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Damn dude.
If you’re on east coast I’ll buy you a lift ticket!


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LOL it's all good man. Honestly when the lockdowns were starting I thought it was game over.
I'm in the west and got a pass to Silverstar...which is one of my most hated mountains, but I'll get to shred with my family so that will be rad.
 

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Resort Quiver:
  • Moss Wingswallow 149 - Change of pace carver, crazy maneuverable, pretty good in pow. Probably selling this one. I'm biased towards boards I can ride in all conditions, and this one is a bit of a specialist.
  • United Shapes Orbit 157 - New to me, hopefully the new daily driver. Resort charger and up to maybe a foot of pow.
  • Moss Swallow 162 - Pow board, early morning groomer board before crowds show up. Definite keeper.
  • Rome Blur / Anthem 162 - Former daily driver. Probably selling this. Great board, broke in a little softer than my preference.
  • United Shapes Cadet 162 - Most likely the early season / rock board. It's still in pretty good shape, but the base is getting beat up. I know it floats well and can take a hit. Possibly will sell this instead of the Cadet, TBD.
  • Dupraz D1 6' Plus - Charging carver, big mountain pow board. Definite keeper.
  • Binders:
    • NOW Drive
    • Now Pilots
    • 2 sets of Toolless Kingpins for easy swaps
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Backcountry Quiver
  • Weston Pow Surfer 157 - I'm going to try to carry this on my back on short tours... do a few hike
  • Weston Backwoods 163 - Workhorse splitboard.
  • Binders:
    • Spark Surge with Burton ankle straps
    • Karakoram Connect-R - We'll see on these. I picked these up for mixed split / touring trips so I only need to bring one set of bindings. We'll see if they make it into the rotation as either dedicated solid or split bindings.
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Per my previous post, I did end up picking up a set of K2 Aspect boots. If those work out, I'll sell my 32 TM2 XLTs.
I picked up the connect-R's on the same line of thinking! Will be riding then this season so I'd love to hear your thoughts on it and compare with my experience. I haven't found (m)any reviews of them. I'm thinking they'll be as responsive as Now's but I think their chassis flex will be different.
 

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If I may just slide on in here...
I’ve been lurking on this site for the past year and a half, learning as much as I can from all you fine folks here, educating myself as much as possible, so I haven’t posted much simply because I didn’t have anything of value to add to a conversation.
BUT now I wanted to join the stoke, since I have no snowboarding friends and I’m hella STOKED about my new setup for this coming season.
This is my 2020 Niche Nightshade 145 cm with 2021 Union Juliet bindings.

Side note: any other Midwest riders out here?
 

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If I may just slide on in here...
I’ve been lurking on this site for the past year and a half, learning as much as I can from all you fine folks here, educating myself as much as possible, so I haven’t posted much simply because I didn’t have anything of value to add to a conversation.
BUT now I wanted to join the stoke, since I have no snowboarding friends and I’m hella STOKED about my new setup for this coming season.
This is my 2020 Niche Nightshade 145 cm with 2021 Union Juliet bindings.

Side note: any other Midwest riders out here?
Beautiful board. One of these days a niche will be in my quiver.
 

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Beautiful board. One of these days a niche will be in my quiver.
Thank you, I’m not gonna lie, I fell in love with their boards on appearance first (shame on me) but the specs on the Nightshade were what I was looking for, so I went with it. It’s all mountain, camber dominant hybrid, medium flex, twin shape, which is what I was looking for. She’s a babe, can’t wait to ride the f*** outta her :LOL:
 

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If I may just slide on in here...
I’ve been lurking on this site for the past year and a half, learning as much as I can from all you fine folks here, educating myself as much as possible, so I haven’t posted much simply because I didn’t have anything of value to add to a conversation.
BUT now I wanted to join the stoke, since I have no snowboarding friends and I’m hella STOKED about my new setup for this coming season.
This is my 2020 Niche Nightshade 145 cm with 2021 Union Juliet bindings.

Side note: any other Midwest riders out here?
Those of us who have no snowboarding friends do have compensations. Like being able to set our pace and choose our runs, and go for lunch when we want.
 

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Those of us who have no snowboarding friends do have compensations. Like being able to set our pace and choose our runs, and go for lunch when we want.
You are absolutely right, I’m totally fine with riding alone a vast majority of the time. In fact, I’d prefer it most times. The problem is when I’m not on the snow and I wanna geek about snowboarding (which I always want to do) there isn’t a person in sight who even knows what I’m talking about or cares lmao. Don’t get me wrong, all my friends (and really, anyone who has stood too close to me for too long) has seen my pictures of my board lmao. But not having any snowboarding friends means not sharing that stoke for it in real life, people are just like “wow it’s that crazy girl talking about the snow again”
 

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I ride quite a bit by myself and love it for the most part. Only problem is having to be a little more careful/thoughtful about where I'm going.

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Interesting discussion -- riding alone.

These days and for the foreseeable future, I think the only peeps I'm going to be riding with consistently, are my dad and my sister (both skiers) -- this does not include locals that I'll get to know and take laps here and there with, next season (should've happened this season, but this season never really happened down here).

