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    Grouse Diaries 2011-12

    This season, I will be coaching NSST alpine racing team at Grouse. In addition, I'm giving training session at snow school. Therefore, I will be up at Grouse almost every week nights and occasionally week days. If you like carving, feel free to pass by and say hi.

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    Dec 19-21

    Dec. 19 night:
    Very foggy, but no traffic. Snow condition was icy on certain area. Top of peak, huge bumps.

    Dec. 20 afternoon:
    Nice weather, good visibility. Lots of traffic and bumps on certain area. Top of peak, icy with huge bumps everywhere.
    Saw a guy with F2 board in the tram, but can't find him once got out...

    Dec. 21 afternoon:
    Nice weather, unlimited visibility. Flat light in the back side. Very icy on Expo. Huge bumps on the peak.
    Saw a guy on Cut riding hard boot

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    Dec 22

    Afternoon, lots of people uploading and downloading in tram.

    Condition: Icy, sugar over ice on certain spot. Peak, mostly icy.

    Visibility is great. Great condition to work on edging and commitment!

    Tomorrow will go up early to get some training.

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    Good luck, all the best. Hope one day you can switch and try Cypress. Will come visit you after new year.

    You might see Bryan and Doug.

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    Dec. 23

    Thx Roy. I have a pass, so I will go up to Grouse more often.

    Went up to Grouse this morning, using my staff pass. Great condition, hero snow. Think cloud/fog around mid section of peak. Did an hour of training with no traffic and downloaded at 10am. Will head up to Whistler during Christmas. Will back to Grouse on Tuesday!!!

    Merry Christmas to everyone!!!

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    I have been meaning to check out the NSST alpine racing team. I raced with Gordon Tanner back in the day in N.S. but have been out the game for the last few years. When do you do the Race team training as I would likely come out some time when that is happening to check it out.
    Nothing better than crisp fresh corduroy in the morning :)

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    I was training last night... pouring rain... all my gears were all soak and wet in an hour. Visibility was limited and acceptable. Snow was wet and heavy, with irregular bumps everywhere.

    Quote Originally Posted by eastcoastcarve View Post
    I have been meaning to check out the NSST alpine racing team. I raced with Gordon Tanner back in the day in N.S. but have been out the game for the last few years. When do you do the Race team training as I would likely come out some time when that is happening to check it out.
    We will go up again tonight, hopefully it will stop raining. I rode Gordon few weeks ago.

    Our training schedule depends on availabilities of my work schedule and athletes'. I try to schedule every week evening/nights. If possible, early morning on Friday/weekends. Morning training is more specify on skill and technique while on nicely groomed runs. Night training is more about adjusting/adapting the technique in different situations. This month, I'm working on stance and balance with the team. Next month, we will start working on gates training. You are welcome to check us out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pan View Post
    I rode Gordon few weeks ago.
    WHAAAT?!
    I better avoid you guys
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueB View Post
    WHAAAT?!
    I better avoid you guys

    Don't worry about Gordo he probably enjoyed it
    Nothing better than crisp fresh corduroy in the morning :)

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    ????

    I missed something here....you guys are all asses!

    Eastcoast, Is that you John? Did we share an intimate "Tide in the bedsheets" encounter or a "dye the coach's hair" incident?

    -Gord

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    Amazing what a small typo can do!
    I believe the original Pan's text is missing a "WITH" somwhere there
    However, it's getting interesting - we are about to learn whole lot of incidents from racers' lives.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gtanner View Post
    I missed something here....you guys are all asses!

    Eastcoast, Is that you John? Did we share an intimate "Tide in the bedsheets" encounter or a "dye the coach's hair" incident?

    -Gord

    one in the same buddy boy! Ah the memory's of race team trips... It would be hard to one up that prank on Carrot Top
    Nothing better than crisp fresh corduroy in the morning :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by eastcoastcarve View Post
    one in the same buddy boy! Ah the memory's of race team trips... It would be hard to one up that prank on Carrot Top
    Ah yes, I still tell that one to this day.... Others of memory; 40th birthday, flipped mattress/box-spring, pistachio shells

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueB View Post
    Amazing what a small typo can do!
    I believe the original Pan's text is missing a "WITH" somwhere there
    However, it's getting interesting - we are about to learn whole lot of incidents from racers' lives.
    Yeah typo.

    Just got from Grouse for snow school training. Raining all night. A patch of dirt in the middle of the Cut. Visibility is ok, but limited. Snow is slightly soft with hard base. Great condition for practicing carving!

