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"Yeah? Well, you know, that's just like uhh... your opinion man." 
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Gender: Male
Age: 32
Languages: English
Experience  
Years Riding: 6
Average Days/Year: 20
Skill Level: advanced
Riding Style: all mountain
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Preferred Terrain: powder, backcountry
Sizing Info  
Height/Weight: 6'2, 215 lbs
Board Size: 164
Boot Size: 10
Clothing Size: L
Jacket Size: L
Pants Size: L
Thermal Size: L
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Region: East Coast
Location: Vermont
Resort: Sugarbush
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11/4/2013 10:29:19 AM Thought I'd get this started now. I know Killington is already open, and it looks like many resorts are making snow since we've been having consistently low night time temperatures. If you know of a resort opening date (or maybe one that's already open) post it below!
3/25/2013 10:37:56 PM Most VT resorts got 2'-3' or more over the past week. There was a big storm on Monday and Tuesday, and then 2"- 6" overnight Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. That's going to help extend the season quite a bit. Jay Peak is reporting over 4' in the last week. They'll be going strong for a while. I rode at Magic, Sugarbush, and Smuggs last week. 4 days in a row of fantastic conditions. I've had single days that were better, but not a consistent stretch that good. It's warming up, but hopefully we can get at least one more good storm before it's all over.
2/18/2013 9:15:13 AM My jacket usually has my phone, keys, multi-tool, Cliff bar, goggle cloth, facemask/ bandana. Backup gloves and my wallet go in my pants. It's not a whole ton of stuff, but it's enough to keep going if a minor issue comes up. Once I'm on the mountain, I don't like to stop unless I really have to.
2/5/2013 10:35:04 PM If you're really not sure, see what boards you can demo. If you're lucky enough to have a demo day at a local mountain, you could get on a few different boards at different sizes. Otherwise, don't be afraid to buy a used board rather than sink a lot of money into a new one. I've bought used gear, decided it wasn't for me, and sold it for basically the same price I bought it for. As soon as you buy a new board, the value takes a hit. Then you're stuck with it, or you have to take a loss if you decide it's not right for you. There are so many options out there these days with lots of new manufacturers and new technology. Even if you do an incredible amount of research the odds aren't good that you're going to get the perfect board the first time. Get on demos, ride your friend's gear, buy some used stuff. Try to ride as many different setups as you can. No stranger on the internet knows what's right for you. 
2/3/2013 10:08:49 PM I'm not trying to contradict other people here, but it seems like everyone is recommending really small boards. You said that you love free riding, but have started entering the park. I really don't think a 156 will hold up to any sort of speed free riding if you weigh 200 pounds. I weigh about 215, and I couldn't imagine owning a board that small.  I rode a 156 for one run and thought it was totally wimpy and awful. I would recommend something like a 160-162. Generally speaking, if you go with any board that has a rockered tip/ tail it will be as easy to turn as a cambered 156, but when you get it on edge, there will be a lot more board to support you. I'm thinking something like a Ride Machete or a Bataleon Goliath. Keep in mind that the type of board matters too. You could probably go with a softer flex on a bigger board, and you'd probably want a stiffer flex on a smaller board.  Ultimately, one size does not fit all. But I'd be wary of going too small/ too soft. If you get a park-specific board in a 156, I don't think it'll be much fun at high (or even moderate) speed.
1/9/2013 7:19:48 PM As a guy who is a little bit over 6'2" and 200 lbs, I agree. I adjusted my stance on back-to-back days this weekend. Yes, I know it's personal preference, but here's what I noticed: I was running my stance at 24", which is on the wider end of the spectrum, but not that wide for me. I spent the whole day in the trees, and I felt really stiff and just off of my game. I couldn't totally get in the flow. I chalked it up to it being a while since my last day on the mountain.  The next day I moved my stance out to 25.5". I wanted to go wider in the hopes that it would help me get lower. I still rode the trees all day, and VT trees are tight. I figured that I would be giving up quick turn response for running a stance that wide. The truth is, I found it much easier to get low, and that made everything else easier. I had a pretty kick-ass day. So in my (sort of) side-by-side test, a wider stance made turn initiation easier. Yes, it may technically be more effort to turn a board with a wider stance, but it's also a lot easier to turn with a lower center of gravity. Think of a sports car- low to the ground with the wheels far out to the corners. For me, wider is faster because it's more stable. 
