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Freeskiing: The Highway Star Way TR 1/7/07

post #1 of 51
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I got one report via IM. From what I hear it was a success. I am sure there are many who want to hear EVERYTHING. And pics..we want pics!!!!!
post #2 of 51
Game on! I assume Highway Star can own up to his comments.
post #3 of 51
10 am ~ a dozen await our guide @ the wafffle hut, some bears/some k-zone posters.

10:05 A man wearing a full face helmet, jeans, and old school flexons arrives & intros himself as our guide. He is also on older stocklis, alumium block lifters 3 inches tall & rossi FKS binding.

10:10 after short hellos, HS grabs more appropriate skis & we agree to head to the gondola.

10:20 I soon realize that only 5 of us have made it on the gondola, crowd thining already.

10:35 group pulls fast GS turns down to Bear, w/ a brief stop to hop some small rock outcroppings

10:40 HS organizes a quick "ski off"

10:41 HS informs us that this is a "adventure" clinic & we are instructed to stop skiing the groomed

10:45-12 Group loses 1-2 folks as we procede to billy goat, rock hop, drop, & generally launch what little terrain features are allong the side of the Bear mtn.

Group disbands at noon, this outing left me rather unsatisfied. I saw where the HS was looking to go with his clinic. More apparent than the lack of snow was the dearth of his outspoken critics & most there were not interested in skiing techincal lines.

I enjoyed skiing with him. We do have different techiques (HS more a freeskier, I more a racer), but I appreciate anyone willing to charge hard. We hit some 6 foot drops in to the trees, launched what what available for rocks. HS & I skied all out through the death cookies, over the ditches & hopped the frozen bumps. I was impressed by his handling the gnar........if you don't know what that is, don't even think about coming out & asking to ski tecnical fall line terrain with the 2 of us. No HS is not Stu Cambell or Mike Rogan on the groomed, but I'm pretty certain that is not what he is aiming for afterall.

Present score is Critics 0; HS 1

I suggest HS fest #2 ; this will give him time to work on his coaching methods........
post #4 of 51
I must have been few gondolas behind you. I'm sure there were not two folks meeting that description out there today. See here:

http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=49634&page=5

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post #5 of 51
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Originally Posted by iriponsnow View Post
1 I enjoyed skiing with him. We do have different techiques (HS more a freeskier, I more a racer), but I appreciate anyone willing to charge hard.

Present score is Critics 0; HS 1

I suggest HS fest #2
I agree that HS can ski dispite some of his detractors who hanve never seen him ski or just some some brief video. He does talk a big game and does his best to back it up.

I am sure if the whole mountain was open it would have been a ton more fun. I also hope for a Highwayfest II later in the year, I will be sure to attend.
post #6 of 51
Well I have to say, I don't think there has been a thread that I was more excited to open for a long time.

Firstly CLAP CLAP CLAP to HS for showing up and doing his thing. Love em or hate em sounds like he showed up in "gaper style" BU hahahaha jeans and old school boards. funny stuff.

Personally I really don't care how he skied, I am impressed he showed and attempted to do what he set out to do.

HS flame on man, kudo's for doing yur thing.

If I was anywhere close I would have showed up, hell even skiing bad conditions can be fun, it isn't always about ballerina's (perfect form) and blower pow (epic conditions).
post #7 of 51
So, why did folks wander off? What was that about?
post #8 of 51
Yeah, where did they get to? Did he not use deodorant?
post #9 of 51
There's a TR with pics from Killington today over at TGR. Scary lack of snow... Where are the pics from this escapade?????????
post #10 of 51
what bears were there iriponsnow? any maggots show up?

I really do wish I was there but I had much better place to ski at today.
post #11 of 51
bump.
post #12 of 51
To borrow from the thread at TGR, how can you ski the gnar in this?











Seriously, they are charging $72 for this? :
I think this requires a "Do-Over".
post #13 of 51
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Seriously, they are charging $72 for this? :
I think this requires a "Do-Over".
No kidding.

post #14 of 51
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We are waiting for the man himself to shime in here with his take...HS..where are you?
post #15 of 51
I was one of the ones who wandered off. My excuse? I had to tend to the young'uns (the 9 year old could have easily kept up with the crew, but the 6 year old who was at the 10 AM meeting would have had a bit of trouble). I did see the 4 or so of them on the lift a few times, lapping my posse back and forth. Never did see them on the snow.

RustyK from KZone said HS is quite an accomplished skier - he walks the walk, so to speak.

It would definitely be good to have another session when there is more terrain.

I DO have pics of the man (albeit with his full face helmet on which he wouldn't take off even after I took off mine) and of the 3 inch aluminimum lifters on his stocklis, which I have never seen anything so rad before...

To be continued.
post #16 of 51
Holy crap, I knew there was a lack of snow but words don't do that justice.

