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nzlegend

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  1. All this talk about helmets has awakened me to fact I really should get one. I wear a seatbelt, Mtn Bike helmet so it only seems logical and sensible to wear a skid lid while riding esp in the trees. So who wears a helmet? what brand do you recommend? is their much difference between brands? Cheers
  2. Optional, but.....mandatory if you want to play in the Park or Pipe. Fence of the park and pipe and make it mandatory to wear a helmet in those places only, so if you dont ride those places then you dont need a helmet. Those two places are the most dangerous places, hard packed snow and especially the pipe, rock hard ice at time, more than hard enough to rattle your brains. who would inforce? ski patroller maybe? I have thought about a helmet especially when wizzing through the trees, it only takes a heartbeat and you're a vegetable for life
  3. skiing 21 years and boarding 7. My folks let me ski but since the both carry the scars of several seroius sporting injuries never skiied themselves and hence I had to find my own way to the mountain. So keen I was I once hitched a ride with the IHC (intellectually handicapped society )boys in their bus ...boy was that an interesting trip
  4. who cares???? I do, I am curious because we have a diverse group of people from over the world and each has an opinion and it interesting to hear what others think. yes I have been to all of the places, not be cause I am rich, oh contrare, but because I love snow sports and I have been lucky enough to go and saved hard to do so. Being from NZ I have obviously been there and living in Japan I have experience in Japanese snow too. I went to USA on a University work experience program and was lucky enough to live in Colorado and finally living in Japan making quality money teaching has allowed
  5. which climate produces the "best"* powder, the Alps, the Rockies, the Japan Alps or the Southern Alps (NZ) *best-generally considered the dry fluffy stuff, stays dry and fresh for days
  6. how about a horror story, in the past few months I became lactose intolerant and cant eat cheese anymore It sucks because I like cheese and milk......boo hooo at least I can still eat sushi...
  7. Yep makes my race car go into the red too.... I posted this Yesterday under another header. "Try Happo-one at New Years when the wind has closed the top of the mountain squeezing everyman and his screaming kid on the archiac slow lifts Happo has at the bottom. Its a nightmare especially when the useless lifties seem more interested in smiling, brushing the chair and saying "dozo" instead of grouping poeple to ensure every chair is departing fully loaded. 2 January there were a couple of hundred at the bottom of Sakihana Quad and yet there were chairs going up with one or two poep
  8. its kind of the same the way the Japanese cant understand how Xmas day is a big family day in the west. For them NYD is the family day. NY eve is a pile of tripe anyway, everyone desparate to be in the middle of the action somewhere. laaaddy dah good for teenagers but I can take it or leave it, if a good party happens on NY eve, fine I'm in just like if a big party happens on one of the other 364 other nights of the year, I'm in. The best partys I have experienced definately didn't happen on NYEve. They happened spontaneously because no one had high expectations like always happens on NY
  9. I had Burton bindings (5 years ago) and they were garbage, couple of broken straps, every ratchet broke in a season plus they werent that comfortable. I demoed Switch bindings the 97/98 season had havent looked back, they are indestructible compared to the bindings I had, less moving parts and the parts the do move are very strong and solidly built. I had one problem with a snapped screw, but otherwise havent had another problem in 6 seasons. Mind you the quality of Burton Bindings must have improved since the old days but my friend was recently grumbling about his Burton bindings. I alw
  10. Quote: Originally posted by Eriond: What would be the technique for riding powder for a skier?? I will be going to Powderland - Hokkaido in January, and would like to be prepared Eri Thing with skiis is dont get them sideways and dont do big turns, keep them always pointing down hill and do lots of bouncy turns, like a moguls skiier, thats why moguls are formed in the first place. Look at ski videos and see the pro's doing it, watch them in tandem making figure 8/chain lines. It is tempting when you pick up speed to slow down and get sideways but that is a mistake, keep straight keep
  11. How flat/steep was the terrain you were on? the thing with deep powder is you need steeper slopes. It is tempting to see a nice patch of powder and to enter it, but if the slope is not good and you dont have much momentum to begin with, you will find yourself getting bogged down rather quickly.
  12. Try Happo-one at New Years when the wind has closed the top of the mountain squeezing everyman and his screaming kid on the archiac slow lifts Happo has at the bottom. Its a nightmare especially when the useless lifties seem more interested in smiling, brushing the chair and saying "dozo" instead of grouping poeple to ensure every chair is departing fully loaded. Yesterday there were a couple of hundred at the bottom of Sakihana Quad and yet there were chairs going up with one or two poeple on them. All credit however to 47 and the single lane they have at their Quad.
  13. Thick socks? for skiing??? bad bad move when skiing you want thin socks! thick socks absord a lot of sweat and dont wick it away well and that can cause your feet to get cold quickly, thick socks can bunch up creating pressure spots. Also when your foot is in the boot you want it tight and snug, no slop. Thick socks are bad for this. So basically you need thin socks and boots that are little smaller than you would need for big thick socks. You will ski better and more comfortably
  14. Any non traditional binding (flow, clicker, switch etc etc )will have pro's and con's. there are many who will totally advocate traditional bindings, saying nothing can match the performance, they will say that if such and such is so good why do almost all pro's still use traditonal bindings...blah blah well I am not a pro and dont intend to wittle away time in a pipe. There a many great innovate bindings that deliver solid performance, I have ridden switch bindings for 5 seasons are find them brilliant, they lock you in very tightly, no slop at all and its beautiful to easily click in on th
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