Originally Posted by snofun3
I ski there when I have my wife with me, because she likes all of the nondescript, no effort groomers that are so prevelant.
You were trying to make the point previously that once someone attains a certain age, then they'll understand DV. I call BS. With the wonderful resorts in that area it's without question the last place I'd go, and even the things that they pride themselves on pale in comparison to surrounding areas, but some apparently have drank the kool-aid and believe the stories. DV is like the BOSE of the ski world - tell people it's great, overprice it and they'll believe - well Capt, enjoy yourself, whatever your age.
So what I don't get is this. . . don't you like skiing with your wife? Isn't it a good day at DV simply because she is happy there and enjoying herself?
I will happily admit that DV would not be my first choice
. While I'm not always searching out the *gnar*
, matey!), I do prefer to ski the ungroomed. I prefer relatively steep. I prefer deep. On most days, left to my own devices
, I would prefer anything but blue ice to more than a couple runs on DV-style groomers. (And contrary to what Volklskier implied about those of us who choose deep, the ungroomed has become my terrain of choice as I have become a much better
skier, not something I flail around on instead of showing my deficiencies on the groomed.)
However, whatever my personal preferences. . . there is a time and a place for enjoying low-angle groomed. I will admit that I have learned the most about my skiing in the bumps. . . and
when I have slowed down on the groomed with instructors. Can't hide a single mistake there, on smooth snow and at slower speeds. And honestly, it can be enjoyable to link some finely arced turns on the smooth stuff. Would I want to do it all the time? Nope. Is it fun sometimes? Sure!
The days when I have been mostly likely to be *stuck* on the groomers have also taught me the most about what skiing is really
about. 1. Being outside. 2. Getting some de-stress time. 3. Talking with interesting people.
Usually my groomer days are with my Dad. Since he entered his 60s (and since several ski injuries) he is happier cruising the groomers, working on form. I love my Dad. I enjoy being with him. I'm glad that we can still ski together. I know it makes him happy that I am willing/want to ski with him. He is happy and unstressed on the groomers, stiff and unhappy in the chopped up stuff. So we ski where he can have a great day, and where I can find ways to have a great day. The opposite wouldn't work out so well.
Is it worthwhile to have some mellow groomer days at luxury resorts with my Dad? Hell, yeah. Any day on the hill is a good day
. (Especially since I have had kids and it's a much bigger production to get everyone ready and organized and out there.) A day on the hill with someone you love? Even better. A day on the hill with them when they are unstressed and in their element? Awesome.
So DV is the kind of place where some people can be happy skiing. What's wrong with that? If it's not your cup of tea, try to avoid skiing there. And if you're *stuck* there, find
a way to enjoy yourself. But it hardly seems worthy of this kind of vitriol, especially in a thread that was supposed to be about something else entirely.
We are the privileged few, to be able to argue about whether DV is worthy of our skiing patronage and whether or not it is fun or gnar enough for us. We should just feel lucky that we can enjoy skiing as much and as often as many of us seem to.
And speaking of continuing to enjoy skiing, has there been any other news of the accident?