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Nick Name Nick Ellis
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"Nothing beats a fresh pow run..." 
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Gender: Male
Age: 23
Languages: English
Experience  
Years Riding: 6
Average Days/Year: 7
Skill Level: picking up speed
Riding Style: all mountain
Area of Expertise: weekend warrior
Preferred Terrain: powder, park
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Height/Weight: 5'9, 155 lbs
Board Size: 152
Boot Size: 11
Clothing Size: M
Jacket Size: S
Pants Size: M
Thermal Size: M
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Region: California
Location: Nor-Cal
Resort: Boreal Ridge
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3/14/2012 11:58:58 PM Not sure if someone's started a thread about this already, and if they did, I apologize, but I honestly think what this company's been doing every month has just been awesome. Been following these videos for quite some time, but just figured if someone hasn't seen any, they're some pretty awesome gems. Basically, what Signal does is get these random, off-the-wall ideas and tries to incorporate them into a snowboard, and build it from the ground up. They just released a couple over the past few days of the past couple months that are a paintball gun, and another a survival multitool. Past weeks have been a board with inner tubes to adjust flex, a board with an iPad built into it, a snowboard/surfboard combo (that worked very well in both environments), and even down to a board made of candy. I'll post the most recent few I mentioned, because they've done quite a bit. Mountain Tool: Air If You Dare: Fish Out of Water: Here's their Youtube channel for previous months: http://www.youtube.com/user/SignalSnowboard/videos?query=every+third+thursday Hope you guys enjoy as much as I did. Random fun with new projects this company does is a big reason I really love them. Finding random ways to just blend in new things and try to seriously innovate.
11/29/2011 12:58:58 AM So I'm working on trying to plan a trip to CO possibly in either late January or early February. Have most of the details figured out, but we wanted to take one of the days there for solely snowboarding, and I have no idea where to go. We'll be staying in Fort Collins for a few nights, then heading to a resort somewhere near there, and the closest one I can find to FC is Steamboat and looking up their day pass price has me trying to find somewhere else to look. Any input?
5/23/2011 9:35:10 PM I know this may be a completely random topic, but I just noticed something as I was logging on today: 999,971 posts. My goodness! About to reach the 1,000,000 mark! Over the years I've been here (4 now), I've seen this place grow RAPIDLY. Remember it being a small group of around a few hundred people, with a fairly tight-nit group of people here who always shot crap during the giveaways and such. Progressing over the years with more and more customers, more attention, more fame, more events, more giveaways, and all the way to where it is now with 307,253 members and almost 1,000,000 posts, and with where it is going. I know it may not be ran by the same people anymore, but I know they're all still here, and I know they all still care, and I just want to say to them and all the new management, new staff, all the new community, and just everyone here... Good job on a million. Really nice to see this community become something so big. Yeah, I do miss the old Sierra days/giveaways, but it's really nice to see how far this has all come. So again, congrats. See you on the forums all, -Nick
11/29/2010 1:11:44 PM Okay, since the season's started, I've been watching a bunch of snowboard movies, and there's one trick that I've been trying so hard to find, but I seriously can't remember what movie it was in or who actually did it. I believe it was Wille Yli-louma, but the trick was done with a shaved-disc binding (so you can freely spin it). Went up the ramp one-footed, jumped, knocked the board on a tree, and the board did a full rotation and he landed back on it, and he did a few more board-spinning tricks with it after. Can somebody pleeeaasse help me out? It's driving me insane! >.<
12/3/2009 12:53:44 PM Well, there's a storm coming here soon in the west coast, so I thought this topic I posted last year deserved a repost. With all this excitement of pow riding, I know several of us like to do tree runs. Which is good, don't get me wrong, but with good comes a consequence. Last year, I remember hearing a story about someone that had died because they got trapped in a tree well at a resort. What happens when you get stuck in a tree well is that you pretty much become completely immobilized due to all the snow that covers you. If you get your head stuck, you can suffocate fairly quickly. I'm speaking from experience: STAY AWAY. I literally almost died last year from falling into one of these. "The odds of surviving a deep snow immersion/NARSID accident are low; especially if you are not with a partner. In two experiments conducted in the U.S. and Canada in which volunteers were temporarily placed in a tree well, 90% COULD NOT rescue themselves." 