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post #511 of 676
Head to Pierce if they still have any seminars going. Might want to buy your stuff online, but make sure to use them for your stone grind.
post #512 of 676
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Originally Posted by midwestfabs View Post

Have a tuning ? Starting to think about learning to tune our own skis, basic waxing, sharpenning, etc. I know several places have free tuning seminars usually on saturdays, does anyone have any experience with these and if so any recommendations? Or are there any 'paid' type of classes that would be worth looking into?

Also, of the local shops who has the better selection of dyi tuning equipment. Im sure amazon or any of the intraweb stores would do, but rather give local shops the businees even if it is spending few more bucks. Plus many are starting t have end of season type sales and was thinking this would be good time as any to take the plunge


Strongly recommend the free tuning clinics at Pierce.  Last I knew, you have to sign up, but there's no charge.   Eric will be happy to sell you the supplies to do what he shows you.

 

Stock may be getting sparse, though.  Some of those "end of season" sales started over Presidents' Day weekend.   Of the stores I'm familiar with, best selection of waxing and tuning supplies (in season, at least) would be at Joe's or Pierce.   For online supplies, you might check out Tognar---you can buy stuff there that the local stores don't carry.

 

(I don't work at or own stock in any of these places)

post #513 of 676

Joe's had a good selection of tuning supplies. I picked up a bunch of things I needed/wanted end of last season for 50%. I'm not sure when their sale starts this year (if it hasn't started already).

post #514 of 676
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Joe's had a good selection of tuning supplies. I picked up a bunch of things I needed/wanted end of last season for 50%. I'm not sure when their sale starts this year (if it hasn't started already).


Joe's had a big President's Day sale, so it's started.

post #515 of 676

Joe's was so busy over Presidents Day weekend you wouldn't believe.

 

People were actually arguing over who was next to be fitted for boots.  I waited an hour to be helped and had to put the smackdown on a few fools who tried to cut in front of me in the 'line' to be helped.

 

I did get some kick ass Atomic Hawk 100 boots for my wait though.  $275.

post #516 of 676
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Joe's was so busy over Presidents Day weekend you wouldn't believe.

 

People were actually arguing over who was next to be fitted for boots.  I waited an hour to be helped and had to put the smackdown on a few fools who tried to cut in front of me in the 'line' to be helped.

 

I did get some kick ass Atomic Hawk 100 boots for my wait though.  $275.

Those the blue Hawk 2s?  I bought those boots this fall.  That is a great price.  

post #517 of 676

Yes they are Voghan.  I've only got to ski them once, but I liked them a lot thus far.

 

My wife and kids have no interest in skiing anymore this year and it bums me out.   Told my wife I'm not buying her a ski pass for next year and she didn't even care!   Pissed me off.   That was a test, and she didn't pass it.  She was supposed to get pissed when I told her I wasn't going to buy her a ski pass.   She also has no interest in going out west anymore.   sucks.

post #518 of 676
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Yes they are Voghan.  I've only got to ski them once, but I liked them a lot thus far.

 

My wife and kids have no interest in skiing anymore this year and it bums me out.   Told my wife I'm not buying her a ski pass for next year and she didn't even care!   Pissed me off.   That was a test, and she didn't pass it.  She was supposed to get pissed when I told her I wasn't going to buy her a ski pass.   She also has no interest in going out west anymore.   sucks.

That does suck.  How often did she go out?  What is skiing history?  I know for me I have to watch out how often we all go out.  My son would probably go out as often as I want but my daughter never wants to but has fun once we are there.  She is also the first one done and first one to ask to stop for lunch.  

 

I know my wife gets bored when we ski with the kids.  They want to hit nanny's knob or ski bob and its boring after a while.  We started splitting up where she will do Dan's drive and I'll follow the kids.  This Sunday we dropped the kids off at the grandparents and we skied the lookout, the bowl, chicken and bakki for two hours.  I think she might have one more weekend in her this season.  Once it warms up she doesn't like to ski.  Maybe try skiing without the kids and see if that is more fun for her.

