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Morning hard crust

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
These warm spring mornings have offered up a bit of hard crust over thin, but heavy snow. The skis work as designed, edging and carving, but I am suprised by how much energy it takes to travel over this rattle and clank surface. I try to just soften my self and let the legs take up the little irregularities from yesterdays tracks. Still the work load seems high compared to the difficulty. anxiety! Comments!

Waiting till 11:00 works the best!

post #2 of 8
best bet, follow the sun!

Coral heads are always lots of work.
post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 
Oh! the sun is good advice.
I sometimes wish I could select the runs I get sent to evaluate. On snow days, I am a bit more assertive on which runs need a second "inspection".


post #4 of 8
This might help with morning hard crust.
post #5 of 8
milesb, another well thought out, intellectual comment.

Cal, I know your profile says So. Vermont, but do you ski Hunter?

I know what you mean by the shake and rattle surface. It's awful, and not a lot of fun. I try to ski trails where there is a lot of traffic as the traffic softens the surface a little.

post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 

I haven't been to Hunter Mountain Yet.
I am a bit shy of leaving the safety of Vermont.

There sure is a golden hour to ski any particular run in these spring conditions.

The same day I skied this crust in the morning, I did sweep on a tree skiing section at days end. There had been almost no one in the trees and with a very warm day, the snow was soft and creamy. Sinking in to about mid boot made it VERY HARD to make anything but jump turns.
Ah! the life.

post #7 of 8
I did my Level III skiing exam at Hunter in January and there was a guy in the exam, Cal, from Hunter. I thought you might be him.
post #8 of 8
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by WVSkier:
I know what you mean by the shake and rattle surface. It's awful, and not a lot of fun. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

that's fast becoming one of my favorite conditions. i find that i HAVE to stay aggressive and powerful to stay in control at speed. it's exhilerating to make clean, controlled carves in conditions that DEMAND attention that were beyond my ability a year ago. as the season was coming to a close, i'd make sure to get there early before it softened up, and come back later in the day once it had refrozen... the midday slop is fun..but boring.
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