Ovation=open and groomed a good bit of the time. "Narrow" runs that fall into the same category have already been mentioned...Skyeward et. al.
Actually, I think one of the most fun things in the world is to ski really
fast on really
narrow runs. I know, I'm a criminal. Excuse me for that. Unfortunately, there are fewer and fewer runs that fit the bill as the bulldozers knock down "hazards".
Mountain Run is home to the 1980 Olympic GS. These days, GS hills tend to be a little less steep and a little more curvy.
Originally Posted by carvemeister
Of course not. Thank you for pointing that out. Everyone here knows how to carve a turn. Its obvious to me now.
Even amongst the hardcore anti-progress geezin' geezers I know, carved turns on intermediate terrain are the defacto way of getting around the mountain.
|And if you did 11's in a tuck on many Intermediate (and yes - single black) trails, you couldn't get up some serious speed? What, are you really saying that the only real speed to be had is on Double Diamond pitches? Sure, a steeper trail is going to be faster if you're going to do "11's" But I don't think the point is skiing them when they're closed in order to do so - ala your Rumor example.
Thats not the point at all. The point is that building serious speed on the more difficult terrain actually requires some skills that go beyond rolling the skis on edge. You can't ride GS arcs down a really steep pitch without knowing exactly what you are doing. Compare the number of people that are capable of doing this with the ~50% of the skiing public that lazily carves the blues.
The real speed is to be found by making good turns on challenging terrain, not by running them flat or in long easy arcs on terrain that is self limiting. Where is the challenge in arcing them on the smooth, moderate terrain?
You aren't going to advance the comfort zone if you continue to be one of those people who get off the edges everytime they end up in difficult terrain. I was like that for a few years until I learned some new tricks and relearned some old ones.
|But when I can't do that I'll just have to stick to doing wimpy SG turns on the wee little blues at Burke that Riverc0il mentioned. :
And I'll be doing my best to open up the GS arcs on real trails with real terrain and sometimes <gasp> not even all that recently groomed.
SG arcs are for SG gear. I don't want to get in the habit of making SG turns on the GS gear...makes the GS turns less forthcoming. I wouldn't ski SG gear on an open, busy mountain...thats insane or at least highly frustrating.
Your comment that people are "skiing faster than they know they should" proves you really think you have us all figured out. I would submit that if people take the time to post here, they are probably just as competent if not more so than you. I've no idea where you got the idea to assume and imply otherwise.