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    This is an interesting discussion. Does the...

    This is an interesting discussion. Does the firmer flex and ability to drive weight toward the tip matter and when? A lot of good technical skiers ride more upright and IMO rely on good footbeds /...
  2. Been sayin this forever, watch the last week of...

    Been sayin this forever, watch the last week of March, sometimes epic. I recall driving up to Crustal on 3/27, think it was 1975. Snowed hard from the claw all the way up. Guy in a Porsche 911 blows...
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    Didn't see your post til today. I'm 5' 9", 150...

    Didn't see your post til today. I'm 5' 9", 150 lbs. and ski's range between 180 to 172. The 177 Monster reviewed favorably with some folks heavier than myself so the 177 felt right.
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    I'm partial to Lange XT Free 130's from a few...

    I'm partial to Lange XT Free 130's from a few years back. The alpine soles can swap out for the tread (climbing) soles which I've never used. Very good fit out of the box, warm, and they ski as well...
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    Took my new, old stock 177's out to see how they...

    Took my new, old stock 177's out to see how they did on icy groomers that eventually warmed to a nice edgy condition. 100% groomer day & had my daily's in the roof box just in case. I'm totally...
  6. CL for sale: Tecnica ZG Tour Guide, 150.00

    Seattle area CL has a pair in 28.0 /28.5 looked pretty good, not high milers but 17/18 maybe?
    150.00 not a bad deal.
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    I tend to think about stop points and sluffs...

    I tend to think about stop points and sluffs trailing me. Sometimes the volume of snow cascading down is sufficient to do some harm & around tree wells, worse. I was side slammed off a little cliff...
  8. I scouted a local trail in Port Orchard yesterday...

    I scouted a local trail in Port Orchard yesterday with just a couple inches of wetter snow covering things. This morning revealed 10" on top of that & still snowing. Off to the sand & gravel quarry...
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    In fine print, card purchase fee: 4.95. Then a...

    In fine print, card purchase fee: 4.95. Then a monthly fee of 4.95. It's real as evidenced by the 4.95 reduction in card value. Told the wife to get groceries and zero this POS out before it has less...
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    Paypal suckin the big one these days. My wife...

    Paypal suckin the big one these days. My wife purchased a card with 40.00 credit on it for a small, secure purchase. 2.95 for the card, then a 4.95 fee was instituted leaving 35.05 only a day later....
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    Unlikely this is it. 178cm DPS Lotus 120 with...

    Unlikely this is it. 178cm DPS Lotus 120 with Warden MNC 11's. Brand new mounted for a 296 bsl boot. Had a couple other mounts (epoxied) but amazingly, never used. 500.00 He's looking for powder...
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    Skiing down to warm springs road has some...

    Skiing down to warm springs road has some inherent risk over and above avy's. I recall listening to a local radio station in the 80's, maybe early 90s and a rescue was being conducted there. Bob...
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    Some don'ts: Hire the contractor with the fancy...

    Some don'ts:
    Hire the contractor with the fancy business cards and web cuz it looks so professional.
    Fail to check with BBB and get a few un-biased references.
    ...
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    It's a while ago that I had some Volkl Norbert...

    It's a while ago that I had some Volkl Norbert Joos 177cm skis. I think they were 106 tip, 70 mid and really light. Believe they were targeted toward mountaineering endeavors. They did 6" powder days...
  15. Something McConkey might have dreamed up. Or...

    Something McConkey might have dreamed up. Or water skiing on Spatula's, behind a fishing boat in Alaska. Can almost visualize it.
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    Interesting claim. Toni Sailer ski ad from late...

    Interesting claim. Toni Sailer ski ad from late 60's stated their ski's transformed ice into powder. Okay, let's see how that works. Never applying wax to my ski's feels like 40k miles between oil...
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    Can't really add much...lots of good advice here....

    Can't really add much...lots of good advice here. Dial back a bit, assess things, don't ski (or bike) at your high-end limits. Might miss some of the adrenalin but you'll greatly reduce consequences....
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    Fun in their day, Kastle super G's. Long enough...

    Fun in their day, Kastle super G's. Long enough ago I couldn't tell you when but a blast at Red Mtn. Easily wins the race to the bar.
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    Initial impression of the 177's is yes, they're...

    Initial impression of the 177's is yes, they're firm. They flex about as advertised but bend into a nice arc with a bit less near tips. My 150# should drive them fine. I don't think they necessarily...
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    My Dad had a diamond stone, one of those pocket...

    My Dad had a diamond stone, one of those pocket size deals. Every morning he would pull his ski for the day and hit the sides only. One light pass at an angle from tip down to tails to remove any...
  21. Mythic 97? Or take a couple pounds off those with...

    Mythic 97? Or take a couple pounds off those with the old Vertical Eagles. Different name now but essentially the same ski. If I had to pick a good carver at moderate speeds and combine...
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    Hah! Like that

    Hah! Like that
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    A clarification if I may. Some research indicates...

    A clarification if I may. Some research indicates the status of "processed through ISC New York" may be meaningless. ISC is the Customs and Border Patrol and I read that they can, at their discretion...
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    My pair were processed at the USPS facility in...

    My pair were processed at the USPS facility in New York last Sunday evening. Processed through means they have been accounted for and sent to the next stage of shipping. But this is where the...
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    No brag on my part, just a PSA some have found...

    No brag on my part, just a PSA some have found beneficial. If I could get my size, be on a second pair in no time. Why pay full price when you can get discontinued but high quality footbeds for less...
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    So I went for a pair from that Quebec outfit....

