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Old 09-18-2012, 02:40 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Really great tips, thanks for sharing them with me

If I have enough time, I would love to check it out, haven't even heard of it. I'm taking the virtual tour, and it looks awesome. Once I get comfortable on my board again and get over my fear of possibly falling on my ass again (buying azzpad so my already broken tailbone wont get more broken), I would love to try a real mountain instead of the baby hill here we call Blue lol
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Old 09-18-2012, 02:52 PM   #22 (permalink)
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We even suggest a little snugger fit than that. From our fit tips:

Your boots should be snug!

The most common complaint about boots is that they are too loose, not too tight. The junction between rider and board begins with the boot, as it is in the most direct contact with the rider. When fitting boots, use the following method: A. Slip into the boot. B. Kick your heel back against the ground several times to drive it back into the boot's heel pocket. C. Lace the boot tightly, as though you were going to ride. NOTE: This is where most sizing mistakes are made. A snowboard boot is shaped like an upside down "7". The back has a good degree of forward lean. Thus, when you drop into the boot, your heel may be resting up to an inch away from the back of the boot, and your toes may be jammed into the front of the boot. Until the boot is tightly laced, you will not know if it is a proper fit. D. Your toes should now have firm pressure against the front of the boot. As this is the crux of sizing, let's discuss firm pressure: When you flex your knee forward hard, the pressure should lighten, or cease, as your toes pull back. At no time should you feel numbness or lose circulation. Your toes will be in contact with the end of the boot, unlike in a properly fit street or athletic shoe (snowboard boots are designed to fit more snugly than your other shoes). When you have achieved this combination of firm pressure and no circulation loss, you have found the correct size!
Awesome advice! I wish I had known that when I started in the sport in the early 90's. I think I was riding in Sorel snow boots for the first couple years! Then rode in size 10 Vans Shaun Palmers for a few years, got into size 9 Burton Serow's, finally I tried on a TON of boots and I'm in a size 7.5 now. Amazing that I was wearing boots that were 2 sizes too big for years!

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Really great tips, thanks for sharing them with me

If I have enough time, I would love to check it out, haven't even heard of it. I'm taking the virtual tour, and it looks awesome. Once I get comfortable on my board again and get over my fear of possibly falling on my ass again (buying azzpad so my already broken tailbone wont get more broken), I would love to try a real mountain instead of the baby hill here we call Blue lol
Yup I hurt my tailbone on the 1/4 pipe at Blue Mountain back in the day. Not fun! Blue is really good training for the big hill though. Really fast lifts and you can do tons of laps to get your technique down pat. Don't be scared of a bigger hill though, most/all big hills have a wide variety of runs so you can work your way up in comfort.

Jay Peak just happens to be my first big hill (I was actually 8 or so when I was still on skis!), and I brought my GF there for her first big hill. She loved it and still says that she loves it after riding all over the rocky mountains!

Happy boarding this year!
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I got my first season pass when I was 23. Now that you've got a set up I really hope you go out and buy season pass! There is no other way to progress without going regularly and is by far the best value if you go at least 10 times it'll save you $$

I think I got 40-50 days my first season riding and I became obsessed! I was hitting jumps my first season by spring time.. all though not properly at the time. Lol. If you really get stoked about riding I could say realistically you can be doing basic tricks by the end of this winter if you really wanted to.

Last season I got somewhere around 130 days of riding. haha now I'm 26 and I just wanted to say cheers and I'm glad to see another rider come out of hibernation. It's never too late to learn something new and be good at it. I'm killing it after 3 seasons and I hope you can discover a new passion like I did Hope you like your new set up!
Jay Peak is a killer mountain. However you may want to wait a season before tree riding.. Good Luck!
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Yup I hurt my tailbone on the 1/4 pipe at Blue Mountain back in the day. Not fun! Blue is really good training for the big hill though. Really fast lifts and you can do tons of laps to get your technique down pat. Don't be scared of a bigger hill though, most/all big hills have a wide variety of runs so you can work your way up in comfort.

Jay Peak just happens to be my first big hill (I was actually 8 or so when I was still on skis!), and I brought my GF there for her first big hill. She loved it and still says that she loves it after riding all over the rocky mountains!

Happy boarding this year!
Ouch, I feel you. I'm only scared because the pain was so horrible... lol. I would be driving to that moutain, would love to check it out if even for just a weekend (sooo many things to do there!), and hopefully my car will make it hehe. I hope I have enough banked time since my vacation days will be eaten up by this sloppy weather we seem to be having...


