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Palisades at Squaw... Straightlining

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I've been asked to straight line several of the chutes down the palisades for the camera. How do I do it? What is the best way to hold myself for balance and stability? Are there any "tricks" to it that I need to know? Is it just being committed enough to go over the edge? I'm planning to throw down but I need to know how. All help is appreciated. Matt
post #2 of 8
super-mat - If you have to ask how to do it, I'd suggest either taking out a LARGE life insurance policy before you try (with me as the beneficiary), or passing on it altogether.

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ October 14, 2001 08:23 AM: Message edited 1 time, by Gill ]</font>
post #3 of 8
Figure 11's actually require mostly good balance, luck and not nearly as much skill and making turns down them. I think its a waste of good vertical and snow!
post #4 of 8
Before doing anything big I would try it down several less committing things. 11s are fun. Knowing the terrain is pretty key, so you know when you'll hit changes. Also, staying balanced instead of sitting back when intimidated is important. Straightlining offers another dimension in the spirit of Glisse. Enjoy it.
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I think figure 11's are fun - and the new interest of them was started in the spirit of thumbing the nose at the traditional ways of skiing steeps. But I do also know that it takes less skill and if you've humped all day to get up a serious descent . . . a tragic waste of terrain. But, it certainly preserves the snowpack for others - so each to their own!
post #6 of 8
If you doin't know the answer to those questions, the Palisades are NOT the place to figure them out. You'll hit at least 50 mph, maybe 60 (unless its a powder day).

In general, 1st you need to have very strong legs/thighs becasue your skis will be chattering and you'll have to hold things together. A fall at that speed WILL result in several violent head-over heel tumbles and can potentially be season (or more) ending.

You'll also want wide, stiff skis for stability through the crud that will innevitably be at the bottom.

Also, after straightlining the steepest top sections, I'd as soon as possible get a slight arc going (better stability with todays skis on a slight edge).

If you do it, do National chute 1st, then Main chute, then Box or Extra chutes. LAST on the list is the Chimney (if its even open). Don't run one that's closed because you'll almost certainly get busted by the patrol shack right next to it. Those busted for poaching the Palisades get a ride to the SHerriff's station and arrested, I've seen it happen.

Don't do it for the camera, make sure you're ready (and know you're comfortable at very high speed in crud). Be careful!
post #7 of 8
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Check your private messages. Respond privately or on the forum. I appreciate any help you can offer.
post #8 of 8
Don't really have any advice - only an anecdote. I remember skiing center chute at the Palisades with my son. I remember us standing on the edge and taking a 10 or 15 foot entry after a typical period of "thinking about it." We were very pleased that we both made our landings and skied off down the rest of the powder rewards the Palisades offered that fine spring day. As we were "thinking about it" we watched a guy blast straight off the entry taking at least 30 or more feet of air, landing straight downhill in balance, and then working very hard to make a couple of very fast GS turns through the spring powder. Doing it his way it took some experience, skill, and a reasonable amount of strength. It very much reminded me of watching Nobis although this guy was a little shakier.
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