12/19/2012 9:30:53 PM PM Sent/ Bump
12/16/2012 3:04:51 PM Clearing out some old stuff and a new jacket too. All prices O.B.O. include shipping to the lower 48 states. I'll mention that again later, because I know the internet and reading comprehension don't always go together. Planet Earth Gabriel Jacket: BNWT, Size L Bought this jacket at a spring sale. As I was unpacking my gear for this season I realized that I'm an idiot and this is my third black shell jacket. I considered selling one of the others, but I like them just fine, and I can hopefully get at least most of my money back on this one. 15k/15k, recycled materials, all the pockets gaiters, etc, that you would expect. 'Progressive Long' fit, so the body is 2" longer than standard. $300 new, some places are still selling it for that much. Cheapest I saw was $240. Asking $120 shipped OBO. 686/ ACC Syndicate Insulated Jacket: Used, Size L A few seasons light use on this one. There is a small stain on the back of the jacket that is hard to see. In my opinion, the flash in the picture really makes it look worse than in person. Cool Chinese Zodiac Tiger themed liner. Super warm. Another long jacket. I like it because it actually covered my butt and I'm just shy of 6' 3". I didn't wear this jacket much, because I'm a pretty warm person and this thing is really well insulated. Wore this with only a base layer a few times. Other than the small stain, no defects/ blemishes that I noticed. Retail on this was around $270. Looking for $65 shipped OBO. Peak Performance Insulated Pants: Used, Size L Similar to the 686 jacket, these pants are insulated and quite warm. A little too warm for me, and I don't really need a 3rd pair of pants right now. These are technically ski pants, but I like the color-block style. Very little wear on these. The white isn't perfectly bright white, but it still looks very good. Virtually no wear on the cuffs. Just a little fuzzy on the edges. One small dark spot on the back, and your jacket may cover that anyway. Retail on these was something absurd like $350. Asking $80 shipped OBO. Forum Kicker SLR Boots: Used, Size 11 Dual-Zone speed lacing system. I have a new pair of BOA style boots, but I think the next pair I'll be going back to this style. Stiff materials and construction for a freestyle boot, but has an articulated cuff that's easy to flex, so it ends up being a good all-mountain choice. Plenty of days on these, but still in good shape. Definitely used but not abused. Paid $230 for them back in the day. Asking $50 shipped OBO. You know the drill- PM me for paypal info/ offers.
11/18/2012 9:10:12 PM The title says it all. Right now I have 4 boards and 2 pairs of bindings. I've got a board in mind for each of them. I don't care about color or condition, as long as they aren't totally beat up. Heck, even totally beat up I'd take for the right price. I know I'd have more luck if I was looking for Forces or Cartels, but I really like the canted footbeds and the toe strap on Ride bindings. I've got some Double Agents, and I'm looking to add more.
10/26/2012 1:06:20 PM I found a used Charlie 164 for less $ than cm, so I couldn't pass it up. I'll get out on it this season and see how it goes. Maybe next year I'll get a new board, but this frees up some money to drop on new bindings. Thanks for everyone's suggestions/ advice. It's going to be interesting since I've never owned a true pow deck before. I can't wait to get out on it!
