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by JeffOYB
Wed Mar 04, 2009 9:42 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Young people ski demographics rambling...
Replies: 39
Views: 8652

[...] Perhaps in stead of targeting youth in general, all we need it to make XC cool for young sporty girls. with those on the trails, it will be hard to keep away the guys :-) [...] The speed potential in XC is often missed, at least for me. Instructors rarely show what we have to aim for. A full-...
by JeffOYB
Tue Mar 03, 2009 6:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Young people ski demographics rambling...
Replies: 39
Views: 8652

Interesting topic with a lot of thoughtful responses. After skiing my first Birkie I blogged that it was enough to make winter my new favorite season. Earlier in the year we received a couple of inches of snow and I blogged about the difference in mindset between runners and skiers. 3" of snow...
by JeffOYB
Tue Mar 03, 2009 6:59 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Young people ski demographics rambling...
Replies: 39
Views: 8652

... youngsters are insecure about most everything. [...] Face it, this is just NOT a cool sport. It really is like golf. I happen to like golf, but could never afford it, not the memberships, and especially not the lifestyle required to get anyone to ever talk to you on the greens. [...] Riding a b...
by JeffOYB
Tue Mar 03, 2009 6:43 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Young people ski demographics rambling...
Replies: 39
Views: 8652

But listen to most people you see in your daily lives. Most of them almost constantly complain about winter weather. Most of them talk non-stop about how they can't wait for spring. I get really sick of this, and I am very happy to talk to a snowmobiler about great snow conditions [...] Book Across...
by JeffOYB
Mon Mar 02, 2009 7:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Young people ski demographics rambling...
Replies: 39
Views: 8652

Snowshoes are not necessary when walking on a firmly packed or crusted trail. Regular hiking shoes or boots would work fine. I don't understand it - I think the snowshoes would actually make walking more difficult. Those guys must just wear them for the looks so they can say "I went snowshoein...
by JeffOYB
Mon Mar 02, 2009 2:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Young people ski demographics rambling...
Replies: 39
Views: 8652

I agree that shoeing on ice can be far better than skiing on same, but in many of such cases the elastic crampons would be the tool of choice. For crossing icy crust, I suppose that a snowshoe would keep you on top but this still may not be such a pleasant or especially distinctive endeavor. In quit...
by JeffOYB
Mon Mar 02, 2009 11:28 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Young people ski demographics rambling...
Replies: 39
Views: 8652

Re: Not that the kids are snowshoeing, either

...And XC is the cheapest, most local snow country thing you could do. That would be snowshoeing. OK, 2 qualifiers: *Snowshoeing needs deep snow to be truly fun. Which is rare around here. We have a couple weeks a year of decent shoeing. Modern snowshoes seem often used on packed trails where boots...
by JeffOYB
Mon Mar 02, 2009 9:51 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New Classic Theory: dayskiers rock!
Replies: 4
Views: 1946

The 2-KDP is lots of fun, fast and relaxing. Not as fast as a single double pole, which is why it disappeared from the races I suppose, but if you're on a ski tour (Do people still do that?)and have a long flat stretch in front of you it makes the k's fly by. This is one of the techniques that I'd ...
by JeffOYB
Mon Mar 02, 2009 9:37 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Young people ski demographics rambling...
Replies: 39
Views: 8652

You know at 25-30-35... you're just out of college or maybe grad school. You're off your parent's health insurance and you're just starting out at your first job. ...And XC is the cheapest, most local snow country thing you could do. Just like casual bike touring/day-riding would be the cheapest, m...
by JeffOYB
Thu Feb 26, 2009 10:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New Classic Theory: dayskiers rock!
Replies: 4
Views: 1946

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by JeffOYB
Thu Feb 26, 2009 5:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Young people ski demographics rambling...
Replies: 39
Views: 8652

Hmmm. Maybe it's the distance? I know that the local races here had big turnouts for the highschool races. Is it skiing or other sports as well? Lots of talk about some tough bike tours/rides on the cycling forums from the 20 to 30 year olds. What about running? Yeah, distance might be a factor. HS...
by JeffOYB
Thu Feb 26, 2009 2:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Young people ski demographics rambling...
Replies: 39
Views: 8652

What's funny is that the sport was very popular in the 70's when the equipment was scary bad. Adjusted dollar value probably gets you a great ski package today. I suppose that backpacking and such was all more popular back then. I suppose also that backpacking is now simply part of our society. The ...
by JeffOYB
Thu Feb 26, 2009 2:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New Classic Theory: dayskiers rock!
Replies: 4
Views: 1946

New Classic Theory: dayskiers rock!

I've been posting these ideas hither'n'yon (OYB, RSN, NSR) so I thought I'd put em here, too... *** New (Old) Ski Theory! ...More Gears for Day-Skiers! [I've put word out for feedback about my following new/old theory amongst various authorities, including asking the PSIA. I'll let you know what I f...
by JeffOYB
Thu Feb 26, 2009 1:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Was Bjorn Daehlie Wearing Alot of Underwear?
Replies: 5
Views: 2113

I wonder if he even let the young pup nip him, to give the kid the biggest thrill. To me, in this situation a gift, I mean a "second," looks better than a win. It's more talkable. Of course he had to make im work for it!
by JeffOYB
Mon Feb 23, 2009 2:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Young people ski demographics rambling...
Replies: 39
Views: 8652

... Unless you grew up in the upper midwest or maybe Vermont or the Methow, I can pretty much guarantee you didn't nordic ski growing up, and if your friends don't ski, why would you? Once I and another friend picked up nordic skiing, it was easy for me to convince my outdoorsy, endurance-sport fri...

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