise: weekend warrior
Preferred Terrain: powder
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Height/Weight: 6'0, 210 lbs
Board Size: 161
Boot Size: 11
Clothing Size: XL
Jacket Size: XL
Pants Size: L
Thermal Size: L
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9/22/2010 3:22:34 PM
9/3/2010 11:23:18 PM found the transworld article while reading about the bankruptcy filings. http://business.transworld.net/46344/features/vail-resorts-ceo-on-new-epicmix-application/ Vail's website has a great video talking about what they're planning this season with Epic Mix. http://www.snow.com/epicmix/home.aspx?cmpid=PARMX00001 sounds fun. 
8/18/2010 1:33:18 AM Was bored and started looking at the first 25 registered members. Most are staff, and the ones who aren't staff aren't active. There are a few IDs (PF) that are completely missing and throw errors (catch these before they show up on the page?). Are these employees who quit? Were they test accounts that just got deleted and the DB just enumerated over them? Strangely 1 and 2 do not exist, so that leaves Airik as the first registered member! Would love to see more interesting stats. Sierra probably displays "266,077 Community Members" (accurate as of this writing) but really how many are active? What percentage stick around after the first month/sale? How does activity correlate with age of profile (creation date, not actual person's age)? I'm in the 1st % of registered members, how many in the 1% are still active? Those who aren't, when did they stop being active, etc. How active is the site by hour, day, month? Makes sense that it'd be busier during the winter, but how much busier? And if there's a strong international presence (read: south of the equator) are they busier during our "summer"? How much does the average member buy per season? Lifetime? Do they buy before big sales? Geographically, what does the member density look like? Age range? How do these factors correlate with attendance at Sierra meetups? Do more active members necessarily buy more? Maybe not, maybe they simply add value by creating a more positive atmosphere (answering questions, giving advice, etc.) therefore leading to increased sales (second order effects?).  I would think data mining is already going on over at Sierra as part of your BI effort, but this data would be great for the community to see as well. The results should be anonymous as these are aggregated/synthesized values.  Aside from being bored, there's a Woot off going on right now, and I love the little stats they show at the end.  Food for thought Mike.
8/18/2010 12:27:57 AM http://mikengreg.com/solipskier/ a ton of fun. you control the ground, not the skier. been playing for a bit on the computer. there's also a version for the iphone iOS.
8/17/2010 10:26:51 PM [FLASH Width=600 Height=400]http://player.vimeo.com/video/10796127[/FLASH] if the embed doesn't work, http://vimeo.com/10796127
5/6/2010 5:40:31 PM A 2010 Burton Fish 160 arrived on my doorstep today. Stoked I was even with summer here. Looking at the base though there's a yellowing on the tip and tail about an inch in all the way to the edge, wrapping the entire tip and tail section. No idea what this could be as I've never seen it before. White base with a yellow stain that follows the edge.
3/31/2010 3:29:11 PM Returns the following error Microsoft VBScript runtime error '800a000d'Type mismatch: 'clng'/forum/email_notify.asp, line 61
3/31/2010 3:27:45 PM Can somebody please look into the status of my refund for the last order? It's been a month and I'm still waiting for the credit on the bindings. The board was credited back pretty much instantly. Further details can be found here. All that much more tragic since we've been getting pow dumps every weekend.
3/24/2010 11:21:07 PM It's the coming close to the end of season and everyone who's bought stuff off the site has had time to ride their gear and develop opinions on them. When they come back to the site to write reviews on their gear it's all out of stock and thus ineligible for new reviews. Please enable this.
3/24/2010 10:47:07 PM A bit late season  but here are my thoughts on this year's Union Forces. A bit on where I'm coming from. I started out on Burton Missions. Rode those, Burton Cartels, Ride SPIs, Flows (one of their higher end carbon fiber bindings), and Union Datas. The Burtons were super responsive but gave me some serious footpain from pressure points. Also developed some nasty tendonitis of the achilles on occasion. Not cool. Not impressed with the flows, search for other threads. The union datas were what I've been using for the last season, about 45+ days on them. Happy with them, cushy, no pain points, but leather is a poor choice for bindings. Was planning on getting a pair of Forces sometime this season. It happened to be at Bruizzapalooza. Picked up a demo pair after talking to Mike before leaving back for Denver. They look snazzy in a very minimalist way. Solid colorways with some sleek lines. Lots of smooth curves and lines. Aesthetically pleasing in their design. I have the greens, but you can see from this year and next year that they're all solid colors. From a comfort standpoint I have no issues with them at all. The ankle strap wraps around my boot and I've never felt like I was losing blood flow at all. I've had to cut days short because my bindings were giving me hell (looking at you B). The flex on the Forces is pretty near perfect for me. Medium flex is good for all-mountain riding IMO. I keep them a bit looser for park laps anyways. Bindings as a general description all are designed to keep you strapped to the board and transfer your energy to turning. So let's avoid talking about what they all do. It's much easier to differentiate products by talking about where they need improvement. Screws. Second pair of unions and again they came with the shorter screws. WTH. There's another thread on this topic so I'll avoid going in depth. I had to email Dave (warranty) @C3 to get the longer 16mm screws. Not hard to do, but still aggravating that I was told this wasn't being done anymore. Ratchets. The ladders are long enough and easy to guide into the ratchets. However, there are occasions when I fumble because there's a gap between the strap and the front of the ratchet. The ladder will get stuck in between the bottom of the ratchet and the strap. Look on the Burton ratchets. They have two screws to attach them. One in the front and one in the back so this doesn't happen (or is much harder to do). The ratchet on my right toe strap also busted on me with only a few days on them. One of the internal springs got knocked out (my guess) and there's no longer any preload on them. Notice how it doesn't spring back? This means I can only effectively use the first tooth to pull the ladder in. It slips on every other. This strap also slips more than the others. Straps. Again, cushy and big enough to spread out the pressure. Feel pretty locked in when I really crank them down. However, maybe I'm on the cusp as far as boot size but the XLs I have are set to the shortest setting for the ankle strap and they're still not that tight (I have size 11.5 Salomon F22s). As I get down to the bottom of the ladder the ratchet starts slipping. There's a definite limit to how tight I can get the ankle straps. The way the ankle strap slides in (to become shorter) also works fairly well normally. However, it can also pop out and cause some issues with rotating the strap. That little tongue can pop out (ice gets in there?) and it jams when you try to rotate the strap from back to front. Not a serious issue but it can happen. The Toe Straps. As others have said as well, the toe straps don't stay put very well. I can crank them down and inevitably by the end of the run they've come far up. Annoying to try and fix in the middle of a powder run. Haven't found a good solution to this yet. Others have said they cut out the fabric in the middle and it's worked better. Durability. This is actually a plus point as compared with the Datas. These look a lot better than the datas with similar days on them. Again, leather on bindings looks cool, smells neat, and gets you thumbs up in the park but they look like poop after they get scraped up and waterlogged. I know a spent a considerable amount of this post picking out faults with the binding but in all honesty it's still a solid binder. I would definitely recommend the Forces to others. Above are just thoughts on what would really make it a perfect binding.
