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bos on Are Salomon X-Max 120's okay for me? -
"I'm the same size and weight as you and I have no problem skiing 120 flex Salomon boots on gnarly terrain." - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on asks my skill level. Am I adv-int, adv, or expert? -
"I forgot to ask: I assume you already have good boots? Because that's your first priority." - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on asks my skill level. Am I adv-int, adv, or expert? -
"You're somewhere on the continuum, closer to adv-int than expert. But don't sweat the distinctions too much: figure out what kind of skiing you like to do, read reviews (blister gear review is the best, but heavily expert-biased), and go for it. I was skiing "expert" skis long before I was routinely skiing double blacks, and it was fine. You'll see much more of a difference between styles of ski (powder vs all mountain vs groomer) than between the skill distinctions that the web site tacks on." - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on Suggestions for outdoor/mtb towns to move to? -
"Aptos is even more ground zero for mountain biking these days than Santa Cruz proper, as it happens" - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on Winter car camping in Tahoe? -
"Amazingly, car camping is even explicitly allowed at sno-parks unless the signs at the entrance state otherwise." - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on Winter car camping in Tahoe? -
"Kirkwood used to have a camping area set aside as recently as two years ago. Don't know if it still exists, but you could call and ask. It was something you had to book for the entire season, but it was very cheap. Otherwise, you run the usual risks of being plowed in or hassled by security, town or county cops, or CHP if you try to camp overnight. The further from civilization you camp, the less likely the hassle, but the higher the probability of getting stuck if a storm hits." - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on Winter car camping in Tahoe? -
"Ha ha, the idea of first tracks at Heavenly being worth getting out of bed for is pretty funny." - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on Skiing after a knee injury, and ski size. -
"I'm the same size as you and I routinely ride skis in those dimensions on the west coast, including Whistler (and including that shitty blue ice they have in places). That size is absolutely the "daily driver" norm out here for reasonable skiers. I also broke my fibula a couple of seasons back, and it has definitely made my knee act differently than it used to, including plenty of popping. It hasn't made any actual difference to my skiing, though I expect I'll develop arthritis in that knee earlier than I would have as a result of the fracture." - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on Cody Townsend: "Here's a snap shot from inside when I was going faster than I've gone on a pair of skis in a long long time" -
"Definitely. One of the most fun ski movies in recent years, and way better than most of MSP's recent output." - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on Help with powder ski bindings? -
"Just for thoroughness: you might get away with the STH 16 if you dial them down to their lowest setting (9) – you're right on the edge if you're an advanced skier of your height, weight, and an average boot size. But the STH 12 is indeed a safer bet." - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on NOAA Winter Outlook for 2014-15 Released Today -
bos on Can anyone recommend a decent hard shell case for travelling. -
"I've used a SporTube a few times, and they're good. They have a few different models that can hold different numbers and sizes of skis, so be sure that you get something that's appropriate to your needs." - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on Stuck between three brakes: Shimano, Formula, and Avid. -
"I would recommend Shimano or Avid for pure ease of servicing. I have Formula brakes on one bike and they're squeaky and hard to find replacement pads for." - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on Returning to skiing after 15+ years of no snow sports, anyone had a similar experience? Or just have some advice? -
"Get good boots that fit you well, fitted by a pro (not your eyeballs). That should be your first focus. Cham 97 is a great all-round ski for the West. Take an individual lesson or two after your first few days back in the snow. The shaped skis that we ride now require a very different (but much easier) style of skiing than when you stopped 15 years ago. I don't know what it's like to get back into skiing after a long absence, but I ski with a buddy who did just that, and he seemed to find it pretty easy and is loving it. Have fun!" - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on Bryan O'Sullivan - Performance Measurement and Optimization in Haskell [video] -
"The entire point is that asking about the minimum time is a not-even-wrong question, because it gives you almost no predictive power about what to expect. Even if you're writing a hard real-time system, which is one of the few cases where you care about a single number, you need the maximum time." - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on Anchorage, Alaska checking in. Woo woo! -
"I love the Alaskan phrase "termination dust" for the snowfall that marks the end of summer. (That said, when I first heard the phrase, I assumed it had something to do with a cometary impact wiping out 90% of life...)" - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on Is anyone else put off by the Powder Magazine Ski Town Throwndown's loose definition of "ski town"? -
"This is one of the less worthwhile things I can think of to expend energy on having an opinion about." - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on Should I stop posting links from Newschoolers? -
"Powder and Bike, sometimes Surfing. Pretty much what you'd expect from someone who's on here :-) If TEN had a climbing imprint, I'd probably read that too..." - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on Should I stop posting links from Newschoolers? -
"Ok, I already read a few TEN publications as it happens, so I am in favour of your continues success. Thanks for the explanation!" - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on Should I stop posting links from Newschoolers? -
"> TGR is backed by a media company Really? You mean they're not an indy company? Who owns them, then?" - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on Should I stop posting links from Newschoolers? -
"Thank you for asking! I think it's fine. I'm in the old fart category that is more likely to read links to TGR or Powder, but Newschoolers content neither breaks my leg nor steals my watch, and it beats the hell out of grainy photos of someone's skis in their garage :-)" - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on Lunchtime ride: fire road to the top of Pacifica, singletrack down, 1 hour -
"In fairness, what the photo doesn't show is that half this climb has a grade of 17% that is just brutal. Most of the other MTB trails on the SF Peninsula have similarly insane climbing portions – so if you enjoy suffering, you really did miss out! :)" - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on Computers are made of metal, not category theory -
"This is a very Scala-specific article, and strikes me as quite clueless in its generalisations." - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on Neil Mitchell's Haskell Blog: Why Traversable/Foldable should not be in the Prelude -
"Wait, how can String be simpler than Text, but Vector be simpler than List? This is entirely contradictory." - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on Ski Trip Advice -
"Actually, only Snowbird on your list gets more snow than the usual Tahoe haunts, and it gets less than Kirkwood. Snowfall totals for Whistler are much lower, with JH somewhere in the middle." - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on Ski Trip Advice -
"Mid-March is late in the season for a lot of the West. For example, that's only a month from when the resorts in BC close. So you might have a great time and find good snow, but you'd be better off going a month earlier." - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on Ski season work help! -
"There are still loads of jobs, especially at the slightly more out of the way places. For example, my local hill:" - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on Hey r/MTB, I'm doing some research for app development. Can you guys give me some "dream features" that current apps don't provide? -
"There's a good mapping app called Topo Maps+ that lets you use USGS maps offline. That's pretty useful by itself, but overlaying bike trails onto it would be great, as the topo maps are typically 20+ years old and have little or no modern trail data." - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on Epic Downhill MTB Fail - Broken Collarbone -
"Ouch! As a relative noob, I could feel the snap myself. It's interesting to know what is necessary to safely hit a drop like this, and also to know I don't yet have the skills." - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on The Weekly New Rider Thread - 15th of September 2014 -
"One thing to be aware of: the European convention for brake and shifter placement on the handlebars is the opposite of the US. That won't affect you unless you're riding someone else's bike or loaning yours out, but don't let it catch you or your friends by surprise :-)" - Bryan O'Sullivan
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