Skiing the powder
- Dec 2, 2015
With an advanced group of younger kids, if they're capable of doing it, I sometimes get them into skiing some challenging conditions.I skied with an instructor years ago who said they did something similar with a group, but I'm not sure what the motive was (other than humor). He skied junk snow, got to the end of the pitch, and said, "Isn't this great?" to see what their reaction would be/mess with them. I don't get the impression that he was being sarcastic, but I thought it was hilarious.
Looking down from the lift there's a particular trail that's often very challenging in conditions. I'll say:
"Wow, that looks terrible! We should do that on this run. Looks good."
- "What? You said it's terrible, why would we go there?"
"Well, you're in the black group, plus we should make sure it's actually bad. You never know. Maybe it's good."
-"That makes no sense!"
"I know, that's why we've got to go do it"
After we get down the first pitch, I might say.
"Yeah, that was pretty bad. Totally great though! We really should go do it again to get better at it. Plus, maybe this time it'll be good."
There's usually screaming "no!" at that point. So we'll go off, do some decent snow, then look for some bad stuff. I really like when there's a big patch of rippled ice from snowmaking, raining, etc. We'll stop completely, and get them to just set an edge and go straight across it, or just go downhill using the ice "like a box". Flat and straight.
I have had kids later in the day ask about "that trail we did before".
"You mean the one you hated?"
-"Yeah, under the lift"
"We could do that again. You have to convince the others though."
That's fun when they start lobbying.