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  1. Powder Day 2018 Mega Thread

    Legs are easy, break the leg into the three obvious pieces, snap in the middle of the piece the one side and then snap it back the other way to break the other side, do not try to snap it in half. If you do it right you can pull the entire thing of meat out in one piece.
  2. The effect of the ski width on knees

    You have to ride with people that are better then you at whatever skill you want to improve. Formal instruction is fantastic, if you have the time/money and want to spend your time doing that kind of skiing but I still think you progress faster if you ride everyday with people that ski better then you and you have the desire to improve, to take risks. Instead of an hour or two of instruction your getting lower key instruction every run. Atomic is a really excellent carver, dude can really crank out turns and my ability to arc a turn has vastly improved riding with him alot. When you can follow somebody you can stop thinking and just do as they do, you can see what it is they are doing with their body and the line they are taking, how the skis are moving but probably more important their body position. Sometimes I think PSIA type instruction, while very useful, fills the intermediate who wants to rip with too much bullshit going on in their head. It becomes too much of a thinking game and skiing isn't something you think about while your doing it. I mean my brain is definitely working with all due haste but I'm not thinking about press the tongues or make sure you get enough edge purchase, it's alot more of a constant animal on the savannah scanning, identify snow and smoothness add up all the factors and get in whatever turn shape/technique the scanning plus experience tells you is best and all of that is a feeling. For those that plateau at a place they want to advance from, I say ride with people that are better then you and concentrate less on thinking about skiing and more on actual skiing.....plus there is no way around it but your probably going to have to take some real beaters lol
  3. Trip Report - 1/17/2018

    There are no experts.....well extremely few and they are far greater skiers then we could ever hope to be. That said way to get your dick wet, this was probably a good introduction to a much larger world...........whatever you do don't fight the pow rather you must flow with it. It's like sailing, you can't change the wind so you gotta change your sails.
  4. Chamwow!

    A fucking plus Good to hear you found some goods and got a guide you liked......Cham is a change your life kinda resort
  5. 1/17/18...Powder Day!!!!

    I fucking hate every last one of you....I just couldn't swing this morning but way to get it done
  6. The effect of the ski width on knees

    This is what's really interesting, to some extent we don't know how humans actually get the ski up on edge. Conceptually it's easier to think of skiing as standing on a platform that is moving and is perturbed in two directions, we can ski because the COM does not move with the full force of the perturbations because we have momentum and the rest we use movement of the body to balance out the forces. Static tests suck because they can't impart inertia and thus alot of the way we think about skiing is useful but incorrect, in an energy sense it's more accurate I think to think of skiing as a flow of energy. In the simplest sense we must use the muscles of the feet to flick the ski up on edge but while doing that we must maintain balance, so beyond just the muscles in the feet all kinds of other shit is going on with all the other muscle groups as we impart a flow of energy into the ski, as we progress through the turn that flow transfers into the body and into the finish of the turn. Think about how it feels to crank out a big sweeper, the force builds and flows, it's a constant experience but not at all and it's just as dependent on other muscle groups like in the quads and back as it is on the ankle/foot. At the extreme end you can see this is in WC. Shiffrin is so much better because her turns are as symmetrical as humanly possible, her next best contender is probably Wendy Holdener who is probably a better athlete but because she cannot get the same hip angulation on left foot down turns she's considerably slower and that has jack to due with muscles of the foot/leg. This dude says it even better because he's actually really smart. "Hirscher progressively engages his edges, especially on his outside ski then hooks a tight arc close to the gate to establish his line. Once he has established his line, he no longer needs his outside ski. He gets off it in milliseconds and uses the rebound energy to project forward with only enough pressure on his uphill (new outside) ski to influence his trajectory of inertia so his COM enters the rise line at a low angle of intersection. He gets rebound energy from the loading of his outside ski and from what amounts to a plyometric release of muscle tension from the biokinetic chain of muscles extending from the balls of his outside foot to his pelvis. The energy is created by the vertical drop from above the gate to below the gate similar to jumping off a box, landing and then making a plyometric rebound" So although the question appears simple it's actually pretty hard to determine what is doing what when your skiing at least to me it seems carving is a concert in which at various points various parts of the body are carrying the tune. What's cool to me about skiing in some sense is how human it is. It's kind of stupid right, I mean it doesn't actually do anything in a utilitarian kind of way, no other animal would spend the kind of energy humans due to go skiing and we can do it instinctively because its a thing we can feel. Think of the number of humans who can arc a turn and yet while we have some idea if we are honest the knowledge side in which X does Y which = Z of skiing is still a mystery, I can know nothing of the balancing physics of skiing and be a very good skier. Nobody who can ski thinks skiing, you don't go down the hill going impart force at angle X, angulate skis at position x in the turn. It's why at some level you can't teach another person by saying you need to do X because that's very useful but they still have to learn how it feels to do X. That's what being a human is all about, we are this thinking, tricky box in our heads while at the same time defined by something as vague as feeling.
  7. The effect of the ski width on knees

