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  1. 14 points
    Coiler WoGoCoCo 174x19 12ish scr. Filled with lots of secrets. Graphics by AnnaK. MCC logo rider @johnasmo
  2. 14 points
    Found this guy sitting on a park bench who said he Golf's, rides motorcycles and dabbles in building snowboards Something named Kohlerer. He's from Canadia and was lost. I said he was in Cleveland along way from home.. His name was Bruce but he said he did not want to go back because he did not want to have to make boards since the weather was so nice.. So we just rode!!
  3. 14 points
    Carve session, pow fest... Join us next year at the Montucky Clear CUT 2020 February 10-13! Stay tuned for more details! www.montuckyclearcut.com
  4. 12 points
    Thanks to YOU and your subscriptions, classifieds donations, merchandise purchases, and interest in our advertisers, we have been able to donate $1000 EACH to USASA and USSRT since my last update on April 30 last year. We have also donated $100 each directly to USSRT members Bobby Burns and Cody Winters to support their racing dreams at the international level. Thank you for being part of this site and helping to support our weird fringe sport!
  5. 12 points
    I have had a few messenger chats with a few riders that are currently using zipfit liners in their hard shell boots with great success but knowing that this community is a demanding underserved market we have thought of opening up a feedback line with users like you to develop something specific for your sport. Please share your ideas. We are listening, and motivated to launch something reflecting your input for next season. Check out zipfit.eu if you have not done so yet to see that zipfits are all about. Looking forward to hearing your comments and becoming the reference suppler of after market boot liners for alpine snowboarding moving forward.
  6. 12 points
    The Prinoth Team is amazing!! Prinoth jumped right in and joined the Montucky Clear CUT Family whole heartedly. It appeared to me that the Turner volunteer grooming staff and the Prinoth Team made just as strong of friendships as the MCC family did. At the end of my first run on the first day of the MCC, Brett the Prinoth cat operator was waiting at the bottom, you can see my response...
  7. 12 points
  8. 12 points
    Your 56 year old going on 13 self returns from a mountain bike ride after not quite nailing the landing after launching off of a small double, then executing spectacular butt bouncing front flip complete with a face planting, sand eating non excellent dismount (9.5 according to a guy coming up the trail)and your bride of 23+ years, spies your sand encrusted smile and nostrils and asks if you had fun. You reply, "yes, but I have some cactus quills in my ass cheek" . Her response is not" you are such a dumbass, grow up" but, "let me get my tweezers". You are the epitome of awesomeness, Honi, thanks again for saying yes! Mario
  9. 11 points
    I asked @Bruce Varsava at Coiler to simply tell me more about these new "Contra" shapes. Well if you've met Bruce you know you're gonna get everything you ask for and then some! One thing led to another and now I have taken delivery of two demo units to test in December. A 174, 20.5cm, avg 12.5m, and a 166, 20cm, avg 10.5m. I'll compare to my custom Kessler 175/20.5/10-14, and my stock Kessler 168/20/8-12. Those Contra sidecut numbers need explanation. Here was the gist of the email thread with Bruce, posting with his permission: " The Contra was designed from scratch as a board to handle a wide range of snow that we get from climate issues. It actually uses a lot of designs from previous freecarve models but puts them together in a unique package. Softer mid and tail allow for excellent ice grip and control on steeps. Bit stiffer nose punches through crud nicely. Sidecuts are different - not nearly as nose-grabby, and with less bouncing. Turns are altered more through angulation than fore/aft movement although a bit of that still helps. Kinda like but not quite an elliptical sidecut. Been working on them for about a year with help from the Montucky bros. Testing has confirmed that they work extremely well. I was out on a few occasions in rather shitty stuff and didn't realize how bad it was until I got on a Nirvana which is not too bad of a board but these surpass them quite easily especially in less than ideal snow. I was definitely bouncing around more on the Nirvana. . The Contra uses a mid tight sidecut similar to an elliptical but we have extra goodies thrown in here and there. @johnasmo is the real genius behind these sidecuts and has a system in place which allows for super consistent design and therefore consistent feel throughout the entire line. The Contra really gives the feeling that all parts are working in complete unison. First ride on one I immediately noticed it had a clean raceboard feel in a board that turns tight and biggest bonus is it works well in a stupid wide range of snow. I have had a few instances where I started a day on a Contra then went back to a traditional board and could not believe how shitty the conditions were. Get this feedback from a lot of riders. They just eat up the crappy snow we get all the time now. Grip is stupid high also as they seem to just hang onto almost anything. I bet you wonder how this all started (-: Each part of the Contra I have done before although the new sidecuts are a lot more involved. Never did all these things in one board so that was the goal to blend it all together. After seeing that a few other builders were