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About jtslalom

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    Alpine Ace


  • Location
    Vernon NJ
  • Home Mountain/Resort?
    Mountain Creek
  • Occupation?
    High School Math teacher/ College professor math
  • Current Boards in your Quiver
    Rad Air Tanker 172, Amplid UNW8 160, Status Uno 166, Status Uno 163, Ride Timeless 168, K-2 FatBob 163,
  • Current Boots Used?
    Burton Ion soft boots
  • Current bindings and set-up?
    Ride El Hefe soft bindings, Ride Double Agents soft bindings, Ride LS soft bindings (all Metal bindings)
  • Snowboarding since
  • Hardbooting since

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  1. I had a pair of Burton Ions and thought they were a little on the soft side. I also had a pair of Burton Driver x and felt they were about the same. I know K2 makes a pretty stiff boot. I tried one pair on last year and thought I could have been in my old Burton hard boots. Any way I am glad to hear that some of you are making a transition back to soft boots. Believe me that I never thought that I would do it but 15 years ago I went back and haven't ridden in hard boots since. I hope it goes well for you. Jt As far as bindings are concerned. Ride El Hefe's are good. Most Ride bindings will hold your feet tight to the board. There isn't a lot of play between the boot/binding interface with Ride. I have used them exclusively since getting back to soft riding and have never had a problem. Jt
  2. Crazy as this may seem but I don't do anything. My Ride softboot bindings have inward cants. Basically they cant so that my knees get closer together while I ride. Other than that I have no heel or toe lifts.
  3. Just chiming in here but I see some angle stances from softbooters getting steeper and steeper. I ride my softboot angles at 57 front and 60 rear with a 17.5 inch stance width. Now im sure most softbooters and evan some hardbooters dont ride that steep but it works for me. What I can't do is ride with such a wide stance width. I'm still stuck back in the 80's riding with my legs jammed together.
  4. I live local to MC and ride nights and weekend mornings. There is a small group of us that ride their. Some of the guys are able to ride during the week in the am, I'm usually not one of them although if my work gets cancelled because of bad weather you can usually find me riding in the am.
  5. We are trying to get a small group of carvers together for a trip up to Jiminy Peak on Saturday 3/9/19. If your not familiar with Jiminy its a great carving mountain in Mass. about 2 1/2 hours north of Mountain Creek. If you have a seasons pass to MC you will get $15 off the lift ticket on a Saturday. Please feel free to reply to this post if you are interested. We can always use a few more carvers to rip it up.
  6. Looking to ride at Jiminy Peak on Saturday 3/9/19. Not totally set yet but we have some interest from a few riders from my local hill. Hoping to see some other carvers up there to help slice up the mountain. If any one is interested please feel free to reply to this post. Jt
  7. Steep riding angles on softboots has been around for a long time. The stance width is the thing that I find odd. 60 cm is like a football field wide. I guess I am OLD SCHOOL riding at 18 inches = 46 cms. I couldnt even think of riding at 60 cm. Kudoo's to those guys.
  8. Patron snowboarder on lift line: "Saw you riding down the mountain, are you riding hardboots?" Me: "Nope"
  9. So I bought a pair of Ride "El Hefe" bindings two seasons ago. For those of you that are not that familiar with softboot bindings, "El Hefe" bindings are Rides newest version of strong tight softboot bindings. The high backs are made out of some type of carbon fiber which the store salesman claimed were indestructible. Yeah! First run of the year on them and snap. I'm happy that Ride will warranty parts for the life of the binding or at least until they stop manufacturing it but don't listen to the hype, they break.
  10. I think I will be heading up to Jiminy Peak on Friday 1/25. I was wondering if anyone has ridden there this year yet. I know that recently they got some decent snow. If any one has the day off and would like to ride with some old school carvers please come and join us.
  11. Its usually Dave and I on early weekend mornings. Jimmy and Ken will ride early as well. Jimmy is usually the only one riding in hard boots but all of have had many years riding hard boots. More than likely we will be able to help you out. If you come up on a week day maybe you can solicit Eric J to ride. He knows a little about it too.
  12. Jeff, A few of us ride first lift at north just about every Saturday and Sunday morning. This up and coming weekend will be Jan 27/28 and most of us will be riding however the conditions will more than likely not be so great. If you are coming up regardless of conditions try to get there as early as possible. The cab starts loading at 8 am and usually we are part of the first group on the hill. See you there. jt
  13. I have Ride El Hefe bindings and Burton Ion boots. My riding style in soft boots with steep angles 57/60 is the same as my hard boot style. I jam my knees together and drive my turns with my knees pressuring the sides of my boots. However when i ride low angles it is probably similar to most soft boot carvers that use a lot of ankle flexion to turn. My riding style is very strange. I will admit that and most people question why I ride such steep angles. It works for me but I'm not so sure it would work for others.
  14. My softboot angles are 60 degree back foot and 57 degree front foot. My stance width is about 18.5 inches. I still ride my softboots like I am riding hard boots and have never gotten away from my steep angles. From time to time I will ride 15 back and front but usually only when the snow is very soft or I am either park or woods riding. Most of the time I am carving groomers so I ride some pretty steep angles. I have had a lot of people asking me about my stance angles lately and talk about how they are thinking about moving their angles steeper. Today a guy started asking me if it helps to carve. Funny but I really didn't know what to say because I really don't know of any other soft booters (except one other, Dave) that rides in such steep angles for soft boots. I think there may have been some threads about binding angles but I don't know if any one exists about steep (say 45 or better) soft boot angles. I'm curious if any other soft booter rides steep angles or am I a lone misfit. Thanks jt
  15. Day number 6 for me was yesterday 12/28/17 at MC. They have been making snow non-stop all of this week and have a lot to show for it. They are open top to bottom with a little more than half of the slopes open. They have been making snow on Zero-G, Grand Prix, and Great Northern for the last few days and more than likely will be open this weekend. As you can guess conditions have been good. Lower Straightaway and Garden State are both open along with twist and Sayanora. Matchmaker (the old pipe) is soon to open as well. I have only ridden north but they have also been making snow on south and Bear Peaks as well. Connecting trail is not open yet but I think this weekend they will be able to open it. I will be riding Saturday and Sunday mornings at north and Granite. Hope to see other carvers.
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