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post #31 of 36

I am not going to debate this with you Josh. 

 

morningside steep? hmm, not really, there are a couple places at the top where its maybe 35* for about 50 yards with no trees by the towers and some short shots off the back of sunshine coming in from the back, but otherwise its actually pretty flat. We avoid that area to be honest; its where the tourists go since its pretty tame and flat.I think you are thinking about N St Pats or Christmas tree bowl areas (chutes) which are the steepest spots in general. But the the lower Twister-Cane trees and some others over off the Rolex areas are pretty dam steep and tight, you can't ski them on the fall line. (I am sure you can though) 

post #32 of 36
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Originally Posted by Finndog View Post
 

I am not going to debate this with you Josh. 

 

morningside steep? hmm, not really, there are a couple places at the top where its maybe 35* for about 50 yards with no trees by the towers and some short shots off the back of sunshine coming in from the back, but otherwise its actually pretty flat. We avoid that area to be honest; its where the tourists go since its pretty tame and flat.I think you are thinking about N St Pats or Christmas tree bowl areas (chutes) which are the steepest spots in general. But the the lower Twister-Cane trees and some others over off the Rolex areas are pretty dam steep and tight, you can't ski them on the fall line. (I am sure you can though) 

 

I said the backside of morningside..... IE not morning side. but you take morningside to get there.

post #33 of 36

that would be the front side of the mountain; that specific area is known as pioneer ridge and extends across the front to Christmas Trees, no names and N st pats.  Morningside is the backside of the mountain.  

 

Its another nagging problem at the boat in that to get higher up on the ridge to access those areas, you have to either traverse across from the Storm Peak lift and walk or take the morningside lift up to the top and then hike over.  A new lift from Storm peak to the top would be pretty awesome but it gets enough traffic already.  There are some really nice tree shots with some steep short shots along the ridge that can be accessed by carrying a ton of speed off of buddy's and then traversing out along the ridge. That area along the area of the Chutes are really great on a fresh day or after that provide a nice 1K or so of a mix of short steeps and tight evergreens that run out into low angle pow meadows. Fun stuff.  I find the xmas trees to be more work than worth it though.  

 

personally, i prefer skiing 1500'-1800' of non-stop aspens from literally lift to lift on a pow day; its probably 20-30* which is plenty steep for good tree skiing where you can ski more fall line.  The area you didn't get into is some of the best kept tree skiing on the mountain and is pretty much left untouched for 2 days and is easily accessed. Most never go in as its very tight along the entrances with evergreens and accessed off of the sunshine lifts so most locals dont go there.

 

There are now more areas of beetle kill mitigation that offer some excellent new terrain but we aren't discussing that ;) 

post #34 of 36

I've got 3 pair of Shamans in 184, 173 for trees, and their new SKNY Shaman in 184 for hard pack. I haven't had the opportunity yet to ski the SKNY. I'm a grumpy old fart that really doesn't like rocker because I weigh 215. Seems like I can bend the ski just fine. These skis really carve extremely well on anything that isn't boilerplate. They are like really wide slalom skis. They destroy crud and are a ton of fun in Sierra cement and powder. For the last 4 years these have been my main ski at Mammoth. All  my Volkls got retired because of these. They have been holding up very well.

post #35 of 36

what does bending a ski and rocker have to do with one another?

 

Beyond that, I still have a pair of 173 shammies (the ones with the whales). They are great heavy snow ski's for sure.  

post #36 of 36
Pretty much the consensus is that they are very damp..I will concur with that. I have skied many of the models and own some 102 waisted prototypes that come out of their NeverSummer factory. Dampness is not a characteristic I look for I'm a ski for the bumps. With that said, I know you used to like a Rossi Bandit and by no means was that a lively ski so maybe you will like them. 
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