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5 minutes ago, powderfreak said:

I’m sure they can be adjusted but honestly, I’m pretty sure those bindings would be on the indemnified list...meaning no shop will adjust them.  Every binding manufacture puts out a list of binding models each year that are indemnified and insurance companies of shops/ski areas won’t touch those for liability issues.  Shops typically take it very seriously.  You can certainly still make the choice to ski them, but no one will work on them (ie adjust them for you).  It may be time for new equipment.

Look at fall ski swaps (though who knows how those happen in COVID times) for used equipment, or I bet there are still a decent amount of places sitting on used demo equipment from last year that they couldn’t unload at the end of last winter because of COVID closures during that normal sale time in the late spring.  For example at Stowe you often can get used demo skis for $150-$250 with bindings... when that gear new is like $700+ set ups.

Here’s a quick run down on indemnified bindings:

Each season the ski industry releases a list of “indemnified bindings” by manufacturers. This means there are actually bindings each year that, according to the manufacturers, cannot be skied anymore due to safety issues.  Bindings simply wear out.

Thanks for the honesty.... so basically the skis are useless with bindings that can’t be worked on..... I’ll have to shop around.

Im skeptical of ski swaps happening like you mentioned, so I guess I’ll have to shop around.

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24 minutes ago, powderfreak said:

lol, looks like he’s 200ft surrounded by 400-500ft hills.  I’m sure he’ll be fine.  Probably gets some nice natural A/C in the summer nights.

Great views from my house as it sits at the high point of the "valley". I don't think those hills will effect much, might end up staying under 32 in freezing rain events though. The breezes are great, so much better than our last place, surrounded by trees, never had any breezes, always felt stagnant.

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32 minutes ago, PhineasC said:

Those babies look perfect to pair with this look:

 

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Those Tblizz skis do look like the skinny 210s I remember from high school in the late 90s.

Growing up my friends dad was a sales rep for Nevica ski gear in the 80s. His basement was literally filled wall to wall with merchandise on racks---it would practically blind you when you went down there...lol

 

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1 hour ago, backedgeapproaching said:

Those Tblizz skis do look like the skinny 210s I remember from high school in the late 90s.

Growing up my friends dad was a sales rep for Nevica ski gear in the 80s. His basement was literally filled wall to wall with merchandise on racks---it would practically blind you when you went down there...lol

 

Yes, I rocked a pair of dinged-up white skinny skis back then. And crappy used mismatched boots. I definitely grew up hobo skiing.

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13 minutes ago, TauntonBlizzard2013 said:

https://www.evo.com/outlet/ski-packages/atomic-punx-five-skis-look-nx-10-bindings
 

thinking about splurging for these.... last years model seems like 

My advice to someone only skiing a couple times a year is to spend all your equipment budget on a pair of ski boots fit to your feet properly.  Most bootfitters will be able to set you up properly and adjustments to tweak the fit are generally complimentary. You can’t just buy a random pair of boots in your street shoe size.  Ski boots don’t fit like street shoes.  They should fit like a cast you might wear if you broke your whole foot so that any movement in your foot or lower leg will transfer to your ski properly.  Personally my ski boots are two full sizes smaller than my street shoe.  I have my bootfitter make them bigger via heating punching the plastic etc where the hot spots are.  Boots do not wear out fast.  My ski boots have easily 400-500 ski days on them.  Once they fit perfect you don’t want to switch because they become such an important part of your equipment.  You dont want used boots that have fit the form of someone else’s foot.  Your foot will be all sloppy in there.  You can rent/demo skis and figure out what you like in skis.  Or just rent the latest thing in skis each year.  Truth be told, most serious skiers have a quiver of skis because different conditions call for different skis....powder, ice, crud etc call for different skis.  When you rent demos the shop can set you up with the right ski for the location and conditions that day.

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2 hours ago, Skivt2 said:

My advice to someone only skiing a couple times a year is to spend all your equipment budget on a pair of ski boots fit to your feet properly.  Most bootfitters will be able to set you up properly and adjustments to tweak the fit are generally complimentary. You can’t just buy a random pair of boots in your street shoe size.  Ski boots don’t fit like street shoes.  They should fit like a cast you might wear if you broke your whole foot so that any movement in your foot or lower leg will transfer to your ski properly.  Personally my ski boots are two full sizes smaller than my street shoe.  I have my bootfitter make them bigger via heating punching the plastic etc where the hot spots are.  Boots do not wear out fast.  My ski boots have easily 400-500 ski days on them.  Once they fit perfect you don’t want to switch because they become such an important part of your equipment.  You dont want used boots that have fit the form of someone else’s foot.  Your foot will be all sloppy in there.  You can rent/demo skis and figure out what you like in skis.  Or just rent the latest thing in skis each year.  Truth be told, most serious skiers have a quiver of skis because different conditions call for different skis....powder, ice, crud etc call for different skis.  When you rent demos the shop can set you up with the right ski for the location and conditions that day.

