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Old 02-04-2015, 09:41 PM   #326
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Good thing I'm saving up for a big vacation trip later this year so this is the perfect excuse to save up.

I haven't gone even once this season, so there's no temptation or any sort of momentum to make me want to go.
I've basically written off this entire season, cause I don't have the time or the cash to make a road trip to do a multi-day snowboarding trip out of town.

So it's basically local mountains or this season is a write off for me. Whichever...

On that note, I started 3 seasons ago, and every season seems to offer less and less snow.
I don't even know what to make of this anymore.
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Old 02-04-2015, 09:57 PM   #327
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So Hemlock has closed for the season if anyone cares
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gonna try out snowboarding for the first time at whist next weekend! lookin to get my own gear as opposed to rentals. any shops with relatively cheap stuff? not really lookin to spend $500 for pants >.< thx!
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Never been to Whistler before so I checked the lift ticket prices online and it's $108/ticket! Plus the gas to get there.
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Whistler is ridiculously expensive...
I don't like how it closes in the late afternoon so you can't even get a full day's worth of snowboarding.

I think you can get something called an Edge Card. Basically a discount card. But it's still $100~.
I've always just used Craigslist to get cheaper tickets.

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gonna try out snowboarding for the first time at whist next weekend! lookin to get my own gear as opposed to rentals. any shops with relatively cheap stuff? not really lookin to spend $500 for pants >.< thx!
Sportcheck is not a bad place if you're new and looking for affordable stuff more on the entry/mid level side. Prices are good when their winter stuff is on sale. I got my pants and jacket from Sportchek. Probably the best place to get the clothes imo unless you're fully commited and want to spend $200+ on the big name brand jacket and pants at snowboard shops.

For actual snowboarding shops, I would recommend the Boardroom Clearance store (besides their main store) on West 4th. All the other stores along West 4th aren't clearance stores and I find their gear and clothes cost way too much for a casual/beginner snowboarder.
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So Hemlock has closed for the season if anyone cares
Holy fucking shit.
What has happened to this season.

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Whistler is ridiculously expensive...
I don't like how it closes in the late afternoon so you can't even get a full day's worth of snowboarding.

I think you can get something called an Edge Card. Basically a discount card. But it's still $100~.
I've always just used Craigslist to get cheaper tickets.

Sportcheck is not a bad place if you're new and looking for affordable stuff more on the entry/mid level side. Prices are good when their winter stuff is on sale. I got my pants and jacket from Sportchek. Probably the best place to get the clothes imo unless you're fully commited and want to spend $200+ on the big name brand jacket and pants at snowboard shops.

For actual snowboarding shops, I would recommend the Boardroom Clearance store (besides their main store) on West 4th. All the other stores along West 4th aren't clearance stores and I find their gear and clothes cost way too much for a casual/beginner snowboarder.
Whis has changed from years ago. I'm going to sound like a jaded old fart here but with the introduction of the peak-to-peak, it killed the vibe of whistler. As soon as you have a major lift crossing over top of another lift; your mountain has become a circus.
Then these RFID gates... notice how there are no gates at the T-Bars or Franz's Chair? There go the last of the Mohicans.
When was the last time Franz's was open anyway? My forest laps are uselessly extended by riding Big Red.

But you sometimes just can't argue with terrain. Whis' is big for a reason. Anywho...

Yes, Sportchek is a good place for entry level gear. Hell, I even rock some gear from Sportchek through good deals I've found, mysterious high-end gear in-stoke, (my stash of ski wax is 100% sportchek (the reliably cheapest place for fluro-wax)), and 4% cashback ordered online from GreatCanadainRebates (pm me for referral because you can't post it publicly anymore).
If you're buying a board from Sportchek, please please PLEASE do not get a foam core shitty Firefly board. Please. It will ruin your progress and perception of snowboarding.
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gonna try out snowboarding for the first time at whist next weekend! lookin to get my own gear as opposed to rentals. any shops with relatively cheap stuff? not really lookin to spend $500 for pants >.< thx!
Get used gear or honestly just rent, the kind of gear you want for your first day up is not the gear you want your 10th day up.
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If you are looking to get into riding, now is a great time to be in the market. This season was so shitty that many places have so much damn stock cause they never really had a big rush. I saw some crazy sales for gear when I was down in bellingham and seattle.

With that said I wouldn't go up to the hill with the conditions we currently have, I havnt been myself, but I can only imagine the type of shitty conditions that are currently on the mountains. It would ruin the entire sport for someone if the first time you go up its a miserable piece of shit.

