or Connect
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › On the Snow (Skiing Forums) › General Skiing Discussion › Conditions that make skiing easy
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Conditions that make skiing easy

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
Or, How I learned to stop worrying and love skiing groomers on fat skis.

Yesterday I went up to the local hill after a 6" storm. Many places off trail it was just dust on a hard sun baked crust, eventually I found some deeper stashes in the trees, but the one thing I noticed was how amazingly awesome a fresh groomer with 3" of light pow on top skis.

The conditions gave tons of great feedback without ever causing anything close to any sort of instability. I could go slow and easily soft edge short turns skis on evenly weighted without ever touching the groomed ridges beneath, perfect way to practicing bump technique. If I pressured the downhill ski more aggressively with a bit more speed and more medium sized turns it would carve down into the groomer and I could feeling the zipping sensation on the ridges. Contrasted with the floating through transition this let me easily pin point exactly how much I was using my edges at different points in the turn.

At speed arcing long fast turns, my 108 waited skis made the 3" ski like bottomless on the flat smooth groomer surface. Skiing groomers on fat skis can sort of stink some times, but groomer runs I had yesterday were the most enjoyable for me ever.
post #2 of 14
3" to 4" over groomed = Hero Snow. You can do no wrong.
post #3 of 14
I feel the same way. I hit 4-6" of fresh on the groomers at Alta a couple weeks back, and it was really enjoyable to ski. I was starting runs on deeper/tougher snow, and the runout to the lifts on the groomers was like a bonus round. That has got to be one of the easiest and most rewarding surfaces to ski. I could have spent all day on those trails and never even missed the gnarlier terrain.
post #4 of 14
um... groomed snow with no new snow on top makes skiing incredibly easy.
post #5 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by Takecontrol618 View Post
um... groomed snow with no new snow on top makes skiing incredibly easy.
READ: michigan.....nuff said

After skiing so many great powder days this season, we actually had a day of groomers and I realized how much I dislike them now......

3-4 fresh over soft groomed= Barcalounger skiing - no effort, just tip and rip, smooth and effortless; pass the chips and hand me the remote:
post #6 of 14
Thread Starter 
I usually don't like skiing groomers all that much on my fat skis. But yesterday I learned that adding a few inches of pow on top really makes things much more interesting.
post #7 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by tromano View Post
I usually don't like skiing groomers all that much on my fat skis. But yesterday I learned that adding a few inches of pow on top really makes things much more interesting.
that's because it's no longer a groomer! That's barcalounging....
post #8 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by Takecontrol618 View Post
um... groomed snow with no new snow on top makes skiing incredibly easy.
And incredibly boring.
post #9 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by skier219 View Post
And incredibly boring.
Depends on what you put into it,right.
post #10 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by slider View Post
Depends on what you put into it,right.
Yep, true enough. On the other hand, I ski groomed/manmade trails almost exclusively here in the mid-Atlantic, so to encounter even just 2-3" of powder on a trail is a real treat.
post #11 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by skier219 View Post
And incredibly boring.
i kind of figured that was just implied
post #12 of 14
most hero like surface I enjoy...

Corn, Ironically only people willing to hike ever see it for real.

slush bumps, yummmie

and lets not forget 30 inches of utah powder. For me thats is the easiest stuff to ski because I dont have to worry about slowing down down anything.

FYI the thugs eat up 6inches of dust on crust very easily, bottom? what bottom?
post #13 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by skier219 View Post
Yep, true enough. On the other hand, I ski groomed/manmade trails almost exclusively here in the mid-Atlantic, so to encounter even just 2-3" of powder on a trail is a real treat.
Now that's just sad
post #14 of 14
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Finndog View Post
Now that's just sad
... says the guy from jersey.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: General Skiing Discussion
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › On the Snow (Skiing Forums) › General Skiing Discussion › Conditions that make skiing easy