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04-11-2014 10:17 PM
Argo
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Originally Posted by BurtonAvenger View Post
It's all about riding the wave at Breckenridge. Pre season take route A, peak season take route b, late/spring season route C, and then always have the chaos factor route that no one wants to take but you will I call this plan "we're fucked lets go here".
That's pretty damn close to what I was going to say. On resorts I don't know that are big with different aspects, I ride different ones until I find a food one then lap it. I usually find good shit fast as we go quickly from chair to chair and don't stop until we get want we want, then we lap what's good, lap it fast until it's no good and move on or go back to the base area to relax.
04-11-2014 11:38 AM
surfinsnow
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Originally Posted by Motogp990 View Post
I may have a general-ish plan to what runs/areas I want to hit, however I don't map out my entire day.

I plan where I'm going to park/upload and my first run of the day, then just do whatever I feel like.

That being said, I'm bad at reading maps. I learn the runs and where they are, more by memory.
I guess I shouldn't have said "Absolutely," because I absolutely don't map out my day to the degree lots are suggesting. I'm also terrible at reading the maps and don't really care. I'm always the guy getting separated from the group because if I see an interesting looking run I'll veer off and take it. I can ride just about anything, so except for new mountains where I really don't know the place (Sutton was a good example, with triple-diamond steeps and trees), I don't worry to much. I guess what I do is more like following the sun whenever possible. And if it's really crowded, I follow anyplace with the fewest people.
04-10-2014 09:59 PM
poutanen I certainly don't map out a day before hand, but once on the chair I'm always thinking about where the good stuff is going to be. But there's so many factors that you can't figure out until you're actually on the hill.

Aspect is one of them, so is lighting (flat light and I head for glades if possible). Also, never hurts to ask a patroller. I haven't had one steer me wrong yet on where the good stuff was!
04-10-2014 09:05 PM
BurtonAvenger It's all about riding the wave at Breckenridge. Pre season take route A, peak season take route b, late/spring season route C, and then always have the chaos factor route that no one wants to take but you will I call this plan "we're fucked lets go here".
04-10-2014 08:52 PM
andrewdod Yeah, I plan the fastest run to the park. Hahaha. But when I'm just all mountain goofing there is no rhyme or reason to the madness.
04-10-2014 06:20 PM
td.1000 I just go with the flow... I mean against it... I mean I just go where there are fewer people. not super picky about snow since I'm used to riding pretty much garbage on most days. and I go after work so no lunch and/or breaks to be had.

the only time I really planned it out was on a short trip to Banff a few years ago. we had 2 days to do Sunshine and Lake Louise, so the night before we tried to get as much advice as possible from the locals. very helpful and a lot of fun talking to random folks
04-10-2014 06:05 PM
SnowDogWax Most days i'll start with a freeride board & hit some groomers. Need for speed. Then most of the day I'll work on some boarding skills. Towards the end of the day I'm usually on a twin board having fun either on the mountain or in the park. My lunch is when switch boards I then grab a bite to eat.
04-10-2014 02:35 PM
chomps1211 For even the tiny little resorts here, I'm discovering that a little knowlege of how the slopes are oriented and what that means for conditions is good to have.

2weeks ago, the front side of Highlands was really slow from sun melting. It hadn't changed over to corn or slush. It was just warming fresh that turned to velcro. Really sucked! At the same time, even tho temps were above freezing. The north (...back side) did not get the sun. The snow back there was amazing! Still hardpack fresh and fast! Stayed that way for the whole week.

Needless to say, I planned my days to start and finish back there. The flip side is if things have been warm all over during the day but cold at night? The backside will start very hard and icy, so I won't even bother to check it till mid day.

On the BIG mountain resorts? There are just sooo many variables and changing conditions due to micro climates. Windward, leeward, north facing, south, bowls, ridges, angle to sun, trees, you name it. I imagine you really have to know the place pretty intimately to make best use of the information and how it affects those varying condtions. (...short of just lucking into them that is.)


Oh and neni,... I'm with you! I love to be out n riding when the slope empties at lunch and dinner! . (...can't stand crowded bars and resturants anyway!)
04-10-2014 01:25 PM
Motogp990 I may have a general-ish plan to what runs/areas I want to hit, however I don't map out my entire day.

I plan where I'm going to park/upload and my first run of the day, then just do whatever I feel like.

That being said, I'm bad at reading maps. I learn the runs and where they are, more by memory.
04-10-2014 01:03 PM
AgingPunk Funny, I'm a combination of most of the replies: I try to plan it out, mostly becomes avoiding crowds and just going with the flow. I'm going to try mapping it out and going with the flow on different days on my upcoming trip, as long as they're similar weather days though. What's going to be interesting for us is we have someone coming who prefers the stay out late get up late routine, while the rest of us are trying to ride as much as physically possible and let's face it I could've stayed in NYC and partied all week a lot cheaper. Hangovers and riding are not fun for me anymore. I hope his cell service works.
Thanks all
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