3/3/2010 11:26:09 AM I hate to say it but Sierra has finally let me down and in a big way. I placed an order for a Fish 160 on Monday early afternoon. Stock said 6+. Wasn't too keen on it but ordered some Mission ESTs since the Fish doesn't use a regular mounting pattern. Pretty stoked on getting a dedicated pow setup. Got an email yesterday saying everything was boxed and on the truck. Later that night got an email saying the Fish was out of stock. So which one is it? Called today to try and sort this out. Nick basically told me I was SOL since Sierra was having inventory management issues.  A $20 gift card is somehow supposed to cover the difference. I have a pair of Mission ESTs on the way with no Fish. Bindings I can't use.  Recommendations: Fix your inventory system. If I place an order and it says there are 6+ the entire day after I order. I expect you to have that many.When you do you fix your inventory system. Don't let people order if it's out of stock. Backcountry.com has implemented this business rule very well.Make this right.
2/13/2010 8:24:26 AM Asked what that meant to him at the U.S. snowboard team's Wednesday press conference, Watanabe said: "Try to imagine Pegasus mating with a unicorn and the creature that they birth. I somehow tame it and ride it into the sky in the clouds and sunshine and rainbows. That’s what it feels like." http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/sports_globetrotting/2010/02/pegasus-rising-snowboarder-watanabe-a-star-wordsmith.html
2/8/2010 4:55:45 PM Looks wild. http://www.talusoutdoor.com/coldavenger The Talus ColdAvenger® is designed for a variety of winter outdoor activities where protection from cold is essential. Researched and developed in Northern Rocky Mountain winters and tested in snow and freezing weather, ColdAvenger™ keeps your face warm and dry while helping humidify inhaled air and allowing you to breathe freely. ColdAvenger® has been used with comfort at -20ºF. It’s the ultimate ski mask for winter face protection during outdoor activities. Include it in your essential ski and snowboard gear. Ski, snowboard, snowmobile, heli-ski, hunt, cycle, motorcycle, or work in comfort outdoors with the Talus ColdAvenger®.Purchase the ColdAvenger!®  How Does ColdAvenger™ Work? ColdAvenger® mixes inhaled cold air with exhaled warm air to achieve a dynamic balance of warmth while keeping the face dry. Inside mask temperatures are 40º to 60ºF higher than outside, depending on activity. The patent-pending ventilation design allows for easy breathing during exertion, a critical feature for high endurance outdoor activities.  Moisture from exhaled air binds to the plastic piece, keeping the face dry. ColdAvenger® Performance Features & Benefits Cold weather protection of the face and airways not only contributes to comfort, but helps prevent cold-induced adverse health effects. Prolonged cold air exposure is a form of chronic trauma to the airway as demonstrated by research involving athletes participating in winter activities (Read Scientific Research). Normally, inhaled air is warmed to body temperatures and humidified at the same time by the moisture and warmth contained in the nose and upper airways. An unprotected face allows cold air to interfere with this warming and humidification process. ColdAvenger® helps keep the temperature of the air around your face 40º to 60ºF higher than outside and helps to humidify inhaled air. The ColdAvenger® ventilation face piece is made of medical grade plastic selected for human safety, biocompatability, flexibility, inherent microbial resistance, and endurance (Read Technical Information). The soft shell stretch fabric is wind proof and water resistant with an inner fleece lining for a comfortable fit. Take a moment to read what our customers are saying, and learn how you can purchase the ColdAvenger!®
2/6/2010 6:37:59 PM Snapshot taken from onthesnow.com Snowshoe (225 acres) and Wintergreen (135 acres) are on the top 5 list of most viewed resorts... This is typical wintergreen.
1/30/2010 6:57:02 PM I'm pretty proficient at typing with one hand. It's not the first time. Anyways. It's a gorgeous 45F at Keystone today. Super sunny, warm, and the snow is fast. I'm still having issues in the mid-line landing clean and balanced so I'm ready for the next hit. I took the first, skipped the second, and headed straight for the third. I slowed down to spot the third jump. This is a mistake. You cannot clear it if you start from the top of the 2nd knuckle. Shattered the goggles and may have fractured my wrist (off to the hospital whenever the gf arrives). My entire left side is in pain. I can't walk on my heel and my ass feels like it's mush.  I hurt all over.


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