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Old 04-02-2014, 09:35 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Yikes! This almost happened to me the first time I went to Alpine Meadow. Took the Scott Chair intending to go down Scott Ridge Run, a blue. Trail wasn't very well marked and rode right to edge of the cliff at the top of Scott Chute, stopped myself just in time. I dropped to my knees and crawled back up, scared shitless! It's probably a good thing I wasn't all that good yet, or I might have been bombing it without being able to stop.
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it's totally landable, as long as you avoid those human-sized rocks at the bottom. dam that looks like fun. the worse thing that can happen here is end up in a parking lot
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Old 04-02-2014, 10:12 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Following other people's tracks is never wise. We were heading down a valley a couple of years ago and at the end there's a cliff which is ideal to go off when there's plenty of snow and your the first ones down we went off it and by the time our group was down it was pretty bombed out. We then stopped for a break and watched a couple of skiers who'd followed our tracks get to the top of the cliff look over realise that it was no longer rideable and then proceed to hike back up one long ass hill.
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Old 04-02-2014, 10:52 AM   #14 (permalink)
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This situation reminds me of Pout's encounter with that ice covered death drop a season or two back. I remember being a little freaked by that as well!!!
Yeah that's exactly what I thought of! I remember just having a feeling, and slowing down as I went through the tight trees, and OH THATS A FROZEN WATERFALL I'M ON TOP OF...



At Fernie they put little orange "cliff" signs every 25 ft or so, or on a tree near a cliff. Basically the only way to trust a run is to ride it conservatively until you know it.
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I added the youtube embed of the video. I don't how you do that at Telluride, but dang that is a good sized fall he went for.
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I know it's bad to laugh at the poor guy, but those were some phenomenal panic screams.
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some places you arent allowed to fall....
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Old 04-02-2014, 01:18 PM   #18 (permalink)
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thats about 60* isn't it?
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thats about 60* isn't it?
The pic I posted? Yeah at least 60 deg, notice how the trees in the pic are facing the upper left side of? The angle I took the photo on actually makes the waterfall look less steep.

This was inbounds at Whistler around the mid-mountain level. Fun area but it was my first day there, and I didn't stick to my advice of scouting out runs before hitting them!

That said, my rule this year has been "hit everything" and although a few times I've had a pucker factor once in the air, I haven't hurt myself yet this year.
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i want that panic ring tone
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