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post #61 of 65
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My friends and I started on 3-pin bindings and cross country skis.  We needed a way to get into the mountains, to enjoy the solitude and explore the same places we would hike to in the summer.

 

It was never just about the skiing. Skiing was a means to an end.  As the gear improved and became a little easier to turn, the skiing became more of an objective itself.

 

I started riding lifts so I could practice turning.  Then I bought plastic boots and wider skis, and discovered I just like to ski.

 

We probably ski about 50% lift served and 50% backcountry.  Our backcountry skiing would seem quite tame to a lot of people. Skin up a trail for an hour or two for some low-angle powder run.  We don't consider ourselves "risk takers".  I've certainly had more close calls at a ski area than in the backcountry.

 

When I'm done typing this we're going to go pick up our season passes, and hope for an early start to the season.  I'll happily ski a WROD until there's enough snow to make the backcountry fun!

 

Good luck with your project!

 

Thanks so much JXB, I fell in love with skiing over the past three years and found I'm not a big steep and fast type of person. I enjoy cruising and more windy narrow stuff. Would love to start doing more off trail stuff in the near future, a little harder in the northeast.

 

Wondering, do you pack the same stuff every time or does weather and/or location make a difference? I'm not asking for a list or anything just some insight.

post #62 of 65
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Ok, I'll bite :)

 

"My question is whats your favorite backcountry and why? Things you like, things you hate? What's your day/preparation"

 

I don't care what the BC is or even if it is BC.

 

 

 

I like skiing the glaciers and gullies around Chamoniix and Courmayeur as much as I like skiing the Kahiltna or Snoqualimie Pass.  Coffee and  baked goods are  generally better in the EU than Alaska or the local Starbucks I think.

 

Heli skiing in the Selkirks

Side country Cascades

 

8K feet on Rainier

 

Point is?  Everyone likes a good visual.  I ski because it represents freedom to me.  Kinda like riding a bike.  One of the first places you are really responsible for yourself and are soon enough painfully aware of what nature has to offer good and bad.

Like? Earning my turns.  Hate?  Earning my turns.  Helos, chair or a cat is always so much easier than walking/skinning.  Just driving to the local areas can be a PIA.  Packing for a 30 day BC trip, driving to an airport, airport parking, the local trasport at your destination, glacier flights in, setting up numerious camps over the next 4 weeks...no hot showers?   Ya, now that is an adventure.  Till it aint.

 

Ah but once you are well rested, fed, a decent coffee in ya and boots on, sun's out how can it not be simply glorious?   Even if it is wind packed suck?  It can't.  And that is a fact.

 

Some times it is Starbucks on the way to the mtn..other times it is days of prep.  Depends on the objective and the relative objective dangers.

 

All just so we can do this some where no one else has recently...might as well be the first time ever :D.

 

      

Thanks Dane,

Looks so nice. This helps a lot. Not just with my project but my desire so start getting off the beaten path.

post #63 of 65
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I think that the best lesson to get from a user experience class is the need to get some personal experience as a user...

Hey FatChance,

I would love to, believe me, it's the next step for me personally.

For my class, it ends before the season starts.

post #64 of 65
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Wondering, do you pack the same stuff every time or does weather and/or location make a difference? I'm not asking for a list or anything just some insight.

 

My basic ski pack and contents really don't change during the winter.  I want to be able to just add water and food and go.  That way I know I won't be forgetting anything.  The amount of water and food will vary with the length of the day we are planning.  Late spring skiing I might start leaving out some of the colder weather gear.

 

Beacon goes on over my base layer when I'm getting dressed.  Some people put them in a pocket or something, but that's a whole nother subject.

 

When I get back home, everything gets dried out and then stuck back in the pack.  Add food and water and repeat...

 

We also have a little mantra as we're loading the car..  "Skis, skins, boots, poles....   Skis, skins, boots, poles..."   If we have those, and our packs, we figure we can at least go skiing.

 

Having said that, I always have some room in my pack  for when  I inevitably end up carrying some of my wife's extra layers and stuff.   But that's love, right?

post #65 of 65

"We also have a little mantra as we're loading the car.. "Skis, skins, boots, poles.... Skis, skins, boots, poles..."

 

Funny, I do the same only the list is longer :D

 

"Skis, skins, boots, poles, (whippet or ski)  gloves, head gear, sunglasses, water and my PACK (food is good too) .......

seriously...that is the basics for what I need/want to go skiing.

 

Pack may include some or all of that prior, but stuff always getting dried out or replaced as it gets use.  Or doesn't get replaces and you end up with 1/2 the water and no food and wet gloves??!!    So I always need to check at least mentally.  Better to do it physically by sigth and feel.

 

Pack? Alway/generally has shovel, probe, transciever,  Some times a helmet, axe, ski and or boot crampons.  Pack's load changes with the the mission

 

BC skiing and worse yet true ski mountaineering can get really gear intensive very quickly. 

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