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johnasmo last won the day on June 19 2017

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About johnasmo

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    Onsie wearing Montucky Humanoid

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    Whitefish, MT
  • Home Mountain/Resort?
    Whitefish Mountain Resort (formerly Big Mountain), Montana
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  • Current Boards in your Quiver
    Coiler Angry 160<br />
    Coiler Nirvana Balanced 175<br />
    Coiler Nirvana Balanced 182<br />
    Coiler Nirvana Balanced Torsion+ 175<br />
    Coiler Monster 185<br />
    Coiler Nirvana Balanced XXX 170<br />
    Coiler Skinny 174<br />
    Coiler VSR 177
  • Current Boots Used?
    UPZ hard<br />
    Thirty-two soft
  • Current bindings and set-up?
    TD3 step-in & TD3 Sidewinders for hard booting<br />
    Lots of Flows for soft booting
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  1. Never tried a K168, but have Thirst 8RW and Superconductor. From what is described for the K168 sidecut, I think they take a different approach to variable sidecut. They differ from radial in very different ways. I'm a bit surprised that a 8-12-8(?) VSR could hold longer turns well on ice. Snappy initiation, yes, but concentrating the edge pressure at the tip and tail when the board isn't forming a trench would, I think, leave the center carrying too little load, supported by the board's center stiffness instead of the snow. With the turning forces concentrated at the ends of the tip and tail, eventually their hold risks being overwhelmed. Thirst flex/sidecut seems to be designed to keep edge bite underfoot. Slower initiation, but then like you're riding an ice skate between the bindings. I think that's what leads to the stay-centered riding style -- no need to chase the bite elsewhere, feels funny if you do. So both fun, but I suspect very different rides. Buy both. $$$
  2. Move out west to a uncrowded resort with wide groomers? When carving with non-carvers, I try to only go in front if I can stick to half the run or know I will stay ahead of them because they are beginners or intermediates. If I notice them encroaching, it's time to let them pass and carve behind. Going faster may sound counter-intuitive, but over the years I have been having less close encounters as my downhill progress gets faster. Knock wood. There's always yahoos bombing the hill on bluebird days -- you won't stay ahead of them -- but if your downhill progress is similar to average skiers, even while covering way more ground, there are fewer people trying to pass you. I find the steeper runs aren't the problem. Fewer intermediates bombing beyond their abilities, and more willingness on behalf of others to wait their turn. It's the blue cruisers that get people bombing beyond their abilities whenever the visibility is good. So you can improve your odds by only carving blues if they are wide enough to let you carve in half the run, then carve as fast and tight a line as you can. Still keep an eye out and stop if you notice fast traffic coming up behind; never assume anyone but you is willing to wait their turn, and do assume they have tunnel-vision. Or just carve in the fog. Way fewer people bombing runs in the fog. If you're descending faster than everyone else, you won't get hit from behind.
  3. Sorry I didn't notice this before your Thursday ride. I was so busy riding out our closing week that I wasn't paying much attention to the forums. Hmm.. I guess that's true of my whole season. But I can catch up now. One trick I used to get toe side turns initiated quickly was to channel my inner Ryan Knapton. If you watch his soft-boot carving videos, you will see that he gets very compact and then pushes out with his forearm at snow level very early in the turn. Just thinking about doing the Knapton forearm slide without breaking at the hip will exaggerate your up/down body movement. You don't actually have to touch the snow -- that's too hard on gloves and sleeves -- it's just the getting low at the start. Going in low and extending will initiate faster than falling over from upright, and visualizing a Knapton forearm slide will have you do that without thinking about the details. After initiation though, my arms come up and its about body angulation and pushing knees low to hold the rest of the turn. That said, I have trouble pulling it off when visibility is low. It's really hard to commit that fully to start a hard turn when you can't see how smooth the snow is. The 8RW will start going pretty fast if you're too casual about leaning it over. The 8RW has an inflection point were it goes from riding like a long sidecut to riding like a short sidecut, and foggy weather puts me just on the wrong side of that inflection point. I also added a Superconductor 175 this year. Got it in early March. I found myself more comfortable on it for low viz or chopped up conditions. I thought it would act like a downsized 8RW, but there's more to it than that. I think the 8RW may have a more efficient carve, with the ability to hold an edge under low traction, but the Superconductor a more lively and active ride when edge hold wasn't an issue. It might just be size and radius, but venturing a guess that the 8RW behaves more radially and the Super more progressive? Neither is an accurate description, as I bet they both have a long-short-longer kind of sidecut progression, but maybe they have their tight spots positioned differently. Where edge hold was the attraction of the 8RW, a lively slalom-y ride seems to be the Super's appeal. Neither is particularly comfortable on uneven grooming. Metal seems to dampen irregularities better when boards can't cut through to something smooth. Both liked smooth hardpack or smooth under loose piles or spring slush (the Super was really fun in spring corn!), but once the irregularities push back firmly, metal dampens the hits with less commotion. I did a lot of afternoon-to-last-chair days, and I was usually on a metal board by last chair.
  4. johnasmo

