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Old 01-14-2014, 05:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Does anyone know if/when they're opening it this year?
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Old 01-14-2014, 05:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I believe it is close. I noticed that they have snow fencing at the bottom of the steps. The wind has just been too strong to get the snow sit up high. Keep an eye here for the latest updates - https://twitter.com/ssvsnowsafety
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Old 01-14-2014, 06:17 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I believe it is close. I noticed that they have snow fencing at the bottom of the steps. The wind has just been too strong to get the snow sit up high. Keep an eye here for the latest updates - https://twitter.com/ssvsnowsafety
Yea apparently the wind stripped the top a few times. Starting to look better but unsubstantiated lift gossip says likely 3-4 weeks.
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Old 01-15-2014, 10:16 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Was at SSV yesterday and while stopped at a trailhead by snow-safety guys doing avy bombing, I asked the same thing.

They told me that coverage is pretty sparse still, and they "have a long way to go in terms of snow" before it opens. wouldnt give me a definitive answer, but said "around 3 weeks"

lame. cmon mother nature, your killing me!
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Snow droughts and wind stripping are what sunshine is about this season thus far.

A persistent October layer makes avy terrain spooky too.

Not the best of years so far.
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Old 02-12-2014, 01:34 AM   #6 (permalink)
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how difficult is the dive? Is it doable for intermediate skiers? My friends want to try it this year but I'm not sure I'm ready for it. Actually none of us are really that good, the largest natural drops we've hit around 10ft. We aren't exactly bombing down most double blacks. I would say we can confidently ski most blacks and have moderate difficulties with steep doubles. I'm thinking about holding off for another season rather than just sliding smearing and falling down the mountain just to say I've done it... thoughts?

for example, this video shows how I'd really NOT like to ski down.. sitting on my butt and takeing small smears down the whole way.

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It sounds like you may have the ability but not the head for it yet. If you can look at it and think this looks fun you will have probably already done it.

I see a lot of people get their first semi steep bc turns. Some are a duck to water. Others freak out about avy danger, trees amd are basically paralysed out there. Even though they could easily do the same thing at the resort.

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Old 02-12-2014, 10:32 AM   #8 (permalink)
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If you are having difficulties with steep doubles, I would advise giving it another season. Keep in mind its not all like that video....line selection can make DD as easy or as hard as you'd like. there are lines through the whole area that involve no drops. but those get ploughed down early by people who are in over their heads and backblade the whole damned thing.

That being said, its clear by all the sideslipping and pussyfooting done in that video, that the line chosen by that guy was above his skill level, and the snow was pretty sun-softened. Also, a beacon and such are needed to go into these areas, so you dont only need the equipment, but also the know how in using it.
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It sounds like you may have the ability but not the head for it yet. If you can look at it and think this looks fun you will have probably already done it.

I see a lot of people get their first semi steep bc turns. Some are a duck to water. Others freak out about avy danger, trees amd are basically paralysed out there. Even though they could easily do the same thing at the resort.

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yea.. my problem has always been turning into a pussy once I see exposed rock. I just hate that aspect of skiing because I don't like core shots and wrecking my shit, especially when my equipment cost good money. It's so bad that even if it is a slope I'm perfectly capable of straight lining, if there rocks poking out I will do what the dude did in the video to keep my skis off the rock. My friends are just the opposite, their boards and skis are wrecked after a few days on the hill.. seems retarded to me. I wouldn't go buy a nice new snowmobile and bounce it off a few trees or rip it into a bunch of rocks.
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First day on my new split I put a core shot on it. If you eant to ride terrain like DD you have except that it can happen. Riding it all conservative is likely more dangerous 98% of the time. You are exposing yourself for much longer on something you should have already been off of.

Core shots and ptex gouges are cosmetic. Your board will still ride like a board. Buy some ptex string and a ptex iron to fill them in. Worry about a tune much later like end of season. Sounds like your friends get it. Unless you blow an edge or crack a core your board is not wrecked from gouging the ptex.

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