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bos on Hello! I have a question about ski length. -
"For you, any kind of low-end ski with integrated bindings is going to be fine. You'll want it to come about up to your chin or nose when you're both standing upright. Your local ski shop might have ex-rental skis to sell. Until you're a more capable skier, there is little point in buying much more than a pair of beaters." - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on Looking for advice on skiing solitude/brighton? -
"Brighton gets much bigger crowds than Solitude, and they're mostly newbies. Plan to spend a lot of time dodging people. Brighton also has much worse snow coverage than Solitude at the moment (both are very thin), so unless some storms start to deliver in the next month, expect all the fun terrain to be closed, and bring your rock skis. At Solitude, the best terrain is much more protected from the sun, so it'll last longer if it stays dry and warm. (I vastly prefer Solitude to Brighton, but opinions may differ.)" - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on You guys in the US are making me jealous. Anyone for the Alps today? -
"If it's any comfort, the only part of the U.S. that is in unambiguously good shape at the moment is Colorado. Snow levels are below to *way* below average all across the West, and the East isn't in good shape either." - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on Downhill Skiing Help!!! -
"Well, let's be a bit more charitable and clear here: by the standards of the ski industry, being able to make it down a blue or easy black run without killing yourself, and then coming back to spend more money again, *does* qualify you as an intermediate skier. So if someone calls themselves an intermediate skier because a cleaned-up version of this is the only definition they've ever heard, it's a little cruel to tell them off." - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on 2 Scots coming to Sugarbowl March 9th -
"March is usually good in Tahoe; in fact it's almost been the only good month the past few seasons. Truckee is a nice town to hang out in. If you're staying more than a few days, take two of them and visit Alpine and Squaw for some variety." - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on Anyone ever had knee pain and how did you address it? -
"I had knee pain for a few months last year. Moved my saddle backwards an inch and the pain promptly disappeared. It is of course not always that simple, but I hope something that straightforward will work for you z" - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on Tahoe residents: who has the best conditions right now? -
"We are expecting record high temps this week, so it's going to be more like skiing over a Slurpee that's been dumped on a pile of gravel." - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on Good bluetooth headphones for mountain biking with? -
"External speakers are deeply anti-social. There are few things more disruptive on a mountain bike ride than having your peaceful fun disturbed by someone else's idea of good music." - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on Just booked a trip to Lake Tahoe! -
"It's very cold and windy at the moment. They'll have a few more percent of the mountain open than before. The cold and wins will keep most of the tourists away, but if you're from New York, it won't feel cold at all :-)" - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on Avalanche on Loveland Pass -
"Safe? Loveland, the area where 5 people were killed in an avy last spring and where the road is closed for avy control regularly? It is perhaps not horribly unsafe, but it definitely ain't safe." - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on Guide in Whistler -
"Cool. Also, Whistler is big enough that you can easily spend all your allotted time having lots of fun inbounds, so you shouldn't stress out if the backcountry thing doesn't work out. Don't forget to post photos here if you make it out of bounds :-)" - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on Guide in Whistler -
"Unlike Europe, there is a ton of inbounds off-piste skiing at Whistler (and all over North America). Maybe you'll find some untouched pow, but don't plan on it: it gets like a feeding frenzy when there's fresh snow. No local in their right mind will take you out of bounds if you don't have training and gear (and frankly you shouldn't want this either, as the possible downside if you screw up includes death). This is why a guiding service is essential if you're a novice with a taste for adventure: they'll give you some minimal training, some avy gear, and will have enough guides on hand to keep you safe – and they'll find good terrain that isn't too tracked out." - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on Question about ski bindings! -
"You can even see in the ad description that those skis are ex-rental. They might be perfectly okay as is for your husband's first skis in 17 years, but I wouldn't bother remounting them at all: firstly, the skis are so old that no ski shop will work on them, secondly the skis are almost worthless due to being old and ex-rental, so new bindings will cost way more than the skis. Frankly you should try offering the seller somewhere between zero and $50 to start, explaining why you're doing them a favour. Note well: since the skis are too old for a ski shop to work on them, you or your husband will have to learn how to adjust the bindings. It's easy to do, but also easy to get wrong, and the consequences could include serious injury or death in a crash. You would be vastly better off buying ex-rental gear from a local ski shop, where they will adjust and tune it for you. (And even if you do, it's still not worth mounting new bindings on shitty old beater skis.) If you think your family..." - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on Question about ski bindings! -
