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Powder Signature Images

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
As a long time dedicated powder skier, I have long enjoyed admiring the aesthetic signatures of both my own lines and those of others. The last few years with the advent of digital cameras, I've carried around a tiny camera which unlike cameras of old can take essentially limitless pictures. So yes I've been increasingly taking pictures of my sinuous artwork and I have to admit it is a bit addicting. In fact sometimes will pull out of a fine powder bounce simply because I've reached a location in the terrain like a knee where a photo would work best. If I could, I would have loved to have recorded on say video many of my epic runs during powder days. But alas I have in all these years almost none. Any of my friends were on any powder days just like me, all too intent on hounding as much fluff as they could without the nuisance of camcorder logistics. So all runs quickly become fading memories.

But now these little hi tech toys allow saving a wee bit of those glories. So my question to the rest of you, any other artists out their saving those experiences at all with these new technology toys?


Examples of my rabbit art from Saturday:
http://www.biglines.com/photos_large.php?picid=33029
http://www.biglines.com/photos_large.php?picid=33028
post #2 of 17
53 tele turns down Cowboy ridge. The line next to mine were my buddies on alpine gear. We did 4 runs that day and 12,000 vert feet that day and I got really tired in the middle of the run - so its not so pretty. ugh

post #3 of 17
I've never left a mark in the snow I'd care to look at twice. maybe one day...
post #4 of 17
Great photo's Thanks to the both of you.
post #5 of 17
Looks like they were made by a stoned orangutan on a snowboard. :

(just jealous, looks a lot like Big Sky conditions last week) :
post #6 of 17
Thread Starter 
Lee, quite excellent image of everyone's powder signatures on that fine ridge. I'm guessing your turns are those right behind your finger? The signatures leave a message about how one was skiing. The very top of your section of the ridge appears to be steeper. Notice how that steep pitch effected everyone's turns? Notice how long your sweep to your right was after turn #5. Four turns below you began a consistent rhythm the effort of which eventually caught up to you. Then made a longer turn which was like you say was due to being tired. So you relaxed during that moment and then cranked a couple short turns before your turns went behind your hand. Guess that is where you started just being more relaxed and easy. The set of turns skiers left of yours are much like the short relaxed rabbit bounces I like to make.

I bc also and usually like to rest awhile before starting down in order to regain my strength to at least have a good chance of a long relaxed non-stopper. However some others are usually antsy to immediately start skiing down regardless of how weary others are of the hike up. So I tend to discuss other's orientation before climbing haha.
post #7 of 17
Uhh, those tracks are kind of anal..., except the one the snowboarder made.
post #8 of 17
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Originally Posted by MilesB
Uhh, those tracks are kind of anal..., except the one the snowboarder made.

hey Miles just for you - tele'ers can do big sweepy turns too

post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by dave_SSS
Lee, quite excellent image of everyone's powder signatures on that fine ridge. I'm guessing your turns are those right behind your finger? The signatures leave a message about how one was skiing. The very top of your section of the ridge appears to be steeper. Notice how that steep pitch effected everyone's turns? Notice how long your sweep to your right was after turn #5. Four turns below you began a consistent rhythm the effort of which eventually caught up to you. Then made a longer turn which was like you say was due to being tired. So you relaxed during that moment and then cranked a couple short turns before your turns went behind your hand. Guess that is where you started just being more relaxed and easy. The set of turns skiers left of yours are much like the short relaxed rabbit bounces I like to make.
Yes - the ridge top was steeper - a convex roll about 40 degrees then mellowing out to 30 degrees. I usually will try to get all the way down to minimize exposure but the conditions were so stable I couldve had lunch in the middle of the slope. Its about 700 feet or so I think.

the guy I was skiing with really likes rabbit turns so we were in competition mode trying to get tight turns but my legs were too toast to get super tight. Here's the view from above of that same slope




post #10 of 17
Thanks for that!
post #11 of 17
Hi all,

Great pictures!

I'll spare everyone a look at my "linked craters"!

However, no thread on snow signatures would be complete without a look at this guy's:


http://www.gravityfed.com/articles/f...e-profile.html
post #12 of 17
jxb, that is very cool. I've never seen anything like that before. Talk about discipline and consistency. From the pictures, he never wavers even the slightest. Amazing.
post #13 of 17
Amazing guy.
post #14 of 17
wow, makes me want to sell everything and become a powder turn hermit.

you gotta wonder if all his marbles are in place though. way to structured, way too much effort required to pull that off. Would be fun to do it a couple of times for giggles and a pic, but every time, all the time, nothing but. seems to lack the freedom aspect, the ooo that looks sweet over there, quick left.

damn fine turns though, and he does it on way old school circa 1970 stuff. which brings up a long time point I have been meaning to make, but thats another post.

Mark
post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by Marmot mb
damn fine turns though, and he does it on way old school circa 1970 stuff. which brings up a long time point I have been meaning to make, but thats another post.

Mark
I can here you thinking and I think I know what you mean.
post #16 of 17
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Originally Posted by Powdigger
I can here you thinking and I think I know what you mean.
Do the clothes really make the man ?

Mark
post #17 of 17
its not the paint and not the brush but the artist.
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