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Heard it in the lift line - 2019/2020

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Last week I got a "he's one of those good snowboarders"...pointing at my hardboots and board.  I'll take it!

Today, strapping in to my BXFR I hear "hey, a Coiler"...so I turn around and find myself apologizing to Mark Fawcett for stealing the color scheme from the Slice...he thought it looked familiar.

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On the chair: 

A little ski racer, having a break from training and just riding with his dad, was asking the dad about different types of snowboarding. Dad listed them to the best of his ability and finaly mentions Slalom snowboards (not looking at me on the far side of the chair). 

Kids eyes go big: "Do slalom snowboards even exist?!" 

I just tapped the kid on the shoulder and lifted my OES SL 😁

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Too many positive inquires from people 20 and under to count in 3 days. CO is a special place. Also- thanks to the softboot carving market for making it cool again.

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I don't usually go out during the holiday period but to day was a sunny day with some freshies and windblown stuff. Meh. After a few laps, I am at the bottom, un-clipped, and working my way through the maze. As I slide past a guy, he asks, 'Is that a ski or a snowboard?'. I simply said 'yes' and went on my way. Another meh.

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Lifty at Bachelor did a double take on my board then looked at me and just said "What!?" 

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First run today a softbooter (mid-30's) checks out my F2 in the lift line:

"You guys can REALLY carve on those things! It's so fun to watch!"

Me: "Yep, it's real fun to ride too!"

What a nice way to start the day 😀

 

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1 hour ago, jtslalom said:

Coming in to the lift line and starting to unbuckle a skier says, "Oh, I thought you were on hard boots."

Ooh!  You didn't just go there?!?

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While riding my at Sugar Bowl, I was at the top clipping in and I  hear someone behind me say “I love those trench diggers! 

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The three-fer:

One of my neighbor sees me leaving in the mornings with my xc stuff so she assumed I skied. Whelp, at the lift line, we bump into one-another and she says,' We always thought you were a skier?!" I said, 'I won't hold that against you.'

I am on the chair with my French-Canadian friend as two more join us on the quad. They had a strong accent so my friend asked them if they where from France. They said yes and spoke French with each other then they turned to me and said how much they enjoyed watching my turns and haven't seen that since they were in the Alps years ago. That was pretty flattering.

As I walk home, another neighbor is unloading her car with a friend. I stop to say hello when she starts telling her friend she should see me this/that/the other. I say,' Yeah, I'm always listening to Slayer.' The neighbor and I laugh but her friend said, 'Right on!'....and she was serious! That was a little creepy.

 

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1 hour ago, FrankNBeans said:

The three-fer:

One of my neighbor sees me leaving in the mornings with my xc stuff so she assumed I skied. Whelp, at the lift line, we bump into one-another and she says,' We always thought you were a skier?!" I said, 'I won't hold that against you.'

I am on the chair with my French-Canadian friend as two more join us on the quad. They had a strong accent so my friend asked them if they where from France. They said yes and spoke French with each other then they turned to me and said how much they enjoyed watching my turns and haven't seen that since they were in the Alps years ago. That was pretty flattering.

As I walk home, another neighbor is unloading her car with a friend. I stop to say hello when she starts telling her friend she should see me this/that/the other. I say,' Yeah, I'm always listening to Slayer.' The neighbor and I laugh but her friend said, 'Right on!'....and she was serious! That was a little creepy.

 

SSSSLLLLAAAAYYYEEERRR!!

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Hearing the usual 'speed board', 'downhill board', 'slalom board' stuff, I am still puzzled by the 'tele-board' reference. I just can't wrap my head around how someone, anyone  could come up with that. Tele-board?!?! I can't imagine I am the only that has heard that. Has anyone that has heard that asked what that even means?

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I have a teleboard 12cm waist run tele bindings on it 2-3 times (runs) a year when it's soft and I'm brave.  have to keep perfect balance or it's a face plant. So when they call by 20cm Coiler a Teleboard I say no that my other board.

 

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1 hour ago, FrankNBeans said:

Hearing the usual 'speed board', 'downhill board', 'slalom board' stuff, I am still puzzled by the 'tele-board' reference. I just can't wrap my head around how someone, anyone  could come up with that. Tele-board?!?! I can't imagine I am the only that has heard that. Has anyone that has heard that asked what that even means?

Teleboards were an actual thing like 25 years ago.  Imagine a Skwal mounted with telemark bindings, ridden with telemark boots, and poles.  They went the way of ballet skiing and snowblades.  However they ran an effective free demo program and gained a lot of exposure pretty quickly.  At least they did here in the Northeast.  I still get asked if I'm on a Teleboard now and then.  Drives me up the wall.

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22 minutes ago, Jack M said:

Teleboards were an actual thing like 25 years ago

>>Right. This is/was said be twentysomethings that typically tell me what I'm riding. JFGI...

1 hour ago, ibrussell said:

So when they call by 20cm Coiler a Teleboard

I am on a normal, everyday alpine board.

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“I think our orders got mixed up in the mail!”

Said by a guy wearing those soft ski boots (Apex?) while I was wearing hardboots during a ride in a gondola. 

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1 hour ago, monodude said:

While on my Mono last week, I overhear a guy tell his gal... Look he's on a Uni-Board 

I knew about tele-boards but what is an Uni-board supposed to be? 🤔

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