Skiing thread

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Spam16v, Sep 22, 2019.

  1. 2whlrcr

    2whlrcr gooligan

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    Nobody can afford a groomer out east? Where's all the corduroy?:D

    Midwest skier here, it's all hard and icy. A big power day is 3" of fresh. My go to skis here are all around 70mm underfoot...Atomic Redsters, Dynastar WC Speed Masters. I've got a quiver of skis, but the wide ones are rarely used here. The 88's will get used for some regularity and anything wider is mainly for out west.
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  2. nomad_games

    nomad_games Long timer

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    I’m in CO. My everyday skis are 114. My powder skis are 125. My groomer “go as fast as I can all day it hasn’t snowed in a week” skis are 88.

    Good news on the knee today. Went and saw a very well respected knee specialist in Vail. He took me off the crutches and says I can ski by January. Yessss
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  3. OhBoy

    OhBoy Got Out

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    Loon Mountain is almost all corduroy. Been skiing there with a pass for 3 years. Can ski for free at (old man on state property) Cannon. Cannon doesn't groom as much or as well as Loon. Cannon is a good hill but in can be brutal. Windy, icy, rocky, but when it dumps...it is epic! What isn't?
    Ski on Enforcer 100s / Salomon X Pro 120. No quiver, one ski does it all.
    Fully retired now. These are the first skis purchased in over 25 years. Old gear was trashed and wasn't skiing enough to justify new gear. Rented.
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  4. Krabill

    Krabill Long timer

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    I grew up skiing fake ice/slush in Ohio and a little better snow up in Northern Michigan. Moved to Michigan for a bit and did pretty well on the high school ski team. Made my first trip out West when I was 14 and have been hooked on the mountains ever since. Now that I live in snow-free Oklahoma, I only get one good ski trip every winter and we usually hit Deer Valley for the week. I've had a bunch of stuff come up this year and I doubt I'll be making the trip this winter. I'm pretty bummed about it, but things will get better and I'll be back again at some point.

    Pics from last year's trip . . . we got dumped on. Over 48" of fresh snow in the first two days. Amazing powder conditions. We got to see some of the FIS World Cup, too.

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    Park City drone shot. The condo we usually stay in is dead center in the bottom of the pic.

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  5. 2whlrcr

    2whlrcr gooligan

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    I just bought my new out west skis and I thought I was going wide at 104.:rofl
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  6. Hannda

    Hannda Short, fat, bearded, old & slow

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    I never skied where the OP skis so I only have a good guess as to what kind of snow he gets. Never skied NH neither, but I think you guys got powder occasionally. Vermont did, why wouldn't you. Where I grew up? Oh, yes sir, we had epic snowfalls. It's just that it was never powder. Two to three feet wasn't at all uncommon, it's just that it came in the consistency of mashed potatoes and was immediately packed down to what was, euphemistically, referred to as "hard pack." "Hard pack" was the enjoyable stuff you got for about four hours after which it morphed into "glare ice." :bluduh
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  7. nomad_games

    nomad_games Long timer

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    I grew up skiing in NH. Even the powder there is straight ice compared to CO/WY/UT
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  8. Elektrix

    Elektrix Adventurer Supporter

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    Just chiming in to say hello to Spam16v :wave. I live in the town of Boston (Grew up in East Aurora) and also grew up skiing Kissing Bridge and Holiday Valley. Also spent lots of time at Tamarack back in the mid 90s when it was a thing. That was high school age for me. Our terrain sucks but we do know how to make the best of it!
    I have nothing to offer for gear advice, still on my old Rossignol Bandits but might update this season.
    Maybe we can meet for a beer in the Lake Effect Saloon one of these days. Nice to see someone local on here :beer
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  9. OhBoy

    OhBoy Got Out

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    I lived in northern CA for years. Skied Tahoe, Mammoth, and other local resorts. Road tripped and skied UT, CO, OR.
    Skied all these places enough to have been there for some really good days.
    Blizzards while skiing, waiting for the first gondola after dumps and being in the last gondola when closed due to wind.
    In Ohio my local resort had 50 feet of icy vertical. The rope tows were powered by a pickup truck rim. Kids!

