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Old 01-20-2020, 04:36 PM
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Got my first XC ski in of the season -- finally enough snow in the area (folks were going to Eau Claire to find snow)
South Loop, Bostwick Overlook, North Loop at the Coulee experimental Forest https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/stateforests/coulee/

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It was very flat light on Wednesday, so I went cross-country skiing (well, sort of cross-country skiing) on old three-pin cross country touring skis (mid-1970s Atomic Intertop 2000 edgeless). I took a chairlift to the top of an escarpment and went into the bush to descend to the top of a snowshoe trail. The thin saplings between the pines made it a "George of the Jungle" adventure, grabbing very thin saplings and branches to lower myself down a few hundred feet, for it was too dense to turn much. The snowshoe trail descent was nice, which made up for the hour fighting my way to get down to it (about six times longer than climbing up the trail takes).

On Sunday it was horridly flat light again, so I tried out the same edgeless, double cambered, x-c touring skinny skis on a couple of groomed pistes (a blue and a black that are sweet for GS races). It was more fun than a barrel of monkeys rolling down a hill. Aside from the initiations (roll onto edge and weight the tip), the full christies were predominantly skidded turns rather than carved, only not forgiving the way more stable, heavier, edged skis are -- just one monkey after the next surprising you with monkeyshines. They were quite fast when pointing down the fall line, which made for a far more exciting tuck'n'schuss than doing the same on wider skis.
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Had a great day at Waterville Valley this Saturday. Temps were cold (single digits, WC well below zero) but that kept the lift lines non-existent and the snow fast. We could lap the mountain every 15 minutes as long as our legs held up, and my wife was is heaven. By noon we had done about 15 laps, including a stop for cocoa and a killer cinnamon roll at the summit lodge.

While exploring the new terrain opened on Green Mountain we spotted Wayne Wong, 1970's freestyle champion, who was conducting a private clinic on the mountain that weekend. We followed a bit and he headed down Wayne Wong's Way, the new trail named after him.

We went down Wayne Wong's Way at Waterville with Wayne Wong. Wow. Wicked.

We made it from 8:15 to 3:00, a full day with lots of skiing. We're in good shape for the upcoming school vacation week when we plan to spend time in upstate NY and VT.
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Old 02-18-2020, 07:59 PM
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It's been a busy few weeks. I went on a ski club trip to Sunday River in Maine, which was great. However, a friend of mine got hurt skiing through a glade, though (more like a trail hacked through the woods), which put a damper on things. I demoed some new skis on the trip, which worked great (Blizzard Rustler 9 skis), and purchased a set when I got back. I then passed my old skis down to my son, who needed skis after finally buying some boots.

The next weekend was Killington, which was a bit of a bust because it was so foggy and crowded (great combo). I've never skied in visibility that poor. I finally bailed early, but not before actually getting hit twice by other skiers. The second collision really sucked -- I got hit from behind by an out of control skier, and slid about 50 feet down slope. I managed to pull something in my left leg in the fall, but it generally seems OK now.

The next weekend we went to Stowe, and my skiing felt off for some reason. They got a lot of snow, and it bumped up fairly quickly, which I think threw me off and burned up my legs on the first day. Also, my leg was still sore.