 

As for the "test"....girls sniff that shit out and I think she called your bluff.  Buy the family pass, at the very least you won't have to deal with paying for her every time you want to go skiing as a family.  The family pass is the cost of 3 individual passes this year so just buy it and hope you get her to come out a few times.  

 

As for going out west, you might have to settle for a beach vacation on occasion.  We are going to Florida for Spring break to appease her.  I snuck the Big Sky trip in  over New Years knowing we were planning on going to Florida in March.  

 

I wish I could get out of work Tuesday but I have a webinar in the morning and maybe a client meeting in the afternoon.  I may get out there that afternoon/evening.  Wednesday looks crappy and the weekend looks warm.

post #519 of 676

She's gone maybe 6-7 times this year and usually gets in 10 days.  This year I've noticed I have to drag her out more than I have the last few years.   Then she mentioned one time that it wasn't as fun this year for her.

 

The big thing is she had a nasty crash on Dan's Dive this year and hasn't had any desire to ski since.   She ski's pretty damn well IMO and is a natural skier, but has no desire to improve beyond skiing groomers well.  She has nice carved turns and is probably a level 5 skier.

 

My 9 year old son also has shown less and less desire to ski this year as well, but he's in like 5 other sports so that is fine.  He can stay home with the wife while I ski solo or with my 12 year, who would go every single day if he had that option.

 

Welch offers no discount for 12 year olds or a kids pass in general so you're right, I'll likely just buy a family pass since it's only $250 more for her and my 9 year old to get a pass and they each only need to ski 3 or 4 times to pay for the pass.

 

I think my wife's main issue is she likes the snow more when it's cold (firm groomers) but likes to ski more when it's 32+ but then the snow gets more piled up, corned out or slushy and then it's not as fun for her.   So when she ski's she's either cold or the snow makes it harder for her.

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The wife also informed me this weekend she no longer wants to camp either, unless we have 'real beds' such as in a camper or cabin.

 

So overall I'm just very disappointed in my suddenly non-adventurous wife.

post #521 of 676
Even though Welch is your season pass hill, would programs like these spike the interest http://www.wings4women.com or http://www.skiaway.net. Both are women only type programs. Afton has adult programs that are men and women specific and run concurrently during the week, thurs i believe, and on weekends, but it is in afton only. We have done these past few years and are worth it. Not familiar with Blizzards adult program. Not sure if Skijammers even offers an adult program.

Think part of the issue we all have (we experience it as well) is lack of diversity in places to ski. Doesn't matter which hill you pick, after a while it gets boring, but those are the cards we are dealt with. In your case maybe giving your wife the variety of hills and skiing with other people, be mixed or all girls, might keep the ski flame from extuinguishing. For our kids we have found, though costly, putting them in extended type of classes has helped. We usually have done half days at afton for classes then ski with them in the afternoon for a few. Next season we are looking at a blizzard, skijammers type set up to provide variety, along with day long lessons, and being able to hang out with bunch of kids all day.
post #522 of 676

Mainly I think she's a summer girl through and through and I'll never change that.  I've got all the best gear for her, Hottronics, etc.

 

If we go 7 times a year from now on that's fine with me.  I'll just have to go out west solo or with our boys.  She can stay at home.  :)

post #523 of 676

Appreciate the info fabs...   She's shown very little interest in lessons and to be honest hasn't really needed them.    She skis very well on groomers and has no desire to really get off piste at all..

post #524 of 676
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Mainly I think she's a summer girl through and through and I'll never change that.  I've got all the best gear for her, Hottronics, etc.

 

If we go 7 times a year from now on that's fine with me.  I'll just have to go out west solo or with our boys.  She can stay at home.  :)

 

Same thing with my girlfriend. She enjoys the actual action of skiing and the exhilaration of speed, she just hates the cold and will never be comfortable spending long periods outdoors in the winter. Her ideal vacation involves plenty of sun and sand. It's a little disappointing at times, but then I consider the money saved by not having to sponsor her skiing development (as I know she would never care enough to do it on her own) and it's not so bad. Haha.

post #525 of 676

Yeah that's exactly my situation Nill.   She'll never love it enough to justify (in her mind) spending the money needed to go out west.   Even though I know she'll love it when we get there.  In her mind she's always thinking 'we could be in Jamaica for the cost of this'

post #526 of 676

Tonight she says the whole family should go Saturday night!?  Women...