Had a small crew that I rode with in 2018 every single time I went to the snow, we even went to Japan last year, then back in Aus for some of last season. Things came to a head, and I just snapped at the very end of last season and booked a couple of 3 day trips up at Buller, by myself.

FARRRRRRK that was eye opening. Maybe I was simply "in the wrong room" with those guys, but gosh darnit it was nice to finally be able to snowboard without so much fcking drama all the time!!!!! I found myself feeling sorry for myself, at how for the last two seasons, I'd allowed such toxicity to violate my riding, simply by thinking that we were a "crew", and only ever riding with those guys.

I find a certain.... contentment, riding alone these days. I'm never gonna be the pro I wanted to be when I was 16, I'm now more prone to injury, so I just take my time, enjoy it, focus on technique and style, and if I have a mere 15x high value runs in a day (where I've slowed things down and I'm on point, as far as style/technique), then to me, that's a damn good day on the hill, even if it was just by myself / with my old man.
 

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Though it's fun riding with other snowboarders, I don't see a problem with riding with skiers... Whining about skiers is just silly.

I've gone riding with snowboarders once. At the end of the day the main reason I had fun with them was because they were nice people, not because they had snowboards... even if it was a lot of fun sharing the stoke for the board.
 

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Since i'm usually sneaking out for a few hours on weekdays i typically ride solo. Then on weekends i take my kids. This season i have my nephew living near me and he's as obsessed with snowboarding as I am so i'll have him to ride with which will be nice. Especially for going out of bounds or riding trees which i like to do.
 

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Attitude > Ability or what's attached to your feet for me. I'll happily do slower laps with beginner friends just buttering and messing around on sidehits, as long as they're as stoked to be up there as I am. One of my favourite riding buds is a skier, permanently stoked and just in the best mood it's infectious, happy to send literally anything on the mountain or just cruise and play. Also, they come in handy for traversing to the goods ;)
 

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Though it's fun riding with other snowboarders, I don't see a problem with riding with skiers... Whining about skiers is just silly.

I've gone riding with snowboarders once. At the end of the day the main reason I had fun with them was because they were nice people, not because they had snowboards... even if it was a lot of fun sharing the stoke for the board.
Its because of my looks, right?
 

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I prefer riding alone mostly because it’s what I’m used to. I was introduced to snowboarding by people who just go once or twice a year. I fell madly in love, and the only way I was going to learn how and really ride was to go alone and take lessons, so that’s what I did. I’ve been pretty much riding alone since the beginning, but I will say that the random lift line buddies I’ve done a few laps with are almost always skiers. While it’s always a good time ragging on the skiers, I don’t actually care what equipment anyone rides, like Phedder said, it’s more about who can share the stoke for the snow.
 

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Since i'm usually sneaking out for a few hours on weekdays i typically ride solo. Then on weekends i take my kids. This season i have my nephew living near me and he's as obsessed with snowboarding as I am so i'll have him to ride with which will be nice. Especially for going out of bounds or riding trees which i like to do.
How old are your kids? I’ve got a 4 year old and a 3 year old and I’m really looking forward to when they can come with me. I took my 4 year old out on skis once last season, she had a great time, though it seems like it’ll be years before I’ll be able to handle taking them both by myself
 

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How old are your kids? I’ve got a 4 year old and a 3 year old and I’m really looking forward to when they can come with me. I took my 4 year old out on skis once last season, she had a great time, though it seems like it’ll be years before I’ll be able to handle taking them both by myself
I used to just board solo majority of times, now and then a few mates or their kids would tag along which was good, but as they were only first-time boarders, it was more cruising and helping, good company but hard to just take off and do your own thing.

I've been riding mostly with my daughter who is 13 now and she's progressed well to the point where I can just concentrate on my own game and improve my skills. In fact, she's great to ride with because she has no fear now and I find myself just tagging along and meeting her at the bottom at times with her giving me shit for wiping out on a box or jump with a smug look on her face.

It's a great sport to really enjoy with your kids, that and sailing.
 

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How old are your kids? I’ve got a 4 year old and a 3 year old and I’m really looking forward to when they can come with me. I took my 4 year old out on skis once last season, she had a great time, though it seems like it’ll be years before I’ll be able to handle taking them both by myself
Four and five. The five-year-old is on skis and can pretty much handle himself. My four-year-old wants to commit to snowboarding this season though so he’s going to be needing attention. No way I can go with both of them at the same time yet.

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I used to just board solo majority of times, now and then a few mates or their kids would tag along which was good, but as they were only first-time boarders, it was more cruising and helping, good company but hard to just take off and do your own thing.

I've been riding mostly with my daughter who is 13 now and she's progressed well to the point where I can just concentrate on my own game and improve my skills. In fact, she's great to ride with because she has no fear now and I find myself just tagging along and meeting her at the bottom at times with her giving me shit for wiping out on a box or jump with a smug look on her face.

It's a great sport to really enjoy with your kids, that and sailing.
I can’t wait to be able to enjoy riding like that with my kids. If I ever do, anyway. I won’t force them to if they don’t want, but I’m hoping that growing up into it will give them enough appreciation to enjoy it together like that one day.
How old was your daughter when you first took her out?
 
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