    At some level it's just simple physics, the ski is a lever so if you make it bigger its generally going to be a more powerful lever and very slight changes in angle will result in a much different application of force, in this case the load over the various body parts. That said I would take a bet that it's a factor of which it's not the main factor. For one thing for different types of skiers this would seem to matter less as it relates to both how you ski but probably more importantly the muscles/genetic factors in your legs. For example the quadriceps dampen shock to the knee joint thus depending on the strength of the persons quads load is applied differently, then lets add in all the other factors, I'd bet in reality 90% of skiers require some level of boot fix for lateral alignment and the degree to which they can flex their ankles, plus we aren't even sure whats actually applying the force. This is sort of unrelated but it's cool. So we all kinda get to carve the ski you roll your foot but there is a bunch of disagreement over what muscles are actually doing the heavy lifting. This is important in WC racing which at some level comes down to how strong are you in the right places so there is actually a decent amount of study and one camp is that's it's mostly muscles of the foot and a smaller camp that says it comes from the glutes and soleus and that among many other things what really really really fast skiers due is build up and apply a rotational force out of their pelvis, think of a spring. Which if someone told you what separates really good WC skiers from those that just dominate is muscles of the pelvis you'd call out and out bullshit. The biomechanics of skiing are only sort of known and the whole whos doing what in boot ankle dealio is at best confusing. So I mean does it matter ? Sure but it's probably in reality a very nominal factor if you added up everything that goes into the turn but it's also the easiest to fix. To fix muscle or technique you gotta spend alot of time actively engaged in changing your body or you could say screw all that and just pay 600$ for narrower skis......so once again the answer is to buy more skis.
  8. Ruff Ryder’s of the storm - 1/16/18

    Not nearly enough snow, no joke your going to blow a bone out fucking around in the woods with 2"
  9. Ruff Ryder’s of the storm - 1/16/18

    About and inch and half in reading, nothing in West Conshy.
  10. Weekend roll call thread 1/13-1/14

    I'll be there and I got something nice for lot
  11. The true mountain... 1-11

    I got all kinds of shit so if you ever want to try something out give me a hoot. Some of you newbies don't get what this place is about, you don't have to give Blue the proverbial hand job and you don't have to own long stiff skis, you do however have to be cool. Providing good info is +1, good TR's maybe +2, a very funny remark about another person here +1000. it's not a serious place for non-serious people, most of us are actually pretty nice people in person but 1000 threads about hand warmers or some shit is lame boring bs so you gotta spice it up and everyone sort of plays a roll here.
  12. Backcountry skiing

    I've done most of the slides book in the Daks and a bunch of shit in NH. Generally the whites are better but there are more lines in the Daks that can be easily strung together for something interesting. The Daks are almost always an earlier play then whites were the weather is worse into April, even May. If you've never gone before and are more of a safer player I'd say go tuxs for your first trip, you get the taste but there are always lots of people around to help and if you get there and want to spice it up drop over into GOS or go up and run into one of the other ravines. King is my absolute favorite and RMC has a a hut up top which is awesome but King is also a real nasty biatch if you don't mind your P's and Q's. The hike/skin in is rowdy NE touring, straight up straight down dragging pines, icy, rocky and the skiing is the best I've ever done EC BC but it's a steep lader boot that almost always has water running under the snow in the lower choke. What kind of gear do you have ? Have you winter camped before ? Are you familiar with EC touring in terms of being ready for pretty much anything ? I'd answer those questions and then based of that decide how much I'm prepared for and then pick a goal. Daks your out of the LOJ or the Garden Lot, lean-to's or Peggy O, it can be incredibly insanely icy like full on crampons, the weather particularly up high on Marcy/gothics/ Algonquin changes quick but not whites quick. Daks has some good day trip options but unless you live up there my guess is you don't want to drive 10hrs to spend 3 in the woods. If you want to go to the daks I'd say Marcy/Pelky Basin/Angel is a good first trip as it's almost impossible to get lost but it gets as rowdy as you can handle, Trap Dike is a 50degree plus mixed route that is chock full of debris, NF Gothics is legendary and then you get the slides. There are 100's of slides throughout the high peaks, where the vegetation has been stripped from the Canadian Shield mtn rock, after Irene they now run considerably longer. If your into skiing the slides you'll need the green ADK trail book, the drew haus slide guide and somebody to tell you how to get to most of these or a bunch of time spent in the woods. They are longish, generally narrow ramps of snow, the snow is generally a mix of various different dog shits lol but sometimes is incredible. The Daks are rough, the weather is gnarly EC shit like 40mph wind with 33 degree driving rain, approaches are generally flat with lots of water crossings and then straight up some stupid sketch balls drainage that eventually becomes the slide but they are considerably tamer then the whites. Make no mistake, it's the EC, the road may not be that far but the Whites get super nasty and are surprisingly technical. There are endless super steep lines, were talking 40's into the mid 50's way steeper then the daks and a hell of alot steeper then EC resorts. The terrain is generally gnarly balls with long exposed boot ladders with long sections of scrub pines and massive boulders on the approach. It ain't K2 by any means but respect the whites. I always had amazing adventures with truly gnar skiing, we did alot of dumb shit and alot of amazing shit. If you need beta on where to go or how to find out about the weather/snow pack just ask.
  13. The mountain Blue 1-8-18

    As cut it's like a slokemo blue, some speed, some wiggle but I think they'll grade the shit out of it too.
  14. Look SPX 12 - OK or terrible?

    hahahaha Being spicy on a demo biding kinda doesn't make sense but to each his own. It will be fine.
  15. Jackson Hole stoke thread...2015-16!!!

    We all know your driving story but I'd gladly drive 7hrs to get endless pow laps.