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    Default 2022 - 2023 snowboarding and ski thread

    Starting a new one for the season.

    Iím hooked, and down for another season, anyone doing pre-season prep or scoping any particular gear / locations?

    Iíve got a Nelson trip planned over Christmas and possibly March, and am eying up a Korua for powder.
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    I just want to get more days in, the last 5 or so years have been weak for me.

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    Beyond mountain meets?
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    any good deals happening?

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    Skiuphill has a pile of touring skis on sale.

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    Got baldface booked for cat skiing and seasons pass for big white. Might end up buying season pass for whistler too if we end up with a house there. Might try to squeeze a japow trip in there too but it’s going to be a busy winter for me
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    Quote Originally Posted by BavarianBeast View Post
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    Got baldface booked for cat skiing and seasons pass for big white. Might end up buying season pass for whistler too if we end up with a house there. Might try to squeeze a japow trip in there too but it’s going to be a busy winter for me
    Looking forward to your review of baldface, it’s really tempting as my in-laws live right in that area
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    I'm planning to get back into Snowboarding in Spain after a 15+ year hiatus. My skis are still in Canada but I figure riding makes more sense for the Spanish terrain.

    Need to find a board though... prices suck here and people expect ridiculous prices for second hand gear. At least € has recently dropped so hopefully I can find something before inflation kicks in.

    Any European board brands worth looking into? They're often better value than US/Canada brands.

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    ^^ Bataleon is made in Austria… love the edge design on my evil twin, they even make bindings (haven’t tried them)

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    ^^ Bataleon is made in Austria… love the edge design on my evil twin, they even make bindings (haven’t tried them)
    Capita, rossignol, and Korua as well I think?
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    Back to Japan!
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    Went down to vortex to try some trampolines out, they’re legit, also I’m old and sore now
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    Quote Originally Posted by g-m View Post
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    Back to Japan!
    Where about are you heading? Trying to line up a trip with Hokkaido backcountry club to shred some gnarly stuff. Heard the resorts are a bit too mellow for somebody looking for steeps but I’ve never been

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    Alright, been researching boards this morning and realized I know sweet F-All about how gear has changed in the last decade.

    I started skiing at 3, snowboarding at 11, but haven't been on the mountain much for 10 years as I was traveling overseas.

    I'm better at skiing but plan to pursue snowboarding now that I live in Spain. I'm probably intermediate level now but should be able to progress quickly given I'm used to challenging terrain in the Canadian Rockies and grew up doing everything on skis (steep/deep, moguls, trees, backcountry, etc.)

    I'm looking for an All-Mountain Board - no interest in the park - but don't really know the terrain in Spain / Western Europe yet so I probably need something that can cruise groomers, smash through crud, and handle a bit of powder.

    I'll be checking out various resorts and hopefully some off-piste/back country as well. I like the steep and deep if I can find it.

    I'm 5'9" (173cm) and a muscular 183 lbs (83kg) but almost 40 years old so I won't push it like I used to.


    Options I'm looking at:
    Rome Warden 22 - 158cm 320€
    K2 Raygun - 156/159cm 260€
    K2 Raygun Pop - 156/159cm 260€
    K2 Broadcast - 156/159cm 320€
    Salomon Dancehaul 152cm 330€
    Ride Wild Life 157cm 310€

    Any suggestions/advice? I think the 156cm is the better length for me in the K2 options but I really don't know - the length/weight recommendations really seem to depend on the board these days!
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    Is this thing on?

    Bataleon Evil Twin. I’m the same way, this was my first new tech board and it handles all mountain riding like a dream, the 3BT design with the raised edges tip and tail help promote float in powder and have saved my ass from catching many an edge blasting down groomers

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    Quote Originally Posted by ercchry View Post
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    Is this thing on?

    Bataleon Evil Twin. I’m the same way, this was my first new tech board and it handles all mountain riding like a dream, the 3BT design with the raised edges tip and tail help promote float in powder and have saved my ass from catching many an edge blasting down groomers
    That wasn't an option... I'm not dropping 550€ on a board when I haven't even seen the mountains/terrain here yet.

    I went with the Salomon Dancehaul. Seems to get great reviews as a single "do anything" board and I could snag it for 30% off (330€ instead of 450€). Now to research bindings for it...
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    I like my cartel x’s
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    Quote Originally Posted by finboy View Post
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    I like my cartel x’s
    +1 for Cartel X, great all around binding that seems quite durable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sxtasy View Post
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    +1 for Cartel X, great all around binding that seems quite durable.
    They're going for 300€ here which is more than I want to spend on bindings. I'm hoping to find something decent <150€

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    Buy used, cartel x’s only started 2 years ago
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