I've enjoyed a lot of turns, but am hard pressed to recall 1 that really stands out. Closest I can come was relayed from a friend who was telling me about his friend's best turn ever- the guy has skied most of the 14ers in CO and was describing one whose has a steep pitch that requires a turn at the bottom to avoid taking an un-survivable cliff- THAT TURN SAVED HIS LIFE
The time a snowboarder threw a pile of freshly laid man made snow on my face, which instantly froze my goggles up to the point of blindness while starting my run out at the bottom of a black diamond, with a person directly in front of me. Turned hard towards the trees (my buddy was toward the middle of the trail) and managed to swing it back around (still completely blind) and avoid several small trees and rocks before finally being able to rip my goggles off. Not sure how he did it, but I spent the entire lift ride up breathing on and scraping my goggles trying to get the film of ice off, and then had to finish with my fingernails after I got off the lift. That was definitely a "That was sick!" turn in my book.
One that will stick out to me probably for a long time. Near the end of last season I dropped into a smaller bowl that usually holds good pow. As I approached a rollover I cranked a small turn to check my speed, and just as I was going over I put in a turn going the opposite direction and took a face shot. It wasn't super gnar, and anyone who was watching may not have even found it remarkable. But it felt so smooth to me. It was one of those; "I get it" moments. A feeling I'll probably spend the rest of my life chasing.
Originally Posted by ecimmortal
anyone who was watching may not have even found it remarkable. But it felt so smooth to me. It was one of those; "I get it" moments. A feeling I'll probably spend the rest of my life chasing.
1972 the bottom of Racing Trail at Alyeska during Airlines Races week. Last run of the day, by myself; threw a full on fall-line 720 off a monster bump; stuck it and ripped to the bottom. Doubt that anybody else ever saw it, and that is okay.
That moment has lived behind my eyelids for nearly 40 years.
I've been lucky to ski in some great conditions. But there's 1 turn I can't forget. It was about 5 years ago at squaw. It was a powder day but it wasn't dry powder it was very wet snow.. The whole day was good but I can't seem to take this one turn out of my head...
I made a wide turn down maybe a 20 degree pitch, nothing steep, in fresh wet snow, and snow sprayed from under my skis. The snow felt like pure water, if I had closed my eyes I would guessed I was water skiing. I've skied powder since then and I've had some great dry powder runs since then, but for some reason I can't seem to forget that 1 turn.
I think it was the water consistency of the snow. The closest I ever get to that feel is during spring skiing.
Well for me, I am going to pick a turn that was different from all the others... one that was a little scary.
Last season I was skiing in Colorado, and the first day I was feeling the altitude. It basically felt like I was on nitrous at the dentist's office, but not necessarily fun. Anyhow, as I was skiing along to get warmed up on the second run, I was pretty tired at the bottom, both aerobically and anaerobically. I'm pretty sure my O2 saturation was in the low 90s. I was still fairly new to my non-FIS race skis at that point, and I decided to tip them over on edge to see how tight a turn I could make. WELL, I tipped them over going into a left turn, and WOW, before I knew it I felt what can only be described as SNAP. I could feel the metal bend in the skis, and I was slungshot out of the turn. I had to be pulling 2-2.5 G's there.
I'm pretty sure it was a combination of the edge angle, speed, and low physical condition at that point, that created the sensation. But it was pretty cool. It almost felt like the turn was too much for the skis, but maybe it was just too much for my legs and comfort level. I had definitely "ripped" turns before on these skis, but something was different about this turn. Like others have said above, this turn probably didn't even look that impressive, nor do I care if it did... it was a totally internal thing.
Here is a screenshot from the POV of the turn, which I have as the home screen on my iPhone.
I have a hard time recalling specific turns as well. It seems that if I tried to describe them, it turns into another episode of "the best run ever".
I can remember the feeling I had the first time I turned 3 times in the air (1080). That was a fun turn 3-some.
The first 360 was the first time I remember turning around all the way and kept going.
I remember when I turned a 720 into a cork 720 the first time and figured out how to keep it that way.
But one of my all time favorite turns in all of skiing that i've done many times....is at Silver Mountain...riding full speed ahead down Silverbelt backwards, and arcing all the way across the run onto backtrack (enroute to the park of course). For some reason I just love doing that switch.