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post #31 of 54
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Originally Posted by agreen View Post
 

I wonder how old the oldest is to drop in? Maybe the locals know some folk lore...


I know of a couple of 70-year-olds who did it a few days after gianfabbri's ill-fated trip.  

 

As to how old the oldest-ever is/was, I don't think I've ever heard.  I know of at least one guy who did it when he was 75.

post #32 of 54
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Originally Posted by agreen View Post
 

I wonder how old the oldest is to drop in? Maybe the locals know some folk lore...


I know of a couple of 70-year-olds who did it a few days after gianfabbri's ill-fated trip.  

 

As to how old the oldest-ever is/was, I don't think I've ever heard.  I know of at least one guy who did it when he was 75.


Ok cool. So I got about 30 years or so to work myself up to trying it. I should be good enough by then :D

post #33 of 54
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Ok cool. So I got about 30 years or so to work myself up to trying it. I should be good enough by then :D

By then you will be wise enough to look, sniff and ski the pedestrian way down the mountain.

post #34 of 54
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Originally Posted by gfabbri View Post

Maybe a bit off-topic, but to put all this in context, many ppl were dropping Corbet's Thurs & Fri of "my" week. Maybe 25-30% had clean runs, 25% barely pulled it out, and the rest ate it.

That's a terribly poor ration of success/failure, 50/50 even including those "barely pulled it out"!

 

Granted, it's a "tourist trap" of some sort. So perhaps a good portion of those unsuccessful really shouldn't have attempted it? 

 

Anyway, I wouldn't drop into something that has consequence unless I have a greater than 50/50 chance, preferably much better odds. 

 

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 Study the run carefully. Watch what tactics are working and what aren't. Be honest with yourself about whether you can execute the necessary moves.

Highly valuable advice from someone who saw the run on both angles! 

 

Wish you a speedy recovery. 

post #35 of 54

How many people go into the terrain park and launch themselves 20' into the air of the big jump without getting used to that much air, by doing the smaller jumps first?  Why would someone drop 20' without first getting used to such drops gradually?:confused

post #36 of 54
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How many people go into the terrain park and launch themselves 20' into the air of the big jump without getting used to that much air, by doing the smaller jumps first?  Why would someone drop 20' without first getting used to such drops gradually?confused.gif
I had the pleasure of back boarding kids who gave them selves concussions hitting big kickers the first time they went snowboarding. More people than you think do it.
post #37 of 54

To the OP: first, congrats on the first run, bummer about the second, but at least you'll have the first one to remember while healing up.  Good karma following up and properly thanking those underpaid patrollers who helped you.  I suspect many do not take the effort.

 

On the recent Corbet's note, saw this today... it's lighthearted but your story is a reminder that this is still very serious terrain.

 

post #38 of 54
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At_NYC - the "tourist trap" factor was definitely in play... Many folks who failed either apparently forgot what they knew about steeper terrain or just weren't ready in the first place... Perhaps a tough consequence of the ease of access and "legend" of Corbet's.
post #39 of 54
After watching the video two thougts cross my mind (quota for the day)

Are there patrollers permanently posted up there for the inevitable?
What happens to all the items in the "yardsale" that must get spread all over the run during the day?
post #40 of 54
It looks to me that most of the people who blow up lose their nerve and try to brake in an inappropriate place.
post #41 of 54
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It looks to me that most of the people who blow up lose their nerve and try to brake in an inappropriate place.

 

If you pizza when you're supposed to french fry, you're going to have a bad day?

post #42 of 54
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Originally Posted by gfabbri View Post

Maybe a bit off-topic, but to put all this in context, many ppl were dropping Corbet's Thurs & Fri of "my" week. Maybe 25-30% had clean runs, 25% barely pulled it out, and the rest ate it.
 

 

Those odds sound about right for just about every "advanced" trail I've seen...  25% ski it well, 25% ski it with a mix of "good and flailing" and 50% flail.

 

Of course, the consequences of "flailing" vary from "none" to "severe".

post #43 of 54
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Originally Posted by NovaLoafah View Post

After watching the video two thougts cross my mind (quota for the day)

Are there patrollers permanently posted up there for the inevitable?
What happens to all the items in the "yardsale" that must get spread all over the run during the day?
I talked to an instructor a few years ago (in the Alpenhof bar) who hurt himself trying to retrieve a student's ski that was sticking out of the face.
post #44 of 54
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Originally Posted by JayT View Post
 

To the OP: first, congrats on the first run, bummer about the second, but at least you'll have the first one to remember while healing up.  Good karma following up and properly thanking those underpaid patrollers who helped you.  I suspect many do not take the effort.

 

On the recent Corbet's note, saw this today... it's lighthearted but your story is a reminder that this is still very serious terrain.

 

 

This makes Corbert's seem rather easy compared to it's reputation. In these conditions there isn't mandatory air. Just one steep hard turn and you're in. 

post #45 of 54
I think that part you can step down before the first turn is a new development in the past few years, a result of a change in the way people ski it. I remember a slot right off the top.
post #46 of 54

It looks a little different this year than the last few years, at least from the photos and videos I've seen.  Before you still had to drop over the edge and ski the ramp on the left and you couldn't side-slip over the roller like that.  So I'd say it definitely looks a bit easier this way because you don't have to pick up quite as much speed before the sharp right turn.

post #47 of 54

Yeah, a true goat path hasn't formed yet. Some crashes were due to rushing the turn and the tips catching in the wall instead of waiting till the wall is cleared and then making a higher speed turn. Im sure nerves had something to do with that.

post #48 of 54

All you need is a little pep talk from Biff Huckneck at the top, Todd McSpraffy will help collect your yardsale at the bottom.

post #49 of 54

No pressure, your just on video for the whole world to see instead of just those on the tram and fellow onlookers at the top. :eek 


Edited by agreen - 2/25/15 at 1:40pm
post #50 of 54
I salute those who ski this kind of run. I wish them good luck, and hope they have as much fun as they are hoping to. And that includes the scenes in the movies, too.

That said, every time I see this stuff my first thought is "... No... I have shit to live for."
post #51 of 54

Is it sacrilege to just rappel in?

post #52 of 54
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Originally Posted by Buttinski View Post
 

Is it sacrilege to just rappel in?

 

That would actually be pretty damn hilarious.  Someone should do it.

post #53 of 54
With a saucer.
post #54 of 54
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Originally Posted by JayT View Post
 

 

That would actually be pretty damn hilarious.  Someone should do it.

I met some old farts who arrived after a week at Jackson, one admitted to rapping in off a Patroller's rope.

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