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Should I try some powder?

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Okay, I am considering signing up for some Powder Cat time when I go to Steamboat end of this week. Only issue is that I have not done deep snow skiing before and I am self taught.

Below is what I sent to the folks who run the Snow Cat's and was looking for some input on whether it is a good idea based on my stated ability. Bottom line is that I want something new and if I never leave the groomers I'll never get better. Wish I had some buddies I could give it a shot with but I move a lot and only get to a mountain once or twice a year at best, especially with deploying ever other year.

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Hi, I will be in Steamboat from 19-22 DEC and was considering trying out something new and getting some experience in some powder. To date my primary experience has been on steep groomers in Europe with one foray into bumps while in Sarajevo. I've had no problems doing Red or Black runs in Europe and generally attack the hill aggressively with a fair amount of speed. I've been skiing now for 5 years and want to expand my terrain and ability from groomers to some powder. Based on talking to other people online about my ability I was told I should sign up for intermediate so that I can assess where I am at in deep snow and not get in over my head from the outset.

Some additional information about my ability level.

1) I am self taught so I might not be the best technical skier on the slopes.
2) I've skied the Dolomites, Garmisch, Oberamergau, and Sarajaevo on groomed Red/Black runs with no issues.
3 I am generally very aggressive and carry lots of speed but am controlled.
4) I am physically fit running about every other day with weight training focused on legs (I'm in the Army and play soccer).
5) I like a challenge but do not want to over state my ability level.

Thread where I was getting advice and talking about my ability level.
http://my.steamboat.com/forum/topics/powderoffpiste-lessons?page=1&commentId=2284251%3AComment%3A8132& x=1#2284251Comment8132
post #2 of 5
FAST GTO,


Welcome to Epic!

It looks like to me that you have a realistic view of your ability. I think that starting in an intermediate groop for cat skiing would be good. You can always move up as the days progress.

Strength and fitness are great for endurance, but technique is more important. Go for it, it'll be a blast.

RW
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Originally Posted by Ron White View Post
I think that starting in an intermediate groop for cat skiing would be good. You can always move up as the days progress.

Strength and fitness are great for endurance, but technique is more important. Go for it, it'll be a blast.

RW
It is a blast, but I have to offer a couple of caveats:

1. Make sure Steamboat Powder Cats actually has an intermediate group. Some cat ski operations won't admit to having intermediate groups. What some others offer as "intermediate" would only be so if you have at least some off-piste experience. If your experience is exclusively on-piste, ungroomed powder in the trees, even with a relatively mild pitch, is likely to be something of a shock.

2. December 19-22 will be early season snow conditions. More hazards will be exposed, the powder will not be deep, and the skiing will be more difficult.
post #4 of 5
You may or may not like the style of ski (I love them FWIW)--- but rockered powder oriented skis will make your first forays of this sort a ton easier than normal skis. The operator's site says they provide K2 skis. Check with them. If they have Pontoons available, you are totally good to go. IMO powder on Pontoons is far easier than the average groomer day on just about anything. K2 Hellbents would not be a bad choice either - but for powder, especially if you want to keep your tips up to avoid obstacles, Pontoons are tough to beat... Things like Volkl Kuros, Armada ARGs, DP Lotus 138s, Praxis Powders or Protests, etc also make life far easier in powder than normal skis...
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Cat ski

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Originally Posted by jhcooley View Post
It is a blast, but I have to offer a couple of caveats:

1. Make sure Steamboat Powder Cats actually has an intermediate group. Some cat ski operations won't admit to having intermediate groups. What some others offer as "intermediate" would only be so if you have at least some off-piste experience. If your experience is exclusively on-piste, ungroomed powder in the trees, even with a relatively mild pitch, is likely to be something of a shock.

2. December 19-22 will be early season snow conditions. More hazards will be exposed, the powder will not be deep, and the skiing will be more difficult.
Sorry for short hijack. Mr. Cooley could you let me know when the snows good at Whitewater, please.
Thanks Pete
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