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11-28-2012 12:36 PM
Toecutter LOL, you guys are funny.
11-28-2012 11:47 AM
oneshot
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Originally Posted by NWBoarder View Post
Good advice in there for sure, BUT, skip the phone call. If it's a sweet ass pow day, your friends don't care what's taking so long. They just care about getting in the next lap. Lol!

no friends on a powder day!
11-28-2012 09:56 AM
wrathfuldeity
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Originally Posted by Toecutter View Post

3. Call or text your riding buddies (who are probably down at the lift line by now and are starting to worry) so they know why you're taking so long.
But I'd probably drop the cell in the bottomless and be screwed yet again.

As for lying there appreciating....I'm already too busy appreciating and want to do more appreciation....my first thought after checking that I'm alive is cursing myself for biffing or for my poor selection of line.
11-28-2012 09:25 AM
Snow Hound While this is all good information and much that I should try to remember next time I see more than a foot of powder, personally I think the very first thing anyone should do after making sure they can breathe is to lie there for a second and think about how lucky they are to be riding in such amazing conditions.
11-28-2012 12:44 AM
NWBoarder
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Originally Posted by Toecutter View Post
I took a header into bottomless snow off to the low side of a sidehill from the main track last winter. If I had gotten back on the board and kept going downhill I would have just gotten myself into deeper shit, so the best option was to head back uphill. No swimming my way out of that one.

To climb uphill in the bottomless, I unstrapped both bindings, laid the board sideways in front of me (picture wings of an airplane) and held onto the bindings so my elbows laid on top of the board. I pressed down onto the board with my forearms to make a shelf of snow then did an ab crunch and flexed my hips to bring my legs beneath me (so now I'm balled up). I kept my shins close together to make as much surface area as I could, then lunged forward with the board uphill, then repeated this motion a hundred times until I got back to another rider's track.

It helps to:
1. Come to terms with the fact that you're not getting out of this situation quickly or easily
2. Keep breathing slowly and deeply as if you're doing a cardio workout, because you will be. Try not to blow up by going too hard in a panic.
3. Call or text your riding buddies (who are probably down at the lift line by now and are starting to worry) so they know why you're taking so long.
Good advice in there for sure, BUT, skip the phone call. If it's a sweet ass pow day, your friends don't care what's taking so long. They just care about getting in the next lap. Lol!
11-28-2012 12:10 AM
Toecutter I took a header into bottomless snow off to the low side of a sidehill from the main track last winter. If I had gotten back on the board and kept going downhill I would have just gotten myself into deeper shit, so the best option was to head back uphill. No swimming my way out of that one.

To climb uphill in the bottomless, I unstrapped both bindings, laid the board sideways in front of me (picture wings of an airplane) and held onto the bindings so my elbows laid on top of the board. I pressed down onto the board with my forearms to make a shelf of snow then did an ab crunch and flexed my hips to bring my legs beneath me (so now I'm balled up). I kept my shins close together to make as much surface area as I could, then lunged forward with the board uphill, then repeated this motion a hundred times until I got back to another rider's track.

It helps to:
1. Come to terms with the fact that you're not getting out of this situation quickly or easily
2. Keep breathing slowly and deeply as if you're doing a cardio workout, because you will be. Try not to blow up by going too hard in a panic.
3. Call or text your riding buddies (who are probably down at the lift line by now and are starting to worry) so they know why you're taking so long.
11-23-2012 11:40 PM
poutanen
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Originally Posted by ARSENALFAN View Post
Well when you have chiseled rock hard abs and are an absolute babe magnet like myself, you simply perform a situp and go.
That's the trick eh? BTW my buddy from work and I are heading to LL tomorrow morning. If anyone ends up going and you see a guy with yellow pants and a black jacket (with white stitching) that's me!
11-23-2012 11:36 PM
Magnum626 I had this experience several years ago at the Canyons. I was enjoying the pow on the right side of a run and didn't notice the terrain change and the tracks were all going left. I ended up doing a torpedo into the snow and almost drowned lol.

Everywhere I put my hand down my arm just sank in. Took forever just to even bend to unstrap. My board just sank another 10 inches when trying to pack around me. Took more than 20 mins to get maybe 10 yards.

Definitely stay calm. If my friends weren't within yelling distance adn them stopping I probably would've freaked and been there for days. It was like trying to do cardio in syrup. Even lying on my board with a buddy using a ski pole took a while.

I was wondering why so many people riding that day had shovels and poles sticking out of their packs....
11-23-2012 07:55 PM
ARSENALFAN Well when you have chiseled rock hard abs and are an absolute babe magnet like myself, you simply perform a situp and go.
11-23-2012 07:32 PM
tigre
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Originally Posted by timmytard View Post
Have you ever ridden in deep powder? cause it sounds to me like you have no idea?

Maybe less than a foot deep, that might work.
But basically, what you describe, would be like trying to do push-ups in the deep end of the swimming pool.
Maybe it depends on the type of snow you're dealing with. Flipping over onto your belly works well in our coastal snow, even when it's 2-3 feet deep. But in dry continental snow it wouldn't make much sense.
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