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  1. Justo8484

    Anyone else getting 2019-20 Peak Pass

    Stowe and Okemo is Epic pass, which gets you a bunch of options out west as well, if you wanna go that route. Cannon and wildcat look pretty cool, and I'd imagine are gonna be waaaaay less crowded than Stowe. Unfortunately I haven't made it up there this year, but have friends who are local there and they said the crowds since stowe went epic have been pretty bonkers on weekends.
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    Killington mid-April?

    Keep checking their snow reports. It should be great coverage based on how much snow they've had this year, but if it warms up quick, things start to melt out and could change pretty quickly. That said, the scene on superstar at that point will be stellar. Top to bottom bumps, people from up and down the east coast all congregating on that one trail to get some prime springtime bumps laps in. It's super fun. Unless you've got a crazy good deal on the grand, don't stay there. I stayed there with my wife last time we were at killy and it is absolutely not worth the upcharge. It's unlikely you're gonna be able to ski in/ski out at that time of year anyway, and it's a long-ish walk to the lifts. Summit lodge is one of my favorite places up there. It's usually cheap, has awesome breakfast for a slight upcharge, they have a bunch of hotel st bernards hanging around the loungy areas, and it's a smaller family run place. It's on the access road, about a 5 minute drive to the K1 parking lot.
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    PASR Goes Meadow Skipping

    Looks like great conditions for bacons Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    PASR Goes Meadow Skipping

    Let’s play a game. There are no prizes. Make your best guess on who will be the first to: First to crash First proper tomahawk First skier in an instafamous-worthy photo First polygamy porter consumed First pro call out First to pass out drunk at an inopportune time First to clog a toilet First to clear out the hot tub due to last nights beer farts Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    PASR's 15th Anniversary

    Just gonna drop a few memories in here for everyone's enjoyment and to keep the stoke rising. You're welcome/I'm sorry: 09/10 Closing Day beer-induced trainwreck: The second deepest week of my life with some fine gentlemen: Toast skis a little bit better now than he used to:
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    New Purchases... What did you buy so far

    i bought a killington lift ticket last sunday.
  7. jordan's experience is probably most similar to my own. I taught in blue's explorers program when i was in college. When you're on winter break and planning on skiing every day anyway, and it worked out alright. Get there for opening, ski a few laps, check in to explorers before lessons start to see if you have a lesson or not, and if you don't get you'd get paid for an hour, then go ski with whoever else wasn't teaching. I got lucky in that I didn't teach all too many first time lessons, and usually got groups of less than four who could actually ski and had interest in doing it. There were definitely days when it was glorified babysitting though. Ultimately, there were some broken promises and what I had thought I signed up for didn't actually pan out, but I'm glad I did it. If you're interested in teaching as a way to get better yourself? I guess that depends on where you're at, ability-wise. For me, pretty much everything I was "taught" about how to ski was worthless, however, learning how to teach was useful. As others have said, there are cheaper ways to get a pass, if that's all you're interested in, and you can get last season's gear just as cheaply as you'd get things on pro form. If you're still thinking of doing it, do it somewhere that is more lax than JFBB about checking in every hour, and I would recommend working with the kids program. Sure, you get some crappy lessons, but I think overall it's more rewarding teachings kids something you're passionate about, an appreciate for being outside in pseudo-nature, etc whose parents are also probably skiers, than dealing with the craziness that is an adult first-day-on-skis lesson with 10+ people straight off of a bus from NYC.
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    Alpine Touring (skinning) vs. hiking

    Earned turns Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Alpine Touring (skinning) vs. hiking

    How much vert is it? Skinning isn’t necessarily much quicker if what you’re climbing is packed down, but I think it’s less tiring because you have less weight on your back, and if you’re doing it right (unlike me) your skis don’t actually leave the ground on the way up. If you’re hiking, figure at least 30lbs in your back between skis, boots, at least some water, but also probably beer. Try hiking it in the summer with a weighted pack to test it out, then take that experience and multiply it by the awkward weight distribution factor of skis strapped to your pack. My reco would be to start scouring the interwebz for something with a pair of marker tour 10s or 12s on em, that way you’re still working with an alpine binding that you could comfortably ski on resort days too. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    2/17-18 weekend roll call thread!!!

    sunday for me
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    Look SPX 12 - OK or terrible?

    I don’t miss using paper jigs. Assuming you used a 4.1mm bit (like you should for a ski with metal), hope you had a pozi! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Whistler Trip

    That looks like a longhorn table! No fireball? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Skis for the West: where to start?

    get out of here with that soul 7 garbage. the whole series are the most overhyped skis ever created, except maybe RTMs
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    Skis for the West: where to start?

    Dare i say bacons? From what I can tell, you're not really very heavy, and you're not super aggressive. The bacons got a tiny bit narrower than they used to be, with a slightly more all mountain friendly shape/sidecut than they used to have. They're still pretty soft, but unless you're in the sierras or PNW, the softer flex would probably work pretty well for what you're looking for, hypothetically. They rip turns as long as you're not trying to mach through chopped up leftovers (soul riders would be better for that stuff), and are super playful and easy to ski in pretty much any condition. But yeah, try before you buy, if that's your thing.