JimG. wrote:do you attack ice or do you avoid it?
, but do you pack it in at noon on those days with 12" of fluffy POW over boilerplate or do you stick it out until the lifts stop and make your last run down the baddest bump run on the mountain?
JimG. wrote:Making good tactical decisions regarding line choice and conditions is very important. Geoff mentions avoiding ice, but I'm guessing he means avoiding it as much as possible on any trail out on the hill and not just avoiding any one run altogether.
Patrick wrote:If we always avoided ice then skiing wouldn't be as challenging. Might as well ski groom blues at Deer Valley (sorry, only heard about it).
In my books, there isn't any bad snow conditions (unless there is a lack of coverage), just good to great snow conditions.
BTW, Ice isn't gray - it's shinnnny
Geoff wrote:When I'm on ice, I maintain the illusion that I'm carving but I'm actually skidding like crazy...I'm skidding just as much as they are. I actually don't like to ski on carving skis. I demo them from time to time on bullet-proof days and having that much edge grip hurts my knees.
Geoff wrote:I get a distinct color change between snow and ice. The snow looks white and the ice looks less white. Am I some kind of space alien or do other people see it the same way?
Good stuff! There is always a little skid in a turn and it's actually essential to good skiing unless you're a racer loking for as much speed as possible.
And I agree about the carving skis; I like a little bit of skid in my turn. On top of that, I get bored making the same GS turns all day long.
Ryan wrote:On some levels I agree with this but for myself I find the easies way to get through ice is with no skid at all. If you introduce a rotary movement into the mix when on ice, it can get out of hand very quickly.
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