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Edited by hellside - 3/29/12 at 6:51pm
post #32 of 72

Yes, fixed now.  Thanks for the correction.
 

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That is today.

 



 



 

post #33 of 72

Hell no would I ever do Chimney @ Squaw.

 

But clueless East Coaster that I am, I first skied Squaw in IIRC April of 96 and didn't realize who some of these folks were and how legendary the lines were.

 

Rode up the lift and saw a large group standing over what I now know as Chimney. My chairlift companion said, just a bunch of locals. OK, nothing special here. (Duh!)  From the lift, saw a several skiers casually jump lookers right off of Chimney. Dang, that looked like a pretty big jump for *local* skiers. Later I realized it was a good 40-50 foot jump. If not more.

 

Saw a bunch of guys straightlining down Chimney. Dang, that's pretty impressive. What was even more impressive was how fast and stable they were moving through the Sierra Cement runout. Conditions were pretty cementy that day. These were pretty much the days of skinny skis.

 

After a few runs, stopped just to the side of the runout. Saw one skier ski an impressive fast, narrow line to looker's left where he had to push off from the snow to avoid a rock at the bottom. It was either Schmidiot's or one over. Rest of the skier's were pretty stoked about it.

 

I was off to the side, but some skier did a line to looker's right and couldn't see him. Heard a big TWACK! Next thing I know, some skier is somersaulting head over heels at incredible speed in my general direction. I thought there was no way he could still be alive. Great, I thought to myself, I gonna be hit by a corpse. Corpse stop 20 feet from me. Corpse then stood up and waved to the cheering crowd at the top.

 

I then realized this place is a bit different.

 

 

post #34 of 72
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I've learned not to go into the slot with new skis.  


I have to correct myself--not a rock to be seen dropping into slot today. (plenty of rocks walking over though, and had to hang onto my skis for dear life to keep them from blowing away. Windy as it was I have to give props to the people who hiked Palisades and Granite Peak.)

 

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I have to correct myself--not a rock to be seen dropping into slot today. (plenty of rocks walking over though, and had to hang onto my skis for dear life to keep them from blowing away. Windy as it was I have to give props to the people who hiked Palisades and Granite Peak.)

 


what line did you drop in too?
 

 

post #36 of 72

Note in that picture that to stomp the landing you also have to clear that big crown from where it slid.  Pretty crazy.

post #37 of 72
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Hell no would I ever do Chimney @ Squaw.

 

But clueless East Coaster that I am, I first skied Squaw in IIRC April of 96 and didn't realize who some of these folks were and how legendary the lines were.

 

Rode up the lift and saw a large group standing over what I now know as Chimney. My chairlift companion said, just a bunch of locals. OK, nothing special here. (Duh!)  From the lift, saw a several skiers casually jump lookers right off of Chimney. Dang, that looked like a pretty big jump for *local* skiers. Later I realized it was a good 40-50 foot jump. If not more.

 

Saw a bunch of guys straightlining down Chimney. Dang, that's pretty impressive. What was even more impressive was how fast and stable they were moving through the Sierra Cement runout. Conditions were pretty cementy that day. These were pretty much the days of skinny skis.

 

After a few runs, stopped just to the side of the runout. Saw one skier ski an impressive fast, narrow line to looker's left where he had to push off from the snow to avoid a rock at the bottom. It was either Schmidiot's or one over. Rest of the skier's were pretty stoked about it.

 

I was off to the side, but some skier did a line to looker's right and couldn't see him. Heard a big TWACK! Next thing I know, some skier is somersaulting head over heels at incredible speed in my general direction. I thought there was no way he could still be alive. Great, I thought to myself, I gonna be hit by a corpse. Corpse stop 20 feet from me. Corpse then stood up and waved to the cheering crowd at the top.

 

I then realized this place is a bit different.

 

 


^^^ nice recollection. 

At Squaw, its amazing who you can pick up in the singles line. wink.gif

 

 

post #38 of 72
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what line did you drop in too?
 

 



Pretty much in the middle towards the skier's left then immediately cut back to the right where the snow looked the best.  And there might have been a rock hiding there--there's a small gouge on one ski I can't account for.  Slot to classic--one of my favorite squaw runs--if classic isn't bumped out (and in the afternoon, even on a sunny day the light is such that you can't see even big bumps.)

post #39 of 72

Squaw certainly has some nice lines, I skied there during college for a couple of years while racing at UNR.  I must say many of the lines that get skied at Baker and Crystal (Silver King) are a level of difficulty above those skied at Squaw.  

post #40 of 72

The photo in my avatar and this one are on the Palisades July 4th, 2011

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We took one of the mellower lines down, ........mellow by Palisades standards. 

Looking back on it, I'm not sure what I was thinking.  

 

post #41 of 72

So show us all something from there that would rival, say, High Line on McConkey's or Schmidiots.  I've never been skiing up in WA so I'm genuinely asking...
 

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Squaw certainly has some nice lines, I skied there during college for a couple of years while racing at UNR.  I must say many of the lines that get skied at Baker and Crystal (Silver King) are a level of difficulty above those skied at Squaw.  



