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post #31 of 84
The day Volantaddict and I skied squaw last year, KT22 looked like below. So the only real excuse is that VA was saddled with an old dude that would have been totally played by this hike. Meanwhile, some good turns were enjoyed in the Granite Peak area. Nothing like skiing with your hair on fire!










BTW XEC, nice bid on those Nordica W9s. Those should be a lot of fun when we finally get together.
post #32 of 84
Thread Starter 
GAAAHHH!!!! I'm starting to really jones hard now! 3 months to go.

Oof, that second pic really accentuates my knock-kneedness!

Cirque, what about your HORRENDOUS GEAR OVEREXPENDATURES TM?
post #33 of 84
My gear expenditures haven't been too bad so far, but I predict more to come.

Crampons, ice axe, Rossi Axial 140 ti bindings, and if I can go back to March Nordica Hot Rod boots, Goode carbon poles.

I still need to round out the ski quiver with a fat alpine board. My options are to put the Rossi bindings on the Mantras, then get some lighter Bros for the Freerides, or just leave the Mantras for AT and find a new fat alpine board like Gotama, Legend LP, 188 Bro, Kingswood mid-fat something along those lines.

Anyone want to set me up? Distributors are welcome to send me a PM about a good deal on skis, for which I will promote and photoslut all season
post #34 of 84
Thread Starter 
Sweet, a new pair of fat skis sounds, well, phat! I sure wish I was in the position financially to get a pair of Bro Models. It seems like they would be the better choice for AT weight wise, since the Mantras have all that metal in them.

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Originally Posted by Cirquerider View Post
My gear expenditures haven't been too bad so far, but I predict more to come.

Crampons, ice axe, Rossi Axial 140 ti bindings, and if I can go back to March Nordica Hot Rod boots, Goode carbon poles.

I still need to round out the ski quiver with a fat alpine board. My options are to put the Rossi bindings on the Mantras, then get some lighter Bros for the Freerides, or just leave the Mantras for AT and find a new fat alpine board like Gotama, Legend LP, 188 Bro, Kingswood mid-fat something along those lines.

Anyone want to set me up? Distributors are welcome to send me a PM about a good deal on skis, for which I will promote and photoslut all season
post #35 of 84
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by telerod15 View Post
Oh, but you have a season pass, so a day in the backcountry means a day lift ticket thrown in the trash.
Au contraire mon frere. Since my pass is at Montana Snowbowl, a backwardass mom & pop type operation, the have some annoying habits about when they are open. From Thanksgiving, even with great coverage, they are open only three days a week for the first three weeks of the season. Then they have a week or two of four days a week before going to seven day operation. Then, starting in March they close for two Tuesdays, then Wednesday goes, then Thursday the week after that, then it's three day operation for the next couple weeks. So you see, there are quite a few days WITHIN the season when a BC rig is needful if I'm gonna get some turns in.

Also, the season ended last year (a good snow year) on 4/9. So there was plenty of snow to be skied after the bull wheels stopped turning. Of course, the pass will pay for itself after 14 days, so when you consider, on a weekday pass last year I skied 73 days, this year's full pass will pay for itself several times over, even if I take some paid-for days off for BC forays.

So...... neener, neener, neener!
post #36 of 84
Touché. Must be nice to have it like that. Whether you take the lift or skin up, it's all paid for. The lift ticket pays for itself several times over and the skins will too. Bonus money.

How are the touring opportunities from the top of the lift? Seems to me that would pay for itself twice. A man could become wealthy doing that.

So you'll agree it's all good investments, not horrendous expenditures...?
post #37 of 84
Hey VA,
This is OT but you've been talking about BC skiing around Missoula, do you ever ski Lolo Peak? I skinned in and skied there at the end of last season, a bit of a slog but fun.

I still don't understand why the ski community in western MT didn't support the Bitterroot proposal. The largest vertical drop in North America, it sounded interesting even if the terrain is mostly intermediate. I mean it's not like there aren't a bagillion Walmarts and Kmarts on that 'strip' on the way to Lolo, hows a ski area BAD compared to that strip mall hell??? besides it sounds like the golf courses and 'private' ski area and 'community' are going to happen anyway.

You need skins or else the AT stuff was a waste of money, you gotta pony up my friend.

...Now back to your regularly scheduled thread.
post #38 of 84
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by telerod15 View Post
How are the touring opportunities from the top of the lift?

