Per my post #75 and 94 above, I complained how most resorts groom off all moguls on advanced intermediate gradient runs leaving only bumps on steeper advanced runs where it is difficult to groom, thus making it difficult for newer skiers to ever learn mogul skills. So I wanted to give an example of how it can be done. Well for resorts that even care to do so. Thus yesterday Saturday 2/22/2014 while at Sierra-at-Tahoe took a few pics below with my little Nikon S3100. The images are off the West Bowl Express quad express lift that rises 1417 vertical feet on intermediate to advance intermediate slopes. The run imaged is Clipper that routes below the lift line. Clipper is the steepest of moderately wide 6 cut forest runs across intermediate slopes and a rare example among Tahoe resorts of leaving such a lower pitched run ungroomed, especially one also below a lift where lift riders might actually watch.
What Sierra-at-Tahoe does is groom the skier's right side of the trail (looker's left) leaving skier's left side natural that of course is just steep enough to form moguls and readily does so. The resort has much steeper runs, all with moguls, off the Grandview Express quad on the east side of the resort so they did not leave bumps on this run simply because they didn't have enough on their slopes. But rather so those interested in skiing moguls had a place to develop the skill to smoothly ski them before taking that technique into steeper gradients where most skiers without the automatic familiar skill simply don't have enough time to react before blowing out.
This was my second day of what will be a very short season for this person in this record droughty year. I had skied the previous holiday Saturday at the resort. A couple bump runs down Castle, the first in over a year, had went well but body, especially my lower back quickly got stressed for this old guy. This day I got 5 groomers in early from a 10am start, then 10 runs on Clipper and 2 on Castle, all moguls and my body now Sunday feels surprisingly fine.
From the lift top, I mainly skied the groomed 400 feet 40% grade shadowed skier's left side edge, a perfect fall line drop for slalom enthusiasts. Then one moves left into the top of middle Clipper a 200 foot section of 37% grade easy small to medium size well shaped bumps. Then middle Clipper doglegs right another 200 feet vertical at lower 33% grade of more easy moguls before the brink of shady lower Clipper with moderate sized bumps, out of view of the lift, that drops 320 feet total with the top 200 feet at 45% grade.
Each run I stopped at the top of lower Clipper and sometimes at the top of middle Clipper but otherwise all 10 runs were non-stop in the fall line, some so smooth I had to concentrate to stop day dreaming that leads to losing visual attention. Terrific repetitious second day of the season training for pounding in skills already in my old brain, back into awareness. And my second run at steeper Castle stopped once above the lower section of upper Castle while cruising non-stop the whole 450 feet of lower Castle where I noted an instructor was actually teaching a couple clients mogul skills.
Edited by dave_SSS - 2/23/14 at 11:21am