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hasn't snowed a while, ideas for Keepin' it sick

post #1 of 28
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Ok, it's mostly only good on groomers and a few chalky patches around. frozen off-piste sucks. spring snow is thinning. What do you do to keep it sick, and keep the endorphin flowing? I'll kick one in: hike to really scenic spots and dig the view. one more: go fast.
post #2 of 28
Good question. For me going fast is going nowhere quickly. I try to launch and ski with a particular purpose when the trails are a bit worn. Perhaps it's a goal of finer balance and deft touch. Certainly I think to stop more often to take a look about while otherwise I would take that for granted. I do find on marginal day's while I’m way up in the mountains on a clear day I consider someone down below is cleaning out their garage…even standing sill on thin snow is not so bad…
post #3 of 28
Add tele skiing to your bag of tricks. You'd be suprised how those blue groomers become real exciting with a free heel, at least when you are starting out.
post #4 of 28
I don't know, but maybe its all about how you look at it. Last night it was -4F at our humble hill and no one was showing for lessons at 5 or 6:30. It was REAL cold for this neck of the woods. I rode up the quad, looked out at the fade from fire orange to deep purple on the horizon and thought - "what a great place to be right now" - then went and made turns on the slow crust of manmade & natch. I was still stoked...
post #5 of 28
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Originally Posted by mudfoot View Post
Add tele skiing to your bag of tricks. You'd be suprised how those blue groomers become real exciting with a free heel, at least when you are starting out.
Same with a board. Take it into the park/pipe if you really want to push the envelope.... and the Advil.
post #6 of 28
I find the best groomer and work on one leg skiing.
post #7 of 28
Lift tower pole slalom
Seed some bumps
Work on technique drills
Most of that isn't any fun on really fat skis.

That leaves:

Gnarin' the shed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
post #8 of 28
No new powder means I'm saving my energy for other things ( like powerlifting ).
post #9 of 28
Agree on the hiking/scenery approach (bring lunch/wine, etc.). Also:
Take out the kid and think about the future rewards
Hit the park; ski switch
Build a kicker
post #10 of 28
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Originally Posted by davluri View Post
frozen off-piste sucks.
Ya know, I once found a pair of 45mm waist skis in a Play It Again Sports in Reno.
post #11 of 28
Bring a few skis to the mountain and switch out every hour or so.
post #12 of 28
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Originally Posted by slider View Post
Bring a few skis to the mountain and switch out every hour or so.
I do that every time I go skiing. I change at lunch then sometimes again around 2.

A few of us have tried skiing with two different skis at the same time, like fat ski on left and caver on right.
post #13 of 28
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post
I do that every time I go skiing. I change at lunch then sometimes again around 2.

A few of us have tried skiing with two different skis at the same time, like fat ski on left and caver on right.
That's just wrong. It seems to be my new fun thing. Today I skied 2 pairs. One pair were a solid wood ski. I love wood finishings.
post #14 of 28
Along with tele & boarding which have already been mentioned, get on some real Slalom skis. Get in the gates, practice every drill known to man. You will stay entertained for weeks, & improve your technique at the same time.
JF
post #15 of 28




Ski Switch.











Fast.











Everywhere.











post #16 of 28
there is always good snow somewhere.

i would argue that the skiing has been consistently great at squaw. i've found no need to ski groomers...
post #17 of 28
It's skiing, even when it sucks its fun.

When the snow sucks, I ski switch more, I try to make every little bump a jump, I spin the whole way down ala ski ballet, I take runs at full speed (I mean if the snow sucks, the hill is empty), I run stupid drills where you hold your poles like a lunch tray, I ski with one ski, I hit the park, I ski with a camera and try to take shots while moving, I attempt moguls, I run slalom around whatever debris/lift towers/gapers/bare spots I can turn into gates, when it gets really bare I see how many bare spots I can jump over, I'll pretend that death cookies are a puck and my poles are a hockey stick. I think I am going to start skiing with two different skis on my feet, hell maybe two different boots.

I'll borrow friend's snowboards. If I ever get tele gear, I'll learn to do that. Maybe if I get bored with tele, I'll go one leg tele the other alpine.

Just be real light hearted about the whole thing and try to be as creative as possible

(Can you tell I'm from the East Coast, where we have lots of bad days??)
post #18 of 28
Hit the trees. (Not literally...)
post #19 of 28
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Originally Posted by davluri View Post
Ok, it's mostly only good on groomers and a few chalky patches around. frozen off-piste sucks. spring snow is thinning. What do you do to keep it sick, and keep the endorphin flowing? I'll kick one in: hike to really scenic spots and dig the view. one more: go fast.
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Originally Posted by jrbd View Post
Hit the trees. (Not literally...)
post #20 of 28
You're in Tahoe? I was just at Alpine for four days and could go off-piste almost everywhere. Hucks were pretty much out of the question (though that didn't stop me from dropping 15-footers here and there, my shins are no longer happy), but there was still plenty of steep and narrow stuff that was fun to ski. My days were basically Sherwood for early morning corn, Summit for mid-day corn and windbuff, and Scott for afternoon corn.

On groomers I pretty much either straight line them or ski them switch.
post #21 of 28
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by thefrush View Post
You're in Tahoe? I was just at Alpine for four days and could go off-piste almost everywhere. .......On groomers I pretty much either straight line them or ski them switch.
Thanks for the ideas. The angle I was after in this thread: more looking for ideas to keep the fun factor up, not so much critiquing the snow pack in Tahoe, which is still pretty sick as you guys have pointed out. Personally, I've been hiking more, looking for pockets of awesome quality, favoring the quality factor over the quantity factor.
post #22 of 28
I look for fun lines mostly. Chutes and billygoats are fun to practice in adverse conditions as long as they are somewhat edgeable.
post #23 of 28
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Originally Posted by karpiel View Post
I find the best groomer and work on one leg skiing.
yeah that. It's really a good workout and gets the legs burning.
post #24 of 28
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Originally Posted by davluri View Post
Ok, it's mostly only good on groomers and a few chalky patches around. frozen off-piste sucks. spring snow is thinning. What do you do to keep it sick, and keep the endorphin flowing? I'll kick one in: hike to really scenic spots and dig the view. one more: go fast.
It's all about the g-forces. Go faster and turn harder.
post #25 of 28
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Originally Posted by KZ1964 View Post
I don't know, but maybe its all about how you look at it. Last night it was -4F at our humble hill and no one was showing for lessons at 5 or 6:30. It was REAL cold for this neck of the woods. I rode up the quad, looked out at the fade from fire orange to deep purple on the horizon and thought - "what a great place to be right now" - then went and made turns on the slow crust of manmade & natch. I was still stoked...
That's the right train of thought!
post #26 of 28
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Ghost View Post
It's all about the g-forces. Go faster and turn harder.
turning up the G's, heck yeah! and like he said, keep it creative. also digging mellow, trippy, fluid, and crazy!
post #27 of 28
skiing rockered skis on hard pack. excellant idea, if I didnt say so myself! ;D

makes skiing green runs like double blacks!
post #28 of 28
It's gonna snow out this way Sunday and Monday
Might get 4 inches
On top of about a foot of new manmade
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