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post #121 of 305
Call the rental shop and ask. A lot of areas ordered new stuff before the economy tanked. I've taken my niece snowboarding and skiing at two different places (Roundtop and Wachusett) and she has been the first user of every piece of gear except poles. Boots, skis, board, even both helmets brand new. Blue Knob has only offered Telemark rentals for a few years, so I'm sure the stuff is still in primo condition.
post #122 of 305
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I don't have any rock skis except maybe a pair of 205 K2's that are sitting in the closet. Should I rent?
I like that -- "I don't want to trash my skis, so maybe I should rent some and trash them instead".

If I make it up there, I'll bring my PEs. At $200 new, they became my rock skis as soon as I took them out of the wrapper. If you find a deal on them, it's a good way to go. And don't tell the rest of my specialized quiver, but the PEs are actually damn good skis.
post #123 of 305
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Originally Posted by skier219 View Post
I like that -- "I don't want to trash my skis, so maybe I should rent some and trash them instead".
Well, if you're at a place where the coverage is notoriously thin and they rent skis, they're probably already trashed. Might as well go with the flow.

The last time I rented skis (as opposed to demoing) was at Mt Lemmon, and it was for exactly that reason. Definitely the right call.

Don't know if I'm going to make it to BK next month, but stranger things have happened.
post #124 of 305
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post
I've heard enough. Nothing made after 2004 will be riding with me on this voyage. In other words, my two newest pair will stay home. That leaves these:
A) 193 cm K2 Four-Ice and fast cruising
B) 186 cm Salomon Scream 10s-Easy to ski, but don't hold on ice
C) 183 cm RD Coyote Helidog-if big dump is predicted?
D) 179 cm Nordica W80-all around decent ski, don't wanna ruin this
E) 177 cm Hart F17-older all around ski less concerned about tearing up

None of these have any core shots (YET)

I'm thinking B, D, and E... but A would be better for complete boiler plate.
http://www.dcski.com/ubbthreads33/ub...9773#Post49773
post #125 of 305
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What's your current bump ski?
post #126 of 305
Thread Starter 
Tua crossride 110
post #127 of 305
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Originally Posted by bumpfreaq View Post
What's your current bump ski?
Whateverinahell is on my feet.
post #128 of 305
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What's your current bump ski?
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Whateverinahell is on my feet.
In 80 and 81 our insane freestlye team coach was already rocking teles in the bumps... well before many other folks (anybody at our little bump) were freeheeling anywhere in the MidWest. These were the low ankle heigh boots with rubber toes, essentially skinny cross country skis with metal edges.

I hear several folks (folks that don't typically go tele) are talking about going tele at BK. Not me, no way!
post #129 of 305
Directed to all, I'm part of a mature group with slope side housing this weekend at BK; three nights, Fri, Sat and Sun (Feb 20-22). We're almost full, but may have a sleep sofa or bunk open, also possibly a private bedroom with a double bed (for a couple). If you are interested in joining us send me a PM and I'll share more details. This is a first come, first serve deal. Cost is in $100-150 person range total.
Thanks.
post #130 of 305
Okay guys. Pierre has commited to going by sending a check for the lodging.

I also tried some tele again in prep for getting pummeled at BK. I skied on my 1985 Kazama tele comps with Chouinard three pin bindings. I had to remember that no sidecut means low with z back knee eh. Twill be a tossup between the Kazamas or the T3's and Hammerheads for BK.

At the moment Pierre is broken. I need to write sentences.

"I will not ski like I am twenty as I am an old fart with no sense."

Them thar 20 year olds enticed me yesterday to let loose. I skied bumps on one foot and backwards. I also ripped across them in deep sidecut carves. (hence my aging back and knees hurt) I love to watch the carnage as the kids try to copy. Good yardsales. Now the pain killers. When will I ever learn.
post #131 of 305
Thread Starter 
Any chance you could bring the Coach gizmo?

And wot happened to the yeller Crispis?
post #132 of 305
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Any chance you could bring the Coach gizmo?

And wot happened to the yeller Crispis?
The Coach gizmo is alway in the ski bag and the Cripis are still in the quiver.
post #133 of 305
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The Coach gizmo is alway in the ski bag and the Cripis are still in the quiver.

so far, the extroverts are open
heading there this sat

any specific place / time the bears going to gather on sat in feb????????
post #134 of 305
I'd say rock skis are only really needed if you ski Ditch Glades, East Wall Glades, Bone Yard, Mind Shaft and maybe Laurel Run Glades. I've generally had good luck (knock, knock) on the rest of the natural snow trails (Lower Shortway, Lower Route 66, D Trail, Edgeset, etc.) You'll likely get a minor ding or two on those trails, but generally nothing major.

The skis I used last year were ~rock skis (Steep and Cheap Elan 666 special); but they were in pretty good shape and I didn't want to needlessly trash them. I had just gotten them back from having a core shot repair, and then promptly got another one on Ditch Glades.
post #135 of 305
Pierre, I'm stoked to hear you are coming. Take care of those knees and back. When you said you were skiing better than ever in another thread, I assumed that meant your back was in better shape. And you are Telemarking again! Try to avoid carving GS turns switch in icy bumps on one Telemark ski, OK? I threw my back out the last time I went skiing, about two weeks ago. It was really bad last week, but a little better now and should be fine by the time of this GTG.
post #136 of 305
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Originally Posted by telerod15 View Post
Pierre, I'm stoked to hear you are coming. Take care of those knees and back. When you said you were skiing better than ever in another thread, I assumed that meant your back was in better shape. And you are Telemarking again! Try to avoid carving GS turns switch in icy bumps on one Telemark ski, OK? I threw my back out the last time I went skiing, about two weeks ago. It was really bad last week, but a little better now and should be fine by the time of this GTG.
Oh, no such luck. Skiing better means better flow, not better back and not necessarily tele.
post #137 of 305
got another one on Ditch Glades.[/quote]

