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post #31 of 43
Originally posted by Lars:

...Good rules and if you're not good at it, don't ski the trees alone.

And if you *do* ski trees alone, wear a whistle. :

post #32 of 43
Aim is what tree skiing's all about. I taught a bump clinic once where we started with two runs on the Nastar course, then did two runs in the trees, then two runs in the bumps. The moral of the clinic was look ahead, look ahead, look ahead: aim is eye foot coordination.
post #33 of 43
Don't forget!

Skiing trees is one of the best ways to add distance to your trip down the mountain. It works the same way as when you go anywhere. As the journey becomes familiar, we spend less of our attention on the events we pass by. When skiing the trees, there are MANY very inportant "things" to notice. (like trees and branches). Our attention is consumed, and time passes at a slower rate.

So Don't be in a hurry to get through a tree section. Ski lines that allow you to be at comfort with your ability. (you need to move at a rate that allows floatation in the soft stuff however)
Stop and rest if you wish. Enjoy! If the trees are thick enough, NO ONE CAN SEE YOU! Do what you want. I once had a flock of small birds pass me while I was stopped. The flock of about 50 creatures made short flights from tree branch to branch. I was on the route, they almost landed on me. It was nice to be there.


post #34 of 43
Thread Starter 
Unfortunately this weekends weather did not allow me to put any of this advice to work...I will shoot for next weekend
post #35 of 43
Mike, in order to become comfortable skiing around objects, one doesn't necessarily need to practice on non-groomed slopes. Time spent turning next to objects on the side of groomed trails can't help but make one more relaxed and natural when skiing next to objects on non-groomed slopes. As a young skier, I learned to make easy slopes more interesting by skiing right on the edge of groomed trails which are often lined by trees. To do so one ought to ski a direct fall line. Since one side is open space unlike having to navigate between tree trunks, it is safer as one always can dive back into the open when needing to bail.

Also on some steeper tree line groomed trails there will be at least a few feet of ungroomed next to trees. Find areas to practice where advanced skiers will skier track the edges creating small moguls. And of course one can always play games taking fall lines that pass right next to single objects as trees or rocks.

Trees are a fun game but need to be respected as rightly dangerous too. -dave
post #36 of 43
Originally posted by dave_SSS:
Time spent turning next to objects on the side of groomed trails can't help but make one more relaxed and natural when skiing next to objects on non-groomed slopes.
So true... I was desensitised to race course by being made to ski along side it - turning the ones on the race course side NEXT to the gates....
post #37 of 43
I love the aim post above, thanks nolo.
I've never used the word aim, but think about and teach actively scribing your skis along the exact line you choose. Aim is what makes real skiing (away from the prepared environment) fun and challenging. Once your aim improves, the bumps the trees, the odd snow start to become ever changing puzzles of ski placements and duration. Thanks for the image.

Cheers, Wade

(ps, this is also why I love mt. biking so much. once your in charge of the tool, the line selection is so much fun. placing you tire in one inch area along the path of choice is so exciting and mentally stimulating)
post #38 of 43
Mike, which tree trails are you skiing at the Bush? It's been a few years since I skied there, but Moonshine over at South was always an excellent place to practice. We would ocassionally head out of bounds in Slidebrook and other places. There's also "Sleeper" at South that you can use to practice. I think the key is that you can ski in and out of the trees on these trails and there are shorter sections of trees. I used to ski Sleeper all day sometimes. By the end of the day I had a routine for passing through the trees, and I really think it helped me advance. Without thinking about it, I developed a repertoire of tree turns and strategies. I definitely agree with previous posts about skiing offensively. Look for the openings and go, using the terrain to keep speed under control.

Hope you have a good weekend.


[ March 14, 2004, 07:50 AM: Message edited by: skier219 ]
post #39 of 43
Thread Starter 
Just back from day of Spring skiing at the Bush...I put the advice to use - Aim, speed control and being offensive were my areas of focus...overall the results were good looking ahead and aiming through the gaps was very helpful...I did have one bit of misfortune on one run I was going great and feeling quite proud of myself when a brief lack of concentration caused my aim to be only 50%...the result was each ski chose opposite sides of the tree to go around...after the resulting crash and body search to make sure I was all in one piece I laughed and was anxious to share my mixed results with the board...looks like the skis are going away for the season...I will be back in the trees next year! Thanks again for the help!

Craig my favorite tree run is Eden, I like Paradise when the snow is decent wasnt great on Sun - Deeper Sleeper is good but it wasn't open - Egans Woods is a good run but I could use some more work and/or confidence on it and I didn't get the chance to ski Slidebrook - hopefully next year
post #40 of 43
Always ski in the woods but never see a tree.
post #41 of 43
Mike, that's a real funny story! I've never straddled a tree before, though I have sideswiped quite a few. Glad all the pieces are still there.

I'm hoping to head up to the Bush sometime in the next week or so, if the conditions are decent.

post #42 of 43
Originally posted by Mikec13:
I need some help with tree skiing. I know the advice most often given is ski between them, that being said I need more help.
Alright, Ski where the trees aren't.

post #43 of 43
man i know this sounds kinda sketchy, but the way i have learned to ski trees to better my self is to find a spot on a run with a varied type of trees. i ski them over and again until i have memorized them. i then start to push my self faster and faster, mind you that i am in control totally. i think that my reactions and muscles remember what to do in a tight spot on a new run. i have done that with lose, steep, and very tight tree skiing. it helped me, i may have looked like a moron skiing the same snow all day, but it has helped me with my confidence in the steep and deep trees. good luck
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