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post #1 of 26
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Hey gang, I will post some pictures but the bandwidth for uplad has been a bit tempermental, Phil, can you post the pics I have sent?

Well, its late february here and the snow is deep and there's a lot of powder. Started skiing friday afternoon and 3 days later, we're still finding plenty of fresh lines. Dan Egan's Clinic has been great. Totally pushing my limits and comfort levels. We have fantastic group all are fun and willing to jump into chutes and 40 degree ridgelines.  VN is just frickin huge, unbeleivably huge. Our days are spent finging fresh lines high up. Not a lot of hiking, but a lot of traversing but the goods are good. No trees, kind of a lunar landscape. Learning a lot. If Phil cant load, I will load some asap.
post #2 of 26
yahoo! keep it coming...
post #3 of 26
This thread is worthless without pics.

That said, with pics, it would just make me jealous.

Enjoy!
post #4 of 26
P[cs or no I am JEALOUS.  You are skiing, I'm not. 

Blow a turn for all of us Finndog.
post #5 of 26
Here's a taste...

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post #7 of 26
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Originally Posted by Finndog View Post

Hey gang, I will post some pictures but the bandwidth for uplad has been a bit tempermental, Phil, can you post the pics I have sent?

Well, its late february here and the snow is deep and there's a lot of powder. Started skiing friday afternoon and 3 days later, we're still finding plenty of fresh lines. Dan Egan's Clinic has been great. Totally pushing my limits and comfort levels. We have fantastic group all are fun and willing to jump into chutes and 40 degree ridgelines.  VN is just frickin huge, unbeleivably huge. Our days are spent finging fresh lines high up. Not a lot of hiking, but a lot of traversing but the goods are good. No trees, kind of a lunar landscape. Learning a lot. If Phil cant load, I will load some asap.

Loaded.
post #8 of 26
Finn, I'm WOW excited for you, and extremely jealous!  See?  I'm green with envy ><
Dan Egan is an awesome guy and a gutzy coach.  You are living the life baby and you deserve it!!!
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Loaded.
Phil Scotch or Hendricks?
Edited by Trekchick - 8/25/09 at 6:05am
post #9 of 26

Glad you see that you are having a great time with good snow.  Can't wait to see more pics.  How are those new skis working for you?

post #10 of 26
Thread Starter 

Thanks for posting those Phil and greg, much appreciated.

I skied the Pilgrims (90 underfoot) for the past 3 days and found them to be extremely versitile in the ranging condifions and terrain. I skied the 2010 Nomad Sft's (Softs) today in some spring-like cutup and untracked stuff as well as on some really nice soft groomers. They were fantastic. Definitely a winner!  I will post more in reviews.

the weather has been pretty much like early spring with temps in the mid 20's in the am warming up to 40 or so by noonish. Snow quality has bee fantastic. Still findinng fresh.  We skied Laparva yesterday, most of the pcs above are from there. the chute is here in VN. really learning a lot and Dan and Eric have worked to rebuild my skiing. Still not where I want it but more more effecient and smooth.  Others in the group are having similar success. All are enjoying themselves. its a great group. My intention was to get into terrain that I was not comfortable in and I got it!  Today, I jumped off a 8-10'cornice and I really didn't think much about it. I wouldn't say that a week ago.  Btw, when you land its best not to land on your pole basket,,,,, I then learned about tomahawking on steep lines after the huck....  :)

also, the Austrain teams are up here as well as others, watching them is awesome.


Edited by Finndog - 8/25/09 at 1:55pm
post #11 of 26
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Thanks for posting those Phil and greg, much appreciated.

I skied the Pilgrims (90 underfoot) for the past 3 days and found them to be extremely versitile in the ranging condifions and terrain. I skied the 2010 Nomad Sft's (Softs) today in some spring-like cutup and untracked stuff as well as on some really nice soft groomers. They were fantastic. Definitely a winner!  I will post more in reviews.

....  :)


Spoken like the gear whore you are!
post #12 of 26
Thread Starter 
I am what I am.....

This season, its pilgrims and Nomad SFT's Hellbents for sick deep days and just playing around
post #13 of 26
Great to see you getting the goods and making the most of it!  Wooohooo!!!
post #14 of 26
Thread Starter 
Here's a quick explanation fo the pics


The one Greg posted is the chute at the top of VN, its under the lift. For me, it was the steepest thing I ever skied, I am guessing 35 degrees? about 20' wide, the top requires a few quck turns then the bottom 2 thirds is soft and open just steep. I am at the bottom, looking up at one of the group.

 Look beneath each picture for explanation
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THis is over in LaParva, on a ridge line We travered over to practice tactics for steep lines.. Eric Lipton is the shades, notice the vertical over the skier rigth shoulder.  From here, we kept traversing over to steeper lines. If Dan is readig this, he can tell you but I think we were dropping in at about 40 degrees
.

