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Do you change skis during the day during Spring Skiing?

post #1 of 23
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I saw a small off topic comment in one thread where someone skied with their slalom skis in the morning and switched to something mid-80s underfoot when the snow softened up.

 

Do most of you generally ski on one type of ski with the evolving spring conditions over the day or do you change skis as the day progresses?

post #2 of 23
Have done that, mostly to get new wax, but found the best solution is to have good structure without regard to much else.
post #3 of 23

i would avoid taking more than one pair up the mountain unless completely necessary. 

post #4 of 23

Depends on the day, but yeah.

 

If you're into the part of the season where the snow sets up rock solid hard overnight and then turns to mashed potatoes as the day goes on, changing out mid-day is the way to go.

 

My experience is that most Colorado skiers simply wait for it to soften up before starting the day, but you miss that first hour or so of filling-rattling rock-hard corduroy. Such a waste...

post #5 of 23

I dislike changing skis, so no.  Too much schlepping of gear ruins the day.

post #6 of 23

I have a ski in/out place and I always have a few pair sitting on the deck.   Some days I change a lot.

post #7 of 23
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Originally Posted by rx2ski View Post
 

I saw a small off topic comment in one thread where someone skied with their slalom skis in the morning and switched to something mid-80s underfoot when the snow softened up.

 

Do most of you generally ski on one type of ski with the evolving spring conditions over the day or do you change skis as the day progresses?


Yes, depending on the distance to the car.  Fast skis in the morning and slush puppies after about 11 am.  If the car is too far from the lifts I'll just go with some old GS skis I have that have a deep structure for the whole day.  Ski in ski out happens sometimes for me.  That is the best having several options close at hand. 

post #8 of 23
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post
.  Fast skis in the morning and slush puppies after about 11 am. 

 

You really shouldn't ignore the Banzai Muffins like that.

post #9 of 23

.... only if I could change bodies at the same time - in other words, no ..... but I would if I could!

post #10 of 23
no I will suffer with whatever ai have for the day... just too much work :-)
post #11 of 23
I usually have two pair in my roof box. I usually pick the pair that best fits the conditions for that day, but depending on where I park, I might switch out if changing conditions warrant.

At Stevens I like to park at lot 4 (upper-upper as some locals call it) which allows me to ski down to the Skyline lift after a brief walk from wherever I park. Returning to my car I can almost ski right down to the parking lot and usually skate to my car. In the spring, with exposed road/gravel/dirt it might require a short walk.
post #12 of 23
Generally no, but I did change from GS skis/alpine in the morning to teley gear for the second 2/3rds of the day once this spring.
post #13 of 23

I ski Mammoth in the spring and park right next to the lift, so changing skis is easy. Usually switch to something wider around 10:30 or 11 when things soften up. 

post #14 of 23

I have changed skis during the day, but I don't usually plan on it. I have multiple pairs in the car (since I'm too lazy to take them out), and if I change my mind, I will switch. But only at ABasin or Loveland, anywhere else is a pain. 

post #15 of 23

I almost always take 2 or 3 pair. Something long and fast for cruising in the morning and something short for ballet/bumps in the afternoon. Sometimes I ski on the same pair all day, but there is always another pair in the car just in case I change my mind.

 

I usually park at Mary Jane, where it's a short walk from car to lift, and since I eat my sack lunch in the car, it's no big deal to swap out skis at the same time.

post #16 of 23
This is why my $200+ for a locker continues to get shelled out. It's not the end of the world if I pick wrong in the AM, I can just run in and do a swap. I might lose half a run.
post #17 of 23

No.  Used to, but now I find my best spring condition skis in my quiver  (Machetes) work well enough in the morning, and if I start out with my favourite ski for our hill, I can work my SL radius skis (Fischer WC SC) well enough in the afternoon to make them still lots of fun. 

 

I do switch from long radius skis to short radius skis when on a big hill and crowds gather as the day wears on, any time of year.

post #18 of 23

I think that original comment you cited was mine. A few years back I had slalom skis and a pair of 105-width twin tips and nothing else. In the Alps, morning spring conditions are very firm, so I liked having the slalom skis for that. By afternoon, though, I was missing the width. So I began bringing two pairs, which meant bringing them on the lift in the morning and stowing them mid-mountain to avoid skiing back to the base during the day. I resolved this dilemma by buying a pair of 95-ish length skis that I can use in a wider range of conditions.

post #19 of 23

Nope, I don't have any desire to lug around multiple pairs of skis on a given day.  Dance with the one that brung ya.

post #20 of 23
Yes sometimes even in the winter, I park right infront of the lodge so it is easy to go to my car. Try putting a bit of RainX on the bottom of your skis in the wet snow, it works.
post #21 of 23

I switched a few times this spring, but pretty quickly ended back on my 90mm Steadfasts after a few runs on my 80mm AC30s and/or 110mm Sickles.  It's easy enough to switch at A-basin and Mary Jane I did so mostly just to try different skis in the conditions.   You hit such a variety of conditions in the spring, even in a single run, I felt the most versatile ski usually wins.  

 

I can see how someone who owns a SL ski would take them out in the morning.  For the rest of us, an all mountain ski good on firm snow isn't a bad ski to start out on, and still performs nicely when it turns to slush.

post #22 of 23
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I felt the most versatile ski usually wins.  

Agreed. I think too many of us would be swapping a 90's to an 80's and that means you're thinking too much and should get a Bloody Mary. With Bacon.
post #23 of 23

Occasionally, but my spring skiing is limited to my home mountain (Seven Springs, PA), so I'm certainly not taking any time out of my ski day to switch, or to ABasin, where it is quite easy to swap out skis. If I were skiing anywhere else, I'd probably just choose the most versatile ski and stick with it for the day.

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