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Nothing like a bit of pitch to get the adrenaline pumping!


No mistakes allowed at the top


This looks interesting


Can we get through there?


Only one way to find out...

http://youtube.com/v/NhpsPjN7ux8
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I love the obligatory whoop in each video!
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Hurtle wrote:
I love the obligatory whoop in each video!


Haha can’t help myself Very Happy
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@BobinCH, nice , the whoop is sort of affirmation of survival hey !!!
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Nice, was that last week?
I was skiing with the kids and saw so many nice lines coming in from everywhere. Serious case of FOMO for me last week..
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Very nice indeed!
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Thick As wrote:
Nice, was that last week?
I was skiing with the kids and saw so many nice lines coming in from everywhere. Serious case of FOMO for me last week..


That was a few hours ago!

Here’s further up the face racing the sluff

http://youtube.com/v/vtP8I_Z8Q9E
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What was the snow like? Looks a bit crispy up top, but doesn't seem to be getting in the way!
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I would ski over a rock and fcuk my skis.
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ChrisWo wrote:
What was the snow like? Looks a bit crispy up top, but doesn't seem to be getting in the way!


Classic 5 day old snow windblown face. Good test of technique as easy to get thrown into the back seat. IMO this is where rockered skis come into their own. Skiing this with any fluidity on stiff, straight skis would be very difficult.
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Neil.c wrote:
I would ski over a rock and fcuk my skis.


Certainly touched a few sharks. Fortunately none bit too deep!
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BobinCH wrote:
Neil.c wrote:
I would ski over a rock and fcuk my skis.


Certainly touched a few sharks. Fortunately none bit too deep!



The skis are the least of the worry, a decent sharkbite can send you head first into the next rockband...
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BobinCH wrote:
ChrisWo wrote:
What was the snow like? Looks a bit crispy up top, but doesn't seem to be getting in the way!


Classic 5 day old snow windblown face. Good test of technique as easy to get thrown into the back seat. IMO this is where rockered skis come into their own. Skiing this with any fluidity on stiff, straight skis would be very difficult.


Not sure fluidity is the right word exactly - but would require a different style, probably be wanting to get the tails out of the snow to make sure you don't get grabbed at an inopportune moment. People who ski well in that style still look fluid IMO.
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BobinCH wrote:
ChrisWo wrote:
What was the snow like? Looks a bit crispy up top, but doesn't seem to be getting in the way!


Classic 5 day old snow windblown face. Good test of technique as easy to get thrown into the back seat. IMO this is where rockered skis come into their own. Skiing this with any fluidity on stiff, straight skis would be very difficult.


Not sure fluidity is the right word exactly - but would require a different style, probably be wanting to get the tails out of the snow to make sure you don't get grabbed at an inopportune moment. People who ski well in that style still look fluid IMO.


On stiff, straight skis you’d need to ski fast and agressive to get them out of the snow. Not many can do that in these conditions on steep slopes. It really makes you appreciate the skills of the pros that they can be pulling big airs at the top of the face when us mere mortals are skiing one turn at a time just trying to get down safely!
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On stiff, straight skis you’d need to ski fast and agressive to get them out of the snow. Not many can do that in these conditions on steep slopes. It really makes you appreciate the skills of the pros that they can be pulling big airs at the top of the face when us mere mortals are skiing one turn at a time just trying to get down safely!


or just put a big unweight/pop in - do it old school
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jedster wrote:
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On stiff, straight skis you’d need to ski fast and agressive to get them out of the snow. Not many can do that in these conditions on steep slopes. It really makes you appreciate the skills of the pros that they can be pulling big airs at the top of the face when us mere mortals are skiing one turn at a time just trying to get down safely!


or just put a big unweight/pop in - do it old school


Easier said than done in windslab. You need speed to create the momentum to get the skis out of the snow. Skiing slowly you’ll get knackered having to use your own force to do it on each turn and end up in the back seat anchoring the tails even more.
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Looks like a red run in the vid!
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BobinCH wrote:
jedster wrote:
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On stiff, straight skis you’d need to ski fast and agressive to get them out of the snow. Not many can do that in these conditions on steep slopes. It really makes you appreciate the skills of the pros that they can be pulling big airs at the top of the face when us mere mortals are skiing one turn at a time just trying to get down safely!


or just put a big unweight/pop in - do it old school


Easier said than done in windslab. You need speed to create the momentum to get the skis out of the snow. Skiing slowly you’ll get knackered having to use your own force to do it on each turn and end up in the back seat anchoring the tails even more.


