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by LewLasher
Mon Jan 14, 2008 10:01 am
Forum: NorthEast
Topic: New guy needs advice
Replies: 5
Views: 4885

Some N.H. suggestions

For groomed trails, the closest place to the New Hampshire seacoast is Gunstock, located in Gilford (near Laconia). Many years ago, I skied on the Charmingfare golf course in Candia, but they did not groom the trails well, and it isn't clear that they still offer cross-country skiing. If there is sn...
by LewLasher
Fri Jan 11, 2008 7:56 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What activities do you enjoy besides XC skiing?
Replies: 18
Views: 5461

Got to have something to do in any kind of weather

My other main outdoor activity, during the non-snow part of the year, is bicycling, mostly road biking.

My main indoor activity is playing the violin/fiddle. Started about 3 years ago. Especially good on rainy days (like today) - much better than complaining about not doing outdoor activities.
by LewLasher
Mon Jan 07, 2008 11:31 pm
Forum: NorthEast
Topic: The primary place to ski in New Hampshire
Replies: 3
Views: 3202

This just in

Republican primary:

McCain - 4
Romney - 2
Giuliani - 1

Democratic primary:

Obama - 7
Edwards - 2
Richardson - 1
by LewLasher
Mon Jan 07, 2008 8:27 pm
Forum: NorthEast
Topic: The primary place to ski in New Hampshire
Replies: 3
Views: 3202

The primary place to ski in New Hampshire

I was all set for the eve of the New Hampshire primary, to report back from Dixville Notch. Unfortunately, the weather forecast wasn't looking good, and I was just too tired this morning anyway to drive all the way to Dixville friggin' Notch and back, just to be able to say I went there. Dixville No...
by LewLasher
Fri Jan 04, 2008 11:14 pm
Forum: NorthEast
Topic: VT - Stowe 2007-2008
Replies: 12
Views: 5481

4 Jan 2008

Finally, conditions I'm willing to label as "excellent." But it'll only last for a couple more days. We're scheduled for a major rain-filled thaw-fest starting on Monday.
by LewLasher
Fri Jan 04, 2008 3:43 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: XC Skiing in the USA - Where and When?
Replies: 14
Views: 4021

Airport connections from the U.K.

I just did some quick searches, and it appears that it, if you are flying from the U.K., it is relatively reasonable to fly to Minneapolis (MSP). I would have thought that it would have been convenient to fly from London to Montreal or Ottawa, but it seems to be faster and cheaper to get to Minneapo...
by LewLasher
Thu Jan 03, 2008 8:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: XC Skiing in the USA - Where and When?
Replies: 14
Views: 4021

Some ideas in eastern US + Canada

In the northeastern part of the U.S. there are lots of small cross-country resorts. Three of the larger, more popular resorts with relatively consistent snow conditions are: Jackson, New Hampshire; Stowe, Vermont; and Lake Placid, New York. In Eastern Canada (Quebec province), three of the larger, m...
by LewLasher
Wed Jan 02, 2008 10:15 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: XC ski links?
Replies: 10
Views: 2833

Some New England links

Vermont ski conditions: http://www.skivermont.com/conditions/ New Hampshire ski conditions: http://www.xcskinh.com/Snow_Reports.cfm Catamount Trail Association (300-mile, mostly backcountry, trail across the state of Vermont): http://www.catamounttrail.org/
by LewLasher
Wed Jan 02, 2008 7:12 am
Forum: XC Ski Gear Discussion
Topic: What's the difference between different NNN bindings?
Replies: 6
Views: 8228

How does NIS get onto the ski?

I take it that NIS involves a mounting plate that is attached to the ski without putting screws into drilled holes. So how does the NIS plate get onto the ski? Is the mounting plate already on the skis when I buy them? Should I make sure that I don't buy skis that are lacking this mounting plate?
by LewLasher
Wed Jan 02, 2008 5:59 am
Forum: XC Ski Gear Discussion
Topic: What's the difference between different NNN bindings?
Replies: 6
Views: 8228

Paying more for manual binding

Thanks for the clarification.

It looks like I paid extra (on the racing version, as opposed to the touring version) for the privilege of being able to open and close the binding manually.
by LewLasher
Tue Jan 01, 2008 7:08 pm
Forum: XC Ski Gear Discussion
Topic: What's the difference between different NNN bindings?
Replies: 6
Views: 8228

What's the difference between different NNN bindings?

I scored a deal today on some Rossignol R4 classic bindings for $52.50. Now I'm puzzling over the various NNN bindings listed on the REI Web site: They show (Fischer) R4 bindings for $80, (Fischer) R3 bindings for $70, Rossignol T-4 bindings for $52, Fischer T3 bindings for $45 and Rottefella "...
by LewLasher
Tue Jan 01, 2008 6:56 pm
Forum: Where are the best deals?
Topic: L.L. Bean outlet stores
Replies: 0
Views: 2995

L.L. Bean outlet stores

This is relevant only to the northeast U.S., where L.L. Bean has its outlet stores. And it's quite possible that not all the outlet stores carry cross-country skiing equipment. Having said that, I've gotten good deals at the outlet stores in Concord and North Conway, New Hampshire. Today, the Concor...
by LewLasher
Sun Dec 30, 2007 8:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Secret trails?
Replies: 4
Views: 1933

Secret trails?

In the last couple of days, I "discovered" some "new" trails that I didn't know about. That may not sound particularly noteworthy, but I've been skiing in this town (Stowe, Vermont) for over a dozen years, and I've got all the local trail maps - this is, in general, a very well-d...
by LewLasher
Sat Dec 29, 2007 5:46 pm
Forum: NorthEast
Topic: VT - Stowe 2007-2008
Replies: 12
Views: 5481

Fast times

Today's above-freezing temperatures made for the second thaw of this season (er, month). Conditions were very fast this afternoon and will probably be even faster once temperatures fall below freezing tomorrow. Still plenty of snow depth, and it's definitely groomable. Hoping for the 2-4" predi...
by LewLasher
Tue Dec 25, 2007 3:35 pm
Forum: NorthEast
Topic: VT - Stowe 2007-2008
Replies: 12
Views: 5481

Not as good as before the rain, but still good

I didn't ski on Monday, so today was my first chance to see what the conditions would be like after the first weather crisis this season. I skied on groomed trails today (Trapp) and conditions were pretty good. I don't think backcountry skiing would be a great idea right now, though. There was maybe...

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