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post #1 of 140
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IMO this place doesn't get anywhere near the love it should be getting. This is easily the most unique place on tha interwebz. I mean - at what other ski message board is it considered general consensus that true expert skiers always use the ski most unsuited for conditions, crank the bindings down as low as they will go and ski as slowly as possible?

In short - this place rules and it's time to show some appreciation. Post up your favorite things about GapicSki - and don't feel the need to limit yourself to just one.

I'll start with a couple:

-8 page arguements over the merits of safety bars.
-flailers blaming their horrible technique on their edge bevel being off by .5 degree.

I of course could go on and on, but I want others to have a chance.
post #2 of 140
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Originally Posted by Jer View Post

IMO this place doesn't get anywhere near the love it should be getting. This is easily the most unique place on tha interwebz. I mean - at what other ski message board is it considered general consensus that true expert skiers always use the ski most unsuited for conditions, crank the bindings down as low as they will go and ski as slowly as possible?

In short - this place rules and it's time to show some appreciation. Post up your favorite things about GapicSki - and don't feel the need to limit yourself to just one.

I'll start with a couple:

-8 page arguements over the merits of safety bars.
-flailers blaming their horrible technique on their edge bevel being off by .5 degree.

I of course could go on and on, but I want others to have a chance.

I think trolls are my favorite things on here.  When people get really upset on here, it's quite funny.  The "why do people think east coast skiing sucks" thread was definitely my favorite so far.
post #3 of 140
chaos
post #4 of 140
Jer is just upset because Stephen S. Dallas sent back the boudoir pics Jer made for him.  It makes him feel better to mock what he doesn't understand.
post #5 of 140
Having frequented the sites of Burton.com and bomberonline.com, I don't see anything here any different-trolls, flame wars, etc. I'm just glad I suck well enough that I will probably never encounter Jer on the slopes. I hate to see how rigidly devoted to the rules he is in other aspects of his life.I ski for fun. In fact, given that my last shift at work involved having a murderer who shot 4 people and hacked a 3 year old to death with a machete in my ER makes me not really care about the rules of tranversing other than I know not to go to Alta now.
post #6 of 140
We need a thread about what A/T bindings are the best for snow blades
post #7 of 140
CSavage, I got to say I'm a but shaky on the rules of "tranversing"  myself.  Pre or post?  Or do you blame it on the bad light? 
post #8 of 140
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Originally Posted by CTKook View Post

CSavage, I got to say I'm a but shaky on the rules of "tranversing"  myself.  Pre or post?  Or do you blame it on the bad light? 


 

Heh...and now the spelling nazis appear.   See what you started Jer.
post #9 of 140
Nah, I'm just open-minded.  They may even have special Tranversing days at some resorts for all I know.
post #10 of 140
Thanks for sharing Jer. Seems irul&ublo has an inside interest in your pictures.
post #11 of 140
I love the fact that for every discussion of a ski that is meant primarily for off trail skiing (100mm wider underfoot) the focus is always on groomer performance and how does this skis compare to a race ski on hardpack.
post #12 of 140
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Originally Posted by tromano View Post

I love the fact that for every discussion of a ski that is meant primarily for off trail skiing (100mm wider underfoot) the focus is always on groomer performance and how does this skis compare to a race ski on hardpack.


If you would have only kept skiing Metrons, we wouldn't have needed to have this discussion.
post #13 of 140
I love the humility that some posters show about their own skiing ability and knowledge.  Also, I love their sense of empathy.
post #14 of 140
Well they are THE swiss army knife of skiing!
post #15 of 140
I love Gapicski because Jer continues to share his "rules of the road" with us even though we're all so unworthy.

BTW - what's the proper base and side bevel for safety bars?

Would safety bars wider than 100mm underbelly be easier/safer in deep snow than the current skinny bars?

Would proper beveling of safety bars diminish "helmet-knock" when gapers slam the safety bar down?
post #16 of 140
I like it here, but some things make me laugh:

"I can straightline all the blacks at my local 200 vert ski hill in my Bogner 1 piece. That being said I'm taking a trip to Jackson Hole and need a good ski for powder. But i don't want to spend more than 50 bucks, and I want it to be about 78mm in the waist."

I don't like that I'm unable to respond in a thread like this: http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/90777/jah-love-questions When Good old Bud makes huge statements about a boot in one post and the admits he hasn't even carried it in the next.

