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Graybird or Bluebird

Poll Results: My ideal day is

 
  • 20% (12)
    Bluebird all the way baby!
  • 34% (20)
    A dark and storming wonderland.
  • 44% (26)
    Who cares man!! It freakin' snowed!!
58 Total Votes  
post #1 of 33
Thread Starter 
I need some clarity on the whole "Utah bluebird" drooling. I just can't relate at all.

A sunny day after a storm is depressing and sad for me. It's a sign that the storm is over, and the excitement is gone (OK... if there is a foot of new pow and I'm on the slopes, I probably won't be thinking about how the sky looks).

When it's storming and I'm on the slopes I have a huge adrenaline rush all day. It reminds me of being a little kid, looking out the window at night, seeing the snow illuminating the neighborhood and being tickled stupid about how fun the next day was going to be... sledding, skiing, school being canceled. All the good stuff! Sometimes, when I was 9 or 10, I would even sneak out of the house and go cross country skiing through my neighborhood in the middle of the night during a storm.

I just love cloudy, foggy days, during or after a storm. It really amplifies & completes that ambient "I'm in another world" feeling that winter can create.

Edit: No offense to Utah. I would ditch work to ski your bluebird pow any day of the year.
post #2 of 33
Skiing during white outs can be fun but also dangerous. I remember loveland last year dropping a few cornices and having to walk up look over w/o my goggles on so I can see where i was going to land. I like blue bird the best.

I like any slope with powder on it no matter what conditions.
post #3 of 33
i would definitely take a bluebird day right after a storm rather than 60 mph gusts and whiteout conditions during a storm. and in utah, no matter how blue the sky is, there is probably another storm on it's way very soon.
post #4 of 33
I'm used to skiing under gray skies. Skiing on bluebird days means better visibility, better definition of the terrain and better photography.

Sometimes, it means the start of a high pressure system that will settle over the PNW and keep things cold and dry for a while. But most of the time it's a momentary thing to be enjoyed until the winds and snow return.
post #5 of 33
Sometimes while skiing in snowstorms the vision is HORRIBLE and eventually you may get goggle problems which is BAD during a storm.

I love skiing during storms as long as i can see more than a few feet in front of me.

I also like the day after. There's nothing like sunny blue skys while skiing Powder.

That said, my responce is who cares! It SNOWED!!!
post #6 of 33
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Originally Posted by Harry_Morgan View Post
I'm used to skiing under gray skies. Skiing on bluebird days means better visibility, better definition of the terrain and better photography.

Excellent point.

I had no idea how much confidence beginners and intermediates lost on graycrow days until I saw it first hand.

I don't think we have much choice but to say that confidence directly affects joy.
post #7 of 33
While I am skiing bluebird. Right after I am done for the day, storm baby, storm!

Always fantasized about skiing in a big storm, until I actually did it...hated it.
post #8 of 33
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Originally Posted by Richie-Rich View Post
While I am skiing bluebird. Right after I am done for the day, storm baby, storm!
Graycrow days are best days for demo.
post #9 of 33
Visibility is nice but I love being out in a storm. Especially if it's storming hard enough to fill in my tracks after each run.

Storms tend to send people inside also, which is a good thing.

And it's a good excuse to break-out the one piece.

post #10 of 33
Storm skiing is fun because it's all dark and foreboding and the low visibilty makes it seem like you're all alone. Kinda like The Shining with skis.

Sunny-day-after-storm powder days are cool because you can go really fast. Kinda like the last part of 2001: A Space Odyssey with skis.

I love them both, but for some reason the storm days are the ones I remember most vividly.
post #11 of 33
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Originally Posted by Jer View Post
Sunny-day-after-storm powder days are cool because you can go really fast. Kinda like the last part of 2001: A Space Odyssey with skis.
Note to self: Cue Also Sprach Zarathustra as I thow my skis skywards like a giant femur club at the end of the day.
post #12 of 33
Flawed pole.

I like 'em both. I really get a charge out of skiing, or driving in a snowstorm. The euphoria lasts right through the next day. There is a brief period of sadness and disappointment when the storm ends, but that feeling doesn't last; the Bluebird day makes me happy again.
post #13 of 33
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Originally Posted by comprex View Post
Note to self: Cue Also Sprach Zarathustra as I thow my skis skywards like a giant femur club at the end of the day.
No - I mean the last part where he's on some weird transcendental LSD trip and all those lights are blasting at him at a billion light years per hour and that creepy Ligeti music is playing. Then he ends up in that room where everything is radiating light and he sees himself as a 150 year old man and then as a giant fetus floating in space. No lie - I've had runs that were just like that.
post #14 of 33
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Originally Posted by Jer View Post
No - I mean the last part where he's on some weird transcendental LSD trip and all those lights are blasting at him at a billion light years per hour and that creepy Ligeti music is playing. Then he ends up in that room where everything is radiating light and he sees himself as a 150 year old man and then as a giant fetus floating in space. No lie - I've had runs that were just like that.

