It is a good way to avoid the crowds.
Pretty good conditions - not very icy in the morning and decent coverage. As it got more crowded, the surface got scraped off down to icy patches.
But, since I hit the slopes about 8:45 am I was done with my four hours by time trails all chewed up.
We skied middle greens and blues a couple times and then moved to Exhibition and Farside - which never got too many folks.
I don't want to start a war with boarders (some of my closest friends are boarders ;-) but... Why do many slide down huge sections of slopes w/ board perpendicular to downhill? And does this scrape away all the snow, or am I just being paranoid and judgemental?
IMHO- A number of reasons- The "slide" is a typically a way of getting down a hill that is beyond one's ability, so instead of linking turns, one slides to control speed when turning (to control speed) is too difficult.
Most boarders will progress beyond this crutch, but a few would rather work on other skills (like tricks) before mastering linked and carved turns. Also, given the number of beginner boarders, there will always be enough of them pushing their limits on a hill by skidding to get down.
And, skidding is easy to do, relatively comfortable (on short runs at least), so it'll be hard to convince someone to stop or move on.
Beginners in either sport will always have tendencies that worry the practioners of the other sport. Some are easier to reduce than others.
Ah, the joys of Alta....
The side slide is basically a defensive move on the part of a skier to avoid going down the fall line in a straight line--you just dig both edges in and slide gently down a steep drop on the sides of your skis. On a trail like OTW, the snow plow won't work--it's too steep.
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Smear turns are a pretty effective way to scrape snow off a slope. And don't forget the tried-and-true yard sale, i.e., the facial snow plow.
I have done alot of things that could be called a side slide, usually it is fall ove ron my side and slide down the hill. Maybe putting the ski bases more parallel (than a hockey stop) to the hill and scraping the edges on the way down / skis perpendicular to the fall line...
Smear Turns = windshield wiper turns, or is that just the way you turn a knife when spreading butter?
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Anybody got advice on how to recover from a non-lethal wipeout where the skier and skis don't go in different directions.
I see the "experts" go down and get back up on skis without ever coming to a stop -- kinda like a hockey player gets a hard check, crashes to ice, rolls and is skating without a stop.
I tried to nail one at Whitetail over the weekend. I caught an edge tried to recover, realized I was going down so did a soft side slide onto back -- lifting skis off-slope to make parallel.
Then I directed slide to try to plant skis --but couldn't quite get fully erect.
Should I be pointing skis nearly straight downslope? Will it only work if you're still going really fast?
OK, guess I should accept the inevitable and not try to salvage with a nifty move.
Fortunately, I don't wipe out all that often.
I always wondered how people blow out knees skiing. Before I started (when I was in college) I remember A LOT of friends coming back from Spring Break etc, on crutches.
It seems like moguls would be another place people shred cartilage.
Ahhh, the morbid obsession with carnage rears its ugly head again.
Trivia question: anyone know what the most common ski injury is? Hint at the answer: it ain't knees.
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