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post #61 of 109
Nothing quite like the experience of standing on top of a drop/chute/etc doing the ole "One..TWO.....crap.....ok, One..TWO.....dammit" only to have the teens ask if you you're going to go and if not, do you mind sliding over...little shyznits.

Also, think I was at Solitude and there was a cliff area I was looking at (trying to find something under 30' with a landing) and was looking over what seemed like a 50-60+ drop. I was looking over and muttered to myself "wow, I wonder if anyone...'scuse me...swoooosh...I be damned, I guess they do ski here"
post #62 of 109
Corbet's and a run just to the skiers right of Corbet's. The guy next to me told me that if I had a lump coal up my A$$ it would have turned into a diamond.
post #63 of 109
There have been many times where I elected to listen to the sanity in my mind, and a few where I have not. I have turned back when the avi danger exceeded my threshold of comfort, or when the possibility of missing a turn had a potential to yield the probability of significant injury.

For me, knife edge ridges have always held an unreasonable sway over my psyche. I cannot escape the vertigo of having a 2000 foot drop on either side. This came to the point of sheer terror one time in the Chugach, where I had been leading along a mountain goat track to get to a couloir that dropped about 1500' down into a beautiful cirque. We had skied the cirque many times, and several entrances to it from lower down. I got to the last rock outcropping before the chute, about 30' short of it. The top of the chute was a sheer edge, and it dropped full rock cliff on the backside. To enter the chute we needed to climb past the last rock, cut a ledge for the skis, mount,then unclip from protection. I clung to the last rock, which was covered in mountain goat fur, literally shaking.
post #64 of 109
Really one time I backed out was at death chute at snowbird. Looking down a 10 foot drop with a rock in the middle of the landing, and area too tight to turn on in spring snow (ie not really soft snow). I just said no being by myself. I will do it next year though when the conditions are right and I have someone with me to pick up any pieces of myself I may lose.

BTW there is tons of drops in snowbird that i havent done (yet)but I dont really consider those runs.
post #65 of 109
Face Chutes at Jay. They looked so pretty from below, since Jay had just gotten snow, but all I saw one I hiked in was rocks everywhere. I turned back, then hit Green Beret, which at the time had a small mandatory air due to rocks.
post #66 of 109

Runs You Wish You Wimped Out On

Mine was a long time ago... It was a cold, January day at Sugarbush, Vt. ( If you know Vermont in January, you know I'm talking COLD!) Conditions: thin and bullet-proof. I happened to ride up the lift with a patroller and I happened to say something stupid like,

"Too bad Stein's is closed."

Oh, it's not closed. The top is roped off but you can get in from the side, just below..."

So now I had to ski it. I bent one of my Dynastar Ohmeglass II's about 1/3 of the way down. I fell every other turn for the next 1/3 until I figured out what the @@##! was wrong. After that I just traversed the hell out of there, with my ski bent, and my ego and body both badly bruised.

Wish I'd just kept my big mouth shut.
post #67 of 109
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Originally Posted by Tyrone Shoelaces
I'll back out of Kirkwood's Heart Chute 9.9999 out of 10 times I look down it. And I probably should have backed out for this 0.0001 too:
http://www.kirkwood.com/images/galle...020604b640.jpg
I just couldn't resist quoting this guy. He has come so far in a year. Backing down doesn mean, never going back.


post #68 of 109
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Originally Posted by janek
Well I didn't wimp out, and technically speaking I wasn't skiing either (carrying the skis) but the ridge down from the Aguile Du Midi to where you put your skis on to go into the Vallee Blanche had my knees knocking.

The path was very narrow, icy, and a 300+ foot drop both sides down very, very steep slopes.

Yes you are roped together, and yes there is a rope-rail to hold on to....but it is scary!

The next day my right hand was stiff thenks to a death-grip on the rope all the way down. I didn't even know I had such a strong grip!
Gee... thanks for that!

We're off to Chamonix in February, and the thought of the arrete makes me feel very nervous, I am not sure how I am going to do it, I just have to!

