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Second TR from A-Basin

post #1 of 29
Thread Starter 
We skied A-Bay yesterday and today. What a F---ing zoo! 80+% boarders, almost all males under age 25, almost none wearing helmets. Rarely have I seen such a display of testosterone poisoning! No consideration of anybody else, jumping off every little bump to show how wonderful they are. My wife, Diana, was hit by boarders twice today; she did manage to spear one of them with a ski pole before he escaped! Truly a WROD!
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post #2 of 29
I was there this morning and escaped just as it started getting bad. I nearly hit the guy I rode up with who announced he was teaching his friend to snowboard today. I got my first 3 runs in with nearly no waiting and then bailed early.

First lift ride of the season


Upper Mountain


The nice patroller offered to take this shot of me.





Palliavinci
post #3 of 29
Ahhhhh!
post #4 of 29
I think I guessed it right by skipping Sat & Sun. I'll resume my new ski year Mon AM at A-Basin hopefully without the oversized crowds. Let the games begin. James.
post #5 of 29
Me too, three and out this morning. Chair stopped for several minutes just before we got off once making for an empty run. Nice.

Stupid boarder trick of the day. After the line is jammed boarder gets in main section single, picks up two skiers at the singles line, and then refuses to load the chair with them taking the next chair solo.
post #6 of 29
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Originally Posted by stevesmith7 View Post
Me too, three and out this morning. Chair stopped for several minutes just before we got off once making for an empty run. Nice.

Stupid boarder trick of the day. After the line is jammed boarder gets in main section single, picks up two skiers at the singles line, and then refuses to load the chair with them taking the next chair solo.
Yeah, I saw that guy going up as I was entering the line. I knew exactly what had happened as I've been the skier in the scenario before.
post #7 of 29
My A-basin TR by the magic of technology.
Marvelous day riding up the chair with no liftline.

Here is the first run of the season.

Hmmmmmm I think I'll ski Squaw tomorrow.
post #8 of 29
I feel validated.

I couldn't figure why there were so many boarders on the hill. Like you said, mostly young, male, and goofy (not the binding mount).

It was nuts going down.

I find when I ski behind a skier, I can usually anticipate their moves. The rhythm is somewhat predictable.

With boarders, I find the movements impossible to anticipate. Frequently, their downward rhythm abruptly shifts to a horizontal pivot across the hill.

To be fair, there was also a young ski dude on Dynastar Pro Riders who, apart from wiggling his butt, straighlined the hill, run after run, at deadly speeds. An inept skier, and dangerous.

Regardless, the snow was great (for October), the sun was shining, and the beer was good.

We'll be back next weekend. But, we'll arrive early, and cut-out by noon.
post #9 of 29
dude.

maybe I'm not hardcore.
post #10 of 29
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dude.

maybe I'm not hardcore.
The critique on technique may be unduly harsh.

Mostly, I felt at risk when you straightlined.

The hill was too crowded for that.
post #11 of 29
A have to say I agree w/ the trip reports. A ton of boarders doing little 3's all over the one run, popping off little mounds of snow. I got hit by one after being stopped by the side of the run for about a minute or so. Granted it was a beginner on his first run but still...
The reason there are soooo many young boarders is the little rail yard they have on the side of a run. If the snowboarders didn't have those two rails to hit all day, 80% wouldn't be there. Other than that, coverage was good and sun was out = good day
post #12 of 29
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The reason there are soooo many young boarders is the little rail yard they have on the side of a run. If the snowboarders didn't have those two rails to hit all day, 80% wouldn't be there.
See, and I think they'd still be there but those that were playing in the park would have been on the run and in the lift lines (since most playing in the park were just hiking back up) so I was thankful the park was there. Who knows, maybe some of both. I was fortunate not to be hit but came close a couple of times, once by a skier who was stopped then did a flip turn out of nowhere without looking and once by a snowboarder who cut across the slope out of nowhere and then stopped directly in front of me. I did an emergency stop and avoided thankfully.
post #13 of 29
Thread Starter 
I saw a boarder catch an edge on one of those rails and do a face-plant right onto the rail. He didn't get up. I also saw the ski patrol at the scene of two different apparent boarder-boarder collisions. So, it wasn't just skiers with whom they were colliding.
post #14 of 29
not to turn this into a boarder vs skier thread, my rule of thumb is an a$$hole is an a$$hole whether they are on one board or two. The issues that brought up are usually because of 2 main reasons, beginners;skiers or boarders don't have the skills or knowledge of what is expected and what they should do and then there's just the plain ol' category of A$$hole. If someone is rude, obnoxios and self-centered, you can't change that, and what's under their feet is irrelevant.
post #15 of 29
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To be fair, there was also a young ski dude on Dynastar Pro Riders who, apart from wiggling his butt, straighlined the hill, run after run, at deadly speeds.
Hey I know that dude I see him everywhere....I once caught up to him and we rode the lift up together. He thinks he's really good
post #16 of 29
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Hey I know that dude I see him everywhere....I once caught up to him and we rode the lift up together. He thinks he's really good
I think he even posted earlier in the thread. Makes me glad I was at Loveland... even though I had to pay extra for it, it wasn't as nuts at A-Basin.
post #17 of 29
Slider == did you notice that your photo seems to be a second or two after Raspritz's second photo? I don't know if you guys were skiing together, but it's kind of spooky.

