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post #541 of 573

 

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Originally Posted by shima View Post

What is a "spring structured ski"? 

 

just ski where the base has a more coarse base grind (deeper/thicker grooves) so there are more channels for the water to get out.  Or given this season, all the rocks may have already made the extra "structure" and given you plenty of extra grooves. 

post #542 of 573

 

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Originally Posted by raytseng View Post

 

 

just ski where the base has a more coarse base grind (deeper/thicker grooves) so there are more channels for the water to get out.  Or given this season, all the rocks may have already made the extra "structure" and given you plenty of extra grooves. 

 

Or more surface area for the slush to grab.  I've had structured graphite bases and unstructured sintered bases, and both will grab in warm conditions.  Any structure pattern that you have would only be good for a very narrow range of snow conditions, so unless you can convince time and weather to stand still right in that range, it won't help.

 

post #543 of 573

 

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Originally Posted by raytseng View Post

 

 

just ski where the base has a more coarse base grind (deeper/thicker grooves) so there are more channels for the water to get out.  Or given this season, all the rocks may have already made the extra "structure" and given you plenty of extra grooves. 

 

I thought it was a base structure that has a pattern that disburses the moisture that spring snow tends to have. 

There are lots and lots of base structure patterns a skier may want for a variety of reasons. 

 

post #544 of 573

From Racewax.com:

 

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Non-illustrated example:

 

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The general idea is that the structure breaks up the suction that would otherwise exist between a smooth base and the wet snow. Suction = sucks.

post #545 of 573

 

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Originally Posted by JayT View Post

  Assuming it cools down a bit after this weekend.  How miserable would it be to try without skins?  Coming from Squaw, basically you just have to boot it back up the hill to Alpine?  I'm not entirely clear on where you'd come out after the cat track along the edge of white wolf.

 

It's been run over by Troy's groomer (or maybe it was Squaw's). Either way, it will be an easy hike either side-stepping or walking with you skis on your shoulder. No more need for skins than when hiking to High Yellow, Estelle or Bernies at Alpine.

post #546 of 573

It looks like any hint of a cold cycle is a week out. 

 

post #547 of 573

Regarding Kirkwood ........ Monday last week (4/16); nice, Tuesday; boiler plate, Wed.; nice (for spring) in Sentinel Bowl in the morning though getting very grabby toward bottom of chair 6 late am.  About 1pm did the Wall, nice for about 2 turns then practically had to pole down the hill.  (And that was with a fresh spring structure, spring wax and a low fluoro paste overlay).  Went to the bar after that experience.  Got to think it's been going down hill through this weekend though plenty of snow if we can just get the right conditions for corn...or something close.
 

post #548 of 573

Saturday and Sunday at Squaw did not suck.  A number of us bears were out and loving it.

post #549 of 573

 

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Originally Posted by Xela View Post

Saturday and Sunday at Squaw did not suck.  A number of us bears were out and loving it.

 

Xela, it was great meeting you face to face finally, and a regular stampede of Bears!!

I must say, I'm really happy with the way the snow is shaping up.  Almost a corn cycle, but most definitely more spring like conditions than the fly paper we'd been experiencing earlier in the week. 

 

I'll be back out to enjoy some more of it, that's for sure. 

 

post #550 of 573
Thread Starter 
Yes, Squaw didn't suck and especially with good company! The weather was too warm for real corn (for that we need a deep freeze at night), but soft bumps and buttery groomers were aplenty. Pictures to follow.
post #551 of 573
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Squaw and Alpine is now offering 40% off private lessons for the rest of the season (meaning one more week at Squaw and 3 more at Alpine. [Press release]: April 23, 2012 – Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows are offering an unprecedented 40 percent off of all private ski and snowboard lessons for both adults and kids. Spring conditions are prime and this is the perfect opportunity to book a lesson for a private mountain tour, experience renowned corn snow and master the art of spring skiing and riding. The 40 percent discount is valid through the end of the winter season – meaning the offer is valid through April 29 at Squaw Valley and through May 13 at Alpine Meadows. Guests can bring up to five friends or family members to join in on the private lesson.
post #552 of 573

 

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Originally Posted by alexzn View Post

Yes, Squaw didn't suck and especially with good company! The weather was too warm for real corn (for that we need a deep freeze at night), but soft bumps and buttery groomers were aplenty. Pictures to follow.

 

Agreed! Loved Squaw on Sunday with all of you folks :) Let's do this again next season for sure! 

post #553 of 573
Thread Starter 

Ok, here are some photos from this weekend.  Classic California spring skiing- very warm and sunny weather, leisurely skiing with a good company followed by good beers.

 

 

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Looking over from the top of KT22, about to hit West Face.

 

 

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Xela and King Grump working the West Face

 

 

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TC, Xela and King Grump having some serious luchtime discussion.
 

 

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Blizzard Flipcore skis were somewhat popular...  Must be the spring air...

 

 

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Day two, see if you can name everyone in the photo (hint- I am not in it rolleyes.gif)

 

 

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Kids were ripping...

 

 

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Beers at Chammy- the most important part of the Squaw skier's day...

