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CliffsNotes on Skiing Ice - Page 3

post #61 of 71
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ah, the memory of pierre, hungry for more, exploring the coral in the trees in the wildcat area of alta...
post #62 of 71
I wondered where this thread went. It seems like this was moved to an inappropriate forum by some western skier who assumes that skiing on ice is only done by those who race.
post #63 of 71
I often encounter ice when skiing technical terrain in tight woods.

Problem: Unpredictibility is your enemy when you are skiing in tight spaces. Ice often lots of it makes things very unpredictable. much of the ice encountered is in the form of falling water and almost impossible to edge on.

Solution: Make things as predictable as is possible.

Sure you could do everything and your mother to try and get an edge and flail around like a fish but once you lose balance or line you are done and about to eat bark.

One day in particular at Mad River it was really bad on paradise. My ski buddy actually slipped over the ice waterfall and got a massive hematoma on his leg that put him in the hospital a few days later and forced him to cancel a trip to Sunshine. The conditions were 6-8 inches of pow on top of death cookies and glare ice. After our initial defeat we took to it again. Carving back and forth on the run you could not help but come across unedgable icefalls.

The way to deal with it? Point them downhill and hope you can solve the problem when you get to real snow. Of course the problem is speed but no matter how fast you end up going it will be worse if you slide down that same ice out of control. Point them downhill and you have your balance, stay loose and get ready to sap that speed in any way possible. Then stop and take a breath and let the adrenaline subside

Good fun

Alfonse
post #64 of 71
Well, I suppose that racing slalom gates is very much like skiing icy glades.
post #65 of 71
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Originally Posted by Laurel Hill Crazie
I wondered where this thread went. It seems like this was moved to an inappropriate forum by some western skier who assumes that skiing on ice is only done by those who race.
How did you know? :
post #66 of 71
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Originally Posted by Laurel Hill Crazie
Well, I suppose that racing slalom gates is very much like skiing icy glades.
Shin off those saplings!
post #67 of 71
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Originally Posted by Barnstormer
Shin off those saplings!
Hey, it can be done. We used saplings for slalom poles as a kid. Probably why I can't kneel on anything today.
post #68 of 71
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Originally Posted by newfydog
Hey, it can be done. We used saplings for slalom poles as a kid. Probably why I can't kneel on anything today.
Please tell me this was before break-away gates were used...
post #69 of 71
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Originally Posted by HeluvaSkier
Please tell me this was before break-away gates were used...
This was before plastic boots. We cut good western NY maple saplings, painted them green white and red (old paint which was available) and whacked away. I'm surprised none of us were impailed.

sorry for the thread drift.....
post #70 of 71
Last Fis blue book I had, mid/late 90s, saplings were legal for fis in South America.

I too, am sorry for the threadjack.
post #71 of 71
Frozen bamboo was no "day at the beach". It gave a whole different dimension to the word straddle ...

Maple saplings get pretty hard and brittle too! I left some sit in the yard for a week before running them through the shredder and my hands are sore as hell.
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