yea i;m pretty sure the sparks are just rebranded G3s... pretty sure i read that on SB.com
on them switchbacks (with your factory sidecut on the inside of your feet) you gotta get used to weighting your downhill foot and that edge... but its all good... the best stuff is just too steep for skinning
those oly p&s are so great for PNW weather! i've tied mine on the end of my flyrod in place of a hook and high-sticked it thru a steelhead run (underwater, bouncing off rocks) and it survived it fine
if olympus made a Tough with an APS-C sized or a 1" sensor to compete with the sony rx100 they would have a serious game-changer....
Yeah, my Olympus has been a trooper. It does take some decent pics on the mountain, but anything low light is AWFUL. I always throw a bit of editing for color/contrast/whatever on all my pics I take with it and they usually end up pretty good. My crew has a tradition of taking pictures with the Olympus inside a pint of beer whenever we go up to Whistler. Gotta make sure you clean it up a bit afterwards though.
Sweet! Glad you had better weather and snow that Killclimbz and I did today! Rain below 6500 foot. Decent snow above but 20 yards visibility in total flat light. The ride down was "interesting" and when we did break out of the clouds, the snow was like Elmer's glue!
I did get the chance to try out my new Sparks Blaze binding! Wow! So responsive that I damn near threw myself over the handle bars the first few turns and so light. I used them on my Voile and it was like a new board! Can't wait to try them on the Billy Goat!
Stevens looks great! Just wish it was closer to me! When the conditions finally get good, we need to meet at Paradise or White Pass for a day of splitting!
We had lots of rain up here today too. I was planning on making the trip up to Baker tomorrow, but it's not looking too right now. Might wait and do some resort riding at Stevens on Sunday. The snow was really good yesterday though. A solid 18" of unconsolidated fluffy pow up top. Not anymore after this rain today though.
I've been chatting with Kill's buddy Ale_Capone over on the splitboard forum, I'm hoping to get some tours in with him in the Hwy 2 zone around Stevens this year and get to know the area better. You should come up sometime and take a tour with us.
I definitely want to make my way down to Paradise and White at some point as well for sure.