I only really trust a few "experts" here. Most have an insane bias. SJ is probably one of the few here with a real sense of what is good outside of the race ski market.
post #17 of 140
When I'm hiking Devil's Castle right after the rope drops (on a weekend), I make sure to go real slow now since I might be holding Jer up a bit.  I want to be worthy of his scorn in person, rather than just anonymously via Gapicski.  I'll be the one wearing a helmet with sunglasses.
post #18 of 140
Love having a place you can ask for additional information. 

Jer, would you and Chaos explain that gravity travesty thing one more time? 
You guys had not invented traversing when I was a kid.
post #19 of 140
I get such a good time out of reading the rants that end up in the posts , and I'll fess up I try to fuel the fire when ever possible!!
post #20 of 140
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Originally Posted by Old Boot View Post

I get such a good time out of reading the rants that end up in the posts , and I'll fess up I try to fuel the fire when ever possible!!

I'm sorry, when I introduced him to this I didn't know he'd be this way, I've only lived with him 25 years.  I miss Chaos too, where is he?
post #21 of 140
Because it's not TGR and I feel safe and clean here.
I need a hug.
post #22 of 140
Actually, I find this place to be relatively civil compared to a lot of forums on the net. The trolls don't usually stick around for long as most posters just ignore them. A few seem to slip through the cracks now and then and find a niche(Chaos??); but for the most part, trolls are entertaining as long as they don't go too far. 

  
post #23 of 140
It appears as though MRzinwin is not the only person that has beef with Jer.  I agree Bob, it is nice to be able to have a place to absorb all of Jer's knowledge.  I bet he's a lot like Ben Affleck (Obanion?) from Dazed and Confused. 
post #24 of 140
I love that virtually everyday there's five or more -

"which all mountain (or groomer or mid fat or...) ski should I get", or,
"I'm new, what should I be looking for", or
"Going to Utah, which resort..." or
"Going to Colorado, which report"...or
"What places to eat at Whistler...or
"How to get around SLC"..,.or
"What should I demo in CO (or UT, CA, BC, or, or or),
"Hardest, easiest, intermediate trails at Beaver Creek, Snowbird, Vail, AB, The Canyons, Whistler, etc., etc., etc., etc.,etc.................
"Quick Start pass, which resort to"......, or
"6 days in Utah, which resorts"...or,
"I'm 15 years old and an advanced expert, and my dad says".....or
"Spyder - best stuff on earth", or
"What's a gaper", or
"Haven't bought new gear in 12 years, which ski", or
"Which boots are right for me".....or, on and on, and on, and on......

Is everyone's search function broke, or just too lazy to look up the same subject that's been discussed ad naseum within the past week (sometimes the past day)? At least on TGR they get Jonged and told to use the S.E.A.R.C.H FUNCTION!. I mean look at these same threads RIGHT NOW being posted! Really pathetic.

How about a sticky for each of these so the same inane question doesn't resurface daily. OK, it doesn't work for boots as we see almost everyday, but at least some way to refer someone to the same questions that get asked constantly.

Gapic - at least it's not loserzone.com.
Edited by snofun3 - 1/19/10 at 1:36pm
post #25 of 140
Pre Madonna , would that be cher?
post #26 of 140
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Originally Posted by Old Boot View Post

Pre Madonna , would that be cher?


Janis Joplin, maybe.  Madonna is f'n old.  Isn't it prima donna?  I know it ain't pre madonna.  I'm sure that's what you were gettin at though old boot.
post #27 of 140
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Originally Posted by Stranger View Post

Love having a place you can ask for additional information. 

Jer, would you and Chaos explain that gravity travesty thing one more time? 
You guys had not invented traversing when I was a kid.

I love that this is a place where you can take a real phrase, with easy to understand meaning, and have people convinced it either doesn't exist or shouldn't be used.
post #28 of 140
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Originally Posted by Jer View Post

I mean - at what other ski message board is it considered general consensus that true expert skiers always use the ski most unsuited for conditions, crank the bindings down as low as they will go and ski as slowly as possible?

Funny thing about this place, is I get the feeling there are some really good skiers here, that come from a different mold than most of the youngsters at TGR. People here are more civil and patient, maybe a bit older??? I don't know, but it is a different group on here for sure. Frankly, I like using this place as a counterpoint to the gnar that is TGR. You guys even got me wondering if I should lower the din on my bindings and try some softer skis with more side cut. Then I came to my senses
post #29 of 140
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Originally Posted by CTKook View Post




I love that this is a place where you can take a real phrase, with easy to understand meaning, and have people convinced it either doesn't exist or shouldn't be used.
 
Like "gapers"?
post #30 of 140
 I wish someone would start a thread to discuss helmets.
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