Ditto this. I've only ever been on a board my whole life but managed a ski/snowboard shop for 5 years before getting out of retail. I would really push the customers to budget out most of there money on boots first whether on skis or a board. You could have the best skis and bindings on the market but if your boots suck you're going to have a bad time.  Although I got to say 400-500 days on those boots!? I hope you changed out the toe and heel lugs man those wear down and cause bindings to not release properly. Snowboard boots are 100 days max in my experience but they also aren't made up of hard plastic. Damn I can't wait for the season to get here....

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4 hours ago, KoalaBeer said:

Ditto this. I've only ever been on a board my whole life but managed a ski/snowboard shop for 5 years before getting out of retail. I would really push the customers to budget out most of there money on boots first whether on skis or a board. You could have the best skis and bindings on the market but if your boots suck you're going to have a bad time.  Although I got to say 400-500 days on those boots!? I hope you changed out the toe and heel lugs man those wear down and cause bindings to not release properly. Snowboard boots are 100 days max in my experience but they also aren't made up of hard plastic. Damn I can't wait for the season to get here....

Blue Lange 110SC’s, so no changing out the toe and heel in those suckers.  They are pretty thin.  I have the same exact boot with about 50 days on them but which are not quite as perfect as the old ones.  I cheat and have bindings mounted with those.  That’s more of a “do as I say not as I do” sort of thing. So far so good with no pre-releases.  They come off when they should.

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5 hours ago, KoalaBeer said:

Ditto this. I've only ever been on a board my whole life but managed a ski/snowboard shop for 5 years before getting out of retail. I would really push the customers to budget out most of there money on boots first whether on skis or a board. You could have the best skis and bindings on the market but if your boots suck you're going to have a bad time.  Although I got to say 400-500 days on those boots!? I hope you changed out the toe and heel lugs man those wear down and cause bindings to not release properly. Snowboard boots are 100 days max in my experience but they also aren't made up of hard plastic. Damn I can't wait for the season to get here....

I had the same boots for 7 years, just changed out the heel. I saw what happens when a heel fails. My bud tore his ACL in a nasty crash.

 

 

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9 hours ago, backedgeapproaching said:

Those Tblizz skis do look like the skinny 210s I remember from high school in the late 90s.

Growing up my friends dad was a sales rep for Nevica ski gear in the 80s. His basement was literally filled wall to wall with merchandise on racks---it would practically blind you when you went down there...lol

 

I rocked the 204cm K2 Extremes along with a pair of 190cm Rossi 7s back in the 90s.

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Chelsea Soldier's Home resident tests positive for Covid a 2nd time after recovering in May.

https://www.boston.com/news/coronavirus/2020/09/21/resident-of-chelsea-soldiers-home-tests-positive-for-a-2nd-time

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“A veteran resident of the Soldiers’ Home in Chelsea who was clinically recovered from COVID-19 as per CDC guidance again experienced COVID-related symptoms and was transferred to Cambridge Health Alliance for treatment and tested positive,” according to a statement from the state Executive Office of Health and Human Services, which oversees the facility.

 

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1 hour ago, Baroclinic Zone said:

Chelsea Soldier's Home resident tests positive for Covid a 2nd time after recovering in May.

https://www.boston.com/news/coronavirus/2020/09/21/resident-of-chelsea-soldiers-home-tests-positive-for-a-2nd-time

 

Seems like when these stories come up it later turns out they either had a false positive with the first test, or the second test is detecting old leftover bits of the virus instead of an active infection. But having only 5-6 months of somewhat weak immunity (especially in the older, vulnerable crowd) lines up with some of the more pessimistic views of the effectiveness of the vaccines. The jury is still out on this since we lack long-term data, obviously.

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On 9/17/2020 at 9:10 PM, PhineasC said:

And @Ji still bitched and whined that winter ended in the middle of February after receiving 80 inches of snow.

well we mostly wasted January and then after our Feb 10 blizzard....everyone else around us was getting snow except for us. Its like winning a baseball game 15-1 but 13 of your runs come in 1 inning!

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1 hour ago, PhineasC said:

Seems like when these stories come up it later turns out they either had a false positive with the first test, or the second test is detecting old leftover bits of the virus instead of an active infection. But having only 5-6 months of somewhat weak immunity (especially in the older, vulnerable crowd) lines up with some of the more pessimistic views of the effectiveness of the vaccines. The jury is still out on this since we lack long-term data, obviously.

Every day that goes by we're entering uncharted territory for re-infections.  I would not doubt the validity of the claim though. 

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Every day that goes by we're entering uncharted territory for re-infections.  I would not doubt the validity of the claim though. 
There have only been two documented reinfections, maybe this is a third. Of the millions of infections, these reinfections don't even move the needle. Time will tell though, but I think we would have heard of more cases if it were a big problem.
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10 minutes ago, Lava Rock said:
8 hours ago, Baroclinic Zone said:
Every day that goes by we're entering uncharted territory for re-infections.  I would not doubt the validity of the claim though. 

