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Who snowboards/skis?
« on: 29 Dec 2007, 05:50 »

I'm going snowboarding today!  Woot!  First time in a while, and I'm super stoked.  Is there anyone else on the Great QC Forums that skis or snowboards?
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Re: Who snowboards/skis?
« Reply #1 on: 29 Dec 2007, 06:28 »

Next to my bed there's a line on the wall that says "You must be this tall to ride the Dski".




Of course that line isn't up very high.
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Re: Who snowboards/skis?
« Reply #2 on: 29 Dec 2007, 06:30 »

Wait, this thread isn't actually about me. My bad.

I have never been skiing or snowboarding. Sorry.
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Re: Who snowboards/skis?
« Reply #3 on: 29 Dec 2007, 07:20 »

Cross-country is what I do as well. Lovely fun in the woods climbing mountains and crossing solid lakes. My favorite place in the whole world is Birch Brook nordic ski club up here in Labrador. Honestly, I think I look forwards to seeing it more than most people I knew in high school when I come home.
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Re: Who snowboards/skis?
« Reply #4 on: 29 Dec 2007, 07:30 »

I want to start cross-country. Seems like a really good workout.
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Re: Who snowboards/skis?
« Reply #5 on: 29 Dec 2007, 07:52 »

It's an amazing workout. Amazing.
Tragically, I don't do it too often. My friend summed it up best by saying, in reference to cross country skiing somewhere like southern Ontario (where I now live): "I'm from Labrador. That'd be kind of like making out with a twelve year old."
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Re: Who snowboards/skis?
« Reply #6 on: 29 Dec 2007, 08:09 »

I ski downhill, pretty fast. Sometimes I jump over things! Chamonix is nice.
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Re: Who snowboards/skis?
« Reply #7 on: 29 Dec 2007, 08:28 »

i went snowboarding once. i fell and started rolling and didn't stop until i had bowled over 3 tiny japanese men in bright purple ski outfits.

the end.
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Re: Who snowboards/skis?
« Reply #8 on: 29 Dec 2007, 08:37 »

I go cross-country skiing, but not very often, which is kinda sad, because I like it. I should really do it more often, but well, there's the no snow-issue, and the fact that bringing my skis (is that the plural of ski?) with my when I go from my hometown to where I study and back is a hassle, skiing alone is kinda boring, and tons of other excuses - I should just ignore them all except the no snow one.
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Re: Who snowboards/skis?
« Reply #9 on: 29 Dec 2007, 08:38 »

I've always wanted to ski or snowboard or something, but there are some issues in that they are expensive and I don't know how to do either.

I'm a mean-ass motherfucking sledder though.
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Re: Who snowboards/skis?
« Reply #10 on: 29 Dec 2007, 08:42 »

i went snowboarding once. i fell and started rolling and didn't stop until i had bowled over 3 tiny japanese men in bright purple ski outfits.

the end.

Yelley, you may have just invented a new sport there.
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Re: Who snowboards/skis?
« Reply #11 on: 29 Dec 2007, 08:46 »

Rollerskis

I imagined having them would be quite fun, then I thought about how I'd stop at the bottom of the very steep hill down to college. Eeek.
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Re: Who snowboards/skis?
« Reply #12 on: 29 Dec 2007, 08:56 »

Re: Rollerskis

They look terrifying. I mean, sure, on flat ground they seem kinda cool, but I imagine it's difficult to stop, and that's what is keeping me from using my rollerblades at the moment, because around the student housing complex I live in, there's pretty much nothing but hills, and they go faast.. Which is scary. So I guess I'm kind of a coward, but then again, I'd prefer not to break anything.

And yes, no white Christmas sucks majorly. There was a storm the night before Christmas Eve, and I think it rained the whole day. Woohoo.
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Re: Who snowboards/skis?
« Reply #13 on: 29 Dec 2007, 09:47 »


Yelley, you may have just invented a new sport there.

hells yes. crazy japanese men bowling. is it sad that i can totally picture the japanese gameshow that would feature this? it's right up there with human tetris.
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Re: Who snowboards/skis?
« Reply #14 on: 29 Dec 2007, 09:51 »

I've always wanted to ski or snowboard or something, but there are some issues in that they are expensive and I don't know how to do either.

I'm a mean-ass motherfucking sledder though.

Ever do a friggin' 360 or an off-axis backfip on a sled? I'm surprised I didn't die.
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Re: Who snowboards/skis?
« Reply #15 on: 29 Dec 2007, 10:16 »

Going skiing is a pretty good sign that you are upper middle class.
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Re: Who snowboards/skis?
« Reply #16 on: 29 Dec 2007, 10:27 »

Going skiing is a pretty good sign that you are upper middle class.

