I just found this site and joined up - avid skier since middle school, so I've been sliding down snow covered slopes for 35ish years. I rode a snowboard for 7-8 years from the mid-90's until about 10 years ago, then switched back to skis. High-speed snowboard falls are way too unforgiving on our Northeast concrete-like terrain, although there really is nothing like riding power on a snowboard. Unfortunately, there is almost never powder... I like to ski fast, hard, and primarily favor ripping zipper lines in the moguls and LOVE the 100 footers in the snowboard parks. Unfortunately, my body isn't as aggressive as my mind, and I've never been one for prophylactic exercise, so the bumps and jumps have taken their toll. I switched over to telemark for this season, so I'm learning a new sport - very exciting, and my orthopedic surgeon is also excited about it - apparently the buzz in the orthopedic community is that tele is the best of the winter sports that you can do if you have crappy knees (I just had the 4th surgery on my right knee last week in October, but it's feeling pretty good, albeit a little puffy). I hit opening day at Crotched two weeks ago on my teles, and did both days there last weekend. I started to really get the tele technique toward the end of my 3rd day and started sticking solid and good-looking comfortable turns, so I think this will be a really fun season. I can't wait to start tearing up bumps on the teles. I try to get out every weekend, so if you're visiting Crotched, I'll be the older guy who looks way too fat to be on a Telemark rig.