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post #1 of 24
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yesterday we rolled up to the parking lot at stowe, for what would turn out to be the best day of the season. they report 3-6 inches of new which was about right on the trails, but is quite often the case most of that snow ended up in the woods. It was enough snow in the woods that there was no hint of hard base underneath IE it skied bottomless.

 

We could have called this video the best opening 2 hours at stowe this year. bottomless powder with nobody skiing.

 

 

While I was working for 2 hours the "eriks" went out and shredded some inbound pow. Photo by Epic.

 

Erik the roomie is glad noone else showed up

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Lookout for Air

 

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all this year we have been eyeing up some out of bounds potentially deadly chutes. The first one is roughly 45 degrees and helds lots of snow. Deskinning zone I am pretty stoked.

 

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Reed drops in to the Gnar

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I wanted more steep so I went back up with in the chute

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Pow

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Slash 45 degree face with un tracked powder pretty freaking amazing really

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Reed charges it in the out run

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Day 2

 

New objective, yet another chute in the same area but in some ways better on top.

 

skins and AT gear take us to wonderland

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Lake Champlain and the Dacks

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The Chin

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The work payed off our skin transported us to Utah

 

Me

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Erik S

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Alex D...we will be back to ski the cliff band none of us could see it while skiing

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Erik S in the chute part of the chute.

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2 amazing days of skiing, 2 amazing new to me lines, and lots of other old favorites with some powder on top.

 

post #2 of 24

Very nice!


 

post #3 of 24

Thanks for the vid.  Let's me ski the trees vicariously.

post #4 of 24

Josh, how steep are those trees?  Looks like fun.

 

Mike

post #5 of 24

LIKE icon14.gif .

 

JF

post #6 of 24
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Originally Posted by Lorian View Post

Thanks for the vid.  Let's me ski the trees vicariously.

 

eh hard to say, if you tell me the exact time I can guessitemate for you.

 

some are 20 degree some are 30-35. The chutes are over 45 degrees.
 

 

post #7 of 24

Yeah, the chutes are steep. Fail on my part for not correcting the horizons before posting them.


Edited by epic - 4/9/11 at 2:42pm
post #8 of 24

Nice!

post #9 of 24

Very nice photos.  Looks like tough terrain.

post #10 of 24

Wow... and this is April? Damn!

post #11 of 24
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Wow... and this is April? Damn!


yep they closed down with nearly 100 percent.

 

we are in utah now.

 

post #12 of 24

Aweseome. keep it coming

post #13 of 24
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yep they closed down with nearly 100 percent.

 

we are in utah now.

 


the bird?

 

post #14 of 24
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the bird?

 



yep 13 inches of new

 

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we all ski big  skis so we wouldnt really know how deep it was. hopefully Snowbird opens up the touring gates so we can get some more powder tomorrow.

 

One thing that sucks is my helmet cam footage from today is REALLY boring compared to filming in Vermont.

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One thing that sucks is my helmet cam footage from today is REALLY boring compared to filming in Vermont.

 

Aw, come on. You could've smacked the camera on those three trees behind you for some visual interest!
 

 

post #16 of 24
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Aw, come on. You could've smacked the camera on those three trees behind you for some visual interest!
 

 



quite literally skiing a 40 degree face with tons of snow on it , looks like a flat groomer. :( it makes me sad

post #17 of 24

Yeah it's weird. You use the GoPro, right? They have a little fisheye effect that totally distorts the slope. I'm curious if other helmet cams can show the steeps better.

post #18 of 24
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Yeah it's weird. You use the GoPro, right? They have a little fisheye effect that totally distorts the slope. I'm curious if other helmet cams can show the steeps better.



I agree... someone in my family (who is not a skier) watched some of my GoPro footage and said it looked like I was skiing uphill, and that people I passed were skiing backwards.  I don't think it's that bad, but I wonder what the wide-angle lens does to the image.

 

 

 

BTW, I watched that vimeo video at the top... you guys are amazing.. and have so much talent... no matter how good I ever would get I would never ski through trees that quickly.  You guys have quick reflexes and good reaction time.  That is truly something to be proud of.  (even if I attempted skiing through trees like that on a skiing video game I'd still hit a tree).... awesome stuff.  Also, that powder in the Stowe backcountry looks really inviting... I suppose just as good as powder anywhere else.  Perhaps Vermont deserves more credit.

post #19 of 24

That tree skiing at the beginning of the video was impressive... wish I had the skill (or nerve) to go that fast through such tight openings.

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That tree skiing at the beginning of the video was impressive... wish I had the skill (or nerve) to go that fast through such tight openings.


 

That part's me (the guy in the green). All it takes is a lot of practice and good skiing. Two seasons ago I probably never thought I'd be able to ski trees like that either. It also helps to know the glades you're in pretty well. The first couple times I went in those particular glades I didn't ski them all that well, but now I know them like the back of my hand.

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I agree... someone in my family (who is not a skier) watched some of my GoPro footage and said it looked like I was skiing uphill, and that people I passed were skiing backwards.  I don't think it's that bad, but I wonder what the wide-angle lens does to the image.

 

 

 

BTW, I watched that vimeo video at the top... you guys are amazing.. and have so much talent... no matter how good I ever would get I would never ski through trees that quickly.  You guys have quick reflexes and good reaction time.  That is truly something to be proud of.  (even if I attempted skiing through trees like that on a skiing video game I'd still hit a tree).... awesome stuff.  Also, that powder in the Stowe backcountry looks really inviting... I suppose just as good as powder anywhere else.  Perhaps Vermont deserves more credit.



this is why the GOpro needs points of reference to make it look interesting. Hence why groomer skiing is nearly useless as a first person video unless you are following people OR running gates both give the viewer a point of reference. Wide pen bowls especially in flat light look way uninteresting as well. So far in utah we have found we have to find bigger drops to make them look like anything and have resorted to using alot of 3rd person video. Basically the skiing in utah is great right now, but given my limited hucking skills its hard to get good shots in the flat light and the tightest trees we can find are nothing compared to stowe trees so they look pretty boring in compariision.

 

On the tree skiing as Erik says its takes a ton of fundamental skill, the right equipment and some intuition to do these run fluidly. Once you are skiing them without stopping or really slowing down speed eventually comes naturally. It literally does feels Jedi like once you have the skills and are looking far enough ahead. Your reactions are much faster than you could ever think. Solid tree skiing comes down being able to tactically apply your skills in the best way possible the more options you have in your skills the more options in tactics you will have.

 

with that said I feel alot of people dont read the TRs and this was far from the fastest tree skiing we have done this year.

 

 

lots of video from days that didnt add up

 

from earlier in the year , from about mid point on there is some of the better tree skiing I filmed this year.

 

 

March 7th was the deepest day of the year. This video proves turn radius has nothing to do with how a ski turns in powder. 40 meter sidecut skis were used for most of the video.

 

post #22 of 24

That last video was funny when there was a little slide at the end.

 

I like the first and third (maybe b/c of music choice).  I liked in the one how you threw in some GS gate skiing in the middle.

 

Yeah I guess if you guys do tree skiing that much that it is ingrained in your skills.

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That last video was funny when there was a little slide at the end.



Yeah, it was real funny when Josh got buried by the slide.

post #24 of 24
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bumping because stowe doesnt suck

 

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