The need to snowboard...

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    Sep 14, 2007 3:32 PM GMT
    So how many of you have the URGE to snowboard already this season?

    This Tiger is feeling it right now! Snowkiting action is a definite must!
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    Sep 14, 2007 3:48 PM GMT
    I'm def up for trying it now that I'm back in the northeast where there are real winters. I'll probably break something though!
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    Sep 14, 2007 4:28 PM GMT
    Well, you know the Palmer Glacier lifts keep running at Timberline, on Mt. Hood all summer. Although I'm told that the summer skiing is more for the real die-hards. I did see a lot of cars around town last month with snowboards, sailboards, and Mt. bikes all strapped on to the roof.
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    Sep 14, 2007 4:34 PM GMT
    yup. feeling the need.
  • dfrourke

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    Sep 14, 2007 4:52 PM GMT
    ...I have already had my first two dreams of boarding!...let's hope Tahoe presents some good weather this year...

    - David
  • OutOfEden

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    Sep 14, 2007 5:27 PM GMT
    It's starting to get outta hand. I'm looking at boards online, checking out travel sites and rates. If everything goes as planned I'll hit Winterplace, WV, Aspen,CO and Whistler Blackcomb this winter. I don't know why it feels so huge this year but I think it's going to be big.



    Your mention of snowkiting blew my mind. Kite surfing is a sport I've gotten to enjoy twice and totally loved, taking it to the slopes would be AMAZING.



  • DiverScience

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    Sep 14, 2007 5:33 PM GMT
    I've started dreaming about skiing again. Still haven't gotten someone to look dumb on a board with me.
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    Sep 14, 2007 6:39 PM GMT
    My board is so lonely these days. It, and I, are craving that sweet, soft powder. I'll be thinking about getting on the mountain for the next 4 months until the snow is finally deep enough.



    I can't wait to try snowkiting!
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    Sep 14, 2007 6:49 PM GMT
    I went skiing once. It wasn't fun. I had a bad experiance. I had more fun in the hot tub in the lodge that was right next to this massive window that looked out to the VT mountains.
    I might give it another shot someday.
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    Sep 14, 2007 7:29 PM GMT
    Crimthann: Dude you need to snowboard. Skiing is so not kool.

    The rest of you: You all rock. I'm glad I'm not alone in obsessively wishing for snow, checking out online gear and watching snowkiting videos. C'mon Ozone! Release the bloody Instinct!
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    Sep 14, 2007 7:59 PM GMT
    I'd like to give it a try, TigerTim, but I'd have to have someone go with me to teach me how. I'm such a clutz that I'd for sure screw it up. Just like skiing.

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  • treader

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    Sep 14, 2007 8:11 PM GMT
    We actually start talking about the winter season here in August when some of northern New England area start getting their first freezes. Also the local ski/board group here announced that we're going to the Gay Whistler week in Feb - around 24 of us have already signed up! Let's hope winter arrives on time this year. The last two years here in New England it hasn't really started until late January.

    http://www.gaywhistler.com/
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    Sep 14, 2007 8:31 PM GMT
    I think I'm gonna have to transfer to the British Antarctic Survey.....
  • a303guy

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    Sep 14, 2007 10:54 PM GMT
    The temps are already getting down into the high 20's at night, so we are already starting to feel it here - and its definitely getting me ready to ride again.

    There's a reason i live in Steamboat, yah know... ;)
  • a2507

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    Sep 15, 2007 12:54 AM GMT
    I thought it was great to see this thread cause I'm really into wintersports, got to go to the mtns 4x last year which is pretty good since it's a good long way from Oklahoma.

    My best ski bud's an awsome boarder, great athlete, fine body (hot ass)....only complaint I have is he's straight ;-)

    But it's not a problem us being different, him straight and boarding, me, gay and skiing (un-kool or not). Just like I don't understand why some mountains ban boards, I don't understand the antipathy between boarders and skiers (unless it's just an age thing: the young despising the older). I figure there's more in common: the joy of coming down the mountain, the views, etc.

