Originally Posted by DoWork
2). Snow snobbery. This makes me sick. I know a few guys who used to live out here in the east, but have been in Colorado for about 3 years. These guys are now such snow snobs! We went out on a 6" fresh snow day and though conditions were great, these guys were just biitching and disappointed that it wasn't a foot. Nobody likes a spoiled baby. Ski the snow you get and love it- at least it's not ice!
Guilty as charged. Of course, you'd probably think I'm out of my mind, I really only consider good snow conditions at a resort the few hours after it opens after a big dump before it gets tracked out.
I hope that doesn't make you too sick.
I usually ride around 3 times a week (less if it sucks, more if it is great) and I hike 95% of the time so I can find good snow conditions. You can almost always find good untracked snow, you just have to skin a little. If there is nothing out there, and we are in some melt freeze cycle that didn't warm up and I'm left with boilerplate in the backcountry, I'll just take the dogs down to the lake. Or go out to breakfast with the girlfriend. Or hit the climbing gym (summers around the corner).
Ripping rock hard groomers is only fun for a couple of runs for me, not fun enough to plop down $65.
If you guys are as icy as you claim to be, and you get six inches of dust on crust, I have to agree with your Colorado friends (
and wish for a little more than camoflauge for the junk underneath the dust.
If you get used to riding conditions you like anytime you want, it is hard to get that stoked about conditions you think stink.