    There are many factors which create good snow and these conditions can and do happen at nearly every resort on occasion. Epic.
    Conditions then deteriorate faster due to traffic and weather.
    Of course you have slushy bumps, wind blown hard pack, and crud among the great variety of conditions to be mastered. Dare I include ice?

    I do miss the bottomless powder.
    I do not miss the lift lines.

    Guess I'll have to be satisfied with what New England has to offer, when it offers it.
    Don't do skiing road trips anymore.
    I'm a Daytripper.
    Midweek, bar is always open, chillin with retired and college students.
    YMMV
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  10. nomad_games

    nomad_games Long timer

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    that's why you ski backcountry/sidecountry/CAT terrain. add in a little bit of physical effort to get to the good skiing and the lift lines disappear. Last year at Copper, I had many days skiing first tracks all day in waist deep pow in the CAT/Hike-to terrain. They let you skip the line if you had your avalanche beacon on. After all the inbounds avalanches last year, I started wearing my beacon at the resort anyway. a 10 minute wait for the CAT plus a 15 minute hike at the top and you were skiing first tracks in pillow lines all the way down.

    not to mention all the mornings touring in pow with my dog before work. also helps if you can ski midweek, of course. last year I had a ski bum job. 4 10's working, 3 days a week skiing, two of those midweek. This year I have a normie office schmuck job so I'm prob not gonna get many days in anyway. oh well. Let the bills pile up and eventually they come knocking. It was an amazing winter last year, at least.
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  11. Hannda

    Hannda Short, fat, bearded, old & slow

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    I think you meant to say: Take a few runs on Mahogany Ridge.
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  12. legion

    legion Honking the Horn

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    Just picked up my season pass to Alyeska last week. Picking up a new set of boots this weekend and going to give my old boards a good spanking as soon as we've got enough cover.
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  13. 2whlrcr

    2whlrcr gooligan

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    The quiver is growing... New Nordica's on the right!

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  14. Spam16v

    Spam16v Squid Rocket Supporter

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    Small world...Wife is from Boston, we live in Hamburg. Grew up on the corner of Center and Partridge outside East Aurora at the old “Ranch”, worked at KB from 96-99. Used to Downhill and XC mtb race at Tamarack and cut half the trails they had way back when. Ran a race at Colden Lakes in high school and raced Holiday & Sprague Brook series too.

    I like Kb a lot, it was home for a long time and I made the best of those 500 vertical feet winter & summer (unofficially of course ;) ). Hour ride to Holiday killed it for me when KB was 4 miles away in high school & paid you to ski. My mom & the in-laws both moved to Craneridge up on Snob’s Knob so 2 birds and such.

    Got a motorcycle? Let’s ride, season isn’t over yet.

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  15. nomad_games

    nomad_games Long timer

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    Enforcers are one of my favorite skis. I've skied the 93's, 100's, and 110's. Liked all of them. Don't know why I don't own a pair. Might have to pick up some 110's this year.
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  16. 2whlrcr

    2whlrcr gooligan

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    I bought the 88's late last season to replace my Rossi HD 88's. Skied about 6 days on them and liked them enough to try the 104's on deeper days. Nordica's are sold by our local ski shop, so they are popular around here.
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  17. sledneck

    sledneck Been here awhile Supporter

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    Mid week pass holder here. Fingers crossed for a deep season.
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  18. legion

    legion Honking the Horn

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    Same here. There's not much for me in a crowd of weekenders. :thumb

    This is a buddy of mine from a couple three years ago. Turn your speakers off if you're in an area where rude discourse and potty language is frowned upon.

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  19. OldBarKeep

    OldBarKeep A Focker

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    I have skied Waterville for 25 years. I think I am grabbing Loon season pass this year. Loon/Sunday river. I ski 88s. Single ski quiver.
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  20. Hannda

    Hannda Short, fat, bearded, old & slow

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    We, in our leaf peeking quest, drove by Cooper, Aspen (all 3), Arrowhead, Beaver Creek, Vail and Copper yesterday in the daylight. Only saw snowmaking on two trails at Copper. Was pitch black when we went past Breckenridge so I don't know what they were doing, and we turned off before hitting Keystone.
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