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Kayaking on snow

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Anybody tried this?

 

How about that inside tipping?

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Monarch has done this for years and it is awesome. 

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Proof that full rocker and reverse sidecut works in powder! 

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Thanks for the share guys, enjoyed the videos.  

 

Searched, but could not find any photos.  Squaw Mountain in Maine, where I grew up skiing, had a downhill canoe race.  One year Wild World of Sports even showed up to film it.  Crazy even as the canoes were basically out of control rockets down the hill.  Think they only ran it 3 years or so.  70's were good times for crazy things.

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The dude with the red helmet, in the WM video,  is friend of mine.  Says he had a great time doing them.

But taking those jumps and the impacts straight to his spine,  screwed up his back.

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Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD View Post
 

The dude with the red helmet, in the WM video,  is friend of mine.  Says he had a great time doing them.

But taking those jumps and the impacts straight to his spine,  screwed up his back.

 

It's kind of a silly example, but I hurt my butt and back sledding with my nephew - it was a similar thing... I took about a 1-2 foot ledge off the snow onto asphalt with a plastic sled. It's not very nice not having your legs as shock absorbers.

 

I bet some shock absorption could be worked out pretty easily though for those kayaks. I'd like to give it a try - though probably wouldn't take the kayak on any terrain I couldn't already ski.

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And you thought snowboarders on the lifts were annoying...Imagine the canoe guys...

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I have done this on sledding hills. If you are going to try it I would recommend picking up a cheap kayak off craigslist. Don't use one you ever want to put back in the water. You want it to be under ten feet long and made of a plastic material. Next put in at least 2 inches of some type foam on the seat to protect yourself from a bruised tailbone. Secure the foam with ducktape. Last bring a container of pledge to make the bottom slide good and reapply as necessary.

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Thanks for the share guys, enjoyed the videos.  

 

Searched, but could not find any photos.  Squaw Mountain in Maine, where I grew up skiing, had a downhill canoe race.  One year Wild World of Sports even showed up to film it.  Crazy even as the canoes were basically out of control rockets down the hill.  Think they only ran it 3 years or so.  70's were good times for crazy things.

 

Back in the mid 70s at Tod Mountain (now called Sun Peaks) they would get 30-50 people skiing mid week. So I guess it was a slow day when from the lift I spotted 3 patrols in a canoe going out of control down the Crystal Bowl. Apparently as they were gaining speed and rapidly approaching the trees with little to no control, the patroller in the bow tuned around to suggest to his crew mates that maybe they should bail, only to discover that they had already jumped ship!

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I have done this on sledding hills. If you are going to try it I would recommend picking up a cheap kayak off craigslist. Don't use one you ever want to put back in the water. You want it to be under ten feet long and made of a plastic material. Next put in at least 2 inches of some type foam on the seat to protect yourself from a bruised tailbone. Secure the foam with ducktape. Last bring a container of pledge to make the bottom slide good and reapply as necessary.


Well, yeah, you want a whitewater boat. They're always made of polyethylene, and I would expect them to work fine in the water after sliding on the snow. Whitewater boats are tough.

 

Instead of Pledge, you should use the stuff that Clark Griswold used on his saucer sled in Christmas Vacation...:D

 

The videos both showed boats with fairly traditional displacement hull shapes. I wonder how a modern playboat with ultra-hard chines would work in powder - you might discover that the edges were actually useable.

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Instead of Pledge, you should use the stuff that Clark Griswold used on his saucer sled in Christmas Vacation...:D

 

I bet this stuff would work pretty well...

 

http://www.amazon.com/DM1046601-PARENT-DuPont-Teflon-Multi-Use-Lubricant/dp/B00P7F8MW6

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Just thought you might find this post of mine from 2011 amusing:

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/105518/rocker-101/60#post_1370643

 

 

A couple of my kids used to take home some pretty solid swag from Monarch. Season passes, a bike, a rec boat... Still, I'm pretty sure that on a powder day they will bust out the Protests rather than the kayaks :D

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Just thought you might find this post of mine from 2011 amusing:

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/105518/rocker-101/60#post_1370643

 

 

A couple of my kids used to take home some pretty solid swag from Monarch. Season passes, a bike, a rec boat... Still, I'm pretty sure that on a powder day they will bust out the Protests rather than the kayaks :D

 

Hmm... that gets me thinking.... knowing nothing about really wide skis, are any of them curved laterally? I.e. are there any with edges higher than the center as you go across the ski?

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Hmm... that gets me thinking.... knowing nothing about really wide skis, are any of them curved laterally? I.e. are there any with edges higher than the center as you go across the ski?

 

It is a small design space at the moment. And not exactly likely to get huge. Check out Garywaynes (which I have skied some), the "spooned" DPS skis, current gen Bentchetlers, Elan Boomerang TBT (skied a few laps and liked), and this year's Praxis Powderboard update.

 

As far as I know, the Garywaynes and the Praxis Powderboards are the only ones carrying the hull shape completely tip to tail. The others generally do not have the hull shape underfoot & instead go flat to the edge underfoot. The Garywaynes are rounded. The Praxis Powderboards are beveled/flat (think sorta playboat shape).

 

I really like the Garywaynes in their element - but their roundedness makes them scary if you have to deal with some hard snow (my uber-athletic kid disagrees....). I'm hoping the Praxis interpretation reduces that issue (might not be able to make it all go away). I've been hoping Keith (Praxis)  would do a 3D base powder ski for a while - but he kept saying he would not let one out until he was happy with handling, durability and build-ability.  I got pretty optimistic after I got a pretty funny email after he took the new design prototypes down the Palisades on a mixed snow day. Happily, we are waiting on a couple pair that hopefully will arrive soon :) 


Edited by spindrift - 7/27/15 at 9:14pm
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They look like they're ruining the snow. Has Alta banned them yet?
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How do you ride the chairlift.
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How do you ride the chairlift.

 

Hold it like this and just sit down?

 

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Uh-oh. 

^You do realise what you just started, yes?


You just started a 'what if my helmet doesn't let me put the bar down?' thread.
 

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Does Cross Country Kayaking count?

 

It was a fast and hairy ride! not sure I'd do it again...

 

 

 

post #20 of 20
Looks fun, as long as you don't go switch.
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