Sure it's more physical. Totally agree. But you can do it with zero speed. That's more or less how Saudan etc skied everything!
actually, here's some guys pulling out the jump turns more recently Very Happy

http://youtube.com/v/l9cWSlh5ToM
Now that is pretty steep!
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@jedster, ah ok I get you now! The classic steep skiing technique. Yep very effective on really steep terrain. I can do that ok on my (light) touring skis but find it hard work on the fat boys. Prefer to point and shoot J.Heitz style (in my dreams) Very Happy
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Very nice @BobinCH, , this reminds me why I need to come back to Verbs.
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Looks good! Very nice
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Very nice @BobinCH, thanks for sharing, I'm skiing it vicariously!! Smile))
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@BobinCH, stunning to watch! Thanks for sharing.
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Thanks for the comments. The view from the top

http://youtube.com/v/4qboyZNJDkU

Carefully dodging sharks at the top

http://youtube.com/v/0tfp8KWcoPo

Went up for a second lap, this time of the lower Bec ridge opposite La Chaux


Hoping to find it like this (picture from the evening before)


But alas the clouds cane in temps went up and it was transforming mush (on tired legs!)

http://youtube.com/v/P5LVtxS7fcI

Hell of a workout!
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Class. Great work, made short work of that snow.
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Impressive stuff!

How steep do you think some of that is, angle-wise?

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whilst it must be great to have the ability to ski like that...it looks like blooming hard work.
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According to FATMAP 48 deg, wow!
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Good effort!
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@jbob, it’s a bit steeper than that at the top! I believe the top of the dogleg and dark side are around 55 degrees for the first 50m. When you turn you drop approx 10m. It certainly focuses the mind!


http://youtube.com/v/3lZAyw-8E1c

https://www.redbull.com/int-en/videos/bec-des-rosses-routes-swatch-freeride-world-tour-2017
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whilst it must be great to have the ability to ski like that...it looks like blooming hard work.


Climbing up and then skiing down the face is one of the most exciting experiences you can have as a skier. No pain, no gain!
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Geraldine Fasnacht summarizes it perfectly here:

http://youtube.com/v/PlxCG4IzfOk
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https://www.instagram.com/tv/B-Cqsi0KtwY/?igshid=113zu5vmtozp

Training tips for next season Very Happy
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@BobinCH, that is great!
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This is too cool...
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https://www.instagram.com/tv/B-Cqsi0KtwY/?igshid=113zu5vmtozp

Training tips for next season Very Happy

BobinCH, note the locked toes NehNeh
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Here’s the video. Amazing!
https://www.instagram.com/tv/B-Hr65FqrCr/?igshid=1v5uetg2s4b73
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We had a lot of snow on it this year.

http://youtube.com/v/E639hTS0uBs
Look at the first time skiers were allowed to compete in 2004. The dogleg was bony as hell Shocked
https://www.instagram.com/tv/B-UU-oBIsBl/?igshid=jtqgd803owtb
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4 FACES from UBAC MEDIA
https://vimeo.com/401648618?fbclid=IwAR2AXvmz5HHNmZJaZ0Y-pqRXQ8ecL8EHVkwq8RnZtwMhG159Wc_YN4BxOh0
This is an amazing video for those that speak French. Just been released for free to provide some entertainment during the quarantine. Perhaps the two most eminent steep skiers in the game, pushing the limits of the possible. 4500m of ascent in one day to ski 2 very very serious descents on the Aiguille Verte.

Have to say that the dry skiing aspect leaves me slightly perplexed, but it is impressive nonetheless. Extended clip below of the traverse at around 38 mins. Butt-clenching behind your computer screen.

http://youtube.com/v/GhyQBmiOniY&t=3s
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