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SWriverstone

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About SWriverstone

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    Alpine Ace

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  • Location
    Eugene, Oregon
  • Home Mountain/Resort?
    Not sure (Bachelor?)
  • Occupation?
    Marketing/Communications Director
  • Current Boards in your Quiver
    Donek Freecarve
  • Current Boots Used?
    Raichle 324s
  • Current bindings and set-up?
    TD-1's—old school and working great!
  • Snowboarding since
    2005
  • Hardbooting since
    2006

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  1. Thanks for the replies all. I'm riding ancient gear, but it still keeps me smiling and I haven't been able to afford to replace it yet. :-) Raichle 324 boots (with newer Deeluxe heat-molded linings), circa...uhh...2004? Donek Freecarve, also circa 2006-08? I think it's around 170cm. And here's the cymbal splash of old gear: TD-1 bindings! :-D Like I said, I have a ball on this gear so haven't felt any burning need to replace—and ignorance could well be bliss! (And I know I haven't even come close to being able to max out the potential of the Donek Freecarve.) I hear you Pat on the altitud
  2. Hi All! Count me as one who had to put serious, consistent carving on the back burner for the past few years due to family and work commitments. :-( I just spent 2 days, though, at Copper Mountain, CO carving my face off for the first time this year (woot!) It was absolutely glorious. Everyone in Colorado is griping about what a crappy winter it's been there, but it's WAY better than what we've had in Oregon (hopefully that's changing now). After exhausting myself on some steep, long blues, I discovered a super-long, wide, and (most importantly) empty green slope that was perfect for
  3. Hi All: I know this is ancient history, but I have a pair of TD-1's that are still going strong and work well for me (maybe I don't know what I'm missing, but these work great for me!). Alas, the little wire springs that hold the rear bails up/forward have worn out and become "flaccid." This makes it a pain to get back into the bindings (I have to reach down and hold up the bail while I slide my boot heel under it). I did contact Bomber...but figured I'd post up here too while waiting to hear from them—just in case anyone knows of a source for replacement springs that will work?
  4. Here's what I hope to find somewhere at Tahoe, LOL Alas, this video was shot at a resort in Japan—but it represents my IDEAL carving run. :-)
  5. Hi All: I'm going to have one day in the Lake Tahoe area (with a free place to stay in Incline Village—woohoo!) next week on Friday (maybe Saturday too—not sure). I've never been to Tahoe before so have no clue which of the seemingly countless resorts in that area offer the best carving runs? And in case my definition of "best carving runs" is different than others, I'll describe: My perpetual carving dream is what I experienced many years ago at SES in Aspen—Snowmass in particular: groomed slopes that went on forever, and (most importantly) many of the slopes were a quarter-m
  6. Forgot to add to my post above: if anyone has tips for how to quickly get up again after falling in deep powder, I'd love to hear them! Because it seems to me to be a bit like getting up on a slalom water ski after you've dropped the tow rope and the boat is gone. (Damn near impossible in deep powder!) Scott
  7. Well, it's been an experience. I put my plates on my freeride board and rode that way yesterday. It helped---by late yesterday I was getting some decent carves and feeling like I knew what I was doing. But that was also because the snow backed off and the slopes got more packed-down. This morning we arrived to find another foot of powder had fallen overnight. I took the lift up to do a run down a blue/green combination. Deep powder at the top and the side thirds of the slopes. I barreled into it, tried to stay loose, and promptly fell. It took 5-7 minutes of exhausting flailing to get back up
  8. Great info---and it makes perfect sense that you can't really "carve" in deep loose stuff (which is why I was such debris the first day). It's worth mentioning that if 99% of your experience is on icy boilerplate in the Mid-Atlantic region, trying to ride in powder is pretty much a completely different sport--and I feel like I'm starting from scratch. Very humbling! (Like paddling whitewater the first time when all you've ever done is paddle flatwater your whole life.) My plates are on my freeride board now---so I'm ready to try again with that setup tomorrow! (My board is a circa 2007 Ross
  9. Latest from Bachelor: pretty much the whole mountain is shut down due to raging high winds, so we're skipping today (had a good time with the tots just hauling them up the hill a short distance and letting them ski down). I did one short hike-up run with my softboots and was not into it---they actually weren't as comfortable as my hardboots, and softboot bindings were totally Rube Goldberg after being used to plates. I might rent a powder board for tomorrow, but either way I'm definitely going with plates on the freeride board! Scott
  10. Thx for the replies everyone---and awesome vid Philw! Was that at Bachelor? (Don't remember seeing any helicopters there...) And were you riding in hardboots or soft? You are now officially my inspiration, LOL I think today's plan will be to give my freeride board a try (although I honestly don't know whether it's a freeride or freestyle board? But it's far wider than my carving board. What I'm still not sure of is whether I should put my plates on the freeride board? Or just ride in softboots with similar angles? Depending on how today goes, I might rent a powder board for tomorrow. Stay
  11. So the family came to Mt. Bachelor today---my first time carving (or trying to) this year, and first time at a resort in the west. Our timing was lousy from my perspective---we've arrived in the middle of a big winter storm. Snowed like crazy all day today---and winds were blowing up to 50mph. Near whiteout conditions at times. My first run, down a blue, was a disaster. :-( Aside from not knowing the resort at all and the flat, whiteout conditions (zero ability to see any detail on the slope), there was 18-24" of loose powder covering the slopes, and it was piled up everywhere. Coming from
  12. Glad to hear the Portland media is saying it'll be a decent winter! I'll try to stay optimistic. Especially since the wife (who skis) and I just spent close to a $1K on new/replacement gear (including a new set of skis for her). And thx for the reminder to update my profile—done! :-) Scott
  13. Hi All... So I relocated from the east coast (West Virginia) to Eugene, Oregon this past spring. I was, of course, excited that I'd be within a reasonable drive to Mt. Bachelor and a few other resorts. But wouldn't you know as soon as I move to Oregon, it's the worst winter on record (2014-15)...and all the forecasts are pointing to this winter being just as bad (or worse). Last winter the small resorts of Willamette Pass and Hoodoo basically never opened all winter from lack of snow. They're probably going to be driven out of existence this winter. I'm bumming. I think my only pos
  14. Cool pic! And again---for the record---I like Ted Ligety and am in awe of what he's done. And his technique is an adaptation of previously-existing carving technique used by (not invented by) alpine hard boot snowboarders. Skiers have, of course, been carving for decades. But the style of carving with edges perpendicular to the slope and body almost fully laid-out horizontally along the slope mid-turn is a style popularized by alpine hard boot snowboarders. That is all. Scott
  15. Not making a mountain out of it Kieran...just saying the Times (and Ligety) are wrong to suggest he invented this technique. That's all. I mean heck, if nobody cared about getting facts straight, why shouldn't the NY Times just make things up? :) Yep---I pounced on "Snowfall" the day it was released---and it was incredibly innovative! I love it. The technique is known as "parallax," which is based on the general concept of a multi-layered web page where the timing and visibility of different layers is controlled by scrolling speed and position. I'm pretty sure it's all done with Javascript.
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