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Powder Photos

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
BobMc said we don't have enough photos on the site so I'm doing my part.

These were taken earlier today outside the area boundary at Jackson Hole. We may not exactly be having the quantity of snow that Utah is right now, but this was a pretty good day.

Arriving at the top of Four Pines boot track (Cody Peak in the background):



In this next one, Bill enjoys a few billion new snowflakes:



Jared searches along the wall:



And finds the snow to be quite acceptable.



And Bill finds some himself:



It was that kind of day...



I hope all of you had as fun a day as I did.

Bob
post #2 of 17
Thanks for the pics bob. I'd like to see a new area of the site devoted to it. It's always fun to see people on the board in action and scope out the terrain of places you haven't been.
post #3 of 17
Nice pics! I'm still at work and didn't have as nice a day :
post #4 of 17
Most xcellent Bob. In this next one, Bill enjoys a few billion new snowflakes:Skied today @ Mt.Bachelor,Or. w/ faceshots and spitting snow out of my mouth a few times. WOO_HOO! Still snowing hard @ 12 when I left. Sorry no pictures.
post #5 of 17

grrr

I was in jackson 2 weeks ago and there wasn't a whole lot of snow... temperatures were over 50 every day. The skiing was still a lot of fun, but man I wish we had gotten that storm!
post #6 of 17
Nice pics! No, I didn't have as much fun today (no one did!!!). I spent the afternoon at the doctor's with the wife. You can read about it in the Lounge.
post #7 of 17
Very good job Bob, I commend thee.

To keep in the spirit here are a couple from earlier in the season.







BobMc

PS It's looking sunny for the weekend, hopefully I'll have more pics soon.
post #8 of 17
Great pictures Bob. Looks like me leaving the area brought you guys some fresh snow. Glad I could give something back. I'm still thinking about that trip, had a great time. Thanks again for showing us around, you impressed the heck out of the knuckledragger (and me).
post #9 of 17
Okay excuse me for sounding like a jackass but....

As an East coaster who has skied in 12-20" of powder about 10 times in my life I wonder..... Do you guys ever worry about getting a powder covered tree branch to the crotch?

Maybe I'm just catastrophizing but that seems it could happen theoretically if you are in powder up to your waist.
post #10 of 17
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Originally Posted by gbubnis
Okay excuse me for sounding like a jackass but....

As an East coaster who has skied in 12-20" of powder about 10 times in my life I wonder..... Do you guys ever worry about getting a powder covered tree branch to the crotch?

Maybe I'm just catastrophizing but that seems it could happen theoretically if you are in powder up to your waist.
Then you look for a career singing soprano I guess...

This was earlier this year of yours truely.
http://www.biglines.com/photos/blpic33549.jpg
post #11 of 17
Great pictures Bob. I had a great day too, but no pictures. Our BC gates were opened mid morning and I got to make first tracks in some of the 8-feet that has fallen since Saturday. I was surprised the gates dropped when I also saw some significant fractures (in the area I expected to) and day-old avy debris. I got to try out the new AT gear and skins too.

Gbubnis, I ski the deep with a relatively narrow stance, and the skis do occasionally deflect off unseen objects, but what, me worry??: Too busy grinning from ear to ear on a day like this.
post #12 of 17
Allright that does it. Remember the Vermont thing in the retirement thread. Umm, I think you guys just changed my mind.
post #13 of 17
Awesome pics! Thanks for sharing!

Thatsagirl
post #14 of 17
Oh, and for anyone wondering why my husband and I want to leave Vermont and move out West: Ummmm....THAT'S WHY!

Plus, it's so much warmer in the winter out there.

Thatsagirl
post #15 of 17
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by gbubnis
Okay excuse me for sounding like a jackass but....

As an East coaster who has skied in 12-20" of powder about 10 times in my life I wonder..... Do you guys ever worry about getting a powder covered tree branch to the crotch?

Maybe I'm just catastrophizing but that seems it could happen theoretically if you are in powder up to your waist.
gbubnis:

That's actually a great question.

I think here in the West, we sort of take for granted that we're skiing a pretty substantial base of snow. There are always bushes and small trees that are in the process of being covered as the winter waxes, and then being *un*covered as spring approaches.

