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John Gilmour

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  1. I’m up at Mammoth looking for carvers. I’ll be hereto ably at least until April 4 . Fast and Hardbooter rippable
  2. Looking to head up to Squaw valley for that insane snow. GF and I - possibly her adult son. Anyone want to split a house or have one want to rent out a room?
  3. funny I was just at RDU then at Ft. Bragg in North Carolina 3 days ago. Missed it darn! Also near Kitty Hawk. very challenging for those toddlers, but as a rule I won't got 50+ anywhere near anything less than 5 feet tall.
  4. I have ridden alone for years, you get about twice as many runs in. I just run the same trail under a chairlift and people ride for a few runs and move on. Having Ultrasone Edition 9 headphones and a TTVJ Portable tube amp and 80GB of tunes helps too. CMC would ride with me as he would just ride behind and try to get the same attack line, Adam Bolonsky at the Wa , and Paul Miller rode with me and Andre at Beaver Creek Centennial last season both fast... also Ray Shriener (Virus) would ride with me on Ruthies...until his back blew out. I ride with Will Garrow at Mammoth So just go out and ride solo and be VERY visible until you find some ride buds of similar speed and terrain. IMHO probably Forget about teaching your GF to ride, just find people who are matched already to your speed whether women or men.
  5. I did cruise around with Paul Price and had a really nice time but nothing like Aspen or Beaver Creek so far . Just mentioning what I thought was “ best” . For instance Telluride has great pitch, and really some of the most amazing views far nicer than Aspen or Beaver Creek ... but the trails grooming was not consistent (one “groomed trail “ the Plunge was like they dragged a comb over slightly decapitated moguls ... plus you can’t easily cycle long runs without multiple slow lifts ... so I took it off the list. Telluride is an EXCELLENT skiers mountain , but not so much for snowboard carving - the wider runs aren’t very steep and lack carvable features too. I based my my list off of what a good carver should pick if he only gets to go Out of his local resort every other year. For isntance ... the Outback as well as the front face at Mt Bachelor is simply FABTASTIC but weather might not cooperate enough for a 5 day stint to have enough blue sky and more snowfall at night as opposed to the day.
  6. One word.. SIMULATOR. Find a snow simulator like http://virtualsnowla.com This is a pretty low quality one but will still get the job done. Then go to a resort with a simulator (Mountain High in Wrightwood has one ) and the instructor there word with Bill and takes you on the snow. You may not even have a single fall your first day on snow! Then once you can turn left and right, and skid to a stop come find me. I'll reprogram your riding completely . I teach carefully so that EVERY carve ends up with your gently lying down on the snow. That way you learn how to literally embrace and love the snow and not have any significant impact if you have to fall on the snow. I teach that your speed limit is your ability to stop completely in one carve. And we slowly up that speed within your comfort level. I make you feel what is happening with your boots and knees. In the 1990s I made a low friction low impact suit out of a Silver metabolized proximity fire fighting suit and 1.5" thick closed cell foam on the butt and knees (about 10" wide knee strips the rear was about 20" wide wrap around" that in combo with wrist guards and a helmet and the chick can flail and bail without breaking a nail. I still have an unused Proximity suit if your have a roll of gaffing tape (super strong duct tape) and some packing foam from computers you could make one of these.
  7. IMHO. And I like trails with flow where you do not have to wait to build speed for more than 8 seconds. These are just trails I have ridden. Some I could be happy if I only had that run all day. To me Colorado is mostly ASPEN (no wind and warm) and Beaver Creek because of warmer temps and grooming and lots of luxury near the carving trail. Colorado 1. Ruthies Run: Aspen Ajax ( fantastic wide fairly steep run very high speeds carving attainable on this one, harder to film, and slow double chair) No easy food access have to go to Bonnies or Sundeck to warm up. I run this all the time. It's good up top for late season as it won't get hit by rain like Centennial and get trashed. Longest FAST trail. 2. Centennial: Beaver Creek (Good vertical drop, killer Chondola with Combo big fast chairlifts and gondola when its cold. trail can get icy in some shaded spots early in the year. Everyone in the resort can see you rip so its easy to find the rest of your party. Chairlift runs right over trail. Park Hyatt Buffet breakfast is a AWESOME start to the day. Seriously treat yourself to this for $33 its better than any other $33 you can spend on food in Colorado. 3. Back of Bell Aspen Ajax (short and steep and a super wall for medium speed carving. Advanced- don't fall here as you will have trouble self arresting). No fun for non experts. 4. Aztec (groomed only) Aspen Ajax most people would not try to carve this in soft boots. Also hard to self arrest so be careful. Not an all day trail, just to say you can do it. Zero fun for non experts. 5. Copperbowl: Great LONG RUN when its later in the season and you have the legs for it, gondola spectators . Its relentless pitch and slightly narrow forcing you to stay on it. 6. Sneakys: Snowmass (easy long wide groomer steep in parts.) Probably the best carving run at Slowmass, Gets destroyed fast during busy season times. 7. Thunderbowl : Aspen Highlands (variable snow conditions could be chunky) Actually I prefer the narrower trails of Gun Barrel and Grand Prix just above the Merry Go round Restaurant. Also you can check the scene at Cloud 9 restaurant for champagne. 8. Spar: Aspen Ajax. It's like a giant carving halfpipe. New England. Gondolier Stowe. Long and fast but don't even think of going their in January as your wax won't run only your nose will. Stratton is a COMPLETE waste of time. Too crowded , ridiculously overpriced for what your get. ...cold and flat light. mixed clumpy grooming can hit you unexpected on Upper Standard and National . Seriously if you wanna do 4 days at Stratton ...instead buy a $117 R/T ticket on Frontier from the East coast and go to ANY resort in Colorado, you'll have better snow, nicer accommodations and everything will cost less. Forget Killington . expat Brits who can't ski ... slide turns and trash everything by 10:15 am. Their accents only work in the bars. Loon. Fun easy carving. Bretton Woods the ideal NE place to teach a girl to carve. Utah Brighton is fun and has night skiing. Park City wasn't very good, search and found no good carving on any trail. California: June is a cheaper version of Bretton Woods. Easy carving . Mammoth: too windy. like ridiculous 40+ mph wind.. Marketing tries to sell Wind buff as something desirable, like saying a car with 300K miles is well broken in. Stump Alley is good for about 40 minutes first thing. The hot spring is the best thing about Mammoth.
