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post #31 of 39
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Probably not the same kind of day skier ... Look at their locations, VA and TX. I can understand wanting to last more hours on the hill if you've traveled a long way (ie, in a plane) and don't live somewhere you can take decent day trips. I just skied with my friend from TX, we met in UT, and thank goodness she is very fit. She skied hard 4 days in a row, didn't want to quit even when her legs started complaining. But this is it for her until next year. We managed to ski more than 16,000 vertical at Snowbird yesterday between 9 and noon, then went to the airport. Whew. That was enough for me, after three previous days, and I've been skiing since October!


I come further than those locations, and one of the reasons I go to UT, CO and BC is to get the goods - otherwise I could just do some least coast dreck which is a lot closer.Was at da'bird yesterday, The Crayons today and Snowbasin tomorrow (with 3 days at other resorts before that).

 

Life's too short to ski blue groomers, no matter where you're from.

 

post #32 of 39
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Life's too short to ski blue groomers, no matter where you're from.


Cheers! Well said!! I'm from Texas (please don't hate me), and I absolutely crave steep faces and deep powder. Although, I have a LOT of improvement to do. Time to get back to Jackson!

 

As I said earlier, though, to each their own. Lots of fun can be had on groomers, too. As tetonpwdrjunkie taught me, the groomers are a fantastic place to work on honing technique. They're also nice for winding down for the day, or working on switch.

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COSkiGirl,

 

Hey, this is getting personal - I'll be at Breck next Monday for Day 1 with my sea level aerobic system at one of the highest elevation ski areas. While I agree that a good 4 is better than 7 boring, and Breck Blue's are pretty boring, self preservation is a good thing.

 


I'm not sure why it's getting personal?  Sorry, Monday is not a day I'm skiing for the Gathering.  I'll be at Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

 



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I think a lot of it has to do with the long commute that folks like JamesJ and I endure every time we go skiing out here in the Mid-Atlantic.  True, there are areas that are relatively close to DC, but they're tiny and a lot of energy is spent dodging the crowds and the skiers who are in far beyond their ability.  And at these areas, the "short black" is the norm if you're looking for steeps.

 

But for the better areas (e.g. Timberline, Blue Knob), the drive is substantial, and if you make a day trip out of one of these places, that's at least 6 hours of time behind the wheel bookending the day's skiing.  The same thing holds true for folks commuting to VT and NH from the metro areas of NYC and Boston.  And while traffic on I-70 from Denver can be brutal, good, long-run skiing is only 2 hours away from the city.  Folks in SLC have it even easier.

 

So yes, it's a matter of keeping enough in the (human) tank to make the return drive as safe as possible.



I've had multiple 3-5 hour each direction commutes this year.  I'm lucky if it takes me 2 hours.  Oh, heck I've had it take me 2 hours to get from Copper to the Tunnel.   It really is just a matter of personal preference but saying anything categorically is what bothers me.  

 

 

Oh well, really what matters that each person is having fun whatever they're doing on snow.  Fortunately there are mountains that cater to each type of skier.  

 

post #34 of 39
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Originally Posted by snofun3 View Post




I come further than those locations, and one of the reasons I go to UT, CO and BC is to get the goods - otherwise I could just do some least coast dreck which is a lot closer.Was at da'bird yesterday, The Crayons today and Snowbasin tomorrow (with 3 days at other resorts before that).

 

Life's too short to ski blue groomers, no matter where you're from.

 


All that was in reference to wanting to ski all day, and if blue groomers are where you can ski all day, then ... If you can ski all day somewhere else, more power to you. I wouldn't want to travel a long way and ski only 2 hr a day. Some might, I guess.
post #35 of 39

Remember, when you are a beginner, long blue cruisers _are_ a challenge and the occaisional foray onto blacks is an exercise in survival, not skiing.  That may be what is going on for some of the people.

 

On the other hand, I know people who have been content to cruise easy trails for years.  I don't understand them, but I accept them.  I think that skiing for those people is a fundamentally different activity than what skiing is for me and you other adrenaline junkies.

post #36 of 39
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Originally Posted by skicougar View Post

 

why would you want to ski short blacks and double blacks all the time ? thats just going to wear you and cut the time you want to be on the mountain.

 

i'll ski the blues at breck all day long and shock maybe twice. on the blues, you can take your own pace, break, enjoy trhe view. on shock, you pretty much have to get the hell down as others are coming behind you and the last thing theyre expecting on shock is someone admiring the scenery.


The only people who have this outlook that I ski with for more then a run or two could be classified as one of two things. Lovers or clients.
post #37 of 39
Breckenridge was my first ever resort in the west... I remember the disappointment of no fresh snow in a LONG time and the blues being so short! There aren't many continuous runs of more than 1500ft vertical there. I remember regretting flying all the way west, when Whiteface was so much better (for long runs). The next day we got a foot of fresh and skied Vail which totally redeemed the trip... as it skies much bigger/longer and the snow was a godsend.

Mind you, I don't know how someone who likes the Wilmington trail didn't think Chips Run was a million times better... Similar runs, except Chips is WAY(!) more open, has way more options, way better snow, and has way more drop offs, especially if you opt for the Phone 3 shots and the likes at the end.
post #38 of 39
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Originally Posted by songfta View Post

But for the better areas (e.g. Timberline, Blue Knob), the drive is substantial, and if you make a day trip out of one of these places, that's at least 6 hours of time behind the wheel bookending the day's skiing.  The same thing holds true for folks commuting to VT and NH from the metro areas of NYC and Boston.  And while traffic on I-70 from Denver can be brutal, good, long-run skiing is only 2 hours away from the city.


You mean there are actually people who have to drive more than 30 minutes to go skiing?  Damn, that must really suck.  I've heard stories of these types of people, I've just never met one.

post #39 of 39
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You mean there are actually people who have to drive more than 30 minutes to go skiing?  Damn, that must really suck.  I've heard stories of these types of people, I've just never met one.



Here is a real shocker.....it might just be an old wives tale, but they say some people get on planes and helicopters to go skiing...crazy right?   Wonder if Santa is the pilot.

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