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post #31 of 49
I usually ski with my 15 year old daughter who can definitely rip but doesn't get to the hill before 10. One more year til she's driving herself! We ski in any weather and our home area is typically in the minus numbers wind chill. If you're not wearing high quality technical mountaineering gear it's asking for trouble, those things don't wear out quickly either. The one thing I really prize is my day-glo tennis ball yellow fleece hat. Many times in white-outs or ice fog our group has found one another by homing in the one thing they all could see- my hat!
post #32 of 49
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.
post #33 of 49
Slider, Just a term or maybe it's what I hear after I've had my bell rung or the sound of the glasses in the Snorting Elk Pub.
post #34 of 49
I try to get to the resort early and be on as close to the first chair as possible; however, the significant other or family can hold me up at times when I go with them. I some times like to wait at the top of the mountain (10 to 15 minutes) for a while after they have stopped loading chairs and the mountain has cleared out and do an eye watering, warp speed top to bottom run since by that time most of the runs are empty. White outs rule.
post #35 of 49
The nasier the weather the better, who needs visibility, I draw the line at skiing in the rain though. I would rather (and have) ski in a -20 blizzard than ski in the soggy rain.

I used to get to the mountain at 0600 (my ride worked there) and tune skis in the shop until they cranked the lifts, would go help shovel, and set up the lines, then catch a chair to the top and shovel the ramp there, then make the first track while the patrol was getting on what they thought was the first chair. On truley deep days , I would catch a ride with the groomer(Dad) to the top and ski a run or two before anyone even showed up.

Now I just ski every minute I'm able to get to the mountain, which may or may not be first to last chair.
post #36 of 49
I'm having a hard time taking this thread seriously considering it was started by someone whose home mountain constantly is rated number one for groomed runs. Though I must admit Mt. Bachelor is perfect for skiing in poor visibility since you never have to worry about something like moguls getting in your way.
post #37 of 49
Crack o' dawn. Like to be on the first lift.
Lunch in the Car. No time to stop in the lodge.
If the skiing is good who cares what the weather is doing. All Terrain All Conditions.
Twords the bottom, leave as big a trench I can, keep it turning.
Quit when I feel I've had enough. Sometimes that will be the last chair other times 1-2 o'clock. All pending on the conditions and how good the skiing is.
post #38 of 49
You freaks rock, but I am still not that impressed when people make first chair and ski all day, and live close to the mountain. I do that too, when I ski at local hills. That is easy, but here is what I sometimes do when I ski at Tremblant for a couple of mid-week days (this is a solo run, as no wife in the world would accept it [img]smile.gif[/img]):

1. Wake up at midnight (sometimes I don't even go to sleep) and drive 6-7 hours from Toronto to Tremblant.
2. Make first chair and ski all day.
3. Crash out at some nearby hotel and sleep the night.
4. Make first chair the next day and ski all day.
5. Immediately drive back to Toronto another 6-7 hours.

I two days I ski about 14 hours, drive about 14 hours and sleep about 9 hours. I don't even want to tell you what the drive is like in a snowstorm. :

Needless to say, I have no alcohol or too much junk food during this time because being alert (on the hill and during the drive) is critical. Next year I will be 40, so I don't know how much longer I can push it like this.
post #39 of 49
I get up at 5:00 AM, hike the hill and set up training courses. I'm usually one of the last ones to leave(after I sign the TD reports)

If you're too lazy to walk up, you don't desrve to ski down.
post #40 of 49
TomB is right. The enthusiam here rules, but it is easy to get first chair if you live close to the hill. I wonder who here really works to get first chair. TomB leaving at midnight certainly qualifies.

For me the record is leaving Boston at 4:00 am (earlier if it snowing) to get to Jay for the first ride. Ski all day, and then drive home. If the roads are good, you get a little more skiing than driving. It is so worth it.
post #41 of 49
We'll ski any conditions except rain, but I'll even do rain once a season to remind myself why it sucks. Water being poured out of boots - Ick.
First chair to exhaustion or last chair, whichever comes first. Something about that early AM light and the fresh groomed surface or untouched firsties just appeal to me. Any day on skis is a good day. Any day with first tracks (or at least first crosses) is a better one. I've tried the arrive late thing, and just felt cheated.
Lunch is a 20-30 minute midday break off-piste in the trees to relax and enjoy the scenery and quiet.
Function first, visibility second, fashion third.
Never spent more on gear than a vehicle, but it's been close once.
Trailmaps used to avoid the greens at a new hill. We all stay whithing eyesight so no radios. Our standard drill if seperated is to meet at the loadpoint of the last chair taken together.
Groomers, trees, anything that my knees will still take. Never been good enough at bumps to like them.
I switch from straighlining to lots of short turns and everything in between. Depends on conditions and the crowd density.
Sitting in from of the computer when I have to, ski when I can. I work to afford playtime (Although I also love what they pay me for).
post #42 of 49
For the past 17 seasons I have lived 30 minutes or less from the ski area. This has lead to what appears to be slothsome behavior compared to others on this board. Generally, I am ready to ski when the lifts start but I don't always stay for the whole day. If I have plans or the area is crowded I will head out early. I rarely quit early due to weather but I will quit early because of dangerous conditions.

