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  • #61
    West Coast Winter Stoke, El Nino's Back!

    Did Beaver Mountain today. It's located about two hours north of SLC. The drive is amazing, you go through a high mountain pass above Bringham City, then along the twisting canyon road by the Logan River. It's an old school resort, friendly but basic. Old slow lifts, but no lines.

    The snow was more of the same. Frozen and crusty in the morning, turning softer after lunch. You really have to plan your day to follow the changing conditions. Good spring skiing, but nothing special. Beaver does have a lot of wide open faces, so this would be great to hit on a powder day.

    Based on this trip, and the one I took last year, Powder Mountain wins when it comes to late season snow preservation and conditions. I get free days at Snowbasin, but will always include PowMow as well. The trip to Beaver was worth it because of the drive, not the terrain or conditions.

    Just these, nothing else !

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    • #62
      West Coast Winter Stoke, El Nino's Back!

      Finally a shout out to my KTPs. For four days these trusty steeds carried me through a wide variety of terrain with the sure footedness of a mountain goat. From ice to crust to powder to slush, on groomers in trees on bumps and on steeps, they handle it all.

      Just these, nothing else !

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      • #63
        Originally posted by Bad Wolf View Post
        The drive is amazing, you go through a high mountain pass above Bringham City, then along the twisting canyon road by the Logan River.
        The drive is even more amazing if you come from Wyoming on 30 then to 89 passing by Bear Lake, which is what I did two seasons ago on Sempai's Big Adventure.

        Skiboards:
        2013 Spruce Sherpas w/Tyrolia Peak 11s
        2015 RVL8 Blunt XLs w/Tyrolia Attack 13s
        2018 Spruce Crossbows w/Tyrolia Peak 11s
        2017 RVL8 Sticky Icky Ickys w/Tyrolia SX 10s


        Boots:
        Salomon X-Pro 80

        Past boards: Salomon Snowblades, Line MNPs 89 & 98 cm, Five-Os, Bullets, Jedis, Spruce 120s, LE 125s, Ospreys
        Summit 110s, Nomads, Jades, RVL8 ALPs, BWPs, KTPs, Tanshos, Rockets, DLPs, Blunts, Condors, RCs, Revolts, Spliffs

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        • #64
          Looks like another storm with up to 18" is rolling in tonight near Salt Lake City in Utah. Then some more snow is forecasted for Friday, just in time for our first ski day on Saturday. Hope that's good news (or not, if that brings the crowds out :-( )!

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          • #65
            Winter continues to hold on in Tahoe.


            Skiboards:
            2013 Spruce Sherpas w/Tyrolia Peak 11s
            2015 RVL8 Blunt XLs w/Tyrolia Attack 13s
            2018 Spruce Crossbows w/Tyrolia Peak 11s
            2017 RVL8 Sticky Icky Ickys w/Tyrolia SX 10s


            Boots:
            Salomon X-Pro 80

            Past boards: Salomon Snowblades, Line MNPs 89 & 98 cm, Five-Os, Bullets, Jedis, Spruce 120s, LE 125s, Ospreys
            Summit 110s, Nomads, Jades, RVL8 ALPs, BWPs, KTPs, Tanshos, Rockets, DLPs, Blunts, Condors, RCs, Revolts, Spliffs

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            • #66
              Been watching the Sugar web cams. Quite a storm last night . . . .
              Crossbow (go to dream board)
              Most everything else over time.
              Go Android

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              • #67
                Skied Alta today - excellent weather and snow!

                However, somehow one of our toe pieces for the Tyrolia PR10 bindings either got lost or I left it home. So we are short one pair of skis and have to rent. Would someone in Utah, within a driving distance from SLC, happen to have a PowerRail (PR) compatible toe piece to lend me until Wednesday? Or sell me the whole binding set? Either the Ethan Too or the Head Caddy has to stay in the bag without that missing toe piece... Thanks!

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                • #68
                  Originally posted by Kocho View Post
                  Skied Alta today - excellent weather and snow!

                  However, somehow one of our toe pieces for the Tyrolia PR10 bindings either got lost or I left it home. So we are short one pair of skis and have to rent. Would someone in Utah, within a driving distance from SLC, happen to have a PowerRail (PR) compatible toe piece to lend me until Wednesday? Or sell me the whole binding set? Either the Ethan Too or the Head Caddy has to stay in the bag without that missing toe piece... Thanks!
                  LevelNine has a store right there in SLC and opens at 11:00am this morning:

                  L9 Sports Salt Lake
                  660 S 400 W
                  Salt Lake City, UT 84101
                  MONDAY-SATURDAY: 9AM-7PM
                  SUNDAY: 11AM-5PM
                  877-589-7547

                  They have just one left in stock, but it is a Head PRX 12 binding ($159.99) which should work because best I can tell it uses the same Power Rail. It is an upgraded toe (LX), but you should be able to use either the whole system as a set or match the toe with your heel piece. Note that the heel piece is also an upgrade so can't use your brakes - and it only comes with 80mm brakes so those would have to go on the Caddy. LevelNine should be able to verify the compatibility or even let you test it on your power rail.

                  Definitely call them first since only one in stock and make sure it is at that location (should be, because I think that is the location they do their mail-order out of).