Another thing that's probably not apparent in my photos, but ski choice makes a *lot* of difference. Jared in these photos is skiing Atomic Sugar Daddies - big, wide skis that really do float over most of the snow. Bill and Tony are on K2 XP's, which ski much more *in* the snow than on top of it. Jared could pretty much float over everything, while the rest of us were skiing down onto the old base in many places.

Photographically undocumented in my post was the enormous header I took just before the photos of Jared near the wall. I had gone first and I was innocently enjoying the ride in this nice new snow when a big, completely unseen rock just *ripped* both skis off me. One instant I'm skiing, the next I was diving face-first into the snow with both skis hidden somewhere under the powder. It turned out fine, but it could have been pretty dicey. It did, however, put a 45-degree side-bevel on about three feet of the edge of one of my powder skis. OUCH!

So in summary, I think out West we just sort of assume that it'll be okay.

You ski the powder and hope there isn't a pine spike hiding two inches under that smooth surface waiting to impale you. In all my years of skiing out here, I've been caught by a hidden obstacle once, and the damage was only a torn thigh that wasn't quite bad enough for stitches. One of my friends got a horrible boottop open fracture of the tibia by an invisible submerged rock on the Hobacks, but that was also just bad luck.

If you live a life of quiet fulfillment and inner peace, the ski gods will spare you from collisions with buried powder obstacles.

*Most* of the time.

Have fun.

Bob
post #16 of 17
yall are just bragging
post #17 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bob Peters
gbubnis:

That's actually a great question.

I think here in the West, we sort of take for granted that we're skiing a pretty substantial base of snow. There are always bushes and small trees that are in the process of being covered as the winter waxes, and then being *un*covered as spring approaches.

Another thing that's probably not apparent in my photos, but ski choice makes a *lot* of difference. Jared in these photos is skiing Atomic Sugar Daddies - big, wide skis that really do float over most of the snow. Bill and Tony are on K2 XP's, which ski much more *in* the snow than on top of it. Jared could pretty much float over everything, while the rest of us were skiing down onto the old base in many places.

Photographically undocumented in my post was the enormous header I took just before the photos of Jared near the wall. I had gone first and I was innocently enjoying the ride in this nice new snow when a big, completely unseen rock just *ripped* both skis off me. One instant I'm skiing, the next I was diving face-first into the snow with both skis hidden somewhere under the powder. It turned out fine, but it could have been pretty dicey. It did, however, put a 45-degree side-bevel on about three feet of the edge of one of my powder skis. OUCH!

So in summary, I think out West we just sort of assume that it'll be okay.

You ski the powder and hope there isn't a pine spike hiding two inches under that smooth surface waiting to impale you. In all my years of skiing out here, I've been caught by a hidden obstacle once, and the damage was only a torn thigh that wasn't quite bad enough for stitches. One of my friends got a horrible boottop open fracture of the tibia by an invisible submerged rock on the Hobacks, but that was also just bad luck.

If you live a life of quiet fulfillment and inner peace, the ski gods will spare you from collisions with buried powder obstacles.

*Most* of the time.

Have fun.

Bob
Bob,
Fabulous post, thanks a lot!! I saw these conditions once in my entire ski career.....during a PSIA clinic at sugarbush in 1995. We spent most of the day at Castlerock(if never been to the bush it's hardcore double diamond terrain) I was literally over my head all day as was about 3/4 of the class....I was on Olin DXK's 205 cm, which was a shame cause I had a pair of Olin DTSL (the blue cap ski version) 200cm on the rack in the parking lot. ( I had access to proform as an instructor, thus the quiver) My powder technique then and now is obviously lacking due to limited experience but I plan on heading west next winter and I was curious regarding your comments on the XP's. My plan was to bring my Volkl's (2001 P40 Platinums with cssi module / Marker Mrr's 178cm) and rent some K2 recons or Volkl 7 24 pros out there to make up a 2 ski quiver for the trip...should I just buy new Volkl 7 24 exps 177 as I am mulling over....and then rent a powder ski like explosiv or mantra?....don't want to poach your thread but I am curious/ but not enuff to start a thread, I was just looking for your comments in particular as I value your opinion from reading previous posts by you ......I am a strong lvl 8 skier on hardpack...I would think of my self initially as a lvl 4/5 in the conditions posted here.....at least on my current eqpt....I disabled PM as it is forbidden in my workplace else I would have dropped you a PM...thanks again for the great inspiring post.....
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