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Bad conditions - when do you stop?

So I'm curious what you guys usually do during bad conditions. Is there a point when it's too icy, too slushy, too moguled out, etc...?

I'm trying to get better and really do carves but it seems like I don't really hit my stride with carving until 2-3 hours into the day, and by that time a lot of the good runs are all moguled out.

I guess if I was a really good carver then I'd be able to carve straight through bumps... but I'm not lol.

When should I just call it an early day? And in your own experience, how important are snow conditions for being able to pull off the level of snowboarding you want to pull off? (I imagine that second question will vary from person to person and I'm curious about it).

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I don't mind the lousy conditions too much, a little mogul field every now and then is a fun timing exercise, ice is a good determination exercise; but lousy conditions + too many ppl? No fun. No thanks

I really like the early morning time. Nothing better on a resort day than a fresh cheese grater groomer when slopes are still empty. When the rush off ppl hits in, I'm usually ready to get lunch; when the herd gets hungry, I'm back on the slope. When the bulk gets back to the slopes, I call it a day and head to the après.

So it's actually more the number of ppl on the slopes than the snow conditions which drive me away from riding.
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When it's straight sheet ice, I leave.

When it's all moguls I find the more runs that are still soft and make 5 or 6 laps for exercise.

When it's tracked out light powder I just keep going. Dense powder I go find some not tracked stuff.

I love slush and corn....
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I'll ride everything, it's all useful for building experience and skill. Conditions definitely determine what and how I ride, but even in the worst conditions (vis or ice) I can still practice switch or butters etc. I love firm morning groomers for carving, and after lunch I'll often look for natural features to hit or head to the park. Where I ride 80% of the time here we don't get moguls, so when I'm at a field with them I'll spend a fair bit of time there, great for honing skills I think.
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I do mostly day trips, I don't even go up if there isn't fresh snow. Once it gets trashed I might work on switch. I do like to carve on groomers but when it's shitty you get hurt, and that sucks. Skipped this last days of glass ice covered by 2" of fresh.

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What sends me packing first is bad visibility. When it starts to get to the point where I no longer feel comfortable reading the hill, I'm gone. I am too old and not good enough to come down via "braille".

Hard packed icy boiler plate is something else that I don't do.

Heavy mashed potatoes are not high on my list, but I can manage if I have to.

Other than those three, I'm a gamer for whatever the mountain serves up.
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There is no such thing as bad conditions, only bad technique & bad gear.

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There is no such thing as bad conditions, only bad technique & bad gear.
spoken like a true wingman at the bar..... lol
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Hahahahaha!!!

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Hate to admit this but since we started spending winters in Utah and live here now we've turned into snow snobs.

I'm at the point where I don't resort ski unless it's warm and sunny or there's atleast 2-3 inches of fresh snow minimum......there's exceptions of course but if I'm alone that's kind of how I roll.

Once we live up in the canyon it'll be easier to just drive 5 minutes jump on a lift for two runs and then head home

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