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Piranha Name piranha
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Gender: Male
Age: 115
Languages: English
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Years Riding: 8
Average Days/Year: 21
Skill Level: resort powder rider
Riding Style: freeride
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Preferred Terrain: powder, backcountry
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Height/Weight: 6'0, 175 lbs
Board Size: 163
Boot Size: 10+
Clothing Size: L
Jacket Size: L
Pants Size: L
Thermal Size: M
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Region: California
Location: So-Cal
Resort: Sierra Summit
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12/12/2014 7:15:15 PM sucks you're forbidden to go out of bounds...I realize it's mostly man-made snow, but it might be nice on that rare dump.  A lot of eastern USA resorts are similarly strict. My resort puts up little yellow caution tape and signs here and there, but it's just a suggestion...they actually let you go anywhere you want whenever you want (sometimes, that's a bad thing).  Pretty sure most western USA resorts are equally lenient. Good thing is your vertical drop is significantly longer than ours...in fact, yours is up there with most tahoe resorts.  Taking less lifts rides per day is nice on the gluteus maximus...especially if you're wearing butt pads (which I highly recommend). Great pic, btw.  
12/8/2014 12:16:16 PM haven't tried airbrakes, but, of the other "quick change" brands I've tried (Smith I/O, Von Zipper Kabong), they're still not nearly as fast and easy as just grabbing a different goggle setup from my car. I also tried the all-in-one lens route...suffered in both full sun and super flat light/darker conditions.
12/7/2014 12:48:38 PM from my experience, switching just the lens ends up being pita.  You're in a hurry, gotta take off your gloves, fingers may not be functioning well because of the cold, fingerprints get all over, etc...it's time consuming and aggravating. Best solution is to find a cheaper brand and buy two complete sets of goggles.  Set one up with a sun lens and the other a flat light lens.  Wear one while the other waits in your car (or locker, back pack, whatever), ready to grab.
12/4/2014 3:13:43 PM woo-hoo, it's official! A good storm dumped 15 inches here in mid november, but this week's big storm is way too warm and washing all the snow away
12/2/2014 1:00:47 PM why is this a "place holder"?...there's no rule that says no one other than spenser can start up a riders log.  Mike's contribution was totally legit, so I say drop "place holder" from the title and make this thread official.
11/27/2014 1:28:33 PM looks good...got me stoked.  Some of those runs looks quite steep. Granted, those trees look pretty tight, but there has to be some paths through them...somewhere.  I'm guessing those fences are permanent.  Is off-piste always forbidden, even if it dumps?  How strictly are those borders policed and what's the penalty for being caught beyond them?  (would you take the risk to find out?)
11/26/2014 2:18:53 PM is taking two boards to your resort an option?  I frequently take both a pow stick and a soft groomer board because sometimes I'm not sure what the conditions are going to be.  If I get there and don't see the glades as an option, I'd rather just noodle around on groomers (no "all mtn" board for me...just pow specific or noodle).  Fortunately, I can keep the unused board locked in my car...don't even know if it would fit in a locker.
11/25/2014 1:57:03 PM what an adventurous life you've had.  I can relate...although on a domestic level.  I moved from southeast USA to my aunt's house in california, got hooked on surfing and didn't want to move back to the east coast due to wave consistency.  Got a job as an caregiver for the elderly and, even though it's not ideal in most ways (don't hate it), I got hooked on snowboarding at a good (2652 m) isolated/uncrowded resort 2.5 hrs from where I live.  Good surf and snow relatively nearby is a double whammy for me, even if I dislike a job. So I'm guessing you plan on snowboarding in Japan over winter break, again?  If you ever care to try, there should also be some small scale form of surfing in Korea...except for the occasional massive waves during typhoon season.
11/24/2014 9:28:40 PM damn, mike...score.  I'm guessing there wasn't much base under that, but looks like a fun super early pow day anyway.
11/24/2014 3:21:16 PM never having been there, I always think of south Korea as being sub-tropical...but your photo of that blizzard with 4 foot pillowed rooftops snaps me back to reality. I've seen pics where you look Caucasian(?), so I don't remember if you said you are in the military or what has you living in Korea...why are you?  Anyway, sounds like it could be a fun and relatively care-free snowboard season for you.  Hope you score some deep pow days.
6/19/2014 12:44:20 PM some pretty nasty slams in there.  Not gonna say they suck, but it does appear the people in the vid aren't setting up properly for the jumps (snowboard addiction lessons are in order).  Gotta applaud your effort, though...I wouldn't have even tried most of that stuff
4/27/2014 4:28:50 PM was that second photo actually taken before 2009?...not 2014. Yes, winters are always relatively "hot" in CA...but el nino is also very wet
4/26/2014 10:57:33 AM damn, Mammoth got 3.5 ft the past couple of days...someone better be on that
4/15/2014 3:12:39 PM ^well, that was entertaining...makes me wanna shred
4/13/2014 11:51:11 AM ^ good pics...that still looks like some damn good snow.  Couple of days after the big dump we got a couple weeks ago, it got super hot and melted half the mtn bone dry.


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