 

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Granite Chief terrain was creamy.

 

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My 6-year old is faster than you biggrin.gif...

 

 

 

Only one more weekend left in the Squaw Valley 2011-2012 season!beercheer.gif

 

 

 

 

 

 


Edited by alexzn - 4/24/12 at 5:04pm
post #554 of 573

Nice pics, doesn't look half bad.

post #555 of 573

See you all next Sunday, I will be out for the closure. 

post #556 of 573

 

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Originally Posted by alexzn View Post

 

 

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TC, Xela and King Grump having some serious luchtime discussion.
 

That IS my happy face. They don't call me King Grump for nothin

 

 

 

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My 6-year old is faster than you biggrin.gif...

 

Faster & better. Man, I feel old. Guess I ski like an old man. biggrin.gif

 

 

 

 

 

I'll be here all week. Will see you'all this weekend.   

post #557 of 573

Oh ... I'm not sure I should have looked at those photos ... drool.gif

post #558 of 573

 

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Originally Posted by segbrown View Post

Oh ... I'm not sure I should have looked at those photos ... drool.gif

 

You still have a place to stay and someone to pick you up at the airport.  Besides.....we'd love to share our closing down the season celebration with you. 

Just saying. 

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post #559 of 573

 

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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post

 

 

You still have a place to stay and someone to pick you up at the airport.  Besides.....we'd love to share our closing down the season celebration with you. 

Just saying. 

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I know, but I also have a lot of things to do here. Not the least of which is hosting a bridal shower on Saturday.  So I've been busy polishing silver and finding all the cups for Grandmother's punch bowl. hahaha  (do real men have multiple china patterns?)

 

OTOH, maybe I could just bail....

post #560 of 573

 

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Originally Posted by segbrown View Post

 

 

I know, but I also have a lot of things to do here. Not the least of which is hosting a bridal shower on Saturday.  So I've been busy polishing silver and finding all the cups for Grandmother's punch bowl. hahaha  (do real men have multiple china patterns?)

 

OTOH, maybe I could just bail....

 

On Saturday we'll be skiing Squaw, which has some pretty darn good conditions right now, then having a champagne toast to a great winter which included skiing with a multitude of great friends, a union of two bears and the amazing new friends that we've met along the way. 

But that's okay, enjoy your bridal shower. wink.gif

post #561 of 573
Thread Starter 

Champagne toast on Saturday? Did I miss anything? 

post #562 of 573

 

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Originally Posted by alexzn View Post

Champagne toast on Saturday? Did I miss anything? 

 

Not yet. 

post #563 of 573
Thread Starter 

This weekend, Sunday at 1pm Lake Cushing Crossing at Squaw- the best pond skimming contest in the nation. A not-to-miss event for sure and a fitting end to the Squaw 2011-2012 season.

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post #564 of 573
Thread Starter 

Some details on the Squaw valley passholde benefits for the next season (of course same also applies to Alpine):

 

  • (4) $75 lift tickets valid any day, non-holiday
  • (4) $50 lift tickets valid Mon-Fri, non-holiday
  • Ski all day for afternoon rates on your blackout dates
  • (2) Free Dawn Patrols for Gold Passholders
  • 50% off Dawn Patrol for Silver and Bronze Passholders
  • Free summer Aerial Tram Rides at Squaw Valley

 

The benefits are reduced over what we ended up with this season, but this season put KSL in a world of hurt and they tried to make it up to the passholders in whatever way they could (kudos for that BTW).  I believe the deadline for purchasing the cheap pass is May 5th or around that, so check the website.  

 

post #565 of 573

I shall bring my camera. 

 

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Originally Posted by alexzn View Post

This weekend, Sunday at 1pm Lake Cushing Crossing at Squaw- the best pond skimming contest in the nation. A not-to-miss event for sure and a fitting end to the Squaw 2011-2012 season.

 as_snb_mammoth_576.jpg

 

 

post #566 of 573

 

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Originally Posted by alexzn View Post

This weekend, Sunday at 1pm Lake Cushing Crossing at Squaw- the best pond skimming contest in the nation. A not-to-miss event for sure and a fitting end to the Squaw 2011-2012 season.

 as_snb_mammoth_576.jpg

 

Holly cow, how big is the pond????  I've seen a couple of these at Kirkwood in the past, but the size of the pond/lake must have been about 20% (if not smaller) of what is in this picture.  Wish I could go to Squaw to witness the event, but can't pass up on free skiing at Kirk tomorrow.

post #567 of 573
Thread Starter 

Pond size varies year to year, but it IS big.  

 

Hey, this is Squaw after all, the mothership of all kitschy extreme ski-related events  ;-)

post #568 of 573
So alexzn, have you done this?? Definitely need to bring the camera :-). Hope to see you tomorrow!
post #569 of 573

Didn't Ralph Backstrom win that last year?

 

post #570 of 573

Considering how warm it's been, the snow at Alpine today was better than I had anticipated - at least until about noon or so, especially off the high traverse.  Wish I could have stuck around for the Squaw pond skimming tomorrow.

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