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  1. Last season at Snowbird did anybody notice all...

    Last season at Snowbird did anybody notice all the small signs that appeared on the gates indicating the name of the traverse/trail? I also noticed a number of new gates that hadn't been there in...
  2. Driving Aspen to SLC in blizzard at night - insane?

    The son of a friend proposes to do just that this weekend: drive from Aspen after skiing all day to SLC. This which would be mostly at night in the middle of projected storm. In my youthful...
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    More gaper fun is just around the corner! In the...

    More gaper fun is just around the corner! In the meantime there's this:

    A fee weeks ago I was riding the tram up Snowbird. The only other passengers were a family of Texans staying up at Snowbird...
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    Volkl 100eight mounting point

    Volkl kindly sent me new ones after the old ones self-destructed last spring. Went from fine to massive delam on both edges on both skis in the space of 10 days. Bizarre. Anyway, anybody have...
  5. You're not the only one, same happened to me. My...

    You're not the only one, same happened to me. My 100eights literally fell apart after about 80 days. It was a tough 80 days, but still. Volkl had some kind of major delam problem with them. ...
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    That's good news. I bet if you kept skiing them...

    That's good news. I bet if you kept skiing them they'd get much worse very fast, same as me. Love the skis but durability seems to be, uhh... dubious.
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    Not related to the Confessions, but FYI I had a...

    Not related to the Confessions, but FYI I had a pair of 2017 100Eights that brutally delaminated after about just 1 full season. This happened along 3 or 4 sections of edge, each about 4 or 5 inches...
  8. Big opportunity here! I've got a couple snowbird...

    Big opportunity here! I've got a couple snowbird 'friends and family' passes with 2 or 3 days on each. I'd like To get $40/day for them, would confirm exact number at ticket booth. I can meet up...
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    It's my understanding that the Forest Service...

    It's my understanding that the Forest Service land that Alta now occupies was originally private and turned over to the forest svc when Alta was established. AND, that transfer process stipulated...
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    You've obviously never used the mountain train...

    You've obviously never used the mountain train systems in Switzerland. I'd give my left nut for a serious, Swiss-grade train up there.
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    ^^^^THIS. I got a 4' wide painting bench that...

    ^^^^THIS. I got a 4' wide painting bench that lives in the back of my truck. It never, and I mean NEVER, fails to impress. Seems so obvious after you see it.
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    Hmmmm . . . . That would make everybody at...

    Hmmmm . . . . That would make everybody at Snowbird a flatlander.
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    Everything. You're confusing holiday crowds...

    Everything. You're confusing holiday crowds concentrating in a few places cause of low snow with the ability to get someplace that was previously harder to get to, and that the least experienced...
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    Things gapers do

    Sometimes no words are involved, only action. Here's my holiday skiiing contribution.

    On the lift a Snowbird Mtn host told me that they sent a couple boarders back down the tram yesterday. These...
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    After a lot more time up there this week I've...

    After a lot more time up there this week I've concluded that it really, realy is a step backwards. What they've done is take a beginner area out of play (Cecret) and substituted a way to take those...
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    Haha, I do it too, SOP on lifts.

    Haha, I do it too, SOP on lifts.
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    New Superior lift at Alta sucks

    This time of year is supposed to be about stoke, not anti-stoke. Still, I can't believe the suckiness of the new Superior lift. The runout was bad enough before, now it's just ridiculous. This...
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    My concern too. But by then I ought to have 20+...

    My concern too. But by then I ought to have 20+ ski days logged and my gear is dialed.

    [Sidebar comment on conditioning: For the last 6 or 7 years my primary ski partner has been a guy that was...
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    Great info, thanks to all! Now I'm 1000%...

    Great info, thanks to all! Now I'm 1000% psyched, gonna shred.
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    JH Steep and Deep

    So I signed up for their famous course and now I'm nervous. I'm pretty good but could always use improvement but I'm not about testosterone-poisoned, crazy shit. And I couldn't care less about...
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    Bump, cause this problem will surely afflict...

    Bump, cause this problem will surely afflict somebody every season. This year it afflicted me. I'm gonna try this stuff, seems perfect for the purpose.
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    The tortoise has been infallible. Last year got...

    The tortoise has been infallible. Last year got a slow start too and that's the tortoise's benchmark, so we have no reason to doubt that it will retain it's infallibility. Incidentally, it does...
  23. 74 last season. Was cut short by cancer...

    74 last season. Was cut short by cancer diagnosis or it would have been 100+. After a pretty fucked up summer/fall cancer problems are now fixed up, so goal for this season is 100+ again. No...
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    will try to get name of tortoise. it will take...

    will try to get name of tortoise. it will take a while, several degrees of seperation....
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    Wasatch Weather Tortoise Predicts

    So, here's the story.

