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  • #672933
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    board is sold! thanks for your interest.

    #629637
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    Been nursing a funky foot injury and I’m finally healthy enough to ride. Heading up to Stowe area for the first time (finally) this weekend and would appreciate any local beta in the area.

    I’ll probably do a day in a resort and hunt and peck the side country with a buddy but I was also intending to do 2 days of touring. I’d like to poke around Dewey from the ranch side and I’ve yet to do the hump so I’m toying with running that too. Any beta would be helpful, thanks. PMs are cool too.

    #592183
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    @matt_vt wrote:

    I live at 2000′ and everything above that seems to be holding up nicely. There is about 2-3′ of base. The untouched areas still are holding about 3″ of powder on top, it didn’t get warm (edit) enough to form the “death crust” at the 2000’+ elevations. Last weekend I skinned to the radio tower on Ricker peak and went off the backside into the basin near Waterbury Reservoir. It was about a 1.5-2 mile descent and it was great. Snow below 1200′ is probably a bit choppy this weekend. I say you are definitely good to do a trip this weekend and if you get the chance, take it – since they are calling for high-elevation rain Monday. Let me know if you want someone to tag along, I don’t have anyone to split with yet in VT. I can go Saturday or Sunday.

    Cool, thanks for that, esp. the elevations… that really helps.

    Edit: we’re staying local after all. Work… 🙁

    #592180
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    @bigjay wrote:

    And by the way, once you go to Sparks, you’ll toss the plates away and never look back! It has the be the best investment i made for snowboarding in a while!

    Hey BigJay, did you find it a significantly lighter setup? Or were they just more responsive than the plates. I’m running Burton Mission bindings now and I am thinking of pulling the ripcord on the new Sparks.

    On another note, I’m probably heading up this weekend, possibly into next week if conditions warrant a split tour somewhere. Unf, it doesn’t *look* like there’s been a dumo iof snow for a while, but I’ve only been have checking weather the past 2 weeks. How’s snow in the notch, camels hump, etc. holding up? Any beta appreciated.

    #592173
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    @mysticfalcon wrote:

    …..but I do have long trail ale on tap at my place if people would like to do some post-splitting chow and beer.

    nice setup. I like the way you guys think. 😀

    I’d be pretty stoked for a future split gathering if that ever could get organized proper.

    I’m riding Stowe tomorrow afternoon (I need to work in the am) hopefully once the wind dies down a bit. Since the inbounds runs are fairly scoured, I’m planning on doing a couple of split laps in the notch and find out where all the wind blew the powder to ;). If anyone else is around I ride a Prior Kyber, wear green Northface and green helmet. say ola.

    #608599
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    @bigjay wrote:

    @mergs wrote:

    BigJay, what cut is this? Is the the logging in State Forest that was alluded to in a prev post? Or is this logging on private land (also mentioned) ?

    As I remember, the track out was on top of or beside a (frozen) stream bed. Are the machines spilling oil in or around and/or disturbing the streambed itself? If so, that’s not kosher on public or private land!

    The “jailhouse” chute is of least impact compare to what’s going on down on the private land… Yeah, the exit is on a frozen streambed and that’s where the machinery put their tracks… so it’s pretty discusting… Wet and frozen mix… on top of tracks and oil spills… I’m guessing it’s not close to being kosher!

    When i post pics of the stack of trees and the wide cuts their doing, you’ll be amazed!
    😥

    Pictures would be awesome… then if this is private land, we need to report this to VT DEP. You can’t spill oil in a stream even if you own it, even down here in dirty Jersey, that’s illegal. They need to clean that before it melts and pollutes the stream.

    So basically you have to navigate oil spots, machinery, sawdust, downed trees to get out of big jay now?

    #608597
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    @bigjay wrote:

    As far as the cut is concerned… total carnage! You can’t ride to the road anymore… Feels like they’re building streets down there with all the trees piled up… Access trail is compromised as well… Machinery is tearing up the place… oil spills on the track also… Pretty discusting! I’ll have pics of the cut later on… How do they plan on “re-naturalizing” that! 😆

    Thumbs down on the carnage…

    BigJay, what cut is this? Is the the logging in State Forest that was alluded to in a prev post? Or is this logging on private land (also mentioned) ?

    As I remember, the track out was on top of or beside a (frozen) stream bed. Are the machines spilling oil in or around and/or disturbing the streambed itself? If so, that’s not kosher on public or private land!

    #608574
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    @willyo617 wrote:

    Silly video complete with soundtrack from my last tour. i love it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nemQ9HMryio

    thinking Mt. Washington area (GOS) day trip this weekend but will probably be remodeling kitchen.