90%. Tree wells are fairly easy to recognize. It's pretty much just the area directly around the tree as shown in the picture below: IMPORTANT TREE WELL FACTS Hazardous tree wells are generally found in ungroomed areas. You must also be careful next to trees on the edges of groomed trails. Particularly hazardous trees are fir trees that have their lower branches touching the snow surface. The branches help form a canopy over the tree well and can support a lot of snow on top of them. This snow is often knocked off if a person falls through the branches into the tree well and results in a deeper burial in the tree well. There is no easy way to identify if a particular tree has a dangerous tree well by sight. The branches often block visibility of the hole that may exist. Even very small trees can have deep tree wells and have resulted in burials. Many of the NARSID accidents have occurred around small or medium size trees. Prevention of falling into a tree well is all-important because the odds of surviving deep snow immersion are low. Remember, in two experiments conducted in the U.S. and Canada in which volunteers were temporarily placed in a tree well, 90% COULD NOT rescue themselves. For your safety, you should assume all trees have a hazardous tree well. Fortunately, the risk of falling into a tree well is completely avoidable. Tree wells exist in deep snow areas and only around trees. In simple terms, a tree well is a hole in the deep snow, which is clearly marked by a tree. You can easily identify and avoid these areas. It is critical to ski or ride with a partner who remains in visual contact with you at all times! Always stay in visual contact so that they can see you if you fall. Visual contact means stopping and watching your partner descend at all times, then proceeding downhill while he or she watches you at all times. It does NO GOOD if your partner is waiting for you in lift line while you are riding down. Stay close enough to either pull or dig you out. If you have any question about what "close enough" to assist someone in a tree well is, hold your breath while you are reading this. The amount of time before you need air may be how much time your partner has to pull or dig you out of danger. Other factors such as creating an air pocket or the position you fall in, may affect this critical time frame. Remember, most of these accidents happen in treed areas during or right after deep snowfalls. Resisting the urge to ski or snowboard through the trees during deep powder conditions, no matter how inviting the untracked powder looks, is the easiest deep snow accident prevention. If you choose to ski or snowboard in the ungroomed, deep snow areas with trees, remember: DO NOT LEAVE TO GET HELP, it will not arrive in time. Remember, if your partner is buried under the snow, time is of the essence and your quick actions to pull or dig them out are your partner's best hope for survival. In most cases, you are the only hope. Yell for help, but stay there until you have recovered your partner. Make attempts to uncover the head first and help create an airway. When you uncover their head, make sure there is no snow in the mouth and that they can breathe. Remember, if you lose visual contact with your partner you could lose your friend. It is important to know that most people who have died in deep snow or tree well accidents had been skiing or riding with "partners" at the time of their accident. Unfortunately, none of these partners were in visual contact so they were not able to be of help in a timely manner. There have also been many cases WHERE PARTNERS HAVE RESCUED SOMEONE in a tree well or deep snow accident and SAVED THEIR LIFE!Besides staying in visual contact with your partner, here are some other steps you can take to improve your chances of avoiding a tree well or deep snow accident: Choose areas of widely spaced trees. You should be able to ski or ride in between the trees so that if you lose control you do not fall in a tree well (see What is a Tree Well section). If you are a skier, remove your pole straps before heading down an ungroomed powder slope. Trapped skiers have difficulty removing the pole straps, which can hamper efforts to escape or clear an air space to breathe. As you ski or ride, avoid looking at the trees, rather look at the areas in between them. Your body usually will go toward where you are looking. If you are sliding toward a tree well or a deep snow bank, do everything you can to avoid going inverted into the snow. Grab branches, hug the tree, or roll your body to get your feet below you. Do anything you can to keep your head above the surface or at least your feet below you. Carry a transceiver, shovel, probe, and whistle if you can. This is the same personal rescue gear carried by backcountry skiers or snowboarders.Have a plan of what you will do if you go down. The following steps may help: Resist the urge to struggle violently. In tree well experiments people found that the more they struggled, the deeper they sank and the more quickly they became immobilized. Make a breathing space around your face. Then move your body carefully in a rocking manner Instead of panicking, try first to hollow out the snow and give you space and air. Stay calm. Experts advise to stay calm while waiting for assistance as this helps conserve air and extend your time of survival. Hopefully, your partner will have seen you go down and will come to your rescue. If not, your chances of survival are improved if you maintain your air space. This isn't intended to keep you completely away from tree runs on pow days, it's intended to make sure you stay more aware of your surroundings while riding. Go out and have fun, but remember to look out for wells! They can easily take your life without warning. Source: http://www.treewelldeepsnowsafety.com/terms.phpContent and Data Paul Baugher NW Avalanche Institute
