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    Monday started by looking like maybe 6 wind...

    Monday started by looking like maybe 6 wind affected inches. Turns out the northeast flow was scouring a lot of the usual lines...

    ...and depositing several feet on lines that are usually a...
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    No, it's ugly. Now that I know how to do it,...

    No, it's ugly. Now that I know how to do it, it'll look a lot nicer the next time!
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    Still snowing steadily in South Lake. Feels like...

    Still snowing steadily in South Lake. Feels like lake effect: there's little wind and it's not dumping, just sifting down. Update, 12:30PM and it's dumping again.

    Usually NVDOT is on top of...
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    You have to stuff a lot of foam into the right...

    You have to stuff a lot of foam into the right places in the liner. Stock liners assume your lower leg is a pipe roughly the thickness of your ankle and symmetrical side to side, which no one is.
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    "remember that there is no unique local flavor in...

    "remember that there is no unique local flavor in the area surrounding Basin , outside of generations of Mormonism"

    That's local flavor. It's just a flavor you personally don't like.

    When...
  6. In the early 2000s we divided up the stashes at...

    In the early 2000s we divided up the stashes at Solitude by the time of day you could hit them and they'd still be fresh. Example, we never bothered hitting Cathedral until maybe 1PM. A cheesesteak...
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    What a week! Stayed cold the whole cycle - it...

    What a week!

    Stayed cold the whole cycle - it was 8 degrees when we started up Trimmer on Thursday, and the snow on bonus run was the best I've ever skied there. Mad props to the two splitters...
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    I've got a pair of BB5s for very cheap if you're...

    I've got a pair of BB5s for very cheap if you're willing to use them. Same mechanism, just one less pad adjuster (and different pads for some reason). PM if interested.
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    Most people buy saddles too narrow for their sit...

    Most people buy saddles too narrow for their sit bones and they hurt. If you buy a wide enough saddle you can sit comfortably on just about anything.

    Specialized Canopy is 155mm, which should be...
  10. Thread: Talk Edge Length

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    Completely wrong. The widest points of tip and...

    Completely wrong. The widest points of tip and tail have nothing to do with the effective edge on hardpack or in snow.

    For example, the Surface Outsider has its widest points at each end of the...
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    If you don't have an adjustable ladder, or want...

    If you don't have an adjustable ladder, or want to set up/break down even faster, just buy two plastic sawhorses from Harbor Freight for about $10 each (remember the perpetual 20% off coupon) and...
  12. Thread: Pack pump

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    You're right. I was looking at the picture of the...

    You're right. I was looking at the picture of the Tech Drive posted above. The micro floor drive looks like it has an even longer hose than the Morphs!
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    With all due respect, Steve is right and you have...

    With all due respect, Steve is right and you have no idea what you're talking about. Pedophiles in the Catholic Church were able to operate for so long because their congregation didn't know what was...
  14. Thread: Pack pump

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    This. With the Lezyne or Blackburn you still need...

    This. With the Lezyne or Blackburn you still need to hold the pump in the air and use both hands. With the Morphs you just put the wheel down and push the pump against the ground. Much better and...
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    Topeak Mtn Morph/Road Morph/Mini Morph >...

    Topeak Mtn Morph/Road Morph/Mini Morph > everything else. Being able to push the pump against the ground takes the pain out of fixing flats.

    https://www.topeak.com/us/en/products/pumps

    Mini...
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    Hockey practice jersey. Loose fit and the mesh...

    Hockey practice jersey. Loose fit and the mesh flows a lot of air. You'll probably still need a bit of sunscreen on your shoulders, but it's far cooler than any other option.
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    Old-school mags might remember when I bent a...

    Old-school mags might remember when I bent a Volkl maching around Hood at the summer summit.

    Wasn't much of a wipeout, but according to those behind me the ski flew at least 20 feet in the air. It...
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    FTs have a LOT of ramp. I think my stance problem...

    FTs have a LOT of ramp. I think my stance problem with MTN Labs might be the combination of forward lean (I generally prefer a more upright stance) and too much ramp. Unfortunately I can't gas-pedal...
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    Remember when the Atomic Hawx literally cut...

    Remember when the Atomic Hawx literally cut chevrons out of the midfoot to soften the clog, supposedly to provide better snow feel? These are the Hawx 120s from several years ago.

    (Yes, the bottom...
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    235449 (Note: I am not responsible for what...

    235449

    (Note: I am not responsible for what happens if you actually try this)
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    MTN Labs have more forward lean than many modern...

    MTN Labs have more forward lean than many modern ski boots. If your pintech bindings have a lot of ramp, like older Dynafits, you might have stance issues. I've concluded that I'll have to shim the...
  22. I've toured in a Barmah bush hat for many years....

    I've toured in a Barmah bush hat for many years. They have the best sun protection to weight and ventilation ratio I've found yet.

    They make a million variations, but my favorite version has the...
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    The TMARS 419S is down to the low $70s...just...

    The TMARS 419S is down to the low $70s...just search "TMARS 419S" on ebay. 55 and 110mm drop, comes in 27.2 and 31.6 (or 30.9 which is a shimmed 27.2), and includes an ambidextrous remote lever.
    ...
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    It's my house and my girl respects that. More...

    It's my house and my girl respects that.

    More importantly, she's happy to have a faster way to grind her own morning coffee!
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    1. Buy a $10 hand grinder on ebay, something like...

