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post #91 of 109
Dippin Dots.

Anyone who has ever seen the "Ice Cream of the Future" (I think it's been called that for at least 20 years) will know the type of snow I'm talking about.
post #92 of 109
I thought about this thread today too! Specificallym should there be a term for the 3" opening day cover on runs that shouldn't be considered "open"? Maybe "Core Shot Crumby Crust"?
post #93 of 109
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Originally Posted by dumpy View Post
Dippin Dots.

Anyone who has ever seen the "Ice Cream of the Future" (I think it's been called that for at least 20 years) will know the type of snow I'm talking about.
Skied that once last year at Powder Mountain. It was the strangest snow surface I've seen yet. It wouldn't pack down at all. You could barely see anyone's tracks because it would fill in as you skied through it.

Best part was that people were going home instead of skiing it (since the locals were jaded with such a good season), and it was still coming down hard. We stayed and had the place pretty much to ourselves. About 2 hours later, the snow coming down changed from dots to pow. By the end of the day we had about 6 inches of pow on top of about 8 inches of dots.
post #94 of 109
Sounds yummy. Was that graupel under the pow?
post #95 of 109
Old Austrian ... one of our lead instructors came in one evening and told me to get out there. It was towards three'ish and we were kind of tired and had been out skiing in the snow on and off all day.

Then he said ...... get out there .... it's velvet ...

Weird stuff, not pellets and not powder but a very dense hybrid. There were about six inches of the stuff untracked on one trail .... they shut the lift due to lack of crowds but not the trail.

Dense enough so you skiied on it .. not in it .. like powder and it was as smoooooooooooth as velvet. Stuff was sent from heaven. You only left a track about an inch deep.
post #96 of 109
Saw some locals mention "cold smoke." Does Bridger have that trademarked?

Things I've heard:

"This ain't Vermont cheddar!"

"It's like a giant meringue."

"Hedge fund conditions" (any ski day in early retirement)

"Hockey rink" (wind-glaze above the trees)

"butter" (smooth, smeary lunchtime spring groomers)
post #97 of 109
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Originally Posted by Yuki View Post

Then he said ...... get out there .... it's velvet ...

Weird stuff, not pellets and not powder but a very dense hybrid. There were about six inches of the stuff untracked on one trail .... they shut the lift due to lack of crowds but not the trail.

Dense enough so you skiied on it .. not in it .. like powder and it was as smoooooooooooth as velvet. Stuff was sent from heaven. You only left a track about an inch deep.
Sounds like wind packed...we get that lots in the west.
post #98 of 109
OK, no one is going to need this, I think, but I have skied (with a lot of difficulty)

Saharan snow.

I kid you not. The snow was a kind of pinkish-yellow and unbelievably sticky -- you could hardly get any kind of flow going on less than a 30 degree slope. It was the end of the season and the snow was falling through a warmish atmosphere, but the explanation was that the clouds had formed over the Sahara and were bringing ultra-fine sand with them. Hence the colour and the stickiness.

As I'm writing this, I can't help wondering whether whoever told me this (a guide?) then went off to a bar and had drinks bought for him all evening because of how he fooled some incredibly stupid English people by telling them a tale about Saharan snow.

Perhaps it was really some kind of algae. But I can say that it really was there in Courmayeur and Chamonix as well as Val d'Isere over that week and that it was pretty much impossible to ski.

Do you ever get anything like it in the Rockies?
post #99 of 109
Packed Pavement (Skiing mag)
post #100 of 109
I dunno what you'd call this (prolly avvie debris) but compressed pow chunks. I came across this on Baldy year before last. It was darned near impossible to ski. Big boulder sized chunks of compressed pow. Not quite ice (at least by East Coast standards but it might as well have been that.

Some kind of sympathetic release of pow that fell from control work up above that littered the trail.
post #101 of 109
Lasagne= Dust on crust on dust on crust...........
post #102 of 109
I don't know for sure if this one was listed in the previous posts, but it rained all day Sunday then froze.  The remaining ice was groomed down to mostly golf balls and marbles with a side of death cookies.  I guess I'd call that assorted marbles, even though there was quite a bit of larger nuggets out there.
post #103 of 109
Freshies!
post #104 of 109
Quote:
Originally Posted by Wear The Fox Hat View Post

How about "My Snow"

As in - get of MY SNOW, you're in MY LINE

There is no such thing.  Everyone here on Epic knows that the snow belongs to Jer.
post #105 of 109
mine field
post #106 of 109
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Originally Posted by akaplan9 View Post

mine field



Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
 Well, I've skied powder and corn and ice and dirt and rocks and sand, but I had never skied on caribou poop until yesterday.

Quoted By: Bob Peters

Edited by BerthoudPass - 1/20/10 at 1:55pm
post #107 of 109

chalk,  wind scoured, runnels, wheels

post #108 of 109

Sastrugi, spagetti, rotini.

post #109 of 109

Snocks, Snavel

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