Am I crazy?
Some people thing I am.
Is Riverc0il crazy for skiing Tucks in July? The sane people would think so.
Maximum Vertical: 350-400ft (saw the two numbers).
Where: on the shores on Lake Erie.
Why: because it look like great possibilities last year during our vacation.
Similar in height and sleep like the bottom of the Bowl at Tucks, but on sand.
This year we decided the family was going to go back to the shores of beautiful Lake Erie, but I made sure I had my skis. This Sand Hill is located on the Sand Hill Park Camping. It mentions that it has the largest sand pile in Ontario. I informed myself that it was okay with the management of the Park last year, and again this year.
There's are a few things I learned last year when I started looking into Sand Skiing.
1) NEVER use your current skis. I choose a old pair of RC4 that didn't see action since Tucks in 1990.
2) NEVER use your current boots. Useless you want sand in them for ever. Sand is hard to get rid of, a bit like dog hair on a fleece.
With this in mind, I gather a bunch of old equipment and we headed for Southern Ontario visiting a few things in Johnny's town, Toronto.
Sand is not a very good slidding surface. It can be like sandpaper sometimes.
Day One: Heavy rain all night, shattered showers. The sand is wet and hard. Those were the best surfaces to ski. I made 3 runs. The first one was the main route people use to head to the beach. Not the best place to slide, untracked sand is definitely better.
Day Two: sand is warmer, sliding is a bit slower. What was fine the previous day, was too slow today. You need some good speed before you can make some nice turns. Another 3 runs.
Day Three: fine grain and hot sand tracks up by people at the beach. Not the best conditions. Made 2 runs.
Something I noticed during these days, is the bindings and sand don't mix. The equipment, like the US Army found out during Desert Storm in the early 90s, doesn't like sand. This equally applies to ski equipment. The binding were increasingly harder to put on. I pretty sure the DIN setting would be totally irrelevant.
Frankontour has Grass-Skis
More information about Sand Hill Park:http://www.sandhillpark.com