This last weekend I was the trip organizer for our 6th annual Boy Scout ski trip to Pat's Peak in New Hampshire. (I essentially learned how to ski on our first trip just five years ago.) Conditions were absolutely perfect. They have a good ski school at reasonable prices, so I signed up for an advanced lesson, and also got a lot of skiing tips from one of my fellow Scout leaders, who is also an expert skier. It turns out I had gotten sloppy, and was letting myself shift to the backseat, which is probably why I skied so poorly at Stowe. Anyway, I sharpened up my technique, and had a great day at Pat's Peak, followed by a shorter day at Mount Sunapee nearby. Overall, I took it fairly easy, though, because I really didn't want to overdo it or get injured before my big trip next week. I'm heading to Whistler-Blackcomb in British Columbia on a group trip with my ski club this weekend. Can't wait!
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Old 02-18-2020, 09:18 PM
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Sounds like there is some decent snow back east - I should plan a trip! Out west we are dying of thirst - it's been well over a month since significant snow in the Sierras. While attentive grooming is preserving the runs okay, we are in need of snow. All the resorts are hardpack and slick - in the 40s during the day and 20s at night - the perfect Sierra Cement. There are a couple hours early afternoon before the shadows arrive where things soften a bit and you can ride edges pretty well. There is no need to get there early and ride the ice. Sadly, each day we wake to see no change in the 10-day. We may go the whole month of February without a drop of rain in the valley or a snowflake in the mountains.
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Just spent a fun school vacation week (my wife is a teacher) with family in upstate NY. My sister has a place at Gore so we took our annual trip and had 2 great days there. The Rumor, the steepest run at Gore, was skiing fairly well, with one particularly hairy drop due to the snowmaking piles. Overall conditions were excellent, even had a few decent runs in the open glades, especially Bark-eater.

Then up to Whiteface, which I'd never skied before. My BIL lives nearby, it's his home mountain, so he took us on a tour. Hit all the big runs up top, spent a lot of time moving very fast. Not many glades open but the few we entered skied pretty well. It's the 40th anniversary of the 1980 Olympic Games and we ran into Andrew Weibrecht (2 time Olympic medalist) in the bar at the end of the day. He we there for a "Ski with Olympians" event.

Then a final day in the Bolton Valley backcountry, with WONDERFUL conditions of deep fresh snow and no one else out there. We hit some new terrain, lapped some glades that were catching some solar gain, and made it out tired but fun. And my blue wax held all day, pretty happy with that.
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The Rumor, the steepest run at Gore, was skiing fairly well, with one particularly hairy drop due to the snowmaking piles.
You've got me drooling with envy!

For folks who are wondering what The Rumor is: https://www.skimag.com/ski-resort-life/gores-encore
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The Rumor forces you to pay attention immediately -- or risk bodily harm in a fall that could send you snowballing. (A large, cautionary sign posted at the trail's entrance warns as much.) It begins with a heart-stopping headwall -- 120 feet wide and 350 feet long, too steep for bumps to form, with a sustained pitch of 50 to 55 degrees. After the headwall, it's still no cruise in the park -- a 1,500-foot descent with an unrelenting 40- to 45-degree pitch, usually bumped but groomed flat when the moguls become too big and hard.
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Alpine Canada's Ontario U16 Provincials are in progress at my hill in the northwest. Most of the athletes are from the Toronto region at the south of the province, simply because that's where about half of the people in the province live. In an interview yesterday, one of the young racers was chuffed about "racing on real snow."

That raises the question: is it child abuse to get your kid addicted to skiing when they live where they can't get a fix every day or two?

Obviously it wasn't FIS level, but there were some kick-ass skiers (the GS and slalom courses were/are under the main chair) and boy-howdy, those kids were having a blast!
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You've got me drooling with envy!
It skied much better on Sunday than it did on Monday. Very edgeable both days, but it was getting scraped off on Monday, and there were more death cookies to deal with. It's not Tuckerman steep, but it's certainly makes sure you know where your edges are.
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Overheard yesterday from an instructor laughingly admonishing his class of ~10 year olds: "I'm getting tired all all of you always ending up in the ditch!"

It's not that the kid's can't ski, it's that they like crashing off the side of the hill.

I figure they have what it takes.
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It skied much better on Sunday than it did on Monday. Very edgeable both days, but it was getting scraped off on Monday, and there were more death cookies to deal with. It's not Tuckerman steep, but it's certainly makes sure you know where your edges are.
Scraped with a sprinkling of death cookies -- yikes!

I went over to 2 degrees side and 4 degrees side last year (previously 3 degrees side) on my 21m skis. I'm glad that I did. The extra bite helps on scrape. It's interesting that such a small change in edge angle can make a noticable difference.
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Friday night Youtube ski scrape porn from the midwest, where scrape isn't a flaw, it's a feature!

A 42 degrees pitch at Lutsen on Superior, with folks collecting in the ditch (I don't know who they are, but I hope they were OK). https://youtu.be/lhtCZGbBfIc?t=80

Same slope on teles with risers to avoid boot-out when angulating. Smooth controlled carving on the scrape, then settling into a solid tuck to carry speed into into the apex and coast uphill out of the gulley. https://youtu.be/S5VVjcjVjDI

Unfortunately, Lutsen plans to reverse the traffic flow on the exit trail, so that folks will no longer have to climb out, and instead will ski down to a new lift. That will increase traffic on pitches that most folks should not ski on, and will prevent skiing out along what is presently a lovely long trail through the woods. (Nothing special about this clip, but it is meaningful to me, for one of my buddies -- the one at the top of the hill -- passed away a couple of winters ago.) https://youtu.be/8nXHy1F9O6Y
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Feb 15 was free sate park day in MN so I explored Beaver Creek Valley SP. It isn't groomed , but the valley trail was packed down enough to ski. Very pretty spring fed creek.

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Old 03-02-2020, 11:02 AM
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Just got back from a week at Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia. Fantastic snow conditions the whole week, but only one day out of six with blue skies. Some days the visibility was so bad you could barely see the tips of your skis! However, because of the huge vertical range (~5K feet), you could usually find a band with decent visibility even if it was foggy above and below.

The vertical range also meant that even if it was raining at the base, at some point on the way up it would switch to snow.

On overcast days I frequently found myself on a trail that dropped into the fog. Once it got so bad on a crowded slope that I called out "Marco!" into the fog below (and got a reply).

Overall, weather conditions seemed a little more hit-or-miss than Colorado and Utah. Nevertheless, the fantastic snow conditions and interesting terrain largely made up for this. They had over 100 inches of base, and it snowed almost every day. I would definitely go back.

I skied six days straight last week -- now at 25 days for the season. My last overnight trip of the season is next weekend: 2-1/2 days at Sugarbush in Vermont.
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Has a great weekend up at the AMC's Joe Dodge Lodge in Pinkham Notch, NH. Did two laps of the Sherby trail on Saturday (1800' of climbing in 2.4 miles each lap) in excellent snow conditions. It was pretty cold during the transition from skin to ski at Hojos, but the run down was worth it. The first run our legs were tired from the climb but still going strong. The second run was a bit sketchier, my legs were pretty much toast at the bottom. Sunday we did 6 mile backcountry tour on the Avalanche Brook trail from Pinkham down to the Dana Place Inn. The climb and upper sections were fantastic, the lower section had gotten rain and the Power Wedge (tm) was essential.

Overall, a great time in the NH backcountry on (mostly) fantastic snow. Not like northern VT which got up to 30" of fresh but good enough for me.
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Just got back from three days at Sugarbush in Vermont. Conditions were perfect on Sunday --blue skies and temps in the 30s. Monday was much warmer -- conditions were good in the morning, but the snow got sticky in the afternoon due to high temperatures and direct sun. We thought Tuesday would be a washout, but the rain held off until the early afternoon, so got a good half-day in. Overall, it was a great trip! Now at 28 days of skiing for the season.
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We took it fairly easy, the mountains we normally use tend to have some comfortable routes down even 1000-1300m vertical drops so you don't have to go hard in order to get nice long runs and build your confidence.

We started at 08:30 and finished about 2, that felt like enough and my boy started to feel his boots were too narrow so we got them changed at the bottom
(very useful to rent until his feet stop growing).

Took a break at 10:30 for coffee and shared a germknodel with my wife, roughly the size of a baby's head. Perfect ski food! (and only 6.50 euro, I love a bargain, part of the reason why we go to Austria, it sounds like it should be expensive but it isn't)
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Authorities here in Colorado are telling people to avoid the major ski areas due to coronavirus.

