Monday, January 31, 2011

Man-Made Skiing

I'm sorry, but I really do not understand this complete obsession with perfectly groomed terrain and man-made features.  Instead of skiing and riding what the mountain and mother nature have provided, for some reason the average skier feels the need to regrade, groom and build up snow features where there aren't supposed to be any.  What was wrong with the natural features that were there before?  Why is the idea to replace natural challenges with man-made ones?

For example, this past summer, Killington spent a fortune regrading certain terrain (both green, blue & black) so that they would hold snow better.  This means that they spent weeks with a bucket loader moving earth and taking a trail with a double fall line or an elevated section and making it into one flat pancake.  And someone has the nerve to nominate them for an efficiency award because now they have to make less snow!

Screw these man-made terrain parks with their perfectly manicures jumps & landings.  Whatever happened to hucking yourself off of a rock and landing on whatever was on the other side?  You HAD to be brave, you had to be a little bit crazy - and you had to ski a lot to (a) find the jumps and (b) not eat it into the tree or death rock right after the narrow landing zone.  Something about social darwinism is creeping into my head here...

And finally, how the hell is Outer Limits supposed to be the steepest mogul field in the east if it never has any moguls on it?  Oh excuse me, the entire left side was groomed but they left a section of MAN-MADE MOGULS on the lower skiers right.  Since when are skiers not allowed to make their own moguls?  Mouse Trap, Swirl, MTS, Vertigo - everywhere now there are these artificial moguls for people to ski.  And the best part - these technical features are marked off with lollipops suggesting caution and implying danger.  Skiing is an inherently dangerous sport!

I'm sorry, but the Beast and skiing everywhere have been completely neutered.  Maybe if they spent half as much time grooming everything flat and making artificial moguls skiing could actually be a sport again.  People would need to spend money on lessons, and once you learned how to ski you would stick with it.  I remember watching people struggle down O.L. as a kid - they weren't bummed out, they were proud of their accomplishment and spent all year bragging about it!  Now it's nothing.  No big Deal.  Anyone can ski - all you have to do is stand up.  All the challenge is gone.  It's so boring that I almost fell asleep today while skiing, almost...

31 January 2011

Started out this beautiful, bluebird morning with freshies on Catwalk (and a few other places)...and then skied myself to sleep since Killington had groomed just about everything.  Granted, the snow was wonderful, especially Highline which had been basking in the sun, but how is Outer Limits supposed to be the steepest mogul field in the East when it never has any moguls?

I've been skiing for over 30 years - and I finally cracked my first shells!!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

30 January 2011

Spent the first half of the day discovering different instensities of edge angles with the Sunday Hopefuls, stopped to take in a little of the J1/J2 GS Race on Needle's Eye, the Gatorade Free Flow Tour in the Dream Maker Superpipe & then spent the afternoon rediscovering the woods with my dearest ski sister.

Ready to spend the rest of the night relaxing by the fire while Aaron plays guitar   :) 

Saturday, January 29, 2011

29 January 2011

As the local businesses get ready for the arrival of Snoop Dogg and his gang at the Pickle Barrel tonight, the mountain was quickly filling up with waves of skiers and riders. We had Gate Training with the Hopefuls on Upper Bunny all afternoon, so didn't get much skiing in today. Instead, my boot heaters got the opportunity to show their stuff as I stood at the top of the course...
   ...but Ski Patrol was nice enough to drop the rope on Valley Plunge  :) 

Friday, January 28, 2011

28 January 2011

Once again, minimal winds and temps in the mid 20s, with flurries of snow playing a mental game with us...

Thursday, January 27, 2011

27 January 2011

Just another beautiful day in Killington...mid 20s inside the K Cloud with the sun seeping through all around. A little windy around the exposed corners, but nothing a little tree skiing can't fix :)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

26 January 2011

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Mad River Glen

Headed Back to 1949 to celebrate the Single Chair and Skiing the way it used to be!
$3.50 Ticket Prices All Day

Monday, January 24, 2011

24 January 2011

Bluebird Skies & uncharacteristically calm winds with a high of five degrees - at the base!
Well, at least you can say ASC did ONE thing right...Thanks for the gondolas!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

23 January 2011

Dew Tour @ Killington