10/25/2012 10:40:14 PM I have a 2008 Arbor Crossbow 166. The Crossbow was the same dimensions as the A-Frame with a very similar construction. The Crossbow has a carbon fiber strut running the length of the board, reinforced sidewalls, and cork stringers for dampening. They considered it to be their most advanced board, even more so than the A-Frame. At that time, neither board was tapered. The new A-Frames are 'tapered', but barely. They don't even advertise them as such, because they taper 2mm. That's essentially no taper compared to a powder board with 10-20mm or more. I like it, it's a bomber board, but a big, heavy, and stiff one at that. As a big guy I can hit incredible speeds on that board and it carves like crazy. I do ride it in the trees. I rode it a lot last season, it's great.  But... It doesn't truly float like a board with a rockered nose. It doesn't surf like a board with a tapered tail. You can set the stance back, but that just puts the front contact point further away from your foot. You don't necessarily gain anything. I already rock a wide stance since I'm tall, so I'm looking for a board that is designed for pow so I can ride a regular width stance and still get that float. I don't want to have to narrow my stance to move it back. The A-Frame is a great board. I love the topsheet. It might be the best looking board I've ever seen. But I basically have one under a different name already, so it's not what I'm looking for. I've got a YES G.D.O.H. 162 for a true twin/ rockered tip early and late season fun board. I've got a Ride Concept TMS 164 as a directional twin all mountain/ mixed conditions/ rock board. And I've got the Crossbow 166 as my bomber and deep day board, which works for pow, but not how I want it to. So now I want a pow board. Something that isn't a big, stiff plank, or a twin rockered softer board, or an all-mountain board. I want a powder specific board that's appropriate for the east coast.
10/25/2012 10:25:14 AM I like the idea of sizing down, but I'm wary of doing so. The last time I rode a 161 it felt too short to me. I've owned a 167 and demoed a 169 for almost a full day and never had any problems. I don't mind a longer board, I can handle it. But for pow I shouldn't need anything that big if the tail is shorter and tapered. Still, fully geared up I'm at 220#, and I couldn't imagine riding a 156, no matter what shape it is. I like narrower waisted boards because they're quick edge-to-edge. My current quiver all comes in at 252 or 253. I know that pow decks will be wider than that, but I don't want to get on a board that's nice and short because it's also really wide. That just doesn't fit my riding style or the terrain I'm usually on.
10/25/2012 7:28:31 AM I thought about the supermodel, but as far as I know it's still a traditional camber board. I don't think a cambered 163 is what I want, even if it has a small amount of taper. I already have a cambered 164 and 166, so I don't know that a slightly tapered 163 would be all that different. The barracuda looks interesting, but a 161 would be a little short for me. I said 162-166, but in reality, unless it's got a really short tail, I'm probably more at 164+. My one concern with the Charlie is that big sidecut. I wonder if a board with a big waist and a big sidecut is going to feel sluggish in tight trees. I assume you've ridden one spenser, so what are your thoughts? Anyone else ridden any of these boards?
10/24/2012 11:12:43 PM I'm looking to round out my quiver with a pow board. I live in MA and mostly ride in VT, so I'm not looking for a fish or a swallowtail or anything too crazy like that. It's rare that we get super deep days, and I'd like something that'll be acceptable on occasional groomers.  I'm thinking of something with more traditional shape, but tapered a bit. I have a YES G.D.O.H., so I'm not interested in a rockered twin deck: I'm looking for something directional. I spend most of my time in the trees, so I'm looking for something that's maneuverable. I'm a big guy, about 200#, so I'm looking for something in the 162-166 range. That's where all of my current boards fall.  I'm not looking to shell out a lot of cash on a new deck. A used but not abused board will be fine for me. So, any thoughts? A Malolo if I can find one? Charlie Slasher? I'd love to try a Nidecker Megalight, but they're damn near impossible to find. I know the Burton Barracuda is out there too, but I don't think I could get one for a decent price.
8/16/2012 7:56:59 AM If you aren't connected to Smuggler's Notch on facebook, you may not have seen this yet, but they are creating a new park area for this winter: "Finally - a word on parks for the winter 2013. Never fear, the Zone will still be in place on Sterling. PLUS - new this winter is Knight's Revenge Park in the Knight's Revenge glades on Madonna. This natural feature park will contain log slides, quarterpipes, bank turns, rock jumps, and more for freestyle fun."   I'm not much of a park rat, but some rock jumps, banked turns, etc, in the woods sound pretty good to me.  They're putting the park on the lower half of the mountain, so it might see a lot of traffic, but that also means you could do a nice top-to-bottom glade run and have some fun features to hit at the end. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing how this turns out.


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