  8. Hmmm. Back to Beaver Creek and Aspen For more carving fun factor
  9. Moderator feel free to delete this after a week. Groom is nice today a lot less cold than yesterday. Plunge was “ groomed” but still has bumps with groom lines. 347-263-7238
  10. What’s a really good trail set for this particular Mt. I’ve never been there but thinking of going there in the next day or so
  11. Might be coming to telluride. Trying to figure what resort has the best conditions and carving and weather . I'm in st George Utah now. I have ikon base pass and full epic pass . So I get 7 days of telluride. Never been there. Aspen Ajax is my favorite for carving how does it compare.

  12. What's LCI .? My goal is to carve everywhere with everyone, . so I plunked $49 for epic pass with blackouts, and I'm still on the fence about the ikon.. just a few hours to decide. Ikon the draw is 5 days of aspen , and perhaps Squaw... but how is the snow at Squaw,? I hit it once with perfect packed pow 15 years ago, an before that 18 years ago. Beaver creek even with little snow had great snow grooming. Would I think the Ikon is a waste if I have the epic? I get 2 -4 free days at aspen anyhow. For me aspen is all about Ruthies. Which, for me is one of the faster well groomed runs, haven't hit sun valley and bachelor is good but they aren't on any season multi ticket. vail and beaver creek had more.. _ eav_r. Far more ... energetic Apres ski scene Aspen is much much older and even evening powder now would land them in the ER.
  13. Likely you active military people already know this but the Season EPIC Pass is only $99 . And 40% off the regular price for dependents. That's a lot of drone pilots stateside . Hmm..maybe I'll have more people to carve with at beaver creek next year. I'm wondering if steamboat is worth it for carving vs beaver creek.... because I might go for the black out date IKON that has only 5 days at Steamboat as opposed to unlimited. Annoyed that Aspen Is to unlimited but you only get 5 or 7 days .....they might end up being all pow days though...
  14. Looks pretty good. How long are you up there? Do you know if the Whitmore hot springs roads are dry or muddy? Might bring the turtles .
  15. Well that's great. Everyone is a bit different. When you find something you like stick with it until, you see someone else with a new theory that seems to work well. I rode 16.5" stances and 65 degrees on my Checker Pig G6 for years, until The F2 Checker board race boards came out, went wider, flatter. And then with the Madds ended up wider still. I think Barry has gone for a softer board with a tighter stance that he can easily flex at 225 lbs so the board isn't exerting much force back on him, that allows him to ride the stance he rides . If he was looking for higher speeds deeper carvers and more force into the snow he would have to,go with more conventional flex and angles. His current set up will not carve deep arcs over 35 mph IMHO. Btw I really like the Graphics on the MK. Barry, this is for a traditional stance of less than 63 front and less than 58 rear...more likely 59 front and 55 rear on your board with your boots. you should have maybe 1/4 -1/8th on the front heel of overhang and say 1/4 - 1/2 on the rear. If your board is soft, you might tend to overdrive it at 225 lbs and yes your legs will be shot with a traditional stance on a traditional medium to medium stiff caring deck carving deeper trenches at speed....but isn't that the whole point? You get more fit and your skills improve together. tall people with bigger feet tend to have a lot of leverage on boards and tend to ride steeper....in part b cause they just can. Andre the Russian guy I rode with rides very high stance angles on his 18cm virus, because he can, and also because he has to,with a 29.0 shell. And because that board works best really heeled over somhe can't have any drag at inclination over 55 degrees at all. A stance like your on a softer board let's you drive from the rear of the board and really do tighter turns at lower speeds. It's fun but not fast. If you want performance you go with the traditional way, if you want to just carve and trench at low speed that's what a softer board will do for you. It's not invalid ...for instance. I rode a F2 M.A.D. In the 1990s at Wachusett Mt. ( kinda like a early Hovercraft) with 1000 ft vertical drop in part because by the time I got up to speed for fast deep turning, the hill was over in 3 turns. Having a softer flexing wider directional board let me screw around and have. more fun while going slower and getting 30 deep trenches in instead of just a few each run, all while being very easy on the legs. Thrilling? No, but fun yes. Did it make me a better rider, no, but I got to mess around with buds on freeride boards going their speeds and still trenching all over the place.
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