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Old 11-08-2007, 12:48 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Anywhere in Colorado to get your speed clocked?

I've gotten to the point where I can haul ass on a snowboard...and have been wondering, is there anywhere in Colorado where they can clock your speed on the mountain to determine how fast you are going? I would really like to know because it seems to feel like around 40 in a car or so, but it's so hard to judge the difference between a car and a board. For all I know it could be more like 20 or 30 and just feels fast on a board (I'm talking mph here)
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Old 11-08-2007, 04:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Supposedly using a GPS I hit 65mph on sleeper at Winterpark. It was the first one of the day and freshly groomed. Could it have been a lot less, probably. The board I was using then was a stable curd busting tank so maybe I did. Wolfy is right though, if you want to get your speed the best method right now is GPS. All others involve reckless riding and ski patrol...
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Old 11-08-2007, 08:00 PM   #3 (permalink)
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holy crap.... i never even considered how fast i was going in mph figures. 65mph is just friggin nuts.
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holy crap.... i never even considered how fast i was going in mph figures. 65mph is just friggin nuts.

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Old 11-09-2007, 01:10 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Some resorts have slope patrol out with radar guns, to pull your pass if you're going too fast. give that a shot.

radio shack used to sell radar guns for cheap, and I'm sure there are other online suppliers, but if you have a GPS that's not a bad solution either.
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Old 11-09-2007, 08:09 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Use GPS. It is far far faaarrr more accurate than using a radar gun. A GPS takes into consideration the altitude and how much wind resistance there is etc while a radar tries to get a pinging signal which can, and is very inaccurate depending on what you're trying to read.

The reason I say this is because it Teutonia, Brazil, there were quite a few riders that were trying for the world's fastest record on a skateboard and the company was unable to get an accurate read as to how fast the skaters were going, which is rather unfortunate because alot of people were working hard for this record but Guiness World Records had bailed out.
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Old 11-09-2007, 09:09 AM   #7 (permalink)
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One other thing, (gets on soapbox) if you do the high speed, balls to the wall, mach 10 run thing, do it first thing in the morning. It's not kewl to go bombing down you local hills intermediate run with tons of people on it. One minor mistake and a collision could kill you, someone else, or both. It's happened here with both skiers and boarders and is completely lame. So get first lift and hit the groomed trail and fly. That way the only idiot in danger is yourself. It's definitely fun to do but be considerate of others and do it when it's reasonable.
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Old 11-09-2007, 09:20 AM   #8 (permalink)
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yeah man... too many noobs french frying when they should have pizza'd out there. i'll run into at least one person each season even when going moderate speeds because of random zig zaggers... which i guess doesn't say much for my ability to snowboard, but whatever. i prefer to blame the victim. heh.
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Old 11-09-2007, 07:49 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Well I only haul ass when it is wide open, believe me. As a kid I was sent to the hospital because of some jackass yuppie at Keystone who didn't really know how to ski, but just well enough to go fast and not fall before he got to me. I was thinking something more along the lines of maybe after winter park or someone had a ski race they might let the public hit the course to check their time/speed. I'll definitely check into getting a GPS. I really want to know. Sometimes my jacket and pants are ripping around in the wind like a windsock. Am I the only one that wants to know?
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Nah. I'm pretty curious about my speed too. I'm just saying, take GPS over radar, as GPS factors in stuff like altitude, wind pressure etc etc, and it's easier to pinpoint how fast you're going, because you're not a small moving object, which is what the problem was in Brazil. K-Rimes (one of the skaters) was wearing a speedsuit that was too difficult to pinpoint, so what the timers got him to do was wear as much material as possible that would ping back the signal, which was self defeating in a way, because it reduced the aerodynamacy of everything.
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