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  • #61
    First group skiboard day! Bert and family were up from Kimberly and it was a blast! Lost a bit of footage to moisture on the lens, but even included some of that.... needed some mandatory skiboarders-playing-in-the-trees shots and also proof of me getting left in the dust at the bottom of a fast ripper run (rare).
    Drop the STICK, ride the SICK!

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    • #62
      Originally posted by Steeps View Post
      First group skiboard day! Bert and family were up from Kimberly and it was a blast! Lost a bit of footage to moisture on the lens, but even included some of that.... needed some mandatory skiboarders-playing-in-the-trees shots and also proof of me getting left in the dust at the bottom of a fast ripper run (rare).
      Very nice footage ,Steeps! Really great you were able to hook up with Bert and family. You guys look like you are having a blast ! Really great conditions you have! It has been a very dry year in California after the December storms and we have had very few powder days this season and it is nice to see folks having a great time in soft snow!!
      Boards :
      Blunt Xl, DLP, Spliff, Condor, Rockered Condor , Slingshot, Sherpa, Icelantic Shaman
      Boots
      K2 BFC 100 Grip walk sole , Dynafit CR Radical AT boot, Ride Insano Snowboard boots
      Bindings:
      Zero Pro Non release Binding
      Modified Receptor Backcountry Bindings (Bill Version and Slow Version)
      Spruce Riser with Attack 14 GW /AT binding
      Custom Risers with Fritschi Backcountry Bindings (Jeff Singer version 1, Bill version)
      Rocker and Sbol Soft Boot Bindings.

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      • #63
        That looks so great and such fantastic snow you got there, the usual groomers from our Alps look so boring in comparison, I'm officially jealous Guess I need to settle on a resort and do some thorough off-piste explorations, this is so much more fun that you guys are having, thanks for sharing !
        Myself: RVL8 2011 KTP, Spruce 125 LE, Spruce 2016 Osprey
        Daughter: Twoowt Pirania 95cm; RVL8 2015 Blunt XL; RVL8 2021 SII
        Previously: RVL8 2010 Revolt Trees, RVL8 2014 Condor, RVL8 2009 ALPdors, Spruce 120 Yellow/Red

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        • #64
          We're planning a meetup around March of next year to explore the Powder Highway, probably 5 resorts over a week... come play!

          It's been a bit of a strange snow year... very few big powder days but really good coverage since the start of the season. It's got me working more technical lines and exploring areas I'm used to ripping past. Things have been getting excessively gnarly since I got the Playmakers; I might actually be relieved when the season ends.

          This was yesterday:

          Drop the STICK, ride the SICK!

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          • #65
            Bert thinks he heard me say something naughty on the above video, but I swear I was just muttering about the Freeride Union of the Columbias and Kootenays.

            New video up, just a nice cruisy ride down a sweet little line I hadn't hit before. One of my favorite videos of the season so far.
            Drop the STICK, ride the SICK!

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            • #66
              Latest upload.... this is an area of the mountain I've only started riding at the end of this season called Coffee Chutes. It's inbounds but not marked as formal runs, and ridden by few. A lot of the lines are mandatory hucks to get over some cliff bands and big rocks. Steep as hell at the top, and I chickened out the very first time I stepped up to the plate (visibility was terrible, and a patroller had came up behind me to see what the crazy blader was up to, I think... or maybe to make an advance call for medical assistance). I'm starting to get the hang of the zone and have tackled three separate entrances now. When I made my first run of the day down here, the wind was howling up the chutes so hard that kicked-up snow from my skiboard hit the camera lens on my head. (light wasn't good so it wasn't worth uploading the run, but that part of the video was pretty funny).



              Having the Playmakers this season has been a real level up on my riding, feels like unlocking secret areas on a mountain I've ridden for 5 seasons! Still need to put more time into the Heavy Metal chutes, they're a lot worse than this and I've barely cracked them.
              Drop the STICK, ride the SICK!

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              • #67
                Cleaning up a few end of the year videos.... the final weekend of the season got pretty epic. Got into some very interesting spots on Good Friday, and rode 60,000 ft of vertical on Saturday - 18 gondy laps and a bonus chairlift ride including some seriously gnarly terrain. Need to finish up a bit of editing on the big vertical day (cooked it down to a short clip of every run), but here's a fun little one off the side of Truth. It's actually about as steep as it looks... note the hand placement coming across the rock band. Somehow I still haven't got a core shot or major edge damage on the Playmakers:
                Drop the STICK, ride the SICK!

