Half Fast Hobby Racer
- Nov 12, 2015
- Finger Lakes/Rochester NY
Lol. You're right and wrong. It's not like you do that more than once. Though you could. Kids love the lower one going the other way that goes through the trees.
I was think 5 miles. Since you pull the senior card, I'll take 4-1/2 miles. The Great Green Dot to Hell at Killington fits the bill perfectly.How many miles do I have to hold it for? Remember, I'm old................
Now, you are making me feel old.
James, I've never been interested in vertical. I was hoping you'd say that flat run in the Alps was not boring. Thanks for explaining that the reason is not only because of the views but also because of all the other stuff you access while you're there.Lol. You're right and wrong. It's not like you do that more than once. Though you could. Kids love the lower one going the other way that goes through the trees.
Don't forget the thread is in praise of blues, and greens. What's better than to be unstressed, gliding on snow, looking at a phenominal view?
There's more to skiing than turning. Besides, there was an amazing restaurant at the end of that run. (Which wasn't an end, a stop). Only accessible by snow route. You could skin or snow shoe. For miles.
One works on the glissment while taking in the rather incredible view. The towns and city (Sion) below in the dry valley, greens to brown, the snow line, avalanche paths. You're moving on snow in the mountains! I assure you I was not thinking "I'm so bored" while on that. However, if I was obsessed with vert, I'd be annoyed there was so little for so much time. It's why if one is obsessed with that, probably staying in the US is the most efficient.
If you're that bored ski it switch. Honestly, I don't think I could maintain that for so long, not freak out and make the turns. At least not on slalom skis with my current competence switch.
Here's more boring blues, and greens. The Vallée Blanche in Chamonix. There is some pretty advanced skiing, but there doesn't have to be. You should be a solid blue though.
Entry is not for those afraid of heights. As the north face of the Aiguille du Midi is steep, you look down at the town 9k ft below. I tried to look at the ground. And breathe. I've done it three times and each time I ended up as the front person of the group roped together.
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The town always appears below. It's like you're in an airplane. When hiking, I tried not to look at it.
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Looking out to the end of the hike. If you or the guide decide your skiing is not up to it in the 2-4 turns of the first pitch, you hike back.
There's a rope you can hold on to for most of it. Sometimes it's linear, sometimes descending zig zag. Sometimes the condition is such the guide wants you with crampons on. Then you're careful to walk a little duck footed to not trip on your pants if not experienced.
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(Ok, not blue)
Wait, we're walking on rocks?? I tuned my skis last night. This was decidly uncomfortable as there was some exposure, but safer than with alpine boots. Walking while trying not to ruin my edges. His hold on the left pole is why many touring poles have very long rubber/foam grips below the normal one.
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Not blue either, but looking down on the green part. The glacier. Miles of it. One can get down by a much easier blue route. Pretty meh, eh?
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The green "meh" part. This was where a 192cm ski with wax was handy. I could let people get 100m away and still overtake. Moving along at say 15 mph on a glacier between mountain ranges is pretty cool.
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We'll call this a blue hike out. There's steeper parts. It's strenuous but likely cake for some. Ie, green.
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The little snack shack at the end. Their home made pie tart was delicious. @KingGrump posted almost this same photo taken 30 yrs before.
In the end, you've only done about 8,500ft vertical. (A guess) One could do that in 3-5 laps in much less time. With more "skiing". Ie, turns with energy. Nowhere I've ever been though do you feel as much like you're skiing on the planet. A wild, untamed place far from the concept of a resort.
You'll blow all your glide and have to pole. Unless you're going to like pump each turn. Long radius turn arcs. If there's a little traffic on trails like these a fun game is to weave in and out of people without giving up the railroad tracks. It tequires planning and estimation.
Those are some amazing trees! Beautiful. They're very odd in that they're so skinny.