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About rwmaron


  • Location
    Duluth, MN
  • Home Mountain/Resort?
    Spirit Mtn
  • Occupation?
    Full Time Retiree and Spirit Mountain Ski Patroller
  • Current Boards in your Quiver
    Donek Custom Razor - 165
    Donek Slalom - 162
    Donek Incline - 165
    Prior AWD - 174
    Donek Freecarve II - 178
    Prior GS - 182
  • Current Boots Used?
    Track 225s with BTS (yellow) and intec heels.
    Track 325s with BTS (blue) and intec heels.
  • Current bindings and set-up?
    F2 Challenge Comp Step-ins
    F2 RS Carve Step-ins
  • Snowboarding since
  • Hardbooting since

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  1. Here’s what I know: - Our in-person patrol refresher has been cancelled (replaced by the national on-line version); - Patrol CPR training is scheduled for small groups starting 8/24; - Chair evac training planned but not yet scheduled; My sense is that current plans are to open in late November as usual. I’m not aware of any hard science that indicates increased risk of virus transmission during outdoor activities, but standing in a ticket or rental shop line or sharing a chairlift is another matter. Russ
  2. Sorry, but I’ve put the boards away and been biking almost every day!
  3. Make that Saturday, 3/28 last day
  4. Thursday, March 12 Rain/snow mix at open, then all rain, then light rain and fog at midday, then light rain and patchy fog in the afternoon... Surfy carving was had by dodging the hard (dirty) spots, though if you were smart enough to stay home you didn’t miss much.
  5. Tuesday, March 10 Today’s posse: rwmaron, Jane, khoward, bigwavedave. Less than ideal conditions, but the sun was shining and I got to hang out with the cool crew for a couple of hours !
  6. Would the radius or the diameter be 36’ in this example?
  7. Near new condition, (3 days use), 27.5 CM, US 9.5. Bought them last year but recent foot surgery makes them no longer usable for me. $150 plus shipping. PM me for additional photos or questions.
  8. Thursday, March 5 Similar conditions to those on Tuesday (see above) at the open, with the added benefit of flat light, then show showers, then snow showers and fog. To add insult to injury, the wind picked up out of the northeast just after noon and the big fat, sticky, snow flakes slowed things down further......towards the middle of the afternoon the base started to soften enough to set an edge on a few runs so a few turns were had! Russ
  9. Tuesday, March 3 A couple of inches of soft groom, but the rock hard base kept rearing it's ugly head whenever an edge was pressured very hard......limited to big open turns in the few places that the surface could be trusted. I've got a bad feeling about conditions for the remainder of the season . Oh yeah Jane was killing it on her Coiler and also put us all to shame with her carefully selected color palette! Russ
  10. MP 28.0, sole length 303mm; shells only in good condition. $100 plus shipping. PM me for more photos or questions.
  11. Thursday, February 27 A thin layer of whitish crystals over a rock hard base again; bright sun but the temperatures stayed in the teens so the base never softened....even runs through the plush groom of the terrain park were interrupted by jarring contacts with the icy base. Jane was out too (I saw her when she stopped at an accident scene).....I got a lot of time running toboggans today to and from accident scenes, but not much time on the edge ! Russ
  12. Thursday, February 20 -1F at the open with a refreshing northwest breeze kept the snow enthusiast crowd to a bare minimum this morning, but the sun was bright and the groom was smooth (and typically firm) and covered all but one or two icy spots. The high point of the day was running the opening sweep of the plush groomer path through the terrain park at midday, then doing it again and again and again! Finally called it quits at 3:30 when I couldn’t take anymore. Russ
  13. Monday, February 17 Flat light (what else is new?) but 2” of fresh snow over the heavily trafficked Minnesota groom was encouraging. Only stayed ‘til 11:30 when the holiday traffic heated up. Russ
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