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JohnE

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JohnE last won the day on October 24 2018

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About JohnE

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  • Location
    Lafayette, Colorado
  • Home Mountain/Resort?
    Loveland
  • Occupation?
    Engineer
  • Current Boards in your Quiver
    Donek Flux
  • Current Boots Used?
    Flow Talon
  • Current bindings and set-up?
    Flow NX2 GT
  • Snowboarding since
    80s
  • Hardbooting since
    2005

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  1. Money. It seems like various small ski areas have their own character. Now they will all do it Vail's way. I normally ride at Loveland. It has been privately owned since opening in 1937. I think the current owners have owned it for many decades. It is pretty old-school funky. It was only last year that they finally installed their first high speed detachable quad. One of the things I like best about Loveland is that all of the Epic Pass holders drive right past it on their way to massive crowds further west. If the owners of Loveland wanted to cash out to Vail, I'm sure they could have many years ago. However, Vail's main play is real estate - not lift tickets. There is no lodging at Loveland and no room for it.
  2. Soon everything will be owned and run by Vail. In my teens & twenties I used to think that Vail was the ultimate ski area. I've been there several times in recent years to meet up with college buddies. From my perspective the shine has really gone off that apple. Unless you buy their Epic Pass everything is REALLY expensive. Also, it is crowded most all of the time. Their uphill capacity is so huge the slopes are now crowded. A recent joke that EPIC was Every Person In Colorado. Now it looks like it will be every person everywhere. No thanks. I'll stick to my little local ski area and hope that it doesn't get gobbled up by the Vail juggernaut.
  3. Opinions on the "best" jacket or parka for snowboarding? Seems like Arcteryx are widely considered the best but pricey. I think they're original stuff was really good but lately they've lent their name to some lower quality stuff. I have a North Face jacket with some thin insulation. I like it pretty well but the hood is too small to easily fit over a helmet. Also, the hood is insulated which for me is unnecessary. The hood does not detach so when I'm not using it, it appears that I have a second small head. Also, the zippers seem to have become difficult to slide. For me the important aspects are warmth in very cold weather (like -20 deg F), windproof, usable pockets. Waterproofness isn't really important to me since I rarely ride in damp conditions. Favorites?
  4. For now I'm riding Flow Talon boots with Flow NX2 GT bindings. The boots provide unbelievable heel hold-down without being tight. The bindings are like traditional strap bindings but have a tilting highback that provides quick in & out. These aren't a perfect solution but the best compromise for me now. I did a search on Atomic Backland and only found backcountry ski equipment. What is the boot/binding system you show in your pictures?
  5. Interesting. Like Intec for heel and toe. I think the sole would have to be hard plastic to ensure that the retention pins could always remain in alignment (not jamb). The retraction mechanism would have to be entirely below the foot. It could work. I'm sure Fin has thought about this more than just about anyone else in the world. Also, I agree about several of your observations about hard -vs- soft boots. I started on soft, migrated to hard, tried to make these work for me (but never really did) and wound up back on soft boots for carving and other purposes. They aren't a perfect solution but they are the best compromise for me.
  6. Bob - I saw a piece on local TV about the people recognized by Aspen Ski Corp for getting in 100 days a year for 10 years. I mentioned to my wife if Bob might be one of them. You were! Congratulations!
  7. JohnE

    Yo Lci!!

    When our company used to be over by the Home Depot on West Colfax, I used to ride that trail all the time. I haven't been there in over 10 years. Back then it wasn't especially technical but a long sustained grunt to the top. Nice to hear they improved it. Now I just ride North Table Mountain over and over and over again.
  8. I think most board makers use softer wood (poplar or aspen) for most of the board and use stronger wood (?) under the bindings. I'm guessing the stronger wood does a better job of distributing the forces from the bindings - including binding suck. I'd agree that it is primarily a cosmetic issue that gives obsessive carvers something else to obsess about.
  9. I usually try to release the binding screws over the summer. I haven't done this yet. My favorite way to wax a board (especially with a black base) is to set it base up in the sun, wait until it warms up, crayon on some wax, let it continue to warm until the whole base is shiny, move the board out of the sun to let cool. This method seems to be the best way to get a uniform thickness of wax over the base of the board (without using an excess amount of wax) and because it gets the whole board pretty warm, the wax seems to bond to the p-tex better.
  10. Are airlines getting more reasonable? We just had United give us full credit for future travel due to a cancelled trip as a result of a death in the family. Seems like just years ago, this would have been money just lost.
  11. I have never traveled with my snowboard but I have shipped several via UPS or similar. I never took special precautions to protect them. I have just wrapped them with a few sheets of corrugated cardboard (1 - 2 thicknesses) and sent them on their way. My thought was this: Imagine how much force a snowboard takes when used as intended. As long as the edges, topsheet & base are reasonably protected from hard impact, one would have to work really hard to damage one. Maybe I have just been lucky.
  12. JohnE

    Yo Lci!!

    Yes - but do you prefer one over the other? How about if you could do both simultaneously?
  13. JohnE

    Yo Lci!!

    It was simply my comment in response to Mario's post. He wasn't comparing. I was. I've had biker friends (who don't snowboard) that comment on how much fun it is. My thought is simply that it is fun but not so much as snowboarding. If others think the opposite they're not wrong. If one chooses not to compare, that's fine. I ride my bike about 3 times a week. I'm lucky if I snowboard 15 days a year. My opinion is that snowboarding is more special and more fun. If the opinions that divided us were as simple as biking -vs- snowboarding "What a beautiful world it would be".
  14. JohnE

    Yo Lci!!

    Though I may not have mastered snowboarding (or mountain biking), the fun factor (for me) is so much higher on a snowboard. Maybe if my biking skills were on the level of Danny McCaskill I might feel differently. Also, as I have gotten older, I won't take the risks that I used to on a mountain bike. I don't like pain.
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