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Is this bad skiing? AKA- Are Some Western Skiers Spoiled?

Poll Results: How would you rate the skiing in the Blue Ski video?

 
  • 7% (2)
    awful- much worse than I usually ski
  • 57% (16)
    pretty bad- worse than I usually ski
  • 17% (5)
    ok- about what I am used to
  • 3% (1)
    pretty good- better than I usually ski
  • 3% (1)
    great- much better than I usually ski
  • 10% (3)
    Something else
28 Total Votes  
post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by MuchosPixels View Post

Most areas around i70 still need a good 2 feet of snow to get good. Yeah, Vail did open Blue Sky Basin but I think it was more of a publicity move since the skiing is pretty bad there and the powder was demolished in the first 30-45min of opening.

 

Here is a video taken yesterday at Blue Sky just three hours after opening: http://vimeo.com/56209823#           yikes! :O

 

So how would you rate the ski conditions in the following video?  Worth going out, or would you stay home?

post #2 of 22

Didn't look at the video.  What's the point of rating someone else's skiing, unless you're a freestyle judge?

post #3 of 22

I'd go skiing.

post #4 of 22

I'd happily ski that, but it is definitely worse than I usually see, especially in terms of coverage.  Here in the PNW, we sometimes hurt for snow quality, but we don't usually hurt for coverage once the season gets going.

post #5 of 22

Like jaobrien6 says,  poor coverage is the only problem I see.  The snow looks fine.


Edited by Posaune - 12/25/12 at 8:13am
post #6 of 22

Let's go skiing!

 

I'll be in CO in a few weeks.  Hopefully it'll be better than that, but if not....

 

Let's go skiing!

post #7 of 22

I would be highly disappointed if I went to Vail and found that. I hope it gets better for you guys who live or vacation there. 

post #8 of 22

Vail got another 7 inches since that video was taken. It was coming pretty good yesterday afternoon and night here in W Vail.

post #9 of 22
Looks like the only folks foolish enough to venture onto that "boney" terrain were boarders who mostly straightline. If you were making turns, you'd be hitting even more rocks and dirt. There's no base there and won't be until two or three more dumps get skied down.
post #10 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kneale Brownson View Post

Looks like the only folks foolish enough to venture onto that "boney" terrain were boarders who mostly straightline. If you were making turns, you'd be hitting even more rocks and dirt. There's no base there and won't be until two or three more dumps get skied down.

 

 

This.....I'll ski it since I don't have other options but it's pretty sucky

post #11 of 22

It's pretty clear that after two bad starts in a row that patrol"s definition of what's "open" has been influenced by the marketing department.  I find it remarkable that that would be considered open terrain. I'm sure they were diligent in posting the "unmarked obstacles" signs. Oh well, I'm sure sled evac from Blue Sky is a lot of fun.

post #12 of 22
The video looked like about a foot of unconsolidated snow with nothing packed in for a base. Fun to ski, but your skis will pay. I would say it is accurate that it will ski well with 2 more feet- as it sits, getting anything other than first tracks will almost certainly cause base damage.

Spoiled? Maybe. But with the number of people that ski Vail, stuff can ski off so quickly that without a solid base, you will start down a run to run to find the whole thing scraped clean and unskiable.
post #13 of 22

I live in Virginia right now, so that would be fantastic given the awful winter we've been having, plus the fact that I live in the south east.  I sure as hell wouldn't stay home.  But, considering Vail, those conditions aren't good.

post #14 of 22

It would be fun rental w/ damage waiver terrain. 

post #15 of 22

Good God, BSB's even flatter than the rest of Vail! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I'd still rather ski that flat stuff, than the even flatter bike ride I did today?

post #16 of 22

Well, I would rather ski soft snow with branches than a 100-in. base of rock-hard snow ... 

post #17 of 22

It didn't look so bad. 

post #18 of 22

I skied vail today and the new snow certainly helps. Most of the stuff you see sticking out is just the tops of bushes and i hit very few rocks or anything  that actually affected my skis

post #19 of 22

It's definitely not great, but it would still beat sitting on the couch.

 

Besides.....that why, on the 8th day, rock skis were created.

post #20 of 22

It's one thing to be a powder snob, but anyone who would pass up on those conditions needs to get over themselves.  So what if the coverage isn't optimal - bring out some older skis.  I'd go for sure.

post #21 of 22

Bring out the rock skis and go have fun. I've skied stuff much worse that that.

post #22 of 22

Better than last april when marketing really f'ed-up.

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