 

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The photo in my avatar and this one are on the Palisades July 4th, 2011

IMG_0969.JPG

We took one of the mellower lines down, ........mellow by Palisades standards. 

Looking back on it, I'm not sure what I was thinking.  

 



I think it's clear what you were thinking. And btw I don't know where my avatar came from--it's not me--I only wish I could ski like that.

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post #44 of 72


no. no way. not a f'ing chance.

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Squaw certainly has some nice lines, I skied there during college for a couple of years while racing at UNR.  I must say many of the lines that get skied at Baker and Crystal (Silver King) are a level of difficulty above those skied at Squaw.  



 

post #45 of 72

You cant compare sidecountry/backcountry terrain to on mountain patrolled terrain. Anyone can find some crazy nook and cranny somewhere and say "this is WAY more difficult" than what Squaw has to offer. The Palisades are pretty much lift served as well as the fingers and a ton of other crazy sh-t at Squaw. I think Taos would be a closer comparison. Lots of crazy patrolled stuff.

agreen

post #46 of 72

^^^ Exactly.  All of those crazy lines at Squaw are inbounds - that's a pretty big distinction.  Even so, didn't see anything in those videos that met the request.

post #47 of 72

I've skied the Chimney Sweep before and if you're comfortable with the speed that you get out of there, it's more of a mind game more than anything.  The landing from the bottom air is really smooth given how steep it is.  Unless you land in someone's bombhole, you don't really even get bucked all that much as the landing does a good job of keeping your momentum, then it's up to you to keep it together and scrub your speed in big sweeping arcs out the bottom.

 

The other lines in the Chimney area are pretty nuts.  I've looked down Center and backed away.  And I would probably never consider Schmidiots unless it's a massive year and all the different rock shelves are all filled in.  

 

Here's vid of a bunch of skiers hitting the Sweep.  They all hit the landing pretty smoothly.  The last skier hits Center Line.  It's hard to appreciate his line until the camera backs away at the end shows the full frontal view.  Then you can see far down below his bombhole is and how you have to make a little adjustment in the "straightline" before airing to hit it just right.  It's a pretty intimidating line when looking at it from above.

 

post #48 of 72
Tekkamaki- penis envy is a bad thing... I am sure you can find gnarly terrain in WA, that does not make Palisades any more or less intimidating.

I'd listen to what TS said, he has more cred talking about this than just about anyone on this board.
post #49 of 72

Going to say, if Tyrone wouldn't ski it (and I've seen some of the lines he's skiied at Kirkwood) then it is definately certified nuts.

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Going to say, if Tyrone wouldn't ski it (and I've seen some of the lines he's skiied at Kirkwood) then it is definately certified nuts.



+1

Was it Heartline Chute (?) @ Kirkwood that Tyrone once linked here? That was one gnarly line.

post #51 of 72

Just to add a little perspective...  I just got email from a friend saying his 5-year old hiked the Palisades today.  He's an Orange Star in Mighty Mites.  Apparently, they ended up with a 1:1 ratio of coaches to kids today.  I'm still not sure how they came down.  I'm thinking Kitchen Wall or maybe National.  I know this kid; he's no prodigy, just enthusiastic.

post #52 of 72

The first time I skied Main I only got up the nerve because a bunch of kids--12ish--did it first. (Which was probably not good thinking on my part--they bend where I break).  There are a lot of good young skiers at Squaw.

post #53 of 72

Well, well...looks like Miles is reporting that the Chimney opened yesterday.  Looks pretty perfect.  Wish I was there.

 

here are his words: http://unofficialnetworks.com/chimney-open-perfect-squaw-valley-today-photo-report-soliloquy-88794/

 

Here is one of the photos:  Looks like the Chimney Sweep, Center Line and Easy Street got hit.

 

 

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post #54 of 72

Never let a tween at a place like Squaw be the deciding factor.  This I know.  It takes balls to hit Chimney, but even bigger ones to tell your wife why you can't help out with the kids all summer.

post #55 of 72

AHA! Now THIS video gives a good picture of the burliness of the lines in the Chimney area.  This is great:

 

post #56 of 72

I don't think I should try that.

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I don't think I should try that.



I can safely say I will NEVER ski that...

post #58 of 72

I love at 2:20 when he chucks his poles afterwards... must have been seriously pumped up.

post #59 of 72

Daughter skied the Main Chute on Palisades today with her team for the first time. biggrin.gif   Every time I do that run it is a thrill, seeing your kid do it is extra special. The conditions were pretty good, but the runout was a bit shallow, so you could still feel coral heads under the new snow.  The steep parts were perfect though.   

 

post #60 of 72

another bit on the Chimney from unofficial squaw http://unofficialnetworks.com/chimney-showdown-squaw-today-photos-89240/ (don't know why the link won't work)

 

BTW if you want to try the Palisades I'd suggest morning when the sun is on it. In the afternoon when it's in the shade the reflected light from the surrounding bowl sometimes wipes out all the shadow and can create white-out-like visibility on a sunny day. I didn't go up there (I need hero snow to attempt) but National--the easiest and the line you'd want to try first was looking pretty icy.

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