    So I went for a pair from that Quebec outfit. Last Sunday they were received in New York state. Since then not a single update, they haven't moved from that last locale. Due to arrive yesterday, I...
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    Those "secret" stashes have a way of showing up...

    Those "secret" stashes have a way of showing up on social media because once a guide book reveals them, hard to consider them secrets. Crystal backcountry has become a victim but what can you do,...
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    Yah, thread drift. Maybe in a post on old, weird,...

    Yah, thread drift. Maybe in a post on old, weird, evolutionary, otherwise notable ski's.
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    Extinct for sure but a good read, Molnar ski's...

    Extinct for sure but a good read, Molnar ski's and the first mercury (ouch!) core ski's done as a prank to Robert Redford. Probably need to translate it, it's Hungarian. Redford could ski back in...
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    I'm glad they're getting natural snow but still...

    I'm glad they're getting natural snow but still looks a bit sparse. Agree, everyone should ride that mountain sometime in their life. I don't exaggerate to say you can log 16k vert an hour if the...
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    Old farts eh? Toni Sailer's, very early...

    Old farts eh? Toni Sailer's, very early fiberglass with 3 hollow tubes running lengthwise. Mounted with OG Look Nevada's. Shredded mine trying to cross the snoq. pass bypass road at Ski Acres....
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    No reason to abuse thyself on a fishing boat...

    No reason to abuse thyself on a fishing boat again. There's a couple decent hills around Dutch Harbor but usually weathered beyond hope of anything but crust / ice. Yes, I've given it a shot....
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    At 66 going on 67, I ride 5 different bindings at...

    At 66 going on 67, I ride 5 different bindings at 7.5. By the charts, that's a +1 given weight, age, bsl, & height. Not that I doubt the general recommendations but don't want to hit something and...
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    I'd concur with lightening the rig, weight will...

    I'd concur with lightening the rig, weight will tax your active muscle / joint groups and getting to 11 lbs. or less wouldn't be hard. Lighter gear may ski differently but you probably want to take...
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    Does your son have complete confidence of his...

    Does your son have complete confidence of his ski's / bindings? That was a difficult break and if gear had anything to do with it, a tough mental barrier to overcome. I 'm sure he has the skills to...
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    Sorry, no link. Band of Gypsys, Jimi Hendrix,...

    Sorry, no link. Band of Gypsys, Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Miles, Billy Cox recorded live at the Fillmore East. 51 years ago tonight. it's a classic.
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    Wish I was here

    As a result of the worst storm (lowest millibar readings) on record, about to knock on Alaska's door:

    "East Asia sits in the transition zone between these two extreme pressure centers, and the...
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    And...Bobby Burns "The Ski". I was more a K2...

    And...Bobby Burns "The Ski". I was more a K2 winter heat & Century honeycomb cores guy at the time. Remember Century? Light, quick, capable of a complete structural discentigration if pushed.
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    Asleep at the wheel, tribute to the music of Bob...

    Asleep at the wheel, tribute to the music of Bob Wills is a good collection of Bob Wills music with guest artists from Dolly, Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, Brooks & Dunne, Chet Atkins, Lyle Lovett, Huey...
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    I use the red Soles and the C.D. version. Like...

    I use the red Soles and the C.D. version. Like the Davenports better. Deeper heel cup, the right arch profile (for me anyway), and a little insulation are their virtues. I'd get more if I found my...
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    Here:...

    Here: https://www.orthoticshop.com/sole-signature-cd-thin-insulated-custom-footbeds.html
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    If you can find the Chris Davenport purple...

    If you can find the Chris Davenport purple footbeds, they're pretty good. Lower volume with a bit of insulation. I suspect they are discontinued but some sizes are (or were) still available and not...
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    April Pow, Crystal B.C.

    April Pow, Crystal B.C.
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    Yes, Elf. Yesterday afternoon I went out with...

    Yes, Elf. Yesterday afternoon I went out with grasses & hay to feed some goats. Instead of 3, there, in addition, was a tiny set of legs and wagging tail about 8" off the ground, a small baby for...
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    First LP I got was "Rubber Soul". At the time I...

    First LP I got was "Rubber Soul". At the time I thought it was a strange departure from the Beatles of previous albums / 45's. It does grow on ya though and it's indicative of their evolution,...
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    Old school or new production? I've had zero...

    Old school or new production? I've had zero failures or repairs with late 70 - early 80's Yamaha separates. 2 M-80's, 2 C-80's, One M-85, C-45, and MX-600. The build quality and components in these...
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    Somewhere around 72, I found out the Seattle...

    Somewhere around 72, I found out the Seattle public library system had a stockpile of older and some current 16mm skiing reels you could check out free. Got a projector, picked up a half dozen films...
  48. The (much) bigger issue is how many people jammed...

    The (much) bigger issue is how many people jammed into the que creating a liability, made worse by line cutters. A few folks were passing ski's / poles over the metal fence to friends, then waltzing...
  49. No, you are standing 6 to 8 feet away giving...

    No, you are standing 6 to 8 feet away giving distance. It has worked like this at Crystal since anyone can remember. Never seen anyone push ahead either. This was more akin to a flashmob hitting a...
  50. Never had to stop people from cutting into the...

    Never had to stop people from cutting into the Gondy line til yesterday. At least 10 teener's walked right by peoples ski's and parked them selves in groups, a foot, maybe a foot & a half apart. Some...
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