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Old 12-29-2012, 10:25 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Star Wars is off of the west side of the main hill. When you get off of big white, you take the ridge run under the old lift and dive off to riders left. As you ride down this path, there is an old wooden sign that says Star Wars. That entire side of the mountain is epic timber all the way down to the lower cat track.
Oh okay I know where that is, I'll have to ride that next time
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Old 12-30-2012, 01:48 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Are there any signs to look for that trees may have wells? I do a fair bit of riding through trees and plenty of times alone but never really been aware of the dangers of tree wells. In Australia it isn't something discussed as rarely get such deep amounts of snow and most alpine trees a small in oz. Siberia is a different story though so would love to get more info on this topic.
As Snowolf touched on you need specific type of trees to form tree wells. In Aus we don't get tree wells at all. Mainly due to the reason we don't get the volume of snow as they do in the PNW BUT even if we did, tree wells wouldn't from with our alpine gum trees. They are the complete wrong shape and they don't spread out at the bottom and taper at the top.
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Old 12-30-2012, 06:43 AM   #13 (permalink)
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...if you said the words "last run" then that is almost surely why this happened. don't even say it to yourself in your mind - tell yourself "well self, lets take a run and we'll see how we feel at the bottom".

NEVER say last run.
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...this is not a myth or superstition!! I'm still a NooB & 1st two times on a board, I said that out loud to myself,.. those 2 "last runs" resulted in my worst, most painful injuries since learnig. (so far!!) And I didn't even know about this particular snowboarding jinx yet! If I even catch myself just thinking it now, I make sure a get a random # of runs in afterward!

I'm a believer!!

Very Glad u made it out to tell us about it!! Just the thought of being buried in snow like that makes all the hair on my sack stand straight up!!!! (...looks like a mutant hedgehog!!)

Hope ur knees recover ok, n be careful out there!

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...Damn, Mutant Hedgehog?? TMI wasn't it? I gotta stop doin' that!!!
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Old 12-30-2012, 08:11 AM   #14 (permalink)
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glad your ok. hope your knees heals soon and check out that Star Wars run. be sure bring a buddy with you though
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Old 12-30-2012, 08:54 AM   #15 (permalink)
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As Snowolf touched on you need specific type of trees to form tree wells. In Aus we don't get tree wells at all. Mainly due to the reason we don't get the volume of snow as they do in the PNW BUT even if we did, tree wells wouldn't from with our alpine gum trees. They are the complete wrong shape and they don't spread out at the bottom and taper at the top.
Thanks mate and thanks for the link and pic Snowolf..I'll study up on this and ask the guides when I go to Priiskovy if they have issues with tree wells.

Not sure if I can post links but this is a site for free ride tours in a mountain near where I am living in Siberia. They have snowcats to take you to top of the mountain and is an amazing adventure although it's quite remote and a hell of a long way from the states...Приисковый: фрирайд и сноукэтскиинг в Сибири
If you type in priiskovy in google there's some good you tube clips as well
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PS..if you use google chrome it will translate russian to english for you
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Old 12-30-2012, 12:00 PM   #17 (permalink)
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glad your ok. hope your knees heals soon and check out that Star Wars run. be sure bring a buddy with you though
Thank you, My right knee was fucked up before this happened so I'm not sure how long my season will last.
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Dang, be careful around them! I believe the statistics show there is only a 10% survival rate if you go head first into one.
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Dang, be careful around them! I believe the statistics show there is only a 10% survival rate if you go head first into one.
that sounds like 99% bullshit.
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I would like to see a photo of this rig your talking about. Thanks in advance.
It's an easy diy... a little piece of stiff cord between the binding ratchets, looped and tied off with a couple of zip ties at each end. Some of ratchets require drilling a hole in the tab of the ratchet. It works well....just pull and both release...fast and easy...and it also makes it easier to get strapped in. Volie light rail bindings apparently come this way and its where I got the idea. Having been in a treewell, in deep poo and now with a split; there are definite reasons to have something rigged to get out of bindings fast and easier.

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