The only thing I'm sorry I've never done is Spankys at Whistler, not so much the ski down, but the climb up, that sort of thing freaks me out.. much like the thought of the arrete on the Aiguille. And I will never go back to Whistler again, so I will never have a chance to conquer it.
post #69 of 109
Never make The Pumphouse at Vail the last run of the Day.
post #70 of 109
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Originally Posted by Cirquerider
I just couldn't resist quoting this guy. He has come so far in a year. Backing down doesn mean, never going back.
Ha...thanks (again!)

To those two in particular...I've backes away from Big Jim's MANY times before finally hitting it this season. And Hospital Air...I backed off from that a few weeks prior to hitting it when I went to look at it from the top for the first time. Definitely something I needed to back off from and visualize for a bit...
post #71 of 109
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Originally Posted by ShellBee
Gee... thanks for that!

We're off to Chamonix in February, and the thought of the arrete makes me feel very nervous, I am not sure how I am going to do it, I just have to!

The only thing I'm sorry I've never done is Spankys at Whistler, not so much the ski down, but the climb up, that sort of thing freaks me out.. much like the thought of the arrete on the Aiguille. And I will never go back to Whistler again, so I will never have a chance to conquer it.
Spanky's is overrated. Really nothing to it. just a very short climb to the goat trail and entrance to the "Gem Stone" bowls! If i can do it with no fear anyone can!
post #72 of 109
Way too many to remember!!!! And, after my one-and-only shoulder-fissuring run-in with some jerk at June, I've decided to cool my speed and concentrate on style, ease, and taking care of myself. Almost 52....
post #73 of 109
The only run I've ever bailed on is Rambo at Crested Butte. I've done the run a few times, but unless there is fresh snow I almost never ski it. I don't like jumping from bush to bush looking at a 600 ft fall down a 56 degree slope. (to those still at cb, my memory is rusty. Is rambo 56 degrees? I know it's over 50)
post #74 of 109
Huevos, Mammoth.

feeling frisky, i followed a guy over oneday - he was talking much of the way up about how great it was - and nearing the launch point i suspected i was in way over my head.

sure enough, we get there, he goes, and i turn my sorry ass right back around and schlep it back up - AAARGH - and over to dave's.

i like to think that now, with a little seasoning, and with that terrain a little more filled in, i might give it a go. yeah, i like to think that. : at any rate, there's plenty at mammoth i'll never touch.

i remember oneday at whistler, way up top - sorry, i'm sure it has a name - i went over to the rope and looked down what seemed to be a straight-down sheer wall of hardpack and almost got ill just imagining.

at the gathering in JH a couple years ago i rode up with Si and Altaskier and turned right around and went the other way when they dropped into Alta Chutes (i think). (but it was okay, as where i did end up going offered the deepest powder turns (albeit only a few) i've ever experienced. the flattish run-out in that kinda sucked though.)

tons of stuff i've looked at and bailed on, or just laughed at, it seemed so sick.

on the other hand, it's cool to look at stuff you've done that once upon a time you thought you'd never do.
post #75 of 109

Passed on Perla's

On the hike up to Baldy Chutes at Alta the bootpack takes you next to a drop called Perla's, apparently after the patroller who first skied it. Perla's is the first face off Mt. Baldy overlooking the intermediate zone of Ballroom. I looked over the edge, which was a cornice with about a 50' vertical drop followed by another couple hundred feet of slightly less steep, rock-littered face. I figured that if I jumped off I could scrape my ski pole along the side without having my skis actually touch snow for longer than I thought prudent! The Main Chute, which I went on to do, seemed tame by comparison.

Later that week the patrol pulled someone off the face who had gone in, yard saled and although not hurt, was afraid to move for fear of ragdolling the rest of the way down.

