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Jack M

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    Sugarloaf
  • Home Mountain/Resort?
    Sugarloaf
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    Software Developer, Photographer
  • Current Boards in your Quiver
    Kessler Alpine 168, Kessler Custom Alpine 175, Kessler Alpine 185, vintage Coiler 196 SG, Winterstick BX166w
  • Current Boots Used?
    Mountain Slope Point .951 World Cup, Burton Driver X
  • Current bindings and set-up?
    Bomber TD3. 6 degree Toe lift on front foot, 3 degree heel lift on back foot. Now O-Drive
  • Snowboarding since
    1988
  • Hardbooting since
    1992

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  1. Sounds great, good luck! Just so you know, the biggest hardboot freecarving event in the US is happening January 31 to February 3. Details are here: https://forums.alpinesnowboarder.com/forum/93-montucky-clear-cut-2022/
  2. Thanks. Kinsje has been banned and flagged as a spammer. There are no users davi754 or greg33 either.
  3. Why compete in anything? Why not just step outside your door and time yourself running 26 miles instead of paying to enter a marathon? I guess I don't understand why someone who doesn't care about racing would post in this thread or even read it. Some people just want to compete. If it moves, it will be raced.
  4. She does compete in moguls. I don't think anyone cares to engage in that taxonomy. Your score in a mogul run is judged 50% on turns and line, 25% on jumps, and then 25% of the score is calculated from your time start to finish. Race training does not buy you much of anything in moguls. A racer cannot just hop in a mogul event and be competitive if they aren't already practicing in the moguls. However mogul skiers can transition to gates pretty quickly and successfully. That probably doesn't happen after high school though. I am biased but I would say good mogul skiers are the best all-around skiers. I would agree, I've been doing the Sugarloaf Banked Slalom for many years now (10??) and there was only 1 year where I felt hardboots were an advantage. I do it in hardboots just because I'm better at it in hardboots. And to be that guy. BSL is basically single rider BX without jumps. (don't let that make you think it's easy though!) That actually existed briefly, but it was more wild than your description. It was a parallel GS for the first half, and then the two riders funneled in to a BX for the bottom half. I think it was part of the Jeep King of the Mountain series or something like that. It was on TV. I saw Chris Klug beat Jasey Jay in it once. At least I'm pretty sure it was JJ - I know it was Klug because Picabo Street was the commentator and she looked like she fell in love with Klug in the process. She just about licked his face in the post interview. I though the format should be called "Super-Y" for lack of a better term.
  5. Not quite. An alpine snowboard is a snowboard. One must know how to snowboard to ride an alpine snowboard. If one learns to ride an alpine snowboard with hardboots first, they will be able to switch to a freeride snowboard with softboots and ride it well. A good softboot carver can try an alpine setup and do quite well on day one. A skier cannot just put on a snowboard and go ride at a level anywhere near their skiing. Skis are not snowboards, just like a car is not a motorcycle. This is why skiers and snowboarders don't compete against each other, they are different skills and different sports. And anyway, If softbooters really wanted to race gates without hardbooter riff raff, don't you think a softboot-only race series would have been established by now? Seems like the interest and demand simply isn't there in any significant way. I also don't think people would enjoy it - imagine dealing with race ruts at full speed on softboots. If you did somehow establish softboot-only gate racing at the world cup/olympic level, you'd just end up with people modifying their softboots in search of more speed and better carves. Just like how the Korean softboot carvers are reinforcing their boots with plastic tongues and internal battens and whatnot, running stiff molded liners, and adding lace-up braces over the liners. 3rd straps would come back, unless you banned them. And then would you put limits on board length? Because if not, the boards used for GS would get longer and longer until they were probably around 185cm. There would be plates, if not banned. So ultimately the hardboot ban would be purely cosmetic, in other words, a joke. The equipment used in gate racing would bear little resemblance to freeride equipment. Someone interested in this new "softboot" racing would need to buy a whole other "racing" setup, if they want to be competitive. And now we're back to square one. I think what you really want is a "run what ya brung" type beer league. You're in luck, that already exists. But if a good hardbooter shows up, you're probably not getting a gold medal. Oh well.
  6. Nobody is saying that can't exist, and it does in BX and BSL. I'm just saying USASA, as the pathway to FIS, needs to include hardboots. And hardbooters are still a tiny minority in USASA anyway. Most of the time many of the age groups do end up being softboots-only. I think that's true whether hardboots are involved or not. $1500 for a Donek B1. C'est la vie.
  7. Not hard, more like impossible. You would have to somehow limit overall equipment spending then, not just hardboots. Because the kid on brand new top-shelf gear is going to beat the kid on the 3 year old beater low-tech gear, all else equal. Check out a Little League game sometime. There will be a number of kids swinging $500 composite bats. Several years ago I went to a coaching lecture given by Bob Bigelow, the only Massachusetts native NBA first round draft pick. He said how youth sports and parents collectively lost their minds the day that Tiger Woods became the youngest Masters' winner at the age of 21 in 1997, and Nike ran a commercial showing him driving a golf ball at age 4. You might be interested in Bob's books. https://www.bobbigelow.com/solve-youth-sports-problems.htm That's kind of offensive. The talent has to be there. I get it, a kid with talent but no money is out of luck, but, life's not fair. A kid with money and no talent is not going anywhere either.