Looks like whistler is going to be a mix of snow and rain in this next little storm were having, if you are really keen on going and willing to spend $100+ for your first day even though you won't be able to ride any of the mountain, then just wait till after this weekend and go to whistler. Otherwise wait till next year.
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If you are looking to get into riding, now is a great time to be in the market. This season was so shitty that many places have so much damn stock cause they never really had a big rush. I saw some crazy sales for gear when I was down in bellingham and seattle.

With that said I wouldn't go up to the hill with the conditions we currently have, I havnt been myself, but I can only imagine the type of shitty conditions that are currently on the mountains. It would ruin the entire sport for someone if the first time you go up its a miserable piece of shit.

Looks like whistler is going to be a mix of snow and rain in this next little storm were having, if you are really keen on going and willing to spend $100+ for your first day even though you won't be able to ride any of the mountain, then just wait till after this weekend and go to whistler. Otherwise wait till next year.
I was planning on going up for valentines day. Is that a bad idea seeing how conditions have been shit? Am i better off just riding cypress or something
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I was planning on going up for valentines day. Is that a bad idea seeing how conditions have been shit? Am i better off just riding cypress or something
There is nothing to ride at cypress fyi. If you were planning to go for vday, just keep an eye on the forecast. You will still be able to ride whistler.
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I was planning on going up for valentines day. Is that a bad idea seeing how conditions have been shit? Am i better off just riding cypress or something
I always say to beginners not to waste their time going to whistler, its expensive, and you don't get any of your moneys worth when you spend all your time on one run falling on your ass all day long.

If money doesn't matter, and you just want to try it out, then by all means go to whistler, just go on a nicer day.

If you aren't new to the sport, just have a look at the forecast, if you want to go, go for it. Whistler doesn't disappoint very often.
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the season never started for me this year lol
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If you are looking to get into riding, now is a great time to be in the market. This season was so shitty that many places have so much damn stock cause they never really had a big rush. I saw some crazy sales for gear when I was down in bellingham and seattle.

With that said I wouldn't go up to the hill with the conditions we currently have, I havnt been myself, but I can only imagine the type of shitty conditions that are currently on the mountains. It would ruin the entire sport for someone if the first time you go up its a miserable piece of shit.

Looks like whistler is going to be a mix of snow and rain in this next little storm were having, if you are really keen on going and willing to spend $100+ for your first day even though you won't be able to ride any of the mountain, then just wait till after this weekend and go to whistler. Otherwise wait till next year.
I bought stuff off craigslist recently since I started boarding. I got killer deals on high end stuff.

Never Summer Evo snowboard - $150
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Burton AK 2L Jacket/Burton AK 2L Pants/Spy Platoon goggles - $250 for the set

All of this stuff is in mint condition. I lucked out big time.
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whistler on sunday....hopefully the weather stays cold enough and the precipitation stays as snow
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anyone have any tips for storing a board till next season?
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anyone have any tips for storing a board till next season?
Put it in a corner. Grab it next year when you want ride. Plus, put it somewhere dry. It's really not that hard!
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Supposed to rain all day tomorrow and then snow heavy sat and light on sun. But the freezing levels have all been really high recently so... As of now I'm thinking my 3 days edge card may have been a waste, see if I can transfer it to the bike park.
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Never Summer Evo snowboard - $150
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Burton AK 2L Jacket/Burton AK 2L Pants/Spy Platoon goggles - $250 for the set

All of this stuff is in mint condition. I lucked out big time.
End of season is the best time to buy used, I don't know about the hills down there but up at Big White all the Aussies end up selling gear dirt cheap at the end of the season once they realize they have no way to get it home.
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The rains also affected skiing on Whistler, with some lifts located in higher elevations on Whistler and Blackcomb closed for the day. An icy pond also formed around the Glacier Express. Ski Callaghan has also announced that operations have been shut down over the long weekend.

“Heavy rain and standing water are currently making it impossible to groom until at least Tuesday,” Ski Callaghan said in a statement. A 50 per cent discount on tickets for Family Day has been rescheduled for March 23.
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Fuckity fucking fuck. Every storm that hits is like 2 degrees too warm. It's like the shittiest handjob that never ends.
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Does Ski Callaghan's decisions reflect that of Whistler Blackcomb? I'm wondering what the impact will be like on Sunday. We'll see which lifts are open tomorrow I guess.
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