|Originally posted by slider:
I'm not talking about tucking a straight run,anyone can make 11's down a hill. Run a race course and see how your time stacks up against the National average. We don't get any powder in the PNW so tree skiing is unheard of here. MittersillManiac,it's about time someone replaced SCSA.
Someone finally admits that the PNW gets no powder. Here in New England we get lots of it (water content during january and febuary is usually below 11% and Jay peak averages about 7%, a couple % lower than ALTA). I'm jumping for joy. HAHAHAHA EAST IS BETTER THAN WEST!
I'm not talking about a straight run either. I'm talking about ANY combination of routes down from the summit of a mountain, like the classic Avalanche downhill course at Cannon Mountain, or the Narrow Gauge at Sugarloaf, the Dipper at Burke Mountain, F.I.S. at Sugarbush, the Nosedive at Stowe, The Thunderbolt on Mount Greylock, the Carriage Road on Mount Moosilaukee, Class A racing trails all. And yes, I used to race. I was all-state as a high school racer all the way through, on equipment that even I would consider antiquated ($25 former rental skis from the 70's with rotten edges and no camber, with rear entry boots 2.5 sizes too big that cut into me so much that I got cuts and bruises on my shins from banging the front of the boot to drive around the gates, and bruises on my arms because I couldn't afford gate guards). Don't preach to me about race courses man. I've been there. I can do it. I don't want to go back, because some things will never change. I'm not gonna do NASTAR cause it's not worth the time. I'd much rather run some bumps, do some kamikaze, shread some bark in the woods, or huck a cliff than do any of that "refined" sort of skiing. I grew up on that stuff. I don't want to go back. It was unfulfilling and painful.
Now if you wanna have a REAL race, you'll do the following:
find a run of at least 2000 vertical feet, with at least one pitch of 30° or more, with at least 10 distinct turns that require a sustained edge, and at least two spots with guaranteed airtime, and you'll have a class-A race course. Now tuck it! no scrubbing speed, no control gates, no falling, and no finishing second. That's a Kamikaze Downhill baby, and that is part one of a skier's true test.
Part two is a mixture of bumps, tight trees, and at least one technical ledge drop.
Take two and call me in the morning.