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What is your favorite or most memorable descent (also trails or combination of trails) that you skied in 2007?

Cheers,

Michael
post #2 of 24
A slope in Veysonnaz (one of the four valleys, where Verbier is one of them). The slope had absolutely no people on it and it was around 6000ft long, started as black and ended as blue so had good variation. I probably skied around 60mph on that
post #3 of 24
Wild Katz at stevenspass in washington. Run is very steep, narrow. and the time I skied it covered with 3 ft of untouch powder. the run was sluffing like mad and one continous face shot the entire way down.
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I don't know the name of the peak, but it is the first peak to the west or skiers left, of Blue Heaven at Kicking Horse. Below the impressive cornice is an array of rock lined couloir’s some of which are dead ends. I spy a narrow one, which is the most direct, right off the summit. Everyone agrees this one goes all the way, so the 4 of us drop in one at a time. I was told these lines were steep & long, they weren't kidding. At the choke of the couloir there is barely enough width to do hop turns. I have to say this was the most aesthetic & exciting run of my season. Eventually the line opens up into a huge bowl, called Rudy’s.

JF
post #5 of 24
zipper
post #6 of 24
So far (I may not be done) it's this one - La Plata Peak, CO:


post #7 of 24

favorite lines

1st. skiing 18"of good powder/untracked on the front/closed (to open 07) area of Lookout Mt. down to the freeway. There was 5 of us and we took turns driving back to the lifts/ski area base. Great snow, the 5 of us only on all the runs we took.

1st (a tie). Skiing with Slider and Mattitude at Silver Mt., great day, lot of fun.

1st (another tie). Skiing Lizard Bowl area at Fernie with my good friend Ted.
post #8 of 24
Skiing Concussion, Tom's Run, Cornice Chute and Barracuda at Fernie last March.
post #9 of 24
First tracks in 18" of new from the top of Pan Dome at Mt. Baker. Followed the line under chair 6 and dropped down Canuks'. The chair was full of people drooling.
post #10 of 24
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Originally Posted by Posaune View Post
First tracks in 18" of new from the top of Pan Dome at Mt. Baker. Followed the line under chair 6 and dropped down Canuks'. The chair was full of people drooling.
Posaune,
Hey, I'd really really like your opinion if you would ... for several reasons incl:
you're local, ski Baker, I'm certain you're more experienced and better skier than I, and I think I read, perhaps from a past Capt Strato's post, you ski or have skied the 175 PR's? I posted in the "gear review" section awhile back @ 08' goats vs 09' guns that you might look at, it gives a short bio of me and ability, size, etc - Here's the deal - I love the PR's but maybe I'm just looking for a different ski for the "cruder" days at Baker, and perhaps it's time for me to be thinking of another ski to use even as the main ski. Currently, the PR's are my ski for almost all days I'm up there.
I'd really love to hear your thoughts regarding the PR's and any "other" skis you might have a "hankering" for use at Baker. You may note, the goats have got my attention, but again, I'd love your opinion.
FYI: your line is great, first deep tracks on Canucks is always a real pleasure, particularly as it gets "tracked-out" so quickly. You must have hiked up Pan and skied past the ski patrol shack and then under chair 6 to Canucks, otherwise it might be down Pan and past chair 1 and 3 to upper and lower Honker's? Anyway, it's all good and one thing about Baker, it does get delioushly DEEP many many days, and if there is any way possible, I try and get there. Remember winters ago? Howat closed the entire mtn for almost a week beginning that Friday, too much snow that week, couldn't keep up, I think they already had two in-bounds deaths that week and an earlier one off chair 1 off the cliffs but in-bounds - and stupid). I heard insurance cos insisted they closed, then when they did open again it was with all the warnings and new tree well signage ... NOW THAT IS SOME DEEP SNOW,
and not necessarily that untypical for Baker, gotta love it. !!!
thanks a bunch.
post #11 of 24
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Originally Posted by mtbakersnow View Post
your line is great, first deep tracks on Canucks is always a real pleasure, particularly as it gets "tracked-out" so quickly. You must have hiked up Pan and skied past the ski patrol shack and then under chair 6 to Canucks, otherwise it might be down Pan and past chair 1 and 3 to upper and lower Honker's?
Nope. I was just on the 4th chair up the mountain and I skeedaddled as soon as my skis hit the snow. Look for my PM about the skis.
post #12 of 24
Now for a little mundane Northeast route my daughter and I found for fun at Jiminy Peak. Start out on West Way, cut left on Outback a very mild and winding green circle, back accross West Way to Upper Fox for the steep bumps, then cut through the woods to Grand Slam, and then take The Mogul Thing for some milder bumps back to Lower Fox Runout. A great combination with lots of variety on a tiny little 1,200 ft mountain.
post #13 of 24
A thread about lines and there are 10 posts with ONE picture. How sad.
post #14 of 24
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How sad.
Kinda sums up the ski season back east.
post #15 of 24
great thread. I was just thinking the other day of the many lines that I didn't ski but that I had on my list. I don't think I checked off any significant lines from my list but I know I added at least 3 more - 2 of which are in the Uintas. What a playground it is out there.

