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Loves Spring Skiing

post #1 of 14
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On a lot of threads, I hear people complaining about “bad” conditions just because it’s warm.  Am I the only one who loves spring conditions? 

 

I just returned from 4 days in CO.  3 days with highs at the base near 60 and one day of 5” new snow, high near 40.  Each was great.  Fast groomers in the morning pre-thaw.  Softer stuff midday for great carving.  Slush bumps from 2 to close.  The sun/weather dictates which runs you ski but each condition is a ton of fun.  When 5” of new snow fell, groomers skied like mid winter and many bumps/glades/steeps were refreshed well too.  For reference, I skied Vail, BC, Keystone and Breck.

 

Don’t get me wrong, I love fresh snow mid winter conditions too, but I’ll take spring conditions over lots of midwinter conditions (icy, thin cover, -20 F, etc.)

post #2 of 14
Agree I'm in JH right now and loved today. Late afternoon from 2 on wasn't great but I was here last Jan and it was nice to ski without being freezing. Many of the bump runs are soft and nice to ski vs mid winter no powder conditions wwhen they can be so icy.
post #3 of 14
It was not spring in VT today. It was cold and hard. Thurs am was nice begire the liquid fell.
But spring is nice.
post #4 of 14
We've got some areas with swamp like slush, other areas with sticky, gummy snow, and then too little ice. My base structure is clean and fresh, I wax regularly, but there is just some stuff where the speed the body wants to go does not equal the speed the skis are going. It's exhausting dealing with it. Give me ice any day of the week over that stuff. There's "soft" and then there's the maple syrup swamp.

And we've had "spring conditions" since January. Enough!
post #5 of 14
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Originally Posted by nathanvg View Post


Don’t get me wrong, I love fresh snow mid winter conditions too, but I’ll take spring conditions over lots of midwinter conditions (icy, thin cover, -20 F, etc.)

In Colorado, mid winter conditions don't typically include ice, thin cover, or extreme cold. Hence the bitching.
post #6 of 14

Actually (can't sleep), I just realized it's more than that. Spring skiing represents snow degradation. Every day of slush is a day closer to the end of the season. We haven't had a ton of snow this season, and it's been springy since February; the end of the season is coming fast, and it's a season that started late, too.

post #7 of 14
Everything is marching toward the end, bounce. You can stand tall, hold your trumpet high, and play "...and when the saints..." with vigor, or you can hide inside a papier mache float and pretend you're not part of the parade. It's all over at the same time either way.

I'm with the OP. Unfortunately spring conditions come grudgingly here in northern New England. Turns out there are all kinds of ways to lose cover without ever actually enjoying a good spring skiing day. Go to summer, go directly to summer, do not pass spring, etc. For starters, a good spring day requires sun. Well, that's a problem right there. It also takes a LOT to soften up the dense, high-moisture base of what is essentially ice. So far the only real spring skiing day I've had was on March 7 at Solitude in Utah. You guys know how to do sun out there.
post #8 of 14

Spring is what makes skiing a special sport.  The ephemeral nature of snow makes us appreciate it more.  We're all given our snow fix for a few months of the year then cut off cold turkey.  Just when we start to come down and get over our habit winter hits again and powder addiction returns.  We're all addicts here but I don't see it as a problem.

post #9 of 14

Spring skiing is great. It can, given the perfect consistency, be almost as fun as a powder day. Unfortunately, it costs snow. That's no problem when you have a nice fat base. However, in a year like this, dirt patches pop up quickly and spread. Many of the really nice runs become difficult to access if you value your skis at all.

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post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by qcanoe View Post

Everything is marching toward the end, bounce. You can stand tall, hold your trumpet high, and play "...and when the saints..." with vigor, or you can hide inside a papier mache float and pretend you're not part of the parade. It's all over at the same time either way.

 

Hey, I've been skiing plenty! But sometimes it's like a salad when I'm in the mood for a steak. And sometimes, especially at the base at the end of the day, it's more like a pile of lettuce with no dressing. I had planned to finally hike east wall at A Basin on Mother's Day. Yeah, that's not going to happen. It's bony as hell already. I went to Big Sky, and most of the goods were closed off. I went to Utah, and my cousin's local mountain was closing early.

 

But Wednesday. Wednesday was aces.

post #12 of 14
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Hey, I've been skiing plenty! But sometimes it's like a salad when I'm in the mood for a steak. And sometimes, especially at the base at the end of the day, it's more like a pile of lettuce with no dressing. I had planned to finally hike east wall at A Basin on Mother's Day. Yeah, that's not going to happen. It's bony as hell already. I went to Big Sky, and most of the goods were closed off. I went to Utah, and my cousin's local mountain was closing early.

 

But Wednesday. Wednesday was aces.

 

Wait wait wait ... you think it will never snow again?

 

(hey look at that, post 7,777!)

post #13 of 14
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Originally Posted by bounceswoosh View Post
 

 

Hey, I've been skiing plenty! But sometimes it's like a salad when I'm in the mood for a steak. And sometimes, especially at the base at the end of the day, it's more like a pile of lettuce with no dressing. I had planned to finally hike east wall at A Basin on Mother's Day. Yeah, that's not going to happen. It's bony as hell already. I went to Big Sky, and most of the goods were closed off. I went to Utah, and my cousin's local mountain was closing early.

 

But Wednesday. Wednesday was aces.

 

Wait wait wait ... you think it will never snow again?

 

(hey look at that, post 7,777!)

 

I believe in the snow. I believe April will be a massive month. Yes, you're right. Obviously I will be hiking east wall at Mother's Day. What was I thinking? How could I doubt?

post #14 of 14

thank you

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