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  1. #2026
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    Quote Originally Posted by kungpow View Post
    Not going to lie, the video was filmed as propaganda to get my Bay Area friends up here for the weekend.

    The snow was outstanding on the North facing slopes this morning.



    Nice.

    How is that particular spot? I've looked at it from across the way and considered it. But it seems a little far for the vertical offerings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skier666 View Post
    The east winds did there thing on the ridge tops near Kirkwood. Crazy unedgeable glacial ice in West Shore's steep pitches. Broadway had a ribbon of wind deposit until you hit the safe spot on the right next to the crux. So icy that I almost slipped uncontrollably backward into the crux. I took the alternative exit on the right but that was just as bad. I went for it and began sliding and thankfully got my skis under me to straightline out into the better lower angle snow.

    Boulevard (diagonal) was similar. Top entrance was scary so I climbed down into it on the sunny side. There was ribbons of winter snow next to the rock walls and from below the crux looked small with the snow looking great on the runout. It was edgeable until the crux where I could see my reflection, so I ended up straightlining into the better snow below.

    Temple looks like early November and I don't see a safe line in there.

    I really wish this ice will disappear but it may be awhile.

    The resort skied well, fun wind buff off 10 and great cut up pow in Oops in Poops on 6. Definitely pockets of ice hiding around the hill so be careful out there.
    I was at the top of Hell's Delight last week just to get a peek and the ice was so hard there was no edging into it.
    Sketch shit. I got the hell away from it, summing it up as 'ice slide of death to rocks then trees.'

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKbruin View Post
    Nice.

    How is that particular spot? I've looked at it from across the way and considered it. But it seems a little far for the vertical offerings.
    The approach from the road is actually very moderate. The snow was amazing on the north aspect and I would imagine it will be pretty good for a bit longer. There's lots of steep untracked sections and well spaced trees with a few little pillows to bounce off if you're into that. Although not a lot of vert, it's easy to hop on the skin track back up for multiple laps. The views looking south from the top are worth the effort. Bring a beer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skier666 View Post
    I really wish this ice will disappear but it may be awhile.

    The resort skied well, fun wind buff off 10 and great cut up pow in Oops in Poops on 6. Definitely pockets of ice hiding around the hill so be careful out there.
    Well... this makes me feel a hell of a lot better. I don't know KW all that well but I've been trying to make a real effort to step up my game this season and there were a few chutes I dropped into and could barely side-slip my way down to save my life. Some of the ice I encountered was truly east-coast-style un-edgeable, and it gets in your head because even if the snow looks good I was still skeptical and felt like I couldn't trust it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TahoeJ View Post
    Well... this makes me feel a hell of a lot better. I don't know KW all that well but I've been trying to make a real effort to step up my game this season and there were a few chutes I dropped into and could barely side-slip my way down to save my life. Some of the ice I encountered was truly east-coast-style un-edgeable, and it gets in your head because even if the snow looks good I was still skeptical and felt like I couldn't trust it.
    Makes you feel better, Saturday I dropped in on what seemed like soft snow along the cornice face to the right of 6. Instead I got bullet proof ice that took me down before I could even figure out what had happen..

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    Fuck. I must be awesome. Never really hit any ice at KW on Sunday. But then again, I was placing close attention to the direction the snow was blowing. But all these reports makes me glad I skied Thunder Right and not the main bowl. I've been I there once before when the snow was sliding down to ice and it was about as far from fun as you get.

  8. #2033
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    this is surprising. we did the cp to kirkwood tour on tuesday and never encountered any ice on faces that are normally icy. even the final ridge heading up to round top/sisters saddle was powder. it's the first time i've ever been able to skin all the way to life on the edge. in fact, i've always called the spot where bunny is hopping 'the hillary step' because you're usually trying to gain the ridge on bulletproof ice.
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  9. #2034
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    Holy crap. When I first saw that pic, I just assumed you must have been some where else. That is kind of amazing. Maybe that bunny is awesome too.

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    A few pics from yesterday...






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    Mt Rose BC on Monday was Deeeep





    Squaw on Tuesday wasnt bad either

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    ^^^. Nice!!!!

    I'm coming to town next storm cycle & bringing a few very capable friends. Looking forward to checking out mt rose and it's sidecountry.

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    Some pics from the last few days. A few of them are from the east side, but coverage was better up here so most of our skiing has been local

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    Anybody ski Squaw today or yesterday? Likely headed that way tomorrow. Hoping to find some chalk off KT and Headwall.

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    now i know why the ice was there wednesday but not tuesday
    these were tuesday below the face on the way to the wood that is almost always ice up high and windblown below

    there was no sign of these turns today, so the east wind came tuesday night
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  16. #2041
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    Squaw was good yesterday, ollie lady the best.

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    Rhalves Bonzai today and tomorrow at Kirkwood. Sugar Bowl for the finals next weekend. Should be a hoot.

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    Roller derby on skis. I gotta make it to one of those just to watch it live.

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    I'll be around on Sunday with the kids but alone a few hours between Mini Jets and Ski School to take a few turns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by splat View Post
    I was at the top of Hell's Delight last week just to get a peek and the ice was so hard there was no edging into it.
    Sketch shit. I got the hell away from it, summing it up as 'ice slide of death to rocks then trees.'
    First time through there, I slid out on my second turn....getting it together just in time to cowboy over the rocks.

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    Anyone been up to or around the RoundTop area in the last couple of days? Is it still good out there -- thinking of heading this weekend. Would have been out last weekend but my binders were in the shop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Superstar Punani View Post
    First time through there, I slid out on my second turn....getting it together just in time to cowboy over the rocks.
    The one time I met up with you on Saturday, I watched you lose your edges halfway down, then slide the rest of it on your back, head first, laughing maniacally. I'd seen enough -- hippie pow laps in Sentinel seemed more in line with my self-preservation instincts after that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlakeShredder View Post
    Anyone been up to or around the RoundTop area in the last couple of days? Is it still good out there -- thinking of heading this weekend. Would have been out last weekend but my binders were in the shop.
    we were there tuesday and it was as good as it gets. there has been a wind event and very warm temps since then however.
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    Cool thanks for the intel. Probably some wind buff .. hopefully not a full on melt freeze cycle up in roundtop .. though it should be pretty warm on the weekend ... spring skiing maybe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FatBastard View Post
    ...seemed more in line with my self-preservation instincts after that
    Ha! That doesn't sound like you!
    Remembering you dragging us around Squaw a few years back on a hella crusty/icy day showing us rocks to jump off!
    Anyway...(I thought Banzai was Sat/Sun not Fri/Sat?)
    Anyway...We should be at KW both days this weekend and staying overnight, for a change, so will be up for any (mild) shenanigans I expect.
    Hell Yeah!

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