Originally Posted by sibhusky
I skied CB for 25 years. Skills learned: Ice skiing and moving glades. Seriously, once you've learned to ski the sheer ice of 2 PM on a weekend at CB the term "ice" anywhere else holds no terror. And the moving glades of the same time period coming down Honeymoon Lane, aka Suicide Alley, enhances your peripheral vision and your reaction time enormously. This is tree skiing with moving trees. They crowd 10,000 to 12,000 people on 125 acres on a weekend, just think of it! The transition to the empty slopes of Whitefish was a breeze. All I had to learn to deal with was "excess snow" on the hill. I think that you have to have respect for the people who ski that stuff and get out there and enjoy themselves week after week. And yes, I did enjoy myself. I knew the rhythm of the crowds and how to work the lifts and where people would be at any point of the day. Sure, since it was the same sort of conditions all the time, I plateaued. But, the additional skills needed here were more "mind skills" than anything since coming here. Things ARE steeper and it's my head I have to work on, not my feet, my friends tell me this all the time. Once I commit, I do it just fine, it's more overcoming the eyeballs than anything else.
I love this! Moving glades!
I call them human slalom gates, though moving glades is much more appropriate because I wouldn't treat a fellow skier like a slalom gate.
And I do enjoy myself at Blue, and at Bear Creek, which has 1/2 the vertical and shorter runs, but a nice friendly vibe, a beautiful lodge, and trails that are more snow than ice.
I just wish I could figure out how to advance my off-piste skills where there is no off-piste.......