Joke's on them, I visited most of them already this winter and will be holed up at Monarch, where the snow is great and the lines are nonexistent.

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Authorities here in Colorado are telling people to avoid the major ski areas due to coronavirus.
I'm currently signed up for a day bus trip up to Mount Snow in Vermont for this weekend. I'm debating whether to skip it or not.

I just got back from a ski bus trip on Tuesday and didn't think much of it. I'm now thinking that any elective travel, especially on a bus, is probably a bad idea at this point. Even if I skip the bus and drive up, I'd still be in a lodge and on ski lifts with a lot of other people.
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Confessions of a lifetime ski addict:

I've been on skis since I was 5 years old. I raced in college. Have never missed a winter skiing for over 45 years.

Have not been on skis for 3 winters now.

I live too far southeast to bother with the local bullshit hills and not enough snow. Getting up to my old New England haunts has seemed too much effort. Out west even more so.

I miss it though. Especially of late. Must be the \skiing subreddit. I'm thinking back to it next season. No excuses.
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Authorities here in Colorado are telling people to avoid the major ski areas due to coronavirus.
Is this true? We leave on Saturday for our once-yearly drive to Colorado (Breck) and would hate to spend two days in the car only to have the resorts shut down.

Their websites currently say the resorts are open, and it seems to me that skiing would be a relatively safe activity (especially since we are staying in a condo and likely won't go out at all at night).
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Berkshire East and Catamount both just shut down as a result of covid 19. But frankly the rain would have shut them down soon anyways. Many events have been canceled this weekend at ski areas although for the most part they seem to remain open.

Call the ski area and see what they've got planned for the weekend.
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it seems to me that skiing would be a relatively safe activity (especially since we are staying in a condo and likely won't go out at all at night).
North American aprés ski is about to become more risky than skiing.

I expect to keep skiing, but I'll be skiing out of my home or my vehicle rather than out of the clubhouse, which will suck, for the conversations are terrific.
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Skiing involves gloves, goggles, and face masks. It's gotta be safe, right?
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Skiing involves gloves, goggles, and face masks. It's gotta be safe, right?
My guess is safer rather than safe.

I usually ski with no skin exposed, so there will be no skin contact unless I inhale the virus or it remains on my clothes and I touch them. I'll sit upwind on the chair, and will avoid physical contact by not fully loading the chair. Contamination in the line is unlikely because I just ski up and hop on -- aside from the racers folks around here don't grasp the concept that a fully loaded chair = less time in line = more runs over a day.
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The Colorado Department of Public Health recommends maintaining a social distance of a large pair of skis.
https://twitter.com/CDPHE/status/123...796416/photo/1



Although I'm not in Colorado, I suppose I should play it safe by wearing my Dobermann GSR WCs to work tomorrow -- just over six feet, but I don't know how my office building's landlord would take it -- scratch that -- I do know how he would take it. I think I'd best forget about wearing them at the office.
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I might go snowboarding tomorrow afternoon. While Seattle has a major downside as the covid capital, I can be on the lift less than 1 hour after leaving my house. Forecast is for some snow tomorrow during the day, so will probably go as we are getting late in the season. And a Friday afternoon should be pretty empty. Then again, several school districts had their last day today with a planned reopening on 24 April, so there might be some lines. I'll watch the web cams and decide tomorrow.
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I'm currently signed up for a day bus trip up to Mount Snow in Vermont for this weekend. I'm debating whether to skip it or not.

I just got back from a ski bus trip on Tuesday and didn't think much of it. I'm now thinking that any elective travel, especially on a bus, is probably a bad idea at this point. Even if I skip the bus and drive up, I'd still be in a lodge and on ski lifts with a lot of other people.
So the bus trip was cancelled, but I will probably drive up to Vermont for the day with a friend one day this weekend.

