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    2013/2014 Snow Stoke Thread

    It looks like a strong system might be headed our way and with less than two weeks to go for the projected opening day at Snowbowl it seems like riding bikes in flagstaff may be coming to an end for the season.

    So here is the snow stoke thread for 2013/2014! I know it's Arizona and it's OT for this forum but I think there are enough of you that enjoy trips up north to enjoy snow sports.

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    Here is one of my favorite edits from last season to get things going. With less than average seasons for the last three years lets hope for a good season!

    Flagstaff Powder Session 1/14/13 - YouTube

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    Quote Originally Posted by raisingarizona View Post
    Here is one of my favorite edits from last season to get things going. With less than average seasons for the last three years lets hope for a good season!

    Flagstaff Powder Session 1/14/13 - YouTube
    wow, you have an outstanding youtube channel

    oh yeah sorry... epic stoke on the vids bro...
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    Thanks MtbAZ44! Hopefully I have timeto put together some sweet edits this winter.

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    Wow those videos are great! I've always wanted to venture into the backcountry on the peaks but I still haven't had a chance to take a Level I avy course (not to mention I haven't the faintest clue where I would do some runs).

    I would love to head up there sometime with you guys if you don't mind! I can grab a beacon, probe, and shovel and tag along. Do you meet up with Maad on backcountry trips?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ECEGatorTuro View Post
    Wow those videos are great! I've always wanted to venture into the backcountry on the peaks but I still haven't had a chance to take a Level I avy course (not to mention I haven't the faintest clue where I would do some runs).

    I would love to head up there sometime with you guys if you don't mind! I can grab a beacon, probe, and shovel and tag along. Do you meet up with Maad on backcountry trips?
    Don't take this the wrong way, I appreciate your stoke but everything you just said does not make me want to "guide" you through our backcountry. It's really hard work and you need a lot of experience. Your level 1 wouldn't make me much more confident in your ability. I'm sorry but when it's go time we only ride with people we know that have experience, it's just too risky and we have our own selfish objectives and can't afford to have a total newbie holding us back. This question is kind of like a first date, don't tell your date you hope to get married and have kids your first time out to red lobster, you have to earn some things, you know what I'm saying?

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    so you either need experience or tits

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    Quote Originally Posted by longhairmike View Post
    so you either need experience or tits
    Well no but tits do help, especially if I were single.

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    What RA speaks is truth. I only go BC with my kids who I know can hang. And when they don't, I ditch them just like the snowboarders do on southside. Shred the Gnar

    Bring it winter 13-14!
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    Quote Originally Posted by raisingarizona View Post
    Don't take this the wrong way, I appreciate your stoke but everything you just said does not make me want to "guide" you through our backcountry. It's really hard work and you need a lot of experience. Your level 1 wouldn't make me much more confident in your ability. I'm sorry but when it's go time we only ride with people we know that have experience, it's just too risky and we have our own selfish objectives and can't afford to have a total newbie holding us back. This question is kind of like a first date, don't tell your date you hope to get married and have kids your first time out to red lobster, you have to earn some things, you know what I'm saying?
    I understand what you mean and I'm not taking it the wrong way. However, that being said, you have to start somewhere no? How did you start? I'm assuming you went out with someone experienced at some point right? I'm a pretty decent skier (I've hit up Silverton and the upper Gold Hill chutes and glades in Telluride several times) and I know backcountry skiing takes quite a bit of work skinning and hiking up. That being said, I still would never go set off on my own in the backcountry by myself because that's downright stupid and dangerous.

    So what you're basically saying is that unless someone is very experienced in backcountry skiing, a beginner to that type of skiing is pretty much screwed. It's like getting your first credit card. Credit card companies won't give you a credit card because you have no credit history but you can't establish credit history until you get your first credit card.

    Oh well whatever. Forget I even asked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ECEGatorTuro View Post
    I understand what you mean and I'm not taking it the wrong way. However, that being said, you have to start somewhere no? How did you start? I'm assuming you went out with someone experienced at some point right? I'm a pretty decent skier (I've hit up Silverton and the upper Gold Hill chutes and glades in Telluride several times) and I know backcountry skiing takes quite a bit of work skinning and hiking up. That being said, I still would never go set off on my own in the backcountry by myself because that's downright stupid and dangerous.

    So what you're basically saying is that unless someone is very experienced in backcountry skiing, a beginner to that type of skiing is pretty much screwed. It's like getting your first credit card. Credit card companies won't give you a credit card because you have no credit history but you can't establish credit history until you get your first credit card.

    Oh well whatever. Forget I even asked.
    Ha Ha, RA got his start reading ski porn as a teenager in Jersey. Don't take it the wrong way, he was posting after well-deserved post-trail meeting refreshments. Perhaps overly-served. While his points are notable, keep in mind he's one of the elite skiers in Flag. He and his group are not meadow-skipping. They're getting after the goods and in doing so they put themselves at risk. So, it's a bit different than say the group ride on a Sunday.

    That said, I backcountry ski solo all the time. You just got to know where to go and how to travel safe. An easy, short, and relatively safe tour is Dutchman. A good place to test out your equipment and whether or not you like the quality over quantity aspect of touring. It can be a lot of work for a 1000' of turns. Post up on the KPAC forum for like-minded folks. Kachina Peaks Avalanche Center - Observation/Discussion Boards ? View forum - Teaming Up - Finding a Backcountry Partner
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    Quote Originally Posted by ECEGatorTuro View Post
    I understand what you mean and I'm not taking it the wrong way. However, that being said, you have to start somewhere no? How did you start? I'm assuming you went out with someone experienced at some point right? I'm a pretty decent skier (I've hit up Silverton and the upper Gold Hill chutes and glades in Telluride several times) and I know backcountry skiing takes quite a bit of work skinning and hiking up. That being said, I still would never go set off on my own in the backcountry by myself because that's downright stupid and dangerous.