designing boards with a mid tight sidecut and getting good results, I figured it was time to get to work on the freecarve boards. Last 4 seasons I was actually working on softboot and BX stuff which really required me to up the game in regards to my design system as softy boards are actually a bit more complicated to design. Softies are a great success story for me, sold very few raceboards last season and a lot of softboot boards so the design time was well spent. Now that the softy program is up to date, I used the new design system to work on the Contra and it took all of three prototypes to get a really nice board. I had to experiment with different ways to control stiffness along with the type of stiffness and when you get it right, it is exceptionally good. Reality is most guys need the easy rider boards which the Contra excels at. Not to say it isn't great for more skilled riders as it is, especially when it allows you to ride hard in sub ideal conditions. Contra sidecuts are a bit more involved so we just use one radius to describe them. However, the actual number to suit your needs has to be a bit tighter than what we are used to referencing from previous boards. The reason is that they like to stretch a turn better than tightening one so you simply get a tighter sidecut which will happily go faster and be plenty stable. I would say on average you go with .5 to 1m tighter than what you would normally want from any of my previous designs. Most popular has been a 12.5m so I'll go with that for the 174 demo. The 166 is a real sweet board with the 10.5m. One of my favorites! Some other exciting news as I just secured an autoclave which will allow me to use the hi end pre-preg carbon/glass similar to what a certain European manufacturer who makes a lot of black boards uses (-: An autoclave is a heat/pressure vessel which is what they use to press their boards. Unfortunately, the Covid issues have slowed this project down as I have not even been able to pick up the Autoclave yet. My only problem is I am old! Elbow just gave out yesterday and I'm starting to sound like a broken record complaining about injures but I'm a few weeks away from 59 yrs old and it is the reality of a lot of hard mileage on my joints. Held up better than hoped for last season just finished which was a surprise as I did about 95 boards since Sept. Plan is to do about 80 boards next season as I am supposed the be off now till Sept. With the pandemic on the go, no golf so I have been busy making up a few stock Contra's which will be available in fall. As of writing this I already have about 60 of the 80 orders for next season but won't be starting those till fall. Can I golf now, puuuulllleeeez! BV "
  10. 11 points
    Great topic, great discussion. I have 2 kids that hardboot, I am very fortunate. Here is my secret: Teach passion first, passion will always triumph over ability. Once they have passion for something, the rest comes easy. Let them race if they want to, support them if they decide to free carve, teach them until you run out of talent, then support. Think outside the box and do things your own way, be creative to get where you want. The opportunities are out there if you have the passion to find them. It doesn't take a go fund me account to grow passion in this sport. Both my kids race. They've done Nastar, Highschool and USASA racing. While I support alpine racing 100%, I have reservations on the structure and focus. While racing of all types is huge in my household, it has also been very damaging. Both my kids have walked away from other types of racing due to their successes. When being number one becomes more important then enjoying the ride, your days are numbered. You can't win forever and all to often when the winning ends so does the participation. Keeping things fun, light and creative keeps that flame lit. Please take a moment to check out my 13yo first attempt at a gopro video of carving, see if you can see the passion
  11. 11 points
    I just got back from the 61st World Airline Ski & Snowboard Championships. Riding my BXFR 160, I was2nd fastest qualifier. Unfortunately I got squeezed out on the first turn of the final. Well I’m guessing he was trying to slow down, pushed his tail out to the side, and sadly my line got redirected as a byproduct. So I ended up 4th in the final, not bad considering they were all 30 years my junior. I had great support which I really appreciated. A great week full of laughs and happy memories. @parkcityss_sbx thanks for the advice! @airlineskiwasc @deltaskiclub @delta #deltaproud #sbx #coilersnowboards
  12. 11 points
    First off, a big thanks to Slopestar for his camera work, and again to Carvin' Marvin for his camera work and editing. Oscar worthy right there if'n you ask me. Another amazing day of riding made possible by the Lovey Groomers, and the confluence of a great group of riders, Carvin' Marvin, Dusty Bottle, Ice, Inky, Ms. Katie, Iil'' Ms. Hailee, Mr. E, Slopestar The Highback Breaker, and myself. Despite the fact that some of us are still nursing Montucky hangovers, the flat light and the occasional kook strafing, we managed to do a damn fine job of laying waste to every trail we were on. Marvin, and his Thirst are beginning to give me a run for my money with his trenches, as witnessed by Katie extracting herself from one in the opening shot. Thanks again to everyone for showing up, and making the Sunday sessions so much fun. only 6.5 days 'til the next one! see you then, mario Cool detailing matching the graphics to the color of their jackets Aarron!
