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    X2. That’s got to be some sort of record for...

    X2. That’s got to be some sort of record for daily posts.
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    Thanks for sharing. Looks like a pretty simple...

    Thanks for sharing. Looks like a pretty simple concept that could be adapted to a variety of cabrio style boots.
  3. We’re on the verge of trails opening up in our...

    We’re on the verge of trails opening up in our small mountain town, and (as the local trails manager) I’m brainstorming guidelines to help trail users to self-regulate. The goal is pretty simple, to...
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    Seems optimistic. I’d be carrying my Arcteryx...

    Seems optimistic. I’d be carrying my Arcteryx Needle 65 for such a trip.
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    They all ski well enough. Less fucking around...

    They all ski well enough. Less fucking around with the Ions/Zeds.
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    Get over your fixation with gimmicks. The...

    Get over your fixation with gimmicks. The Arcteryx Alpha AR 55 has everything you need.
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    Lifts still turning at Red, for now.

    Lifts still turning at Red, for now.
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    The waterproof shell and active insulation all in...

    The waterproof shell and active insulation all in one covers a very wide range of conditions, simplifies transitions, and keeps things lightweight. The only conditions in which I find this system...
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    Yes, not much else to do in these weird times but...

    Yes, not much else to do in these weird times but disconnect from the paranoia, chill out and let it pass. Skiing in the sunshine was spectacular today.
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    Local ski hills still open here, for now. The BC...

    Local ski hills still open here, for now. The BC Provincial Health recently stated "This virus does not transmit when people are outdoors, so go outside and play with your family, go up to our ski...
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    After reading this thread I almost broke down and...

    After reading this thread I almost broke down and bought the single pair of 184 M102s being discounted on the wall at my local shop, but couldn’t pass up a killer deal on a pair of mint used 184 M4s....
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    With 6” of new snow, unseasonably cold temps, the...

    With 6” of new snow, unseasonably cold temps, the border effectively closed, all events cancelled, but with our old school chairs still turning, it’s a return to quieter simpler times here.
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    Nobody “needs” super-fats, but they are fun on...

    Nobody “needs” super-fats, but they are fun on occasion. When I worked as a cat-skiing guide, skiing at least boot-deep powder 100% of time, I preferred my Wailer 112s on most days, but in the...
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    If it’s not precipitating, I find a basic...

    If it’s not precipitating, I find a basic membrane-less soft shell such as an OR Ferrosi works great, but sometimes I’ll use my biking wind-shell, an older lined wind-shirt, a sweet XC skiing focused...
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    The Salomon S/Lab X-Alp boot with a medium volume...

    The Salomon S/Lab X-Alp boot with a medium volume Intuition Pro-tour liner could be what you’re looking for. I have a low instep, and am very sensitive to just the right amount of pressure across the...
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    It's a long flat slog, but Airy Ck is do-able as...

    It's a long flat slog, but Airy Ck is do-able as a day trip, and a six pack might get you a tow.
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    There’s plenty of snow on the ground, snow...

    There’s plenty of snow on the ground, snow surface conditions are holding up well on all non sun-affected aspects, freezing levels are staying low (enough) with small top-ups forecast for Fri-Sat,...
  18. I’ve used policies that excluded mountaineering...

    I’ve used policies that excluded mountaineering requiring the use of ropes or guides, and figured that free soloing was therefore covered. More recent experience as me realizing that in the case of a...
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    Depends how warm you run, and how much you sweat....

    Depends how warm you run, and how much you sweat. I use Icebreaker 250 weight for lounging around, 150 t-shirts for mountain biking, and after trying many combinations have settled on 200 weight as...
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    Cheap Skis at Evo

    I must resist:
    2019 Dynastar Legend X 106, 173 and 182cm for $299.
    https://www.evo.com/outlet/skis/dynastar-legend-x-106#image=122529/515922/clone.jpg
    2019 Black Crows Corvus, 176, 183 and 188cm...
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    Then we agree. I hydrate before skiing, drink...

    Then we agree. I hydrate before skiing, drink from creeks (if accessible), pace myself so as to not sweat, and only carry a 1 litre Nalgene bottle (also good for fishing for water down deep holes)...
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    In keeping with this thread, I suggest it’s also...

    In keeping with this thread, I suggest it’s also possible to make sensible weight:benefit calculations for everything we take ski touring. I don’t accept that risk is exempt from these calculations,...
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    I tour constantly in a community where nobody...

    I tour constantly in a community where nobody uses an airbag, and the only time I see them are on the backs of clueless Euros and dads on vacation whose wife wouldn’t have it otherwise. I understand...
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    COs patrolling by helicopter and issuing fines to...

    COs patrolling by helicopter and issuing fines to sledders in Caribou closures around Nakusp.
    https://www.trailtimes.ca/news/sledders-nabbed-running-in-caribou-restricted-zone-near-nakusp/
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    Tree skiing laps: Climb to the top of the ridge...

    Tree skiing laps: Climb to the top of the ridge opposite Retallack and drop the endless North facing tree lines into Whitewater Creek.
    A full day wander: Tour up Whitewater Creek, through the Col...
  26. Multiple messages sent, but no reply?