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                • #68
                  Why are my hands sweating?!

                  Awesome!

                  Can I use the video on the Playmaker page?

                  Sent from my SM-G970U using Tapatalk

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                  • #69
                    For sure! But I can also get you that Biggest Day Ever video soon, and it's got some gnarlier lines in it! Did that 60,000 ft on the PMs, and squeezed short highlight clips from every run into about a 5 minute video.


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                    This season led to me coining the phrase "Post Traumatic Shred Disorder", when you finish your run shell-shocked, repeating "WTF? WTF did you just do? WTF is wrong with you?", and the lines you rode that day haunt your dreams all night. By the last weekend, I'd got my mind hardened enough to take the strain and just started looking for any survivable lines I hadn't hit yet. There's a few lame burner runs that happen towards the end of any day that big, but I got into some really fun spots along the way. Even starting to get some respect from our crazy patrol team.

                    Can't wait for next season!
                    Drop the STICK, ride the SICK!

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                    • #70
                      Here's the goods from the 60,000 ft day:


                      The camera doesn't do justice to some of the lines... watch the acceleration rate on the ride-out of #3, #9 and #10 in particular. And yeah, I cherry picked the heck out of the clips! It took a full minute to climb my way into the shelf that Glory Hole is located on, and another 1:30 to carefully ease into that starting position. Didn't look too good from where I dropped, but I was too lazy to climb back out of it. Most of the names are either official run names or patrol names; I got my hands on a laminated set of the patrollers' mountain atlas cards part way through the season, with the explicit warning that just because it's got a name it doesn't mean it's a rideable line (some are just places to throw explosives for avy control). But hey, you gotta check, right?!

                      What a day... the culmination of best season I've ever ridden. Playmakers rule.
                      Drop the STICK, ride the SICK!

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                      • #71
                        Great video! I am really impressed at how well you make those Playmakers work in really very technical terrain that would have scared me witless! It was definitely not hero powder and you needed to get those edges set in what seemed like some pretty firm snow with only some soft snow on top . I was very impressed how you could pivot around , sldeslip and set and engage an edge on very steep , narrow terrain strewn with rocks etc . Having done some of this kind of stuff myself ,I am also super impressed how you can do this without poles . Being from a skiing background I always ride with poles in this kind of terrain and use the pole, planting the pole , and unweighting around it and then setting my edges . It helps with balance , etc and I am sure you have skier friends who ski those chutes like that with poles. . It is super impressive that you have the balance to do all of that without the aid of poles ! All around this video is a great demonstration of fantastic skiboard free riding skills and what can be done with these tiny boards in super technical terrain , Bravo and thanks for sharing !
                        Boards :
                        Blunt Xl, DLP, Spliff, Condor, Rockered Condor , Slingshot, Sherpa, Icelantic Shaman
                        Boots
                        K2 BFC 100 Grip walk sole , Dynafit CR Radical AT boot, Ride Insano Snowboard boots
                        Bindings:
                        Zero Pro Non release Binding
                        Modified Receptor Backcountry Bindings (Bill Version and Slow Version)
                        Spruce Riser with Attack 14 GW /AT binding
                        Custom Risers with Fritschi Backcountry Bindings (Jeff Singer version 1, Bill version)
                        Rocker and Sbol Soft Boot Bindings.

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                        • #72
                          Thanks Jack, sorry on the late response! I grew up skiing but never really missed the poles when switching over. My skier friends are a bit skeptical about losing the poles whenever I can get them on skiboards, but they usually pick it up pretty quick. I do a lot of the same motions with my hands and shoulders as you'd do with poles... as far as steep slope pole planting, I think it helps to not go through the motions of trying to jump down around a pole to make a turn. I just jump and turn where needed, and there's often no forward travel needed.

                          Here's a video I was saving from last season... It's not ridiculously steep or epic powder, but it's one of my favorites to watch and shows off the forgiving, relaxed ride that the Spliffs give you through unexpected obstacles. Kicking Horse doesn't have many of the gully runs that I grew up with at Silver Star, but this is the best of the bunch and really challenges my reaction time when doing it in a single shot. Had a couple of buddies behind me; they showed up about a minute and a half later.

                          Drop the STICK, ride the SICK!

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