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Great Debate #5 Piste or Off Piste?

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
Offpiste for sure....
post #2 of 14
I think the distinction is an unfortunate one. Riders should ride.

Edit for clarity: everyone will naturally and appropriately have favorite types of riding. Some of my best days riding have included days spent only hiking one box; days spent hiking the pipe; days in the sidecountry; and days spent only carving groomed runs. I could very easily live with only riding in the backcountry if someone gave a blanket safety guarantee and magical access. My personal bias is that, for a terminal strong intermediate like me who doesn't race and doesn't want to be a rail specialist, different types of riding feed off of each other.
post #3 of 14
Off piste is more fun but more work or more money. Most of the time, I vote piste.
post #4 of 14
I vote both !! The ying and yang of the sport. My most memorable days have been off piste, but part of the reason they are so memorable is because the great powder days are not as common. The great memories are of days when it snowed all day, the mountain wasn't crowded, and I quit when my legs couldn't take it any more rather than when the snow got bad.

LewBob
post #5 of 14
prefer off piste...but live in Massachusetts...I take what I can get...
post #6 of 14
out-of-bounds...
post #7 of 14
I prefer powder over groomed. Am I missing something? Piste means groomed, right? I like carving, bumps, halfpipe. It's all good, but really!

I like powder skiing better than powder boarding though. I like skiing and riding equally on other days, but for powder I must confess a preference for skis. I still will usually swap gear at lunch cause my legs get tired skiing and powder or crud are great fun on a snowboard.
post #8 of 14

Totally Piste

Both. An ideal run would be a quick hike for some steep and deep, then a detour through the trees. Back up the chair for some crud and bumps, continue on some groomed on the way to the park, then go back up and do it again. I will say this, though, if the off piste is good enough, I'll spend most of my time there until the snow's spent.
post #9 of 14
Piste means trail (the literal translation is track). Off-piste usually means riding off trail, but some purists reserve the term for riding on natural terrain (no tree cuts, no bull dozing, etc.).
post #10 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by therusty
Piste means trail (the literal translation is track). Off-piste usually means riding off trail, but some purists reserve the term for riding on natural terrain (no tree cuts, no bull dozing, etc.).
The prepared track (groomed trail) is the piste, and the rest is off-piste. Not sure about moguls or halfpipe/park. These probably do not fit either definition, neither piste nor off-piste.
post #11 of 14
Off - piste in the mornings and through the day,. On piste is what you use to get there.

I like to burn the legs doing fast laps on - piste in the late day.
post #12 of 14

Favorite - Piste

I actually thought about this a bit as I love high speed cruising on piste midweek up here with no one one theruns. However I love the powder/trees also and have some great memories of those good days.

So a compromise arose. My very best run in the past 3 years of skiing in North Idaho. Early Feb 06, midweek, instructors get on the Gondola early at Silver Mt. hit my locker at0820, got under the ribbon on the main run to the other mt. lst one up chair 2. Skied Centennial -2 1/2 miles, intermediate, run had been groomed the night before and there was 10 in. of squeaky cold powder on a groomed base. AND I had lst tracks on probably the most consistently perfect snow I have ever skied. Oh yes I did not see another skier or boarder the entire run. I will remember that run for many years.

Don't move to Nol. Idaho, its crowded and the winters are unbearable.
post #13 of 14
Ideally be able to ski both equally well. Be a skier of all terrain not a specialist in one area of skiing.
post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by Pete No. Idaho
I actually thought about this a bit as I love high speed cruising on piste midweek up here with no one one theruns. However I love the powder/trees also and have some great memories of those good days.

So a compromise arose. My very best run in the past 3 years of skiing in North Idaho. Early Feb 06, midweek, instructors get on the Gondola early at Silver Mt. hit my locker at0820, got under the ribbon on the main run to the other mt. lst one up chair 2. Skied Centennial -2 1/2 miles, intermediate, run had been groomed the night before and there was 10 in. of squeaky cold powder on a groomed base. AND I had lst tracks on probably the most consistently perfect snow I have ever skied. Oh yes I did not see another skier or boarder the entire run. I will remember that run for many years.

Don't move to Nol. Idaho, its crowded and the winters are unbearable.
Yeah , he is talking the truth and the lift lines are terrible.
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