Sunday, 30 January 2011

Ski Day 14: Not Much Fun

Vert: 2,540 m YTD Cum Vert: 109,375 m
Runs: 3 YTD Cum Runs: 193

I always tell people I rarely have a bad day skiing. Today wasn't bad, but it ranked right up there as the 8th lowest vert day in 16 years of record keeping, and the 3rd lowest where we quit by choice.

On the bright side, it was sunny.

However, it was brutally cold (-22° at 9:15), and while not generally windy, a wickedly nasty breeze was whistling on the top of Goat's Eye. So we skied a run, then went in to defrost/defog goggles & scrape the ice off the face masks, then went back out and immediately frosted up again.

It was also obviously windy overnight, as a very challenging wind crust of hard pack formed everywhere, so things looked silky and fresh but were in fact very challenging, and virtually all of yesterday's deep powder was crusted over and no longer joyous. In short, the snow looked great, but it wasn't.

On top of that, the snow was sticky, sticky, so anything flat was horrid. For instance, you couldn't get going fast enough on the Goat's Eye traverse to make it up to the flat above Silver Scapegoat without walking, the bottom section of Sunshine Coast was brutal and the ski out could be tucked from the top without fear of going fast.

It felt to us like a day where an accident was waiting to happen, and we weren't having a lot of fun, so we gave up early, as did a bunch of others we saw in the parking lot.

BTW, I apologise for the goofed up fonts. Blogger added functionality to change fonts and sizes, and I haven't figured it out yet.

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