Anyway, I'm skiing New Year's Day at my home area Seven Springs and they are doing everything they can to recover from very marginal conditions and blowing snow on the open slopes during the day session and the conditions are pretty variable , in sections very good and 20 yards down the slope pretty bad (icy).
I decide to ski over to the next slope and half way down on the skier's left they have caution sticks in a row on the moguls that have formed. The snow guns are blowing and I think the snow might be pretty good about 20 yards left of the Caution flags. I ski that way and even though the surface is white it is not edge able , and the surface is as hard and slick as pond ice. I go sliding all the way to the side of the slope and stop about 50-60 yes from the bottom.
I'm standing there and I get this disturbing feeling my skis are going to slide out from under me and I don't feel like falling on the ice and sliding to the bottom and I am not confident about kick turning around and traversing the other way. So, I decide to take my skis off and carefully walk across the hill to a spot that surely will be less slick and put my skis back on.
What I instead discover is that there is no spot that is not frozen . As I do my walk traverse across the slope I can no longer stick the skis I am carrying into the surface and I can barely kick the toes of my boots in. I'm half way across the slope now and doubt is creeping in that I am going to get to the other side that is groomed.
Anyway, balancing is getting tougher with not being able to kick my toes in and now my balance is not good and my legs start to shake and my heart is starting to beat faster.
I finally get to the other side to the groomed. my last step over to terra firma I drop my skis and drop to my knees totally spent.
Unbelievable experience on a slope I've probably skid down at least a couple thousand times. I own it , and it happened and the experience is pretty sobering.
Thought I would share my experience, and I guess the message is crazy stuff can happen out there when skiing even I guess when you are in very familiar territory.