Originally Posted by Stan from Pa
Precision, quickness, balance and vision are the skills needed to master these conditions, where you can go from a 15" pillow of powder to blue ice in the same turn, especially skiing on teles.
I can't say I am a master at it; more often the mountain masters me, but MRG is just such a fun place to ski. Everyone just seems to be in a good mood and having fun. It also helps that I like the lifties' choice of tunes...
On skills, you are right and the only thing that I would add is that you really have to step up and get your s*** together on that mountain. But when you do, the mountain rewards. It's like "do or die", MRG brings out the best in skiers. Errors need to be avoided on Stark.
Friday for me, as I think back, was one fine day of skiing. I could watch Phil and Moglejunkie as their skiing throttled up to meet the challenge. Phil would know better, but his skiing was the best performance I have seen from him yet. MJ was skiing beautifully. I skied one other time with him at Killington and Friday he was 'on'.
The single chair rides close to the trail below and people chat with you when you take a breather. Since you're on the chair by yourself, people are more aware of what's going on around them. It is a really friendly mountain.
MJ, Buckethead and I joined a guy from TGR who led the way under the double. The upper section is bumps, to a catwalk, to a really steep section with thin cover, rocks, ice and bushes. It felt like Tuckerman's. Below that, skiers right, the woods were filled with deep firm powder and it skied so fine. The guy from TGR knew his way around and led us to a ledge that the ski patrol was closing - probably a good thing
:. Then on to these sheer drops through the woods to the trail below. That was my last run and it was awesome.