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After watching quattro 1 and 2 and seeing candide thovex
Carve on a grassy field, I was wondering, is there any way
Of modifying a pair of skis skis to be able to go downhill on grass or dirt etc. I know it's a long shot but any help would be much appreciated.
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watch you knees, its tough!
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You need some of these
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Tried it once... it's harder than it looks!
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I have considered grass skis, I just can't seem to find them anywhere.
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Yea man..... the only way to ski Confused
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@Jakey, forget skiing on grass, you need to work on your deductive skills https://www.grasski.net/en/store (plastered all over that video above) ((no idea if the purchase links work however, but they must be available somewhere).

Not really sure what your question is? "modifying" ... how? why? no modification required
http://youtube.com/v/XKkms6hYJQQ
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I meant waxing them or something like that. There's a really good grassy hill five minutes away from where I live and I've been considering trying to ski down it for a year and a half.
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I learnt to ski on grass skis as a teenager over 30 years ago in the Blue Mountains near Sydney. Not so easy as can’t slide/pivot, as you can on snow, and teaches very good body positioning to turn resulting in good arcs - so can’t get away with being sloppy/lazy. This really set me up my skiing and carving ability. It is harder to stop as you can’t hockey slide and need to turn uphill to lose speed.

Surprised resorts haven’t provided grass skiing as a novelty activity for the summer months on some of there easier runs that are on smooth pastures and served by existing running lift for walkers/bikers.
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Skied most surfaces sometimes in the serch of ski durability, sometimes , just messing about. Grass is not good, not the worst I've tried, but not good. Slate spoil heaps are terrible, whilst coal spoil heaps, especially in the rain are quite good, nicer than some dryslopes.
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Ozboy wrote:


Surprised resorts haven’t provided grass skiing as a novelty activity for the summer months on some of there easier runs that are on smooth pastures and served by existing running lift for walkers/bikers.


what makes you think they dont?
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@davidof, never seen or read about it on SnowHeads until now so it can’t be a thing. Hope I am wrong?
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Stopping looks to be tricky (no hockey stops or side slipping possible)


http://youtube.com/v/tapmSiBjMkc

Anybody know if it really does help your technique by being much less forgiving than snow skiing?


There's even a grass skiing competition here in Austria 50 miles away from where I live (approx. 1 hour drive) . Must have a look next time it takes place.

http://www.grasski.at/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Grasskimappe_Austria_2015.jpg

http://www.grasski.at/


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Grass skiing looked, for a short while, it was going to be big thing in the 1970s.

Butser Hill near Petersfield was venue to all sorts of races and championships.

Plenty of videos around, like this one:


http://youtube.com/v/RrEx58LApqc

Tried it once alongside the Gloucester slope - painful! Very Happy
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DB wrote:
Stopping looks to be tricky (no hockey stops or side slipping possible)


Anybody know if it really does help your technique by being must less forgiving than snow skiing?



Yes 100pct as completely reliant on having the body weight forward and favoring the outside ski in order to turn - very much feels like carving albeit bumpy - and hurts when crashing at high speed.
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Ozboy wrote:
@davidof, never seen or read about it on SnowHeads until now so it can’t be a thing. Hope I am wrong?


Some more info

https://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?p=632106

https://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?p=12014

https://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?p=66020 - Note this is a Pay to View link. Please send a cheque for the sum of 12 pinds sterling (twelve) to Mr David Goldshack. Dunskiing, c/o The Barbican Center, London.

https://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?p=1097456

https://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?p=1475872

https://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?p=151486

https://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?p=33093

https://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?p=25745

You can grass ski in the resorts where there is... grass. Generally the Vosges and Jura offer it and Besse in the Massif Central. I'd imagine you can do it in Germany and eastern Europe as they are in to that kind of deviant stuff.

In the rocky Alps, not so much. Also it is an extremely marginal activity for all the reasons outlined above - so the market is minuscule. People probably prefer mountain biking in the summer rather than injuring themselves strapping caterpillar tracks to their feet.
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@davidof, Thanks.. quiet autumn day for you today Toofy Grin Do you think a revival is on the cards? Joking aside I think its a great summer alternative and would love to try it again. Probably much harder after 30 years of sliding on snow.
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Should be easier now most of the mountain states have voted to legalise recreational use.
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@davidof, Thanks.. quiet autumn day for you today Toofy Grin Do you think a revival is on the cards? Joking aside I think its a great summer alternative and would love to try it again. Probably much harder after 30 years of sliding on snow.


Just finished a zoom meeting and needed to take a break.

With global warming it is due a comeback but never actually does.

I don't fancy it myself, looks like a good way to injure myself.
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and hurts when crashing.


@Ozboy, FIFY

Also an interesting empirical proof of the magnetic effects of prickly gorse bushes.
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In the rocky Alps, not so much. Also it is an extremely marginal activity for all the reasons outlined above - so the market is minuscule. People probably prefer mountain biking in the summer rather than injuring themselves strapping caterpillar tracks to their feet.


Yes I'd agree with this, especially now electric mountain bikes are all the go.
Can see how grass skiing might help a ski racer/piste carver. There again inline skating would probably help too but with the advantage of being cheaper, not needing lifts, being able to brake and there being much more suitable terrain with inline skates.
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See you up the Brecon Beacons Smile

Plenty of momentum on 5cm of snow on grass.
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