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post #11 of 39 (permalink) Old 12-31-2012, 11:27 PM
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As Snowwolf says, there's no reason not to make controlled turns when it gets steep and narrow(45deg/3m in this case). But it's definitely easier on perfect snow.

I would love to ride where the vid was shot though
Not sure what it looks like below that chute, but if it's a big wide open slope I'd probably just Xavier De La Rue that chute and then lay down a big, sweeping, powder slinging turn across the slope.

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Not sure what it looks like below that chute, but if it's a big wide open slope I'd probably just Xavier De La Rue that chute and then lay down a big, sweeping, powder slinging turn across the slope.
Like the sound of it but... Probably not quite what you had in mind? (see pic) But even with the runout you describe, I'm not at that level anyway(relative beginner). I was just stoked to be riding something like that full stop (and to get down it cleanly). Still stoked about it now in fact Feels like a milestone in my riding.

So I'll leave you and Xavier to straightlining the steeps (for now)
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I'd hardly consider the initial video a "steep chute". That guy could pretty much ride wherever he wanted. Normally, when you talk about chutes, you're either jump-turning or pointing it straight... much more like the picture wrath posted at the top of this page.
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a chute i want to do this winter....no turning

random debris / Gunsight, my favorite run at Mt. Baker.
It looks... like a Christmas present. All neat and tempting. Good luck.
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yup pics flatten things out. a chute i want to do this winter....no turning

random debris / Gunsight, my favorite run at Mt. Baker.
Straight up G-Rush... I need to make it up to Baker... too bad it's ALL the way across the damn state
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So I had some steeps to practice with last week, and although I struggled at times, I tried maintaining somewhat of an edge, before having to stop uphill and do an 180, and repeat.

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This goes back to an earlier post of mine. Riding down nice powder covered blacks, only to have them turn into a mogul field 2 hour laters because, people that have NO right on being on those steeps create those moguls from making very sharp dynamic turns on skis to avoid the speed. Well, then why not ski blues and leave the terrain at least somewhat rideable, or at least make wide turns!

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Moguls happen naturally, nobody is DOING that. Deep snow terrain in-bounds gets open, u get a couple hours and then its moguls until the next snow.

Ever seen anyone out there MAKING moguls? Yea its called everyone with an edge on a fresh day, including me on a snowboard.

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Yep, moguls are just the mountain's way of telling you too many people have skied/ridden here.

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So I had some steeps to practice with last week, and although I struggled at times, I tried maintaining somewhat of an edge, before having to stop uphill and do an 180, and repeat.
Good show! It does take a lot out of you, so nothing wrong with doing some good turns, then taking a break to catch your breath. Better than sideslipping the whole way down...

I've been on runs similar to that at Kicking Horse, and steeper ones at Fernie. You obviously can't ride them as you would something with a 25-30 degree slope unless there's been a MASSIVE powder dump.

There's one run at Fernie that has a very narrow entrance (similar to what wrathfuldeity posted) but after about a 30 ft 45 deg chute it opens up REAL wide and mellows to probably 35-40 degrees for several hundred feet. That's the only place I've ever comfortably "carved" on such a steep slope... I bought a helmet cam again so I'll have to get some videos of some of the bowl entrances I keep talking about on here!
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That first vid (OP) does look pretty bumpy. You see him get a bit of air off a bump as he exits the chute. Imagine if he had've tried bombing it

I def think the vid does it no justice. From the way he's riding it looks pretty steep... and yeah, bumps. Sure if it was fresh it'd be different.

Had a situation the other day where my buddy was dropping a spot, and I thought it'd be good idea too. I got to the drop and realised the runout looked sketchy and I didn't like the idea of a tomahawk right then so I had to ride it out rather than get some air. Sometimes you end up in those situations and can't be elegant. More survival tactics than anything. Should I have stuck to terrain I know I can ride well? No. Gotta push yourself!

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