That said, skiing Main Chute on Baldy at Alta last week with 2 feet of powder and my buddies gave me firsts (I can't believe it was just last Thursday) well, that was one fantastic line.

Fox13 snagged this photo and ran it on thier website - June 7 baby!

http://feedthehabit.com/pics/ski/ken...ing_fox13_.jpg
post #16 of 24
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Originally Posted by bjohansson View Post
Kinda sums up the ski season back east.
you must be joking, Have you forgot about the ridiculous amount of powder you were skiing later this season?
post #17 of 24
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Originally Posted by PhilT View Post
Wild Katz at stevenspass in washington. Run is very steep, narrow. and the time I skied it covered with 3 ft of untouch powder. the run was sluffing like mad and one continous face shot the entire way down.
Man I have to get myself out there sometime. I went to Steven's in the late season and Wild Katz was closed but Shim's Meadow, wow. Damn good. Is Wild Katz kind of like how Shim's main chute is?

Anyways my best run was probably this line off of Crystal Mountain, it was EXTREMELY short but it was an ice day because of high temps/refrozen junk, which hadn't softened up yet. So we decided to hike from the top of High Campbell up above the main bowl, and then we skied down. While everyone else was skittering on the ice, we were skiing shin-deep pow that was effortless, and it made our whole day for us.
post #18 of 24
Hmm. Getting third tracks down the third finger at bridger bowl on a day with 28" the night before, and about 6 more the night before that.

Also, the north face of Castle Peak not too long ago. Not really gnarly or anything, but the snow was pretty close to perfect, and it was just a real fun high speed ripping line.
post #19 of 24
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you must be joking, Have you forgot about the ridiculous amount of powder you were skiing later this season?
A ski season that basically went from February 14 to March 15...nope, not joking, that's pretty sad. Although I got a couple of great days in, I wouldn't categorize this season as great. And I was in DC when the big dumps happened.:::
post #20 of 24
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Originally Posted by bjohansson View Post
A ski season that basically went from February 14 to March 15...nope, not joking, that's pretty sad. Although I got a couple of great days in, I wouldn't categorize this season as great. And I was in DC when the big dumps happened.:::


A couple good dumps does not a season make.

MT pretty much sucked this year. Very poor coverage, and lots of ice.

When we finally got a couple good dumps, everyone and their mother showed up. Everything got tracked out super fast.

I would much rather have consistent little storms, like a few inches every couple of days. Moguls and ruts get way more smoothed out, coverage is better, and the stashes just get deeper and deeper.
post #21 of 24
You guys can kiss my *



I had a pretty good season. It lasted 35 days. The biggest dump was 10" and there were only two of those. Did have a stretch of four days when we got a total of 24" and not many peeps on the mountain as it was below 0 most of the time. Most of the rest of the days were above freezing and frozen to slushy conditions. It was pretty darn good. Hopefully next year will be better.