5/3/2009 11:29:58 AM Well, my birthday and graduation are coming up here in a few weeks (the 27th and 29th), and I decided that I want to get a DSLR with the money my parents are giving me. I'm pretty familiar with regular SLR's, so it's not like I'm COMPLETELY jumping into photography, though I do know there are some significant differences and advancements with DSLR's nowadays. I've been looking at the Canon Rebel T1i a lot and it seems to be pretty much what I'm looking for. Has 15.1 megapixels, live view, nine-point autofocus, ISO up to 12,800, etc. But one of the main things that caught my eye was the fact that it can do 1080p video recording. I honestly never knew that was possible with an DSLR, and the reason why this caught my eye was because I've been wanting to start recording videos, and having that function in a camera I'll use often would be something that would be great. Also, it'll be nice to be able to have an HD camera that you can swap lenses with. My question is though: is it worth it? I know since the T1i came out, the XSi and the XTi's prices have gone down significantly. Though I'm pretty much on a $1k budget, I'm not sure whether or not I should dive into the T1i. Any input from you DSLR junkies out there would be greatly appreciated.
3/28/2009 9:29:11 PM Well, this is the second time this has happened to me snowboarding. Sunny day, get burnt bad, face gets dry, and I end up with an impetigo infection on my face. If any of you have experienced this, you KNOW it's VERY painful. And if not, then yeah... it hurts.   I know the quick and easy solution is obviously something to cover my face with sunscreen, but I know sunscreen doesn't always work...   Anyone have any ideas of anything to use (like a balaclava) that WON'T get too warm?       Any help is appreciated.
12/17/2008 11:44:03 PM ...have any old vinyl records? Preferably Queen. Actually, I'm looking for specifically Queen albums.  I'm trying to start a collection of all the original releases of Queen's 12" vinyl albums. (not including singles). I got one today. Managed to find it in a music store for $2... So far all I have is Hot Space. Even though I really do want all of them, A Day At The Races and A Night At The Opera are at the top of the list. Yeah, I know this is completely random, but I have to try and look around in quite a few different places. Anyone know of any record stores around the Stockton-Sacramento area that might have them as well? Any help would be appreciated.
12/14/2008 8:36:02 PM Well (no pun intended), with all this snow coming down pretty hard and fast, that means there's going to be LOTS and LOTS of fresh pow to ride in. With all this excitement of pow riding, I know several of us like to do tree runs. Which is good, don't get me wrong, but with good comes a consequence. Last year, I remember hearing a story about someone that had died because they got trapped in a tree well at a resort. What happens when you get stuck in a tree well is that you pretty much become completely immobilized due to all the snow that covers you. If you get your head stuck, you can suffocate fairly quickly. "The odds of surviving a deep snow immersion/NARSID accident are low; especially if you are not with a partner. In two experiments conducted in the U.S. and Canada in which volunteers were temporarily placed in a tree well, 90% COULD NOT rescue themselves." This is serious. Tree wells are fairly easy to recognize. It's pretty much just the area directly around the tree as shown in the picture below:   IMPORTANT TREE WELL FACTS Hazardous tree wells are generally found in ungroomed areas. You must also be careful next to trees on the edges of groomed trails. Particularly hazardous trees are fir trees that have their lower branches touching the snow surface. The branches help form a canopy over the tree well and can support a lot of snow on top of them. This snow is often knocked off if a person falls through the branches into the tree well and results in a deeper burial in the tree well. There is no easy way to identify if a particular tree has a dangerous tree well by sight. The branches often block visibility of the hole that may exist. Even very small trees can have deep tree wells and have resulted in burials. Many of the NARSID accidents have occurred around small or medium size trees. Prevention of falling into a tree well is all-important because the odds of surviving deep