I live in the east. The ice capital of the world. Between granular conditions, icey spots and icey chopping snow - it gets pretty hard to get good lines on the slopes on some bad days.
TODAY took the cake. Been skiing/boarding now for probably 25 years, some of those years I barely ever went, but for the most part, I've NEVER seen conditions like this during my most active times out
Tuesday, we get 8" of powder. IN between, weather tells me basically next good day to go is today, of course they are wrong, we get rain last night, and the slopes groom their now extremely soaked snow. Temps drop 10 degree, winds pickup to 20-30 mph.
Fast forward 6 hours later, 1" of powder drops. I hit the slopes this evening, to find the slowest powder in a few spots followed by 100% of teh slopes covered in THICK ice.
I've never seen anythign like this. Looked like the slopes were perfectly groomed still after the day people, even on the main intermediate slope.
BECAUSE , the groomer lines were SOLID ice. I rode down, terrified of trying edges because who the heck wants to fall on solid solid solid ice right? Ive never heard my board this loud. All you could hear throughout the slopes was a horrible scraping sound.
It was so bad, I asked for a refund. My board was getting caught in the groomer lines. When I just slide down the hill or did a skidded turn, there were ZERO tracks left behind me.
snow report stated : groomed. That's it.
Well, Im getting a refund in teh mail they said, they were really cool about it I have to say and was really surprised they agreed to refund.
Anyone else experience this and said, f it, im out?
Serious, it was dangerous. SOLID ice everywhere with tiny bits of powder to throw you suddenly off your balance. Esp someone pretty new to boarding (been skiing all my life, and would have left on skis too)
Even the tracks from snow equipment and other riders left over that the groomers missed, were like cement ridges in the snow. Little lumps of snow that were 6" in circum were like hitting bricks.
No one was carving, everyone was just sliding and trying to make it down safely.
Couple that with 20 degree and a steady 20mph wind, it was the worst I've seen.
I've skied in negative 20 degree temps before, real garbage snow and stayed the whole day, just couldn't imagine getting away without a bad hip bruise , messed up knee/head or something breaking with this level of rough ice.
IMAGINE sliding your knee over groomer lines that are SOLID ice.
I tried to break one by prying my finger against another one for leverage and couldnt break one of the lines.
pretty depressing, all that effort to get out of work early and get to the mountain, drag my equipment up with me and prepare the night before, wasted
IF someone has experience with this, what does it take to rid the slopes of this? The only thing we are expected to get in the next 7 days is some more rain, a bit of snow and a couple days of warmer temps with some sun.
So I was checking out this site: http://www.skiernet.com/snow-conditions.html
says the loose granular is the worst to ski on vs ice. 50% of my riding is on this stuff, and I'm not sure what ice they are talking about, this was just solid sheets but even the groomer lines. I can't imagine that anyone on this planet would rank loose granular worse than true ice conditions like I witnessed tonight. So what would my conditions be ? a -1 on the ride scale? lol