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  1. I'm planning to keep skinning at one or both of...

    I'm planning to keep skinning at one or both of the ski areas that are within 15 minutes of home, but I'm also getting more and more nervous that other people being idiots is going to get them...
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    I'd add those who lay out buildings that don't...

    I'd add those who lay out buildings that don't shed snow at all to that list, unless they're engineered to handle a big winter's worth of snow/ice load on the roof. My wife thinks I'm nuts, but I...
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    I thought it was generally a bad idea to announce...

    I thought it was generally a bad idea to announce that you'll be needing to defend yourself online. Something about premeditation...
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    It's not an either/or: everyone should stay the...

    It's not an either/or: everyone should stay the fuck local. No, that doesn't mean you have to stay inside, and that definition will vary by location (there are places in Montana, and probably other...
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    If they won't stay home, I'd rather have them on...

    If they won't stay home, I'd rather have them on skins than booting the skintrack.

    I expect tomorrow to be a cluster, to the point where I'm planning to leave the dog at home because I don't trust...
  6. In hindsight, the correct answer for that 'last...

    In hindsight, the correct answer for that 'last weekend' was March 6-7. We screwed up by waiting until the following weekend to take this seriously on a widespread basis, and we're going to see the...
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    IME, as long as they claim it's a safety issue,...

    IME, as long as they claim it's a safety issue, they can shut pretty much anything down at will. I'm thinking in particular of a road near Red Lodge, MT, that is open to wheeled travel year-round on...
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    If an activity is illegal within a county, it...

    If an activity is illegal within a county, it would be illegal on federal land within that county, right? Same as a motorcycle helmet law--you can't pop your helmet off in a lid law state just...
  9. My experience, though anecdotal, doesn't agree,...

    My experience, though anecdotal, doesn't agree, unless we're operating on a different definition of "tour" (well, aside from the first point). I haven't owned a frame binding since the Naxo; I...
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    From Sunday; Saturday was even worse with most...

    From Sunday; Saturday was even worse with most lifts down and a ridiculous line-up for the T-Bar, which I can only assume led to some singles pairing up despite CDC (and resort) guidance advising...
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    I'll third that from Bethel.

    I'll third that from Bethel.
  12. Encouraging hordes of suddenly-remote-working...

    Encouraging hordes of suddenly-remote-working skiers from areas with significant outbreaks (e.g. Boston and Seattle, or apparently Italy if you've got enough cash) also fucks the locals, especially...
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    I'm surprised that coffee and beer aren't also...

    I'm surprised that coffee and beer aren't also getting wiped out. I guess beer can be a storage issue if you're trying not to let it get warm, but I wonder how many people are going to realize that...
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    Just a warning to anyone headed north this...

    Just a warning to anyone headed north this weekend: resort towns get the news, too, and you should probably plan on not being able to buy TP locally.

    The local grocery store was out of all but...
  15. I think the former is the elephant in the room,...

    I think the former is the elephant in the room, and I'm sure all the corporate risk-management types are considering it. A lot of service-industry gigs are inherently high-contact jobs, and there's...
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    No more USSA events (and some of the cancelled...

    No more USSA events (and some of the cancelled ones are big):

    https://usskiandsnowboard.org/news/us-ski-snowboard-coronavirus-covid-19-information
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    I'm hoping that part of that is a "we're going to...

    I'm hoping that part of that is a "we're going to stick to our normal content while we talk about this at the executive level and prepare to make hard decisions."

    As someone who lives in a resort...
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    ..because the problem is in Europe, and we don't...

    ..because the problem is in Europe, and we don't already have cases spreading via community transmission in the U.S., so discouraging some travel should be an effective step.

    I am wondering about...
  19. If you don't think viral transmission will happen...

    If you don't think viral transmission will happen (and probably is happening) via eating establishments, read...
  20. I think the Tecton should have similar release...

    I think the Tecton should have similar release characteristics, but it's a PITA to step in and out, and I don't perceive it to ski as well (i.e. energy transmission during skiing isn't quite as much...
  21. Or compare it to Boyne New England: $1,549 for...

    Or compare it to Boyne New England: $1,549 for the Platinum or $1,169 for the Gold. I get the lack of a comparable product to the Gold being annoying (i.e. full access to the primary hill every day...
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    Agreed, but this morning the WHO came out and...

    Agreed, but this morning the WHO came out and reported 3.4% mortality for reported cases. Even with a significant number of unreported cases, that's a troubling number for anyone in a higher-risk...
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    There are a couple of critical differences, at...

    There are a couple of critical differences, at least based on the early reporting:
    - far more transmittable than ebola
    - spread to a much wider (geographic) area before the warning lights came on...
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    For the thousands of hourly employees in the ski...

    For the thousands of hourly employees in the ski industry, this could turn into a significant problem. I'm lucky enough that my industry income supplements my primary job and that I'm married to a...
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    Travel insurance also may exclude pandemic...

    Travel insurance also may exclude pandemic coverage. Saw discussion elsewhere of such on a now-not-happening ski trip to Italy.

    World Cup Finals being scheduled for Cortina is also a question mark...
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    Apparently Jerry drives with as much situational...

    Apparently Jerry drives with as much situational awareness as he skis...

