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    Welcome to Backcountry Talk, a new forum for BC skiers and riders.

    When I first began spreading the news about earning your turns in the backcountry it was via a crude newsletter that was Xeroxed and sent to about 50 people under the title “le Chronicle du Couloir.” A lot has changed since then, but not my interest in promoting this activity. I'm not the first, nor will I be the last person to recognize the value that comes from exploring our world on a pair of skis.


    Since that crude newsletter the magic of the internet has crashed upon the world and made it possible for like minded people to share their experiences and pose questions among their brethren. In time I hope you will make yourself welcome, register, pose a question, review some gear, tell us where you been or where you're going.


    Assuming enough of you are game to join this forum, I'll say right up front this is intended to be an outlet for the community. As such, it will not be run as a one man show, but as a collective effort from active members. If you're so inclined to help out drop me a PM.

    There are a lot of things I'm hopeful can be implemented here that have not, to my knowledge, been done on a community forum, at least, not for one specifically aimed at backcountry skiers and their kind. A forum IS the perfect vehicle for things like reviews where a lot of people can chime in and add their two cents worth, share trip reports, ask questions to the larger community, pass on information, even make new friends. That's all been done before, but frankly, I don't think it has always been implemented very well. I may be wrong, but I'm confident that vBulletin, the engine behind this forum, has the hooks and with a bit of programming savvy, it can be made to do some of those things better than I, and maybe you, ever experienced before.

    My first experience with the power of forums was Telemarktips.com. As of this moment, that site and its forum appear to be history. Part of the reason is that the web has matured and the concept of pulling people together from all over the globe to share their stuff has kicked into overdrive with social media sites like Facebook etcetera. Those are great for the general public, but do not lend themselves as well to a specialized group. Forums still can, IF the people behind them are willing to invest in creative ways to serve the community they are for. That's the goal. It's a pretty plain jane forum now, but I hope you'll join in and add your voice to make it work.
    Last edited by Dostn8r; 23 August 2013, 07:32 PM. Reason: add info
    Ain't no turn like tele!

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    I still have some of those "le Chronicle du Couloir" issues in my files.

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      a breath of fresh air. let it snow!
      good snow comes in many different types and consistencies. STICK YER FEET IN IT!!!

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        Present...

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          Elvis is in the building...
          ...Lurking

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            Dostn8r - I like being first on the memberlist. Could you prevent any screenames beginning with A?

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              Dostn8r - Do ALL of us a favor and don't start a "Way-off-topic" page. It would really be nice to not have the political BS around here.

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                Originally posted by Hacksaw View Post
                Dostn8r - Do ALL of us a favor and don't start a "Way-off-topic" page. It would really be nice to not have the political BS around here.
                Duly noted. Even backcountry skiing has political issues to deal with, like land use and stuff, so a blanket agreement would be premature. But I agree, the mainstream political stuff with name calling and trading insults on behalf of Donkeys, Elephants and Anarchists should be hashed out elsewhere.
                Ain't no turn like tele!

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                  Originally posted by Dostn8r View Post
                  Duly noted. Even backcountry skiing has political issues to deal with, like land use and stuff, so a blanket agreement would be premature. But I agree, the mainstream political stuff with name calling and trading insults on behalf of Donkeys, Elephants and Anarchists should be hashed out elsewhere.
                  Okay, here's my 10 Characters*: "Like" (*never seen THAT error message before.)

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                    I am here to post in this monumental thread.

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                    • #11
                      Do you want to enable avatars, CD? Helps identify frequent posters visually & easy. Or maybe that's a bad thing . . .
                      Reluctant enthusiast, part-time crusader, half-hearted fanatic

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Hacksaw View Post
                        Dostn8r - Do ALL of us a favor and don't start a "Way-off-topic" page. It would really be nice to not have the political BS around here.
                        That's a rough issue. As Dostie points out, skiing has plenty of politically charged issues. But I don't think one should stop at skiing. Most folks have said they like the openness of the forum discussion. Although TTips political discussion did become worthless, For a long time, I enjoyed exchanging thoughts on more charged topics with the TTips crowd. It was a much more intelligent discussion than you will find elsewhere, far better than the stuff you'd read, f'r'instance on a newspaper forum. And, as compared to a special-interest website, there was a greater variety of viewpoints. I really think a few bad apples at TTips were sufficient to drive away much of the audience and think it is very much worth trying light moderation rather than prohibiting topics. The "bad apples" at TTips had little if anything to do with their party affiliation; in fact, those folks weren't really interested in discussing politics or other charged topics, they just capitalized on an opportunity offered them to crash a party and piss on the carpet.

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                          Originally posted by Tele 'til You're Smelly View Post
                          Do you want to enable avatars, CD? Helps identify frequent posters visually & easy. Or maybe that's a bad thing . . .
                          I'm still learning where all the settings are for this beast. Many are hard to find, don't exist, or aren't where I'm guessing they are. With that caveat, as far as I can tell there is nothing preventing the use of Avatars. I'm pretty certain that is an individual choice, so double check the options in your profile. In the meantime, I'll keep looking to see if there is a hidden checkbox preventing it.



                          Originally posted by Baaahb View Post
                          The "bad apples" at TTips ... just capitalized on an opportunity offered them to crash a party and piss on the carpet.
                          Indeed. Personally I like a little debate on ideas with more depth than a good Sierra dump. But that requires a lot more restraint than most of us are capable of.
                          Ain't no turn like tele!

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                            Originally posted by Dostn8r View Post
                            Duly noted. Even backcountry skiing has political issues to deal with, like land use and stuff, so a blanket agreement would be premature. But I agree, the mainstream political stuff with name calling and trading insults on behalf of Donkeys, Elephants and Anarchists should be hashed out elsewhere.
                            Wait a second- the Teletips WOT page was started as a way to get politics off the mainpage and into a sequestered area (like the TGR Padded Room)- before Mitch did that there was MORE politics invading the main page. So I think it's a good idea actually.

                            Also CD I noticed I am keep having to log in each time I visit- don't know if there is some setting to avoid that.
                            Reluctant enthusiast, part-time crusader, half-hearted fanatic

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                              Originally posted by Tele 'til You're Smelly View Post
                              ...I noticed I am keep having to log in each time I visit- don't know if there is some setting to avoid that.
                              I'm still figuring out all the settings myself. Did you click on the Remember Me button, under your username when you log in? I think if you do that it will recognize your computer's cookie and log you in automatically. I think. Let me know if that does the trick, or if you already tried that.
                              Ain't no turn like tele!

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