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Odd snow conditions you're encountering this spring

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

How about we generate a list?  Below are a few offered by @dchan in another thread.

you could copy and add you own.

 

flypaper snow
dust on crust
Coral heads
Frozen chicken heads
Mashed potatoes
Set mashed potatoes

post #2 of 10
Thread Starter 
I'll start.

 

flypaper snow
dust on crust
Coral heads
Frozen chicken heads
Mashed potatoes
Set mashed potatoes

peanut-butter


Edited by LiquidFeet - 4/1/16 at 7:47am
post #3 of 10

I last skied choppy, rutted, refrozen sloppy slush that had refrozen and was thawing again to slop in some places but still chunky in others.  I wasn't on crud busters either, old school straight skis for retro day.   I committed a bit too early and hooked the inside edge of the inside edge and the tip dove sending me belly whomping like Frosty the Snow The Man leaving both skis behind stuck in the slop hahahaha.  Slop behind my glasses, in my helmet, down my pants, etc.. hahahaha,,

post #4 of 10
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Originally Posted by LiquidFeet View Post
 

How about we generate a list?  Below are a few offered by @dchan in another thread.

you could copy and add you own.

 

flypaper snow
dust on crust
Coral heads
Frozen chicken heads
Mashed potatoes
Set mashed potatoes

 

 

Toaster field - Lightly chopped up, 12+ inch deep crud, that has refrozen HARD overnight and is a nightmare until it softens again.

 

Taters and gravy - Like normal mashed potato bumps, but with visible liquid in the troughs.  "Splish-Splash"

 

Slurvvv -  Slush that is starting to refreeze at the end of the day.  The very top layer is setting up and somewhat edgable, just below is still a slurpy and slides out under pressure (very fun IMO).

post #5 of 10

Hmm... the stuff I hit at Squaw recently came from moderately heavy rain for several hours, followed by colder temps and a couple of inches of snow, followed by grooming... It was actually pretty light and very smooth and not sticky at all most of the day, but I don't know what you'd call it. All I know is it was way better to ski on than I expected.

 

Maybe mashed potatoes? But I always think of that as stiffer and piled up more. Whipped cream maybe?

post #6 of 10
Perhaps I don't know what corn is, but why is corn called corn. I've skied in lots of spring like conditions that people say is corn, but it looks more like mushy corn with melted butter than corn. Do they mean corn flakes, or the corns you get on your feet? Just wondering.
post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by MrGolfAnalogy View Post

Perhaps I don't know what corn is, but why is corn called corn. I've skied in lots of spring like conditions that people say is corn, but it looks more like mushy corn with melted butter than corn. Do they mean corn flakes, or the corns you get on your feet? Just wondering.

don't know if you're being serious--but if you are, corn snow is the result of repeated freezing and thawing, whereby the snow transitions from crystal shapes to small round balls which I guess look like small kernels of corn. When it is at its sweet spot  the individual little balls have no cohesion so they offer no resistance to skis. The corn layer is only a few inches deep and skiing through it feels completely smooth and effortless. If you look back you see no tracks. Areas that actively manage corn will close a run before the corn gets too wet and heavy and starts to form ruts--the best example of that is smoothie at Squaw which is usually only open for an hour or so in the morning. 

post #8 of 10

flypaper snow
dust on crust
Coral heads
Frozen chicken heads
Mashed potatoes
Set mashed potatoes

peanut butter

jelly

ball bearings in chicken feed

chunky soup

chunky puke

puke with undigested mushrooms

mushrooms

talcum powder with legos

legos with hot wheels

captain crunch

cocaine

cocaine and heroin (speed ball)

​crack cocaine 

powder heroin with crack cocaine

black tar heroin wrapped in foil and broken glass

peanuts

mixed nuts

mixed nuts with too many peanuts

​cow tongue and hershey kisses

hershey kisses and jelly beans

fruit loops

jelly beans and teeth

nuts

bolts

nuts and bolts

washers and nuts

bolts and washers

nuts, bolts and washers

spark plugs

jujubes

chewed jujubes

chewed jujubes and broken teeth 

lucky charms

syringes previously washed up on the beach

syringes found in playgrounds

syringes found in the back seat of Razie's car

Weebles that wobble but don't fall down

little green plastic army men

marbles

marbles and broken teeth

horse manure

goat manure

goat cheese

checkers

chickles

heads broken from anyone's sister's barbie dolls

barbie doll limbs and torsos

8 track tapes

fingers (mobster removed)

ski buckles

donuts .... mmmmmm!

post #9 of 10
Elmer's glue
Powder on corn = Porn snow
Frozen fog = Frog
post #10 of 10
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Elmer's glue
Powder on corn = Porn snow
Frozen fog = Frog

 

4ster, now you are just being absurd. Did it ever occur to you that some of us take these things very seriously? Right now some poor sole is using elmer glue to attach lily pads to the bases of their ski and, its not working!!!!!

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