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Re: General snow stuff

Post by BA » Tue Jan 03, 2017 7:01 pm

Legion wrote:Not in a group setting. But find a private instructor, suitable slopes and conditions and the right equipment, sure. You've got the touch and understanding already.

Aggression counts for a lot, as with most sports. Once upon a time I had a mate who came to the alps and was doing intermediate slopes in a day. With no style or decorum and massive stacks but damn, he was giving it a red hot go. And that was back in straight ski days.

The bad ones are the morbidly obese or patently unfit who wouldn't dream of walking to the shops or even getting up off a sofa and expect to be stylishly skiing/boarding in a week. Generic beginner classes with one of those heffalumps will anchor the rest of the group if not quickly identified and eliminated.
I know a guy who took up skiing in his late 30's. Totally hooked. Ended up going whenever he could. Bought a joint at Falls. Goes o/s in our summer. Style ain't great, but he can ski anything.

Incidentally, got his kids hooked. One is a level 4 instructor. Currently at Aspen. Had the Seinfeld family for the week. Oprah the following week. Tips are good apparently.
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Re: General snow stuff

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Re: General snow stuff

Post by alakaboo » Wed Jan 04, 2017 4:06 am

About 3cms overnight at the base, 10cm up top. Sunny with no wind today. Faffed about with ski school and rentals and it was busy so by the time we got up top it was tracked and packed.

The terrain is incredible, and almost all unrideable with the current conditions. I managed a couple of boot deep sorties off the edge without hitting any snow sharks.

85% skiers, at least on our side away from the parks and pipes. 98% are wearing helmets, including me for the first time.

Definitely a skier's hill based on the pistes, lots of fast steeps and long runouts. Fine for advanced or gung-ho boarders, but my wife (timid intermediate) had to unstrap a few times.
Navigation takes a bit of concentration to avoid closed runs and cliff bands.
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Re: General snow stuff

Post by Cranked » Wed Jan 04, 2017 5:19 pm

Some old friends live in Park City, they are calling it "One of the top 5 days skiing in over 50 years of hitting the slopes. Powder was "majestical" !" They are at Deer Valley
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Re: General snow stuff

Post by alakaboo » Thu Jan 05, 2017 11:55 pm

About a foot of powder at the base overnight. Fcuk knows how much at the top, the whole mountain is on wind and avalanche hold. Cameras suggest at least double, with wind loaded patches of chest deep death.

Which is good because I have spent a couple of hours on a bus to and from the hospital on the most insane road ever.
Picture one of those roads from the Tour de France, but half the width, and with 3 foot snowbanks on each side, with traffic in both directions.

About another 10cms during the day.
Going to go dig the kids out of ski school.
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Re: General snow stuff

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Re: General snow stuff

Post by ctd » Fri Jan 06, 2017 10:03 am

You seem to have deleted the comment, but how is the wrist?

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Re: General snow stuff

Post by alakaboo » Fri Jan 06, 2017 6:23 pm

I didn't, it's in another thread.
It was broken and dislocated. A plate, 6 screws and a few days in hospital.
The hospital said they do about 3 a day in peak season so the doctor should know what he's doing.

Fortunately I read the policy details on travel insurance policies. The hospital asked for a 'downpayment' of 5000 CHF.
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Re: General snow stuff

Post by alakaboo » Fri Jan 06, 2017 6:29 pm

Legion, as I'm sure you are aware, yesterday was the trap for over frothing amateurs.
Today is still snowing lightly, but will clear up later with light winds and once the kids are in ski school I am ghosting till after dark.

And yes, brownie points galore
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Re: General snow stuff

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Re: General snow stuff

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Re: General snow stuff

Post by alakaboo » Fri Jan 06, 2017 6:52 pm

Lawinensprengung!
I asked ski patrol and they said they didn't do it. Maybe a translation issue, or maybe they are really worried. The debris zone would be the groomed slopes below (after 2-3 cliff bands).
They got another 25cms up top last night.

They are going to open the top lifts right as I get away from ski school.
Wife is getting a taxi back from the hospital and picking them up.
The summer of boo is about to start.
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Re: General snow stuff

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Re: General snow stuff

Post by alakaboo » Fri Jan 06, 2017 11:43 pm

Man, it's death out here.
Seen 15 sluffs and one minor slide so far. People are dropping off cornices onto scoured, loaded slopes, cranking hard turns mid face and without waiting for those below.

Fcuk that. I'm staying on the flat stuff and heading back down to the trees.
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Re: General snow stuff

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Re: General snow stuff

Post by alakaboo » Sat Jan 07, 2017 6:31 am

The danger outweighed the fun today. I played it safe.
I got some good turns in some unexpected places and found some thigh-deep powder.

Saw 3 separate groups cross avalanche debris to get out onto even more exposed chutes and faces.
Madness.
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Re: General snow stuff

Post by alakaboo » Sat Jan 07, 2017 7:04 am

I read this article last night to make sure I took it easy today.
http://features.powder.com/human-factor-2.0/
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Re: General snow stuff

Post by tonks » Sat Jan 07, 2017 10:08 am

That FACETS mnemonic seems like good advice in terms of navigating 'heuristic traps'.

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