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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-05-2006, 12:43 PM Thread Starter
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Questions for all of you skiers.

From Chris's thread I gather we have a good number of skiers on the board. I am curious as to what kind of skiing you all do.

I used to Alpine ski when I was a kid. My elementary school had a ski club since we were about 10 minutes from the chairlifts. I got out of skiing, sadly, and haven't been for almost 25 years. Now I'm back, but not Alpine.

I'm learning to Randonee/AT ski. So my question is what kind of skiing do you all do? How many Randonee skiers are there and do any of you telemark ski? I'm planning on learning that next winter.

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watching someone rip on telemark skis is impressive. if i was going to do alot of back-country skiing i would definitly learn. since most of the skiing i have done is lift served or easy access back-country (OB at jackson hole is ridiculously easy to get to) i will stick to alpine equipment. and snowboarding is only slightly more difficult then tabogoning.
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Alpine...since freshmen year HS. Like everything else, used to be decent until I got fat a few years back. I haven't been skiing locally for at least 5 years...Im an "outwest" snob I guess.
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Im an "outwest" snob I guess.

I guess you could say I'm the same. I skied Sandia, Santa Fe, and Taos in New Mexico. In Colorado I've skied Vail and Purgatory. Those are mountains.

I was shocked to learn just last year that there are "ski areas" in Wisconsin and Michigan. My first response was, don't you need mountains? Then I saw one of the ski hills in Wisconsin just off of I-90. I chuckled. I guess if that's what you have to ski then ski what you have, right?

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Alpine here too....I used to ski with a friend of mine who telemarked, It was really cool to watch but looked exhausting,
Myself, Greg"who tele's" and Billy the Kid went to the top of Steamboat in 36 fresh inches , Amazing day, You find out how bad of a skiier you really are when you ski with a pro for the day!

Kinda like track days!

Kruz I went locally for the first time in 15 years, It wasnt to bad actually, that day Chestnut had about 6 fresh inches though.

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That's the one in Geneva right? Off of Lake? Man it's been a while. Id go check it out again. Im more of a tree skier...don't really like moguls/jumps too much unless it's over a boulder or something. Id never even heard of tree skiing until my first trip out west many moons ago.

It's kinda like hiking but faster and in the snow.
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I've done Alpine and Cross Country but, I prefer Snowboarding. I don't own skis.

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i have been an alpine skier for 25 yrs. never tried telemark and have absolutely no interest truely. backcountry OB is fun but I have never found myself in need of the telemark skis to get out.

not sure if you were asking level of ability but i am on the advanced to expert levels and ahve been since my early teens.

i have been to the places in WI a couple times but I definitely consider myself an outwest snob as well. Vail, Beck, Keystone, A Basin, Beaver Creek, Steamboat, Snowmass, Copper, Loveland, Deer Valley, Park City, Solitude, Sundance, Snow Basin and so on have all been my conquests. Been around enough that I am slowing down my travels to the worthy snow playgrounds.
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I used to do some mogul comps here and there. I haven't been in at least 6 years. I assume I suck and my equipment would be outdated by now

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been snowboarding for 9 years now. Still haven't been out west.
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if you are a skier and have never been to Alta, you really owe it to yourself to go. after 150 days at Jackson Hole i finally went. Alta truely is amazing.
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I guess you could say I'm the same. I skied Sandia, Santa Fe, and Taos in New Mexico. In Colorado I've skied Vail and Purgatory. Those are mountains.

I was shocked to learn just last year that there are "ski areas" in Wisconsin and Michigan. My first response was, don't you need mountains? Then I saw one of the ski hills in Wisconsin just off of I-90. I chuckled. I guess if that's what you have to ski then ski what you have, right?
That sounds like Cascade. A little further NW is Devils Head. They have a baby black run. BTW, what you can't do in the MidWest you can't do in Vail. Any skiing is better than no skiing. Since we had our daughter Grace and I have not done much skiing (1 or 2x a year), but she is now 5. Time to get back into it. We used to do 1 day runs up to Devils every other weekend so we would be sharp for Vail.

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alpine skiing, cross-country & tree skiing. Heck I even jumped a few times, that was awesome!!!
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I was shocked to learn just last year that there are "ski areas" in Wisconsin and Michigan. My first response was, don't you need mountains? Then I saw one of the ski hills in Wisconsin just off of I-90. I chuckled. I guess if that's what you have to ski then ski what you have, right?
Crystal Mountan and Boyne Highlands in Michigan aren't too bad. Brighton is the side of a hill.

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been snowboarding for 9 years now. Still haven't been out west.
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I don't really ski. But, on the weekends I put on my gear and skiis and pose up at SOW.
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Chris, if you're considering alternate forms of skiing from a portability/mobility standpoint - you don't necessarily have to ditch Alpine. My buddies that live in Jackson all do the following (and forgive the bad terminology):

They have these adapted alpine bindings that will release the heel (similar to telemark setups). Then they put these "skins" on the bottom of their skis. Feels like astroturf kinda. Smooth when you push forward, then lots of grabby material when you try to move it backward.

Anyway, they put these skins on and basically hike up the mountainside. Apparently it works really well. Especially with telescoping ski poles that can be shortened to aide the climb.

Then they get fresh tracks on whatever they want once they get there. Not sure how serious you're trying to get though. If you're doing veritical climbs - you should just learn to snowboard. You can lash the board to your pack, and get crampon attachments for your softboots. Done and done.

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Patrick, you just described Randonee skiing. It's also known as AT (alpine touring) skiing. My new skis have the bindings that release the heel for uphill/traverses and then lock my heel down for alpine style skiing. I wear my plastic mountaineering boots and they lock into the bindings.

I also have a pair of skins I've trimmed to fit the bottoms of the skis, nice purple ones from Black Diamond. I also have a pair of poles that I can adjust the length on, also from Black Diamond.

I'm all set with gear, I just need some snow. Next weekend I'm headed on a backcountry ski trip with my mountaineering partner. Hopefully we'll see plenty of snow.

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