Hey all you skiers maybe going through withdrawal following this spectacular season (except in Colorado, where Arapahoe Basin is still going strong!) . . . I've got just the thing for you. Here's a video clip of a variety of crud skiing, mostly on steep to very steep terrain (includes the Hanging Valley Wall and Cirque at Snowmass, Highland Bowl at Aspen Highlands, the Headwaters Chutes at Moonlight Basin, the First Notch and other North Pole Chutes above Arapahoe Basin's East Wall, and Spaulding, Tucker, Copper, Jupiter, and Union Bowls at Copper Mountain, among others).
Not much explicit instruction in it, beyond just a spectrum of good images, although I may add more at some point. Variable, inconsistent conditions (ie. "Crud") demand the full package of skiing skills, movement options, and tactical decision-making, combined with the will to accept and ski through imbalance, and to remain "offensive" even when conditions and terrain become intimidating. Although it ranges from just mildly more challenging than "good" (that is, "easy") groomed snow, "crud" includes some of the most demanding, obnoxious conditions known to skiing. Anyone can ski untracked powder. Enjoying the full experience of crud requires a well-rounded, versatile, adaptable, unbiased technical and tactical repertoire, in addition to a fascination with the challenge itself. Transcend the quest for "the perfect turn," dig deep, and embrace the athleticism, freedom, unpredictability, and chaos (and occasional crash) that are crud skiing.
There are only two kinds of conditions: conditions that are good, and conditions that are good for you!
Without further ado, then, for your enjoyment and discussion: