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The 1,000,000 vertical feet season

post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 
Looks like I'm going to come up short though this season (will probably hit just about 900K).  I started tracking my vertical via GPS in the 2005-2006 season and came up short that season too.  Of course then I was sidelined due to injury for a few years and only got in a half season in 2009.  So this has been my first full season injury free in quite some time.  I went into the season shooting for the 1,000,000 mark, but unless I play hooky from work for a bunch of days I'm not going to make it by May 2nd (the end of my season).

How many vertical feet did you get this season?
post #2 of 26
Did you say we did 18,1 or 19,1 yesterday?  Per Vail's online trail map, the top of 11 is suppose to be 11,250 with the base of Lionshead at 8,120, so we should have added about 3 K to the 16,500 total you said we had before we skied down...maybe we were going too fast through the slush for the GPS to messure properly.

To answer your question, I'm not even sure how many days I skied this season, but know I got out about 3 times per week, so maybe I'm at 75 days give or take.  Some of those were 3 hour days and/or with my 6 year old daughter, but I'm guessing that I could have been close to or over 1 M.   
post #3 of 26
2.5 million is a pretty standard season for me, but i missed almost this entire season.

my first day was april 2nd... if squaw keeps the chairs spinning one million could be feasible.
post #4 of 26
 I skied 57 times, some of those were short 10K mornings.  Don't track over all vertical feet but I'd estimate maybe 750,000 vertical feet shis season.

 
post #5 of 26
Question re GPS: my Garmin eTrex Vista, which I use when I hike, measures cumulative uphill vertical feet traveled; is there software for it (or are there GPSs) that measure downhill vertical feet?
post #6 of 26
 My watch does this based on barometric pressure/altitude.  Works good.  
post #7 of 26
I got injured a lot this season so I think I only ended up around 100k
post #8 of 26
I use a Brunton altimeter and got in 1.1 mill, a bit lower than I wanted, but I lost enthusiasm as the season wore on due to the lack of snow here.  On the one hand, you get more vertical doing groomers, on the other, who wants to do it?  We got bored and went home early a lot.
post #9 of 26
 Abasin will still offer you a chance to get some of those Vert ft in......I think you can do it!


Some of us will be out there to play in the snow for Mother's day weekend, Skiing Fri-Mon if you want to meet up.
post #10 of 26
Originally Posted by The Big Skibowski View Post

... is there software for it (or are there GPSs) that measure downhill vertical feet?

you can upload your gps tracks here and get a bunch of statistics including vertical feet, laps, speed, etc...

it will even try to name your runs if it recognizes the resort.

i have a garmin etrex something.
post #11 of 26
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post

 Abasin will still offer you a chance to get some of those Vert ft in......I think you can do it!


Some of us will be out there to play in the snow for Mother's day weekend, Skiing Fri-Mon if you want to meet up.

Ha!  A-Basin will let me do it, but I don't think my wife will!  She's a saint letting me ski as much as I do (about 50 days/season) given that we have 3 young boys.  It's hard for me to ask for more than a 6 month ski season knowing that she's already giving up so much for me to pursue my passion.  And trust me - it takes me the next 6 months to make it up to her!

BUT...   I will try to swing a day at A-Basin when you guys are back out here.
post #12 of 26
Not to be a party pooper, but this thread reminds me that Greg Hill skied 1 million vert in a season...all by skinning.  Badass.  
http://www.arcteryx.com/Athlete.aspx?GregHill

He's shooting for 2 mil this year:
http://www.bclocalnews.com/kootenay_rockies/revelstoketimesreview/community/83847147.html
post #13 of 26
69 days so far. I'm averaging over 20k a day, so when I hit 75 days in a week or so, I'll declare 1.5 million.
post #14 of 26
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Ha!  A-Basin will let me do it, but I don't think my wife will!  She's a saint letting me ski as much as I do (about 50 days/season) given that we have 3 young boys.  It's hard for me to ask for more than a 6 month ski season knowing that she's already giving up so much for me to pursue my passion.  And trust me - it takes me the next 6 months to make it up to her!

BUT...   I will try to swing a day at A-Basin when you guys are back out here.
 

All joking aside, you know what you have to do to keep a happy home so you can ski another 6 months next year.  

Bob Lee, Greg Hill is incredible! 
post #15 of 26
Noodler,
Good on ya, guy! I was an Epic lurker when you had your injury and the bad days following. Great comeback and an inspiration to all who sustain body damage. Epic would be a poorer place if you chose not to ski again.

I remember Jackson Hole had a promotion where anyone who skied 100,000 feet vertical in a ski week got a little patch or pin. The math would be about 16,000 feet per day. Friends would make getting that mark a priority, but, that meant they mostly skied groomers. To my way of thinking, that's missing the point of going to Jackson Hole. At this stage of my life, days on skis is more important and I envy the number you got this year. At day's end, if my body tells me I left it all on the mountain, then, the hell with vertical. But then again, I don't use a GPS.
post #16 of 26
Thread Starter 
Living Proof - your post made me look back at the data to see if there was a trend of decreased vertical as the season progressed (and more of the mountain terrain opened).  We had such a low snow year in CO that through about January it was pretty much all groomer skiing.  However, my vertical/day didn't really change much when we started primarily skiing off-piste.  My highest vertical days were the SIA show demo days when I skied with dawgcatching - those days were around 35K each (skiing bell-to-bell with very little breaks - and very fast to keep up with dawg - even in the moguls).  The days that took a toll on my average were the ones when I skied with my kids (but I'd never give those up - that's some "quality" vertical).

I like tracking my vertical because I don't get in as many days as the true "locals", but many of their days are just a couple hours on the mountain - so vertical is really the only way to "even the score" .
post #17 of 26
This is a good point!

I stand at 1,320,000 feet right now and next week end will be my last, so I guess
this is a good year!

But boy did we need sharp edges in Quebec this year!
post #18 of 26
84 days so far. 20K vert average a day puts me over 1.6m
post #19 of 26
Quality, not quantity.
post #20 of 26
 .......try measuring your smiles....i think you'll find that a much better indicator......
post #21 of 26
A million vertical feet sounds like a lot, but it really isn't that much if you ski every day. Heck that's only an average of 10k/day for a hundred days. Even though it takes 40 minutes of lift rides per hour at Snowbowl, one can ski 12k in two hours with ease.

This season, being crappy as it was, I was skiing short days quite often, and likely only averaged 15k or so, over 102 days.
post #22 of 26
I linked to your blog.....you must have been doing other things than blogging when you got back.  I did share the link with a cousin at U of M so I hope you start posting to it.

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Originally Posted by volantaddict View Post

A million vertical feet sounds like a lot, but it really isn't that much if you ski every day. Heck that's only an average of 10k/day for a hundred days. Even though it takes 40 minutes of lift rides per hour at Snowbowl, one can ski 12k in two hours with ease.

This season, being crappy as it was, I was skiing short days quite often, and likely only averaged 15k or so, over 102 days.
post #23 of 26
based on my usage of skilogs.com i average around 27k per day... that's based on a lot of early/late season days and injury days as well.  i haven't been able to log an entire healthy season over there yet, but can't wait to.

that data comes from a sample of 115 days... it's all off-piste and mostly KT / headwall at squaw.  i'd say i don't chase after vert, but i do tend to race for an extra lap most days at 4 o'clock!

i started keeping track in march of 2008 for the last 30 or so days of the season.  the rest of the days came from last year, during which i was battling a back injury the entire season.  unfortunately i missed all of this season until april 2nd...

when the snow is good it's very easy to average well over 30k per day at squaw... that's like 5 hours of skiing with friends.  making laps and skiing hard, but taking breaks and not going crazy by any means). 

my last 4 days skiing corn at squaw were all over 35k.... until i jynxed myself by posting in this thread and broke my skis.
post #24 of 26
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I linked to your blog.....you must have been doing other things than blogging when you got back.  I did share the link with a cousin at U of M so I hope you start posting to it.
 


 
It turned out that I'm not the blog type. I rarely took the time to tune my skis this season, let alone write about the varying hardness of the bumps, and the rareness of new snow.
post #25 of 26
Maybe next season will be more inspiring.

I certainly pray to god it is.
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It turned out that I'm not the blog type. I rarely took the time to tune my skis this season, let alone write about the varying hardness of the bumps, and the rareness of new snow.
 
post #26 of 26
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Maybe next season will be more inspiring.

I certainly pray to god it is.


 
Amen.
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