Because of my proximity to skiing it encourages fitting half days into my schedule during the week. This means I have to stay late at work to make up for skiing in the morning....not much of a hardship when compared to the commutes many on this board have to endure each time they go skiing.

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ October 26, 2001 08:01 AM: Message edited 1 time, by Rio ]</font>
post #43 of 49
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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Rio:
I'm having a hard time taking this thread seriously considering it was started by someone whose home mountain constantly is rated number one for groomed runs. Though I must admit Mt. Bachelor is perfect for skiing in poor visibility since you never have to worry about something like moguls getting in your way.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Not many bumps at Mt. Flachelor (that's not a mistype) However,you just opened up a can of worms...I am the King of Crud,Sultan of Slush able to squirt out of a squirrel hole,just lurking in the shadows beyond the tree line. A Timber Tiger for sure. Remember I am an Adaptive Ski Instructor,learn to ski blind,then low visability and color blind makes it easy. Bring it on.
post #44 of 49
Go Freddy...

I just moved to Baastan. Throughout grade school and high school it was up at 6 and up to VT from Hartford CT by 9. Then I met my bestest friend who had a place at Stratton.

Then I decided to go to UVM for 5 years. Go to class at 11(or not) and head to Stowe around lunchtime. My internship at Tubbs rocked. Rip up the woods from 12-3:30, pulling a few rips along the way ;^), and crash into the lovely heated seats for the ride home.

Commuting 2+ hours to a mountain(as I do now from Assachusettes) and living 50 minutes away are two totally different worlds. Back in school, you take a test run, and if it sucks, head into the woods. If that blows too, pack it in, and head to the Materhorn or the Shed.

Ah...living in ski country was the life. Hope I can afford to do it agian someday! This time in Colorado working for a resort as an accountant or financial planner. Dare to dream...
post #45 of 49
I wake at 7, wait for the ride, at the hill by 8:30, lift runs at 9.
pretty easy schedule, I'd say.
In whiteout conditions at Turner it is a very good idea to not ski very fast. The patrol, lacking enough bamboo poles, does not adequately mark the jeep trails. If they get a kick out of whatever results from that, I don't know. But they do make for some funny wrecks.
In the spring, since very little of the mountain is groomed, we try to ski the crust, and it makes a bad day mildly entertaining. hahaha

post #46 of 49
One of the best days I had started out as one of the worst.

We went to Steamboat for the week end. Saturday was just terrible, they hadn't gotten snow for 4 days so everything was pretty much skied off. It was so bad on Sunday we were actually trying to find something else to do in town instead of going skiing, we must have decided to ski and then decided not to a dozen times before we finally said the hell with it, we'll go up for the morning and leave early for lunch in town and then head back to Denver.

By 9:00 am a gentle storm blew in that the forecast had said would go around Steamboat. As the morning progressed the weather turned into a white out with fist size snow flakes falling thick all around. By noon we had 6-12 inches of freshie, everyone skipped lunch to continue skiing. It dumped 18 inches by the time the lifts closed. What a great day it turned out to be, tree skiing with about 10 feet of visibility was just too much fun!

The weather gods really felt sorry for us on Saturday and made up for it on Sunday.
post #47 of 49
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by powderhound:
tree skiing with about 10 feet of visibility was just too much fun!

Puts new meaning to "Spruce Up"
post #48 of 49
If you're not in the first group on the lift you may very well miss the best skiing of the day, especially if there's been any overnight snow. At Crystal there are several parking lots and if I'm not in the first one and fairly close I figure I've slept in. Also, the last of the day usually gets you the least crowds and some great crud to practice in.
post #49 of 49
On a powder day, we usually start from home for Alta about 8:30 am, and get to the bottom of Little Cottonwood canyon about 9:00 to join those who have been waiting in line since 7:00 for the Highway Patrol to clear the avalanches and open the road.With luck, we'll get on the lift by 9:30.Some of it will be skied out by then by those lucky enough to spend the night in the canyon, for work or on vacation, but we know exactly where to go and bag freshies, fast, and no stopping for about four or five hours straight, then quit and go home. Lunch is a cliffbar on the lift. Also skiing in zero visibility makes one a better skier. I can always spot the trees; they're big and black; everything else is soft, so no worries. sometimes when it's so white I can't tell the sky from the ground I see spots and get sick to my stomach. weird huh. Gotta keep in mind where the cliffs are.Wish it would snow. R. [img]tongue.gif[/img]

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ October 27, 2001 04:47 PM: Message edited 1 time, by Rubob ]</font>
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