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Got this in my e-mail this morning:
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Originally Posted by Silverton
SILVERTON, CO., Sept. 22, 2006 – Silverton Mountain Ski Area saw the first skiers of the year after receiving two major storms dropping snow this Thursday and Friday. The lucky skiers and snowboarders were waiting and ready to ride when they woke up to what looked like February storm conditions. After two days of heavy snow, Silverton Mountain’s slopes were chocked full of new snow 28” – 36” deep at 11,600’ (lower mountain elevation) with substantially more up at higher elevations, and it continues to dump more snow. Silverton Mountain is America’s highest ski area, with a peak elevation of 13,487’.
post #2 of 16
Are they running the lift?
post #3 of 16
yes they are holy **** that is sweet.
post #4 of 16
Reminded me of this post a few months ago:
http://forums.epicski.com/showpost.p...13&postcount=3
post #5 of 16
Reminded me too:

"Arron Brill is a master of hype, so don't believe what you hear from the official Silverton Mt. website or press releases. Example: every year in October he gets a picture after the first storm of some guy skiing 15" of snow on soild rock and tries to make it look and sound like excellent skiing when in reality they will not and could not be open for another two months, but the picture gets him free early season press all over the world."

At least you can see it works, getting even Bears hyped up about it.

Powdr
post #6 of 16
Silverton did get a pretty good dump, but it is suppose to be clear, sunny and warm (70 in Durango and probably high 50s at the base of Silverton Mt.) everyday for at least the next week. The snow they got will settle down to maybe a foot of base if they are lucky, almost all of which is on steep rock, so it is unlikely that they will be opening anytime soon. But damn those pictures make it look pretty tastey. Unfortunately, we can't ski the hype.
post #7 of 16
You can't ski hype but if you go over to TGR you will see some sick turns from all over this week. The diehards are having a great time. Who the hell needs a lift!

Positive vibes for those who are making turns September turns....
post #8 of 16
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Originally Posted by mammothsnowman View Post
You can't ski hype but if you go over to TGR you will see some sick turns from all over this week. The diehards are having a great time. Who the hell needs a lift!
I did see the pictures of turns on TGR. I know from personal experience that dodging weeds, hidden rocks and logs can be fun for an early season stoke. I don't want to be a buzzkill, but I have had more than one friend over the years that ended his season before it began by skiing a foot of baseless snow on top of dirt with very unpleasent results. Unfortunately, there is more than one definition of a "sick" turn.
post #9 of 16
Funny how Silverton got 36", but no one else in the state got more than 24". They must have a wind-blown corner where they measure.
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Originally Posted by mudfoot View Post
I did see the pictures of turns on TGR. I know from personal experience that dodging weeds, hidden rocks and logs can be fun for an early season stoke. I don't want to be a buzzkill, but I have had more than one friend over the years that ended his season before it began by skiing a foot of baseless snow on top of dirt with very unpleasent results. Unfortunately, there is more than one definition of a "sick" turn.
I have been seeing waist deep powder with face shots over on TGR...you never no if you dont try.

our 26th head of state sums it up best.

t is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.


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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post
I have been seeing waist deep powder with face shots over on TGR...you never no if you dont try.[/b]
I have been checking the photos at TGR too, but I haven't seen any face shots or waist deep. Nothing wrong with skiing what you got, but I saw a lot of pictures with rocks and logs that were not even half covered, and brown grass showing through the tracks. I guess I'm a bit of cynic because I have personally seen people's seasons end in those exact conditions.

Maybe I'm just getting old, but how stupid would you feel if you hit a stump skiing 20" of snow on top of nothing and missed the whole season? I've been there when it happened to someone, and then I had to listen to him bitch all season when he never got to ski again. If you want to roll the dice then be my guest, just remember to sit back, way back.
post #12 of 16
Totally agree w/ mudfoot. I jones for fresh early turns as much as the next guy, but I'm not going to waste a season on a couple of feet of unconsolidated cover that serves as a good hiding place for stumps & fallen trees. Just not going to do it.

Powdr
post #13 of 16
mudfoot...did you see the thread "bluebird sky" over at TGR? Those guys skied Shrine Ridge on Sunday....the pics are absolutely sick
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Originally Posted by DefJef View Post
mudfoot...did you see the thread "bluebird sky" over at TGR? Those guys skied Shrine Ridge on Sunday....the pics are absolutely sick
I am not denying that those looked like some fun turns, but in almost every one you can see little tree tops or weeds sticking out of the snow, and those aint 5 foot weeds. With no base, if you fall you punch right through to the ground, or whatever is laying or sticking out of the ground. In many of the pics the front 1/3 of the skis were out of the snow, probably because they were bouncing over sh#t. I have skied that kind of stuff more times than I would like to admit, and I am sure if I had been there Sunday I would have been skiing it too, but the only way that is close to "waist deep" is if you are standing on the ground.

I am not saying "don't do it", I"m just making a statement that there is a point where more balls than brains can lead to serious injury this time of year. One more good dump around here and I'll probably go "touring," which somehow always leads to looking for some turns, which leads to some more turns, etc. Having a "safe" season isn't necessarily everybody's goal, but I guess I just place my big bets when the odds are a little more favorable than some of the people in the other early season pics on TGR.
post #15 of 16
I'm pretty sure those guys know what they're skiing, and don't have to worry so much about logs. The snow was 2' or so, and I think that's more than enough when you're skiing on high-alpine tundra.
post #16 of 16
You can do face-shots in a foot or so of snow, you just have to be in a full compression when the camera shutter goes! (Being short helps).
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