Please someone tell me they are not charging $72 to ski, lets rephrase, endure that : .

I think it would have been more productive to hold a Mountain bike camp.
post #17 of 51
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...10:41 HS informs us that this is a "adventure" clinic & we are instructed to stop skiing the groomed
And people dropped out at this point! :
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Originally Posted by iriponsnow
10:45-12 Group loses 1-2 folks as we procede to billy goat, rock hop, drop, & generally launch what little terrain features are along the side of the Bear mtn.
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Originally Posted by Cirquerider View Post
... how can you ski the gnar in this?

Bear Mountain, Sunday, 1/7/06:




Must have been a wicked pissa!! I can't believe all but three of us fools missed it! :
post #18 of 51
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Originally Posted by Cirquerider View Post
To borrow from the thread at TGR, how can you ski the gnar in this?
Ummmm....

Rock skis?





Just a thought.
post #19 of 51
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Rock skis?
These might work better...

http://grass-ski.alpesprovence.net/
post #20 of 51
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From TGR

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Originally Posted by train07 View Post
Sunday morning, up early, looking to ski spring corn...part of me is asking myself, am I really going to the HS clinic?? On the way, I send out two cell calls to my usual suspects ...I'm fairly certain these guys won't be showing up. It's a beautiful morning, sun shining, blue sky. It's Jan 7th, and I'm admiring the lakes along route 100, still unfrozen.... I'm thinking fishing. I look at the time on the Suby dash...it says 4:20. That thing must have stopped...
Okay, so have an agenda....I'm going to meet the rock star himself and try to figure out what makes him tick. This justifies to myself my reason for being....one must always have a reason.
Upon climbing the access road, it's apparent this won't be a spring corn day since they're blowing snow on a number of trails. The guns, later, become an issue to my agenda......
THE MAN HIMSELF APPEARS......At the meeting place, at the designated time, a few of us gather, not knowing what HS looks like....after ten minutes, it's becoming doubtful that he's going to show. Up pulls SkiDork, some quick hello's, and then he immediately yells "where's Highway Star???!!" loud enough for a suspect to be brought forth from his seat on the Waffle House deck....we think we finally have the man. It turns out to be "iriponsnow", who does....and does it rather smoothly. More lingering, and then it happens...skiing up to us in black and grey is the man himself. He's a tall, lean, good looking guy with some strong looking upper thighs. He greets us in full face helmet, blue jeans, flexon boots, and is rockn some unusual home made aluminum channel lifters that appear to raise his bindings at least two inches.




to be continued later...
I know I am eagerly waiting for the next part of the saga.
post #21 of 51
The Phantom of the Gnar-Gnar.

He is fast asleep after a hard day of poaching muscovite schist and redroot pigweed.
post #22 of 51
carvemeister the EC'ers prolly won't take too kindly to making fun of their conditions. But that was real funny.

post #23 of 51
man, those pix make California's sparse conditions look epic in comparison.

as for what gnar they were riding, it seems pretty evident. those runs, especially the long brown ones look pretty gnarly to me. were they busting those on 225's? that would have been hella wicked sick gnar by far.
post #24 of 51
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carvemeister the EC'ers prolly won't take too kindly to making fun of their conditions. But that was real funny.

Well, K-Mart is prolly my "home" mountain. Hence I can make fun of it and all who ski there, whether I'm secretly poaching it myself with my own mini-Entourage, or right here at home on my naugahyde Thomasville triple!

And as for that photo - that is some scary/sad/funny/wicked gnar-gnar right there! Is that the Phantom? Is it you? Whoever it is - I am in awe!
post #25 of 51
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Well, K-Mart is prolly my "home" mountain. Hence I can make fun of it and all who ski there, whether I'm secretly poaching it myself with my own mini-Entourage, or right here at home on my naugahyde Thomasville triple!

And as for that photo - that is some scary/sad/funny/wicked gnar-gnar right there! Is that the Phantom? Is it you? Whoever it is - I am in awe!
Since that is your home hill you can take all the pot-shots at it you want. No that's Expert terrain there and not me! I am a Gaper W.C. (that would be West Coast) skier.
post #26 of 51
The fullface was a stroke of genius in terms of preserving HS's charisma. Folks got HS made manifest, HS on ghetto lifters, but there is still that air of mystery.:
post #27 of 51
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The fullface was a stroke of genius in terms of preserving HS's charisma. Folks got HS made manifest, HS on ghetto lifters, but there is still that air of mystery.:
I was informed that he had curbfeelers on his skis too but removed them cuz they wuz chrome and he didn't want any gapers getting them dirty.
post #28 of 51
why is this starting to smell like a Snipe Hunt?
post #29 of 51
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Oooof...Fooook Me! :
post #30 of 51
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a must read here at TGR. too much to copy.
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