Let it Snow (repeat ?2)
- have 5 free days at Whistler;
- get massive discounts for the entire season at Whistler;
- get $7-12 off lift tickets at Stevens Pass; and
- have free weekday skiing at Snoqualmie all season.
My hope is to go to Snoqualmie for night skiing 2-3 nights a week, and hit Stevens every weekend (well, every weekend I don\’t trek to Whistler, that is). This also means that you\’re not likely to see me on Baker or Crystal at all this season.
Now, to rant a bit. I ride with Switch N-type bindings. They\’re incredibly awesome. However, step-ins get a lot of flak for sucking so hard. The problem isn\’t Switch, the problem is other companies like Rossignol, who make crappy step-ins, giving the whole group a bad name. Ok, my setup is a bit non-standard. I wear X-type boots (soft, like normal snowboard boots) with N-type bindings (no highback, meant to be used with stiffer boots). This is just a personal preference, but it means I go through boots a bit quickly as the ankle support collapses. So, fearing that happening with my current boots during this season, I start looking for what boots I might get to replace them.
I find nothing. No one seems to be making Switch-compatible boots anymore. This has a few consequences for me:
- if I need new boots, I also need new bindings;
- if I get step-ins, they probably won\’t be very good; and
- if I switch to some form of strap-in (maybe Flow), I have to get a highback.
None of that makes me happy. It\’s expensive, and it compromises my riding style. Maybe someone will read this and be like \”Company X is making Switch-compatible boots, you should check them out,\” or \”there are some of last year\’s Vans available at some.com.\” If so, that\’d be great. I\’ll keep my fingers crossed, but I don\’t have much hope.
Ooh, M.J. Wallace\’s review on Amazon sums it up perfectly.