    So what you're basically saying is that unless someone is very experienced in backcountry skiing, a beginner to that type of skiing is pretty much screwed. It's like getting your first credit card. Credit card companies won't give you a credit card because you have no credit history but you can't establish credit history until you get your first credit card.

    Oh well whatever. Forget I even asked.
    If things align right I may take you out. Sometimes I need a partner on days I'm not concerned with conditions. I was thinking more along the days that it's really hitting and is a bit dicey.

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    This thread needs pics.
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    I'd be more interested in the snow sports, but I hear a lot of toolbags in campus on campus saying "Snowbowl, dude. So stoked. I'm the best there is." First off, if you truly are good, you don't brag about it. You know it, and you don't need to justify it. Second, it just seems to me like Snowbowl is more douchebags than a frat house on welcome week. I go to the woods to get away from the hosebags, not hang out with a high concentration of them. If I want douchebaggery in the woods, I bring my own. My douchebags are predictable and I know what to expect. A bunch of frat house regects trying to tear up the bunny hill? No thanks, Jeff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eazy_E View Post
    I'd be more interested in the snow sports, but I hear a lot of toolbags in campus on campus saying "Snowbowl, dude. So stoked. I'm the best there is." First off, if you truly are good, you don't brag about it. You know it, and you don't need to justify it. Second, it just seems to me like Snowbowl is more douchebags than a frat house on welcome week. I go to the woods to get away from the hosebags, not hang out with a high concentration of them. If I want douchebaggery in the woods, I bring my own. My douchebags are predictable and I know what to expect. A bunch of frat house regects trying to tear up the bunny hill? No thanks, Jeff.
    Dang, Eazy_E did you take a doggy downer today? Your dissing a place you haven't even been to. Take a deep breath and step away from the computer. The thread is about getting stoked for winter. You sir apparently have none.
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    Quote Originally Posted by raisingarizona View Post

    It looks like a strong system might be headed our way...
    ...riding bikes in flagstaff may be coming to an end for the season.
    Yep. Found some time today and got out on the bike to ride Schultz, Sunset, Brookbank, and Little Gnarly. Trails were in great shape. There are still small patches of snow on Sunset. In a few days...there will probably be a lot more.

    -db-

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    trust me, you don't have a clue on this one...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eazy_E View Post
    I'd be more interested in the snow sports, but I hear a lot of toolbags in campus on campus saying "Snowbowl, dude. So stoked. I'm the best there is." First off, if you truly are good, you don't brag about it. You know it, and you don't need to justify it. Second, it just seems to me like Snowbowl is more douchebags than a frat house on welcome week. I go to the woods to get away from the hosebags, not hang out with a high concentration of them. If I want douchebaggery in the woods, I bring my own. My douchebags are predictable and I know what to expect. A bunch of frat house regects trying to tear up the bunny hill? No thanks, Jeff.
    Sounds like college. Every time I hear someone in Flag say gnar gnar pow pow I cringe. there is nothing gnar gnar about pow pow, it's soft and fluffy and it feels really nice.

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    [QUOTE=rockman;10822444]Ha Ha, RA got his start reading ski porn as a teenager in Jersey. Don't take it the wrong way, he was posting after well-deserved post-trail meeting refreshments. Perhaps overly-served. .

    So true! HAHAHA! My fiance was at her sisters for the night down in Sedona so I got a little carried away!

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    If this verifies it's going to be some impressive snow totals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dbflg View Post
    Yep. Found some time today and got out on the bike to ride Schultz, Sunset, Brookbank, and Little Gnarly. Trails were in great shape. There are still small patches of snow on Sunset. In a few days...there will probably be a lot more.

    -db-
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    Me and some buds are planning a drunken hooliganism Saturday camping excursion and we went on a recon mission today. I can confirm that it was snowing like hell once you got above 8000ft.

    Drunken college snow camping shenanigan hooliganism. Yeehaw!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eazy_E View Post
    Me and some buds are planning a drunken hooliganism Saturday camping excursion and we went on a recon mission today. I can confirm that it was snowing like hell once you got above 8000ft.

    Drunken college snow camping shenanigan hooliganism. Yeehaw!
    Oh how I envy your currant position! Enjoy but be safe and don't become a statistic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raisingarizona View Post
    Oh how I envy your currant position! Enjoy but be safe and don't become a statistic.
    Being 27 years old and essentially starting a Bachelor's is pretty sick, not gonna lie. I like it a lot better in college than I did in the real world where I had responsibilities and crap like that. I might not ever leave. Animal House for life. Seven years of college down the drain.

    On a serious note though, I'm not a huge drinker. I'm not 18 anymore so the whole get blackout destroyed YOLO thing isn't for me, and it wasn't even when I was that age. I'm planning on adequate liver lubrication, but no "watch me walk over the fire" drunkenness.

    Wanna know something really bad? Among most of the buds I've picked up since I've been here, I'm among the oldest or I am the oldest and most of the bad ideas come from me. I'm supposed to be the voice of reason and experience, but instead I'm the most immature one who thinks up bad ideas. It's like I just got bigger, I've yet to grow up. Lulz.

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