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Re: any other skiers on the board?

Postby DAVELA » Fri Nov 17, 2017 10:33 pm

Hi psyko,
Im in the exact same boat.Knowing what gear you need to buy for AT skiing is intimidating.I went to gear exchange in bishop but it was a little overwhelming.
Been snowshoeing for about 10 yrs.Its great but id like to slide a bit.

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Re: any other skiers on the board?

Postby longri » Mon Nov 27, 2017 10:29 am

I stopped going to resorts when the price reached the point where I felt I wasn't getting my money's worth anymore. I can afford it, it just seems overpriced to me, even mid-week. Although if I lived near a resort I'd get a season pass.

For people new to skiing, I would suggest not worrying so much about buying the "right" gear. Just start somewhere. My backcountry gear is not modern but I don't care. I've never been a great skier anyway and I just love being out there in the winter/spring. When the snow is really good I ski well; other times I struggle but still smile. If I could only snowshoe I'm not sure I'd do it.
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Re: any other skiers on the board?

Postby oldranger » Fri Jan 19, 2018 9:37 am

I gave up downhill in 95. Worked at ski areas from 1980 thru spring of 1990. Then quit pro patrolling and became a nordic volunteer. When Mt. B went to turnstiles and eliminated young women who punched your ticket and the road to Mt. B became like a road race with people not driving safe for conditions it was time to say enough. While I do miss the face shots of a good powder day, I don't miss the race and the entitled attitude of many of the people skiing at destination resorts.

Who can't do everything he used to and what he can do takes a hell of a lot longer!
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