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One of the biggest things on my bucket list is there... The baker gap. I must do it before I get too old and brittle.
Calgary, Alberta. That's not terribly far but it'd definitely need a trip made out of it. To bad there's no PNW meet up at baker like there is in Bend this year.

The baker gap is the jump over the road correct? I'm unfamiliar with baker, completely.

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Calgary, Alberta. That's not terribly far but it'd definitely need a trip made out of it. To bad there's no PNW meet up at baker like there is in Bend this year.

The baker gap is the jump over the road correct? I'm unfamiliar with baker, completely.
Luckily one of my best friends lives in Vancouver, so I could either drive there (12 hrs?) or fly on a seat sale. Then I think Baker is a short enough drive from Vancouver to do a day trip?

Yeah the Baker Road Gap is something like approx. 50-60 ft step down. From what I hear it's actually a rather tame jump, just huge risk if you don't carry enough speed. Looks like the landing is wide open and full of fresh snow usually. I wouldn't want to hit it if it wasn't!

I want to perfect a method, then do a really big one over the gap and hopefully have a friend get a photo of it. Would love to do it in my ski patrol gear so I could hang it on the wall of our hut! >:)
 

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Luckily one of my best friends lives in Vancouver, so I could either drive there (12 hrs?) or fly on a seat sale. Then I think Baker is a short enough drive from Vancouver to do a day trip?

Yeah the Baker Road Gap is something like approx. 50-60 ft step down. From what I hear it's actually a rather tame jump, just huge risk if you don't carry enough speed. Looks like the landing is wide open and full of fresh snow usually. I wouldn't want to hit it if it wasn't!

I want to perfect a method, then do a really big one over the gap and hopefully have a friend get a photo of it. Would love to do it in my ski patrol gear so I could hang it on the wall of our hut! >:)
I'm pretty sure Vancouver, BC to Baker is somewhere In the range of 2 to 4 hours, doable for a day trip. That Baker gap sounds awesome! I've seen videos of it, itd be sweet to see it in person. I definitely don't have the balls to do it yet however haha.

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Back to topic. I was watching boarder-X on NBC a few days ago, I think it was a qualifier for Olympics next year, it was in Utah. Anyhow I was most interested in the boards they were riding. They looked weird, like an Alpine board but they had soft boots. Back in the day I think they used to ride regular looking boards, you know with a scoop at tip and tail. But these boards were flat on the tail. I really want to ride one of those. The brand most were riding was Kessler. I thought they only made Alpine boards but I googled them and they make boarder-cross boards too, very cool. They seem very specialized but still would be super fun to ride I think. Anyone been on one?
 

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Then I think Baker is a short enough drive from Vancouver to do a day trip?
I live downtown van, it's a 2hr drive for me. However if there is any snowfall a 4x4 is mandatory imo. The last 10km is a narrow, windy switchback road. Last I went it was a pow day and there were a dozen or so vehicles in the ditch on the way down.

If your friend lives in the burbs it's probably even shorter than 2hrs.
 

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Back to topic. I was watching boarder-X on NBC a few days ago, I think it was a qualifier for Olympics next year, it was in Utah. Anyhow I was most interested in the boards they were riding. They looked weird, like an Alpine board but they had soft boots. Back in the day I think they used to ride regular looking boards, you know with a scoop at tip and tail. But these boards were flat on the tail. I really want to ride one of those. The brand most were riding was Kessler. I thought they only made Alpine boards but I googled them and they make boarder-cross boards too, very cool. They seem very specialized but still would be super fun to ride I think. Anyone been on one?
That's what I was watching that inspired this interest. I didn't notice their boards and that there were even specialized boards. It could probably be done on a normal board right? My board just isn't super fast, little small. I should probably have a 156-157 but oh well, way better then the last

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They seem very specialized but still would be super fun to ride I think. Anyone been on one?
The Volkl Coal Race I own is a BX specific board. I had it in powder the other day (about 10") and it was pretty fun. The Virus I love to talk about so much is a BX shape with a rockered nose. I've also been on a Kessler Ride, which is a BX board with a slightly less extreme nose and tail.

A typical BX board is stiff and cambered, although less so now than they used to be. They have true blunted tips, so the effective edge for a similar length BX board is about 15-20 cm (6-8") longer than a traditional board.

The sidecut radius is also longer (more shallow sidecut), so they need to be put on a higher edge to execute the same turn.

Very fun boards at high speed, they feel a little weird at first at slow speed.
 

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One of the biggest things on my bucket list is there... The baker gap. I must do it before I get too old and brittle.
hasn't been enough snow the past few years and not enough yet this year. if the cut of the road bank on the downhill side gets to be ....idk 12+ft...then its probably good to go...but you'd additionally need a good pow day

me too chicken shit...and could only imagine flapp'n and cluck'n to my demise. But I'd watch ya and take footy.
 

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This would be cool to see in person. Not sure if anyone already mentinoed, but the LBS is the same weekend, so most people will probably be at that...
 

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Back to topic. I was watching boarder-X on NBC a few days ago, I think it was a qualifier for Olympics next year, it was in Utah. Anyhow I was most interested in the boards they were riding. They looked weird, like an Alpine board but they had soft boots. Back in the day I think they used to ride regular looking boards, you know with a scoop at tip and tail. But these boards were flat on the tail. I really want to ride one of those. The brand most were riding was Kessler. I thought they only made Alpine boards but I googled them and they make boarder-cross boards too, very cool. They seem very specialized but still would be super fun to ride I think. Anyone been on one?
This are BX specific boards: blunt nose, stiff AF, big radius. Quite similar to alpine, but some differences.
I might go for Snowboardcross, just for fun next week: I got license for that year, and doing alpine racing, again just for fun.

You can try hitting the course on your regular board if you have pretty stiff board. Obviously, special board will be faster though. Biggest names are: Kessler, Oxess, SG and may be Apex.
 
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