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  1. Strand's in Worcester has an attic full of them.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. This is firmly in the "We will charter a car for you or drive you home ourselves" territory. Hopefully.
  7. 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?
  8. Try calling Strand's in Worcester. They carry a lot of Elan. They might even call their rep and find you a pair.
  9. Awesome idea. December 17 would become Saint Squirrel day. I would show up to celebrate that.
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. This is the only update I have seen: https://www.newenglandskiindustry.com/viewstory.php?storyid=737
  13. Weatherman, there is a good chance I don't make the ACE meeting this week. If you were saving the Liberty Sequence skis for me to check them out, thank you and please don't any longer. MassNerd mentioned he was interested in them, too.
  14. I like the sound of the Liberty Sequence and will use them in the trees like you and also bumps at Wildcat. I am trying to be at the ACE meeting in a few weeks. Can I check them out then or are you unloading them before that?
  15. sigh... I should do the same, but I am mildly interested (trying to resist the urge). Are you selling them with bindings? Are the edges ok? I don't care about base scratches/gouges.
  16. Winter vs All Season is an old debate that relies on personal preference. Yes, Winter tires will do better. Yes you can get by on All Seasons by leaving plenty of room in front and driving slow, which should be done anyway. For several years I made it to Wildcat and back in a rear wheel drive Infiniti G35 with All Seasons. I did keep a metal shovel in the trunk because once plowed in I was screwed. So the debate essentially boils down to saving money, time, and potentially someone saying "I told ya so" with All Seasons vs increased safety with Winters.
  17. This summer I dropped the Dueler for Cooper AT3 4S. Pretty sweet so far and good price.
  18. How close is your friend to Strand's in Worcester? They have a used room and now through December is prime time for used skis to be coming in. They also have brand new leftover skis from years past on the rack for good prices.
  19. Which stones did Swix give you for this? Also, I put some olive oil in a bowl, dip my fingers in and then cover the stone with the oil. Helps a ton when filing by hand. I think that would be necessary with a motorized tool.
  20. I'm curious where the party will be this year given Peaks ended their relationship with the hotel.
  21. My guess is they want the line for the quad to be on both sides. That will eliminate the need to carry speed around the corner to make it up the mini hill to get into line. No more buzzing by people standing around.
  22. The best thing I did for ungroomed skiing was take a mogul lesson. The first part of the lesson we were just on groomers and the instructor taught us short jump turns, like "10 turns in 50 feet no wider than 8 feet" short jump turns. After we mastered that we went into the mogul field. Once inside the mogul field I would say the process is easier to show than describe, but I will say skiing the front side of the bump is the advanced technique. When starting out, come at the bump from the side and go over the top and turn on the top of the bump. As you get better you start hitting the bump more toward the front, moving to the front more and more as you get better.
  23. Meeting up sounds good to me. Sis lives in the neighborhood labeled as Marshfield Center on that map. I'll prob just park at her house and enter around there. I'm in Worcester but get down there once in a while to visit.

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