snow immersion are low. Remember, in two experiments conducted in the U.S. and Canada in which volunteers were temporarily placed in a tree well, 90% COULD NOT rescue themselves. For your safety, you should assume all trees have a hazardous tree well. Fortunately, the risk of falling into a tree well is completely avoidable. Tree wells exist in deep snow areas and only around trees. In simple terms, a tree well is a hole in the deep snow, which is clearly marked by a tree. You can easily identify and avoid these areas. It is critical to ski or ride with a partner who remains in visual contact with you at all times! Always stay in visual contact so that they can see you if you fall. Visual contact means stopping and watching your partner descend at all times, then proceeding downhill while he or she watches you at all times. It does NO GOOD if your partner is waiting for you in lift line while you are riding down. Stay close enough to either pull or dig you out. If you have any question about what "close enough" to assist someone in a tree well is, hold your breath while you are reading this. The amount of time before you need air may be how much time your partner has to pull or dig you out of danger. Other factors such as creating an air pocket or the position you fall in, may affect this critical timeframe. Remember, if you lose visual contact with your partner you could lose your friend. It is important to know that most people who have died in deep snow or tree well accide
12/11/2008 1:44:04 PM I ordered a Signal Park Rocker online last night and I have been told that the 15% member discount (for being an instructor) was applied automatically when proceeding to checkout. However, I placed the order, and the discount was not applied. The order number is 85005. I would like to know whether or not I can be refunded the discount price since the order has already been placed and processed. Thanks!
9/1/2008 7:16:31 PM Yeah... I thought it was complete BS when I was reading the initial topic, then I saw the video. Apparently this guy (now a team) was working on a new theory based on brain plasticity. Basically saying that when your brain loses one sense, you can build a new one that works in its place. MUCH more is explained in the video in the link. I'm seriously thinking about getting me one of those USB things and trying it out.   Link: http://gizmodo.com/5043052/hallucinogenic-eye-candy-usb-lollies-take-your-brain-to-that-special-place-for-real
8/19/2008 6:14:02 PM This one looks like it'll be a bit better than Shaun White's just from the graphics alone... (and the fact it's not nothing but BURTON everywhere... )   It is also being made in partnership with Absinthe Films so it's bound to have some major pluses.   http://kotaku.com/5039088/another-snowboarding-title-enters-the-fray   "In Stoked, craft a snowboarding career with your own customizable style and ride five famous mountains featuring over 45 square miles of open terrain in each location. Discover new drop points by helicopter. Dynamic and ever-evolving weather conditions await riders as they choose where they ride and what they ride in by tracking conditions that suit their tastes."     So yeah, looks like there's some competition this winter in the game industry.  
8/6/2008 2:40:24 PM http://www.artoftheride.com/   Just a heads up to all you designers out there. They're holding a design contest for Shaun White's new game and if you win you'll get a Wii with the balance board.   Just thought I'd spread the news.
7/24/2008 11:03:21 AM I've been looking into getting more of those artsy-like t-shirts but only know of 4 websites that actually sell them:   http://www.imaginaryfoundation.com/ http://www.threadless.com/ http://www.designbyhumans.com/ http://www.merchline.com/fullbleed/   Anyone know of any more? I really like these kinds of shirts. I already got the "Birdman" shirt from imaginaryfoundation, but I really need to start getting more...
7/1/2008 9:14:56 PM Just went and saw the movie "Hancock" and just thought I'd give my review because one: it was actually a great movie, and two: beezy wanted a review.     To start off, I didn't really have too many high hopes for the movie because I saw it as a "superhero" flick based on some of the previews/commercials I have seen. But actually, the whole superhero thing is just part of the whole story. So if you didn't want to go see it because you thought it was going to be some cheesy good guy/bad guy movie, well, go ahead.   Now for the humor aspect. Overall, the whole movie was actually pretty hilarious. It's more like the kinda of humor that'd be in a James Bond kind of film. Pretty much saying that it's still humor, but they still keep everything serious. They even kept it funny through some of the more emotional parts of the movie too. (yes, there were a few.)   I'm not going to go and spoil anything else, but all in all, I thought it was a good movie and I'd recommend it to anyone that wanted to see it... And those of you who DIDN'T want to see it because you thought it'd be some kids' film. (And trust me, it definately isn't...)     So yeah...


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