lower66, if you ski weekends only, you probably would ski once in a season. last season i've got lucky and spent almost entire day. however by 2pm , there were a lot bare spots..........
going there tomorrow
post #138 of 305
My Chiropractor said he was at BK last weekend and the skiing was awesome. He didn't mention any bare spots but I don't know if he was skiing the whole mountain.
post #139 of 305
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My Chiropractor said he was at BK last weekend and the skiing was awesome. He didn't mention any bare spots but I don't know if he was skiing the whole mountain.
I'm gonna take that with a self-interest grain of salt: the more he tells you about BK, the more often you come back to him.
post #140 of 305
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I'm gonna take that with a self-interest grain of salt: the more he tells you about BK, the more often you come back to him.
Probably true but I never mentioned BK, he brought it up. I was busy whining and wondering if JH will be possible for me. It's getting close and I am still dealing with this. Not a happy camper!
post #141 of 305
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Probably true but I never mentioned BK, he brought it up. I was busy whining and wondering if JH will be possible for me. It's getting close and I am still dealing with this. Not a happy camper!
just came back from BK
extroverts were closed today ( dangerous conditions) . they were making snow on them
single digits, hard ice/blue ice = perfect conditions for mu GS-es and SL........

looking great so far........
post #142 of 305

Tuesday 1-20-09 BK Trip (long)

Wow, kubagr, Extrovert deteriated fast.
On Super Tuesday($20 tix for ALL), 4 days earlier Extrovert was
ice free when I skied it. It had only been opened 4 days and most
all the snow had been made since the last rainstorm.

Tuesday had 2 inches of natural. Extrovert was 20% loose powder
40% pp, 20% firm pp(no granular or ice), and 20% grass & rocks.
About the best I've seen it !

All major runs were open, inc Stemboggan, Deer Run, & Lower
High hopes. Closed were lower Shortway, Edgeset(should have
been open) and all lower & mid-mountain glades but Ditch
Glades which was open.

Deer Run had a lot of ice on one side as usual. Expressway,Stemboggan, Jackrabbit were good packed
getting a bit scraped at the end of the afternoon.

Stemboggan bowl was mostly ice free but middle/lower stemboggan had huge ridges due to minimal movement of snow
guns. Triple Glades was good on natural snow. Next glade down
(Forever?) was fair due to a lot of brush with spiny briars.

Ditch glades, though skiable, was a joke. Thin snow, pp,grass,
rocks etc. Temps were in upper teens with flurries much of day.

Tip: Don't take the PA Turnpike from Breezewood to Bedford to
avoid $1.60 toll each way. Locals are up in arms over the recent
outrageous toll increase. Route 30 has been improved and now
bypasses Everett to connect directly with I-99(new Rt 220).
I remember this toll only being 30 cents not long ago. Turnpike
is now $25.00 to drive from NJ to Ohio!.
post #143 of 305
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Turnpike
is now $25.00 to drive from NJ to Ohio!.
WOW!!! One of the bad things about EZPass... i don't look what a toll is, but that IS rediculous. That HAS to be more than ANY other state, by a distance.
post #144 of 305
Del Turnpike may be more rediculous. $4.00 to cross
MD/Del line and go 8 miles. FREE for Del residents between
Del exits or Phila.

Easy to avoid: use last MD & first Del exit. Iron Hill/Chestnut
hill/896 Rds between the two.

Ob Blue Knob. I'm there 2/21-22 CO summit 2 weeks prior to
BK
post #145 of 305

ok so I should be there sunday for sure. I just go that day off.

 

I was just these last week and I am hoping everything that has coverage is open. The new mountian manager has made it clear that the rampant poaching that was doable a couple years ago is now frowned upon.

 

The coverage this year is really good though, good enough to ski lower east wall, the ditch, lower shortway, lower route 66. the question is will patrol decide to open what runs that day. last week upper extrovert was the best I have ever skied it and it remained closed all day long. So yeah hopefully this doesnt continue to happen so I can continue to give blue knob great reviews and not start telling people not to go there.

post #146 of 305

I'm with you on the closures. I skied Lower Ex the last time out and didn't notice the small sign posted in the middle of the trail, honestly! The conditions where excellent, no ice, all carveable hard pack and heavy powder. Why was it closed, are they saving it for weekend? I don't understand why you close a trail when the conditions were so good. They must be waiting for ice.


Edited by Laurel Hill Crazie - Mon, 02 Feb 09 16:06:20 GMT
post #147 of 305

I wonder if the trail closures had something to do with that slide on Stembogen?  Maybe they were afraid of unstable snow on other parts of the mountain?  Unfortunately, it doesn't seem like BKTim posts on dcski anymore - so we can't ask him.


Edited by Jamesj - Mon, 02 Feb 09 21:57:03 GMT
post #148 of 305

I doubt it. Ex was closed before the slides. I think they are saving the trail for weekends.

post #149 of 305

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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post

...The new mountian manager has made it clear that the rampant poaching that was doable a couple years ago is now frowned upon.

 

The coverage this year is really good though, good enough to ski lower east wall, the ditch, lower shortway, lower route 66.

 

The old mountain manager once held the rope up so I could duck under it. I don't like the changes I'm hearing about. Your report of good coverage is encouraging.

post #150 of 305

I vote that we collectively duck the rope blocking a tasty run together and if/when confronted about it just sing together

 

"You can get any thing you want, at Alice's resturaunt"

 

In 3 part harmony

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