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Ever Get Obsessed With A Particular Run, Trail, Feature, etc?

post #1 of 19
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Last Saturday at Blackcomb I skied the Blow Hole for the first time and loved it - so much so that I spent the whole day doing laps so I could ski it again.

I like the feel of it, the shape of it, the weightless wind-drift snow, the huge turns at the bottom. I'm determined to get higher and higher on that wall and to add a 360 to my exit.

Anyway, I'm going back for more and I just want to keep skiing it until it feels like home. A huge vertical half-pipe like home.

Anyone else ever get hooked on a particular thing?

Blow Hole, for the record:

post #2 of 19
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Originally Posted by OldSchool
Last Saturday at Blackcomb I skied the Blow Hole for the first time and loved it - so much so that I spent the whole day doing laps so I could ski it again.

I like the feel of it, the shape of it, the weightless wind-drift snow, the huge turns at the bottom. I'm determined to get higher and higher on that wall and to add a 360 to my exit.

Anyway, I'm going back for more and I just want to keep skiing it until it feels like home. A huge vertical half-pipe like home.

Anyone else ever get hooked on a particular thing?
I do this pretty often, especially if the conditions have been static for a couple of days. Sometimes I just find the run that fits with how I feel like skiing that day; bumps, empty green groomers, whatever. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
post #3 of 19
I have done it. One day I skiied Jordanelle at least 15 times, the way the conditions were, the way the terain was it was just too fun not to. The best part is you would ski down and hop right on the gondola to bring you up - no waiting.
1400 foot vertical, virtually deserted, and the only run that empties out at that point.
Excuse the poor quality I had to screen shot a pdf to get the image.
post #4 of 19
You betcha, a man can have a special relationship with "his" run. What remains is when you return to it next year, or after two years, or longer, whether it will feel like an old friend or just another familiar run.
post #5 of 19
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Originally Posted by atomic_ski_bum
You betcha, a man can have a special relationship with "his" run.
And women? What are we supposed to do?
post #6 of 19
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Originally Posted by klkaye
And women? What are we supposed to do?
Stop asking so many questions, for a start...
post #7 of 19
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Originally Posted by ChrisInSeattle
Stop asking so many questions, for a start...
Especially when skiers are talking. it is rude.


At MRG, I love Catamount to Lynx to Beaver.
post #8 of 19
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Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese

At MRG, I love Catamount to Lynx to Beaver.
Sounds good. In the old days it was run after run down chute - same line! Then down the lift line and back - all day long.
post #9 of 19
Avanti to International, Vail
Orange Peel to XXX to Garbanzo Lift, Whistler
Perry Merrill, Stowe
Dave's to Gold Rush, Mammoth
Latigo, Beaver Creek
Strawberry runs, Snowbasin


Etc., etc.
post #10 of 19
Clairs run at Hunter. When it's in good shape I can spend the day back there. It has so many lines you don't get bored easily. It's a 30 to 35 degree ice mogul monster with very little runout at the bottom. Very few go back there so there is never a line. When the other 2 runs are open it's even better. Westway is about 38 degrees but much wider, Anapurna is narrower but has huge moguls. 3 of the best runs within 200 miles of NYC. Hopefuly it's good on Monday so I can hide back there away from the zoo.
post #11 of 19
White Nitro, Gondi Line Sugarlaof... A few weeks back they opened up Gondi line halfway into sunday and it was laps over and over and over...
post #12 of 19
Ah yes, the "all-day" run. Very familiar with those!
post #13 of 19
On my vacations to W/B, I've gotten obsessed with Secret Chute and with the cornices off Harmony. I spent one day making laps on Harmony, each time going a little bigger. I never went really big (not more than 7-8' of vertical), but it was a blast. We'd hit the cornice, make a few turns, head right to a steep bump section, then straight into the trees down to the lift.

In the little local eastern ski areas, it's easy to get in a pattern like that. At Whitetail we had a burm off the skier's right of our steepest trail. In the good winters, you could take it all the way down to the creek and ride the creek bed as a luge run. Or you can make big turns into the hill and air every other turn back into the burm. It was a VERY steep double fall line. But, unfortunately, 2 years ago, they regraded the hill and the burm is gone. I think too many posers would see people doing it and try it, and have to get hauled out on a sled.
post #14 of 19
I think everyone who visits a resort more than a few times, seeks out and finds certain areas of the mountain or certain runs, and makes laps on them most of the time. I do.

First time at a resort, it's fun to explore as much as you can. But, this waists valuable skiing time and much of that time is spent riding lifts getting to different areas of the mountain. Unless it's a small mountain like ABasin where you can make laps all over the place all day long.

I've got routines and favorite runs at all the Colorado resorts. After many years of skiing the mountains there, you know the places to be when the powder is deep and where to go as the day goes on. Where to find the soft snow and sun when it's crunchy. Etc.
post #15 of 19
At holiday valley (yea i know there's no vertical but beggars cna't be choosers around here) I usually pick out a couple of runs near this one lift that never has any people. I've been there so many times that I don't see the need to ski every run in the place everytime I go, so I have no problem goign down the smae hill for a few hours if the snow is good. Usually I pick a different line down it to try for at least a little variety. I think that when you're skiing some resort for like one or two days there's too much to do. You want to try to get the whole experience within that timespan. Whereas if you live near and frequently ski a place all year you simply don't have to worry about covering the whole mountain and can find what you want to ski all day.
post #16 of 19
Steins Run at Sugarbush, one day skiing there the bumps to me were great, kept finding great lines over and over, was skiing with my brother in law. Skied it 7 straight times wanted to go for 10 in a row but he got tired and we decided to down shift for the rest of the day. Wish I had gone for the ten though. Phil great run combo over at MRG you mentioned! Another run I like doing multiple times is Bubblecuffer at the Loaf lapping that one is tiring but very rewarding.
post #17 of 19
I'm impressed with anybody that will do laps on BlowHole. I was there a few years ago, looked at the rock walls , and thought the prospects of something bad happening were better than good, and didn't have the guts to ski it.
post #18 of 19
The Wildflower Downhill at Snowbasin. When they first opened it up to the public I bombed it at least 5 times a day. It's a good test to see just how many G's the old knees can handle. Sometimes they groom it first thing after the lifts close in the afternoon and then if it snows all night it can be unreal for 1st tracks.
post #19 of 19
A few years ago a hill that doesn't exactly have a reputation for having a well put together park really pulled through and put up a park that wasn't necessarily huge but had an awesome flow which allowed you to hit about a dozen features in one run rather than the 2 or 3 that most "big" parks allow. A few buddies and I just lapped it, feeling like superstars all day for being able to actually link together a few tricks into a good looking run. I think it was the last time I spent 8 straight hours in a park.
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