I'm planning to stay as far apart from other people as possible.

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Jay and Burke just closed for the season, so there goes our trip next weekend.
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Jay and Burke just closed for the season, so there goes our trip next weekend.
Wow. Nothing on Jay's website yet, but Burke says they will close at the end of the day tomorrow.
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Wow. Nothing on Jay's website yet, but Burke says they will close at the end of the day tomorrow.
https://jaypeakresort.com/resort/blo...pdate-covid-19

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I went skiing after work today, but the main lift was closed due to high wind and strong gusts. The previous melt followed by a freeze had turned the run beneath it into chip-in-your-drink-ice, which from across the valley looked like it was red/orange lava. Spectacular!

On the other side of the valley, the secondary lift had some stoppages during severe gusts, but it was worth it to carve the ice over there. There's something tremendously satisfying in laying down an edge and riding it through an arc -- a good way to end a week.
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It seems to be a combination of factors leading to these closures.

The buzz behind the early closures of the smaller, more southerly resorts like Mohawk Mountain, Berkshire East, and Catamount is low crowds because of the lousy conditions this March (with no natural snow on the ground in Connecticut or Massachusetts), with the tipping factor now being the coronavirus.

Jay (and Burke) have had decent conditions from what I've heard, but their tipping point is apparently restrictions on Canadians entering the U.S. due to the coronavirus.
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I went skiing after work today, but the main lift was closed due to high wind and strong gusts. The previous melt followed by a freeze had turned the run beneath it into chip-in-your-drink-ice, which from across the valley looked like it was red/orange lava. Spectacular!

On the other side of the valley, the secondary lift had some stoppages during severe gusts, but it was worth it to carve the ice over there. There's something tremendously satisfying in laying down an edge and riding it through an arc -- a good way to end a week.
I recently heard refrozen groomed described a "coral conditions".
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All Vail ski resorts in North America will not operate Sunday, March 15 through Sunday, March 22, with future guidance to follow.

http://news.vailresorts.com/corporat...il-resorts.htm

Here in New England, that includes Mount Snow, Okemo, Mount Sunapee, Stowe, etc.

There goes my planned trip to Mount Snow tomorrow. FWIW, I was planning to stay out of the lodge entirely.

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Alterra as well, shutting down all operations at 15 resorts in North America. All of CO is shut down, most of Tahoe, lots in Utah. The remaining ski areas will be jammed with die hards.
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All Vail ski resorts in North America will not operate Sunday, March 15 through Sunday, March 22, with future guidance to follow.

http://news.vailresorts.com/corporat...il-resorts.htm

Here in New England, that includes Mount Snow, Okemo, Mount Sunapee, Stowe, etc.

There goes my planned trip to Mount Snow tomorrow. FWIW, I was planning to stay out of the lodge entirely.
And, it just started dumping today at Tahoe. 4 to 5 feet by Monday night, after about 6 weeks of barely any snow. Sheesh! Vail has Heavenly, Northstar, and Kirkwood in this area.

I was thinking of going up today but thought tomorrow would be better. Dammit!
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Even if the resorts were open, I wouldn't be headed to a ski area at this point. It's just not a good response to the situation, I don't think.
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I went up Friday afternoon. It was pretty typical for a late season Friday afternoon. Didn't have to wait more than 4-5 chairs to get on the lift.

The lodge changed from cafeteria style long rows of tables to individual tables for social distancing. Starting tomorrow will close the lodges except for the bathrooms and a 7 minute warming break. I guess trying to limit all the parents that stay in the lodge all day whilst the kiddos ski.

There was 4" or so of snow on Friday and Sat, and nothing on the forecast for the next week. I'm going up tomorrow with my son as it might be the last snowboarding day of the season for me. It's extremely low risk if don't go in the lodge.

