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philw last won the day on January 7

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    Ski Rossendale
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    software & other stuff
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    Kessler 156 SL
    Powder boards as available...
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    Atomic Backland Carbon
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    F2 Race Ti
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  1. Well yes. I learned where hard gear makes snowboards work very well. My "out West" mates don't even need to ride in the sort of conditions I thought were "good". Once you learn, skill can make up the difference, either way. That said, there's also a significant fashion influence which affects this type of thing. My evidence is be rear-entry ski boots, and MTB use in the Fens.
  2. I'd fly out there to play, but I suspect the logistics of that may be practically impossible, in terms of getting out of my country, transit somewhere or other, and then getting into a virus-free country. I think the world noticed before that Jacinda Ardern isn't daft.
  3. I started with France, close to the UK and well marketed here. It's an obvious place for "Alpine Snowboarding". Later I discovered Powder magazine and therefore the US and Canada and the helicopters there. I tend to end up revisiting the same resorts a fair bit, but with the good ones does make sense. I have walked over Vitosha in the summer, also spent summer time in the observatory above Pamporovo, plus I've been to a bunch more ski resorts in the summer for whatever reason. I guess you can see why there may be different perspectives on things. ------ Austria: Goldeck, Sölden, Ishgl Canada : Golden, Norquay, Sunshine, Lake Louise, Whistler, Mike Wiegele, Sun Peaks, Silver Star, Big White, Adamants, Purcell, Powder Mountain Whistler, Revelstoke, Hemlock Valley, Cypress, Grouse, Terrace, Panorama, Kimberly France: Meribel, Tignes, Avoriaz, Val Thorens, Alpe d'Huez, Val d'Isere, Courchevel, Les Deux Alpes, Le Flegre, Praz d'Arly, Les Arcs, La Plagne, Chamonix Finland: Serena Ski Helsinki Iceland: Siglufjörður Italy: Andalo, Cervinia Norway: Folgefonna, Stryn Spain: La Molina, Masella Switzerland: Haute Nendaz, Verbier, Zermatt United Kingdom: Nevis Range, Aviemore, Royston Golf Course United States: Winter Park, Brian Head, Brighton, Solitide, Snowbird, Powder Mountain, Taos, Breckenridge, Vail, Beaver Creek, Arapahoe, Keystone,
  4. (Just waiting to be unlocked...) I think it's also worth remembering that much of non-novice snowboarding has a fairly uncertain future. Take half-pipe, for example: once very much something for kids to aspire to, now I've not seen anyone in a pipe for years. Parks.. well they are still there, but I'm unsure they're really significant outside the magazines. Magazines... not much of a future there, I'd say. The more balletic type of snowboarding... really that stuff comes and goes, but broadly it's not relevant for most participants. Dropping cliffs... same thing. I think then that it's probably a mistake to view the world this way at all. If you were a competent skier who could rail a turn or two, you could maybe worry about the fact that most skiers aren't competent, and perhaps end up thinking that "competent skiing" is dying a death. That would probably be wrong. Carving's hugely healthy taken across the world, with the far east leading the charge at the moment. Maybe this is actually the golden age.
  5. If you look at old videos you can see how people were riding. They were certainly good, but they were not generally all that good by today's standards. Arm-waving through to Craig's knee-tuck, we were trying hard to get that old gear to perform. Personally I can't' see me ever going back to skiing. Well I suppose I might if they make hard boots on snowboards illegal or something
  6. Each to their own. It's funny. Here in the UK cars were almost all manual until very recently; automatic cars were looked at as a weird American thing. There were very few automatic cars around here. Those we did have typically had three gears and were significantly more expensive to buy than their more efficient manual equivalents. The only place most UK people came across automatics was when renting them in the US or elsewhere. There was definitely a sneery attitude here to automatics, which were seen as expensive, slow, and not for "real" drivers, whatever they may be. To me, those US rental cars made sense on American roads, but not here, where roads are very different. All my own cars were manual as were those of everyone I know. Until the PDK came along. Seven speeds and embarrassingly quicker than the manual alternative. Our motoring journalists are very traditional - the last time I looked they were still mostly reviewing manual gearbox cars and insisting that those are what "real drivers" should be driving. I suppose their predecessors bemoaned the arrival of Synchromesh in a similar manner. I find the PDK really good, and don't feel any reduction in control. I'm not sure exactly what they're doing with the management system, but it's tuned so that you can control things very well simply with your right foot. The paddles are there, but I use them much less than I'd have expected. Each to their own, but I don't hanker for the old stuff.
