ETHOS .....new snow

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  1. CalG

    CalG Out on the slopes Skier

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    This has puzzled me for over 45 years (47 to be exact)

    What is it about "soft snow" or "new snow" or "deep, new,soft snow" that is more pleasurable, more attractive, more rewarding, than week old ice?

    Is it the smoothness? The quiet movement through a fluid medium? The challenge and difficulty?
    The FIS racers don't care a hoot about "soft new snow".

    I know there are a large number of skiers that find such conditions to be "too much". But They are still out there! I see them in the lift lines on snowy mornings... ;-)

    Thoughts?

    ps, and how does "perfect corn" some how fit into the equation of appreciation?
     
  2. Dwight

    Dwight Practitioner of skiing, solid and liquid Admin Moderator

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    I'll let you know after I experience a few new inches tomorrow.
     
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    CalG Out on the slopes Skier

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    I need to return to "the WHITE ROOM".
    That takes feet! cold air, and pitch to drive one through at a good velocity. ;-)
     
  4. François Pugh

    François Pugh Out on the slopes Skier

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    More like flying.
     
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  5. Ogg

    Ogg Getting off the lift Skier

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    It's low impact, it feels way smoother under your feet, if you fall it doesn't hurt(usually), the sensation is more like flying, you can ski steeper terrain more easily and face shots are fun.
     
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  6. Yo Momma

    Yo Momma Out on the slopes Skier

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    It's SEXY............ it's ALL about the sex......... :martini:
     
  7. Scruffy

    Scruffy Out on the slopes Skier

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    ;):DI’m starting to think you’re a troll :D
    Seriously, you’ve been skiing for 47 years and this puzzles you?
     
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  8. mdf

    mdf entering the Big Couloir Skier

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    It is a bit odd. There is something magical about it, even a thin coating. I will glide through the powder on the edges of flat ru runouts, returning to the packed track only when stopping is imminent.
     
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  9. dbostedo

    dbostedo Asst. Gathermeister-- Jackson Hole 2020 Moderator

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    For me, having only puzzled about it for a few seasons (I think I posted a similar question back on EpicSki) I think it is 80% the smoothness, 15% the 3D/plowing fun effect, and 5% knowing you made a track where no one else had been (visual/mental satisfaction).

    But that could be completely wrong. :)
     
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  10. Freaq

    Freaq Pretends to be local Skier

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    A nice coating of fresh pow opens up lines. It can transform a line from 'think I can make 'em' to 'watch me bounce and blaze'.
    Quiet as well as smooth.
    Pow with some density plus fat, rockered skis make getting a bit of air such a hoot!
    Nothin' like the floooooooommmp of blowing up a powder bump.
    On the lift today a six year old told me the best thing about powder is that it's fun to fall in.
    Checking out your line from across the valley is priceless.
     
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  11. Bad Bob

    Bad Bob old n' slow Skier

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    Resistance is futile. It is just euphoric, You are engulfed in a smooth quiet place, probably something to do with the womb.

    Corn is another story, a precise skiing surface with a sense of humor.
     
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  12. Josh Matta

    Josh Matta Making fresh tracks Instructor

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    ummm your edges grip and dont slide....and there is much less impact from the snow. Corn snow is almost as good IMO in fact a good corn day is better than fluffly powder where you hit bottom.
     
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  13. Dwight

    Dwight Practitioner of skiing, solid and liquid Admin Moderator

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    It's easier and just fun, since it doesn't happen often, in the Midwest. :)
     
  14. Slim

    Slim Getting off the lift Skier

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    I love the floating feeling. Love the vertical motion that turns skiing into a 3D motion. I love the spray of snow flying up. I. Love the look of a smooth whits blanket over the landschape
     
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    CalG Out on the slopes Skier

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    Ahh! The "clean slate effect" ;-)
     
  16. JFB

    JFB Getting on the lift Skier

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    Brings to mind one of my favorite Louis Armstrong quotes: "If you have to ask what jazz is, you'll never know."
     
  17. Tom K.

    Tom K. HRPufnStf Skier

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    Yup, closest you can come to flying without actually flying.

    And scarcity. Can't get it every day Face it, that's part of it.

    And new terrain. We're in Sun Valley for a few days. Over 30 inches recently and cold, cloudy weather more than doubles the skiable terrain here. All the south facing slopes that are normally bare or close to it are currently skier playgrounds.
     
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  18. karlo

    karlo Out on the slopes Skier

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    As an Eastern skier, it’s the novelty.
     
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