Me too. I knew what you meant.

There have been other days when I would just have a triumphal empowering revelation that makes me feel like the bloodthirsty chimp from the very opening sequence as he discovers the 'Tool'.

Of course the "fully evolved humanoids" around me knew it all already and just laughed
post #15 of 33
I second the notion that stormy days send the masses inside. About the visibility... You should invest in a few lenses or different shades of goggles. I for one have three pairs of Oakley Wisdoms that I rotate. I have the Fire for bluebird days, the persimmon for cloudy or over cast days, and H.I. yellow for flat light and night conditions. If you know where to shop you can get them cheap too. The fires were a lot at $120( Backcountry.com) but the persimmons were only $30 (Oakley Outlet) and the H.I. yellows were $55 (Tramdock.com). This is for three sets of goggles, not just different lenses. You can certainly go cheaper then this, I am just a big fan of oakley goggles.
post #16 of 33
Storm days. Everyone at home, fresh tracks every run.
post #17 of 33
Bluebird days because i like the way the snow sparkles in the sunlight

Dark cloudy days are quite cool at times as long as the vis is decent and there isn't loads of wind, especially when it is still snowing and you can't see your tracks on the next lap.
post #18 of 33
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Originally Posted by Jer View Post
No - I mean the last part where he's on some weird transcendental LSD trip and all those lights are blasting at him at a billion light years per hour and that creepy Ligeti music is playing. Then he ends up in that room where everything is radiating light and he sees himself as a 150 year old man and then as a giant fetus floating in space. No lie - I've had runs that were just like that.
that effect is called a slit scan or slot scan from the way the effect is generated. It involves a camera tracking on rails, all done mechanically back in the day, pre-photoshop. Yeah, storm days all the way for that cool adventure into the unknown feeling.
post #19 of 33
I'll take a blue bird day any day. In fact (and I might be banned for saying this) I will take a warm sunny spring day any day.
post #20 of 33
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Originally Posted by Jer View Post
Storm skiing is fun because it's all dark and foreboding and the low visibilty makes it seem like you're all alone. Kinda like The Shining with skis.

Sunny-day-after-storm powder days are cool because you can go really fast. Kinda like the last part of 2001: A Space Odyssey with skis.

I love them both, but for some reason the storm days are the ones I remember most vividly.
Exactly how it is for me... well exepting the Also Sprach Zerathrusta thing fror me it's more a Carmina Burrena build up with a bit of a ska punk flavor ala Sublime's Santeria.

I love both, but I remember skiing in the storms more vividly.
post #21 of 33
Gotta love the days when its snowing heavy enough to keep the masses in the lodges but you can still see good enough and the wind isn't honkin'. I love the feeling of snow falling on me and the way it back-fills your tracks. I love the way the sound gets dampened especially in the evergreens. I also love the way the trees get covered over like icing on a cake, kind of like a proverbial winter wonderland. When the snow covers the boots, its like the official, "powder day"! Its coming!!!!
post #22 of 33
both have the pluses but I had more great powder days in the storms than after the storm.
post #23 of 33
Nuking storms are always the best for me. It is what I live for!

JF
post #24 of 33
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Originally Posted by 4ster View Post
Nuking storms are always the best for me. It is what I live for!

JF
Same here.

I even get upset when the sky lightens up a little bit after it's been snowing hard.

Sunshine is for summer.
post #25 of 33
Bluebird - mainly for the visibility. Skiing Mineral Basin (Snowbird) in a whiteout is like braille skiing - all by feel.
post #26 of 33
Storms are best for me. A good one will keep adding on and the skiing will get better as the day goes on. Bluebird means that it will be all tracked out with no hope for the immediate future.

Around here storms don't deter the crowds, they encourage them. It's a feeding frenzy.
post #27 of 33
I only been skiing on two real powder days in my life. Both happened last year at alta in January. One day was bluebird and the other was as gray as it can get. The day when it was nuking was by far much more enjoyable for me because of the lack of crowds. I just headed for the trees and skied catherines all day. It was amazing. I literally had knee deep powder every run. The day after was bluebird. Although the visibility was better, way more people came out and the powder seemed to bump up real fast. I just hope when I go this year there will be tons of snow.
post #28 of 33
I'll take bluebird over graybird, but I voted for the last one cuz either way I'm happy.
post #29 of 33
I don't mind it when it's cloudy above and there's plenty of snow falling. Sure, the visibility isn't quite as good, but you lose crowds and the tracks fill in. Skiing in the clouds, on the other hand, is really frustrating. I was at Whistler and couldn't even see the moguls in front of me. Hard to open it up in conditions like that.
post #30 of 33

behavior

skier behavior is so different on bluebird days, with respect to courtesy. Line behavior will deteriorate dramatically. On hill etiquette goes into the toilette. Is it the increased pressure of competing for good lines and freshies with more people, or is it the type of crowd that prefers sunny days? Also,i t is much more likely that you will hook-up with a cool group that is totally groovin' on a storm day.
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