  7. I like the idea of being on the dark side of the dark side... people who are "mainstream" feel safe and comfortable and try to get others to conform to their approach. I'm not like them, so I don't care if they choose to ride slow snowboards. As far as riding style.. I suppose I'm about as far away from the super-narrow-stance chuck-yourself-at-the-snow people as I am from the cowboy-stance rail-riders. But most snowboarders are holiday skier types and happy to bumble about, mostly side-slipping, with little ambition to ride hard or fast. I would like to think that I'm in a different group, which isn't defined by footwear or being cool. My mates ride well, almost all of them on soft gear, although no one ever talks about gear. I do think those guys are right to focus on racing, although not particularly because you need good boots to do it, just because it's about being able to ride well. Racing isn't fashion dependent like half-pipes and rails, most of which seem underused where they still exist. Or "tricks" even, which may appear cool to 13 year old lads but not to the rest of the world.
  8. It's a selective and unrepresentative anecdote. If you're familiar with the NHS in Wales, then you'd know that hospitals don't work individually. Here's the top level data. The NHS's advice (see below, my bold) suggests those who are most at risk. Individual NHS clinicians aren't statisticians and they will only see patients triaged into their care, which is why we collect and use data. If I sound like I care then possibly that's because my software collects and collates some of these data. source
  9. My season was somewhat truncated, so it's not a high score for me this time... Kessler 156 SL One day only. I rode the last day of the season at Vail Resorts' Whistler... mostly on Blackcomb but also the other side a bit. The venerable Kessler was doing its thing, leaving pretty much everyone behind. It was bitterly cold, but quiet, on-piste snow was perfect, off-piste wind hammered. Fast but versatile and playful. Burton Skeleton Key 154 Probably the previous season's model, I'm not sure. This one's a keeper - it's a bit like the Dump Truck I own except a bit prettier and more pointy. Taper, set back, stuff you want in powder. Not like the Flight Attendent and similar Burton boards, the style of which doesn't work well for me.
  10. I'd be a bit careful with that quote, which can be misleading without significant qualification. Spiegelhalter has a good summary including UK stats on risk versus age from ICL. I have worked with them and their data is NHS, absolutely everyone' in the country is included. https://medium.com/wintoncentre/how-much-normal-risk-does-covid-represent-4539118e1196 If your point is that no one's guaranteed to survive, that's certainly true. However that risk increases with age, and this has not changed. Spiegelhalter points out that the ICL risks are "averages". So for example if you're on the Long Term Conditions register, your risk is significantly higher, which is why those 1.5M people are getting special care at present. Unless something changes, sooner or later we're all going to get it, but the risks are not the same for everyone.
  11. The last one. Well that's probably not quite correct, it's just the one I can remember best. With hindsight I should have taken another run, as it was minutes later that Vail Resorts closed everything down. This one below was quite good - decent powder, a slope which is actually about to get very steep, and three friends trying to video each other . There was a snow-snake which I hit about a second after this which caused a sharp turn I'd not anticipated. The result was that Ken (in orange) had to swerve, resulting in him and Jim colliding harmlessly in a big cloud of powder. It's always easier to remember the runs you've images of.
  12. Apologies if it's already in the thread, but it kind of depends quite a lot on how you define "mortality rate". The percentage of all deaths in which the virus is subsequently found would be one metric. Another could be the percentage of people you tested who subsequently died. It's easy to see that these will produce vastly different answers depending on a nation's specific approach and circumstances. Without considerably more sophistication you're not going to be able compare different metrics gathered in different ways. I'd be more interested in looking at trends in specific country metrics, where you know that a country has or has not changed methodology (of data collection or process). Comparing the rates of change in different countries is probably more useful than comparing absolute numbers too.
  13. There's other stuff in there too. I read an NYT analysis comparing 1918 with this one which chimes with that. The UK government "fluffed" the original media relations on this whole concept. The Murdoch press (think "Fox News") picked up on what they called "herd immunity" and used it as a negative ("the establishment thinks we're a herd") to try to suppress anti-pandemic action. The government realized that this was of secondary importance so stopped talking about it, so we could all get on with doing what needed to be done. However it's still an issue. If this is remotely like 'flu or the "common cold", then we'll be waiting a long time for an effective vaccine. Which means broadly that we're all going to get it... the only issue is when, and how good is the care available at that point. I think care will get significantly better, as we learn more about the wee beastie.
  14. Makes sense. I suppose they scale boots to cope with the square/cube business, but it's still probably easier to make a smaller boot for lower loads. Also long boards are likely somewhat different to drive.
  15. Good point. 62kgs/ 1.75m, so not remotely large. My Kessler SL is the 156 which is perfect for my weight.
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