The following year there was apparently a way to get in around the cornice, and my two daughters did it. However, the older I get, the less likely I will try it.
post #76 of 109
I would definitely not do Corbetts if it was a big drop in. If I could keep controlling contact with the snow on the way in, I'd do it. The only other one I have looked at and laughed as I skied past was the first cornice off Harmony Ridge at Whistler, when it was a huge snow year and probably 30-50 feet of free fall. Later, I traversed in under the cornice to get what little freshies were left. It was scary looking up and getting that feeling of "what if that thing broke loose". It was a cornice the size of the Rendevios (butchered spelling) lodge.
post #77 of 109
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Originally Posted by JohnH
...the first cornice off Harmony Ridge at Whistler
that was it!
post #78 of 109
Lucifer's Leap at Butternut Basin
post #79 of 109
NO WAIT -- I mean Corbet's.
post #80 of 109
Well, I have skied all but one run at Stowe. That run would be: Hackett's Highway. I can ski it, but in the middle of december it's not so fun, what with the rocks and stumps and ice and all. I have skied goat as man times as I have wimped out on it.....:
post #81 of 109
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Originally Posted by JohnH
I would definitely not do Corbetts if it was a big drop in. If I could keep controlling contact with the snow on the way in, I'd do it. The only other one I have looked at and laughed as I skied past was the first cornice off Harmony Ridge at Whistler, when it was a huge snow year and probably 30-50 feet of free fall. Later, I traversed in under the cornice to get what little freshies were left. It was scary looking up and getting that feeling of "what if that thing broke loose". It was a cornice the size of the Rendevios (butchered spelling) lodge.
I bailed on that one too earlier this season. I watched two of my friends hit it at the time though. The other drops off Harmony were by far the biggest I've ever done (peer pressure), but there was no way I was stepping it up that much.
post #82 of 109
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Originally Posted by bbinder
Lucifer's Leap at Butternut Basin
WOW! Were there bad conditions, or did the name scare you away?

These pictures are from 2 years ago.
Bonni getting ready to Tame Lucifer's Leap


and me getting ready to tame Lucifer's Leap


Snow conditions were great the day we were there. I thought that was a great cruising trail.

I've chickened out on a couple trails with bumps, but more because I know my knee won't like them. I chickened out on White Heat at Sunday River and skied on the groomed out portion.
post #83 of 109
Quote:
Originally Posted by bbinder
NO WAIT -- I mean Corbet's.
Oh, I feel much better reading this rather than the Lucifer's Leap comment. I didn't want to say it in my other post but Lucifer's was a really easy trail, a big ego boost for the novice, a blue/green at most other areas I have skied. I didn't want to insult you though.
post #84 of 109
in not afriad to say that Corbet's made me pucker a bit. Then I cowered away
post #85 of 109
Quote:
Originally Posted by teachskiljp
Oh, I feel much better reading this rather than the Lucifer's Leap comment. I didn't want to say it in my other post but Lucifer's was a really easy trail, a big ego boost for the novice, a blue/green at most other areas I have skied. I didn't want to insult you though.
Thanks! I thought that it was funny.
post #86 of 109
I was at Jackson 4 years ago and skiied up to the top of Corbet's with my (then) 12 year old daughter. A group of guys were standing there pondering the drop-in, saw us and said "holy s**t, is she jumping in?" I looked over the edge and said "no way". The weird thing is that my daughter is so fearless that if I let her go, she would have jumped. Not me.
post #87 of 109
Quote:
Originally Posted by bbinder
Thanks! I thought that it was funny.
You really had me going there!
post #88 of 109
Quote:
Originally Posted by bbinder
I was at Jackson 4 years ago and skiied up to the top of Corbet's with my (then) 12 year old daughter. A group of guys were standing there pondering the drop-in, saw us and said "holy s**t, is she jumping in?" I looked over the edge and said "no way". The weird thing is that my daughter is so fearless that if I let her go, she would have jumped. Not me.
Thats awesome
i miss the days of having no fear rolling down 600 feet, or blowing out knees
post #89 of 109
Now I'm embarrassed!

Hey, look..........my leg is...........broken?
post #90 of 109
Good thread. Honest. I've backed off stuff before. So has everybody else.
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