  13. 11 points
    I drive multiple hours to ride by myself, with most other ski hill users looking at me like I have a serious mental defect. And I'll do it again this weekend. I even post on a silly internet forum when I can't snowboard. Logic need not apply when you like something. Looking forward to seeing the other mildly-defective people at MCC.
  14. 11 points
    Hi All, I have a few more items back in stock and will hopefully have the remained available shortly. BTS are in stock and shipping FinTec replacement heels are in and shipping - There have been some availability issues for the screws so there may be a day or two delay here or there but when my big order comes in we will have them by the thousands. There are a heap of new bails in all varieties, Black (end of week) and Silver baseplates in regular and long sizes, Red and Silver options for sole blocks. I will update the pictures on the website with the available color schemes at the end of the week when I build up a pile of bindings. Thanks for everyone's continued support and thanks to Jack for letting my post this update. Walker
  15. 10 points
    I have been really looking forward to making this post, and thankfully I can. Fourteen days from exposure and a whole lot of nothing to report. To say I am overjoyed would be an understatement
  16. 10 points
    Here's a little something that I wrote about my Dad. If you read it thanks for reading, and if you want to tell a story or two about your own snowboarding life that would be super cool. Last Chair: I don’t remember the exact last day that my Dad and I went to the mountain together I think it was in 2018, and it possibly could have been at Mt Snow in Vermont. I do remember the day last week that he told me that he was putting up his skis, and wouldn’t be returning to the mountain ever again. This was a very sad conversation with him, and I didn’t say much as a response. You could tell by the way he was explaining his concerns about his ability to control his skis with forward motion that he was feeling pretty bad about himself. His decision was a quick and final one, he had zero desire to go back out there ever again. I can remember one of the first times that we every went skiing together. I was about 8 or 9 and had never been before. He came home from work a bit early and we drove up to Wachusett. I remember coming into the parking lot and seeing the night skiing lights for the first time it was amazing. I thought that it was something out of a movie and couldn’t believe that it was real, and we were going out there. He was very patient with me, and we were able to learn together. After a year or so we were able to get our own equipment, and that was great. I had my own skis, and thought that was the coolest thing ever. My Dad and I went to a few different places, mostly at night after I got out of school, and he got out of work. I remember one time that we went to Berkshire East in Charlemont and we ended up on the wrong trail and I cried all the way down. That night we “were those people” who I now look at and hope they are able to make it down safely. I also remember being at Temple Mountain, and somehow he got trapped in a bush and couldn’t get out and I was a bit down the trail and was laughing at him, it must have been a sight to see. I have met a lot of friends along the way and skiing was a platform that I was able to have in common with a bunch of kids that were my age. We would go to different mountains, and have the best time. Mostly we went on day trips, leaving early in the morning and getting home late at night. I learned to snowboard when I was in college in Henniker NH. With our student id’s we were able to get free season passes at Pats Peak. If you have ever been there you know that it’s not a very forgiving place to learn at. I got this no name brand snowboard, and some step-in boots and bindings. How I ever survived using that equipment I’ll never know. It was about half a season before I could get from the top to the bottom and feel comfortable. I then left the skiing and snowboard world for about 8 years or so to work, and life just got busy. I went back to the mountain life, or I like to call it my winter family in 2012 when I was a lift attendant as a part time job. I worked there for a season, got myself some new skis, and that was the beginning of my adult journey. I worked at Berkshire East for three more seasons leaving the liftie job and becoming a snowboard instructor. This was a very humbling experience, and I had to learn to ride all over again. I bought this little board, some boots, and not so good bindings and really had no idea what I was doing. My boss Mark B was the one who got me to agree that I would do that. Mark was super supportive pushing me to work on many different drills to gain the necessary skills to