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post #31 of 46
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Yeah - skied the trees/shrubs under the gondy as my last run yesterday - there was even a fairly open/steep face to the skier's left of lower Valley View.  Not a route I've ever considered before (and not normally one that would be recommended). But this year it was sickly good/deep - the whole mountain is "if you see a line...ski it...".  I also found tons of fairly untracked stuff to the extreme skier's right in Pio Ridge (tight trees, but skieable)...this area has been mainly ignored so far this year.   Enjoy!


Ahh the beetle-trees, one of my favorite ways to end the day.  Actually skied that identical line (valley view shrubs to beetle trees) around 11 yesterday and it was nice.  Those can get tracked pretty quickly because it's an easy way to avoid pushpiles at the end of the day.  Everything yesterday was great... got up first thing (5th chair or so on 4Pts) and stopped around 2 when my legs finally started giving out and the stashes started getting tracked.  Have more all day meetings for the next 4 days so unfortunately have to watch everyone have all the fun.  However I do think yesterday would have been better than today with only 3" overnight and 3" since 5am... at least I'll keep telling myself that.  Tomorrow might not be another story.

post #32 of 46
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Ahh the beetle-trees, one of my favorite ways to end the day.  Actually skied that identical line (valley view shrubs to beetle trees) around 11 yesterday and it was nice.  Those can get tracked pretty quickly....


Hmm..."valley view shrubs" and "beetle-trees"...I'll have to remember those names, try 'em again even when the conditions aren't as amazing (it often looks like death cookies down there, though it was super-deep and untracked when I was there at about 1:30P yesterday...and then I returned home to Denver...may have seen your tracks...) and to PM you next time...enjoy the 'boat!

post #33 of 46
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Id love to make a trip down to the 'boat this year, any ticket deals to be found? Has the snow been as epic there as it has up here (southeast wyo)?

Nearly 300" so far and another 1 to 2 feet on the way tonight...not quite on track to break the almost 500" from a few years back, but pretty damn "ski any line you like" amazing!  As for ticket deals, can't help you with that...tam?

 

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i will be heading back to the boat in March...

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i will be heading back to the boat in March...

Ah, but you need to be back here now - two days of 14"+ so far this week and counting...then again my butt's on my office chair too...oh well!
 

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Yeah, kind of the names my friends and I have given those spots, no real 'locals' name to those areas... the skiers left opening was due to beetlekill clearing 3 years ago, hence beetletrees.  Lower mountain actually has some of the most overlooked easily accessible stashes on the mountain,  and if you ski it right, you can link up untracked turns all the way down to the base area.  Today was reeeally good too, but Sunday was lighter.  Was able to squeeze in four long completely untracked runs in an hour in the Priest Creek area before having to head to my meeting, would love to still be out there but can't complain.

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Ahh the beetle-trees, one of my favorite ways to end the day.  Actually skied that identical line (valley view shrubs to beetle trees) around 11 yesterday and it was nice.  Those can get tracked pretty quickly....


Hmm..."valley view shrubs" and "beetle-trees"...I'll have to remember those names, try 'em again even when the conditions aren't as amazing (it often looks like death cookies down there, though it was super-deep and untracked when I was there at about 1:30P yesterday...and then I returned home to Denver...may have seen your tracks...) and to PM you next time...enjoy the 'boat!

post #37 of 46
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NICE, yeah, IRa's line of skiers right off the Gondi, Teds-oopss tree shot down is pretty sweet. You can pic your way all the way down pretty far. I think I know where you are talking about on the skiers left.  We also worked out into the top of Mavericks into that clear cut area off the top that was pretty fun. Open meadow.

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You haven't a clue about the trees at Steamboat, focus on the groomers at Sol Vista...
 

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Well Its me Greg and Les (snowfun3) up at the boat.  It was looking kinda thin, we headed up at about 10 thinking it would be only a couple inches..... well, it was a good 6-8 and everything filled in and was skiing just fine..  I had a run in with a treewell today,  Les also met up with one later in the day that was not so good, but all is OK. Its 8:30 pm, just had some killer fillets, brussell sprouts with bacon and sweet potatoes, and some really good bourbon and wine. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Well Finndog

I recommend you take a back country ski trip with an experienced guide who can teach you how to read the snow better, you know, tree wells. 5' jumps, avalanche concern.

If you're gonna go crazy on the off piste in bounds stuff, you need to do it better. ROTF.gif

 

It's crazy, dangerous out there!biggrin.gif


Fortunately, I know Finndog has a highly evolved sense of humor!

I got his mini-lecture on how important it was to be able to read the snow.....you know, when I'm off piste in dangerous ski conditions at Sol Vista!rolleyes.gif

 

Glad everyone made it out of their own personal tree-well!

 

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post #39 of 46
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well it was actually more of the things I need to work on when skiing off-piste, not a lecture on what anyone should do, but emphasizing the importance of some of those "survival" skills as being as important if not more than just ski skills. I still have much to learn and will continue to do so. 

 

One tree-well can ruin your whole day.....icon14.gif

 

 

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post #40 of 46

Love that pic!

In fact, all the pictures from your trip were really inspiring.

So beautiful. Would love to experience the quietness of the backcountry.

In a safe setting (or perhaps just safer; no one can guarantee 100% safety in this world)

One of these days......

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Bumpfreaq getting a little freaky

 

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I was thinking, what are the chances that this ended well? 50/50?

post #42 of 46
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well, there's an old addage that any landing you can walk away from is a good one...  he skied away, that's all we're saying! biggrin.gif

 

bumpfreaq rocks! 

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Bumpfreaq getting a little freaky

 

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I was thinking, what are the chances that this ended well? 50/50?



 



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well, there's an old addage that any landing you can walk away from is a good one...  he skied away, that's all we're saying! biggrin.gif

 

bumpfreaq rocks! 


I heard he had the wrong pole baskets for those conditionsrolleyes.gif

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well, there's an old addage that any landing you can walk away from is a good one...  he skied away, that's all we're saying! biggrin.gif

 

bumpfreaq rocks! 


I heard he had the wrong pole baskets for those conditionsrolleyes.gif



POTENTIALLY guilty as charged......  Yes, I am pretty sure I knocked his basket off when he stopped me from skiing off a nasty little drop in the "land of the little people" trees..  I made a quick stop, didn't see his skis buried in the snow, I hit the tails of his skis and I think his ski sheared off the basket. We looked for it but couldn't find it.  Very embarrasing.  But being the gentleman and good guy that he is, was gracious and said it wasn't me and it probably fell off earlier on the run.  Fortunately, he's more than capable of skiing without the basket! icon14.gif

post #45 of 46
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I was thinking, what are the chances that this ended well? 50/50?



Well, it ended with a laughing fit.  Let's just say I'm glad there's no video =)

 

On the pole situation... the only thing I know for sure is that the tip of one my poles had been missing for some time.  It had been slipping on me in the lift line for most of the trip.  Both tips and baskets were replaced and I wish I had done it a week earlier

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A true class act! icon14.gif

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