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12-12-2012 12:26 PM
poutanen
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Originally Posted by Snowolf View Post
When the lifts are running at the resorts out west, I take advantage of them and I am in agreement with you that there is never going to be a shortage of incredible terrain at resorts out here...(see, as long as we avoid politics, we do agree on many things....). I don't ever see a day where I will only do backcountry, I like to shred too much to limit myself that much.
Yeah I just won't debate American politics with you anymore! (arguably I know very little about them anyway) but we can debate Canadian politics anytime! lol

There is something great about running 80+ km on the snow in bounds. It's a great workout!

I see myself in the future running a few backcountry lines a year, when conditions are safe and I've scouted the area. Other than that I do enjoy everything we've got to experince as far as in bounds terrain goes!
12-12-2012 01:47 AM
poutanen
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Originally Posted by killclimbz View Post
Avalanches are something to be chicken about. They are about as dangerous a thing as you can deal with out there. Weather may be the only thing more dangerous while out in the backcountry.
It's funny because as I was driving into Banff today I saw a line that looked spectacular. A big open ridge with good snow coverage, unfortunately above it is a cliff, and below it is a very sharp valley/waterfall/cliff.

It's VERY accessible from the road, and I imagine if I scouted it out there's a way to hike up and probably back down once at the bottom of the bowl.

I would love to hit it one day, and many of the other lines I spot while in and around the Canadian rockies. But until the time that I get plenty of avalanche training and plenty of time spent with people that have the competence to safely be in the backcountry, I have no right to be there...

Looking forward to the day that I do!
12-11-2012 10:48 AM
killclimbz
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Originally Posted by poutanen View Post
Yeah don't get me wrong, every time I drive to the resorts I'm looking at lines all over the place and dreaming. I guess what I'm saying is I want to get better so I can fully appreciate it. And I'm more than a little chicken about avalanches.

I realize that I can be educated on them, but I'm not sure how extreme I want to take my extreme sport?

After 21 years of resort riding I still find great stuff to hit in bounds!
Avalanches are something to be chicken about. They are about as dangerous a thing as you can deal with out there. Weather may be the only thing more dangerous while out in the backcountry.

Conditions are starting to look up around Colorado. Might be heading back up to Cameron again this weekend as that is where the coverage is these days. If anyone is interested in joining shoot me a PM.
12-04-2012 02:06 PM
poutanen
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Originally Posted by killclimbz View Post
And the backcountry is better than your resorts. Your local backcountry. Whatever mows your lawn...
Yeah don't get me wrong, every time I drive to the resorts I'm looking at lines all over the place and dreaming. I guess what I'm saying is I want to get better so I can fully appreciate it. And I'm more than a little chicken about avalanches.

I realize that I can be educated on them, but I'm not sure how extreme I want to take my extreme sport?

After 21 years of resort riding I still find great stuff to hit in bounds!
12-04-2012 01:20 PM
killclimbz And the backcountry is better than your resorts. Your local backcountry. Whatever mows your lawn...
12-04-2012 12:04 PM
poutanen
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Originally Posted by StreetDoc View Post
hah, she's looking... and aggressive! Bad ass snowboard (border cross racer) she's no model but she's attractive. I think she's too aggressive for a lot of the guys she meets, she got shot down hard on the chairlift on sunday at copper, quite funny!
That's a lot better than most of the timid girls out there... Maybe some people want to have a girlfriend to baby, not me!!!

Well have fun out there, I'd love to get into splitboarding one of these days. I think I'm going to be a resort hound here for a while yet though. Our resorts are too good to pass up!
12-04-2012 11:17 AM
StreetDoc
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Pictures? I'll make the drive... lol
hah, she's looking... and aggressive! Bad ass snowboard (border cross racer) she's no model but she's attractive. I think she's too aggressive for a lot of the guys she meets, she got shot down hard on the chairlift on sunday at copper, quite funny!
12-04-2012 11:04 AM
poutanen
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If we ever get any snow... I'm taking Avy 1 in early february with my wife and another chick (single!).
Pictures? I'll make the drive... lol
12-04-2012 11:04 AM
StreetDoc Cool I've got a buddy in town the 11th to ride I'll see if he wants to check it out, if not I'll try to hit the 17th if I can get off work early. I did a couple of the awareness classes last year (REI), definitely a good idea before the class. Just ordered the book, thanks.
12-04-2012 10:59 AM
killclimbz If you haven't already, pick up and read Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain by Bruce Tremper. Great thing to have read before you take a Level I. Friends of Berthoud Pass also has several free Avalanche Awareness Classes scheduled around the Metro area. They are great intro's and primer's for those going to take a Level I. They are also great refreshers for us vets too. Especially after the Summer lay off.

The next two classes are December 11th at the Go Lite Store in Boulder and December 17th at the Oriental Theater in Denver. Classes run about two hours and cover the basics that a Level I will expand upon. Start time is 7pm.
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