    1. Buy a $10 hand grinder on ebay, something like this: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Manual-Coffee-Grinder-Conical-Burr-Mill-Bean-Hand-Turkish-Portable-French-Press/332540737737
    Since it's a burr...
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    After cutting cable housing for your bicycle, but...

    After cutting cable housing for your bicycle, but before sliding the caps on each end, stick a small scratch awl in each end to make the housing ends perfectly round again.

    Headlamps >...
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    Save the heavy rubber bands from broccoli...

    Save the heavy rubber bands from broccoli clusters and put them in your tuning kit. Use them to hold back ski brakes while you're filing and waxing.

    If you get blisters when you ski or hike, cover...
  28. Update: after nearly three years of use, the...

    Update: after nearly three years of use, the actuator cable on my $80 ebay TMARS Gravity Dropper clone finally broke, right where it comes out of the handlebar lever. 5 minute repair and it's back in...
  29. Daleboots are also the easiest alpine boot to get...

    Daleboots are also the easiest alpine boot to get in and out of - and I say this as someone who has skied 3-piece boots for decades, starting back when Daleboot was the only available option, and...
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    High temp wax helps with hot pow and corn, but if...

    High temp wax helps with hot pow and corn, but if it's literally watery the water will suck you down no matter what wax you use. That's usually not a problem except on flat runouts in resorts.
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    swissiphic has it right. Since it's a delam of...

    swissiphic has it right. Since it's a delam of the fabric itself, talk to WL Gore directly. They've warrantied gear of mine for this exact issue, even when the manufacturer went under and no longer...
  32. I'm sure there were arguments on epic too - but I...

    I'm sure there were arguments on epic too - but I remember getting into it on Pmag forums with someone in 2002/2003, and those arguments were specifically about the 80MPH barrier. Their argument was...
  33. Hey, I remember the first one! IIRC the...

    Hey, I remember the first one!

    IIRC the genesis of the event was an argument over speed on the old Pmag forums. Some jabroni claimed that it was impossible for even a skilled skier to reach 80MPH...
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    Had a nice morning of meadow skipping on 6-8"....

    Had a nice morning of meadow skipping on 6-8". Sun still isn't out in South Lake - go get it before it manks up.
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    List of plastic-safe lubricants here:...

    List of plastic-safe lubricants here: http://nerfhaven.com/forums/topic/16267-plastic-safe-lubricants/
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    I believe that metal - specifically a laminate...

    I believe that metal - specifically a laminate with a metal layer inside it - does well at damping the higher-frequency vibrations that make a ski feel skittish or chattery.

    Think of it like...
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    Absolutely! If you want your skis to come around...

    Absolutely! If you want your skis to come around faster than their sidecut radius, you have to load the tips. The question is: how do you make most of your turns?

    This actually connects to ski...
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    It's not so much the properties of the metal that...

    It's not so much the properties of the metal that cause the ski with metal layers to be more damp. It's the material transition between the laminate and the metal. Remember, "dampness" isn't a single...
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    Race boots are designed for carving turns on ice...

    Race boots are designed for carving turns on ice that's smooth or slightly chattery, using skis that are FIS-restricted to have insufficient sidecut to make the turns they need to make. If you think...
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    Major shitshow this morning at the Heave. A city...

    Major shitshow this morning at the Heave. A city bus got stuck on the last uphill corner around 8:30AM and completely blocked traffic getting to Cal base. Then people started turning around, trying...
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    I don't get much of a Kyuss vibe from them. I...

    I don't get much of a Kyuss vibe from them.

    I very much do, though, from the last Rotor album:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFTCGS2aZtA
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    This. Everything else is heavier, more...

    This. Everything else is heavier, more complicated, more expensive, and breaks more often - including Dynafit's other bindings.
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    Same. Giant quarter-sized snowflakes falling...

    Same. Giant quarter-sized snowflakes falling straight down. Be ready for slick roads and parking lots tomorrow morning.
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    The angle doesn't hook when you set up a turn...

    The angle doesn't hook when you set up a turn because they are stiff as fuck all the way through the tip and tail. Unlike most heavily rockered skis, which are noodles, the tips don't fold or flap...
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    Now I just have to figure out how to McGyver a...

    Now I just have to figure out how to McGyver a Speed Turn 2.0 onto the old Dynaduke plates that only have the pattern for the old 5-hole toes, or find an old pair of Speed Turn 1.0s. Should have...
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    Raining hard in South Lake, no sign of snow even...

    Raining hard in South Lake, no sign of snow even at 8500 feet. Passes are all still clear. Temps need to drop quickly... :tdo13:
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    During the recession it was less crowded on...

    During the recession it was less crowded on weekends, but actually more crowded during the weekdays. Obama kept extending unemployment benefits - it ended up being over two and a half years, when you...
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    Since everyone's still being clueless, here's the...

    Since everyone's still being clueless, here's the direct link to the stuff you need. $9 for a lifetime supply. Make sure to get the adhesive-backed version!
    ...
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    Is it my imagination, or have tech bindings got...

    Is it my imagination, or have tech bindings got continually heavier and less reliable since the TLT/Comfort generation of Dynafits?

    Radicals have gone through at least three generations of shitty...
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    FYI: Surface still makes that ski, but it's...

    FYI: Surface still makes that ski, but it's called the Outsider.
    https://surfaceskis.com/collections/powder-and-freeride/products/outsider



    If you ski from a centered or slightly forward...
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