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Ted Ligety Shreds AK Powder

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Got this in email today; thought I'd share it. Interesting insights and some great pix!

 

I’ve always fancied myself as a good freeskier and would watch ski movies totally respecting what those guys were doing but thinking that it wouldn’t be a hard transition and I would be comfortable doing comparable lines. It turns out there is a lot more then meets the eye. First off every race I do I get to slide down the course and memorize where I’m going. Obviously you cannot do that on these lines, so you look at them from the bottom, disguise the line, take some pictures and then look at the line from the heli and take some more pics. Yet when you stand at the top of the line you can’t see anything, or the ridges are way bigger then you thought or the “small” cliff is actually huge or you can see anything until you 60 meters down the line. 

 

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You know, you watch those ski movies and it all looks so easy.  Of course, then you see the blow-up reel, or the folk being carted out on a backboard or absent some body parts and you realize it isn't as easy as they make it look.

 

I've always wanted to go heli skiing.  Perhaps something not as rad as that, though.

 

Mike

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Ted Ligety falls over cliff in AK GoPro

 

I had already skied this line a couple times with no problems and the light had gotten too bad to film so I took one last run for fun with my GoPro on. I hit a piece of hard snow or rock while my sluff took out my tails simultaneously. Luckily I was just able to get onto my feet but not in balance before the cliff. 2nd big fall of the trip, first one I lost my other GoPro so no footage.

 

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