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I got my thrill....

post #1 of 18
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I was perusing the "flattest mountain" thread. Don't know why but my mind kept drifting back to a girlfriend I had in college. As you get older your mind seems to drift more.

Anyways, as usual, for a few posts, it became the steepest resort thread and it got me thinking.

Which is more of a thrill? Going slowly down a steep trail/slope or speeding down, let's say at least 40mph or so, a long green cruiser. Assume there is no one around.
post #2 of 18
Depends on the mood.... Long green cruisers that are empty are sweet because you can get in an awesome rhythym and enjoy it for longer... Steeper trails re fun if you are in the mood for speed...

One of my most memorable times I had was laying down slow speed RR tracks on a longish green a month ago... I dunno why, but it was excellent.
post #3 of 18
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Originally Posted by hydrogen_wv View Post
Depends on the mood.... Long green cruisers that are empty are sweet because you can get in an awesome rhythym and enjoy it for longer... Steeper trails re fun if you are in the mood for speed...
I think JHrefugee was refering to runs that are too steep to ski fast (unless you are Jeremy Nobis). Such terrain is not found at any ski area in West Virginia.

I much prefer skiing very steep terrain at a controlled speed to hauling ass on the groomers.

Which is more thrilling? I get a bit of a thrill skiing steeps slowly, but to tell the truth, skiing very fast on a moderate pitch is probably a little too thrilling for me.
post #4 of 18
as quickly as possiable down a steep run which is really slow in the whole scheme of things.
post #5 of 18
Sorry... I've never been out West ;p

I've been on a few things that weren't "west-steep", but I had to go slower down to avoid things and not kill myself.... Those are pretty fun... Again, depends on mood.
post #6 of 18
For example, that pitch under the chair at the top of Canaan looks really steep (although very short) and I don't think you would want to carry speed to the flat trail it drops down too. Do they ever open that? I'm assuming it would be too dangerous.

Similarly, moguls will force one to descend at a slower speed than obtainable on groomed slopes, offering a bit of excitement without going scary fast.

Hey, from where I'm sitting, you are "out west". Canaan Valley is a great place for skiing even without really steep terrain or big vert.
post #7 of 18
Definitely perfer steep. EDIT prefer, too.

As an example of steeper = slower, I was looking at some gps logs in response to that "other" thread. On Horseshoe Bowl at Breck, which is in the high 30 degrees (teasing 40 degrees, but may or may not quite touch it) I went a pretty consistent 20 mph on the steep part and 35-40 on the runout.

Actually for speed, runouts are nice because they tend to be pretty empty and the few people on them are also moving along.
post #8 of 18
Thrill? Would have to be the steep trail. I get pleasure out of carving fast on a blue or green trail, but can't say it's a real thrill. On the other hand, picking my way down a steep trail is definitely exciting, especially if I can spend time in the fall line at a controlled pace and not do a lot of traversing.
post #9 of 18
prefer something steep and rocky, with ledges, billygoaty, some air. speed isn't a concern, but just making it look as easy and fluid as possible
post #10 of 18
Some of my most hair raising runs were bombing down runs at Mt. Bachelor, one of the most mentioned mountains in the flattest mountain thread. While the pitch might be lacking there, the rolls and turns along with the speeds you reach on their groomers make for a real challenging ride.
post #11 of 18
Steeps for sure!


I ski mostly Minnesota so get in plenty of blue/green crusing (not as long at the Mts tho). So on my 1 or 2 annual trips West, I like to challenge myself with what I do not get in the midwest. That is powder if I am lucky or the steeps if it is not powder conditions. For example, at Big Sky I ride the tram and spend my time in the Gullies or the Marx Lenin areas.
I will even hike some to get the goods.
post #12 of 18
Long green cruiser, NO DOUBT!


But only if you pre-check it out, measure it in 100 foot markers, have a friend holler when its clear, and strip down to your speed suit!

Otherwise, to do any of this on a steeper run would scare some people right out of their speed suits! Or at least change the speed suits color.....
post #13 of 18
Steep and fast with obstacles but not ones where you have to slow down in order to not get launched, just obstacles you have to avoid hitting. Going slowly down a steep just doesn't do it for me.
post #14 of 18
There is nothing like the feeling of dropping pillows on an untouched wall, rolling off each like a little kid dropping into the swimming hole, falling 10 feet to land on the next. It puffs and slips off. You have a half second and drop off it onto a small face, turn twice than jog hard left to clear the next drop. It lands you on a spine wide enough for half your skis, lowering you like a fast moving escalator for another ten feet before you turn off above the rocks that support it and straightline down the last 100 feet of the fast to where it shallows up meet you....

I'm sorry, what was the question?
post #15 of 18
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Originally Posted by Harry_Morgan View Post
There is nothing like the feeling of dropping pillows on an untouched wall, rolling off each like a little kid dropping into the swimming hole, falling 10 feet to land on the next. It puffs and slips off. You have a half second and drop off it onto a small face, turn twice than jog hard left to clear the next drop. It lands you on a spine wide enough for half your skis, lowering you like a fast moving escalator for another ten feet before you turn off above the rocks that support it and straightline down the last 100 feet of the fast to where it shallows up meet you....

I'm sorry, what was the question?
OMG, talk about ski porn... I'm blushing.
post #16 of 18
My eye sight is so poor I can't see clearly beyond 10' so going (actually) fast is not even an option. Besides, screw-ups in speed really, really hurts.

But on the mogul field, I "feel" I'm going darn fast. Even though in actuality I'm not. I know because I can SEE! (so I can't be going that fast)

So, yes, steep/bumpy and slow is the thrill for me.
post #17 of 18
Comfort zone....
kicking my husbands butt on a groomer. ( I can do that you know)
Real excitement for me this year has been tackling bumps. I have learned a lot and want to get back in them the first chance I get, but they freak me out a bit, and that is almost exciting!
post #18 of 18
The Blow Hole at Blackcomb was a thrill when after the first turn I realized, hey this is just about making short radius turns. I got to the bottom and my first thought was "again, again".

Another thrill is blasting down Okemo's groomers on a bluebird day with no one there. It's like "being" the roller coaster.
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