Just got back to DC today. I will download and post pix probably this weekend (have to get TC of my case!
) The last day of camp showed how unpredictable the mountains can be: driving rain, blowing wind and temps went down into the 40s. The snow was not great so it was a short day but all in all an amazing week.
Answers to questions:
bumpfreaq, I found the Hart F-17 to be extremely quick (as one might expect since its quite narrow), but also to have a super nice flex pattern in the bumps and made them less work, overall. I usually ski something like a k2 PE or Volkl Bridge in the bumps and I did notice a big difference getting on the Harts. They are surprisingly capable as an all mtn ski as well. Skiing the heavly slush at the bump was a bit tougher than one of my wider skis but very manageable. I imagine they'd be great on a hardpack day when you didn't plan to spend much time off-piste. They are billed as being mogul skis that are decent all mtn. skis and I think that reality is pretty close to the marketing pitch on that. Also for comparison purposes, I rode the 175s. None of my fatter skis are shorter than 185...so the shorter length helped as well. I'm 6 fooot 3 185 lbs and probably a level 7/8 skier.
Dookey, the lava rock is pretty much completely exposed on lookers left of Palmer. There is one narrow channel that some crazy Japanese race team was running high speed GS training..which is nuts b/c of exposed rock right next to some of the gates....ridiculously stupid but that's what they were doing. I skied over once to the far skiers left--about 14 lanes over....its getting quite thin over there as well. Our bump line was right in the middle of the glacier at lane 6. The public lane (lane 1) was in real good shape. What I noticed was that the public could come up and ski that lane until about noon and then they could start creeping over as the camps began to vacate. It would be hard to stay interested skiing the public lane for hours and hours. There is still a fair amount of snow up there and should be some decent stuff left in Sept.
That's the latest. I highly recommend this camp for those looking to continue to bump up their competence on moguling and--for that matter--all mtn skiing. It keeps your stoke factor high...keeps great muscle memory for starting the winter season strong AND is just an incredible escape from the humidity and summer misery of the east coast. I have plans to move to the Rockies or Northwest sometime in the next 18-24 months...I've been in the East too long. This trip reminded me why I need to get back West and closer to home. The attitude, the vibe, the whole deal is just more me than the work-obsessed east coast. If only I could figure out how to get my kid through college without my east coast job!
Pix to follow very soon....