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Never been to Timber Ridge, but the general consensus among people I know that have tend to like Bittersweet better. I think Bittersweet may be a bit pricier though, but it's a fun place to ride. If you stay off the blacks I think you can buy a cheaper ticket that accesses a lot of green and blue terrain, however. Went there for the first time this season and had a lot of fun. Heading back there this Sunday likely.

Their beginner area is a really great place to help a new rider in his/her transition to blues, and their runs are surprisingly long for a southern Michigan hill.
That sounds a lot like what I am looking for. I have started blues lately, but my last trip out was a bust - it was this past weekend and I forgot about the holiday. The hill was packed. I am assuming that weekdays should be pretty clear?
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That sounds a lot like what I am looking for. I have started blues lately, but my last trip out was a bust - it was this past weekend and I forgot about the holiday. The hill was packed. I am assuming that weekdays should be pretty clear?
Never been there on a weekday but I imagine it's better than the weekend. We were there on a Saturday night this year and there were A LOT of people, but lines moved quickly and runs weren't crowded because of the way the place is laid out.
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Never been there on a weekday but I imagine it's better than the weekend. We were there on a Saturday night this year and there were A LOT of people, but lines moved quickly and runs weren't crowded because of the way the place is laid out.
Thanks for the info. I will keep an eye on the web cams this week and see how busy they are during the day.

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Yes, be careful using chairlift #3 (the one immediately left of the Express). The let-off point is awkward; it kind of slopes down to the left right away. Be ready to skate downhill slightly before being able to strap in. Also, if you can't tackle steep terrain at all, DO NOT use the Sweet Express. Even though it accesses beginner, intermediate and advanced runs, you have to come down a pretty steep drop to get off the landing zone.

The way to do it if you're not comfortable skating or with steeper terrain is to take the chair to the left of the beginner tow rope. It takes you up a very long bunny hill. On your way up, you'll see two more chairs to your right. When you get off that lift, strap in and ride down towards those two chairs, cutting across halfway down the bunny slope. Once you're over there, there's plenty of stuff to keep you busy for a night.

For the record, Columbine and Snowberry are my favorite runs there. Great intermediate terrain, wide and lots of dips and depressions to keep you busy. Great for practicing turns.

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Oh, I didn't watch the second video. Someone in his family has to own it though. The lift still works and had power to it (gas?). As cool as it is, they still took advantage of someone's hard work without permission. I'm sure they had no clue about it though so not saying it was anything intentional.

Man, let's all take out loans and buy the place. Worst case scenario, we are in debt up to our eyeballs, but with a private mountain to shred on!

@Trapper, I honestly think you'll love it even more with the right bindings. Truth be told, the Missions are rather underpowered for the Heritage. Something stiffer would probably make you that much happier. Plus you'll have the Missions on swap on it the days you're feeling more playful.

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@Trapper, I honestly think you'll love it even more with the right bindings. Truth be told, the Missions are rather underpowered for the Heritage. Something stiffer would probably make you that much happier. Plus you'll have the Missions on swap on it the days you're feeling more playful.
Yes once I sat down and thought about it, I realized that the bindings were probably the reason for the board not feeling as stiff as I had planned. For now these will have to do but as I mentioned, I'm not concerned because I am having a blast.

On that note, if I decide to go the Flow route, I'm going to give the NX2-RS's a try. If I don't, I was thinking about some Cartels. Any other suggestions worthy of looking into?
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Thanks for the info. I will keep an eye on the web cams this week and see how busy they are during the day.

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Don't waste your time with Timber Ridge...Bittersweet is better. Weekdays are dead...might be a little more busy this week with some schools off, but it rained yesterday, then froze instantly, and now it's snowing. The rest of the week looks pretty good.
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Yes once I sat down and thought about it, I realized that the bindings were probably the reason for the board not feeling as stiff as I had planned. For now these will have to do but as I mentioned, I'm not concerned because I am having a blast.

On that note, if I decide to go the Flow route, I'm going to give the NX2-RS's a try. If I don't, I was thinking about some Cartels. Any other suggestions worthy of looking into?
Trapper, you can thank me later. From Backcountry, and like they say contact flow and your might get the discs free...eh likely not....

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Burton: Cartels sound good. Restricted Malavita (just a touch softer than cartels, more comfortable IMO). Diode (probably best match if you can get a deal on these expensive beasts).

Ride: Capo, Maestro (step up in stiffness from Capo), or if you want beasty stiff... El Hefe.


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