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Originally Posted by Jer View Post

1) When you're on a traverse and you need to stop because you're tired, confused, need to use your cell phone, need to poop, etc., step completely off the traverse so those behind you can pass. Don't just stand there in the track expecting the whole world to stop while you get it together.

2) When gravity traversing, keep your speed up. This will likely save you a lot of effort having to side-step further down the line. This will also prevent a huge bottleneck with 50 skiers stuck behind you because you're afraid to go any faster than 10 mph. If you can't handle the speed, see #1.

3) Stick to the established traverse. Whatever you do, do not cut lower traverses. This is the absolute worst thing you can do on a pair of skis. If you're doing it because you're tired, see #1. If you're doing it because you want to snake everyone's line, you deserve to get knocked down, have the skis ripped off your feet and thrown over a cliff. Take up bowling.

4) (Nothing really to do with traversing, but a good rule of thumb nonetheless) If you have to side-slip down an entire chute, you probably shouldn't be there in the first place. Side-slipping is not skiing - it's ruining it for others.

 

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You must ski at Alta a lot.

(Ducking.)

 

 

http://www.skinet.com/skiing/articles/ode-traversing


Edited by jc-ski - 10/14/15 at 9:20am
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http://www.skinet.com/skiing/articles/ode-traversing

Looks like most are standing in an avalanche path too  :dunno

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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post

miss the rope used to walk across rocks.

every resort needs one of these!
 

That rope is the only reason I still have straps on my poles.

Just once I'd like to meet somebody who actually got one of the first five tracks in Gunsight.

My wife and I. A long, long time ago. Her first day skiing powder, and prior to that day she had only skied at Apache Sunrise--easy groomers. We did a run or two on easier stuff and then headed out high T to High Greeley, except I climbed over the ridge too soon and wound up at the top of Gunsight. Patrol had dropped a charge but hadn't skied it. We were the first. The top 20 feet or so were water ice. As I sideslipped gingerly down the ice, my wife shot past me into 3 feet of powder, straightlining the chute.  When she hit the open bowl below she decided it looked to easy so she headed left into the steep trees. I didn't see her again for a few hours. (The next time we skied Alta she was pregnant with our first and skied just as hard but I wouldn't let her ski the trees.)  I'm old enough to remember when skiing powder wasn't a competitive sport and the aggro level was a lot lower. I miss those days, and I miss skiing with my wife but after a couple of bad injuries and a couple of shot knees she's called it quits. 

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