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post #11 of 23 (permalink) Old 12-29-2010, 01:31 PM
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The only place your going to find powder after 24 hours of it falling is in the trees, simply because tree's are challenging and scare the majority of people away. It also depends on the snow. Heavy/wet powder compacts and turns to crud very quick, and is pretty shitty after it has enough lines in it.

Light/dry snow doesn't compact anywhere near like wet/heavy snow does, so it lasts much longer. Any major mountains get chewed up terribly fast however, in Tahoe you have like 30-mins to an hour to get pristine lines and then you get to ride chunder the rest of the day. Uhhgg.

I ride in the trees 80% of the time just because I'm a powder-holic and dislike riding anything but it. Just got to find your own secret stashes.

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On Seymour, there's a little side run called "wonger". It's not very long or very impressive on the map, and you can blink and miss it when you're going down Velvet Gully. On Monday I got onto it almost by accident, and discovered that it's not groomed, not used much, and has been accumulating all the snow that's been falling the last couple of weeks. I managed to get a couple of lines that were above my knees. It was very short -- you back-country people would laugh -- but it gave me a taste...


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Pow gets tracked pretty quick (especially on weekends). However the chop is still better than riding ice. My suggestion, if it snows, get your ass to the mountain EARLY and get first tracks

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in a NON RESORT scenario: if the temps stay down below freezing u can find powder weeks after a storm.

but we're not talking about NON RESORT RIDING.. right?


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Real powder in the alps:

On groomed runs, about 4 runs.
Off piste about 4 days if the snow is right and its cold and stable temps
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in a NON RESORT scenario: if the temps stay down below freezing u can find powder weeks after a storm.

but we're not talking about NON RESORT RIDING.. right?
Shhh the backcountry is dangerous and way too much work. Ride a lift and save yourself the hassle...
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in a NON RESORT scenario: if the temps stay down below freezing u can find powder weeks after a storm.

but we're not talking about NON RESORT RIDING.. right?
every single post you make you're bragging about riding backcountry powder. if we all could we would.

edit: fucking magnets, how do they work?

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every single post you make you're bragging about riding backcountry powder. if we all could we would.

edit: fucking magnets, how do they work?
You live in New Mexico. There is definitely backcountry turns to be had there. Good quality Backcountry turns.
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every single post you make you're bragging about riding backcountry powder. if we all could we would.

edit: fucking magnets, how do they work?
pull your britches up.. i'm to old to "bragg"

every single person here has an option. pull your head out u might find a whole world of easy access backcountry riding.. put some work in and get it.. then come here and "bragg" or complain about all of us always talking about riding powder ALL THE TIME.


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In the PNW, with the wet snow, sometimes you have a 2 hour window at most before it gets all tracked out. That's why on big dump days there will be a string of cars heading up an hour or more before the lifts open. I head up early then buy a cup of coffee and get ready up at the hill. People start lining up at the lifts 30 minutes or more before opening bell, so suit up and line up.

Days like today however are different. We got ludicrous snow at 16" in 24 hours without any sign of it letting up, and I was on the first chair. In this case there was thigh-deep pow (with the drifting) and getting first tracks wasn't necessarily a good thing because you'd get stuck. Second run down I thought I could make it through some trees and ended up spending 20 minutes swimming out.
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