Originally Posted by cheapseats
Are you a masochist?
- Do you like to drive through miles of state police bearing radar detectors,
- to get to a half-mile walk over a frozen rutted parking lot full of screaming car alarms,
- to a never-ending ticket line where you’ll spend half a days wage on passes to a few tiny obsolete lifts,
- which haul you up through wet-freezing spray from snow-guns so loud they’ll permanently impair your hearing,
- to the top of an icy hill (which easterners call mountains)
- where the wind is blowing so hard that you have trouble standing and exposed skin immediately gets frost-bitten
- and then have to proceed in a line down the “mountain” along with more people than the narrow trail can bear
- all desperately trying to engage an edge in a chunk of ice-shaving covered ice resembling solidified lava
- attempting to block out the ear-shattering roar and teeth-chattering vibrations emanating from your edges
- while waiting anxiously for the inevitable out-of-control boarder to slam into you from behind
- tearing you from your bindings into a full-on tumble, lacerating your face and wrists while your body gets pulverized like a piece of meat on a butcher block
- until you finally come to a complete stop against a gnarled birch tree which is covered in blood… yours
- where you wait in agony for someone to come up to you and ask how many fingers they’re holding up and if you remember your name
- and then leave you there once you demonstrate some form of coherence
- to pick yourself from the pool of blood and get back to your feet to do it all over again… and again… and again
If the above applies to you then – YOU’LL LOVE EASTERN SKIING!
I think this is a broad generalization and very little of this applies to me. I actually ski at a mountain designed for skiing, not profits. Point by point..
1. I live in the mountains so this does not apply to me. But when we were at Tahoe on the way back to San Fran we got a ticket.
2. This applies to east or west, unless of course you prefer the posh parking garages at Vail that COST money.
3. Mad River is not priced like that at all, the lift ticket lines are non existant. Some might call the single chair there obsolete, but the 2000 vert of consistent pitch it accesses is not tiny.
4. Mad River has one Snow Cannon and thats it, they rarely use it.
5. Perhaps icy, perhaps not. The word hill is subjective however. I would not call the mountains of northern Vermont hills. But thats just me.
6. This may or may not be the care. I skied at Whistler and the wind was blowing so hard I wanted to curl up in fetal position and die. Mad River is not that exposed to wind. Other mountains have more or less exposure. But mountains out west are certainly not immune to this and to ski that kind of wind above treeline is far worse......
7. At Mad River with the single chair their uphill capacity is so low that crowds on the trails are non-existant. If you think the lines down the mountain are easy or only hills, come join me in the woods sometime.
8-9. I certainly hope you can ski Ice. As a technical skier I like to think I can ski whatever conditions the mountain throws at me. But generally speaking the woods I like to ski are not generally that icey unless its a waterfall I am launching. No traffic in steep technical woods.
10-11. No Snowboarders at Mad River
12. Eating bark is part of tree skiing, east or west. If you have never experienced it you are not pushing yourself at all.
13-14. We ski in the woods and watch each others backs. An injury is nothing to sneeze at especially if you are skiing technical terrain.
15. Taking lumps is part of any adventure. I know I will get back up and try to do better. I guess for some people giving up comes easily