No Marker stuff.
Digger emailed yesterday - 4-6" of new snow yesterday. More expected.
Xcel Energy published interesting information regarding the snowmaking upgrades that were done at Afton Alps back in 2013.
Better snowmaking using less energy.
Near the end of the article is a mention of upcoming improvements, " an LED upgrade on the entire property". Lighting improvement would sure be nice, I hope it's this next season.
It's not exactly skiing but Afton is having a Last Call Rail Jam May 7 from Noon to 4 PM. The web site says they'll have snow.
There's a $20 competition entry but who says you have to compete, just 'practice' for a few hours?
They also have a Beer Fest with participation by The Growler which might be interesting.
Could be a fun way to end the season in Minnesota.
Not many people at Lutsen this weekend, mostly hardcores, I did not see many beginners. I'd say there were 50 people on Saturday, 30 on Sunday. They had a band playing on the deck on Saturday per usual Lutsen style. Eagle was the only mountain open but they did have the gondola running to Moose on Saturday (not Sunday).
The snow was surprisingly fast Saturday morning until it softened up in the afternoon and bare spots started showing. We found a few runs that we had to patch together and do some grass/rock skiing, my bases need work. A lot of people were lapping the bumps. People were bringing out shovels and starting to build jumps in the afternoon and we were having fun with those, so we didn't realize it was closing time, when we got to the bottom, the gate was up. We didn't want to accept that so we were forced to start a snowball fight. The lifties had a great attitude and put up a good fight.
Saturday night is a little blurry so we got a late start on Sunday. People were once again working on the jumps and the bump run was soft so that's what we skied. I think they had to move a lot of snow Saturday night to make Sunday happen. We found a cat track tooth in the snow and saw a fox run across the trail. By Sunday afternoon the top of the lift was a mud puddle, you had to dodge rocks on the ground when getting off the lift. We called it a day around 1:30 so we could make the drive back.
Lutsen had a festive attitude this weekend and the people who were there really enjoyed their skiing. I wish they would have held an event of some kind like a pond skip, race, or rail jam. With the number of people who showed up, I can see why they didn't. But they should have one during the mountain meltdown.
Some personal accomplishments this year was that I skied in May in MN for my first time and also skied in 7 out of 12 months (Nov - May) in MN this season. Just barely made it.
One of our crew utilizing the rarely seen "hobo".
Saturday night sunset.
Conditions on Saturday afternoon. 12 runs open on Eagle. Only the Eagle Mountain lift was running.
Interesting, doubt I'd do it more than once but they'll get me once ;)
I'll also give it a shot. I'm interested to see how similar it feels to snow. Could it be good enough to be able to demo skis? That would be nice. I foresee some road rash in the future.
Buck has also opened their MTB trail on the weekends (for a small fee) and put in a "skills course". The new management is starting to make their mark.
Interesting. After reading about Snowflex at Liberty in VA, the idea of a sliding surface that doesn't require water sounds better. Definitely better to rent skis from what I've heard.
I'm also curious about what this does to skis/boards.
Showed the vids to my 7 year-old and he's bonkers to go. Which raised the other question of mine: what are the results of falling on this stuff? I imagine: pain. Probably I'll have him wear some of his hockey gear.
Summer posting! I love it.
I've heard this type of material can heat up your bases via friction to the point where damage can happen. maybe this stuff is different, but I'd be bringing my rock sks out for this stuff.
Don't imagine your edges need to be all that sharp for it.
Falling could really hurt...
You don't need wax for this stuff.
Wax breaks up the friction caused by water displacement and creating suction on two flat surfaces, aka wet friction. Additionally it is break the electrostatic friction created by the ski gliding over the snow.
You don't create either of these, with this type of surface.
I would only use skis you don't care about anymore on this surface. My former employer had me in Italy a while back, and I skied on this stuff for 2 hours. At the end my beat up old skis, (but had a base grind that was less than 6 months old) made my skis look like they were 10 years old with 1000 days of skiing, and never getting a tune, base grind, or anything. The pattern of the structure put on with the last grind was barely visible anymore.
I read a story of someone doing this type of skiing in the UK a few years back (it's popular there) and the bottom of the guys skis actually got hot after several runs. He was using his own skis but quickly rented a pair from the location as to limit the damage of his own equipment.
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