    Montucky LBS

    Local Bike Shop? No. Local Board Shop? No. Local Bank Stoke? Yes! Spotted on local TV. For those carvers familiar with Big Mountain, aka Whitefish Mountain Resort, check out the local credit union ads: (Yeah, this should be in the WTF thread, but who's looking over there this time of year? ) They made two edits with different footage. Here's the second. P.S. Parkin launching chair 4 lift station.
  5. The move to .4mm titanal has made things ride stiffer and more torsionally rigid than before. I'd suggest the AM core just keep it from ending up too harsh, but then go long and narrow with it to keep the focus on carving.
  6. Yup, and then on into the trees between Pig Shoot and Lower Mambo. Came out by the generator. The gladed areas are spectacular, but the trees are fun even where they didn't clean them up. Good fall lines through, not fighting blind corners; sets a high bar for other resorts.
  7. Up high is where they parked out the trees into glades. Below the Jeep road(s) is where it goes back to nature. Still more open even there than a lot of what we have at Whitefish. You can see the areas marked as glades on their map.
  8. Inkaholic, I think I sold you that board! I recognized the top sheet when I saw it outside the lodge. It was used when I got it too. Sean made them to last. Like the mod you did.
  9. A shout out to everyone that's been uploading photos to the MCC Photo Album. Thanks! There are some great photos shared there. https://photos.app.goo.gl/PsHRsAsEMfUJWU9o9
  10. Yes. 160 Jones Hovercraft. I considered selling it because I found myself choosing another board (Nidecker Megalight) for 4 - 6 inch snowfalls, or after the big dumps are all cut up. But for deep and fresh, the Hovercraft is a blast. After this week at Turner, it's earned a permanent spot in the quiver.
  11. You can probably click off three runs an hour if you try. I had 14 runs both Monday and Tuesday, with time for lunch and farting around. Doing 30K - 35K of powder puts it in heli-skiing territory. You would be lucky to get half that in a day of cat-skiing. Even after two days of our group beating on the fresh powder, there were good lines to be found in the trees. Not track free, but still what I'd call a powder run. You can see for yourself. I switched on the GoPro for last run on Thursday. Here's the raw clip; top to bottom.
  12. More MCC in the news. Flathead Beacon Article. FYI, Flathead refers to Flathead County in Montana where the forks of the Flathead river feed Flathead Lake. It is home to the towns of Whitefish, Kalispell, and Columbia falls as well Whitefish Mountain Resort and the western half of Glacier National Park. It's why Glacier Park International Airport's code is FCA (Flathead County Airport). https://flatheadbeacon.com/2019/02/06/craving-the-carve/
  13. I remember that day! March 25, 2018. Airblaster Freedom suit. Coiler VSR 177. The "New Cut" side of Ptarmigan Bowl. Sweet day.
  14. Hmm... Plays for me when I'm logged in to YouTube. They must figure the creator already has the music. YouTube's agreements with music publishers seems to change every few years. My soundtracks come and go. They used to just silence the audio; kinda harsh to block the whole thing. Oh well. I could create a vimeo account, or wait out their next deal. Or re-cut it with a new soundtrack... but that just wouldn't be the same.
  15. Video Stoke from a week ago. One week to go. They'll groom wider for our event. This was the day after a powder day, and the open bowl grooming was for skier bail out.
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