Originally Posted by ripthepow
I know it's kinda silly question but anyway....
Found a few great pics on TGR forums and I'm really curious if the lines shown on them are really difficult to ski. They look absolutely scary but also the snow seems to be perfect and there are no rocks or trees.
So what those of you who have more experience then I do think of those lines? How goof of a skier should one be to ski them?
If you're going to be skiing those lines, chances are you are going to be heli-skiing with a guide, and thus, the safety aspect (avalanche-wise) would mostly be taken out of the question. i.e. If the guides deem the slope stable enough to ski, then you ski,...if not, then you don't.
It's difficult to judge the actual steepness of those lines from head-on shots, but you would need to be comfortable with linking continuous turns in deep, variable snow on some of the steeper pitches at an 'experts oriented' resort out west. By 'experts oriented' I'm thinking of places like Jackson, Snowbird, Squaw, Whistler, etc. The bottom two pics dont look so bad though.
Some of these lines look really long too (i.e. the top two). So you're legs are going to need to be in really really good shape as you do not want to stop in the middle of these runs to catch your breath and fatigue WILL set in.
Also, it looks like on some of them (i.e. again the top two pics especially), slough management would be an issue. Having some understanding of where your slough is going to go, and then having the ability to ski the face in a fashion so your own slough doesn't take you out would be needed as well.
Also, you might want to be used to standing on top of a line where you can't see the bottom, or the middle of it, from the top. Lots of "rollovers" in Alaska which can be a mind game if you're not used to them.