So you'll agree it's all good investments, not horrendous expenditures...?
How is touring from the lift? Well I'm not at liberty to discuss that, I might get tarred and feathered by the locals if I disclosed that information.

Oh I'll be happy with my puchases, for sure, it's just that I've dug myself a deep hole, and it will take quite a while to get out of it.
post #39 of 84
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Originally Posted by Whiteroom View Post
Hey VA,
This is OT but you've been talking about BC skiing around Missoula, do you ever ski Lolo Peak? I skinned in and skied there at the end of last season, a bit of a slog but fun.

I still don't understand why the ski community in western MT didn't support the Bitterroot proposal. The largest vertical drop in North America, it sounded interesting even if the terrain is mostly intermediate. I mean it's not like there aren't a bagillion Walmarts and Kmarts on that 'strip' on the way to Lolo, hows a ski area BAD compared to that strip mall hell??? besides it sounds like the golf courses and 'private' ski area and 'community' are going to happen anyway.

You need skins or else the AT stuff was a waste of money, you gotta pony up my friend.

...Now back to your regularly scheduled thread.
No I haven't done Lolo peak yet, but probably will next spring. I did see some mad lines on the North face of it from HWY 12 last spring.

The Bitteroot Resort thing just really wasn't very well conceived IMO. We have no shortage of good ski areas in MT, which for the most part are uncrowded. The vert measurement includes probably 1500' vert of vert that can't hold snow during the average weather we've been having for a number of years now, it just doesn't stay cold enough at those elevations. Not even cold enough for snow making toward the bottom.

It was viewed by many as an attempt to appropriate FS land so a real estate develope ment could sell expensive vacation homes to out of staters. Many folks in these parts really don't want the influx of people from elsewhere, as it's believed it will only degrade the quality of life; they value the forest lands as they stand more than the potential $$ the resort promises.

I was excited about the idea (the skiing) at first, but the more I heard, the less I liked the sound of it.

As for the skins, well of course, but there's time before the season starts, I'm way in debt, and I find buying a pass more of a priority at this point. I'll get them, and if I bide my time, a banging deal might come along.
post #40 of 84
Hurts but feels so good doesnt it.....last season I too went a little buck wild.

Descente GS suit $300
Head RD GS skis $400, great deal
Ski bag $40
Tyrolia race bindings a steal at $80, last years color.
Reusch race gloves $85, nice discount
Leki GS poles $90
Bolle low light goggles $30, great deal
waxing and tuning gear $400, ouch and I mainly bought clearance items!!!!
Bodyglove ski jacket a steal at $40, run dont walk!
Bodyglove ski pants another steal $30, run with it!
rec. ski gloves $25, great deal
Assorted ski underwear $100, discounted

But its okay because I got a great deal on most of the stuff (this is how I justify this to myself) At full retail the skis and bindings alone cost what I got everything for!
post #41 of 84
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by XJguy View Post
Hurts but feels so good doesnt it.....last season I too went a little buck wild.

Descente GS suit $300
Head RD GS skis $400, great deal
Ski bag $40
Tyrolia race bindings a steal at $80, last years color.
Reusch race gloves $85, nice discount
Leki GS poles $90
Bolle low light goggles $30, great deal
waxing and tuning gear $400, ouch and I mainly bought clearance items!!!!
Bodyglove ski jacket a steal at $40, run dont walk!
Bodyglove ski pants another steal $30, run with it!
rec. ski gloves $25, great deal
Assorted ski underwear $100, discounted

But its okay because I got a great deal on most of the stuff (this is how I justify this to myself) At full retail the skis and bindings alone cost what I got everything for!
Impressive bargain shopping. I'm all about finding bargains, that's why it was so easy to amass the collection of skis I have, because Volants that are a few years old (but have seen little action) go pretty low in ebay auctions.