There have only been two documented reinfections, maybe this is a third. Of the millions of infections, these reinfections don't even move the needle. Time will tell though, but I think we would have heard of more cases if it were a big problem.

Yeah    The two others were confirmed RE infections via genetic analysis or something. 

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15 minutes ago, HoarfrostHubb said:

Yeah    The two others were confirmed RE infections via genetic analysis or something. 

It’s only been in the US since late January, early February and didn’t explode till March.  We’ll have to start watching to see if people can get re-infected which would give us an idea of how long anti-bodies can last.  Feels like it’s been forever, but we are in the early stages of this pandemic and we have 200k deaths and millions infected.  Would suck to hear ant-bodies only last 6-8mo.

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14 minutes ago, Baroclinic Zone said:

It’s only been in the US since late January, early February and didn’t explode till March.  We’ll have to start watching to see if people can get re-infected which would give us an idea of how long anti-bodies can last.  Feels like it’s been forever, but we are in the early stages of this pandemic and we have 200k deaths and millions infected.  Would suck to hear ant-bodies only last 6-8mo.

I’m sure there will be more but it seems to be somewhat rare at this point.  Hopefully our immune systems can squash a second infection.   

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 Reinfection would most assuredly result in miler presentations such that over a relatively short time no one will need to mask.   One of the reasons postulated from the 1918-19 pandemics that affected young people seemingly more severely is the fact that 30 years prior...not sure the year but it could have been 1888 or 1890 a similar but milder flu went through the population.  The older people had some immunity such that if they got the 1918 version, the presentation was much milder.   This isn’t the flu but my guess is the worst is absolutely over and hopefully I’m right.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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49 minutes ago, weathafella said:

 Reinfection would most assuredly result in miler presentations such that over a relatively short time no one will need to mask.   One of the reasons postulated from the 1918-19 pandemics that affected young people seemingly more severely is the fact that 30 years prior...not sure the year but it could have been 1888 or 1890 a similar but milder flu went through the population.  The older people had some immunity such that if they got the 1918 version, the presentation was much milder.   This isn’t the flu but my guess is the worst is absolutely over and hopefully I’m right.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you get it a second time......I'm sure it still sucks if you get it the first time.

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Phin has nicely adapted to some of the ball busting and side humor of this forum. I feel like the people in the MA hated us for that reason....felt it was a "boys club." I'm sorry people felt that way, but a lot of us have gotten to know each other. Until recently, we met up at bars, had some drinks and laughs...and weenied out to the Kocin book. Maybe it was the angst from all those years of New England getting snow, but it's a good forum with good people here. 

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16 minutes ago, CoastalWx said:

Phin has nicely adapted to some of the ball busting and side humor of this forum. I feel like the people in the MA hated us for that reason....felt it was a "boys club." I'm sorry people felt that way, but a lot of us have gotten to know each other. Until recently, we met up at bars, had some drinks and laughs...and weenied out to the Kocin book. Maybe it was the angst from all those years of New England getting snow, but it's a good forum with good people here. 

Things are much more upbeat here. The MA forum has been like a funeral procession for many months now. Several reasons for that both on and off the boards. No need to rehash it here. 

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5 minutes ago, PhineasC said:

Things are much more upbeat here. The MA forum has been like a funeral procession for many months now. Several reasons for that both on and off the boards. No need to rehash it here. 

Alright well I haven't been there much so I'm not sure...but for awhile there was a disdain for this area. People are just genuinely social and here to have fun and talk weather. Nobody is here to stir the pot except Kevin. :lol:   I know the weenie humor got a little out of hand back then, but when true threats occur...that won't happen. 

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20 hours ago, Baroclinic Zone said:

It’s only been in the US since late January, early February and didn’t explode till March.  We’ll have to start watching to see if people can get re-infected which would give us an idea of how long anti-bodies can last.  Feels like it’s been forever, but we are in the early stages of this pandemic and we have 200k deaths and millions infected.  Would suck to hear ant-bodies only last 6-8mo.

But...we were told that this ‘hardly affects anyone’.  

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19 minutes ago, RUNNAWAYICEBERG said:

But...we were told that this ‘hardly affects anyone’.  

Over 90% of those 200k deaths had other major underlying conditions that are also leading causes of death, such as serious diabetes (85k deaths per year), chronic lower respiratory disease (150k deaths per year), and heart disease (655k deaths per year).

Just throwing out that 200k number with zero context is super misleading. A sizable percent of that 200k were already deathly ill and were destined to die this year no matter what. COVID helped that along just like a cold or pneumonia could.

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Good news that October appears to be starting out with a nice classic +PNA and downstream trough over the NE. Looks like EPO and WPO will be neg and tend neg throughout (respectively) if progs are right. Back in the old days, eyes were on the prize especially with the October readings. 

 

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