teach others. I then made the mistake of buying some “hardboots” and agreed to try and alpine board. Mark is a very skilled alpine rider, and I saw what he could do on a board and thought that would be a cool thing to also be able to do. I had some boots, and no board or bindings (everything is different on an alpine setup). Mark with a smile on his face told me he had the perfect board for me to use. I told him that I would go for one run and if I was able to stay out of the trees, and survive then I would continue to learn. I was able to make it down, but about halfway down I had to sit and take a rest. It’s important to note that alpine setups are not very comfortable on your feet, and make your legs to feel as if they are going to explode. I sat and took a little break, the boys went ahead of me, and then I realized that I didn’t know how to get up. Due to the angles of the bindings being very steep you need to get up a different way than on a regular setup. I was rolling around like a fish out of water, and sweating thinking I would never be able to get up. I did manage to get up, and made it to the bottom where the boys were asking, “what took so long” I responded, “you buckled me into this thing and never told me how to get up”. I ended up getting my own alpine setup that is geared more to what my riding style is, and some lovely step in bindings that allow me not to have to reach over to buckle in. I have thought a lot about the time that was spent on the mountains over the course of many winters, and how this activity has become a huge part of my life. I have a nice group of friends that I go snowboarding with several times a year, and I would like to think that I was able to help, and encourage them the way my Dad, and Mark were able to encourage me. I can’t tell you how many people I have helped learn to snowboard, got equipment for, or just was a friend to them along the way, but it’s probably a fairly large number. Since my Dad has decided to take his last chair, and last run for what could be the rest of his life I will continue to hope that he will come back for one more day, one more chair, and one more run. I did gain a new family member to share my winter life and that’s my Nephew Jackie. Jackie is now my snowboard partner in crime, he is beginning what I hope will be a lifelong activity that will carry him through the years. My hope for Jackie is that he will be able to encourage, help, and meet new people along the way. I also hope that he will remember the times that we have, and will spend on the hill like I do with my Dad. Life will pass you by, and you need to make time to stop and enjoy the things that you have been given in the moment, because they will undoubtedly come to an end at some point. Thank you Dad for giving me all the years that we have spent together on the same chair and the same trail, always being able to make one last run and go home safely.
  17. 10 points
    Looks sick James, have fun! To others: James can bend any board. He's like the Chuck Norris of alpine. When he pushes a board, the earth curves around him.
  18. 10 points
    one of the best shot so far to be uploaded to the montucky google drive
  19. 10 points
    I could fill this page with superlatives to describe todays festivities, but alas, I still wouldn't be able to capture the magic and majesty of what transpired today. Instead, I will keep it simple, succinct, and monosyllabic: Wow. Fantastic crew out today, In alphabetical order, we where Carvin' Marvin, D.T., Ice, Inky, Lonbordin, (riding 2 miles above his regular elevation at Paoli, well done sir!) Ms. Shelli, Yamafumi, and myself. It is so cool when a crew comes together, syncs up, creates an energy all of it's own, and begins feeding on that energy. I have been lucky to have experienced this a few times in my lifetime, today being one of those. I am looking forward to experiencing this again, again, and again. Stoke was off of the charts. After jacking myself up pretty good 5 weeks ago, I approached today with no small amount of trepidation, wondering If I would be able to ride at the same level and aggression as prior. A few turns in, I realized that any worry was unfounded, I knew I was going to have an outstanding day. Cannot wait to do it again. Thanks to all of you riding with me today, It was a much needed and overdue catharsis. I feel goooood... mario
  20. 9 points
    So, I'm finishing a run at my local hill and a very young woman ahead of me in the lift line says "Oh you're The Beautiful One who has been "paint-brushing" the hill with your hands!" She totally caught me off-guard with that comment, I mean how do you respond to that? The best part though, was the fact that my wife and two good friends were standing next to me when she said it. So I was called The Beautiful One the rest of the day.