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1YQ-1A_UIVvw3IEW28mE6EPkwnkvChvrw/view?usp=sharing
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    After a rainy start in Bethel, I was nervous, but...

    After a rainy start in Bethel, I was nervous, but it was wet snow by the time I got to the parking lot. Sunday River claimed 8" today, and that sounds like a reasonable guesstimate if you had to give...
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    The son of a guy I coach with just did a school...

    The son of a guy I coach with just did a school science project comparing grinds and got repeatable, measurable differences. Whether the fastest grind on his test would also be the fastest on...
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    I can ski around it to a point, but particularly...

    I can ski around it to a point, but particularly with wide skis, base convexity tends to be an issue. If you only ski soft snow, that may not matter, but if you want to be able to edge...
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    Yes, but you have to remember that -10 Loaf...

    Yes, but you have to remember that -10 Loaf Degrees is actually -20 degrees Fahrenheit.
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    Sunday River also has an open-during-windhold...

    Sunday River also has an open-during-windhold T-Bar (otherwise competition programs only). Some of the operators are better then others at recognizing who is or isn't a racer, but I wouldn't suggest...
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    If the insurances savings ROI was anything...

    If the insurances savings ROI was anything remotely near-term, you'd see a lot fewer chairs without bars; many, if not most, of the chairs out there without them could be retrofitted....
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    ...and that, right there, is one of the many...

    ...and that, right there, is one of the many forms of eternal optimism of the Eastern skier.

    "Somewhere on this face, there's a hardwood line that doesn't end in a spruce/fir thicket, and I think...
  34. In theory, that should work. I found it to be...

    In theory, that should work.

    I found it to be a lot more challenge to balance on my heel and pivot the toe free while pivoting the other leg across and pushing down to release. IIRC the brake...
  35. One other pro/con between the two not mentioned:...

    One other pro/con between the two not mentioned:
    You can step on the Shift heelpiece with the opposing ski and release yourself. You cannot do that with the Tecton, because you're still connected at...
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    It's one of those things...you can go, embrace...

    It's one of those things...you can go, embrace the shitshow and enjoy, or you can stay away. Any other option will lead to disappointment. Show up early, the limiting factor there is parking.
    ...
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    Seconded. I only had two on the hill this week,...

    Seconded. I only had two on the hill this week, but yesterday was one of them, and conditions were pretty darn good (at least for freeskiing, the race training took a bit of effort to pull off).
    ...
  38. So I see several references to "protecting the...

    So I see several references to "protecting the camera" while skiing.

    I think I already said it, but I'll say it again:
    Fuck the camera, protect your body.

    Pro-grade gear (and I include...
  39. Can you manage not to crash, at least most of the...

    Can you manage not to crash, at least most of the time?

    Wrap it in a small puffy or other extra layer.

    Want better protection and organization, especially for additional gear...
  40. Just be damn sure you don't drop a ski, or you'll...

    Just be damn sure you don't drop a ski, or you'll look like even more of a doofus running after it.

    Re: grinding down/smoothing the brake pads, just be aware that you may also be compromising...
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    I have a pair of the 182s that are, I assume, at...

    I have a pair of the 182s that are, I assume, at the factory recommendation. I'm quite happy with how they skied, although I am working on rehoming them because I picked up a pair of Bent Chet 120s...
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    The UV-5R is functional, and if you're...

    The UV-5R is functional, and if you're technically capable not all that hard to program, but:
    a) it's not actually legal for FRS/GMRS use (probably not a big deal in practice, as getting caught is...
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    A lot of good commentary on hoods above; I...

    A lot of good commentary on hoods above; I strongly prefer a hood that's compatible with a large helmet, because I have a large skull. Unfortunately, most aren't quite big enough (I can hunker down...
  44. If you're using it specifically for GMRS, it's...

    If you're using it specifically for GMRS, it's probably worth replacing the POS stock antenna with one specifically tuned for GMRS frequencies. A quick Google turns up this:...
  45. Bindings don't protect your ACL except by...

    Bindings don't protect your ACL except by coincidence. Back when ACL injuries started become a big subject, several manufacturers introduced upwards-toe-release as a risk-mitigation factor, but IIRC...
  46. Yes. If you were in the States, I'd have to...

    Yes.

    If you were in the States, I'd have to say no, you'd be better off buying my Beast 14s so I can put Shifts on the full-powder boards and have my entire quiver alpine-boot compatible, but the...
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    Really good skiing first thing at the River...

    Really good skiing first thing at the River today, I think we may have gotten the jackpot for this storm. The downside of a relatively good lift system is that things got tracked out pretty quickly....
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    Sunday River was skiing well this morning, but I...

    Sunday River was skiing well this morning, but I was on slalom skis that were pretty close to sharp. Got a visual reminder about the importance of self-arrest skills, though, and took a few minutes...
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    The surface on the race hill here is great for...

    The surface on the race hill here is great for its intended use, but I don't think the kids believe me when I tell them that.

    Also, I think I'm bringing my crampons tomorrow.

    Sent from my...
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    Have you checked out any of the above recently?...

    Have you checked out any of the above recently? From the first results for "coaching fee u12 soccer travel team":



    So over $2k in coaching and club costs for 8-9 year-olds playing soccer....
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