Speaking of which I nearly succeeded in foolishly buying another pair of Volants today (it is an addiction), but since I only bid $30 someone easily took them for $31. I know I absolutely did not need them, but geeze, if I could have got some T3 Epics (in great condition, and drilled for bindings I already have) for $50 shipped, it would have easily overcome the feeling of stupidity for buying them before getting skins.
post #42 of 84
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Originally Posted by volantaddict View Post
As for the skins, well of course, but there's time before the season starts, I'm way in debt.............. I'll get them, and if I bide my time, a banging deal might come along.
[Overexpenditure update]
And way more in debt! I found a good deal on a set of 110mm Black Diamond Ascension STS, brand new in the box for $110 shipped! Now I'll have to stop...........and buy some gear for my son! [/Overexpenditure update]
post #43 of 84
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Originally Posted by volantaddict View Post
[Overexpenditure update]
And way more in debt! I found a good deal on a set of 110mm Black Diamond Ascension STS, brand new in the box for $110 shipped! Now I'll have to stop...........and buy some gear for my son! [/Overexpenditure update]
Last night I bought a Volant ski bag for my GF, been looking everywhere for them. Bought a 2 for one deal last year for only $19, but when they arrived I discovered that they were unlined and were made for huge 200+cm skis of past. So ebay helped me find a modern bag to fit her 155 Volants, 14.99 + 5 shipping
post #44 of 84
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Originally Posted by XJguy View Post
Last night I bought a Volant ski bag for my GF, been looking everywhere for them. Bought a 2 for one deal last year for only $19, but when they arrived I discovered that they were unlined and were made for huge 200+cm skis of past. So ebay helped me find a modern bag to fit her 155 Volants, 14.99 + 5 shipping
Yeah, I saw those on ebay, and thought "MUST, HAVE, SAYS VOLANT", but then I thought, "Ski bags are for girls." *




*For those who are wont to protest, this was a joke, I fully understand the need for ski bags for those who travel with skis.
post #45 of 84
No '07 purchases as of yet.

I'm still reeling from my '06 purchases:

Nordica Hot Rod boots
AK No Ka Oi 180 w/Tyrolia Railflex 12 bindings
Armada AR5 176 w/Salomon S912 bindings
Blizzard Titan 8 175 (currently unmounted)
Volkl Karma 177 w/Rossi Triaxal (the ones that are basically Look P12's)
Volkl Mantra 177 w/Marker Titanium 13 Pistons

I know, I know, but I hadn't had new gear in close to 15 years (I had been skiing on San Marco boots and 198 Rossi 7S's. The San Marcos split in half in the Boulder parking lot of Heavenly at the beginning of '04/'05 season).

I am actually trying to unload the Armadas and looking to swap bindings on the Mantras.

As for '07 purchases?

I've got my eye on the PMGear Bro (to mount with AT bindings), a cheap pair of Atomic M:EX's, and perhaps a wider powder board and maybe even a narrow ripper (though I might just remount my Rossi's).

OH YEAH:

1. XEastCoaster: where was that pic of you(?) on the RD's taken?

2. I swear I was at Squaw that day VA was there...can't miss a guy with braided hair on stainless steel rails.
post #46 of 84
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Originally Posted by dookey67 View Post
1. XEastCoaster: where was that pic of you(?) on the RD's taken?
That would be Mammoth. The coverage wasn't too bad for the middle of June
post #47 of 84
Nice.

Thanks.

I skied Mammoth for the first time ever on July 2 and 3rd. Not too shabby for that time of month and considering the weather. My Mantras got a nice workout on the sun cups, plus it was cool to camp and ski all in one weekend. Only downside was trying to convince anybody to go with me that late in the season, so I flew solo.
post #48 of 84
^^ I was there July 2nd-4th with the wife and a few TGR folks.
post #49 of 84
sadly, if i had joined these forums sooner, i would have had some folks to ride with. as it was, i totally missed a large group of snow fiends who had come from the SF group SnowPals (they were camped outside town, but I couldn't find 'em). I did run into one guy who was rockin' the PM Bros who I had spoken to online a few times, but didn't ski with him.

i mostly stayed to skier's left of the gondola (and then to the left of whatever lift that is to the left of the gondola). i'm horrible with run names. i usually just hit a mountain and roam around and try a little of everything, although since they only had a couple of lifts running "everything" was a little limited. still great for the 4th weekend, though.
post #50 of 84
I really only feel surrounded by kindred spirits in these forums. So...

178cm Nordica Speedmachine 14 ($200 e-bay)
181cm Elan HCX (How can you say no to a $36 ski? e-bay)
175cm Elan MO2 (Or to a $38 ski with Salomon S914s mounted? e-bay)
186cm Head Monster i.M. 85 never seen snow ($168 e-bay)
201cm Stockli Stormrider DP with Salomon 957 Equipes ($100 craigslist)
185cm Kingswood Fats (ordered, not here yet and $TBD)

and one for you VA
175ish Volant Power Karves ($50 craigslist)
I spent four hours polishing these things. Given all the other skis I don't know if I'll ski them much, but if I need a shaving mirror I'm covered.

