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  1. Some great shoulder-season stoke. Really creative filming.
  2. Great few days of riding. Fri: Duxbury, Sat: Carolina Hill, Sun: Foxborough. For late April/Early May the trails are in amazing shape. First time at Foxborough today I got the tour from a few buddies. Nothing extreme, just a good mix of singletrack with rocky tech sections.
  3. Currently no trails on that side, but that's where they are expanding. By 2022 that will be the base for MTB. If you catch a bad case of kancamagus your gonna want to do right the heavy antibiotics and hard booze.
  4. I was just reading that update. They bounced around a lot in their description, but as far as I can tell the order of events looks something like this: - Summer 2021: Keep running MTB off Seven Brothers. Tear down Kanc quad and build Kanc 8. - Winter 2021/22: Be up and running with Kanc 8. Still have Seven Brothers. - Summer 2022: Move MTB to Kanc 8. Tear down Seven Brothers. Install Kanc 4 at Seven Brothers location. Is that how you understand it?
  5. I mentioned my latest repair saga when I started this thread but I didn't get into it. Here goes... Early November 2020: I was riding West Barnstable Conservation Area (AKA Trail of Tears) when my rear hub exploded. It was a long slog out with no pedal-power. Fortunately it was mostly downhill. I dropped my bike off at well-known shop on my way home and basically said "do what you gotta do". (side note: I won't mention the shop by name in this saga. They had some big fails in this story but they did everything they could to make it right. They are well liked and I'm not here to bash
  6. That actually sounds pretty amazing. These days there are so many Youtube tutorials, and tech is changing so fast, that I'm not sure a course would hold up as well as in the past. But still, focusing some time on a course would force the learning. My shop stays half ski/board half bike all winter because I try to ride year round. I have a couple of good stands and you are 100% right about how important that is! It solves everything from keeping your work at hand level (cassettes etc) to orienting your bike the right way (brake bleeds etc).
  7. I though it might be useful to create a place for sharing questions, experiences, and tips on bike wrenching. Or maybe it's just a place to commiserate about busted knuckles, ruined rides, and empty wallets. There are obviously lots of bike-specific forums that are great resources for this, but they tend to get overrun pretty quickly by bike snobs and other trolls. Since we all are in the same general area and more-or-less know each other through ski conversations this might be a friendlier place to share experiences. With that said... Bike repair and maintenance has always been a love
  8. Totally agree! I'm sure that this was a struggle for a lot of people, especially beginners and families. But for us it was great. I spent exactly zero dollars for on-mountain F&B this season! Both Cannon and Loon had way more parking lot festivities than normal. The vibe around that was excellent. I hope this sticks for the future.
  9. How was your 2020/2021 season compared to past seasons and compared to expectations? Ignoring all the Covid factors, I'd give this season 4 stars out of 10. We didn't get an early start, we got several major meltdowns, we didn't get any spectacular big dumps, we had below average snowfall, and we had average to early closings. I might have rated it even lower except we had 3 great weeks of spring skiing that we don't always get (at Cannon anyway). Covid added a whole bunch of minuses and pluses. Covid restrictions had my expectations for the season really, really low. But locally
  10. Vail. Weak snowmaking effort got exposed by a low-snowfall year.
  11. Fuck yeah! It's great to clear that money hurdle for our host. Now let's work on the content hurdle! That's the big one if we want to swear for years to come!
  12. That's funny, we were both there on that day in 2010. What a day!
  13. Today was 70 at Loon and it felt HOT! It got me thinking about the hottest days I've been in the slopes. If memory serves, I've hit 2 days in the 80s: 1) Sugarbush, Easter 2010. 2) Squaw Valley, May 2019. This is a vid from that Sugarbush day, way back when I used to have motivation to film and edit video. https://youtu.be/JL957VkvA0Q
  14. I hit Loon on Wednesday and Friday this week. Wednesday was 60 degrees, mostly sunny, with no crowds. They are down to Gondola and North Peak. The vibe in the lot was great. Only about half full, but the people that were there were all smiles with grills and beers going every where. Conditions and coverage was surprisingly fantastic! These days Cannon is clinging to scraps and I expected the same at Loon. Instead I found excellent base depths and luscious corn/slush. They have snow to spare and are strategically stockpiling so that they can keep this thing going! Friday w
  15. Is that the date they need for their 150 day guarantee this season?
  16. You and weatherman did a nice job of putting this together and keeping it going. It's the best layout of any of the forums. It's lack of expansion is really out of your hands. The reality is that the era of forums is mostly over. Some of the biggest ski forums in history have died off in the past few years. AZ, Snowjournal, and a few others are barely hanging on with the established base that they've had for a long time. But they aren't growing either and they are on borrowed time as their base ages or tunes out. The rise of skiing-based groups on FB and Reddit has killed forums. It's ju
  17. @Los ↑↑ this ↑↑ info is right on. Kinsman also has a lot of double fall lines that aren't in the other glades. But even that is very manageable with skill and care. The length and lack of access is the biggest difference. Kinsman is 2-3 times more vert than the other glades. So endurance is a factor if they are used to blasting through the other glades. As mentioned by @thesnowwaythere are no bailouts. What that also means is that there is limited access for rescue if needed. My biggest advice to your kids would just be to take it slow and cautious given all of the above. Especial
  18. Everything all good? Just sitting it out for covid issues?
  19. Nice write-up on Cannon! Better writing and more accurate than these types of articles usually are. https://jayflemma.com/border-war-vermont-vs-new-hampshire-part-6-cannon-mountain/?fbclid=IwAR0_0kv_4nMR_V0TePTA758bmnhzLyUjHqV0c6amn5TdRyToqUxy_oyISkk
  20. We had a long discussion on here a while back about social media being the primary cause of death for ski forums like this. This situation currently going down on Facebook is why I hope there is always a viable niche for real skiers to talk about real skiing. What a trainwreck! https://vtskiandride.com/northeast-skiology/?fbclid=IwAR1L32jsWg-USscDK0caxmeU67DQU6GtJXRd0JDQ5Rb7nF3U7rMMzKcrag0
  21. Thanks for that report. I logged on to say "things must have been rough out there today". I appreciate the first hand confirmation.
  22. I'm not going to pretend to write this in a vacuum. @fcksummer and I have talked about this a bunch. My experience is very much the same. I had the 2018 Proto Type 2 wide. I've also had Never Summer boards going back 10-12 years, including the T2, Cobra, and Raptor. I still have the Cobra and Raptor. I bought the Proto-type 2 based on my great experience with those boards and the recommendation from @fcksummer . Another selling point was the dual camber that is very similar to one of my favorite boards of all time, the 2005 Inca. When I first got on this board I loved it. It se
  23. Yeah I would say Trace Snow is permanently dead. When you click their "upgrade to premium" button it returns a 404 error. But their soccer products still seem to be alive (https://traceup.com/) . So that suggest that company hasn't completely disappeared. That might be good news for you contacting them for a refund on your pod. If you got it somewhat recently you could also try going to your girlfriend's credit card company to dispute the charge. Good luck!
  24. I had to do about 10 laps on this tonight. Vert was minimal, pitch was respectable, conditions were the most treacherous of the season.
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