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Jonathan S

Jonathan S

Gender

Male

Height

5' 8"

Weight

145 lbs

Shoe Size

US 9.00

Skier Type

Type III+ - Expert

Ski Frequency:

100+ days / year

Website

http://nerandorace.blogspot.com/

My Skiing

I grew up skiing at a small local NY hill (where Max Taam also first skied!) and eventually was an NCAA alpine race coach for (too) many years, although my SL & GS skis now get almost no use, and I even sold my SG & DH skis.
Since 1999, I've become increasingly into self-propelled skiing, and for eleven years now I've been averaging over half a million vertical feet for earned turns each season.
Given the fickle NE natural snowpack for backcountry powder, I often train at local ski areas and organize a multiple-venue skimo race series.
But my favorite time of year is when the wx and avy danger clears up for long 10k+ multiple-ravine tours in our Presidentials range, plus of course late spring and summer PNW volcano trips.
The best ski tours though are out our back door for xc w/ my wife & our daughter!

My Gear

Boots, sz42 Alien 3.0 + sz26 PG/RC1 (former skis noticeably better; latter noticeably lighter, but shaved down all toe box liner foam for my big toes so tolerable only for >20F)
Ski, all w/ race bindings (Plum, Dynafit, rebranded ATK, incl. some ISMF-banned Dynafit toes + Plum heels combos):
La Sportiva Nano 172 (deep unconsolidated snow)
Dynafit Denali 168 (winter powder, more versatile than Nano)
Volkl VTA 88 Lite 170 (winter ski mountaineering)
Dynafit Cho Oyu 166 (mixed days of compacted ski trails & glades-- impulse buy!)
Trab Magico 164 (spring ski mountaineering)
Dynastar Mythic Vertical 162 (could be used for almost anything, 87mm + crazy lightness -- even tho it was an impulse buy!)
Movement Big Fish-X 160 (late-spring & summer ski mountaineering)
Hagan Ultra 65 (fixed mount for 3.0), X-Race (ditto for PG), pre-rocker X-Race (setting courses & loaners)
Movement Logic-X 169 (rock skis, still light, but no rocker)

Recent Posts

8/26/2021
 
I love stuff like this! Here's our best version of this in Massachusetts: https://goo.gl/photos/J6YSz8jcVafwfzzLA ... in the form of three summer landslide paths that empty out directly onto one of the major EastWest highways in the state (i.e., if you really lost it on the final few turns, you could spill out directly into the route of a semi).
8/26/2021
 
A backcountry ski gear etailer promoting ... backcountry skiing? Next thing you know, this website will be selling backcountry skiing guidebooks!
8/26/2021
 
"I would be climbing and skiing mountains under socialism, fascism, communism, feudalism, you name it! In fact, we all might be soon, just not sure which one yet." My father would often joke of our two family sports: - "If a dictator banned tennis, I would grumble a lot, but that's about it." - "However, if a dictator banned skiing, I would join the resistance movement in the mountains ... literally!"
7/15/2021
 
I was so reluctant at first to switch over to race bindings for regular touring -- how would I cope without a far higher riser position? Answer is, ehh, no big deal. But every now & then a little bit extra can help, so the Trofeo 180-degree is a nice plus for those rare occasions, yet with zero weight penalty or other complications. Otherwise, definitely amusing to pass tourers on regular gear who are constantly switching back & forth between various too-high riser positions...
7/15/2021
 
I’ve had a pair of these under BD rebranding for two seasons now on an 87mm ski w/ Alien 3.0 boots. All my other setups have Dynafit and Plum race bindings, but ATK is now my new favorite, as everything is just so basic yet nicely refined: toe lever operates smoothly, ski crampon slot is easy to attach and has just the right tolerances for crampons, additional riser height is clever and effective (albeit not much higher), and the steel pins avoid wear yet have only a trivial weight penalty compared to the...



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