The only thing I really still want is the new Elan M1111. I flexed and fondled one today at Evogear in Seattle and it felt like $$$.
post #51 of 84
SBC:

2 Questions 4 you:

1. have you skied the Kingswoods yet?

2. have you skied the M1111?
post #52 of 84
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by dookey67 View Post
No '07 purchases as of yet.

I'm still reeling from my '06 purchases:

Nordica Hot Rod boots
AK No Ka Oi 180 w/Tyrolia Railflex 12 bindings
Armada AR5 176 w/Salomon S912 bindings
Blizzard Titan 8 175 (currently unmounted)
Volkl Karma 177 w/Rossi Triaxal (the ones that are basically Look P12's)
Volkl Mantra 177 w/Marker Titanium 13 Pistons

I know, I know, but I hadn't had new gear in close to 15 years (I had been skiing on San Marco boots and 198 Rossi 7S's. The San Marcos split in half in the Boulder parking lot of Heavenly at the beginning of '04/'05 season).

I am actually trying to unload the Armadas and looking to swap bindings on the Mantras.

As for '07 purchases?

I've got my eye on the PMGear Bro (to mount with AT bindings), a cheap pair of Atomic M:EX's, and perhaps a wider powder board and maybe even a narrow ripper (though I might just remount my Rossi's).

OH YEAH:

1. XEastCoaster: where was that pic of you(?) on the RD's taken?

2. I swear I was at Squaw that day VA was there...can't miss a guy with braided hair on stainless steel rails.
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Originally Posted by SteepButCheap View Post
I really only feel surrounded by kindred spirits in these forums. So...

178cm Nordica Speedmachine 14 ($200 e-bay)
181cm Elan HCX (How can you say no to a $36 ski? e-bay)
175cm Elan MO2 (Or to a $38 ski with Salomon S914s mounted? e-bay)
186cm Head Monster i.M. 85 never seen snow ($168 e-bay)
201cm Stockli Stormrider DP with Salomon 957 Equipes ($100 craigslist)
185cm Kingswood Fats (ordered, not here yet and $TBD)

and one for you VA
175ish Volant Power Karves ($50 craigslist)
I spent four hours polishing these things. Given all the other skis I don't know if I'll ski them much, but if I need a shaving mirror I'm covered.

The only thing I really still want is the new Elan M1111. I flexed and fondled one today at Evogear in Seattle and it felt like $$$.
Now there's some outstandingly horrendous gear overexpenditures TM. :

dookey: Yes I was ripping the corn with my V2 Chubbs I got from XEastCoaster. I doubt too many people skied Squaw who have foot long beards.

Honestly, if I were looking for uberfat boards, the upcoming BROs with the 114 waist would look very desireable, and considerably less expensive than some of the other options in the realm of fattness. I know you've been told, the customer service cannot be beat.

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SBC: They sound like 173s. Speaking of mirrors, did you achieve this sort of luster? (scroll down for the true brightness)
post #53 of 84
Dookey: I haven't skied any of these yet except one day on the Volants. Everything else is new since the end of last season. However, I periodically go down in the basement and mentally project how each tune, shape, flex pattern, and mounting point will feel on snow.

VA: That's an amazing polish! Mine look pretty good, but had a lot more wear and tear (5 years or so) to start with. Dents I didn't even notice before have become very noticable and a few gouges were so deep that I was afraid to sand down that far. You've inspired me to do one or two more passes on'em though and maybe I can call the Dent Wizard to see if he does skis.

The big bros sound good to me too, but I really wanted to try the bamboo cores in the Kingswoods. Maybe next season.
post #54 of 84
ah-ha! i'm out of the loop. i didn't know that PMG was making a 114.

as for customer service, i'll say that the smaller companies rule for this.

while in the heat of my demo phase last season i emailed several of the companies. the ones that responded quickly and kept the lines of communication open were:

AK
Armada
PM Gear
Prior

AK went so far as to waive my demo fees on their skis @ Kirkwood. Saved me $40. though i ended up buying a pair of the No Ka Ois, so in hindsight the demo cost me like $375 (which was far better than the $700+ they were going for online, though).

Armada was quick to respond with my questions about mounting, since they are predominanty a park specific ski

PMGear was also good about getting back to me. My only complaint is because they are so small, they didn't have any demos. However, one of the owners did give me a partial list of where he would be skiing and said if i tracked him down, he'd let me ski his.