  8. https://www.sugarloaf2030.com/west-mountain-expansion This is as much about real estate as terrain, but this could give Sugarloaf a real increase in good carving terrain with a nice intermediate slope of which Sugarloaf currently doesn't have much. The new lift should be constructed next summer (2022).
  9. Thanks for the kind words, AA. It already is and has been for a while. Skiing is the same way if not worse. That goes for racing and freestyle. The guardrails you would need to implement would have to limit not just equipment but also training and travel. It's simply not going to happen. The reality, generally speaking, is that beyond the "weekend program" or USASA level, a teen is simply not going to be competitive if they are not attending a private academy, training on hill 6 days a week, and traveling around the country to events. On-snow summer camps give another advantage. After all those expenses, adding a couple of plates to your bag is a rounding error. At that point the difference between a used pair of UPZs and a new pair of Mountain Slopes is negligible. It takes money. A lot of it. Or a ton of work, sacrifice, and creative fundraising, a la Justin Reiter living in his truck. If you cannot pay to play at the NorAm and FIS levels, you can stay in USASA and NASTAR your whole life as a weekend warrior. Nothing wrong with that at all, it's fun. It's just an expensive sport. Like horses or sailing or motorsports. Even more traditional sports like hockey and soccer become prohibitively expensive at the elite level.
  10. There is lots of youth and highschool softboot racing in USASA, which is why we support them through subscriptions and advertising on this forum. It's part of our Mission Statement. In fact, USASA gets more participation in gates than halfpipe. January 2020 USASA Maine Mountain GS. The only other event that day was SL. There was no freestyle or BX event bringing this crowd. (picture does not contain the whole field) Of course one doesn't put it condescendingly if one wants to encourage kids to try racing on alpine gear. But it's a fact borne out in every race. All else equal, experienced kids on hardboots simply dominate. That is how the kids I help coach at Carrabassett Valley Academy came to be interested in hardboots - they went to nationals on softboots thinking they were all that, and got smoked by hardbooters. Because they are competitive by nature, they wanted a piece of that action. Others are ok with forfeiting to hardbooters because they only use racing as cross-training for boardercross. I think that would reinforce the perception that hardboots are weird or that they don't even exist. Younger kids in hardboots are typically new at hardboots, or they don't have the muscle to get the most out of them, and don't really have an advantage yet. Last year there was a new hardbooter in 7th grade at CVA. His parents are both teachers, and he was using free hand-me-down and purchased-used equipment. Hardly rich. He's into it and will have an advantage over other kids who come to hardboots later. A certain 15 year old we both know has been in hardboots since he was 7 and I think he's a great hope for US racing. I wouldn't call his family rich.
  11. It's ironic that we just doubled down on Sugarloaf and moved to a bigger condo there, but at the same time I wouldn't recommend anyone settle there, lol. Or anywhere else east of the Rockies for that matter. Unless of course you are tied to the region by family, like we are. In that case, it's a special place. There are many awesome groomer days where I simply don't need to be anywhere else. Summer is very quiet as there is no town of significant size within 45 minutes in any direction. That's both good and bad. Edit - then again... if you love the ocean, Maine is hard to beat. There aren’t many places you can live near the ocean and have one of your favorite mountains a two hour drive away. I think if I removed the ocean from my life I would need to get it back eventually. To the OP, I've also heard good things about Sun Valley, like it has perfect grooming and pitch top to bottom.
  12. i-carve is a platinum supporter and advertiser here. You may have seen their clearance sale listings stickied in the classifieds, or their banner ads. The service is great. daveo turned me on to them a couple years ago. Ivan sells at a significant discount so he probably isn't permitted to publish his prices. Just use the contact form or email store(at)i-carve.com and ask for a quote on what you want. Ivan is very responsive. Shipping is quick and reasonable via DHL, and the international payment is quick and inexpensive through wise.com. For F2 products I would look to yyzcanuck.com though.
  13. I-carve.com is another option for Mountain Slope. Personally, my favorite boots.
  14. Don't mind if I do! As some of you may recall, I had the good fortune to be needed as a chaperone for a ski camp there last summer. The closest thing we have to this in the east is Tuckerman Ravine. Imagine Tuck's bowl with two poma lifts. While Beartooth Basin is certainly not a destination resort, if you have any excuse to travel nearby (Red Lodge MT, Yellowstone) it would be well worth taking a detour to experience the Basin. Here's some pics from our trip: 1. View from Beartooth Pass 2. Beartooth Basin - it was a low snow year. Pic taken June 19, 2020. 3. wider view 4. the top 5. the bottom - there are no lift attendants at the bottoms of the lifts. GYO Poma. 6. some guy in a onesie 7. and other characters... 8. my daughter 9. 10. The Bear's Tooth - pointy spire in the middle: 11. We did some car skiing further up the pass and the kids built a jump. My daughter wanted to get a closer look at the bear's tooth: 12. I got in on the action... #raddad 13. Mountain goats. This place is pretty remote. You are like an hour from any kind of civilization in any direction. Which is why the ice cream truck where they sell the lift tickets has a sticker with a picture of a gun pointed at you and the words "we don't call 911". I felt like a UFO could land on one of these pastures, abduct a goat, take off, and nobody would believe me. 14. so I don't leave this at 13, a pic of the parking lot at the top. The basin is to the right.
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