    Multiple messages sent, but no reply?
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    I did 15 years touring on various Dynafit...

    I did 15 years touring on various Dynafit bindings, which for me always broke within 100 days of use. Carrying spare heel pieces and regular warranty claims were just part of the deal. I’m now using...
  28. Pm sent.

    Pm sent.
  29. Feeler WTB: Dynafit chugach or hokkaido

    FWIW, Last time I looked a pair of 181 Chugach’s had been taking up space on the discount rack of Gerick Cycle and Sports in Trail BC for way too long. I’m certain that Erik (the co-owner) is ready...
  30. Part 2: Padded Room Special Collection Of Junk That More Than Likely Will Be NSFW

    An ex-girlfriend of mine, and an absolute charger. She’d just won Bridger Bowl, Crested Butte and Kirkwood and was the favourite for Valdez. The head injury she suffered ended competitive skiing for...
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    I haven’t been, but from friends that have, the...

    I haven’t been, but from friends that have, the lodge and the operator are great, but they weren’t completely stoked on the ski terrain. I don’t remember exactly why, but their adjacent Valkyr Lodge...
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    The freezing level spiked at ~ 1600m yesterday...

    The freezing level spiked at ~ 1600m yesterday (Friday) at Red, with good powder skiing still to be found on high North aspects. Temps are dropping, stability is improving, and there’s more snow in...
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    Freeride World Tour - 2020

    I only watched the men’s skiing (obviously), which is always entertaining, but if these guys are supposed to be the best in the World, the standard of skiing was pathetic. The variable snow and less...
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    From the press releases: “initial ideas for the...

    From the press releases: “initial ideas for the protected area don’t include changes in existing access to the area, but the Ktunaxa don’t want to see any permanent housing built and want to ensure...
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    Oberti is a vainglorious moron. There are...

    Oberti is a vainglorious moron. There are countless mountains in the Selkirks and Monashees with the reliable snowfall, stable snowpack, and suitable geography (massive 100% skiable terrain...
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    Wrist gaiter on the inside, then FTP SX gloves,...

    Wrist gaiter on the inside, then FTP SX gloves, and my shell jacket with Velcro over the top. Locked down for a day of ducking and weaving through the trees.
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    Thanks for the heads up. They’re currently at 30%...

    Thanks for the heads up. They’re currently at 30% off or CAN$357 at the Last Hunt, I’m just waiting till they go to 50% off.
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    Got to my nearest “city” yesterday and tried on a...

    Got to my nearest “city” yesterday and tried on a shitload of high end skiing shells from Patagonia, North Face, OR, Arc’teryx, Norrøna, Black Diamond, Salomon, Rab, Picture, and Mammut. I get deals...
  39. How are heavy users feeling about the long term...

    How are heavy users feeling about the long term durability of Shifts, as in are these a viable option for day in day out resort skiing with occasional tours?
  40. FWIW, I don’t heat up or sweat as much as many,...

    FWIW, I don’t heat up or sweat as much as many, and I don’t and won’t use anything but Merino. The sensation of all day comfort against my skin is easily worth the high price and shorter life...
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    Finally, winter is here at Red. The base is in,...

    Finally, winter is here at Red. The base is in, and (like everyone else in the region) we’re in the middle of major cold storm cycle. Yesterday (Friday) afternoon was boot deep, eerily deserted, and...
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    I haven’t skied either, but from the specs and...

    I haven’t skied either, but from the specs and reviews the G3 Sendr 112 could be the step-down you’re imagining?
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    The extent of “wetting out” is determined by the...

    The extent of “wetting out” is determined by the DWR coating on the fabric, whereas the degree of “soaking through” is controlled by the (Gore-Tex etc.) membrane. DWR performance and durability isn’t...
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    With monthly reapplications of Snoseal, I’ve...

    With monthly reapplications of Snoseal, I’ve found they’re as waterproof as any other high-end gloves with membranes on wet snow days. Everything gets soaked in the rain.
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    309822 The velcro closures on my FTP Spring...

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    The velcro closures on my FTP Spring Gloves weren’t catching anymore, so I cut them off and sewed in neoprene gaskets (from a beer kookie), which work better than the original. The perfect...
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    Red Mountain seems to be getting skunked so far...

    Red Mountain seems to be getting skunked so far this season, with meagher snowfall totals, high freezing levels, and multiple episodes of freezing rain. Yesterday (Sunday) was a weird mix of snow,...
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    Great stuff. On the issue of feedback, I’ve...

    Great stuff.

    On the issue of feedback, I’ve always made a point of getting up close and personal to the hazards. Obviously not an effective strategy with Low Probability / High Consequence...
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    https://offpistemag.com/ogso-skis-quiver-of-one/

    https://offpistemag.com/ogso-skis-quiver-of-one/
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    These seem in the ballpark. ...

    These seem in the ballpark.

    http://ogso-mountain-essentials.com/skis/cosmique-ultralight/
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    Nobody is infallible, and discussions about luck,...

    Nobody is infallible, and discussions about luck, control, and fate eventually lead to a realization (or irrational denial) that free will itself is a just a useful illusion, but IMO the purpose of...
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