Prior was great, too. Except for the fact that I missed their Tahoe demo tour (the fact that they even came down to Tahoe to demo their skis was cool, since they only have 3 models). They kept urging me to make the trip to Whistler and that they'd set me up on their boards for the day.

Oh yeah, Blizzard was great, too. The only drawback is that when I sent them an email, it went to Germany first and took a month to get filtered to the customer service rep at the Daebello/Blizzard N.A. office back east. But once they got the email, they were really cool. they helped me track down a brand new/sealed pair of Titan 8's in May. They even offered up a nice discount, since I'd been "harrassing" them so much.

The companies that sucked on the Customer Service side of things were the biggies and especially the ones who have moved operations to China. I will admit to being a bit of a xenophobe when it comes to skis (I did ski the K2 Recon and Line Prophet 80 and found them to be spry and to my liking, but there's just something about a ski made in a country where skiing really isn't a high priority). At any rate I email Line at least a half dozen times and never got any reply. I think I may have emailed K2, as well.

One final note about CS, though I have never bought anything from them, the folks at Al's Ski Barn were really cool and replied to the few emails I sent to them regarding information on bindings. I would have shopped with them, but their prices were still a little steep compared to what I was able to finagle from local shops and elsewhere on the Net.

Anyway, now I'm piqued about the 114 Bros, as I was contemplating a wider, dedicated powder ski and the minions over at TGR suggested that I go with someting 100+, preferably 110+

Ah, man...now I hanker for a fatty and after reading all these posts, I kind of what a slalom ripper, too (those are the two things missing from my quiver).
post #55 of 84

My new babies

Got these yesterday, on the far right: Brand new Stockli Stormrider SS in 188 with RossiLook 140 bindings. Most expensive skis I've ever bought

The pair of 04/05 Sanouks in the middle I bought used, but in near-new condition, earlier this summer for 450 USD (though not in the US, obviously ). They were without bindings but drilled for Markers, so I got a pair and I guess it's time to find out if all the negative stuff I read is true or not... I'm also very curious to how the skis themselves will behave, I've never tried a pair or anything else comparable. Hopefully we'll have enough snow here some time during the winter so I can try'em

I've been using Rossignol Bandit XXXs in 185 for the last 5 seasons (gone through 2 pairs) so it will be interesting to be on new skis this winter. The Stormriders are obviously quite a bit stiffer but thats just what I want

Last purchase before the season is a set of crampons for the touring setup http://www.fritschi.ch/main/mainaxion.htm . I've longer for these on a couple of occasions in the past years so they'll be a small but welcome addition to my backcountry gear. And they're not expensive either, which is a plus after 2 pairs of skis :

post #56 of 84
Nice purchase torfin .:: Let's see a review once you get a chance to stomp some snow with those .
post #57 of 84
Niiice Stormriders
post #58 of 84
So far this year, two very lightly used pair of skis from other Bears:

Elan WC SLX from Atomicman for general Eastcoast hardsnow/ice fall line fun.

Fischer WC RC from Ellensdad as I am planning to join the local beer league and try my hand (feet?) at ski-racing. You're never too old right????

Great deals on both so I don't feel too guilty.
post #59 of 84
Thread Starter 
Well, it has been said that confession is good for the soul, and so, in the interest in doing my soul a whole lotta good in one fell swoop, I thought I'd revive this thread, as a proper complement to my utterly-shameless-quiver-pic thread.

My confession:

(All prices include shipping)
Expedition weight mock-t zip neck: $26.90
Salomon DR-9 Equipe bindings: $42.50
Salomon S900 Carbon bindings: $30.50
Salomon S914 bindings: $65.00
Machete Spatulas: $365
Volant Superkarve Legends: $41.99
Reusch Strategy Gore-tex gloves: $20.00
AFRC GTX Gore-tex pants: $99.90

Total: $691.79 all since September!!!! :: Oh, and the ski swap is this weekend. ::

This completely wiped out all the good work I did in paying down my debt over the summer, oops.

So, does anyone else have anything they'd like to confess? (mostly just to make me feel better, but if it helps you too, then that's just gee-swell )
post #60 of 84
Quote:
and in the works Scarpa Laser AT boots
I've got a pair hardly used that I'd love to sell. If you don't find one let me know. I'm going back to the States at Thanksgiving, could ship from the East Coast.
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