Or that I have well-off relatives.
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Re: Who snowboards/skis?
« Reply #17 on: 29 Dec 2007, 12:20 »

Cross-country is good.  Whenever I go downhill I always have the unfortunate problem of not being able to stop. 
Then I start running into things and it stops getting fun
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Re: Who snowboards/skis?
« Reply #18 on: 29 Dec 2007, 12:24 »

I've been skiing for all my life. I just came back from a weekend skiing in Vermont, actually. I tried snowboarding a few times and struggled to really get it down. Skiing's great though, so have fun.
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Re: Who snowboards/skis?
« Reply #19 on: 29 Dec 2007, 12:47 »

Or Norwegian. I don't know a single person within the country limits that doesn't own a pair.

Dude, Norway is a pretty affluent country.

Also the snow.
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Re: Who snowboards/skis?
« Reply #20 on: 29 Dec 2007, 14:02 »

Snowboarding every year since I was 3.
Mt. Hood.
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Re: Who snowboards/skis?
« Reply #21 on: 29 Dec 2007, 14:34 »

Going skiing is a pretty good sign that you are upper middle class.

Or that you're in the tundra/taiga.

And while the down-hill ski hill back home is a shining example of a small town cornered market business, the cross-country place is run like a commune, with cheap rentals, honour system for payment, and all work being put in by volunteers. It's a pretty sweet place.


P.S. The fact that my ski club is in Labrador, with a population density of about a tenth of a person to the square kilometer, makes me feel good about the many kilometers the ski club spans. It's just kind of a drop in the puddle and nobody is trying to use that land. The caribou are still kicking around.
If Greenland melts and mucks up the gulf stream, though, that'll change everything hereabouts.
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Re: Who snowboards/skis?
« Reply #22 on: 29 Dec 2007, 15:33 »

I've been skiing for all my life. I just came back from a weekend skiing in Vermont, actually. I tried snowboarding a few times and struggled to really get it down. Skiing's great though, so have fun.

Where did you go skiing in Vermont?  I literally just got back from Sugarbush.

Snowboarding every year since I was 3.
Mt. Hood.

Hooray!  I'm not the only one!
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« Reply #23 on: 29 Dec 2007, 19:46 »

The last time I went skiing was when I was eleven. On my last run down the hill before we had to get back to school I separated my knee, and it still gives me problems.

And I still want to go skiing again.
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Re: Who snowboards/skis?
« Reply #24 on: 29 Dec 2007, 20:40 »

Hey, I went skiing at Sugarbush today, too. We started out at Lincoln Peak and it was really fucking crowded so we drove to Mt. Ellen which was okay. The snow was sort of weird though, wasn't it? It was so lumpy in places and I was having a hard time carving. Not one of my better days. I'm sort of in the midst of a skiing-confidence crisis.
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Re: Who snowboards/skis?
« Reply #25 on: 29 Dec 2007, 20:54 »

Yeah, I've only got a pass to Mt. Ellen.  The snow was really sticky.  By the end of the day, all of it had been either shaved off or bunched into moguls.  My bindings kept coming loose from my board for some reason.  First my right foot, then my left.

When, roughly, were you there?
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Re: Who snowboards/skis?
« Reply #26 on: 29 Dec 2007, 21:01 »

Does snowskating count?
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« Reply #28 on: 30 Dec 2007, 07:45 »

Over here we just laugh at him cos he's a crazy drunk.
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Re: Who snowboards/skis?
« Reply #29 on: 30 Dec 2007, 08:52 »

I snowboard! It's very fun!
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Re: Who snowboards/skis?
« Reply #30 on: 30 Dec 2007, 09:06 »

My only new years resolution is to plan a ski trip for my fiancee and I this winter.

i can totally picture the japanese gameshow that would feature this? it's right up there with human tetris.
They do that in korea too.

Going skiing is a pretty good sign that you are upper middle class.
Interesting point.

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« Reply #32 on: 30 Dec 2007, 10:44 »


Going skiing is a pretty good sign that you are upper middle class.
Interesting point.

I was actually talking to a friend about how absurd ski/snowboarding clothes are, because basically there is no way anyone is on the mountain in full gear unless they have a fair amount of disposable income. The style, however, is totally urban/hip hop influenced, baggy jackets and pants and other just general thuggery, which makes no sense! There is no logic behind that! Also snowboarders will try to fight you, which is funny.
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Re: Who snowboards/skis?
« Reply #33 on: 30 Dec 2007, 11:48 »

My boyfriend and his dad are going skiing before all of our breaks end and invited me to go with them. I've never skied before and they offered to get lessons for me, but I don't know. The boy is really good at skiing, so it's not likely to be a day for us to spend together, plus I've heard you have to have pretty good balance to ski.
Plus, I just moved here (here being Colorado) two months ago and I'm not used to the cold like they are. Also, the slopes are suppose to be really steep for beginners. Scary.
So, is it something that's still fun if you're horrible at it?
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Re: Who snowboards/skis?
« Reply #34 on: 30 Dec 2007, 11:50 »

Ally, whoa!