  21. 9 points
    New Coiler quiver. 162 x 19.5 9m SCR Contra 178 x 20.5 11m SCR Contra 169 x 27.5 8/10/9 SCR BXFR The 162 graphic is a tribute to my favorite snowboard graphic ever, the mid '90s Rossignol Throttle.
  22. 9 points
    Discaimer: Tongue firmly planted in cheek here. How will we let each other know how awesome we are if we cannot boast over burritos at breakfast before, or beers in the bahr after?I Mario
  23. 9 points
    Just checked USASA National Rankings for SL and GS. Big congrats to Jack on being first in his Division for both disciplines! Shame we were not competing in Copper this week!
  24. 9 points
    Good lord yes - see my avatar. I think that was at Okemo. My most rewarding day at my local hill (Bousquet in Pittsfield, MA on fresh groom over decent base for once) was when I came to the bottom and the lift had shut down. I asked the liftie what was wrong and he said: "Nothing - I just didn't want the people on the chairs to miss you." An hour later the whole slope was shut down and I asked the patrolman what had happened and he told me the trenches were getting so many complaints they had to re-groom. Most satisfying.
  25. 9 points
    Since you asked! Board on the left is a BXFR 158 CM long 24cm wide 10 to 12 vsr with the "slice" technology powder nose and tail. This is for the Wife built with soft flex at 125 lbs. She has another BXFR from Bruce that she loves this one is bigger in length and side cut radius. Board on right is for me. 185 CM long 23.5 wide "Contra" Monster Powder Hybrid Carver. At least that was my thought when I discussed with Bruce. I have a "Contra" from last year just needed an all mountain version. Can't wait till Thursday. There's a third board that has not been photographed that is also for the wife a Donek Talon that was ordered @Montuky. This is the wife's first true Alpine Board she got a test drive @Montuky. The problem with my board fetish is now the wife has one. Custom boards just got twice as expensive. When I told her she officially has a quiver she quickly told me that it was her Harem.
  26. 9 points
    Discovery, MT riding with some of the Montucky Crew and the newest member X!
  27. 9 points
    Some gate training today with @Hardbootracer - 13 year old racer from Maine, currently #1 nationally in USASA Breaker Boys. Give him a follow on Instagram @hardbootracer. @TVR’s son!
  28. 9 points
    After much waiting I finally got to take Mark's Superconductor through the ringer at MCC. After one run I was already speccing out an order in my head. The thing absolutely rips. I was on Mark's stock orange board 19.1 cm wide, I believe. Edge transitions were super quick and the edge grip was as expected compared my 8rw (ample). I really liked the snappiness and sportiness of it. Having ridden my 8rw almost exclusively this year I wasn't ready for how fast the Super was ready to come around and it almost took me for a ride (see turn 3 in the gif below). By the 3rd or 4th run I felt completely in tune with it and starting doing my best supermoto impressions getting the nose completely off the snow mid-turn. The stock board felt a little soft for me, but it was not easy overpowered by my 210 lb gorillaness. It's no secret, but I really like these boards. Everything is just so mindless and automatic once it clicks. This frees me up to think about things like what I'm having for dinner or making airplane noises. NEEEEEEEERRROOOOOOOWWWWWWWW. I feel like the only consideration I have to make is what kind of turn I want to make then it just kinda happens.
  29. 9 points
    The LCI representing at MCC! Please excuse the amateur hour editing and intermittent heaving breathing. D.T. was also there ripping it up with us, but he is one of those professional types and had some important business to attend to while we filmed. As you can tell, it was pretty nice out there.