This shot is the cornice at the farthest point. Look closely at the bottom for a group of skiers to give a little perspective.

The rest of the pics were taken in the Olympic range, an enormous open bowl like you have never seen. just goes on forever. as you can tell in the one picture, we had a ittle issue with flat light and low cloud coverage, it makes skiing open bowls slightly more challenging.... good guide though!  the other blue hole shot was one of the many little ridges you hit along the way.


 
post #15 of 26
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  VN is just frickin huge, unbeleivably huge. Our days are spent finging fresh lines high up. Not a lot of hiking, but a lot of traversing but the goods are good. No trees, kind of a lunar landscape. Learning a lot. If Phil cant load, I will load some asap.
Hi Finndog:
    Glad you are having a good time, we were there two weeks ago, but feel VN is kind of flat and boring after just one day, maybe we don't have locals to show us around, do you mind telling us where you traverse to/from to get the good stuff.

thx
post #16 of 26
Dulce'

Gracias!
post #17 of 26
Great report, Finn.

It's so cool to see a completely snow-covered landscape while I was just dealing with 85-degree temps.

Have fun and leave no snow unskied. 
post #18 of 26
Thread Starter 
Yeah, there's really only one good steep there and that's at the top of Andes express, the chute pictured above which directly under the lift, (note to self, don't stand on the line directly under the chair as one of our compadres now has a nice gash in his head) and the drop to the immediate right. both are about 35 degree's ish.  The Olmypic range offers a gi-normous bowl of open powder lines, if you work it right, there are some really good lines there too. Some great cornice shots there. If you drop the front off the Andes, and traverse hard right up as high as you can go you can work to the back side of a huge ridge dropping down into the Olypmic range. It's a nice drop into open terrain, maybe 30 degrees of sweet untracked,. We lapped that one morning. From there its several other short but sweet lines. Dan Seems to know them all.

The real goods are at laParva, Dan Egan really knows where the goods are for sure. I will post up some other stuff including his la chiminea' chute 45 degrees of sweetness aftera 1 hour boot pack up the side of the rige line.   (I didn't do it but should ave).  LaParva has a lot of fun terrain, lots of small chutes and rdge lines to work from, pleny of steeps, the snow was awesome there. On Thursday afternoon, we found about 2500 of vertical of untracked that we lapped for a coupl of hours. You traversed off the quad past the"cerrado" signs (closed, which really meant, "reservedfor Senior Dan" :) )  Its about 11,8 K there. You dropped in on a this huge bowl and then would plateau out, and keep going into bowl after bowl. It was surreal. Chalky powder on top softening up to cream cheese at the bottom, big gs turns sending huge sprays of snow. Easy, sweet turns in August.... 

 

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Hi Finndog:
    Glad you are having a good time, we were there two weeks ago, but feel VN is kind of flat and boring after just one day, maybe we don't have locals to show us around, do you mind telling us where you traverse to/from to get the good stuff.

thx


 
post #19 of 26
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Its was  tough coming home to the same after a week in the goods.  Sunday, the wife and I went tot eh Baclay open, 5 hours walking around in 83 degrees, was completely draining. I was dieing.

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Great report, Finn.

It's so cool to see a completely snow-covered landscape while I was just dealing with 85-degree temps.

Have fun and leave no snow unskied. 
post #20 of 26
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oh, hey forgot to say this to Bob, you are correct, skinny skis in powder, broken, crud do work! Its all about the skills. I still love my fatties though! 
post #21 of 26
Damm...,
Finndog I envy you guys. We were in Laparva for only one day on 8/6 and it was just ice and wind. The lights were very flat and could not see any thing. Most of the lifts were closed. Have no idea what are you talking about. I quit early because of the headache, RBC did some laps on the lower lifts next to the condos. Now, two weeks later, looks like its horse of another color.

Did you buy the area lift ticket so you can ski all three Valles? How difficult to ski from Nevados to Laparva?
post #22 of 26
Thread Starter 
we had 6 feet of snow the week before so there was so much everywhere and the coverage was really good. We did have a lot of flat-light, especially early in the week. See pics above. We skied pretty well spaced out for better visibility and had to pay attention, as you know, they don't ,mark stuff there very well.
post #23 of 26
 Finn ya killin' me!!!!
post #24 of 26
Thread Starter 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rlcpics/sets/72157622071461341/show/

Ok folks here is a qucik slide show of some of the pics. Try to look at the pics and take in the scope of the terrain. With the snow and all, it's hard to take in the whole perspective. the last shot is the cornince looking down, there are 3 members of the Austrian Adaptive team below us.  Enjoy!
post #25 of 26
Great photoset Finn -- looks like great conditions. Wish I could've joined you.

Maybe I'll be able to make next year's trip (if there is one) -- god, I miss snow.
post #26 of 26
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 Finn ya killin' me!!!!

After looking at the slideshow.......I can only repeat this ^^^^
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