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post #181 of 229

Good to hear the glue has let up.

Is that the new skis Mrs. Grump is rocking?  She's looking good there.

 

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As one of the liftie said today, " The snow got good, finally".

Really good spring corn at the bird today - yes, finally. The Swix F4 just makes it sweeter.

 

Mrs. Grump shucking the sweet corn at powder paradise.

 

post #182 of 229
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Good to hear the glue has let up.

Is that the new skis Mrs. Grump is rocking?  She's looking good there.

 

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Originally Posted by KingGrump View Post
 

As one of the liftie said today, " The snow got good, finally".

Really good spring corn at the bird today - yes, finally. The Swix F4 just makes it sweeter.

 

Mrs. Grump shucking the sweet corn at powder paradise.

 

 

Yup, brand spanking new Cham 87, just mounted them up last night.

Her form is not quite CSIA, yet, I think we needed you here for another couple weeks to fix that. So when are you heading back out?

post #183 of 229
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Yup, brand spanking new Cham 87, just mounted them up last night.

Her form is not quite CSIA, yet, I think we needed you here for another couple weeks to fix that. So when are you heading back out?

Drat, I'll have to stick to cycling for the rest of the spring I guess.... flights are $800.00 plus now.  Ouchies.  Very Tempting though.  Sounds like the snow is getting better again.  Crossing my fingers you get that storm tomorrow night.

post #184 of 229

The bird had 2" overnight at top of the mountain. It didn't start to snow seriously until 3:00 PM. Dumped about 2" between 3:00 PM & lift closing. Still dumping pretty good at this time. Tomorrow is looking good.

 

 

The tram coming in out of the snow.

 

 

 

Father & son on top Regulator. The static like horizontal lines on our clothes are actually the snow being blown side way.

 

 

Baby Grump on top of a bump on Regulator. The snow got much better toward 4:00 PM.

 

 

Mrs. Grump providing a back drop for the snow. 

 

 

 

Powder day at the bird tomorrow.

post #185 of 229

That's looking better!  Hope it dumps all night for you.

post #186 of 229

I hope it dumps for you guys as well.

 

we are on the way east now. First stop Fruita 

 

 

Diane loved the trails here.

 

post #187 of 229
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I hope it dumps for you guys as well.

 

 

Hope the storm get to you guys in Loverland/A-Basin for the weekend also.

 

 

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That's looking better!  Hope it dumps all night for you.

 

If it dump all night, you can consider this as your official termination notice for being the local snow-bringer. Look like Baby-Grump also has the same skill you do. As in the immortal word of The Donald - 'You're Fired'. :D  

post #188 of 229

Ouch lol.  Just have fun.

post #189 of 229

i was thinking those trails looked very downhill... I need to find some like that lol.  Just seems no matter what I much prefer going downhill to up climbing up.

 

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I hope it dumps for you guys as well.

 

we are on the way east now. First stop Fruita 

 

 

Diane loved the trails here.

 

post #190 of 229

eh no idea how you could go downhill with out going up with out outside power.

 

http://www.strava.com/activities/138705908

post #191 of 229

10" overnite @ the bird - Powder day!!!! :yahoo:

post #192 of 229
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10" overnite @ the bird - Powder day!!!! :yahoo:

Sweet. Looks like it will be a good day.

post #193 of 229
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I hope it dumps for you guys as well.

 

we are on the way east now. First stop Fruita 

 

 

If you can't join me for refrozen bumps today, at least post some pictures of the Colorado river canyon at Mary's/Horsethief tonight!   And don't miss pizza at Hot Tomato: http://hottomatocafe.com/

post #194 of 229

Woke up to 10" this morning. The tram line was long but not crazy. The snow was a bit on the heavy side in mineral basin early morning but skied well. Quite a few runs with untracked. Most people went home or had to go to work by noon. Road to Provo opened about 12:30 - Had 4 laps of untrack. The snow in Rasta chutes was much lighter than mineral. Took the cirque traverse to South Chute for run to a late lunch. The snow turned to heavy crud after lunch everywhere. Found a soft powder line in Regulator bowl under the lift just before end of day. Really good skiing for May.

 

Skied today with Mrs. Grump and my son - Andrew. Andrew was faster and smoother on his 158 cm Atomic D2 SL than I was on my 186 cm Goat. Must be getting old.

 

Baby_Grump in Mineral Basin. 

 

 

Me in Mineral.

 

Road to Provo after opening in the afternoon. 

 

 

Looks like we may get a chance for a bit more snow in the new few days.            

post #195 of 229

That's sweet.  Couldn't have been better for andrew... Now if only I could get back lol.  Looks like he skis just like his dad in that photo.  Definitely the Taos way.

post #196 of 229
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That's sweet.  Couldn't have been better for andrew... Now if only I could get back lol.  Looks like he skis just like his dad in that photo.  Definitely the Taos way.

 

We missed you. Wish you were here. We even saved some snow for you. 