My fave line was on one of those 10" days at Copper. I was a little late and got about the 30th chair on the Super Bee. At the top I made a super b-line for Far East and found that only three had come before me. Soft, fast, fluffy bumps for breakfast. I love that!
post #22 of 24
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Originally Posted by 4ster View Post
I don't know the name of the peak, but it is the first peak to the west or skiers left, of Blue Heaven at Kicking Horse. Below the impressive cornice is an array of rock lined couloir’s some of which are dead ends. I spy a narrow one, which is the most direct, right off the summit. Everyone agrees this one goes all the way, so the 4 of us drop in one at a time. I was told these lines were steep & long, they weren't kidding. At the choke of the couloir there is barely enough width to do hop turns. I have to say this was the most aesthetic & exciting run of my season. Eventually the line opens up into a huge bowl, called Rudy’s.

JF
If you did a hike up from the top of Blue Heaven, past Fuez bowl to the top of the next peak above Rudy bowl, then circled above the cornice to the far side of it and jumped off the cornice back towards the resort, I did that on my trip there about 3 years ago, and it was one of my most memorable ever. We heard about it the afternoon before from a local, and wanted to try it. We were leaving the next evening, so we drove to Kicking horse almost fully packed for our flight, took up about the first chair, hiked, skied it, and left directly for the airport. It was the only time I can remember only getting 1 run for a full day lift ticket, and, not counting the run from lift to lift, none of it was on the resort.
The cornice was about a 20 foot leap when we did it, it was totally blind where you couldn't get close enough to the edge to see anything but air, and if you jump too far to the left, you wind up on the wrong side of the knive edge ridge and into the next bowl with no easy way to get back to the resort. luckily you can see the cornice on the hike up or there's no way I would have done it. The landing is in a "F'en steep" hourglass shaped bowl that narrows down to about 8 feet wide for about 75 feet, then opens up to a beautiful bowl and a traverse back to the resort. The entire run didn't have a track in sight.
post #23 of 24
2-Turn,
Sounds like the same area, although the line we hit was directly below the peak.
The next day I decide to by a 1 ride ticket, bring all my gear & go touring in Rudy’s bowl. On the hike up I meet a group of 5 telemarkers from Denmark. Most of them speak English, so I ask if I can join them. As we reach the summit the light goes totally flat. They choose to ski what is supposed to be the easy line to the skier’s right. I politely volunteer to go last. The first guy seems to edge his way in with no problem, but the next 2 are a little shaky. Being in the back of the line I cannot yet see over the cornice to evaluate the situation. When the 3rd guy gets ready to go, I can finally get a look. Jakob & I watch from the top as # 4 freezes up on the steep exposed face about 6’ below the cornice. There is a hairy traverse above some jagged rocks before he can come back right to the main chute. Watching him & the flat light are making me nervous, so I tell Jakob thanks, but no thanks. I prepare to retreat with my tail between my legs, when I see a girl up on the summit. I sidestep up to her and it is Tessa, a girl I had met a few days earlier. I show her where I skied yesterday, but I want to find something with an easier entry with the flat light & the soft flexy boots I have today. She says to come with her. This might be the same line 2-turn is talking about. We make a couple of turns down the ridge to a wider chute with only a small drop off the cornice. What a run! Long, steep & deep. I only wish the light was a little better. When we reach the bottom of the bowl, we watch as the Danes come safely down from the other side & rejoin us at the top of a moraine. Tessa didn’t bring her skins, & is heading back to the resort. I hang with the Danish group, skin up & make some laps up & down the moderate Rudy’s Bowl. The climb on each lap is about 25 minutes, & the light is in & out. From the top of the bowl there is another bowl & another ridge past that one, the skiing is endless. Tessa told me there is a traverse that leads all the way back to the resort, & more extreme lines in the next bowl. We are content to ski the bottomless snow in Rudy’s till our legs are worn & head back to the lodge for a few pitchers of beer. SKOAL!

JF
post #24 of 24
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A thread about lines and there are 10 posts with ONE picture. How sad.
Your right, WE (I) need to get our sheet together.
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