    My advice to Crimthan is for sure to try boarding. Maybe it's a better fit for your athletic skills, maybe it just feels more right. Definitely get some lessons (wonder if you did that time trying skiing?)

    Me, I tried boarding and it was ok. Took lessons at Wolf Creek, me, a mom about my age and a whole gaggle of young Boy Scouts and we were all about equally bad, which was pretty funny. But it wasn't so great that I'd invest the time in getting better, I love the 90cm blades I use. So, my point? Do the sport that feels right to you.

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    Sep 15, 2007 1:55 AM GMT
    The time I went skiing, I was on a school field trip to Vermont. Me and one other student took a two hour lesson before one of our teachers led us to the lift. The WRONG lift. We ended up on the very top of the Mountain instead of the smaller slopes. My skis were borrowed from a larger, heavier friend ( I was all of 130 lbs back then ) and I did not have them adjusted. There were many painful falls on the way down. I admit I gave up part way and just walked.

    But it turned out to be a pleasant weekend. I met a very nice married man later that day in the steam room and only had to fake a little soreness with my teachers to enjoy some good ski lodge fun.

    I'd like to try boarding, but my brother and sister don't call me Grace for nothing.
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    Sep 15, 2007 3:22 AM GMT
    does anyone else have a problem with their skiing friends. My friends who ski always hate on the snowboarders from some reason or another. I never understood why snowboarding is so much more fun.
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    Sep 15, 2007 5:39 AM GMT
    I've had problems with skiers on occasion. They can be real bitches. At the same time, however, boarders can often be dicks to skiers. I've never understood the conflict between the two, but I've noticed it less and less over the last couple years. I have a few skier friends, and have no problem with them. They don't hate on boarders and I don't hate on skiers.

    a2507:

    I know you're far away from the mountains, but when I saw that you got up to the mountain 4 times I thought that was depressing. I'm depressed if I get less than 4 times a month. But of course, you and I live in much different locales, so good on you for making it to the mountain.

    Anyone getting any sweet new gear this winter? We have a local ski and snowboard swap that I'm going to hit up this year; I badly need new boots. I just got a new board last year from the swap (well, new to me), so it will be good not to feel like my damn ankles are broken every time I'm done boarding.
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    Sep 15, 2007 5:54 AM GMT
    You certainly do find that some skiiers can have attitude towards boarders. They after all do not need width and go faster safely. We have to carve, we're shafted by nasty icy patches and we often wipe out when stuff goes bad. But we have a lot more fun. And dammit, we look great on a half-pipe.

    My collective noun for a group of wiped out snowboarders is "massacre" as in "OMG! I saw a massacre of snowboarders at Tignes today! There were boards and peaked hats everywhere!"

    It's really resort dependent though... there are similar animosities between kitesurfers, kite mountainboarders and kite buggiers. Buggying is for fat people. You can guess which side I stand. We all HATE land yachts!
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    Sep 15, 2007 5:55 AM GMT
    Also I am well glad to see some posts in this section. You can count gay snowboarders on one hand in my experience. You guys are all HOT and rock!

    That profile pic is not helping Chewey_Delt --- I'm just so there already!!!
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    Sep 15, 2007 6:19 AM GMT
    Ha! Good, now I'm going to keep it up just to tease you.

    That picture isn't actually even of me snowboarding. It's just me flipping off into deep powder. I wish I was that good at boarding!
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    Sep 15, 2007 6:49 AM GMT
    I prefer skiing.
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    Sep 15, 2007 3:02 PM GMT
    .....but you're a wanker, so that's hardly unexpected!
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    Sep 18, 2007 1:53 PM GMT
    :(
  • iHavok

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    Sep 18, 2007 1:57 PM GMT
    I was an avid skier when younger,and only strapped on a board last year. I look forward to continuing to learn come November!