I lived in China throughout SARS. It was a lockdown about like what the US is experiencing. Although if you were on a plane, if one person had a fever then the entire plane of passengers and crew went into 2 week isolation. Wash your hands, avoid touching surfaces, social distancing, and my best learning was have a thermometer handy to tamp down the anxiety when you cough or think it's a fever...
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Late last night a friend and I decided to go to Pico in Vermont today (instead of Mount Snow). Resort indicated they were open today. You save $20 if you buy a lift ticket in advance online, so I bought a ticket last night at 10 pm.

...and just got up to find that Pico (and Killington) have now shut down as well from March 15-22.

Wachusett and Butternut still indicate that they are operating today, but I think someone is trying to tell me something. I’m done. Going back to bed.

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I was thinking of going up today but thought tomorrow would be better. Dammit!
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Going skiing at a resort probably isn't a good idea even if a few areas remain open.
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Had the hill pretty much to myself today, and the main chair was open so I spent the day on ice on yesterday's lava flow pitch.

Pop will eat itself:

Everybody's happy now
Everybody's singing
Everybody's happy, man
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We're bulletproof! ! ! ! Bull-et-proof!


As the day continued the glorious orb of the morn ever so slightly warmed the surface of the slope, making it faster: HOLY CRAP LE MERDE! faster. A couple of people fell down while standing at the top prior to starting their run and they accelerated until they slid into the rough at the side -- way too scary for me to ever want to see happen again (the only fatality our hill has ever had was when a person slid off the side into the trees).

On very hard pack I tend to be a one foot skier to insert and maintain the edge without it bouncing out, but by mid-afternoon speed picked up into local highway speeding ticket territory and my GS race skis were getting wobbly so I had to distribute force over both of them to keep them stable enough to hold edges through the arcs. Even then, they were still a bit unstable.

For every problem there is a solution. Last night I pulled out an old pair of alpine boots, stuffed some liners in them, and tuned up my Super-Gs.

An hour to go until the lift opens but the endorphins are already flowing!
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Spent yesterday opening it up on GS teles -- had it been my vehicle I could have been ticketed on all the highways in my region of Ontario.

Spent today doing the same as yesterday, only on SG alpine gear – had it been my vehicle I could have been ticketed on all the highways in Canada except one, and had the boiler plate not been somewhat tilled, it would have been that highway too.

The highpoint of the day was from the chair observing the head racing coach open it up a few times – pure beauty. One hell of an athlete. Some folks do while other folks teach. He is both in spades.

Had some interesting conversations. In the parking lot a young employed but chauvinistic adult was whining to me about how unfair it was that his folks are insisting that he contribute to the purchase of his own car when his minor kid sister (who is already a ski race instructor) does not have to do the same despite her not having a car (yeh, no car – why he thinks that she should pay for not having a car is beyond me). With a straight face I replied, “It’s because she is superior to you in every conceivable way.” There was a moment’s silence which was broken by a woman who had overheard this from behind the next car over – she started howling with laughter. I hope he gets the message that being a chauvinist is not cool. I doubt if he will forget that woman’s laughter any time soon.

The other interesting conversation took me off the hill for half an hour in the morning and was with one of my family concerning a COVID-19 policy decision she was getting put in place at a med school. At the end of the conversation she said, “I guess you want to get back to your skiing.” I replied, “Yeh, I just hit 104,” referring to where I was in my gradual progression in cranking up my speed (this was my first time on alpine gear this season, I was only on alpine gear a couple of times last season, and today I had forgotten to put in some heel lifts to improve the ramp angle in my alpine boots resulting in my occasionally finding myself in the back-seat, so I was taking things one step at a time on the hill). She’s not a skier, so she assumed that I had a fever that I was ignoring. That’s when I learned what borderline hyperpyrexia means from the very stern, very concerned disembodied voice at the other end of the line who would not let me get a word in edgewise (tele or alpine, ya gotta get your edge in). That’s when I started laughing out of the absurdity of it all which got her thinking “That doesn’t sound like someone about to suffer brain damage,” which got her laughing too.
A couple of days of great skiing, shutting down a chauvinist, and laughter with a loved one – it doesn’t get much better than that.
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British Columbia Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry:

