- 04-06-2009, 10:12 PM #26
As far as the drinks go, you can wear a camel back if you want. I never do it, but I see tons of people on the mountain with them.
- 04-06-2009, 10:16 PM #27
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- 04-07-2009, 12:35 AM #30
I think it would be uncomfortable to wear a camelback, and in my opinion a camelback on the mountain immediately qualifies someone for super kook status. Not to mention if you are learning you are going to want as little weight to deal with on your person as possible.
- 04-07-2009, 08:33 AM #31
I agree about the camelback thing. Doesnt look pretty for sure. Maybe you could wear it under your jacket.
As far as looking cool on the mountain, I realize that I will never achieve that. I look like a bear sliding down the mountain on a piece of wood. I have "ski" pants and jacket that are from Burlington coat factory.
I would love to buy some new boarding clothes. Some of the stuff I have looked at is so much nicer than what I have. Problem is, I only go 1 week a year. For the other 51 weeks, it stays in a bin under my bed. Oh, and snowboard clothes are crazy expensive.
- 04-07-2009, 10:14 AM #32
All valid points. Doesn't make sense to spend all your money of snowboarding stuff that only sees one week of use.
Pretty much all helmets have that helmet indent and hook, for whatever reason the snowboarding community just stopped using them, it's one of the many strange trends in snowboarding. Many people do still wear the goggles over the helmet, but the majority of kids and profesionals have made the switch to under.
No worries about not "looking cool" though, I think its cool as long as anyone is having a good time at the mountain.
- 04-07-2009, 12:53 PM #33
Also, since I have my own gear, hopefully it will force me to go more often and use it more.
- 04-07-2009, 02:31 PM #34
4 years might be a bit long to go without upgrading though. Board tech advances pretty rapidly. I buy a lot of boards and destroy them all within 2 years of buying them so wear and tear eats them up before technology gets too far ahead, but even with only casual use I would say you would benefit from newer technology. A top of the line board from 4 winters ago would feel like a unrefined piece of garbage if you held it up next to a middle of the road board from now.
Definitely go more often! It's hard to be much happier than you can be while spending a good day at the mountain with good friends.
- 04-08-2009, 01:57 PM #36
I find running in the grass is a bit harder because you don't that the equal and opposite reaction thing bouncing your feet off the ground and the fact that it's not smooth and harder to stay balanced. This probably burns more calories which is good since I'm trying to lose a few pounds and also a lot better on the knees.
- 04-08-2009, 02:02 PM #38
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- 04-08-2009, 11:09 PM #42
Went to one of my favorite local shops today to check out the end of season sale. Ended up buying another new board and bindings. Total retail price? $500+ Amount paid? $181. Loving it. Top of the line bindings and board for the list price of just the bindings.
For beginners and less committed riders, this is the time to buy for next year. This years products at deep discounts.
Get those squats going so you can power through sloppy jump landings! haha
- 04-09-2009, 11:47 AM #44
- 04-09-2009, 09:47 PM #45
I absolutely meant leaving the ground! haha Though I doubt you will be doing too much of that (on purpose anyway!) your first week.
I got my exercise today, Hiked all the way up Hunter Mountain (the mountain is closed this week) to really earn my ride back down. Had a great time, and got some good park runs in after the full run.
- 04-14-2009, 09:28 AM #46
Not yet. Leave tomorrow night from MIA to DEN. Should get in around 8p local time and hopefully get bags and car by 8.45p. Last time I went in October it was about 2 hours, but it's supposed snowing as I'm driving (10 Day Weather Forecast for Vail, CO - weather.com). I have never driven in the snow (big shock living in Miami, I know), but I did get some tips (shoveling and scraping windows ) from my friend on my January visit to Chicago.
Looks like I'm going at a perfect time though, snow Wednesday through Saturday. Still seems crazy to me though that it's 91F (94F feels) right now and tomorrow night it will in the low 20s.
- 04-14-2009, 03:13 PM #48
Honestly, if it is indeed snowing when you get in, I recommend staying somewhere in Denver that first night and getting up early when there's light to drive to Vail. Driving on 70 while its snowing at night is terrible and SLOW and dangerous (especially without the experience).
- 04-14-2009, 10:47 PM #49
Yeah, I'm a lifelong upstate NY resident with a Subaru who loves driving in the snow, but for someone who hasn't done it before definitely be careful. And even if you have a 4 wheel drive vehicle at your disposal remember that 4 wheel drive does not mean 4 wheel stop. Take it slow. Get hurt having fun on the slopes, not driving from the airport! haha
Yeah, we should be getting an AWD rental. I'm a really awesome driver and drove an AWD eclipse from like 18 to 25 so I know about the stopping thing, but thats why I would always downshift along with breaking which I won't be able to do with an automatic SUV rental.
Thanks for the warnings though, I will be extra careful.