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Handling the conditions in the east

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
In the spirit of making lemons out of lemonade, I was wondering if anyone could provide some tips on any special skills/techniques for dealing with the spotty conditions we are all dealing with in the east. Some "challenges" that I can think of include:
  • Maneuvering around bare spots
  • Speed control in tight/crowded spaces
  • Handling alternating hardpack/ice and LSGR
  • Hard/icy bumps
post #2 of 13
Control speed........at all times and in all instances!!!
post #3 of 13
This could also be a good time to discuss how to get all the scratches cleared away from under my skis after hitting one too many rocks and branches, oh, and a water pipe.
post #4 of 13
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Handling alternating hardpack/ice and LSGR
What is LSGR?

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Hard/icy bumps
Where are you finding anything in the East that looks like a mogul?
post #5 of 13
Speaking of scratches, I'm actually somewhat glad for the crappy conditions. I got new skis last year and the edges got all rusty over the summer. But after one full day session, all the rust wore off.
post #6 of 13
Thread Starter 
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What is LSGR?
LSGR = Loose Granular (OK, maybe I should throw in Wet Granular)
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Where are you finding anything in the East that looks like a mogul?
Believe it or not, there were some big icy moguls at Pats Peak yesterday, although I'm sure the rain is doing a job on them today...
post #7 of 13
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In the spirit of making lemons out of lemonade, I was wondering if anyone could provide some tips on any special skills/techniques for dealing with the spotty conditions we are all dealing with in the east. Some "challenges" that I can think of include:
  • Maneuvering around bare spots
  • Speed control in tight/crowded spaces
  • Handling alternating hardpack/ice and LSGR
  • Hard/icy bumps
[*] One-footed skiing for when cover is only 5" wide. Falling leaf, sideslips, and pivots slips for when you have to zig zig thru very narrow spots without room enough for turns.
[*] Well, control your speed for gosh sakes. Turn a lot. Many short turns, even if you have to skid.
[*] 1) Just ride it out until the next softer section or 2) make lots of short very skidded turns. Keep your CM right over your boots at all times, particularly for technique 2. Be light on your feet.
[*] Ibuprofen.

post #8 of 13
  • Maneuvering around bare spots
  • good question.... i believe if its small enough you should try to actually jump over...builds up quads
  • Speed control in tight/crowded spaces
  • ANother great question..i think if you are willing to ski these types of conditions you must be willing to use slower skiers/boarder as berms to help initiate next turn.
  • Handling alternating hardpack/ice and LSGR
  • Another Great one....real help on pond ice is to allway remember that the only thing you cant do on it is stop fast"hockey stop" alway remember to lean down hill and even a dull ski will get on edge and turn"it may slide out if real dull and you could plummet to your death"
  • Hard/icy bumps
  • Sweet question... i find if you just stay on edge they will ski just like icy/hard bumps
post #9 of 13
take a trip out west
post #10 of 13
"tips on any special skills/techniques for dealing with the spotty conditions" - ask any "old-timer". That is, anyone who skied in the 70's or earlier. Back then it was common to have "spotty conditions" all season - the occassional rock, stump and fallen/partially covered timber, along with dirt here and there. Real boilerplate - glare ice was always a treat - that's where you learned how to scoot over it rather than try to stop on it

It's only been in the last 20 years that it has been expected that trails will be clear. Back then, there were sometimes more obstruction poles on a trail than there were gates on a slalom course. And all those cozy pads wrapped around the lift poles are quite the rage too...
post #11 of 13
Where are you finding anything in the East that looks like a mogul?[/quote]


Massanutten in Virginia has a couple of good mogul runs when they have snow.
post #12 of 13
Stay home, go mountain biking, save up for tickets to go out west.
post #13 of 13
lsgr = loose granular

hammer,
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Handling the conditions in the east

In the spirit of making lemons out of lemonade, I was wondering if anyone could provide some tips on any special skills/techniques for dealing with the spotty conditions we are all dealing with in the east. Some "challenges" that I can think of include:
  • Maneuvering around bare spots
  • Speed control in tight/crowded spaces
  • Handling alternating hardpack/ice and LSGR
  • Hard/icy bumps
anyone who has grown up skiing in the east knows these conditions well and how to deal with them. My best advice is to take a lesson.

RW
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