Tales from the Hinterland: 2012/13 edition

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Harvey Harvey
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Re: Finally, some real snow!

Waxless dominates. I'm going there, soon. Either that or maybe we're putting in a rope tow.

It's a crime that the Karhu XCD got renamed some other redonkulous thing.

Nice snow SBR.
"You just need to go at that shit wide open, hang on, and own it." —Camp
Sick Bird Rider Sick Bird Rider
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Re: Finally, some real snow!

Harvey44 wrote
Nice snow SBR.
And now we have more...

It has taken a while but the Hinterlands are now officially off the hook.
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Re: Finally, some real snow!

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Sick Bird Rider wrote
I would suggest getting whichever one you can get the best price on.
Yeah, I was looking at the Alpina X Terrain and the  Rossi BC110 for that reason (Fischer seems to have disappeared from my PSIA list). Currently trying to convince myself I don't NEED this setup, but my tax return is looking nice and juicy in my bank account and I might have to once again succumb to gear whoring . . .
Telemark Dave Telemark Dave
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Matt/Harv:  Do it!  The current crop of "waxless" meadow skippers are great values...before the demise of Karhu here in NA there was a blog called "Where will you ski today".. It epitomized the spirit of this type of ski... City parks after a storm, rolling golf courses, dawn patrol poaches of the local ski hill to score some fresh before they groom... Out your back door like SBR... It's all fair game.  

The newest variant of this genre is Voile's versions that are also fatter AND rockered.  Also unobtanium up here in hinterland.  

Regardless of which ski you end up with, you do not need to pair them with a free pivot or super active binding.  That is overkill, defeating the spirit and intent of the "game"..
My Guides have Voile 3 pin cables on them, and I rarely use the cables as they add nothing to the control generated by a plastic boot (I use Garmont Excursions typically for "schwacking")

To be honest, old school (and new school Spikes) pins work great.  
I'm sure SBR will chime in and report on the Spikes ASAP.  

TD

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A visit to The Pipeline

Totally agree with what TD said above. Waxless freedom of the heels!

We really have some snow now, it is Pipeline time:


Although TD has been skiing this zone on a fairly regular basis, today was my first visit to our favourite stash this season. I guess I was just waiting until until conditions were ideal, because that is what they were today. Although nothing like our snowplow incident of last year, even the arrival was entertaining. To access The Pipeline, we drive to the end of a town road, park, then ski in along a plowed private road. When we arrived today, there was a sketchy-looking car filled with young people parked in our spot. Hmmm. We sat there and stared at them for a while, doing our best to look like grumpy old guys. They put down whatever it was they were passing around and drove away.

There seemed to be some discrepancy in ski choices. Everything is good, they all have their pros and cons:


There is some fiddling required to get the LiteSpikes set up for free-pivot ascending. No big deal though, and we now are ready to climb:


TD's previous visits left a nicely set skin track, now with about six inches of new snow on it:


Being a thoughtful skin track setter, TD even leaves room for turns higher up:


But as we know, it is all about the down. TD farming the Pipeline pow:


And then running the mini-pillows over those nassssty rockses:


We did three runs today. My Fischers leave a little deeper trench than TD's Boomerangs:


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Telemark Dave Telemark Dave
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Poaching SBR's Stash!

Today was the perfect day to pay a visit to SBR's backyard....Secret Hill.  A quick phone call confirmed he was indeed at work, or whatever it is he calls it.....

Anyway, someone had to seize the day and use up all the nice new snow on Secret Hill....Who better than I, I thought...

At least SBR had done his driveway....last time I was here it was deplorable.  I parked in my reserved spot and snapped a pic for posterity....note the nice rack SBR found on one of his expeditions...


There was this nice Slowshoe track to follow...no guessing where to go to the goods this time....


I wasted no time in laying waste to Secret Hill....here's the view from the bottom...definitely not blower pow today..!


Pro Tip of the day....Duck Bills on tele boots are a great support for your ski in deep snow when putting on skins.


No slowshoe tracks on the way back up...skin to win was the order of the day.


Here's the view from the top. It looks way nicer in reality.....


Back at SBR's, I couldn't resist leaving tracks on his back deck...and checking out one of his famous snow depth-o-meters


I thought I might ski in his back door and check out his fridge, but the door opens out...onto the unshoveled deck!


Time to go.  Looks like my Karhu Guides are giving the Boomerangs grief for hanging out in my car today.....like the old Karhu Blog used to ask....."where will you ski today".....


well today it was Secret Hill.....tomorrow?   Tomorrow is another ski day.

TD
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^ Ha, that's awesome. Got home in the semi-darkness, didn't even see the tracks.

BTW, what is it you call the work that you do?
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Re: Poaching SBR's Stash!

Sick Bird Rider wrote
^ Ha, that's awesome. Got home in the semi-darkness, didn't even see the tracks.

BTW, what is it you call the work that you do?
Dohhh!!!!    "Earning" my turns!!!!

Adk Jeff Adk Jeff
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Re: Poaching SBR's Stash!

THTH is always enjoyable, but for some reason even more so when TD gets one over on SBR.  Good job!
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Re: A visit to The Pipeline

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Beautiful snow - you guys must have a blast up there. The snow is getting better here in the North Country as well. North facing slopes have some really nice goods.
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