https://www.piquenewsmagazine.com/wh...t?oid=15162716
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"This virus does not transmit when people are outdoors, so go outside and play with your family, go up to our ski hills, go up to Whistler, go out and experience what we have here in British Columbia right now."
I guess she did not realize that Vail and Alterra were about to close down all of their ski resort holdings (Vail owns Whistler now).
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Fucking Vail. Because Vail shut, The Summit at Snoqualmie decided to close for 2 weeks. It was the only resort still open in WA state. Thankfully, today was a beautiful day, couple inches of powder, sunny, below freezing. It was empty for the first hour or so, until everyone got the text today is the last day for at least two weeks. Still, my son and I got 8 pretty good runs snowboarding and back to Seattle at noon.
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Well, we made it to Colby KS before the news hit that Vail Resorts was closing everything. We we turned around and drove back home. Bummer since this is the only ski trip we were taking this season.... Probably for the best but dealing with super-sad kids on long car ride home wasn't the best start to Spring Break (which will now last an extra two weeks due to school closures...).
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It snowed overnight, so I ducked out of work early for an hour on the slopes before the lift closed. A bit heavy, so no screamers, but still a lot of fun dancing the telemark waltz with the white ecstacy.

A bit of a bummer when it started lightly spitting rain for a few minutes just after the final run. I don't know if the conditions will be firm enough for me to strap on the SG boomers again this season unless we have a cold snap.
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I posted this earlier this evening in a vintage nordic forum, but I thought some folks in this thread might be interested in how they can have a terrific time skiing without having to travel far and without having to have a ski facility with lifts and lodge and COVID-19 closures. Just find a local ravine that still has some snow-cover on it, strap on a pair of skinny skis, and see what you can do to turn that ravine into a big smile on your face. It's all good. Once there is no snow at all left, then ski grass. Once there is no grass left, ski sand, which, by the way, one of the greatest skinny skiers of all time, Bill Koch, who brought skate skiing to the international stage, took up when he retired from FIS cross-country competition. No beach? Get out on roller skis or inline skates. No paved roads? Time for a traction kite and step-turn practice. It really is all good, so hang in there (especially if you are traction kiting) despite the world going to shit and the ski resorts closing early.

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Received a message from the hill after midnight. They're closing today to minimize risk due to COVID-19. One heck of a close, very hard working team that made for a fine season. Kudos to them! I wish I could spend today on the hill, but things are a bit hectic at work.

Fortunately, there is still a lot of snow on the hill and in the bush between my place by an old World Nordic site and the hill, so there will be some fine skiing in the next two or three weeks, with the benefit of making me earn my turns rather than snooze on the lift (yeh, once this season I fell asleep on the chair and rolled off in a panic as it went around the wheel -- ski 'till ya drop, says I).
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I posted this earlier this evening in a vintage nordic forum, but I thought some folks in this thread might be interested in how they can have a terrific time skiing without having to travel far and without having to have a ski facility with lifts and lodge and COVID-19 closures. Just find a local ravine that still has some snow-cover on it, strap on a pair of skinny skis, and see what you can do to turn that ravine into a big smile on your face. It's all good. Once there is no snow at all left, then ski grass. Once there is no grass left, ski sand, which, by the way, one of the greatest skinny skiers of all time, Bill Koch, who brought skate skiing to the international stage, took up when he retired from FIS cross-country competition. No beach? Get out on roller skis or inline skates. No paved roads? Time for a traction kite and step-turn practice. It really is all good, so hang in there (especially if you are traction kiting) despite the world going to shit and the ski resorts closing early.
Wow...and my wife tells me that I’m obsessed with skiing.

(I got 28 days of skiing in this season, which included two trips out west, four overnight trips here in New England, and day trips to Vermont every remaining weekend from December until the resorts all closed this past week.)
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