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Old 03-12-2014, 04:07 PM   #5161 (permalink)
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Crystal was 45 degrees Tuesday and after 50 degrees monday, you can imagine ... it was soft and mashy until the temps started falling then it turned to corn. Mixed feelings on these conditions because everything is a lot slower but also softer so landing on my ass didn't hurt nearly as much. Trying to 50/50 any boxes was a bit disappointing because after a few speed checks, I felt like a was never going to reach the end.

Today, temps were in the low teens, with bluebird skies. After the first few runs on hard pack, it started to loosen up a bit. Managed with decent speed to 50/50 the dance floor, 50/50 the short ride on fun box then half assed a board slide on the long/down box all in one run. Caveat - board slide was purely accidental as my approach kinda sucked and I found myself almost 90 degrees, put all my weight to my front foot and pin my board to it. Sometimes accidents are pretty cool! Then my youngest son Maddox, does the same thing on a pair skis with much more speed and style than me and makes me look like an @$$...

the best line of the day "dad your trying really hard, but you need more speed. don't kill yourself though, because you are getting' kind of old." To Maddox, my 7 year old who has huge brass balls i wish i had, a 2 finger, double barrel salute.

also managed to work on switch riding, 180 front/backside flats on the backside of the mountain. some nice blues that turn into greens with no one around so when I bail, no harm done. can now ride switch at a good clip down blues pretty much in total control.

reports are we got between 6-10" of fresh at home, any truth to that? never thought I would be up north at crystal and be jealous of riding pk, Brighton or holly'

we love this place! mtf

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Old 03-12-2014, 05:24 PM   #5162 (permalink)
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the best line of the day "dad your trying really hard, but you need more speed. don't kill yourself though, because you are getting' kind of old." To Maddox, my 7 year old who has huge brass balls i wish i had, a 2 finger, double barrel salute.

also managed to work on switch riding, 180 front/backside flats on the backside of the mountain. some nice blues that turn into greens with no one around so when I bail, no harm done. can now ride switch at a good clip down blues pretty much in total control.

reports are we got between 6-10" of fresh at home, any truth to that? never thought I would be up north at crystal and be jealous of riding pk, Brighton or holly'

we love this place! mtf
I always have a good time at CM.

Yes, speed is your friend. Goes against your instincts, but the faster you're going, the less time you need to maintain any precarious balance, etc., which actually makes it less likely that you'll fall. Keep working on those 180 ollies on flats/etc. next thing you know you'll be taking those off side hits and little bumps and over stumps, etc. Honestly that sort of "skateboarding on snow" type of riding is as much fun as just about anything I can think of.

I don't think we got 6" here in Royal Oak area. But there is a good amount of snow. It is a beautiful afternoon right now, bluebird, but most of the day was horribly overcast and blowing snow. It is still pretty windy I think, but the snow is done.

Jealous? Not sure. My impression (from my living room, and from what I shoveled this morning) is that conditions were likely to be sheet ice underneath 3-5" of heavy, wet, springtime snow. Hardly ideal.
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Old 03-12-2014, 06:20 PM   #5163 (permalink)
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Yeah we got dumped down here but it's heavy. This morning it was really nice for anyone that could get out for first chair but it seems like it got wet since then.
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Boots on the ground tell me that brighton is slab ice all windswept no fresh. I made the right call today apparently .
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Boots on the ground tell me that brighton is slab ice all windswept no fresh. I made the right call today apparently .
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Old 03-13-2014, 08:26 AM   #5166 (permalink)
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Boots on the ground tell me that brighton is slab ice all windswept no fresh. I made the right call today apparently .
Honestly? Aside from everything else, That's my biggest complaint with Brighton. They seem to do a really shitty job of maintaining the snow there. Even now, after all of Vail's supposed improvements? When I went there in Dec. to meet Argo, the condition of the snow sucked. Same weather generally, but PK's meager base was in better condition. Every visit to Mt. B, has been hard, icy, cut up n grooved crap!


Sorry for all the Hate on B. Just haven't ever had a day there with good snow. Add to that the tiny runs? Park is the only thing B's got going for it, IMO!

Sucks too cuz I live so close!



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Case in point,... Checked PK's cams at first light and again just now. They've been doing their grooming first thing in am. Their groomers are soft n fresh, not all set up and icy hard like a cheese grater!
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Honestly? Aside from everything else, That's my biggest complaint with Brighton. They seem to do a really shitty job of maintaining the snow there. Even now, after all of Vail's supposed improvements? When I went there in Dec. to meet Argo, the condition of the snow sucked. Same weather generally, but PK's meager base was in better condition. Every visit to Mt. B, has been hard, icy, cut up n grooved crap!


Sorry for all the Hate on B. Just haven't ever had a day there with good snow. Add to that the tiny runs? Park is the only thing B's got going for it, IMO!

Sucks too cuz I live so close!
Yep their snowmaking has been good but the grooming/maintenance leaves a lot to be desired. To their credit, however, that mound is pretty much totally exposed from all sides. Only so much they can do, I think.
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Yeah, and to be fair. As small and narrow as the runs are there? It doesn't take much traffic to pack it all down solid and then cut it to crap. Of course that doesn't lend itself to feeling any luv for the place either.

I don't mean to be ragging on, or shitting all over anybodies go to, or fav little hill. I'm sure lots of folks have fond memories of riding there, But Dave, honestly,.. If you didn't ride park? Would you even think twice about going to B?

...and I honestly do wish it was better for just general lapping the runs. It's so close. Only 20 min away. It would make getting a few more midweek sessions so much easier. I could sleep later and It would still give me an extra hour to ride. I gotta drive an hour or more for PK or Holly. (...and I hate the traffic on Telegraph & 75!)

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.....sorry guys! I guess having most of my goals and plans for this season derailed has me in a bit of a whiny mood! Waaaaaaahhh!


I really need a couple days of riding some decent (if not excellent) conditions to put everything right with the world again!
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Nope of it wasn't for their park I don't think I'd ride there more than a handful of times a year maybe.
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Hit up Brighton with Joe this morning. Snow was spring conditions for sure and on the slower side. As the sun stayed out and the day warmed up, conditions started to deteriorate in to that dreaded "wet carpet" suction snow. By 1230, a good part of the park was unrideable -- the "suction" feeling on the approach ramp to a rail, for example, is a killer. Throws off your speed, balance, everything. They need to get some kids out there throwing rock salt down on all the lips...
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