Post by livingproof on Nov 12, 2015 12:38:23 GMT -7
In case you have not caught up with the news, Philpug and Treckchick (Tricia) have started their own ski oriented web site Pugski.com. I've been a member of the beta-test team for several days, and, today, it went on line. I know, I know, another ski site to waste time. I suspect that the prime focus will continue to be gear centrist, but, there is an instruction forum. Phil tells me they are not banning PMTS discussions, we'll see how that goes as this site still feels the impact of a thread that went very wrong.
While P & T will continue to do limited Epic posting, they have married their future to making the site commercially successful. I wish them great success.
Post by livingproof on Nov 16, 2015 6:26:08 GMT -7
Jim Dawgcatching's website is built around his ski and bike business, so, it is not the same as what Pugski is doing which is much more like Epic Ski.
I agree that Dawg's ski reviews are a great read, plus, he puts a lot of video up showing his performance on the actual skis. The man can ski! I appreciate his ability to fine tune distinctions between skis, a skill which eludes me personally. It seems that there are more and more skis getting very good reviews and I consider him a trusted reviewer. One aspect of his reviews that needs some extrapolating, for me at 190 lbs., is that Dawg is a lightweight.
I fully agree that the Epic Instruction forums are not beneficial to the pedestrian skiers looking to improve. Much more a private discussion between people with too much testosterone. HelluvaSkier has a very unique presence there and makes me smile with some great zingers. He walks the line pretty well as a disciple of Harald's physical movement teachings. Phil has an instructional forum on his site, I hope it does not morph into Epic-like discussions. For sure, I hope he does not let it become a war zone where PSIA vs PMTS rants play out.
I have found Epic to be increasing uninteresting. Wishing Phil/Trish success in this. Nice for there to be an alternative to the weird world of Epic. I am guessing there will be a large flocking of folks from Epic to Pugsite. Glad to hear it won't be anti any particular skitechnique.
Just want to say, anyone can discuss any ski technique they want here. They just can't personally disparage anyone.
Speaking of which, this may give Josh Matta a place to play in. Maybe he can manage to maintain a posting style which doesn't denigrate anyone.
( yeah, I really, really like The Princess Bride)
Post by livingproof on Nov 18, 2015 6:48:11 GMT -7
^^^^ Ya gotta love Hellua's sense of humor!
It's hard to be passionate a ski site after a decade of watching. My connection to Epic and now Pugski is centered about the people I've come to know from 5 years of attending the yearly Gatherings. My sense is that Todd,Jim and Lynn feel much the same connection to PMTS. I still lurk at Harald's site and considered posting again....still on the fence as I've lost my passion for touting his beliefs, but, he will always be the only instructional source for my skiing. I'll go the my grave as a pedestrian skier and golfer.
I believe that how Pugski is moderated is a key to it's success. One positive aspect about Josh is his ability to create context and all forums need that. Heck, look at our little forums decline which is somewhat cause by lack of new and different threads. I think Josh would be welcomed, but, on a short leash.
Jim, while scanning the new Pugski members, I did notice a certain Mr. Mithrandir signed up. Hmmm, I wonder who that may be?
One of the epic banned trio took the Harb alignment tech course this fall and is head coach for one of the major intro to race programs in the US this season. In person, he's a great guy, a very seasoned and effective coach, but also very passionate about performance skiing ... hence the incidents on epic. I'm pretty sure all of us would enjoy skiing with him. He's blessed with great skiing feet btw. (He's also psia level 3 and a former ski school director.)
livingproof: Philly is an ice rink this morning, freezing rain over very cold streets. Weather is putting a dent into my ski season.
Jan 5, 2014 9:39:28 GMT -7
svend: LP - we had a three-day ice storm here just before Christmas, so I know well what you're dealing with. Not fun. Hope there's no damage in Philly. Take care.
Jan 5, 2014 20:23:02 GMT -7
livingproof: Philly weather warm fog last night, 8 inches of new snow = history! 8 degrees F tomorrow morning. Should be some great local boilerplate!
Jan 6, 2014 7:42:34 GMT -7
meput: - 22° F the other morning. +54° today. Forcast 0° tonight. Temperature rollercoaster at my home. The 'loaf got RAIN with the warm up. Looking forward to skiing on shaved ice
Jan 6, 2014 16:28:43 GMT -7
svend: Same story here...25 cm snow last night, some more freezing rain, and now there's 80 km/hr winds and -25 C temps. Wind chill is pushing -40 C. Supposed to continue all day tomorrow too. Whacky weather.
Jan 6, 2014 20:52:30 GMT -7
ToddW: -20° F on the drive up to VT on Friday. Freezing rain and heavy fog Sunday night made for an 8 hour return trip. Record low at home this morning. 40s and rain by Friday. What's up with the weather?
Jan 7, 2014 18:04:52 GMT -7
svend: Polar vortex is back. -26 C this morning. Will need a block heater in the car if this keeps up. Poor thing barely cranked this morning.
Jan 22, 2014 7:30:05 GMT -7
JimRatliff: Polar Vortex??? Is that the new Head all-mountain carving ski I've been hearing so much about?
Jan 22, 2014 9:04:03 GMT -7
JimRatliff: That's pretty chilly. 7F (-13C) in Central Park. Glad you didn't send the real cold air down.
Jan 22, 2014 9:04:58 GMT -7
JimRatliff: OK, but I still think "Polar Vortex" and "Polar Express" could be the start of a great family of ski names.
Jan 22, 2014 10:45:22 GMT -7
svend: I like it! Blizzard should take those on. Fits with their name. Easier to say than "Viva Ultrasonic Full Suspension IQ", or some such ridiculousness. Who can remember all that?
Jan 22, 2014 20:29:13 GMT -7
livingproof: Another round of Philly area snow....we're ground zero this season. Please start sending any future storms north.
Mar 2, 2014 8:15:55 GMT -7
svend: Neverending winter here in Ontario. More snow last night. Cold temps coming this week. Word on the street is that some local ski hills may be open until May. Remarkable and unprecedented.
Mar 22, 2014 9:03:22 GMT -7
superbman: we were supposed to make it to next weekend, but they put out that we're closing tomorrow. Bummer.
Mar 28, 2014 9:06:50 GMT -7
JimRatliff: I think most local places here are closing as well. Yesterday was last at Elk.
Mar 30, 2014 4:17:15 GMT -7
livingproof: My Blue Mtn home is planning to open next weekend (closed midweek). Spring temps are finally here, not sure if I'll make a final trip.
Mar 30, 2014 6:00:04 GMT -7
ToddW: Surefire way to scare away family skiers, from the Killington conditions page: "Expect huge bumps on Superstar for the Killington Triathlon."
May 2, 2014 13:22:58 GMT -7
JimRatliff: I just wanted to wish all a Happy Holidays. Amazing how quickly Christmas follows Thanksgiving.
Dec 13, 2014 14:53:23 GMT -7
superbman: I was looking at the reviews on real skiers for the Kastle FX 85 and FX 85HP…both interested me greatly, how similar are these to the FX 84 (if you have skied both..or is the 85 the 84??)
Sept 13, 2015 14:52:00 GMT -7