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Officially launching PoachNinja.com and 186 Lhasa Pow contest

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Long time lurker 1st time poster.

Thanks to all who participated in the pre-release testing of www.PoachNinja.com .
About poachninja.com
Poachninja.com was built and tested in June 2008. From then on it became a user built and user moderated community of Poach Ninjas.

The Philosophy
Short
The Poach Ninja was born in the side-country of a Japanese ski resort where ski patrol had arbitrarily drawn the out-of-bounds line. A small group of freeriders took matters into their own hands, poaching lines that were deemed a big No-No. Historically, ninjas concealed themselves from samurai by wearing all black, like a cloak in darkness. We too, the poach ninjas, conceal ourselves from the clutch of ski patrol by wearing white from head to toe. We ride, ski, and slide with stealth that sticks it to the man on and off the slopes. Beta, good times, good laughs, stoke, and poach-ninja skills, we bring you poachninja.com. But remember, if you can't poach safely, you aren't a Poach Ninja.

Long
The Poach Ninja idea was born in the side-country of a Japanese resort in an area that was officially out-of-bounds. The reason this area was permanently closed had little to do with public safety and more to do with a blind adherence to rules and a need by those in charge to set arbitrary boundaries. The concept of using stealth tactics to poach out-of-bounds terrain in defiance of overzealous authority conjured up a humorous comparison with the ninja, Japan’s ancient stealth warriors who were free of and opposed to the strict samurai and their code.

The idea caught on amongst a small group of freeriders and began to expand. Poach Ninja began to refer not only to the stealthy defiance of ski patrol but a healthy defiance of unnecessary rules and standards across all aspects of skiing and riding, and all with an air of humor and fun. No riding in the trees? Poachninja them. No skis in the park? Poachninja it. Daffies are uncool? Poachninja one. Indeed, the Poach Ninja idea has morphed into the core of the freeride philosophy with a new name.

Along with freeriding comes freethinking, and Japan’s freeride community was lacking an information forum that permitted for freethinking and expression. Existing forums were much like resorts in their blind adherence to rules and arbitrary boundaries. There is a need for unabridged exchange on Japan-specific resorts as well as international resorts and matters relating to freeriding. Into that void we bring you poachninja.com, Japan’s freeriding and freethinking snow community.

Poachinja.com is not just a forum but a user driven community of freeriders in Japan and all over the world. In addition to a liberally moderated forum, Poachninja.com also has a Wiki database on resorts and backcountry areas written by serious riders for serious riders. The site also hosts galleries and blogs for skiers and riders to share trip beta and stoke. In sum, Poachninja.com aims to provide information on the backcountry, the side-country, resort and park from a perspective that the official media cannot—the perspective of the rider.

And of course there is the poaching, and by poaching, we mean sticking it to the man when the man needs it to get stuck. Poaching the line under the lift or poaching the snowboard park and then riding it switch to the road when the sign clearly says not to enter—this is the spirit of the Poachninja. However, ninjas always examined risks vs. rewards and so do poach ninjas. What is the avalanche forecast? How much new snow has fallen in the last 72 hours? Wind conditions? If I poach this tree line, will I be putting others down slope at risk? The Poach Ninja is swift in his skill and respectful above all. Another aim of Poachninja.com is to help skiers and riders learn more about snow safety and snow conditions through the free sharing of information.

So, if you are a freethinking freerider with enough sense to see the humor in “poaching,” welcome to Poachninja.com. We have ironed out of the bugs and added some beta on the wiki so it looks like we are good to go.

Since the pre-release we have greatly elaborated the wiki with user generated beta on Japan's resorts and backcountry. We also have topo beta on Japan's best ski areas.

We have had more stoke contributions







and the forum is getting more and more active.

Poachninja is also the home of Lloyd, famous ski cockerspaniel



In celebration of the opening we are hosting a sticker placement contest. We have made up a bunch of poachninja stickers that we are selling at cost. For sticker orders you can paypal poachninja@gmail.com cost is 10$ for ten stickers. Best placement will win a pair of PM Gear Lhasa Pows with custom PoachNinja.com topsheets.



Given that the stickers will not recoup the cost of the skis+stickers, this is a pretty good expected return bet for those who chose to play. Better than vegas, anyway and just as fun...



In short, for those interested in skiing/boarding Japan or those who just like to poach, we have set up an freely moderated not-for-profit, community-driven medium to share stoke and info. Kind of like TGR's younger brother with a Japan focus and a wiki feature
post #2 of 18
nice site
post #3 of 18
I am in like a fat kid in a pie eating contest! Do we get extra points for nakedidity/gnar location in said sticker contest?
post #4 of 18
Hattori Hanzo = Samurai ?
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Pleeez.

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Hattori Hanzo = Samurai ?
Hattori Hanzo = Sushi Chef
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what bevel will the edges of these skis have?
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what bevel will the edges of these skis have?
Edges? Who needs edges on an ultimate POW ski?
post #8 of 18
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Ultimate powder ski Did you read that on the interweb or you got a pair
I just took Hattori Hanzo's post to imply the ski was ideal for the conditions in OP. Since you're obviously an ace what is your esteemed opinion about edge bevels and fresh powder (the frozen kind)?
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I just took Hattori Hanzo's post to imply the ski was ideal for the conditions in OP. Since you're obviously an ace what is your esteemed opinion about edge bevels and fresh powder (the frozen kind)?
You don't need edges in the white room

and you don't need wax just steeper terrain

safety 1st in all ski teching any other questions
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what bevel will the edges of these skis have?
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You don't need edges in the white room

and you don't need wax just steeper terrain

safety 1st in all ski teching any other questions
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Edges? Who needs edges on an ultimate POW ski?
I would retroactively agree
post #11 of 18
Thread Starter 
Sticker orders are kinda slow right now. So far the people that have stickers have about a 1 in 10 chance of winning the skis. Those are some sick odds. If you have questions about the skis check out the PM gear site, these are 186 Lhasa Carbons.

One of the cool things about these skis is that they are designed by a focus group rather than a pro who whats a ski to compliment thier skiing style on the terrain they want to shred.

edit: and yes there are bonus points for sticker placement on hotties!
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Hattori Hanzo = Samurai ?
Samurai = Samurai

I am there and I am here. Just chatting.

Hanzo is the one setting everything up.
post #13 of 18
Is there a closing date for the sticker contest? I will paypal for some today, but I'm gonna need a couple weeks to recieve them and find some gnarly places to stick them!
post #14 of 18
The closing date will be roughly the end of the lift-access season. For us in Japan that is usually the end of the first week in May.
post #15 of 18
Thread Starter 
Sticker pix have been updated on Poachninja.com. If your over the age of 18 I would suggest you check them out.
Heres a pic of the skis that will be given away
post #16 of 18
You must have big rats if you need Hattori Hanzo's steel.
post #17 of 18
 And the winner is............................














ME!!!!!!





Many thanks to Splat and all the Poach Ninja's for hosting such a sweet contest!  For some reason they had very little response, so there wasn't all that much competition, but I guess that worked for me!    If they run another sticker contest next year, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND you enter it!  Aside from this contest I haven't found opportunity to contribute all that much to their site, but  I have enjoyed spending some time reading around over there and would urge you all to do the same!  Japan has some absolutely incredible terrain to offer, and these guys are all over it!!  For anyone who hasn't seen them, here are the photos I entered.  Rather than pick a single one, the powers that be decided to go with the overall impression.  












 
 
 
 
post #18 of 18
Stoke!!!!
Glad you got the goods on this one.  I want a sticker and a chance to win next time!!!
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