Maybe you can teach Andrew to ski the CSIA way. I'm too much of a old dog.:D

post #197 of 229

is there really a CSIA way? or a PSIA way? or a any way?

post #198 of 229

Yes i think there's slight differences in preferences of what they want to see.. but in the end, high end skiers make their skis work the same way... they bend them dynamicly to an arc as you know, have the skills to be versatile in all snow conditions and terrain and look similar.  But there is a very distinct ski and teach style and method, that each association strives for and they show it well at the Insterki every 4 years.. and yes, they seem to change it every 4 years after attending interski based on what they like and to keep up to equipment changes and public preferences.  They have a plan though.. something they think and believe.  I think you see even in ski schools that instructors tend to ski like their directors and sessioners.. look similar and have similar habits but that one could be argued.  My son skis like me... I taught him, he emulated well.  Boot and I looked very similar coming down the hill for many years also, same rhythm, turn size and style.  They can have the same skills but slightly different ideas and looks to execute them.

post #199 of 229

It's snowing again! :yahoo:

3" so far to freshen up the left over stuff from yesterday's dump. Forecast calls for 2" - 4" during the day. Looks like more.

 

View from balcony this morning.

 

post #200 of 229

Snowbird called 4" for the day. Up top on Silverfox it skied more like 8" to 10". The snow up top was really light but got more crud like as one gets down to bottom section of primrose. Today was my turn to carry the camera so not many pics.

 

Mrs. Grump at top of Rock Chute.

 

 

  Mrs. Grump gets agro after clearing rock chute.

 

 

Say "POWDER" for the camera after a good run.

 

 

Running for last tram.

 


Edited by KingGrump - 5/10/14 at 7:04pm
post #201 of 229

Nice you are finishing the year with some great stuff. 

post #202 of 229
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Nice you are finishing the year with some great stuff. 

 

We are not done. It's snowing right now. Forecast calling for 5" tomorrow. Not as much as the mother's day gathering at A-Basin, but we'll take it.

 

Today was generally decent settled snow left over from the storm of last two days. Pretty good stuff. 

 

Baby_Grump rolling blind in low vis condition on Regulator.

 

 

Coverage on Baldy looks good. 

 

 

Picking thru the bumps on upper silverfox.

 

 

Baby_Grump cruising thru upper silverfox.

 

 

This is what teenagers do when the parents are too slow to keep up.

 

 

Looks like pretty good coverage for end of season. We'll here for one more weekend.

post #203 of 229

yeah sadly we headed east. but I think tomorrow will be the reward. 

post #204 of 229
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yeah sadly we headed east. but I think tomorrow will be the reward. 

 

You're definitely going to get it at A-Basin for the next few days. Have fun.

 

It's puking at the bird right now.

 

post #205 of 229

What a great winter for you two and all that came into contact with you!! Thanks for keeping the "Grump factor" high

post #206 of 229
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What a great winter for you two and all that came into contact with you!! Thanks for keeping the "Grump factor" high

 

Yup, the grumpier the better.

Thanks for letting LS to come out and play with us.

Next year, Whistler??? Et tu, Boote.  :D

 

Mother Nature dropped 6" of fresh overnight as her mother's day gift to us. But as usual, she is being b**thy and blowing up a storm. The snow is going side ways.

Right now, the bird is on wind hold, just looking out the window to see when they will start up again.

 

OTH, we could do laps on Chickadee.


Edited by KingGrump - 5/11/14 at 3:26pm
post #207 of 229

Et tu, Boote.  :D

 

Phrase of the day!

post #208 of 229
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Et tu, Boote.  :D

 

Phrase of the day!

 

Hope I got the conjugation correct.

 

The tram started to load again just before noon. No real lines, most people went home already. Most of the mountain was socked in. Mineral was low vis plus flat light. Most of the day was spent doing little cloud and south chute. Good way for the last day of the "regular" season. The bird will open again next Friday for the weekend. Should be some really nice spring corn then. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #209 of 229

Et Tu Boote... that's correct and you (single and known), vous (single formal and plurat).  Looks like another great day at the bird.  Hope you find some fun things to get up to for the week.  Sure wish I was skiing it and Boot is working on saving lots of hours and hoping maybe he can squeeze in a couple weeks at Whistler.

 

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Hope I got the conjugation correct.

 

The tram started to load again just before noon. No real lines, most people went home already. Most of the mountain was socked in. Mineral was low vis plus flat light. Most of the day was spent doing little cloud and south chute. Good way for the last day of the "regular" season. The bird will open again next Friday for the weekend. Should be some really nice spring corn then. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #210 of 229
Yesterday and today were my last days of the season. Snowbird is open next weekend but I'll be camping on the Mirror Lake Highway celebrating Memorial Day. The conditions have been stellar, plenty of coverage and crispy enough temps at night to ensure corn farming.

Yesterday they were running 20 minute trams in the morning for a bit, we had to cool our heels on the deck after loading up on Red Bull!! Today they went to back to back trams, which makes for a much more efficient day. We rode the tram up first thing and had a bowl of Cham for breakfast. We noticed it was softening quickly and went for one powder paradise to the Hilary step to confirm the decision to take one run on the far side and get out of Mineral.

Once atop Mineral we headed out Cham again and kept going past the gate eventually arriving at the top of Ski Patrol Gully. It only took about 20 minutes after we got there for the sun to work its magic. In the meantime we relaxed...









Eventually the snow loosened and it became pleasurable to ski.



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