If I had not been going places to party with QC people, I would be in vermont in a condo from which you can *see sugarbush*.

Edit: and skiing at Mad River Glen.
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Re: Who snowboards/skis?
« Reply #35 on: 30 Dec 2007, 12:07 »

Going skiing is a pretty good sign that you are upper middle class.

Or if your in Australia, upper class.
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« Reply #36 on: 30 Dec 2007, 20:12 »

basically there is no way anyone is on the mountain in full gear unless they have a fair amount of disposable income.

I got all my ski clothes very cheap from a crap store which basically sells stuff that falls off the back of trucks. They are pretty much 'urban' though.
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Re: Who snowboards/skis?
« Reply #37 on: 30 Dec 2007, 21:17 »

I have full gear, but I have accumulated it over several years.  I don't have disposable income use all my disposable income on computer stuff.
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Re: Who snowboards/skis?
« Reply #38 on: 31 Dec 2007, 18:11 »

I went to Sunapee yesterday...
I had to ride down the mtn in one of those ski patrol toboggans. At my house, we have the exact same boots in  ascending sizes (by half sizes). So, by accident, I brought the boots that were a half a size too small for my bindings. Which I found out at the top, when my ski fell off getting off the lift  :oops:
The superawesome ski patrolmen gave me a little thing that gave me free ski rentals. Which was nice. Even so, I didn't really get back on the slopes until after lunch, when everything was skied (sp?) off and the skis I was on were about 5-10 cm longer than my own. + really long lift lines. So, all in all, it was a pretty crappy day.
Snowboarding...
Tried it once. I could only turn right (zoolander  :-)). the only way I could turn left was if I hugged my instructor from behind and he held me up. otherwise, I just fell. 
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Re: Who snowboards/skis?
« Reply #39 on: 31 Dec 2007, 21:07 »

My ski gear consists of snow pants and a raincoat, with warm clothes underneath, along with gloves and goggles.  I don't think it would qualify as "urban".
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Re: Who snowboards/skis?
« Reply #40 on: 31 Dec 2007, 21:33 »

I've been skiing twice. The first time in New Zealand and we spent two days skiing The Remarkables. The second time was a week long snow trip with my school. After a week of skiing all day every day, I was incredibly sore at the end of the week and couldn't move for a couple of days. I had fun though!
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Re: Who snowboards/skis?
« Reply #41 on: 01 Jan 2008, 14:49 »

I've done both Cross Country and Alpine-Alpine is fun as heck, but the whole ski resort thing is kinda off-putting.  Not being a terribly expert skiier, the various places I've been, mostly in PA, kinda blend together into a sort of mental mush.

Cross Country skiing is less exciting but offers much better scenery, particularly when your guide is a local and he knows all the cool forest roads etc.  All my cross-country skiing experience to date (save that time I skiied around town after the big blizzard in '96) has been in the Allegheny highlands of West Virginia between Elkins and Seneca Rocks (Canaan Valley being the main skiing place there, but we went elsewhere).  Though I'd really like to ski elsewhere I can't imagine many lovelier places; this image :http://flickr.com/photos/lwp/38353040/ was taken by some flickr dude fairly near one of the places we went skiing, Gaudineer Knob, and it captures the look of the region pretty well.  We rented skis out of a place called Whitegrass, which was very chill and tiny.
That being said, I am envious of those that have gone cross-country skiing in Labrador.
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Re: Who snowboards/skis?
« Reply #42 on: 01 Jan 2008, 20:34 »

That being said, I am envious of those that have gone cross-country skiing in Labrador.

The trails up to my favorite lookout should be good by now, so I'll probably be heading up tomorrow or the next day. Y'all are, as always, welcome to come with.
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« Reply #43 on: 02 Jan 2008, 01:19 »

Where is this?
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« Reply #44 on: 02 Jan 2008, 02:18 »

Guys I'm thinking about taking up waterboarding, is that any good?
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« Reply #45 on: 02 Jan 2008, 12:43 »

Where is this?

Right about here. Leaving some time shortly before noon, ideally.
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« Reply #46 on: 02 Jan 2008, 13:24 »

Guys I'm thinking about taking up waterboarding, is that any good?

Do you mean wakeboarding?  Because I've always wanted to try that.
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« Reply #48 on: 02 Jan 2008, 14:28 »

Oh!  It was a joke.   :oops:
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Re: Who snowboards/skis?
« Reply #49 on: 02 Jan 2008, 19:15 »

I spent two weeks snowboarding here last year;

I absolutely love snowboarding, it's my favourite thing ever, more so even then music.
I spend pretty much everything I earn during the winter on snowboarding. Horribly expensive sport but I don't care, 99 times out of 100 it's completely worth it.
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