Mike
post #18 of 29
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Slider == did you notice that your photo seems to be a second or two after Raspritz's second photo? I don't know if you guys were skiing together, but it's kind of spooky.

Mike

This might be a stretch but i'm gonna say Slider's pic is a photoshop? And not too terrible of one either with the shadow.
post #19 of 29
I think those of you who get out there early do a few runs and get off the hill before the crowd arrives are the smart one's. My son figured that out years ago when Killington opened early.
Glad you guy's are getting to make some turns, still two weeks before we can.

Be safe and watch your back.

Oh yea, more pictures please.
post #20 of 29
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This might be a stretch but i'm gonna say Slider's pic is a photoshop? And not too terrible of one either with the shadow.
I think Mike was going along with Slider's joke. Otherwise..........Mike, have you been wearing your helmet?
post #21 of 29
Just having some fun guys. Eh I need to work on my photoshop steeze.
post #22 of 29
Helmet? Who needs a stinking helmet?

I'm still waiting for Slider's squaw trip report.

Mike
post #23 of 29

Really

1 pass + 1 ski run + a bunch of ppl * (varying ability + multiuse) = WROD.

Simple math really. Every year I'm amused by the people complaining about the crowds, snowboarders, out of control-disrespectful youths, smokers, jibbers, straightlinters, etc... What do you expect?
post #24 of 29
Even if you have a Vail Resorts pass, Loveland is far superior early season and probably worth the cost of the lift ticket. Three times the open terrain and 10% of the people. And whereever you go, avoid weekends if you can.
post #25 of 29
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Even if you have a Vail Resorts pass, Loveland is far superior early season and probably worth the cost of the lift ticket. Three times the open terrain and 10% of the people. And whereever you go, avoid weekends if you can.
Wise words:

We went today and it was nutso.

30 to 40 min wait for a 2 min. run.

Still, better than sitting indoors watching football.

The snow was fine - no roots, or rocks. Nice cover.

Next weekend, Epic Pass or no, I'm paying to ski at Loveland.

The week after, hopefully the youthful hordes will descend upon Keystone.
post #26 of 29
Captain Strato. Sorry we missed you yesterday at A-basin. I also skipped at day of watching football to enjoy the long lift lines and crowded slopes. I have been avoiding the weekends until now,but faisasy-geoffda-wannabe and three others all meet up with me to share turns from 8:30 to 11:30. Hopefully we will meet up next time. James.
post #27 of 29
Not really worth a TR but it was fun dodging people with ya'll yesterday. I'm sure you'll all be happy to know my team won the hockey game I left early for. One key play was me managing to goad someone on the other team into a double minor with 5 minutes left...we scored the winning goal on that power play. I totally suck on the ice, but apparently can still contribute. LOL

Anyway, a couple pics of the upper mountain this weekend. Moving in the right direction...



post #28 of 29
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Originally Posted by JMD View Post
Captain Strato. Sorry we missed you yesterday at A-basin. I also skipped at day of watching football to enjoy the long lift lines and crowded slopes. I have been avoiding the weekends until now,but faisasy-geoffda-wannabe and three others all meet up with me to share turns from 8:30 to 11:30. Hopefully we will meet up next time. James.
We should be up next weekend as well.

I'll PM you as soon as we know the details. It'll be fun to hook-up with the group.

The crowds were truly killer. One more weekend of this before Keystone and Breck open. Whew.
post #29 of 29
This could have been in an effort to save the skiers at the top!

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Originally Posted by stevesmith7 View Post
Me too, three and out this morning. Chair stopped for several minutes just before we got off once making for an empty run. Nice.

Stupid boarder trick of the day. After the line is jammed boarder gets in main section single, picks up two skiers at the singles line, and then refuses to load the chair with them taking the next chair solo.
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