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Poll Results: What's Most Important to You?

 
  • 40% (30)
    Terrain
  • 60% (45)
    Snow
75 Total Votes  
post #181 of 185
IMO, it's (snow texture) like the choice between beer and champagne. Some of us like snow that protects you from underlying rocks, some like powder in their face and don't care what they land on. The snow that makes cool action shots is not necessarily what you want as you launch into space.
post #182 of 185
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IMO, it's (snow texture) like the choice between beer and champagne. Some of us like snow that protects you from underlying rocks, some like powder in their face and don't care what they land on. The snow that makes cool action shots is not necessarily what you want as you launch into space.

 

I'm definitely not knocking it- A good wet storm really does a lot to make the good terrain skiable, while the blower does not.

 

I remember skiing a few years ago on a day of about 14" of really, really, light and wonderful snow, wonderful snow until I slammed a ski tip nose first into the tabletop rock the snow totally hid. I hit the rock, went head first and had a hard landing that I felt for a few days, and all the dry snow that hadn't adhered to the rock at all slid off back down to bare.

post #183 of 185
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

IMO, it's (snow texture) like the choice between beer and champagne. Some of us like snow that protects you from underlying rocks, some like powder in their face and don't care what they land on. The snow that makes cool action shots is not necessarily what you want as you launch into space.

I'm definitely not knocking it- A good wet storm really does a lot to make the good terrain skiable, while the blower does not.

I remember skiing a few years ago on a day of about 14" of really, really, light and wonderful snow, wonderful snow until I slammed a ski tip nose first into the tabletop rock the snow totally hid. I hit the rock, went head first and had a hard landing that I felt for a few days, and all the dry snow that hadn't adhered to the rock at all slid off back down to bare.

Exactly. Which is why there's something to be said for the snow here. Blower sounds great, and is great when all the gotchas are finally truly submerged below the ski deck, but a good way to get hurt otherwise.
post #184 of 185
It lures the unsuspecting. Walk lightly.
post #185 of 185

Or floaty enough skis-- and some luck-- to skim over the obstacles. 

 

I remember going out pretty early last season, when it was essentially light (for Europe) powder over rocks, grass, shrubberies (NEEEE!). Everyone was getting bitten by rocks, but I was lucky and floaty enough that my bases had a few scrapes not even deep enough to hold PTEX. 

 

But yes, there's something to be said for the right type of snow at the right part of the season. We need to get a base that i) covers the sharp/dangerous/grabby stuff, and ii) won't make for slipper-slidey layers when in contact with the stuff that's coming later.

 

God, I can't believe we're discussing snow types in August. I'm dreaming of electric (cotton-candy-powder-producing)-sheep.

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