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post #31 of 46
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Originally Posted by XJguy View Post
I am very far from an exteme skier (never have even gone off-piste), wouldnt even consider doing the things the likes of Tyroneshoelaces does.....but I do enjoy going fast, its all I want to do, when I see an empty, steep, wide, trail that is realtively smooth I just want to go as fast as I possibly can.
Darn it, I hit you with a drunken smart ass smack down, and you come back with humility. Well, I think your affliction requires off-piste skiing. Seeking speed on featurless terrain suggests boredom. Groomers are as boring as counting bushels of BBs, my son thinks so and he's six years old and has only skied 8 days. Varible terrain and snow depth/consistancy, requires attention and mental processing which far exceeds that of gross speed over a smooth stretch of highway.

Go West young man! Sell the XJ and spend a winter in the Rocky Mountains (of course only Utah or Colorado will do ).
post #32 of 46
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Originally Posted by Yuki View Post
Clue me in on where you are finding these empty, steep & wide trails here in the east?

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Blue Mountain PA! Phils' secret lair.......:
post #33 of 46
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post
Thats because you are good at it.


I don't ski as fast as I used to. Don't get me wrong, if I find a spot where I can throw the hammer down, I will. I do enjoy laying down a nice GS arc with my Titans though.

Thanks! Remember a bowling ball can go down the hill fast and straight but it doesn't make it a good skier!

How's that knee bud?
post #34 of 46
1) If you see that wide, open trail in the east, it probably has a snowplowing kid just around the corner of your vision. Not an ideal place to rip.

2) IMO, Kneale, Ghost others have it right; think you own your bad boy skis? Try carving perfect railroads, over and over, at 15 mph and see who owns whom. Then the next time you see an instructor doing same, appreciate.

3) If you want a real challenge, go ski some narrow trees or big bumps.
post #35 of 46
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Originally Posted by tromano View Post
This thread is worthless with out pics.
Dude like you should have seen how fast I came off that cornice under the chair! :

post #36 of 46
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Originally Posted by Yuki View Post
Clue me in on where you are finding these empty, steep & wide trails here in the east?

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Once in a while the blacks are quite empty. I find that to be so quite often on Hunter West....Ive straight lined West Way many a times...once ending in a crash that actually bent my ski brakes knocked off my goggles, a glove, and moved one of my bindings out of place....got shook up but thankfully no injuries other than a few black and blues.
post #37 of 46
When you think you are skiing too fast..............Accelerate!
post #38 of 46
I didn't get the impression that XJguy was boasting about being some gnarly ultra-fast skier dude. Just that the aspect of skiing that pleases him the most is speed, and he's wondering about enjoying the rest of it.

That's something I can relate to - the thrill of skiing fast is a big draw for me, more so than the satisfaction of perfect technique would bring. ( just want good technique so I can do well, not as a goal itself.) Other folks I know like the thrill of skiing double black-diamonds - although that doesn't hold much interest for me at the moment. I seem to be the only one in the group who liks the thrill of terrain park jumps, as well.

XJguy - I suggest spending time doing jumps in terrain parks, and doing runs down NASTAR courses.
post #39 of 46
What happened with the idea of getting into that Jeep King of the Mountain stuff?

Keep in mind that there are experienced Masters racers who die free skiing each year. Last year there was a death at Hunter and the year before, at Mountain Creek.

A race course is at least groomed, watered, salted and has some level of predictability. An open trail has that sudden "soft spot" that can catch one ski ... and in that one instant, there is no coming back. Additionally, you slip the course and in SG or DH, you get a practice day on it; you know pretty much what to expect.
post #40 of 46
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Originally Posted by samurai View Post
(is it bad to want kids just so you can watch them ski? My wife wants to wait, I don't. I am dying to see a kid of mine going 50mph in some cowboy stance.)
Having tried to follow a 10-year-old turbo-power-wedging niece down Mozart at Keystone (long icy steep crowded blue), I assure you it's a lot more fun when you're not responsible for their safety.
post #41 of 46
I agree with VA. Get off the groomers and start skiing variable terrain. It will challenge you and it's really fun when you get used to it. Groomers are boreing when not skied fast, so go somewhere else.
post #42 of 46
The thing about skiing off-piste is the more heinous it gets the less you have to deal with other ppl. If they are out there,either they have the skills or are just trying to survive. Downside are unmarked obstacles and 0% tolerance for mistakes. Use the Buddy system off-piste.
post #43 of 46
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Originally Posted by slider View Post
The thing about skiing off-piste is the more heinous it gets the less you have to deal with other ppl. If they are out there,either they have the skills or are just trying to survive. Downside are unmarked obstacles and 0% tolerance for mistakes. Use the Buddy system off-piste.
+ if you look you can find some steeper chutes and near-vertical cliffs where you can go FASTER and there is no patrol to pull your ticket.
post #44 of 46

Skiing Fast

Volant Addict skis very fast off piste, couldn't keep up with him on Gladiator at Schweitzer this year.

Slider, great pics.

Don't knock skiing fast. I know I'm going fast when the wind catches my helmet and lifts it up a little, then I just tuck it a little and go faster. Crank up the shuffle and gooooo ! Yea I ski slower in the trees after the black eye I got this year and to keep from launching too many moguls in one leap. Weekdays up here it is nothing to ski an entire run by yourself or a line off piste, fast is always an option.Besides its a thrill.
post #45 of 46
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Originally Posted by Pete No. Idaho View Post
I know I'm going fast when the wind catches my helmet and lifts it up a little.
Ha - mine does that too. Usually just before the colors start up.
post #46 of 46
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Originally Posted by Yuki View Post
What happened with the idea of getting into that Jeep King of the Mountain stuff?

Keep in mind that there are experienced Masters racers who die free skiing each year. Last year there was a death at Hunter and the year before, at Mountain Creek.

A race course is at least groomed, watered, salted and has some level of predictability. An open trail has that sudden "soft spot" that can catch one ski ... and in that one instant, there is no coming back. Additionally, you slip the course and in SG or DH, you get a practice day on it; you know pretty much what to expect.
I still have hopes top get involved in all of that, course Ive been a bit sidelined now

Yes that is true about the groomed state of race course, a friend reminded me of that as he was trying to cheer me up. Thanks
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