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Poll Results: Do you keep track of your Vertical Feet Skied

  • 27% (26)
    Yes (includes "sometimes")
  • 72% (69)
    No (includes "used to")
95 Total Votes  
post #1 of 32
Thread Starter 
Do you keep track of the amount of vertical feet you ski?
post #2 of 32
In skiing, I prefer to evaluate the experience qualitatively instead on quantatively....

post #3 of 32
Thread Starter 

may i be the first to say:

This poll is FLAWED!!!
post #4 of 32
Originally Posted by lshull
In skiing, I prefer to evaluate the experience qualitatively instead on quantatively....

Amen Lonnie!
post #5 of 32
Originally Posted by ryan
This poll is FLAWED!!!
ryan---ya can't called flawed on yer own poll. :
post #6 of 32
Thread Starter 
wanna bet?

post #7 of 32
Originally Posted by Bill Emmett
Amen Lonnie!
And furthermore, there are no BAD days. Some are just better than others....

post #8 of 32
I don't count vert or degrees of steepness I skied. The best way to measure my day is by the ammount of advil and the time spent in the hottub after skiing.
post #9 of 32
I have vert totals from inception (1975) stored in the computer with numerous programs to arrange them. Summaries by region and detail by area and season are on my website at http://bestsnow.net/vertfeet.htm.

In the intermediate improving stage I found vertical skied to be a useful measure of progress and stamina. Once I got started I decided to keep it going. Maintaining a running total by counting chairlifts wasn't that difficult. In 1995 I bought the first Vertech watch and now do it the lazy way most of the time.

Vertical skied is A measure but not THE measure. I do not "let the tail wag the dog" and influence choice of terrain to ski. One thing I like about the watch is that I can just check it a couple of times a day, instead of having to be aware of the total after each chair.
post #10 of 32
Originally Posted by ryan
wanna bet?

I guess you're right!
post #11 of 32
No. Let's face it, if you're racking up 50k+ vert in a day, then you're just burning the groomers off high speed lifts. My best days have had the least vert. This year, at Silverton, we did 4 runs one day and 5 or 6 the next. I doubt that each run was much more than 2k of vert, but it was a hell of a lot more fun than pretending I'm a yo-yo at my mid-atlantic home area, running up a high-speed quad in 3 minutes and back down in 1 minute for just under 1k of vert. Even heli skiing, you don't get more than 6 runs in a day unless you're a vert nazi and pissing off the world to rack up numbers. No fun in my book.
post #12 of 32
Until the battery in my Vertech died...
post #13 of 32
We have a different unit of measure here.
post #14 of 32
I'm usually too busy skiing, but when I get the GPS I guess I'll have a record.
post #15 of 32
Afaik, keeping record of the vertical skied is an American speciality. I don´t think it´s common in Europe (may be wrong, don´t know exactly how the freeriders feel) and backcountry-specific.

Some people I know keep the record of how many times they skied a run and/or how many kilometers/day.
I find it rather silly because it says little about the quality of your rides.
At some huge European resorts with hundreds kilometers of runs (French 3 valleys 600 km), long connecting catwalks and some uninteresting green and/or blue runs you can´t avoid to reach the trails you want to ski it´s no problem to ski say 30-40 miles/day but only part of it are really challenging rides that would count for me.
post #16 of 32
To me, skiing is all about fun, fitness, kicking the mountain's ass...or getting your ass kicked by the mountain. I have skied for over 35 years. Never, not one run, have I logged vertical. I never even thought about it.
post #17 of 32
4 me skiingis all about having fun not crunching numbers

That said o what you like -like what you do !!
post #18 of 32
No, I keep track of vertical hiked. This season, 108,000. Last season 110,000. Sum is based on number of hikes X 1000 vertical feet.
post #19 of 32
They keep track if your a pass holder and you can check it on line. I average about 6,000 ft/hr. Otherwise no.
post #20 of 32
I used to and found that the days that I skied the most challenging terrain and was the most beat at the end of the day were the days I did the least vertical. The highest vertical days tended to be done yo-yoing groomers and didn't wear me out as much. Since I found that out I quit keeping track.
post #21 of 32
personal best this season was whistler last monday: 28000 vert ft and that was 80% off piste. normally i dont track it but since getting my gps i find it fun to see what i've done for the day.
post #22 of 32
If you gonna keep track of vert and try to better your numbers, you better have a purpose (such as entering an endurance event). Otherwise, you are probably just skiing fast and ignoring the more challenging aspects of the mountain. Not to mention that your overall skiing skills will most definitely suffer.
post #23 of 32
I think the bears who are saying that racking up vertical is probably not a fun way to spend the day are right. If I wanted to maximise my vertical, I would just ski as straight down as possible on a groomed run. The novelty wears off of that after a while. While it is fun to see how clean a line you can carve top to bottom, there is a lot more variety to be had on the ski hill.
post #24 of 32
I don't "keep track" as much as I "look back". For example, at days end, pouring ourselves into the car or truck, I might say, "Hey, we did 30,000 vertical today in 20 runs." It's just another fun conversation starter we can use to fill the drive and dinner. I certainly don't obsess over it or care how it compares to another day!
post #25 of 32
yea, i look back on it each day as a point of reference - mostly out of considering what it would take to make a decent showing in MRG's vertical challenge - but the priority is always finding the best bumps on the hill, and trying to ski them well and at the best clip i can handle...
knowing how many vert feet before my legs are overwhelmed with lactic acid provides a useful benchmark... and keeping track of the vert will often motivate me reach down and take 1 or 2 more runs to reach a desired total.
then i count how many days before i can lay off the motrin, tiger balm and arnica oil ;-)
post #26 of 32
I know only when I'm in my favourite resort. The Gondola goes only every 30 minutes. It goes up 1070m. So I count the gondolas I catch every day. It's very difficult freeriding only. On my good days I get 16.000m Record is 19.000 which you can do in spring.
Total record on one day is 26.000m for me when I freeskied from 07:30 till 17:30 missing only 2 gondolas and whent nightskiing in a resort nearby from 18:00-22:00. It was a great day.
post #27 of 32
I am always concerned with how well I do a run. Somtimes repeating the same line several times looking for (perfection) However on those frequent times when I just start bombing a groomed run get on the chair / do it again, I wonder sometimes how many miles I skiied? how many vertical feet I droped but most important how many MPH I was traveling when the lens seperated from my gogles.

post #28 of 32
Something to shoot for: Dominique Perot used the original Stockli Stormrider, which he designed (he's also an engineer besides an extreme skier) to ski over 353,000 verts in 14 hours [world record] using a helicopter. And you think you've skied some big days.
post #29 of 32

You have skied everywhere!!!!!!
post #30 of 32
One way to enhance the quality of the vertical stat is to estimate how much of the vertical was powder. The sum of total vertical and powder vertical is a pretty good quality of ski experience indicator.

Highest day this season with powder was April 9 at Mammoth, 29,900 total of which 13K was powder. Later I ran across a Mammoth Forum about a charity vertical challenge that was held the same day. The winning fund-raiser skied 82K by yoyoing Chair 3, which rises 900 vert in 4 minutes. One of the entrants couldn't pass up the new snow and wandered farther afield but still wound up with 52K for the day.

I am still impressed with both of the above and unlikely capable of either. My "career" powder day (35K, 18K of powder) in terms of quality was also on April 9 at Mammoth in 1999: http://www.skisocal.org/cgi/ski.pl/detail/144;98-99
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