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                  • #69
                    Thanks, Macro! I was there at L9 yesterday, but did not realize the PRX is compatible. Should have read the description - I new one of the other models was compatible, but forgot which... Would have bought it. The rental skis will cost over a $100 for the 4 days my wife will need them, so even at the $160 this binding is a good deal... Unfortunately, L9 is closed on Sunday for Easter. I'll see them on Monday.

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                    • #70
                      Originally posted by Kocho View Post
                      Thanks, Macro! I was there at L9 yesterday, but did not realize the PRX is compatible. Should have read the description - I new one of the other models was compatible, but forgot which... Would have bought it. The rental skis will cost over a $100 for the 4 days my wife will need them, so even at the $160 this binding is a good deal... Unfortunately, L9 is closed on Sunday for Easter. I'll see them on Monday.
                      Any Head, Tyrolia, or Fischer "Power Rail" bindings should work - same bindings, different model names.

                      Head / Tyrolia Model Names
                      PRD 12, PRD 11, PR 11, PRX 12, PR 10

                      Fischer Model Names
                      RC4 Z12, RSX 12, RC4 Z11, RS11, RS10

                      And just be aware that any models that start with these letters will use a different brake type than what you currently have on your PR 10
                      PRD, PRX, RC4, RSX

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                      • #71
                        Thanks! Good info in case I need to find a replacement, if indeed the airline has lost my binding (and not me, having forgotten it in the basement before we packed).

                        On a separate note, my impression from the shuttle service up the mountain roads is that they are not that frequent, especially mid-day. The roads were clear, so I had no trouble with my rental front wheel drive with all season tires - not a snowflake on the pavement, despite the almost 20" of fresh snow that fell at the higher altitudes at the ski areas. The road cleaning crews did an excellent job pretreating and cleaning the little snow that fell on the road. What helped were temperatures near freezing and a little above at the low elevations. Had it been much colder, I would have needed the chains or winter tires. As it was, any car was fine.

                        We stayed in Sandy at the Hyatt Place, using frequent traveler points. A very convenient location, just off the mountain pass to Brighton/Solitude, and Alta/Snowbird were right there too. About 20 minutes or less each way to any of these resorts from the hotel. Hyatt place is ski-friendly with guest laundry on site and decent hot breakfast included. Small warm outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi too. Single day super passes could be obtained at the hotel, and were a few dollars cheaper than the multi-day passes one can buy online ($74 adult, $38 junior for a single day pass at the hotel).

                        Special thanks to Kyu for meeting us there and offering vouchers and food and skiing suggestions! It was nice to meet you in person!

                        And yes, skiing was excellent with as much variety as we wanted and with great snow conditions almost everywhere. We only did Solitude and Alta and they were perfect for us.

                        Originally posted by macrophotog View Post
                        Any Head, Tyrolia, or Fischer "Power Rail" bindings should work - same bindings, different model names.

                        Head / Tyrolia Model Names
                        PRD 12, PRD 11, PR 11, PRX 12, PR 10

                        Fischer Model Names
                        RC4 Z12, RSX 12, RC4 Z11, RS11, RS10

                        And just be aware that any models that start with these letters will use a different brake type than what you currently have on your PR 10
                        PRD, PRX, RC4, RSX

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                        • #72
                          Just to close the loop, posted some videos in this thread:

                          https://www.skiboardsonline.com/foru...474#post155474

                          Thanks for all the help with information and advice!

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                          • #73
                            The final snow totals at the Tahoe resorts for this season. It's hard to believe with all the snow we received that some of the resorts were still below average. Northstar came out being the highest above. This season was the first time that I've experienced the resort 100% open. The tree skiing was incredible along with all the powder days we had. I hope for a repeat next season.


                            Skiboards:
                            2013 Spruce Sherpas w/Tyrolia Peak 11s
                            2015 RVL8 Blunt XLs w/Tyrolia Attack 13s
                            2018 Spruce Crossbows w/Tyrolia Peak 11s
                            2017 RVL8 Sticky Icky Ickys w/Tyrolia SX 10s


                            Boots:
                            Salomon X-Pro 80

                            Past boards: Salomon Snowblades, Line MNPs 89 & 98 cm, Five-Os, Bullets, Jedis, Spruce 120s, LE 125s, Ospreys
                            Summit 110s, Nomads, Jades, RVL8 ALPs, BWPs, KTPs, Tanshos, Rockets, DLPs, Blunts, Condors, RCs, Revolts, Spliffs

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                            • #74
                              Originally posted by sempai View Post
                              The final snow totals at the Tahoe resorts for this season. It's hard to believe with all the snow we received that some of the resorts were still below average. Northstar came out being the highest above average. This season was the first time that I've experienced the resort 100% open. The tree skiing was incredible along with all the powder days we had. I hope for a repeat next season.
                              Glad I got to enjoy some of that at ShredFest.

                              My home mountain (Elk) had a grand total. . . drumroll please. . . of 11 inches this season

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                              • #75
                                Originally posted by macrophotog View Post
                                ...
                                My home mountain (Elk) had a grand total. . . drumroll please. . . of 11 inches this season
                                Is that natural snow total?
                                171cm/190lbs
                                Current Favorites:
                                RVL8 Yin/Yang Blunts, Spruce Sherpas (x2) & Ospreys, Coda custom Yetis v1 140
                                Spruce Pro Primes w/Attack 13's (x 4), Bomber Elite 1
                                Other boards I'm trying:
                                Summit Custom Carbon 110, Dynastar Twin 85, Coda custom Yetis v2 145

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