Thu Jun 19, 2008 6:05 pm
Thu Jun 19, 2008 6:38 pm
Thu Jun 19, 2008 6:49 pm
Harvey44 wrote:I don't even know what little chute is.
Harvey44 wrote:I wish I had something relevant to post in the Apocalypse thread, to bring it back to life. I miss it.
Thu Jun 19, 2008 8:14 pm
jamesdeluxe wrote:Because I started downhill skiing at the age of 36, I was forced to terms with my lack of 'coreness. I'll probably never ski Little Chute.
Thu Jun 19, 2008 8:21 pm
jamesdeluxe wrote:Harvey44 wrote:I don't even know what little chute is.
It's the line at Alta that Skidog says is 58 degrees or thereabouts.
Thu Jun 19, 2008 8:47 pm
Marc_C wrote: Unless he has an inclinometer and measured it, don't believe him.
Thu Jun 19, 2008 10:38 pm
jamesdeluxe wrote:Regardless, Little Chute is still out of my comfort zone.
Harvey44 wrote:And since I started lift serviced skiing at 40, I don't even know what little chute is.
Thu Jun 19, 2008 11:14 pm
Marc_C wrote:The point is, just 'cause you started skiing at 36 is ABSOLUTELY NO REASON to think you'll never do Little Chute. Or Main. Or Perla's. Or Pipeline (on AF Twin Peaks). Or a host of others.
Fri Jun 20, 2008 12:52 am
100% agreement, and one of the key attractions of skiing IMHO. But you have to know when it's right. And take a pass when appropriate, like with the boot situation this year, or an encore in Big Couloir when my legs were cooked from overdoing the previous 2 days.But you have to leave that comfort zone every now and then both to improve and simply to keep things interesting. Getting just outside of the envelope on occasion is crucial, IMO. Otherwise you're just coasting, which personally for me gets boring rather quickly.
Fri Jun 20, 2008 5:03 am
I consider any of the Baldy chutes absolute no-fall zones. Main is the most forgiving, but falling in some, at certain points, will very likely result in injury and possibly death; Little is definitely a notch above Main), so opted for Main instead.
Fri Jun 20, 2008 5:18 am
Fri Jun 20, 2008 6:42 am
jasoncapecod wrote:i don't mind skiing outside of my comfort zone..but, the fall you die thing is a bit much..
Harvey44 wrote:Admins pics - Holy Chute!
Fri Jun 20, 2008 7:35 am
Fri Jun 20, 2008 8:27 am
Admin wrote:jasoncapecod wrote:i don't mind skiing outside of my comfort zone..but, the fall you die thing is a bit much..
I don't agree with Marc_C on this one. In Main Chute, if you fall in the wrong place at the wrong time in the wrong conditions, I'll concede that it can have some pretty nasty consequences. That's why I have no desire to ski it in hard conditions, and anyone skiing it should possess solid self-arrest skills. "Fall=die" is over the top for Main Chute IMO. As for Little Chute, a patroller bought it near the top this winter and cartwheeled the length of the chute, ending up on the apron in Ballroom where the evac occurred. The potential to pinball off the rock walls for more than 800 vertical feet or slide over the edge of a 40-footer where Little Chute zigs left and Dogleg zags right is real.
Fri Jun 20, 2008 8:41 am
jamesdeluxe wrote:I broke my leg twice in Utah within nine months -- both times while doing the skiing equivalent of slipping in the bathtub at home -- and in addition to the incredible discomfort involved for me, it was a huge, life-altering pain-in-the-ass to the person I live with. The second time, when my wife heard me coming up the stairs on my creaky crutches, she almost had a nervous breakdown... and I couldn't blame her.
So when you (the royal "you," not any person in particular) start talking about pushing the envelope of your skillz and trying to avoid boredom... good for you, but after putting the wife through the entire Fx process twice in a row, I can't be so cavalier.