Originally Posted by Finndog
Originally Posted by Philpug
Sounds like the "granulated sugar" that Blue calls snow, it is like quicksand. No one turns snow to ice like Blue.
exactly, they blow "snow" so it holds better so it's a much heavier, icey granular. They also blow and spred instead of whaling it and letting it dry out and then groom, the result is a lot of death cookies and clumping.
OMFreakingG! That's it!!! I just got back from Blue this evening - skied in 4-6 in. of...... no kidding ......, Glass Bead Blasting Media! Never seen anything like it - the damnedest stuff!! I had to check the Epic-search and see if anyone else ever experienced it - and found this thread and posts from Phil and Finn.
I ski there a couple times each year and have always enjoyed the conditions - nice fast hard icy pack, except for late spring skiing when I would see (and expect) the softer clumpy stuff on the run-outs. This time though, it was Top-to-Bottom GBBM requiring constant, laser beam focus attention to edge pressures, COM, and "driving" the skis. I've dealt with common crud before, and tracked out afternoons in VT after a powder morning, but this crap was unbelievable. This stuff did NOT tolerate form breaks. In the end I felt the day's experience made me a better skier, form and focus wise, only falling once on one of the more narrow winding green runs while trying to negotiate traffic, in that quicksand, at slow speed - you hit the nail on the head Phil.
I do usually cherry-pick the days to go, avoiding temps above freezing and any rain within a few days prior, ... with the high of 38 there today, and some rain earlier in the week, I was expecting possibly the spring conditions on the run-outs. Like I said though, it was EVERYWHERE this time, and deep, like they just blew it,
At least the next time I get to rip on the hard stuff it will be that much more enjoyable.........