Speaking of abandoned ski resorts; a friend of mine posted this tonight on FB. He and some friends poached some resort up north. No idea how they got the lift to work. Some nice face shots.
Nice videos on both accounts here. Thanks for sharing. I wish I had the *cough* balls *cough* to hit jumps like you do Angela.
Those guys are just clearly having the time of their lives in that Mt. Mancelona video, aren't they? Still has such an atrabilious undertone to it though, especially with the music. Place feels almost haunted in a way.
Looking forward to watching the documentary on it, thanks for sharing that.
I'm stoked for you bro, glad you love it so much. I wondered if there'd be some disappointment due to the drama on the forums or what.
Yeah, I would like to write up a full review on it because I feel like a lot of intermediate riders would appreciate it. I know that before I bought the board I was initially worried about an intermediate's experience on it, especially with people like Leo and Snowolf talking about taking care not to catch edges on the board. But I'm not convinced that I know enough about it to describe it properly. Then of course, there is the whole backlash about the NS review team stuff that I don't want to be caught up in.
Bottom line is this: I have no reservations about sending a board back to get exactly what I want since I am at this price point. Having said that, I've ridden this board after researching the hell out them and this is the board for me. Was I influenced toward NS by snowboardingforum.com? Yes, but only in the sense that I was made aware of the brand as an option. I researched dozens of reviews of several companies and boards everywhere on the web, and this is what I went with. I feel like from the time I arrived at Crystal in the early afternoon Sunday to the time I left at 8pm, I had improved my riding by more than I had the entire season thus far combined.
By the end of the night, it was really amazing how effortless that board made riding and how that thing almost had a personality of its own. Yes, it wants to go fast and grab edges, but like a well-trained hunting dog it also wants to please the hell out of you and lets you reign it in when necessary. The only place I had any problems whatsoever were the initial runs on flat greens. After that, I rode faster, carved more and caught FEWER edges (read none) than I did in a typical day on my old full-rocker board.
In any event, I'm a happy camper.