    -will

    ah the thunderbolt… i did that tour 2 years ago… good time. conditions were pretty good. 8)

    i’m headed out west for a week (targhee, etc) so i won’t be back up at stowe until march, but keep the beta coming guys… this is my favorite thread on sb.com!

    #608570
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    @vtbackcountry wrote:

    @mysticfalcon wrote:

    well aren’t you quite the ray of sunshine

    sorry bro, i thought this was a conditions thread…

    anyway, just telling you how it is… i don’t work in the resorts marketing department.
    @mergs wrote:

    bad news indeed, but thanks for the update. much appreciated.

    your welcome.

    keep it real.

    thanks vt. that is what the thread is for, and one reason why i love this site: where else can you get local and discrete vt beta? this sort of info really helps the part-time bc riders that aren’t lucky enough to live by you guys.

    i’m back in nj after 3 days in stowe. i normally would avoid pres. weekend but that’s just the way my timeshare ended up this year. what a zoo! lol! i actually took a day off on Sunday and went house hunting with my wife over in underhill on sunday.

    on sat and mon, i hit a few of my usual “side country” runs. some were ok and quite ridable (e.g. trees that tended to collect the windblown from the last storm), others were super sketchy (e.g. stream beds; in fact, i wrenched my back a little getting caught up in one stream bed that is fairly well known and ridden, worst shape I’ve seen it, just lousy shape). be really careful back there guys. but you all know that 😉

    so bottom line, we really need SNOW… how’s the wed/thu storm looking?

    p.s. Shep, nice meeting you up in the patrol shack! 8) small world!

    #608566
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    bad news indeed, but thanks for the update. much appreciated.

    #608563
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    @bigjay wrote:

    Again, if it snows, we’ll probably go touring… More like exploring while conditions are marginal but the snowpack is still high… Hopefully discover something new!

    But please, don’t bring the splitboard… We’d love for it to dump over the next few days! :bananas:

    I’ll leave it home, just for y’all. 😛

    #608561
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    howdy guys, this is my condo weekend in stowe. part of me is thinking of leaving the splitboard home, with the expectation that the conditions in the bc and sidecountry are going to be totally hardpack/ice, or breakable crust. but i’ll bring it bc due to my luck, if i leave it home it will dump (maybe I should then 😉 ).

    i tend to hang out in the notch, or up in jay sidecountry. all that i can access via foot/resort board.. but, any chance of decent conditions enough to tour? for example, i’ve really been hoping to get onto the hump, but i expect that this is not the weekend for it.

    any beta much appreciated.

    #612854
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    I have a Prior Khyber split which I really like. Prior to that I had a Burton split which I thought rode like a 2×8 plank (great west coast bowl board, felt like certain death in mansfield trees). the khyber is really twitchy at times, and you have to be “on it” but you can really turn it fast and it floats well. from what i hear the khyber is similar to the ride of a fish in bc trees.

    inbounds? no, not if i can help it and only if the base is well covered in powder. this is because i still find the torsional stiffness is lacking compared to an unsplit board on groomers, esp, with classic ec hardpack. for inbounds i ride a burton custom. maybe one of the other split models rides better inbounds… unsure about that.

    the other problem with riding these expensive boards inbounds is popping into lodge for a piss or a beer and returning to rack to find it gone. 🙁 there’s no way to lock it securely since you can pop off voile bindings in a snap. you’d need to post a guard. 😉 or stash in a car. i had my custom stolen from stowe base lodge once (but i got it back, it was in the baggage bay of a bus in the parking lot) so it does happen.

    #608516
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    merry christmas everyone!

    on Tue 23 Dec I got my first bc runs (since i broke a shoulder last Feb) of the season off spruce. although I was far from first… lots of tracks before me, powder was good, light and deep. the prevailing winds from the prev day blow all the pow out of the resort and dumped it into the trees.

    sadly, we just had 2 days of r— and 50 deg temps down here in NJ. I can only assume VT bc is shut down hard until the next storm rolls through.

    anyone else get out this past weekend?

    was the vt precip all liquid ? 🙁

    #599486
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    I got a second hand email from a VT b/c guide that its dumping up there. Any truth to that boys and girls ? 8)

    #603158
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    I’ve been twice and its a really good time. you won’t need the split, its all boot packing.

    #602846
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    lordy mama, what am i doing down here in the lower 48

    #602882
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    great job man. nice Tr.

    is “jailhouse chute” what we’re calling the illegal cut? or is that something pre-existing?

    #599479
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    thanks for the stoke bigJay!

    #599473
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    @coyne86 wrote:

    hit up a tour on big jay yesterday. deep, light, and big cliffs was the name of the game. nice solid base underneath makes for some difficult skinning up from the bottom, but well worth the effort.

    nice.

    this is “pre-gash”

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