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Old 01-20-2020, 05:36 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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Old 01-21-2020, 12:12 AM
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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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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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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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