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I think I have seen it all....

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 

Lots of people trying to ride in new ways.  This has to be about the limit. Switch telemarking!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qkMn3jPa2E

 

 

Mod note: video embedded (movie clip icon)

post #2 of 20

A couple of years ago, I was riding up a lift in Val d'Isere and saw a guy skiing switch tele on one of the red pistes. Pretty smooth turns, but not the same speed as the guy in your video. It was pretty impressive.


Edited by CerebralVortex - 4/15/16 at 6:33am
post #3 of 20
I've seen someone here doing it. But not that long a distance.
post #4 of 20
The late great Scott Murray taught me to teley switch. He did it regularly at 40mph. 15 years ago.
post #5 of 20


Just saw someone this past weekend. That was a first for me. Wasn't near as good as this guy. He's not just riding switch, he's hauling switch. I like it!

post #6 of 20

He is hauling switch through a crowd.

post #7 of 20
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Originally Posted by LiquidFeet View Post
 

He is hauling switch through a crowd.


[Crocodile Dundee voice]  That's not a crowd. [/Crocodile Dundee voice]:D

Come to Tremblant or Blue Mountain Collingwood on a mid-season and not cold Saturday early afternoon if you want to see a crowd.

post #8 of 20

Oh, I know.  Of course trails can be much more crowded than that.

 

This guy is an admirably fine skier.  He knows this and has arranged for a videographer 

to capture him skiing so we can see his skill.  I appreciate that.

 

But he's moving at speed between people who are going much slower than he is.  

His vision is interrupted with every turn.  It only takes one of those slower skiers to

do something unexpected when he's turning his head around ....

post #9 of 20
Exactly what I was thinking when I first saw this yesterday.
post #10 of 20
Thread Starter 

I wasn't going to say it but I think he should have his ticket pulled for that ride no matter how good he is.

Fine on an empty open slope, not cool here.

post #11 of 20

Well, he was skiing with broken bindings, so he should be shamed just for that alone ……..

post #12 of 20
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I wasn't going to say it but I think he should have his ticket pulled for that ride no matter how good he is.

Fine on an empty open slope, not cool here.

Last year I saw a Whiteface ski patroller skiing like that on upper Skyward. I don't think anyone was gonna pull his ticket.

 

BK 

post #13 of 20
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Originally Posted by LiquidFeet View Post
 

Oh, I know.  Of course trails can be much more crowded than that.

 

This guy is an admirably fine skier.  He knows this and has arranged for a videographer 

to capture him skiing so we can see his skill.  I appreciate that.

 

But he's moving at speed between people who are going much slower than he is.  

His vision is interrupted with every turn.  It only takes one of those slower skiers to

do something unexpected when he's turning his head around ....


I think if I saw him skiing like that and he passed me, that would be enough for me to loose focus and loose balance just from the sheer surprise/weirdness/craziness/whatever.

post #14 of 20

Camera depth of focus makes it look closer than it is.

post #15 of 20
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Camera depth of focus makes it look closer than it is.

Exactly. Telephoto lens compresses distance. Ever watch a football game and wonder how a linemen managed to get through when there was no hole. Then they show the play from behind the line and you can see plenty of room. (OTOH they like to show field goal attempts from behind the kicker with a wide angle lens which make the goal posts look a lot narrower and farther away than they are.)  As far as vision--he switched from left to right over the shoulder very quickly. His vision was far better than your average snowboarder's view of his heel side.  He never came close to anyone. As far as passing people going a lot slower than he is it's a lot safer that way than the way I do it--1 mph faster (like the people who get next to a semi on the freeway and can't seem to go past it.) You guys are all about the code, right? Well the code doesn't say you can't ski switch tele so it must be ok.

 

I showed that clip to my son who says he's going to have to do it. He's been on tele skis 5 days. We'll see,

post #16 of 20
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Exactly. Telephoto lens compresses distance. ...

 

Except that no telephoto lens was used.   (I agree with everything else.)

 

 

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post #17 of 20
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Originally Posted by oldgoat View Post
 

Exactly. Telephoto lens compresses distance. ...

 

Except that no telephoto lens was used. 

 

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How well you are able to ski is related to how hard you are willing to fall.

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 BTW--if anyone is skiing dangerously it's the camera man--he or she isn't watching where they're going.

post #18 of 20

Hee hee.  I know the pitfalls of that.   (stick to it until the end)

 

 

 

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post #19 of 20

The result of boredom with skiing to much ;)

post #20 of 20

I was watching an X games snowboard cross qualifier at Sugar Bowl. Very impressive riding at high speed in very close quarters on a narrow trail. Even more impressive was the guy videoing them--riding at the same speed through the trees next to the run with his eyes glued to his camera and the riders and managing to not hit a tree.

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