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    I havenít been, but from friends that have, the...

    I havenít been, but from friends that have, the lodge and the operator are great, but they werenít completely stoked on the ski terrain. I donít 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 thereís more snow in...
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    Freeride World Tour - 2020

    I only watched the menís 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: ďinitial ideas for the...

    From the press releases: ďinitial ideas for the protected area donít include changes in existing access to the area, but the Ktunaxa donít 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. Theyíre currently at 30%...

    Thanks for the heads up. Theyíre currently at 30% off or CAN$357 at the Last Hunt, Iím just waiting till they go to 50% off.
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    Got to my nearest ďcityĒ yesterday and tried on a...

    Got to my nearest ďcityĒ yesterday and tried on a shitload of high end skiing shells from Patagonia, North Face, OR, Arcíteryx, NorrÝna, Black Diamond, Salomon, Rab, Picture, and Mammut. I get deals...
  9. 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?
  10. FWIW, I donít heat up or sweat as much as many,...

    FWIW, I donít heat up or sweat as much as many, and I donít and wonít 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) weíre in the middle of major cold storm cycle. Yesterday (Friday) afternoon was boot deep, eerily deserted, and...
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    I havenít skied either, but from the specs and...

    I havenít skied either, but from the specs and reviews the G3 Sendr 112 could be the step-down youíre imagining?
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    The extent of ďwetting outĒ is determined by the...

    The extent of ďwetting outĒ is determined by the DWR coating on the fabric, whereas the degree of ďsoaking throughĒ is controlled by the (Gore-Tex etc.) membrane. DWR performance and durability isnít...
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    With monthly reapplications of Snoseal, Iíve...

    With monthly reapplications of Snoseal, Iíve found theyíre 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 werenít 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, Iíve...

    Great stuff.

    On the issue of feedback, Iíve 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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    Thatís a feature list thatíd work well for me,...

    Thatís a feature list thatíd work well for me, but long and lean isnít fashionable in North America right now. Nothing Iíve tried on recently (including most of the Patagonia and OR options) are even...
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    The Mammut Barryvox Pulse recognizes and adjusts...

    The Mammut Barryvox Pulse recognizes and adjusts for Lithium batteries, which last much longer (both in use and especially in storage), donít leak (which happened to me using alkalines and required...
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    Itís the former, with lots of biographical...

    Itís the former, with lots of biographical detail, like an extended feature article youíd read in Outside magazine.
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    In the Path of an Avalanche, by Vivien Bowers.

    In the Path of an Avalanche, by Vivien Bowers.
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    Itís unrealistic to expect to learn anything...

    Itís unrealistic to expect to learn anything significant from an article written by a novice for a general audience, but it was interesting to have my daily practice considered from a neurotic...
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    Red Mountain now has all of the upper lifts...

    Red Mountain now has all of the upper lifts turning. Have had surprisingly good skiing on the upper 1/3 of the mountain, but seriously low tide conditions elsewhere. Exploring the ďsoftĒ closures...
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    I think I wouldnít choose to spend my time or...

    I think I wouldnít choose to spend my time or money at an operation that attempted to suppress my natural powder skiing instincts. Fuck that shit.
  28. The R3 jacket works flawlessly as an insulating...

    The R3 jacket works flawlessly as an insulating mid-layer under a hard shell, and will probably do so until the end of time. The Nano Air adds versatility when used as an outer layer, looks more...
  29. Iím convinced that 110ish underfoot and fully...

    Iím convinced that 110ish underfoot and fully rockered is the optimum for deep powder touring, but the DPS Tour 1 Lotus 124 is the ski youíve described.
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    I ski the Vantage in-bounds and the MTN Lab...

    I ski the Vantage in-bounds and the MTN Lab touring, which I find comparably comfortable. Itís ventilated enough that I donít take it off (except on warm Spring days) and in colder conditions I...
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    Carnage.

    Carnage.
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    On my first morning in El Salvador this Spring....

    On my first morning in El Salvador this Spring. Iím based out of a more mellow zone, but La Libertad is apparently going off, and my host is selling it hard and offers a ride, so I figured Iíd check...
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    Iím of the perspective that ďparticipation in...

    Iím of the perspective that ďparticipation in competitive sports creates lower level moral reasoning in both sport and lifeĒ, and that anything that illuminates itsí fundamental absurdity, as the...
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    FWIW. One of my touring partners skied these back...

    FWIW. One of my touring partners skied these back to back with the Meidjo last winter, and despite their absurd cost and limited availability, heís very determined to get the Meidjo. Iím sure heís...
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    So the spacer is in firm contact with your boot...

    So the spacer is in firm contact with your boot sole such that the friction limits lateral movement on the rear binding pins to a noticeable extent while skiing?
  36. I applied DPS Phantom to my touring skis this...

    I applied DPS Phantom to my touring skis this Fall, and after a dozen days on snow, Iím convinced. Unless youíre waxing to win races, or just love the process, it seems a better way to go.
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    Itís all the same.

    Itís all the same.
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    I certainly donít know what the point was/is, but...

    I certainly donít know what the point was/is, but it occurs to me that the poor quality of communication between silos of individuality so humorously displayed in this thread models the miserable...
  39. 20 years ago I looked forward to my annual visit...

    20 years ago I looked forward to my annual visit to MEC, checking out and stocking up on gear. Now Iím bombarded with incredible deals, shipped to my door, every day of the year. I donít even buy at...
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    303607 Theyíve grown since, but this is still my...

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    Theyíve grown since, but this is still my favourite shot of Harley and Money-penny, the brother and sister felines thatís share our home.
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    Checked out Kootenay Pass today. Found ~ 70cm...

    Checked out Kootenay Pass today. Found ~ 70cm base, reasonable early season coverage, a bomber crust under 5-10 cms of fluff, and snowing hard all day. Easy travel, mediocre turns, and good to be...
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    FWIW. Our feet ďdeformĒ under weighting, and our...

    FWIW. Our feet ďdeformĒ under weighting, and our bio-mechanical chain (feet - back in a dynamic relationship) is altered accordingly. The premise of orthotics is that a podiatrist can assess and...
  43. Had similar thoughts, but wondering if the ski...

    Had similar thoughts, but wondering if the ski material will hold binding screws outside of the inserts?
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    Legal retailers are now thick on the ground. No...

    Legal retailers are now thick on the ground. No big deal, as it should be.
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    Stephan innovated and succeeded, and should be...

    Stephan innovated and succeeded, and should be lauded for his accomplishments. With DPS he broke new ground in their focus, shapes, materials, marketing, and distribution model. On a personal note...
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  47. For 50:50 resort/powder touring to compliment my...

    For 50:50 resort/powder touring to compliment my current 100% touring setup:
    181cm Volkl 100eight skis.
    Dynafit Hoji Free Boots, with Intuition Alpine (wrap) liners and custom footbeds.
    Salomon...
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    I do the same. They have every model, volume, and...

    I do the same. They have every model, volume, and size (a wall of options) in stock, and the expertise to determine and fit whatís going to work best between your foot and shell. The tour wrap looked...
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    I love long technical energetic days and huge...

    I love long technical energetic days and huge climbs on on my mountain bike (and multi day sufferfest ski tours) but Iím under no illusion that the masses feel the same way. E-bikes make mountain...
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    Thatís a consistently unimpressive lineup. I...

    Thatís a consistently unimpressive lineup. I presume their business model is picking up mediocre brands whose ethics are a handbrake on profitability, and applying the usual ruthless corporate...
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