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Gravity Power over coral reef, chickenheads and death cookies

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
O.K., so I'm not up to date in gear, but these are still out there and just in case there is someone out there that would like to know......

We had some seriously unfriendly slopes here today. After some weekend snow, the temperature went up into the forties two days in a row and refroze each night, the second freeze leading into today which never got warm (26 mid mountian). But unlike the previous two days, no sun or warmth broke through, it was treacherous and ragged and hard as a rock.

What better conditions to try out my unused '01/'02 180 Volant Gravity Powers? I stand 6'4" and weigh around 195.

I skied these on groomers, they tracked like razors with surprising rebound (compared to all other Volants I've skied) powered by the tails; I skied them in the bumps and they were quick and responsive; I skied them across coral reef, chickenheads and death cookies, and they rode them with tremendous stability and dampening. They were so good in fact, that the last run of the day, which descended a seriously horrendous, reef ridden, ultra-crusty, Upper Grizzly, was one of the best experiences I've had all year. It was terrible, but these skis, given the speed to exert the proper force, broke the uber crust and rode on the fragments of it like a surf board on a landside of rubble. :

Though I certainly admit to having a prediliction toward Volants, it is this sort of experience which has fed my bias....................and my addiction.

But seriously though, the Volant Gravity Power totally rocks, even when the snow feels like rocks. Oh happy day that I had the good sense to buy them from Gart's last April for $112 new.

I'm ever more the fervent Volant fanatic.
post #2 of 17
What are the primary differences between chicken heads and death cookies?
post #3 of 17
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Originally Posted by VASKI244
What are the primary differences between chicken heads and death cookies?
Poultry vs Grain
post #4 of 17
Hmmm. Skiing grain just sounds easier.... Protein vs. Carbs?
post #5 of 17
VA-Way to push the limits. Was there anyone else out there in the forbidden zone? Watch out for those Chicken Heads and Death Cookies as you increase your speed. They have a tendency to fly-up and hit you in the shins and face. It does smart from a bloody lip. Atta boy.
post #6 of 17
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What are the primary differences between chicken heads and death cookies?
Does size matter?
post #7 of 17
Sounds like a Stephen King novel converted to film by Stanly Kubrick! (I keep imagining real chicken head, death cookies, coral reef...)

Cheers, Michael
post #8 of 17
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Originally Posted by slider
VA-Way to push the limits. Was there anyone else out there in the forbidden zone? Watch out for those Chicken Heads and Death Cookies as you increase your speed. They have a tendency to fly-up and hit you in the shins and face. It does smart from a bloody lip. Atta boy.
he's 6 ' 4" that puts his face above the usual "windage and elevation" I think ---shins---thats another matter.
post #9 of 17
I'm heading up to the Bowl shortly, I'd hope to avoid the glare ice and coral reef. we'll see how long a day I put in.
post #10 of 17
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by VASKI244
What are the primary differences between chicken heads and death cookies?
The difference is that chickenheads are frozen into the snow while death cookies are loose. Or at least that is the functional definition I was working with.

Time to saddle up and hit the hill again.: Apparently a trace of new snow fell. That ought to soften it up a bit.:
post #11 of 17
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Quote:
Originally Posted by slider
VA-Way to push the limits. Was there anyone else out there in the forbidden zone? Watch out for those Chicken Heads and Death Cookies as you increase your speed. They have a tendency to fly-up and hit you in the shins and face. It does smart from a bloody lip. Atta boy.
Ya know, just before my last run down Griz, there was a man and his kid going down it. The kid was about eight years old, and is in one of the race programs. I don't think they had as much fun as I did.
post #12 of 17
Va and UC. Will you ski that stuff a lot to crunch it up for my trip there next week? Mash it down real nice.
post #13 of 17
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Originally Posted by sibhusky
Va and UC. Will you ski that stuff a lot to crunch it up for my trip there next week? Mash it down real nice.
Well I only got a short day of crust crunching in, but it seems the hard stuff may get burried in soft stuff. About a half inch fell after the lifts closed tonight. More may be on the way. I'd like it just fine if it was all laid level come Monday when I return to the slopes. What a drag to only ski five days a week.

Oh, and back on topic, again today I skied the Gravity Powers, and they have only increased their value in my eyes, they are currently my favorite skis. These things rock, they are very confidence inspiring, they make me want to charge head first down the hill regardless of the conditions. Sometimes good things come in small (steel) packages.:
post #14 of 17

Ayup

Tried Sins on that stuff yet?
post #15 of 17
Thread Starter 
No I have not Sinned. Based on my limited experience with the V2 Chubb, I have a hard time believing that any of the V2s are equal in the ultra-damp sledgehammer quality that the true steel cap Volants are. I would like to try the Sins at some point, but when? I already have 10 pairs of Volants, maybe I shouldn't stir up the gear aquisition demon by thinking about things I don't have.
post #16 of 17

The chorus singeth

Male part:

" I have seen them in the quivers of a hundred powder dogs,
They have scored them off of Ebay for the evening ice and fogs
I can feel the edges' sharpness as the snow cannon clogs
My Truths are skiing on"

Female part:

" I have read a snowy hymnal writ by burnished caps of steel
"Dismiss all my contemners and with the hardpack deal"
The heroine, on death cookies, shall crush them with her heel
Vertex are carving on"






canticum autem exultatio mentis de Volantis habita

or something
post #17 of 17
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by comprex
Male part:

" I have seen them in the quivers of a hundred powder dogs,
They have scored them off of Ebay for the evening ice and fogs
I can feel the edges' sharpness as the snow cannon clogs
My Truths are skiing on"

Female part:

" I have read a snowy hymnal writ by burnished caps of steel
"Dismiss all my contemners and with the hardpack deal"
The heroine, on death cookies, shall crush them with her heel
Vertex are carving on"






canticum autem exultatio mentis de Volantis habita

or something
I like it.
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