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    Jan 04
    Snowing during lunch time at the top. About 2cm of powder on Expo. Visibility is very limited, several white out. Will go up tonight for snow school training!

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    Jan. 8 update

    Went up early in the morning. Lots of traffic. Visibility is sometime limited. Drizzles rain... got all wet after an hour and decided to leave....

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    Jan. 09

    Went up during lunch time. Very foggy. Riding mostly on Peak, and Expo. Snow condition is ok, but most of the time are white out.

    Will go up again this evening for CASI 2 course. Hope it will clear up.

    By the way, I saw Bret Tippi coaching the NSST SBX time at Grouse last week! He was on a Kessler boarder-cross board.

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    Jan 10

    Came back from CASI 2 course tonight. Good visibility, but very icy for soft equipment. I wish I was on my hard boot.

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    Jan 12-13

    Yesterday, Icy on Peak and Expo. Lots of traffic yesterday, mostly are the kids from ski club.

    Tonight, they put lots of snow. Little better than yesterday, but still icy.

    Will take a 2 days break, then head to Whistler next week.

    Currently, it's snowing outside!!!

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    Jan 16

    Great snow condition tonight. Just occasionally some traffic.

    Will be training at Grouse at night this and next week. Tuesday and Thursday will be snow school training.

    May do some gates training later on. Anyone interested?

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    Jan 23
    I was sick, therefore training cancelled

    Jan 24
    Very wet heavy snow and bumpy everywhere. Just kept working on stance and balance while riding. Heavy rain!

    Will be doing training in the evening from Wed to Fri at Grouse. Hopefully, weather will get better!

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    Came back from training this afternoon. Condition was soft under the sun. Small bumps everywhere, and not many traffic. The bumps on the Peak are getting really big and tight! Need to sideslip few bumps to go through. Will head up to Whistler tomorrow and Wed. Then head to Cypress to do the race on Thursday. Will resume training on Friday.

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    Update on Feb. 09:

    Raining, condition was soft and wet. Visibility is good. Very few people on the hill. May cancel the training tomorrow night. Planning to go up to Whistler on Monday to do more training.

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    Update Feb. 17:

    Great condition in the morning. Saw one guy on hard boot with F2 board on the Cut.
    Started raining after lunch, then became heavy wet snow. Not many traffic.

    Will go up tomorrow and Sunday. Then, head up to Whistler for a week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pan View Post
    Saw one guy on hard boot with F2 board on the Cut.
    if this was the board:

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    then it was DAVID. if not then it was probably JOON who is a korean racer who usually rides an SG slalom board and occasionally an f2. however he races on a kessler. i think both DAVID and JOON ride f2 race ti step in bindings. hope that helps you id them. maybe you can recruit young JOON for your team. both are cool and speak good english. unlike most alpine riders i meet they never look down their noses at my burton raceplates or burton alpine boards whenever i bump into them at grouse lol.
    my sincerest apologies if my burton ultraprime offends your alpine sensibilities. i have set up a dedicated phone line for you to lodge your complaints. if there are enough complaints i will burn all my burtons.

    for my 24 hour toll free hotline please dial:

    1-800-EAT SH4T

    have a nice day

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    Quote Originally Posted by tenorman View Post
    ..if not then it was probably JOON...
    FYI: his email is under Daniel in the mailing list

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    Hi Tenorman, I was in the lodge and it was foggy out there. Look like he was on a pointy nose board and rode with his daughter. I think I saw an asian rider the other day. Couldn't see what he's on.

    Grouse's forecast said snowing skies. Hope it will be like this all day and tomorrow.

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    Went up yesterday and tonight.

    Update Feb 20:
    1st run down centennial, condition was great. But Olympic chair broken down. So I have to hike 20min to the other side. Did 2 runs on the Cut. Snow condition was soft, but too slow. Easy to carve, but too much people. 20 min line-up. Saw one guy on hard boot, look like a burton step-in with Volki RT 158.

    Tonight, snow condition was soft, wet and stick on flat. Rain for about 10-15 min.

    Will go up Wed, Thu, and Fri. Hard boot on Wed and Fri.

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    Update on 22th:
    The bumps on the peak were too big and too close. I can only ride on the side of the run. Cat track (heaven sake) was very icy and Expo was icy with small bumps Good for working on edging!

    Update on 23th:
    Tonight, it was very icy on Peak and Expo. The Cut was better. They had groom the Peak, so all the bumps were gone.

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