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post #1 of 21
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I am heading to SLC soon and decided to call the shops at Alta to see what the deal was with demos. I started asking the young lady if they had Volkl ACs or Head IMs or Dynastar Contacts and there was dead silence on the other end of the line.

 

Then after a about 10 seconds of that she says "have you ever been here? we ski powder here!" Uh oh, pegged already! Apparently only tourists ask if they have the all mountain skis, LOL. She did rattle off a bunch of powder skis, none of which had a waist smaller than 110, that they demoed.

 

Geez do they really have powder ALL the time at Alta. I swear that is what she said. If so I am gonna need a whole day of lessons just to even make a short powder run never having skied any. Luckily they didn't have my name so I can act like I am onthe ball once I get there!

 

Will search for powder tips on the board but I have a feeling its one of those things you can only learn by doing.

 

 

 

post #2 of 21

Hilarious!  This is a great story.  Even though it doesn't snow every day there...usually even the aftermath means soft snow--even when its cut up.  To me, its Graceland...fat skis everywhere.  There are almost no carving skis there b/c it is wide open and geared toward off-pisted skiing. I was on my Gotamas there last year and my skis seemed skinny and short compared to what was around me.  My suggestion is to embrace it and get on a fatter ski there and have it.  You will have so much fun. 

post #3 of 21

You need a Goat to do some powder grazing.  

post #4 of 21

Yes, that is all we ski around here. This isn't Vail or something. Sheesh. 

post #5 of 21

My advice in these situations (when you're clearly out of your element/realm of expertise) - seek advice from the experts - the folks in the shop out there.  Forget what you may have heard and work with them on the type of skiing you want to do and your goals.

 

As some have suggested you may want to try out wasatchpowderskis.com for some really sick boards and they deliver too.

 

post #6 of 21

Good to know there is only powder in Utah.  When I skied there last March, it must have been frozen powder that I was skiing.  Sure glad I had my frozen powder skis (Volkl AC4's) with me.

 

When Alta has powder, the skiing is fantastic.  When they don't, it can suck.  Kinda like everywhere.

 

My advice -- go with the flow.  If you're lucky enough to get a big dump, ski the wide demos.  If it hasn't snowed in a couple of weeks (yes, even Utah sometimes gets limited to no snow), go with a tool that's appropriate to the conditions.  And, as BWPA says, wide skis will make it easier for you to ski deep snow without picking up/reinforcing some of the bad habits that might otherwise not emerge.

 

Mike 

post #7 of 21

I wouldn't decide what to ski until you are standing there in the shop the day of. Just make sure the shop you demo from has a enough variety for you to cover all possible conditions. I once went to Fernie and took my fattest skis because everyone said it was powder heaven. It turned out to be rock solid all week so I demoed Volkl 6 Stars, expect for the one day we went cat skiing and I switched out for the fat skis.

 

That is the beauty of demoing, you can go in a grab whatever suits the day as long as they have it. If you know snow is in the forecast get your fatties the day before at the end of the day or they will be all gone in the morning.

post #8 of 21

Regarding powder:  It's a good thing you asked now, before it's too late:


 

DO NOT SKI POWDER. 

 

Powder is dangerous.

 

If you see powder, stay in the lodge and do not go out until the all-clear has been sounded.  There is a dedicated team of skiers who will go out and prepare the newly fallen snow for your enjoyment - eventually they'll return to the lodge and say something like"it's all tracked out now" or words to that effect.  That's your cue that it's safe.  Until then, stay in the lodge and do not try to ski powder

 

Please pass this important message along to everyone you meet.  Safety first, you know.

post #9 of 21
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Regarding powder:  It's a good thing you asked now, before it's too late:


 

DO NOT SKI POWDER. 

 

Powder is dangerous.

 

If you see powder, stay in the lodge and do not go out until the all-clear has been sounded.  There is a dedicated team of skiers who will go out and prepare the newly fallen snow for your enjoyment - eventually they'll return to the lodge and say something like"it's all tracked out now" or words to that effect.  That's your cue that it's safe.  Until then, stay in the lodge and do not try to ski powder

 

Please pass this important message along to everyone you meet.  Safety first, you know.

Love it! Was thinking about making this a wiki but didnt want to abuse the system LOL

post #10 of 21
Thread Starter 

Hey, thanks! You don't know me but I'm the kind of guy who loves challenges so when I get this stuff you will push me to be good at it! The more I get this the harder I will work to get good. I may be a rook now but I promise I won't be for long. I am setting up my lessons and guide with Debbie from Mountain Adventure Tours as I write this. $300 and change for an all day private! Youch!!! She has a nice Aussie accent btw but I digress. So keep it comin!!!! The Conz will persevere or die trying.....err...well maybe not die trying but close!

post #11 of 21

I guess the shop had "Caller ID" 

post #12 of 21

Conz;

 

Welcome to EpicSki.  Looks like you'll fit in just fine  It isn't all about the skill level here, it's ALL about the LOVE OF SKIING!

post #13 of 21
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I guess the shop had "Caller ID" 

 

Yes, yes it did.

 

Don't worry, your secret is safe with us Mr. Eric Johnson of Easley, South Carolina.

 

Besides, no one listens to You Tubes; 'Funniest Phone Calls".

 

 

post #14 of 21
Thread Starter 

Well you got the Easley SC part right. As for Eric Johnson...well I've been called a johnson for sure but not as my sir name!

 

Okay, I think its bedtime for bonzo. May visions of beautiful aussie ski instructors dance in my head.

post #15 of 21

Even BushwackerinPA used his Fischer Progressors in a 170cm during his 170days at Snowbird!!

So, she's not entirely correct.

post #16 of 21

I was in Utah day before yesterday having a ball on my quite floaty 81 underfoot Blizzards.

 

BIG day for there, by all means, go for something 100 underfoot or better.  Average day or no snow for 3 days or so a mid-fat will do just fine even if you decide to jump into short lines in the trees. 

 

Have a great time.

post #17 of 21
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May visions of beautiful aussie ski instructors dance in my head.

 

Thanks for the new signature!

 

IF, we still had them. 

 

post #18 of 21
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Originally Posted by theconz View Post

 

I am heading to SLC soon and decided to call the shops at Alta to see what the deal was with demos. I started asking the young lady if they had Volkl ACs or Head IMs or Dynastar Contacts and there was dead silence on the other end of the line.

 


Geez do they really have powder ALL the time at Alta.

 

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Skied Snowbird and Alta in April for a week. It snowed 4-8 inches every night. Could not believe it!

post #19 of 21
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You need a Goat to do some powder grazing.  

 

I can sell you a sheep, Will this do?

The wool will keep you warm down the hill....

post #20 of 21
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Even BushwackerinPA used his Fischer Progressors in a 170cm during his 170days at Snowbird!!

So, she's not entirely correct.

 

yep I probably used those about 2-3 days every two weeks. Most days though I did use my PE or Seths.

 

I will be honest even during a low snow period they are still far from ideal off trail. I could ski faster and with more confindence with the PE or the Seths. Usually when I brought out the Fisher I stuck to groomers but sometimes I skied them off trail for some very balance intenstive work outs.

 

 

 

usually skiing on those skis made it easier to slow down when I was showing people around.

 

 

 

 

 

post #21 of 21

The first time I went downhill skiing, I told the rental shop techs that they'd better not try to slip me any pine skis, I only wanted quality hickory.

This was 5 years ago.

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