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  1. I decided to learn telemarking after 10+ years of saying, “Hey, I should try that out.” Over the years my skiing has evolved from a little bit of everything when I was young, to bombing groomers in high school through age 30, and the last 8 years have been spent in the moguls and trees almost exclusively at Wildcat, sometimes Attitash, sometimes a random other mountain. Early season is boring if you are a mogul and tree skier. The terrain doesn’t exist or is very limited. So I decided to learn tele while I am stuck to the groomers. To get into this on the cheap I took an old pair of Volant Chubbs that I rarely used anymore and had some new Rotefella Cobra R8 75mm bindings put on them and picked up some used Crispi boots. A little detour to go into the background on the Volant Chubbs for the unfamiliar… Volant was a USA based ski manufacturer who made stainless steel capped skis. They were never very popular and reached their peak popularity in the mid-90s. Volant developed a reputation as an “old man ski” because they had little to no camber. Remember the days when all skis had camber? The lack of camber allowed skiers with less strength to bend the ski and carve a turn, hence finding a market with the older male skiers who still wanted to carve but not need to load a full camber ski. I haven’t seen another pair of Volants on the hill in 15+ years, but apparently these are still being made. Onto the Chubb… back in the day we were all on skinny skis. You couldn’t buy anything else. Enter the Chubb. This thing was fat from tip to tail. When I saw them for the first time I needed to try them out. Around 1998 I got lucky when a pair of 180cm Chubbs were traded in to the shop I worked so I snagged them. These skis plowed through crud and slush like nothing I had ever been on so they became my primary spring ski and they were damn fun. As the years went by I used them less and less because the rest of the ski industry started making wider skis and the need for the Chubb ceased to exist. I told my shop I was going to bring in my Chubbs for them to mount tele bindings on. They were excited to see these ancient skis. When the binding tech finally saw them he said, “I thought you were bringing in the Chubbs.” I told him I did and he just brought them to his bench! Today’s ordinary off the rack all mountain ski is fatter than the Chubb. Skis have certainly changed over the last 20+ years. The picture shows the tele Chubbs as well as two of my other skis (more on those some other time).
  2. I did the same damage to my Kendos on the edge under my foot. I used JB Weld and it held up for the rest of the season. Sadly 6” of the edge is somewhere on Wildcat now. And I agree with Cannonballer on neeeding to know what he already has. Just had a weird thought. Wonder what it would like to take my 1 good Kendo and match it up with the 1 good ski here and try to ski with two different skis. Sent from my iPhone using Northeast Mountain Sports
  3. My silver linings: 1) I picked up a telemark setup. Going to learn how to telemark at Wildcat next week. That should keep skiing interesting until more snow comes. 2) Picked up a fat bike and I am going to explore on that as well. Sent from my iPhone using Northeast Mountain Sports
  4. Strand's in Worcester has an attic full of them.
  5. I agree. When I saw the original video I assumed way more was CGI but after seeing this I realize way more of it was real.
  6. I'll throw in a vote for Kinco 901 gloves. Hands down the warmest, most durable glove I have ever owned and only cost $23. Going on 3 years with my current pair with no signs of quitting.
  7. Does anyone know what the turnout is for the night parties at Attitash? I like their efforts to entertain a younger crowd. As much as I enjoy skiing onto the lifts at Wildcat I like profitable mountains more. So anything they can do at Attitash/Wildcat to sell more tickets and beer is good by me.
  8. I haven't been to Attitash/Bear Peak for a few years. The routine used to be Wildcat Saturday then Attitash/Bear Peak on Sunday. Once they labeled Illusion a blue square I didn't want to be there anymore, and in my opinion led to the decline (or at least decline in my mind) of the mountain. Now you get beginners on Illusion who don't belong there, experts end up on the easier trails doing high speed flybys past other beginners, all leading to a scraped off chaos. The skier social contract is broken there. Friends with little kids just learning to ski ask me "Attitash or Wildcat". I tell them WIldcat because the beginner area is mostly separated from the main mountain. On the Attitash side you have absolute beginners on the same trail as experts. I don't think anyone is happy in that situation. I'm happier at Wildat, so I guess that's just my 2 cents.
  9. This is firmly in the "We will charter a car for you or drive you home ourselves" territory. Hopefully.
  10. This is awesome and I like the per event idea. I love looking at these charts but I have no idea what they are saying. With some effort and studying could I become of a novice at reading NOAA charts and see if snow is coming? I have an engineering background and I think I could give a crash course in some areas to most people. Is that feasible with weather?
  11. Try calling Strand's in Worcester. They carry a lot of Elan. They might even call their rep and find you a pair.
  12. Awesome idea. December 17 would become Saint Squirrel day. I would show up to celebrate that.
  13. For the mountain bikers, this backcountry blog that I follow posted a cool trip report of a MA/NH ride. http://nebackcountry.blogspot.com/2018/12/singletrack-mining-in-southern-new.html
  14. I live 90 minutes from Crotched and I have a Peak Pass. Also, I live 20 minutes from Wachusett. Is it worth me driving to Crotched for mid-week skiing or am I looking at Wachusett a little further north? Sent from my iPhone using Northeast Mountain Sports

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