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Dan last won the day on May 9 2019

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  • Location
    Beautiful Portland, OR
  • Home Mountain/Resort?
    Mt. Hood Meadows
  • Occupation?
    Market research w/ an IT focus
  • Current Boards in your Quiver
    O-sin 4807 178 x 2, O-sin 3800 168, Oxygen Proton 172, Oxygen F-67, Sims Burner 188, Coiler Mini Monster 182, Voile 172 split (I think it's a Mountain Spirit?), Prior 4WD 169, Garage freeride board (162?)
  • Current Boots Used?
    Raichles AF700, 27.0 cm
  • Current bindings and set-up?
    Catek WC and fabulous TD2s! Ride plates on pretty much everything, though I used softies a bit in the 2010 season for hiking. Now I have a split with plate bindings, so I'm back to no softbooting. Stance width is 19.5 inches on everything, with angle
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  1. Agreed, I'm on the lookout for donors, but no luck yet...
  2. We get Valentine's Day back!
  3. YESSS! I've been hoping someone would post this shot. The groom looks great!
  4. Hi Aaron! Thanks very much for that perspective. I so rarely have anyone around who can critique what I'm doing that I really haven't thought much about how I ride for quite awhile. This is really interesting to hear...I thought I was being "dynamic", LOL. I'm wondering if that's the difference between me and people who are really smooth riders -- I'm going to keep this in mind as I ride in the future. On a related note, noschoolrider offered to give me some pointers if I can catch up with him at Bachelor - hoping to make that happen this spring and maybe I can put together some of the advice and new ideas that I'm getting into something resembling a coherent whole Also, sorry to hear about your back! You don't ride like you have old injuries, that's for sure.
  5. Hi Mr.E, sorry, I missed your comment initially. I ride with it often, but I've trimmed the weight - now it usually has just a little bit of water (half-liter or less) and possibly an extra layer. Having said that, I think I need to get rid of it entirely when I'm carving, and am moving in that direction.
  6. Welcome to the forum Zipfit! I'm always happy to see a manufacturer pay attention to our very niche market. As you probably know, we are definitely willing to spend money to fine tune our setups - I look forward to riding some alpine-snowboard-specific Zipfits one day down the road!
  7. Hell yeah, thanks for the pics folks! Keep 'em coming!
  8. So, here's a quick update. The neighborhood gym down the street from me suggested a personal trainer, who is a very chill guy and is also the state record holder for squat, bench and deadlift at 163 lbs. I told him about my lower back issues and let him know I wanted to strengthen the area, and I thought squat and deadlift would be good, as well as whatever else he suggested. He put me through some unweighted assessment exercises and the upshot was that I pretty much do everything with my lower back. When I do exercises that should draw on glutes, back, and core, I'm relying almost exclusively on the lower back. This rang pretty true to me. So the short story is that I probably have sub-optimal snowboard setup leading to sub-optimal riding posture - per feedback received here. That puts me in a posture where I need to compensate, and I'm doing most/all of that with the lower back, instead of those other muscle groups that might be able to share the load. So I definitely need to do a two-prong approach of revisiting my setup as well as spending some time in the gym, and getting those supporting muscles activated / engaged as well as building strength. So, with all that on my mind, I went up to Timberline yesterday. That's right, I'm too fragile to go ride at Libby, but I figured Timberline was fine -- it's pretty flat there anyway when the upper mountain is closed. I tried to think about posture and actually had one turn where I felt like my glutes were working, which was the first time I've ever had that sensation. I'm still prone to slip into old habits though and I left with a slightly sore lower back, but no major issues. Net net, I have lots to work on, between getting my setup dialed, figuring out how to recruit those other muscles, and then overall strengthening, but I think I'm headed the right direction.
  9. Dan

    Good Old Powder Days

    Weekend pow days are a circus on Mt. Hood now, and most midweek days are the same...but occasionally a midweek powder day that comes after an extended storm cycle will still slip under people's radar. Spring powder days are also more manageable than Jan/Feb.
  10. If a carver carves a turn and doesn't post a long rub-in thread with many photos on ASB, did it really happen? (i.e., "Where are the damn photos already?!")
  11. Hi Teach, looks good! Here are mine, no chunks missing, just a little dirt. I'll PM you with my address.
  12. WANT! But can't really justify it at the moment, alas. Looks like a sweet setup, some lucky guy will have fun with it.
  13. I haven't skied since I was a child and was never good enough to rock a monoski, but when I see people use them, it looks like they combine the bad points of skiing and snowboarding without much benefit. Am I wrong about that? Having said that, I have deep respect for anyone that can tear it up on a monoski - it looks hard!
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