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Hey folks. My wife and I just moved to Tacoma from middle Tennessee and we're excited to be near some mountains with natural snow. The 6 hour drive to NC to ride artificial are a thing of the past (for this season, at least)! My job is going to lend itself to a lot of night/evening riding, so we've got passes to Snoqualmie since they seem to be the most "night" friendly, but we'll definitely be spending some time at Crystal, Stevens, and others.

I'm looking for a new board, and would love any advice on shops, swaps, etc. in the area.

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Welcome to the pnw...pm if ur up this way for a tour of the little hill. CL, evo, rei garage sale, iirc there is also OR in sodo, paddyguchi, NF and swaps. The baker swap is happen as I type...picked up arcteryx gor shell for 100, volcom gor gloves for 20 and OR gor mitts for 30 and passed on some other good stuff. Today picked up off CL a yakima skybox for 50. Imo lib and gnu are the local go to rides in part is because they are tested and developed for pnw conditions and terrain. Idk about Tacky area but there are a fair amount of gear whores in the area and they are constantly chasing after the latest and getting rid of stuff from a season or two. There are lots of folks that have a crap load of gear that they keep...such as a ski bud has over 45 pairs of skis and will often bring 10-12 to the hill for the day.


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Welcome to the pnw. I'm over here in the lake tapps area and I get season pass ever year to snoqualmie. So I know the place pretty well. What type of board are u looking for?
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Thanks! I've spent a couple of seasons in NC and VT on an older Rossi 155, camber and pretty stiff. I've liked it pretty well and don't want something too far off of that. Mostly looking to step up from an entry level board. Maybe a hybrid camber and slightly less stiff? I want an all-mountain board, but lean a little more towards the freeride side of things than park. I've had my eye on Jones Mtn Twin, NS West, and Oz Woody (among a dozen others).

Does anyone host demo days around here? I haven't really found much. I stopped in at Evo a few days ago while I was up in Fremont doing touristy stuff.
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idk about the other hills around here, but at bakes you can do a performance rental and then switch out boards whenever you want...thus you can demo abunch of boards in a day. Or come up during LBS and various board co do demos. Otherwise you got to key into board tours by a specific manufacturers to find out when they will be on the hill...check manufacturer's websites


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Otherwise you got to key into board tours by a specific manufacturers to find out when they will be on the hill...check manufacturer's websites
Seems like somebody would curate a list of these by state/region.

Baker has some manufacturer's listed on their website for their performance rentals, but no specifics on models/sizes. I emailed to see if that had a list of it. Even if they don't have the exact models, it would still be a good way to check out different flexes, profiles, etc.
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no curated list ... cause it changes from year to year... as for demos/rental there is a couple of places around town to rent...but they usually only have the intermediate/advanced stuff and rarely have the high-end flagship stuff for rent. And bakes...well idk...doubt that they even know what they have...and at the end of the season they will sell off abunch of their performance demo/rental stuff....pm sent


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Hey Im a little west of Seattle, Snoqualmie is my stomping ground for snowboarding also but alpental in my opinion is better terrain compared to snoqualmie (theyre about 5 miles apart) since alpental is a bit more rugged and intermediate. Crystal is much better then both however

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Hey Im a little west of Seattle, Snoqualmie is my stomping ground for snowboarding also but alpental in my opinion is better terrain compared to snoqualmie (theyre about 5 miles apart) since alpental is a bit more rugged and intermediate. Crystal is much better then both however

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That's pretty much the same conclusions I've reached. Stevens Pass looks like a whole lot of fun, too, but a bit of a drive. Because of my job, we'll probably do a lot of weekday evenings at Snoqualmie, and Crystal/Stevens on weekends.

I know the answer to "When will they open?" is "It depends on the weather," but who normally opens first? And how are the roads? 4wd or chains necessary?
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That's pretty much the same conclusions I've reached. Stevens Pass looks like a whole lot of fun, too, but a bit of a drive. Because of my job, we'll probably do a lot of weekday evenings at Snoqualmie, and Crystal/Stevens on weekends.

I know the answer to "When will they open?" is "It depends on the weather," but who normally opens first? And how are the roads? 4wd or chains necessary?
Tbh, I dont know when they open. I just got into snowboarding last season mid season so Im not sure. Been told mid november is usually the earliest theyll open if the weather permits it. I do practically only evening and night skiing also. Stevens pass I havent gone snowboarding at but used to ski there and cant remember much about it.

What kind of car or truck are you driving? I have an old toyota pickup 4x4 and well, straight rwd sucks. Front wheel drive can be done, but definitely get chains and winter tires. The end of the season the roads are fine and not snow covered but from like november to December its straight snow and ice on the road from my memory. Id go up and slide around in the snow for fun in my truck.

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