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Old 01-16-2012, 02:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default time spent riding versus sitting on chairlift?

So I borrowed my sister's GPS watch and took it riding for a day. For our midwest local hill with 300 foot vertical, I was clocking in only 1 min of actual snowboarding versus 5+ min of chairlift riding. Yes, it only took 1 min to get frmo top to bottom where I'm at. To get an hour of actual snowboarding in I would have to do 60 runs at my local hill over and over again.

How many minutes do you other guys get riding a typical run where you live versus time spent chairlifting? Just curious if I should shelf snowboarding as a hobby for now until I move somewhere with real mountains.
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Old 01-16-2012, 03:59 AM   #2 (permalink)
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At my closest mountain it's 10 minutes to the top, and you can go anywhere from 8 minutes - 30+ minutes of straight snowboarding, depending on how crazy you wanna get with your path. They don't have any boundaries so as long as you stay on the front side of the mountain you will either wind up at the lift again or somewhere within 10 miles of it. haha
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Old 01-16-2012, 04:19 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Around here its more measured by vert per day. And it depends on the hill, the chair, snow and crowds. We've varied from 22k to 70k vert in a day.

So you get a generous 1k of vert for 3 runs....at 22k = 66 laps x 5 min = 5.5 hours on the lift and at 70k = 210 laps x 5 min = 17.5 hours on the chair...i'd say ur fooooked til you get to a bigger hill.
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Old 01-16-2012, 06:14 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Do you have fun snowboarding? If you answer yes then it is worth it. If you hang up the board until you get to a better place then you are bypassing time when you could be getting better at riding.
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Old 01-16-2012, 06:25 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I agree with John Doe our local hill is similar, very short, hard packed and crowded. Riding is riding. If I can get really good in these kinds of conditions, I will truly have a blast when I get to a great hill.

Plus I have gone so much I know the times to avoid if I choose. I have be able to hot lap 15 or 20 runs at times that the crowd is way down. That truly is fun and tiring.

Ride what you have and make it fun. I know you did this to just see the time up/down but don't dwell to much on it. I've meet some new friends, great people, and it is time I spend with my kids.

Jaa where do you ride sounds awfully close to home...
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Lift time should include waiting-in-the-line time. At Seymour, I can get down Mystery in 3 minutes, and it takes about 10 to go up. That sounds bad, but at Grouse for instance you have to add in 3/4 hour waiting in the line on weekends. The Seymour lineup very rarely gets past 20 minutes, and that's only for an hour or two around noon.

Even at that, when the lineup gets too nutz (like yesterday), I just find a park feature or jump that I want to work and start hiking it for my laps.
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At Seymour, I can get down Mystery in 3 minutes, and it takes about 10 to go up.
I ride the same place as Donutz, sure it's small, and you can bomb it in 3 mins... but if you get creative you can find a lot of features within that small space.

It'll improve your riding and you'll have more fun. If you ride with people who go straight down, ditch em and go find some features to hit.

(keep in mind I do feel your pain, riding hard pack isn't as much fun)
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About a minute for me. It's 600 vert and this lift ride is about ten minutes.
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Welcome to riding in the Midwest , do whatever it takes to spend your winters in the west as soon as you can.
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Lift time should include waiting-in-the-line time. At Seymour, I can get down Mystery in 3 minutes, and it takes about 10 to go up. That sounds bad, but at Grouse for instance you have to add in 3/4 hour waiting in the line on weekends. The Seymour lineup very rarely gets past 20 minutes, and that's only for an hour or two around noon.

Even at that, when the lineup gets too nutz (like yesterday), I just find a park feature or jump that I want to work and start hiking it for my laps.
Are you really saying that you wait 45 minutes in line BEFORE getting your ass on the chair lift?? I hope the ride down is worth it...

At my local hill (750 ft., 15 min. drive) the ride up takes 5-6 min. on a good day. 10+ on week-ends due to group lessons (and newbies that falls and make the chairlift stop). I can bomb down in less than a minute. But it usually takes 3 to 5 minutes (depending on trail selection) playing around or more if hitting the park.

And I don't think I've ever waited more than 10 minutes at the bottom, even on big week-ends.
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