 

I'll be at Welch tomorrow by 1:00...  Likely ski until my legs give out

post #527 of 676
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Tonight she says the whole family should go Saturday night!?  Women...

I'll be at Welch tomorrow by 1:00...  Likely ski until my legs give out

I had to drag my boyfriend out in a foot of pow at Snowmass on Sunday. He may be history soon.
post #528 of 676
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I had to drag my boyfriend out in a foot of pow at Snowmass on Sunday. He may be history soon.


ooh ooh pick me .. pick me!!  oh wait .. my spouse might not care for that!  but skiing ..yeah .. don't blame ya! I'm sure he'll come to his senses, I'm sure there's other attributes and just think, long term .. kids (?) you have someone to watch em!

post #529 of 676
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ooh ooh pick me .. pick me!!  oh wait .. my spouse might not care for that!  but skiing ..yeah .. don't blame ya! I'm sure he'll come to his senses, I'm sure there's other attributes and just think, long term .. kids (?) you have someone to watch em!

There is more to the story. Boyfriend is ski instructor and had just taught many consecutive days and I'm a weekend skier so I did have to encourage him to go out. We are both well past the point of having children. In all seriousness, I sympathize with you that your wife is not as jazzed about skiing as you.
It's a lifestyle and time commitment. Hope things turnaround.
post #530 of 676
I just got to Welch. Unfortunately it looks like the brunt of the storm went further north. There's only maybe an inch on the ground. It should still be some good skiing though.
post #531 of 676

Enjoy it while you can.  Forecast has rain on Sunday and 50s during the week.  Pond skim might be a week too late. 

post #532 of 676
An inch? Damn it. I might still try to get out Thursday evening. Anyone else?
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An inch? Damn it. I might still try to get out Thursday evening. Anyone else?

 



Enjoy, I'll be on the long drive to Indianhead on Thursday. Looks like it'll be reasonable temps up there for the weekend
post #534 of 676
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Tonight she says the whole family should go Saturday night!?  Women...

I'll be at Welch tomorrow by 1:00...  Likely ski until my legs give out

It is forecasted to be high of 38 which seem right up her temperature criteria for skiing...biggrin.gif
post #535 of 676
I setup an alignment appointment at Welch for the 15th. Hopefully there will still be snow.
post #536 of 676

15th!!! 

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I setup an alignment appointment at Welch for the 15th. Hopefully there will still be snow.

 

ok, not givin ya *hit but I think you're fine ....

 

 

even in Ia, the snow should be fine and I think predictions are decent .. for the Midwest - yes????

 

ah well, I will wish you well!!!

I still want to take a crazy last minute drive out to Co with hopes of hitting a end of season ....

post #537 of 676
Went to afton on duday with the idea that it would be crazy busy since the weather was so nice. It was so empty. Think more people showed up when it was -25 than on this past sunday.

Snow was almost dangerously slushi and all the kids in our group complained about the contditions and not being able to just go. With the forecast for the next 7 days or so think hills are going to get cooked and looks like season is about done unless we get some freaky march snowstorm.
post #538 of 676
It was crazy at Welch on Saturday. I haven't seen it that busy all year. The snow was nice corn but there were still some icy parts. Back bowl was bad. Later on the afternoon the snow started freezing again. With 50s and 60s in the forecast this was probably the last day with the kids.
post #539 of 676

Welch was real quiet yesterday, surprisingly so back by Jaxx.  It got wet and loose before lunch.  This weeks weather and the fact that the Pond Skip is this Saturday makes me think they will announce this week that this Sunday will be it.  Gonna be a lot of dirt showing by this Saturday.

post #540 of 676

All the adult race teams that live back at Jaxx were out at Indianhead all weekend.

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