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Greek Peak Dec 1

post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
Skied "The Peak" opening day with Helavaskier, his brother and my friend. Tief Schnee was there with his J4's. All great guys. Greg is a great skier as well as his younger bro'. Conditions were, well, first day conditions but actually pretty good. A mix of fresh blown, some natural; hardpack, loose, groomed and some nasty death cakes (too large to be called cookies). There was just the one run open from top to bottom. It was a great day and shook the rust out of my boots. Still a little more rust to shake out but I got my feet back fairly well after a couple of hours. I didn't ski on any real hardpack last season so it was a little bit of an adjustment.
post #2 of 23
I used to love skiing at Greek Peak. Tell me it's not true that Ronnies Run was destroyed.
post #3 of 23
As Finndog says, we had a great day. We arrived somewhat early in the morning to some pretty rough-feeling man made snow, but as the day progressed the conditions seemed to be getting better and better as the snow was tracked by more skiers. I ended up having about 4 or 5 runs that actually felt really good (better than last season already? ), which is surprising for the first day out.

Finndog and his friends from another local mountain who joined him are all a blast to ski with. My brother and I really had a lot of fun, and probably ended up skiing about twice as long as we normally would have on an opening day just because we were enjoying the day so much. It is always fun to spend a day with skiers who more than anything, just love to be on the snow making turns.

Unfortunately we were too busy skiing to take any pictures or video, but here are a few things that were taken away from the day:
  • I now know what a gaper is, and how to pick one out of a crowd.
  • Finndog ALWAYS knows what the time is.
  • If your younger brother carry's your skis to the base of the lift after lunch, make sure that he doesn't steal them while he is doing it.
  • Snowboarders will always sit on the section of the trail that has the best snow on it.
  • When a death cookie is thrown at you - get out of the way - they hurt.
Later

GREG
post #4 of 23
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Originally Posted by tetonpwdrjunkie View Post
I used to love skiing at Greek Peak. Tell me it's not true that Ronnies Run was destroyed.
It is still there - just in a slightly different form. It was thinned out a bit and turned into an actual glade run. There are actually some great turns in there just after a good snowfall, and now there are many lines through those trees.
post #5 of 23
Thread Starter 
Greg, the watch froze up on Sunday, sorry! OK, for those wondering, I had a carabiner watch on my belt http://www.amazon.com/Dakota-Carabin...803 30&sr=8-2 and Greg thought it was the ultimate Gaper gear!

Greg, you and your brother are too funny, a true sibling rivalry. Wait on the skis, you are going to want to steal his new SL's when they come in.
post #6 of 23
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Originally Posted by Finndog View Post
Greg, you and your brother are too funny, a true sibling rivalry. Wait on the skis, you are going to want to steal his new SL's when they come in.
They are in. In his room! He is off to college.
post #7 of 23
It was nice to meet you all and be able to put some faces to the names. If I hadn't had a bunch of 11 and 12 year olds kicking my butt I would have loved to make some turns. Next time.
post #8 of 23
Wow...you guys came from Buffalo to ski GP with one trail open?

I"m impressed. I'm only 40 minutes away and I didn't even bother going up. Hopefully they'll have some add trails open this weekend with the natural snow they're getting and some additional man made.

What's Ronnie's Run? I've been skiing at GP for 10 years at least, and I have no idea what that is.

BTW, I think I think I owe one of you a PM from last week -- sorry, just haven't gotten around to it yet.
post #9 of 23
I am in the area on weekends, so that is where I ski.

Ronnie's Run is Aesop's Glade to the general public... it may have included the trail under lift 2 as well (extension of Atlas).
post #10 of 23
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Originally Posted by HeluvaSkier View Post
It is still there - just in a slightly different form. It was thinned out a bit and turned into an actual glade run. There are actually some great turns in there just after a good snowfall, and now there are many lines through those trees.
Thanks for the info. Last time I skied there was about 1980. Ronnies Run was my first real tree skiing. It wasn't on the map, but there was a funky wooden sign at the top. One of my clients last year was from Ithica and had never heard of Ronnies Run and told me it was cleared out and groomed. I'm glad it's still there.
post #11 of 23
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Originally Posted by HeluvaSkier View Post
I am in the area on weekends, so that is where I ski.

Ronnie's Run is Aesop's Glade to the general public... it may have included the trail under lift 2 as well (extension of Atlas).
Greg, I think you're right for the most part. The bottom part cuts close to where chair 2 is. That part has been closed to the public for a while (before my skiing time). Here is a picture at the top of the bottom half from a few years back (with chair 2 in the background)...
post #12 of 23
Thats not at all how I remember it. I thought it was tight and steep. I've been told that if I went back east to ski that I would find thing different than I remember. I used to think that Superstar at Killington was scary steep. I've skied with some guys from there who laugh when I tell them that.
post #13 of 23
That picture is the lower section almost at the base of the hill - not up on the head wall. The headwall is quite steep and pretty long for a tree run in the east. The unfortuante part is that there are only just so many trees to ski in there, so they get tracked out quickly.
post #14 of 23
Yeah, the picture barely shows the head of the lower portion (just to the coach's left of where he was standing). The flat traverse that you're seeing connects the top part of the glade that Greg mentioned to the remnants of the lower Ronnies, which runs parallell to the lift and although not ultra steep but ain't flat either. Of course, all this info came from (and as I remembered it) the coach that was leading the tour.
post #15 of 23
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Originally Posted by HeluvaSkier View Post
The unfortuante part is that there are only just so many trees to ski in there, so they get tracked out quickly.
Not too many trees but plenty of rocks though.
post #16 of 23
Trees, Rocks, Steeps... What else do you need?
post #17 of 23
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Originally Posted by tetonpwdrjunkie View Post
Trees, Rocks, Steeps... What else do you need?
Skis that handle/resist all of the above.:
post #18 of 23
More snow.
post #19 of 23
Chanwmr -- I tried to PM you, but your inbox is full.

FYI - from your msg, I took a guess, did a lookup, adn there you were.

I'm in 201. Make some room in your inbox and I'll PM you.

Small world.
post #20 of 23
Bump, I was just thinking of this day. Can't wait to get back on snow.
post #21 of 23

Hey, good to hear from you again. I looked at this thread earlier this season and wondered where you had disappeared to. Are you set to come back soon?

post #22 of 23

You know what I remember when you guys did this. But it's hard to believe it's been over 3 years ago now. For Finndog that was a couple dozen skis ago! Heluva, it would be great if you could make the Gathering in Colorado next year.

post #23 of 23
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Originally Posted by roundturns View Post

You know what I remember when you guys did this. But it's hard to believe it's been over 3 years ago now. For Finndog that was a couple dozen skis ago! Heluva, it would be great if you could make the Gathering in Colorado next year.


 

Time flies. I thought about it this year but unfortunately I'll miss it by two weeks. You going to make it up my way this season? Holimont is still going strong.

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