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I got my first season pass when I was 23. Now that you've got a set up I really hope you go out and buy season pass! There is no other way to progress without going regularly and is by far the best value if you go at least 10 times it'll save you $$

I think I got 40-50 days my first season riding and I became obsessed! I was hitting jumps my first season by spring time.. all though not properly at the time. Lol. If you really get stoked about riding I could say realistically you can be doing basic tricks by the end of this winter if you really wanted to.

Last season I got somewhere around 130 days of riding. haha now I'm 26 and I just wanted to say cheers and I'm glad to see another rider come out of hibernation. It's never too late to learn something new and be good at it. I'm killing it after 3 seasons and I hope you can discover a new passion like I did Hope you like your new set up!
Jay Peak is a killer mountain. However you may want to wait a season before tree riding.. Good Luck!
Will def be waiting a season for tree riding I also started boarding when I was 23, I got about 15 days in. The season after that I had in 10 days before I broke the tailbone. Since it took almost a whole year to heal I did not go last season... not that it matters since we barely had any snow around here. I will be buying a seasons pass at horseshoe valley since it's the closest and most familiar to me. Snow valley sucks and I will be going to Blue here and there with friends who come up from the city. I'm hoping that with my new setup, I'll become comfortable again in no time.

You guys have been soooooo helpful Thanks so much for taking the time to respond to my posts...

Just playing the waiting game for my new camp seven. Now to add to my now broken and in need of tender love and care 5150 and Lamar board with burton citizen bindings and very old citizen boots
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Last season I got somewhere around 130 days of riding. haha now I'm 26 and I just wanted to say cheers and I'm glad to see another rider come out of hibernation.
Do you not work? Only way I could have done that many days last year would be if I worked at a hill... Which wouldn't both me at all. I'm hoping for 50 days this year...

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I will be buying a seasons pass at horseshoe valley since it's the closest and most familiar to me. Snow valley sucks and I will be going to Blue here and there with friends who come up from the city. I'm hoping that with my new setup, I'll become comfortable again in no time.
LOL snow valley is where I did my first turns on a real snowboard (not a plastic Canadian Tire board) they used to have a little half pipe and some jumps but I haven't been there in probably 15+ years.

Blue's 5x7 pass is a pretty good deal, I had it for about 5 years in a row. $175 or so and you get a full pass except weekend days. If you can get any kind of modified work schedule then it works great, head up on a Monday-Tuesday and board all over an empty hill.

Bought my season pass for this year back in June. The early bird rate was $1300... Seems steep but that includes some of the best resorts in the rockies. Fernie, Lake Louise, and Kicking Horse. lol

Now it's time to start praying to the snow gods (oh yeah it's already snowed on top of some of the mountains out here, there's a reason I jumped at the chance to move from Ontario!)
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Do you not work? Only way I could have done that many days last year would be if I worked at a hill... Which wouldn't both me at all. I'm hoping for 50 days this year...
Kinda didn't work...
I got laid off from my summer job on Oct 1st. Saved $3000. Bought a Vail resorts pass (8 mountains) got in my car drove to CO from NH. Couch surfed from Nov-April. Got hired on the Winter Dew Tour working 3 major national snowboard competitions. Worked 6 weeks all winter with my snowboard by my side. So yeah it wasn't the typical 9-5 way of living.

and I snowboarded in Argentina in August /sept because of an airline credit I had to use by default... that kinda helped also
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Blue's 5x7 pass is a pretty good deal, I had it for about 5 years in a row. $175 or so and you get a full pass except weekend days. If you can get any kind of modified work schedule then it works great, head up on a Monday-Tuesday and board all over an empty hill.

Bought my season pass for this year back in June. The early bird rate was $1300... Seems steep but that includes some of the best resorts in the rockies. Fernie, Lake Louise, and Kicking Horse. lol

Now it's time to start praying to the snow gods (oh yeah it's already snowed on top of some of the mountains out here, there's a reason I jumped at the chance to move from Ontario!)
Since I am most likely going to be working 9 to 5 through the winter if it's like last years winter, there won't be much boarding going on. I'll go nights probably 4 or 5 nights a week, unless ofcourse theres lots of snow as per usual

Sounds like that's money well spent if you can afford the time to travel... my co worker keeps telling me to go to Fernie, says it's like nothing in Ontario...

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I got laid off from my summer job on Oct 1st. Saved $3000. Bought a Vail resorts pass (8 mountains) got in my car drove to CO from NH. Couch surfed from Nov-April. Got hired on the Winter Dew Tour working 3 major national snowboard competitions. Worked 6 weeks all winter with my snowboard by my side. So yeah it wasn't the typical 9-5 way of living and I snowboarded in Argentina in August /sept because of an airline credit I had to use by default... that kinda helped also
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