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Gathering Day 4... Snowbasin 2-4-08

post #1 of 14
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This was sort of an add-on day for the Gathering. Quite a few of the Bears attending the Gathering came to Snowbasin, but it was less organized than the "regular" three days of the Gathering over the weekend.

It was also the first day of the annual ski and snowboard manufacturers' upcoming year model demos for the industry. Ski shop buyers and employees come from all over the country to try out new models and make decisions on what they will buy for their shops next season. I get to attend so I can try out the new Head models.

What a day it turned out to be. It had snowed all weekend, with some enormous number of inches of snow through Monday morning. As I was driving up at about 8:00am, the sun came out. So, we ended up with sunshine and powder. How great is that?

Here's a random shot out the window of the Strawberry Gondola:




After a few great runs on my own, I met up with EpicSkier Max at the Head tent. Max and I spent the day swapping Head models with some of his Edelwiser skis. (I'm going to do a review soon on a couple of his Edelwiser skis. I liked them a great deal.)

Max is an incredibly good skier. He's got a lot of World Cup racer genes and it shows in his skiing. Since I had my camera, a willing subject, blue skies, and fantastic powder, I took a few photos of Max.

Here he is jumping off a small cornice (and clearing my right shoulder by about two feet ):



Here's what he looks like in powder:




And here's what happens when he drops off a small cornice into a deep pillow of snow, drops to China, does a double heel-eject, and plants upside down in the soft snow. That divot is where his head landed:



A couple more shots of Max enjoying the day:




And having way more fun than should be allowed. Skiing is such a silly sport:

post #2 of 14
Great photos Bob . Looks like Snowbasin was exceptional. Max is a great dude (and a fine skier). Hope I get to meet up with him again some time.
post #3 of 14
Watching Max ski was awesome. Man I wish I was 24 again.
post #4 of 14
Max is a natural.

Great photos and sorry to have missed Day 4.
post #5 of 14
Max,

I need to know the make and model of that ski jacket.

I need to know that right now actually....

bonus bucks coming in from work


post #6 of 14
I got a chance to ski with Max and try out the Edelwiser skis the last afternoon of ESA. Wow, talk about tracking. Your conditions however look better. Poles! Max uses poles? That's a first.

One thing about this Epic crash is you gotta love the smile factor:

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I got a chance to ski with Max and try out the Edelwiser skis the last afternoon of ESA. Wow, talk about tracking. Your conditions however look better. Poles! Max uses poles? That's a first.

One thing about this Epic crash is you gotta love the smile factor:

Heh.

I always thought that an upside down smile was a frown. Somehow, Max's upside down smile still looks like a big grin.
post #8 of 14
Me, Bush, and Bklyn were laggin' that day, so we ended up riding the entire day as Los Tres Amigos De Powder Pontifico.

Sorry to have missed the Max Factor (though I believe I'll be hitting the Tahoe slopes with him in a few weeks time).
post #9 of 14
Show-off!

Here try this...one ski, uphill, and drag the hand: (the best part of these pics is those are my tracks just in front of the camera)







Ain't nuttin' :



No poles in Rudy's Chute

post #10 of 14
You guys look like you're having too much fun.
I'm not sure that's allowed!
post #11 of 14
And this was a work day for Bob and Max.
post #12 of 14
Max perfected that divot move after several demonstrations that day. They would have been taking me off in a sled had I tried to match him.
post #13 of 14
The skis Max has in his left arm with the 'Aztec' graphics were my faves. They carve great with a very solid feel yet are versatile enough for soft snow. An excellent all mountain ski.
post #14 of 14
I'm shocked that Max is using poles. Ok, Swing, what's up with that?
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