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A Second Tour: Whistler-Blackcomb Chronicles of a now 9 year old.

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This time, it's more of a touring story than super gnarly terrain given the conditions (but some runs were very hard to negotiate and the young lad did, Dad avoided!), but if you are so inclined and have the time, do scroll through and at minute marker 8:15 you will see probably the world's highest meltdown for a kid (9 year old in this case!) on the Wind Lip of Blackcomb Glacier, he was pissed that I asked to stop, because he was flying "out of sight", his old man made him turn around! 

 

All parents on this forum should get a sense of déjà vu there, though at 7300 ft. or higher, not many have had the privilege! 

 

Probably a good way to fall asleep! Your kids might enjoy it especially the world's highest meltdown! (Total length 10 mins but covers a lot of the mountain for first-timers)

 

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That's pretty cool 

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Thanks for posting this.  Looks like you & Dax are both skiing well!  Say "hello" for me.

 

JF

post #4 of 11

Great TR as always.  Gave me a much better feel for W/B.  Good for you in keeping up with D on the bumps.

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Great vid , that kid can ski!!!

Just showed my 11 year old daughter to use for inspiration... "We already did that Dad" was the response...so I discussed the form of continuously linking carves at a higher speed......no inspiration

 

I'm inspired though..

We skied W/B for 6 days and obviously didnt hit all the hotspots I see. I'm going to have to explore that Glacier T bar.. we looked up it and didnt think it was much. I was wrong.

 

 

We  didnt hit the glades in Symphony either, they look good. In 6 days ,1 was sunny, the rest not so much, pea soup actually, new snow but heavy exploring was not overly comfortable.

I'm going to have to return I see.

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Thank you, it was just so much fun. Hey Jim, will tell Dax you sent your regards, he conveys the same without question.

 

And that was not his Dad in close range on the very steep moguled terrain, that was an uber-expert skier Denis who is our friend, I avoided the steep and very steep cliff-type moguls, I cannot keep up with my boy once the run gets bumped up, it's "sayonara-time" as far as he was concerned. He was a mile ahead of me, when we did the brutally moguled peak to creek all the way! 4.5 miles and the kid was a mile ahead is my best guess.

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And that was not his Dad in close range on the very steep moguled terrain, that was an uber-expert skier Denis who is our friend, I avoided the steep and very steep cliff-type moguls, I cannot keep up with my boy once the run gets bumped up, it's "sayonara-time" as far as he was concerned. He was a mile ahead of me, when we did the brutally moguled peak to creek all the way! 4.5 miles and the kid was a mile ahead is my best guess.

Aah.  Nice that you could do the trip with an expert friend.

 

At the moment I get more ski time than my 11yo daughter.  So still a bit better than she is when we are out at Alta.  Plus she is a social skier and likes to follow.  

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Great viewing! We were there over Easter this year too. Seems like a long time ago but that has brought it all back! Thanks
 

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Marz, you remain fortunate and must be a very good skier, I have no shot at keeping up with my boy once the terrain get's difficult, in fact, the pros suggest I go around as they go with him (as Jim here will attest if he recalls from almost 18 months ago). And if the slope is very steep, he is gone! I can keep up with him on groomed runs, and my excess pound-age helps naturally!

 

Baldrick, trust Christchurch has recovered mightily from the earthquake. How far are you from Treble Cone? A good friend and original key ski-mentor-friend to my boy is Klaus Mair of Lech-Zurs, and he is the Director of the Ski School at Treble Cone in the summer in the Northern Hemisphere. So I would think you are fortunate, Easter in Whistler-Blackcomb, and summer in Treble-Cone! 

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Marz, you remain fortunate and must be a very good skier, I have no shot at keeping up with my boy once the terrain get's difficult, in fact, the pros suggest I go around as they go with him (as Jim here will attest if he recalls from almost 18 months ago). And if the slope is very steep, he is gone! I can keep up with him on groomed runs, and my excess pound-age helps naturally!

One big difference is that you have a boy who obviously loves to race.  My daughter is not competitive that way.  I'm just very glad she likes to ski since my husband is a non-skier.  Means that I can indulge my inclination to ski a fair amount now that I'm retired.

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He likes to race but is a bit upset that those he "trained" are beating him on the gentle slopes of upstate NY and Mass, since they are all 15 to 40lbs heavier than him and the slopes are not steep enough where gravity effects can be offset by degree of difficulty. Also he is learning that what came easy to him, well, others are catching up, so it's been a revelation for him, Dad is right sometimes as he is learning! But yes, his love for 'big mountain skiing', hard terrain, and complicated slopes is incredible and since Dad has worked hard to improve, we are skiing more together but as you might know, its a race which Dad will never catch up, since he keeps improving at a faster rate than Dad can ever achieve, the gap while narrower in terms of types of terrain we can ski together, the skiing in tandem gap grows as the terrain gets harder.

 

Marx, you are fortunate to be able to ski a lot, I wish I did that full-time!But can't just yet for the usual reasons, location, school, and all the fun stuff, that life in the USofA is all about in the midst of the biggest global deleveraging since the Great Depression. 

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