    A friend of a friend of my son lives in SLC someplace. He's a BLM employee and has, as a ward, a desert tortoise whose care he is charged with. He's been doing this for...
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    Told to me by a liftie working at Park City: "So...

    Told to me by a liftie working at Park City: "So this guy asks me 'What do they do with all the moguls in the summer?' "
    Assuming that you know what moguls are, it's difficult for me to even...
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    There IS a shit ton of Eastern migration (and I'm...

    There IS a shit ton of Eastern migration (and I'm one of them). I meet new transplants on a daily basis. Californians too. The locals live in fear of the deluge when word really gets out.
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    Where these folks went down is far from flat. ...

    Where these folks went down is far from flat. But true, it's south-facing. But it got no sun for days cause of a prolonged storm cycle dumping 50+ inches of snow. See Wasatch thread. But why...
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    Mob of 400 poaches Mineral Basin at Snowbird

    That's right. My buddy and are waiting for the rope to drop on Mineral. The rope had about 10x as many Snow Safety people as usual and so we get to talking. This is what we were told:

    About 30...
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    Thats great news. will try it. thanks!

    Thats great news. will try it. thanks!
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    Zipfit liner longevity?

    Did a bit of searching and couldn't find much.... I've got about 80 days on my zipfits. Recently I've noticed that I'm having to clamp tighter and tighter on the cuff, enough so that I might have...
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    ^^^ I see. That certainly clears things up.

    ^^^ I see. That certainly clears things up.
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    Simple. In the USA everybody has veto-power. In...

    Simple. In the USA everybody has veto-power. In Yurp when the govt does something for the greater good (whatever that may be) they just fucking do it. Yeah, a few folks get bent out of shape but...
  34. Very informative, enlightening and entertaining...

    Very informative, enlightening and entertaining without digressions or attack. Must be the holiday spirit at work, even here at TGR. And to all, a good night.
  35. What is the avalanche control share of the dynamite market?

    That's all. Such questions trouble me. I didn't bother searching for an answer. Conversation is more fun though any links are welcome.
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    Exercise and beer

    This amazing finding validates what all know to be true: beer makes it any activity better. No specific mention of PBR though, which is puzzling.
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    Beating road closures in LCC?

    Stupid JONG question, let's get that out of the way up front.

    So, after a dump when does UPD typically close the LCC road for avy work? I assume they keep the road plowed 24/7 unless it's an...
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    Yes, this ^^^. Saved me the trouble of posting...

    Yes, this ^^^. Saved me the trouble of posting the same thing, though I agree with the other poster about the adrenaline. More like endorphins.
  39. I'm not getting into a 'where do you climb'...

    I'm not getting into a 'where do you climb' pissing contest. Except to say I've seen them in the east and in the west, and not just at gumby nOOb crags. But never skiing, so I guess it's not such...
  40. Huh, OK. Sounds like a bad placement though. If...

    Huh, OK. Sounds like a bad placement though. If it's skiable at all by anybody it probably shouldn't be there. In my example I'm hard pressed to think of anybody actually skiing it rather than...
  41. Fixed ropes on bad entries [stupid JONG question!?]

    Fixed ropes are common on heinous climbing approaches through little gullies, crazy scrambles and other places where a slip would be bad. You've got a heavy load (rack, rope, etc) so a fixed rope...
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    Yeah, just incredible. Same goes for recent NYT...

    Yeah, just incredible. Same goes for recent NYT articles on rock climbing (Alex Honnold, recent Caldwell/Jorgeson work on el Cap, etc, Ashima Shiraishi, etc). Many people out there seem gripped by...
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    A tragic yet bizzare story

    Anybody read this?...
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    I retract my remarks: ...

    I retract my remarks:
    http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/news/ski-wax-chemicals
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    I'm puzzled about why anybody would be concerned...

    I'm puzzled about why anybody would be concerned that fluoro-waxes are toxic. I'd expect exactly the contrary. They're chemically similar to teflon, which is about as chemically inert as it gets. ...
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    I know, but she won't do it, at least not till...

    I know, but she won't do it, at least not till she actually is crippled. We just hiked 5 miles. She says that the surgical outcomes are too often not good, so just let it go until there's nothing...
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    See below. Big toe is actually rotated under a...

    See below. Big toe is actually rotated under a little. Surgery needed, no doubt, but she won't do it.
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    Fitting ski boots for bunion sufferers

    Not looking for specifics here, just generalities. My wife hasn't skied for 15 years and wants to get back into it. Since she stopped she developed a bad bunion. Is fitting boots even possible...
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    You're missing something here. First, CWI really...

    You're missing something here. First, CWI really doesn't enter into anything here, it's about indoor climbing instruction. The "conspiracy theory" is based on the following:


    In 2017 their...
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    I missed the OR, my bad. Truth be told the...

    I missed the OR, my bad. Truth be told the prereqs for the ASC look a lot more relevent to ski guiding than those for Rock Guide.
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