"Since nobody has given you a clear answer yet: the bindings that are mounted flush on the skis are normal, and what you and your husband should expect. The rail mount is used with adult skis only for a shop's demo or rental stock, where they are used with different size boots for varying ability skiers every day, and need to be able to adjust everything in a matter of seconds. For kid's skis (below teenager size and with lowish skill), rail mounting makes a little bit more sense because your kids will grow out of boots fast. My eldest is just at the point where he's skiing adult everything (13yo), so the next five years are going to be spendy! His younger siblings all ride ex-rental gear because it's cheap and sturdy and nobody cares if they crash on it or drop it (and they're not good enough skiers to need better quality kit yet!). Anyway, I'm on my fifth season skiing with my family after never skiing before. It's generally awesome, and I hope you enjoy it as much as we do! There's..." - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on My friend ripping through Vail. Some insane tree lines. -
"Pretty sure the segment you're referring to is just being played backwards :-)" - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on help with looking for trails -
"There's very little worthwhile mountain biking in that area. Most of what you can ride is dirt roads on forest service and BLM land, and many of the dirt roads are loose enough to be no fun to ride. If you're traveling a distance where a bike is a significant burden, I wouldn't bother bringing one at all. (If you're googling for "area x mountain bike rides" and you don't really come up with any good results, that's often a hint that it's not your searching that's thenproblem, it's perhaps a lack of available options in the area you're interested in.)" - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on Went to Vail for the first time last week... -
"How could you expect someone with no gear to know either of those things? :-(" - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on Question about buying skis online -
"If you really don't have an idea what you're doing, spend the extra few bucks at your local ski shop (not a chain store!). They'll make sure you're set up safely on something appropriate to your skill level. If they have a brain in their heads, they know that a good experience for you will lead to repeat business and word of mouth referrals. By the way, choice of boot is way more important than choice of ski. Why not a chain store? Because your chances are much higher (almost a certainty) of getting some minimum-wage dimwit who has no clue how to fit boots or advise you wisely on ski choice." - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on How my month long dream ski vacation got crewed up. -
"Man, that sucks. Good advice about assumptions you should (or should not) make about other people's skills. I wish you the best for a complete recovery. To put things into perspective, I broke my fibula at the end of the season before last, and skied harder than ever last season. That said, the fibula only bears 10% of your weight and it still took me months to recover—and I have a small permanent reduction in knee function. I'm sure you know that you should not be surprised if this season is a write-off, as femur fractures are way more serious and often require surgery." - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on Strapping Ski's directly to car roof crossbars -
"Most bags are going to flap around like crazy and: do horrible things to your gas mileage (why do you think skydivers wear baggy clothes? to add drag!), make annoying noise, and most importantly make you look like a tool." - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on We believe that adoption of functional programming will drive wider adoption of lightweight formal methods such as VDM. In return, formal methods could serve as the design method and language for functional programming. Would you agree and/or comment? -
"I remember thinking VDM was ridiculous when I was exposed to it as an undergraduate back around 1993, and I literally haven't heard of it again until today. (Same thing for Z.) This is the funniest case of "so you're saying there's a *chance*?" wishful thinking I've encountered in a while." - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on Possible move to Santa Cruz, need advice! -
"The rule of thumb is 24 hours per inch of rainfall, starting after the rain ends." - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on Possible move to Santa Cruz, need advice! -
"We've had near-record amounts of rain so far this season, and the forecast for the rest of the winter is wet (to be taken with a pinch of salt). The rain usually peaks in the timeframe the OP will be visiting, so there are likely to be a lot of down days waiting for trails to dry out." - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on Complex skies at Jay Peak, VT -
"You shouldn't go into the backcountry unless you have both training and equipment." - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on Vail Resorts to Connect PCMR/Canyons. Create Largest Single Ski Area in USA -
"They built a little tiny bar in the middle of the central plaza, and have done literally nothing else. But by all means please don't come to Kirkwood and ski, because I hate lift lines and like my stashes undisturbed." - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on What is an intermediate haskell programmer? -
"That's an interesting offer, thanks. Let me think about it and get back to you." - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on What is an intermediate haskell programmer? -
"It's hard to get enthused about the amount of work involved, to be honest. I'd rather ride my bike or play with the kids." - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on What is an intermediate haskell programmer? -
"I wrote a whole book about the subject, smart guy." - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on What is an intermediate haskell programmer? -
"This list is utterly bonkers. I agree with about 10% of it, and think the rest is shamefully bad advice. It mixes points that are almost trivial with things that are simultaneously hard to master and hardly ever useful. This is honestly the kind of crappy advice that has me paying little to no attention to the Haskell community any longer. A noisy subsdt of silly people has collectively gone nuts for abstractions that provide little value other than making them feel special. It is most disappointing." - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on TBT: my son in the terrain park a couple of seasons ago -
"I have trouble keeping up with him, so safe to say he's ripping :-)" - Bryan O'Sullivan
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