Originally Posted by habacomike
I don't know when or where you skied. I got two runs through Horseshoe today and several down E Chair. It was good. Of course, if you ski down the gut, you can find rocks. But if you have route and terrain skills, the snow was soft, the terrain steep, and the skiing great.
Of course, it would be nice to have another couple of feet...
It goes without saying, that a couple more feet would be nice but why stop at just a couple feet? Let's go with a few feet more than a couple feet! (Almost sounds like a Clint Eastwood ski movie...)
For those of us not familiar with the terrain or are new to a ski area, sometimes it comes down to trial and error. I remember my first time skiing Breck and hitting Horseshoe on a pow day, I hit a couple rocks my first run. Figured out which way the wind was blowing, and then adjusted accordingly. Ended up skiing knee deep pow from there on out. Sometimes it goes beyond route and terrain skills, it comes down to an intimate knowledge of where the goods are from years and years of skiing a mtn.
I sometimes will see hardcore skiers at my home mtn, all stoked to charge on a pow day, and think they know where the good lines are only to complain at the bottom of the lift that the run they just did sucked. Then you find out they are from out of state. Then they start asking questions, like are you from here? Where do you find the goods, etc? You share a little advice, and their stoke meter rises as they hit the right aspects. I always make it a point to chat up a local if I am at a new mtn and can find someone to share a little wisdom on the lift ride up. If, I'm really lucky, I have had great chair rides up with ski patrol, and usually they are willing to share a bit of knowledge about the mtn. Otherwise, it sometimes comes down to just having fun and exploring the mtn, and finding out for yourself what little treasures a ski mtn holds.
I'm hoping for even a little bit of that same vibe that I had my first time I popped my cherry at Breck when I hit Breck next week.