Here's a report on Unofficial Squaw about a 10 year old skin The Tube
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any one skied the Palisades and the chimney at squaw? - Page 3post #61 of 724/9/12 at 2:43pm
Gear mentioned in this thread:post #62 of 724/9/12 at 3:37pmpost #63 of 724/11/12 at 12:36amQuote:Originally Posted by Trekchick
Here's a report on Unofficial Squaw about a 10 year old skin The Tube
I actually was there, as my daughter was in the same group as Nick that day and that was their Palisades run. On first glance, Nick's run does not look overly technically difficult, because it is a direct straightline with snow contact all the way. In reality, this is a pretty gnarly run, because (a) you just cannot afford to screw up, the consequences will be pretty dire; (b) It is exceedingly steep, so you get going very fast in no time (even if a lighter skier travels a bit slower than a 200lb adult would); and (c) there was a windlip at the end of the very steep section, which added some extra difficulty. So, it was pretty exciting to see him go through the Tube, and the crowd responded accordingly.
Most of the other team kids went down the Main chute, a line that requires a few 50 deg+ turns. Keep in mind that at the same time the Chimney (just around the rock) was going off and a bunch of sponsored skiers were doing lines with monster airs in front of the same peanut gallery of spectators. I also believe that a bunch of MightyMites (6-8 y/o) went through National chute that day. So, yes, Palisades can be an exciting place on a right day.post #64 of 724/11/12 at 9:38ampost #65 of 724/11/12 at 3:25pm
Yes, Squaw is just a little bit different...
Having said that, you need to understand that those kids are on the Big Mountain team, they ski sketchy stuff day in and day out every weekend all season, so they are not thrown in those lines unprepared, and they always have an opportunity to back out and go around. Also, Nick had a parent and a coach up there with him, so his decision making was checked by two adults. I spoke to the coach afterwards, and he told me that Nick never had any doubt that he would do it. BTW, same story with my daughter in the Main chute. Didn't make it any easier to watch her though...post #66 of 724/11/12 at 3:32pmpost #67 of 724/11/12 at 4:20pm
Can't speak to Baker, but I grew up skiing Crystal. From the time I was 7 until I left the area at the age of 22, I skied that mountain a lot. Grew up an hour and half from it, or longer if you got behind a genius with chains on all four of the tires, of his two wheel drive car. Seattle drivers sometimes made me wonder. Some years got a lot of skiing, sometimes only 10 days, because of college and low snow years. Anyway, the first time I went to Squaw in the winter of '89 I about crapped myself, looking at the inbounds terrain. While I love Crystal and think it is a first rate mountain, it isn't Squaw. It does have a lot of steeps though.
Man, love that mountain though.post #68 of 724/15/12 at 11:08pmpost #69 of 724/15/12 at 11:41pm
Yes, due to a combination of good snow and being late in the season (so less gaper traffic, and less skier traffic under the chutes). I was lucky to get on top of Siberia on Sat just when the patrol flipped the signs on the board, so I got the first tracks in Main; it was a lot less pleasant than I thought it would be, as it got pretty foggy when I dropped in (later in the day it cleared up). Today, there was a lot of people looking into the Chimney, but not many went. I saw one guy go down the Chimney Sweep, he landed in a backseast, exploded, and promptly cartwheeled down the slope in a spectacular fashion (luckily he looked unhurt afterwards).post #70 of 727/8/13 at 9:34am
This was a good reason to bump this thread.
SnipQuote:Lately there seems to have been some considerable controversy surrounding the legitimacy of the Chimney and just how rad it is…or perhaps isn’t.post #71 of 727/8/13 at 11:07pm
To me, the Chimney is the ultimate example of something looking so much more do-able on video or in photos vs. in person, simply because Squaw has a bunch of rad local skiers who will hit it consistently. Anyone who has looked at it from up top (or close up from below) understands it's the real deal.
For the record, I would hit Corbet's in Jackson way before I'd attempt some of those lines. (and yes, I've stood over both)
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