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Old 04-13-2012, 05:46 PM   #21 (permalink)
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In Spring conditions the right base structure can be more important than wax for potential speed. It's possible your Vapor has a "very fine" base structure and what you currently need for slushy Spring time snow is a "coarse" structure.
Good point... I just got a base grind with coarse structure for spring snow (and Mt. Hood summer snow).
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Old 04-13-2012, 05:55 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Good point... I just got a base grind with coarse structure for spring snow (and Mt. Hood summer snow).
What a coincidence, that's where I'm at. People who ride Palmer all summer usually have a board or skis dedicated for that area.
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Old 04-13-2012, 05:59 PM   #23 (permalink)
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What a coincidence, that's where I'm at. People who ride Palmer all summer usually have a board or skis dedicated for that area.
Wait, are you THE GRIZ? (see below) I thought you were a figment of the imagination of the people of Fernie?

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Old 04-13-2012, 06:00 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Wait... is you question that you want to go faster? Or why can't you go faster than your friend?

It doesn't take that much skill to flatboard straight down a groomed slope (just when you make a mistake, the penalties are higher) - that's probably when your less skill friend is able to keep up with you.

Wind resistance is a pretty big factor (makes a big difference at over 65m mph). - that's WHY racers wear those silly suits (I'm sure they aren't thrilled about the fashion statement either... at least I hope not).

Board/dampness length does help as well (if money is not a factor... can't go wrong with Kessler's new "The Ride" freeride board)

Or... you could simply go to a steeper slope - Siberia is decently steep... but I even I (and I don't like flatboarding that much) straight-line most of that slope before pulling a loop at the bottom. Maybe try the groomed runs off of Granite Chief or Silverado at Squaw?
Yeah, if you follow the chair line and stay right you only need to make a few small turns that require almost no edge if, and only if, it is freshly groomed. I like doing Granite Chief a lot to, but generally it is too choppy to straightline it unless you have a death wish! I'll typically straight line the second half but people typically destroy the top half of that run early on in the day. Silverado is also a lot of fun but my favorite bombing spot is definitely Siberia!
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In Spring conditions the right base structure can be more important than wax for potential speed. It's possible your Vapor has a "very fine" base structure and what you currently need for slushy Spring time snow is a "coarse" structure.
this has been happening all season... but it has been unusually warm. Yes the vapor has a very fine base structure. During the spring I pretty much go for the park board every day because I always end up there once the snow is too soft for my liking.
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it has been unusually warm + a very fine base structure
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Do you have a board you can dedicate as a Spring board (I wouldn't do it to the Vapor)? Coarse structure with a high fluro wax would probably make a difference.
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Wait, are you THE GRIZ?
Get rid of the maple leaf and I look pretty close to the pic. Is it possible to be a figment of one's own imagination?

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Do you have a board you can dedicate as a Spring board (I wouldn't do it to the Vapor)? Coarse structure with a high fluro wax would probably make a difference.
Not really - but not out of the question. I'll start watching craigslist - I saw a pretty much brand new t-rice for $250 a couple weeks ago! It was sold in about 5 hours, but somebody got that board for a steal (pun sort of intended?).
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If you're looking at Craig's list to find a board to be built into a Spring Season Bomber, another thing to consider is length and camber. I'd suggest upper 160's and traditional camber if you want to maximize speed over all other attributes.
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