  30. 9 points
    Hey boys and girls! Here is two 4k montage of our trip to "Le Massif". A nice sunny day with great snow and an incredible view of the St-Laurence River... Enjoy
  31. 9 points
    Why the Contra: When I read that Bruce was going to slow down, I jumped at the chance to get board that I was thinking about for quite awhile. I simply asked Bruce for a board that would turn tighter than my Nirvana (10.5/12.7/12) for steep, icy, narrow runs, particularly when riding centered! I was looking for another Nirvana, Bruce steered me towards the Contra, trusting him paid off in spades! As a frame of reference I'll compare my Nirvana Balance 171 with an approximate SCR of 10.5/12.7/12, I say approximate as Bruce explained to me that this board was made by hand. The Contra 166 has 148cm of effective edge and a Side Cut depth of a 10.5m SCR. Bruce sent these SCR numbers as a guideline for me: 15 nose - 9.5 front foot - 11 between the feet - 10 rear foot - 16 tail, done on a depth equal to approx 10.5m SCR. The actual Contra SCR is what I call Coiler PFM 'Pure Frickin' Magic!" Green Runs - Getting to Know the Contra. The first run on the Contra 166cm was my first run of the year, not a lot of snow means limited places to ride. So day one was on a Green run with super soft hero snow. There was zero getting used to turning the board, the centered technique that I prefer, as my best guess, meant that I did not feel any change in turn initiation at all. Turning the new SCR for me felt very natural, zero pause or change in technique that I had heard about. Doing easy casual turns on the Contra, on a Green run, made the board feel very similar to my Coiler Nirvana - Balance; it would be hard to tell the difference if I didn't know the build details. I mainly noticed the damp, smooth feeling of the metal and rubber magic that Bruce creates. Not sure, but it seemed like the new Coiler of magic rubber and metal was even more damp than my older coiler. The first time I felt something special about this SCR was doing toe and heel laydowns, where you don't get back up type Euro carves at the very bottom of the Green run. The snow was so soft that it is my guess that most of my boards would blow out of the carve as the really soft snow created trench's silly deep. The Contra 166 was able to make tight turns on the way down the run, then make a big swooping EC type laydown turn, on flat ground in really soft snow, and kept on carving like you were tracking on good, firm corduroy!! Really fun! Blue Runs - Pushing harder, the Contra feels like a trusted old Friend! When compared to my Nirvana 171 the Contra 166 turns much tighter, but not so tight that it drives you crazy or tires you out. It turns sharp enough that you can play with the natural rolls and banks in a run that are fun to slash a carve off of. If you let the board run and draw bigger arcs it does very well at holding the speed of a bigger carve, not as good as my Nirvana, but very good. Early season conditions have been a bit weird, one day in particular was characterized by a couple inches of soft stuff on top of hard stuff, mixed in with areas where the bottom seems to drop out; makes a guy think twice about making a hard turn where you might auguring the nose in deep and go over the handle bars! In these conditions the Contra requires less energy to stay in a turn and you can ride it in a surfy manner off of your rear foot. Riding off of the rear foot works great and felt very safe in crap snow conditions. I noticed quite a difference between the Nirvana and the Contra when making a turn while pressuring or standing hard on the front foot in firm snow. The Nirvana's 10.5 nose will turn quickly and hard, but at times might over turn too tightly if you get stuck too far forward, making it pretty tricky to make turns like EC turns, etc. I found that the Contra would also turn very tight, but would not over turn, it just kept on tracking a nicely shaped turn, pretty darn good for linking a couple of EC turns here and there. Crazy, turns sharper, but made bigger turns a bit easier! I think that the 3 part SCR of the Nirvana feels a more dramatic change in it's turn shape when weighting fore and aft, while the multiple SCR of the Contra feels like it is bending in a more even or symmetrical shape when centering your weight or when weighting a little more fore and aft. The Contra loves to be ridden centered, but is more forgiving if you get caught with a bit more weight on the front or back foot. The Contra SCR responds quickly for a decambered board as the tightest turning happens right at your feet. You get an efficient feel when turning, it feels like the board is not fighting itself to find an arc. When riding in a more passive way, the board feels so easy to ride. At the same time when pushing as hard as my old body could, the board would bend and rebound with the 'pop' of a fun glass board. When making a big swooping EC type laydown turn, on flat ground in very firm hero snow the Contra could make a moderately sized laydown turn that could complete