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Old 03-17-2013, 12:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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It's springtime and brown skid marks are starting to show on some parts of the the hills. Yesterday on a steep blue run i had a hard time holding an edge when going across the hill between turns. The edge digs well more than usual but it will still slip on me.

From the lifts looking down my transitions were the ones carving clean and sharp about 3 inches wide but surprisingly the downwards and across the hill between transitions looked messy. Straight carve edge hold between turns are the ones i usually don't have issues with.

Is there a method to get better edge hold in this condition? It was soft pack and slightly slushy by noon at 61 degrees spring weather.

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I just realized it's in the wrong section. Mods, feel free to move it.
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You'll only get so much edge hold in slushy corn snow, if you want a clean line you'll need to go faster/more downhill.
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exactly what lamps said. I love lamp (anchorman quote)
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Old 03-18-2013, 05:24 AM   #5 (permalink)
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for spring i switch to a warm temp wax, although the slush will rip off that wax pretty quickly :/ there's not much you can do on slush, i can't get the speed that i want even on steep blacks... that's why normally i hit the park in springtime. slush makes for softer falls if you fall, haha...
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Thanks. So there's not a lot that could have been done except go steeper and faster. And it's good to know that it was less me but the conditions.
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for spring i switch to a warm temp wax, although the slush will rip off that wax pretty quickly :/ there's not much you can do on slush, i can't get the speed that i want even on steep blacks... that's why normally i hit the park in springtime. slush makes for softer falls if you fall, haha...
Ahhh. Waxing is real important for spring riding no? So on Sunday by about 2 PM my base felt like it was riding through dough. It wouldnt glide. I put flouro on a few days before. Day started hard (not icy), turned great for a couple runs then slushy in the afternoon in 50 degree temps. So that ride through dough feel means hoof to the car and touch up with express wax? I guess I didnt realize slush will take wax off in 10 runs in the spring.
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Day started hard (not icy), turned great for a couple runs then slushy in the afternoon in 50 degree temps.
that's a sign that it's time to hit the park lol... that's exactly what i do. morning when it's still relatively hard, do my usual speed/carve runs. if it turns to slush, i know my wax is gone anyways, so i hit the park and try a few stuff there and call it a day...
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