almost 3/4 of a full circle! Super Size the Width I guess I pushed Bruce quite a bit with regards to his design/building data on Waist Width. I didn't realize just how much asking for a wider carve specific carve board pushed him. The trick for Bruce was to successfully go from the 20ish wide protos to a 24 wide final product when his core tolerance is +/-.03mm which is just over .001" My build was stalled as a result as he kept second guessing himself. In the end his build ideas for a wider carver worked perfect! If you prefer a wider carver, don't hesitate as Bruce has it down and the results are awesome! Custom Coiler Logo A big thank you to Nick 'Technick' for his help creating a custom Coiler logo, it was a fun process and he was a pleasure to work with Bottom Line If I could take only one alpine board to a resort that I had never been to before and I didn't know whether the runs would be steep or flat, wide or narrow, icy or soft .... this is the board I would take! The Contra 166 is a 'riders' board that is just so damn much fun at times I forget how old I am. Thanks Bruce Rob Edit: Trying to articulate how the Contra and Nirvana SCR feel different, both really nice, but different inspired a quick edit. I was switching between the two boards for fun and curiosity and have more time on both boards back to back this season. While riding on a short, flat and slow CAT track and initiating turns you could feel the following: Contra - Feels like the toes and heels grab onto the snow ... followed by a feeling that the tip and tail bend around the feet evenly. Nirvana - Feels like the toes and heels grab onto the snow ... followed by a feeling the the nose of the board grabs and steers the nose in either direction with the tail following.
  32. 9 points
    1993 Burton prototype with the anti-chatter disco platter aka: "dog bone".
  33. 9 points
    30 years between softies is quite the record! You should see a doctor for any "stiffness" lasting more than 4 hours.
  34. 9 points
    Whats it matter? Most of you guys are ancient equipment anyways!
  35. 9 points
    I had some deliveries last week...
  36. 9 points
    Hello everyone, Very interesting this post and this debate on the EC even if it is true that the question is very badly put, there are no good / bad style of carving, there are some who prefer freestyle, others freeride, others race, others EC etc.... still it is necessary to manage to make correctly backflipe in freestyle or backside lying in Extremecarving... First of all, my name is Seb Henri and I am an Extremecarving Instructor, I am based in France and I do Camps in France, Europe, China, Japan etc... I meet many people with different levels, different mentalities and different riding desires. The goal is above all to have fun while riding, that's the most important thing. The big mistake is to want to compare Extremecarving to another form of practice of snowboarding, for example Race is a technique to go as fast as possible down the track through imposed gates, in Freeride it's to take the most beautiful and dangerous slope line, in halfpipe, in boardercross, in freestyle, in Extremecarving... all is different. The race, the Carving and the Extremecarving do not have the same objective and therefore a different technique with a different desire. Personally I ride in hardboots and softboots and I love doing everything, flat, carving, little jumps, faki, EC and of course I will adapt my technique which will be totally different. The most important thing is the pleasure of riding Making beautiful curves, linking frontside and backside turns lying with the head 2cm from the snow, sensations guaranteed while controlling its direction and speed especially on black slopes, and all with outstanding precision, that's why many people want to try the ExtremeCarving. Seb
  37. 9 points
    I can finally contribute to this topic:
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    Finally adding my 2 cents to the thread... I think the future of recreational alpine is as a progression from softboot carving. The on-ramps for new alpine riders are either racing or softboot carving, and racing doesn't have the scale to even replace attrition. Youth racing in most locations is dominated by skiing programs. Look for all the "XXX ski team" jackets on any weekend. If your community has any snowboard racing, it's most likely the occasional BX or banked slolom competition. There might be a snowboard "freestyle team" to put kids into, but the number of communities that offer *any* snowboard racing where alpine gear has an advantage is just too small to grow the sport. For equipment niches to flourish or at least survive, customers have to want it because it offers some advantage over other available equipment. There has to be a reason to progress into that equipment, be it specialized auto, motorcycle, biking, boating, ... or skiing and snowboarding. So what does alpine snowboarding offer a young person that's not interested in PGS or GS snowboard races? Carving progression. Some softboot snowboarders will find that they like the feeling of carving turns. Some will throw money at wider boards and try to do it duck stance. Some will learn that narrower boards with forward binding angles make it easier and work better for them. Some of us here just like hardboots over softboots, but IMHO, most of us have both and use hardboots to enable higher binding angles on narrower boards. It's about the boards and the carving progression they allow, not the choice of footwear. We choose plates and hardboots because they are the board interface that works best at high angles. Softboot carving *is* a growing niche within snowboarding. That's the future market for apline gear, the softboot carvers that want to progress to narrower boards when their progression on wide boards plateaus. The success of softboot carving is not the death of alpine. I think it's the feeder to maintain a market for alpine gear. Yes, when aging alpine riders "progress" to softboot carving, it looks like we're losing ground. But based on volume, there's more potential for young softboot carvers to come the other way because that's where the love of the carve is growing new participants. This forum is for alpine enthusiasts, but clearly our own community illustrates the synergy and overlap. Alpine is a niche in a *growing* carving community. The growth of the carving community at large is the future of alpine.
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    I picked up a DJI Mavic Mini Drone a couple weeks ago and have been busy learning the best uses for it. I was flying it toward a covered bridge in southern Vermont when a bald eagle flew under the drone. I did a couple dozen screenshots from the video and created this composite shot.
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    a Cool shot from Masahiko Sato...
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    Ok @1xsculler, I think it's time we had: "the talk". When water vapor, cold temperature and nucleators love each other, baby snowflakes are born. And on the scale of 1 to 10 powder is the 11 (or the 12 if it is Utah powder). The reason we get powder at all is because God loves snowboarders. It's true! I have never personally seen powder before the early 70's. And every day that a snowboarder doesn't ride pow, a kitten dies. Focus on what you are passionate about, but adapting that passion to your conditions goes a long way towards achieving satisfaction, on the whole, with snowboarding.
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    Riding my LaCroix Skwal @ Mt. Ashland a couple days ago. First lifty tells me I can't ride with only 1 ski on. Still dubious after I pointed out the second binding and made me wait while he called his supervisor... Get to the top and lifty did a full stop thinking I dropped my other ski. Had another Lifty seriously question my "homemade" ski and tried to bar me from riding. I googled Skwals to show him that they actually do exist. Clipping in at the top in front of a snowboard lesson group several of them wondered what in the world my Skwal is. The instructor confidently informed them it was a very old school "UniSki"
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    Just came in the mail from canada ....... I really loved the board Jasey-Jay built for me so I got another one with exact same spec in longer length and SCR. JJA boards are one of the best board out there IMO. I love my Oxess (s) but JJA tops it.
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    My oh my... Look what was waiting for me upon my return from Montucky! 194cm big T4 Contra 18-25m scr 210mm waist I hope it fits in the gondola tomorrow!
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    I'm so lucky... There's quite a bit of discussion that can be had about Loveland as a carving destination. But all of that discussion is moot when you factor in the Loveland carving crew. The LCI is probably the greatest concentration of phenomenal carvers in North America. Not only are they great people to carve with and improve your carving they are also great people to have a beer with after carving. Thanks to all I rode with today I had a blast. Mahalo- Dave
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    On the chair: A little ski racer, having a break from training and just riding with his dad, was asking the dad about different types of snowboarding. Dad listed them to the best of his ability and finaly mentions Slalom snowboards (not looking at me on the far side of the chair). Kids eyes go big: "Do slalom snowboards even exist?!" I just tapped the kid on the shoulder and lifted my OES SL
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    Prinoth Groomers North America will be providing an extra groomer and operator for the 2020 MCC. Thank you so very much to Prinoth for the most excellent support!
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    https://www.canadasnowboard.ca/en/blog/?id=1332 Quick interview with "The Great One" of snowboard racing.

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