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What do you think about when skiing / boarding ?

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Not thinking, just feeling...

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potential obstacles and where to make the next turn

That, when necessary.

Or, "that part of the trail appears to have a pocket of fluff, I wonder how deep the powder layer is. Let's get over there to find out".

Of course on a powder day, it's just linked figure 8's. No thinking.

Just feeling how smooth the support of the snow under my feet. No thinking.
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When descending down with dogs that adds another element to what you are thinking about snowHead

Yesterday took the new mutt, Ullr out, on his first real powder tour, and had him on the harness which did help to a degree in pulling me, and then the OH up, more on that here.

Lower down the snow-pack was variable, basically, wind-blown gulleys of powder interspersed with hard icy patches where the snow had been scoured off by the strong winds as we gained altitude so there were vast open expanses of fresh, all be it windblown snow, and as you skin up you pretty well encounter what you'll be skiing down, so you know if it will be a relaxing ski or more technical.

To also add to the complexities, we're probably missing a good meter + of snow that we'd usually have this time of year so that gets you thinking about route selection both up and down.

I let OH do the first pitch holding on to the mutt and then let him go when she was around 50% of the way down, he absolutely hooned down after her, but then very cannily worked out that it was better to run down in the skin track.

As I skied down, always thinking of feeling the snow under the skis and concentrating on the telltale signs on the surface as to what should be the best quality of snow so he started to run towards me and then it was a game of changing direction while going close to him, though as I past him with him running after me he then went back into the skin track.

That's the difference between cold fresh powder a la champagne and windblown, when it's fresh even the Jacks can run through it, that's why skiing powder in Japan is so much easier than what you'll find 90% of the time in Europe.

There were some long traverses, and all the time you're thinking about the best angle so as to avoid a long pole out. Then it was a case of do we go and enjoy a descent in good snow ending up with having to put the skins back on to pole out or traverse back along the road (up to the Col du Galibier), obviously covered in the snow, and ski our usual line lower down on variable snow?

We opted for the latter and that's when Ullr decided his best strategy was to run down the wind-scoured spines in hardpack snow whilst we skied the gulleys/vallons in the deep and soft, and that's when he ended up taking a different direction.

In the end, we both understood to a degree what was going on, and I just had to keep a look out of the corner of my eye where he was, but it was almost a game to him though I kept thinking will he go too far off in the wrong direction, bearing in mind this was his first sortie, and we're talking about a big area, though luckily pretty open terrain.

I suppose it's almost stressful with the dog in much the same way as skiing with kids can be Puzzled
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Has my husband gone the wrong way again? (This happens a lot.)

Should I have schnitzel or Leberknödel for lunch?

Ooooh is that a jump on the side of the piste?

How can my daughter overtake me when I’m already going this fast?

Oooops, skis nearly crossed.

And yes I also sing to myself sometimes!
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We discuss other people’s hideous outfits and skiing techniques while we sit on the chairlift Razz
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Tiefschneetaucher wrote:
We discuss other people’s hideous outfits and skiing techniques while we sit on the chairlift Razz

There is a particular run in Les Gets that goes up directly above a black run called Yeti. It’s steep and mogully. We normally play ‘spot the British idiot’ on this run.

It’s quite easy. It’s normally a middle aged man, ill equipped himself to do the run with any finesse, coaxing down a crying child who keeps on falling over, because it is steep and mogully. But at least they can say they ‘did’ the Yeti.
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Tiefschneetaucher wrote:
We discuss other people’s hideous outfits and skiing techniques while we sit on the chairlift Razz


You can learn a lot about how not to ski sitting on chairlifts. Along with the occasional great examples (for those individuals who are confident enough to take the Hollywood line or if you go over the kids race training course).
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@Tiefschneetaucher, @Dave of the Marmottes, almost worth another thread, what do you talk about on chair-lifts Laughing

I'm off out XC shortly, once it get's to -5, and that's a whole world of thinking about technique!
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@Weathercam, Best if you sit quietly and don't let on you speak a language - had a doozy on a 6 pack of some Saffer tosser obviously trying to impress the girls he was with by critiquing the technique of everyone on the slope and saying how much gnarly skiing he had done. Thought it worth hanging around at the the top and sure enough a bag of spanners would have been embarassed to be compared to him.
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I know this is off topic but back in the days when I still had my P9s and everyone else was on carvers, a group of Germans sat in a chairlift with me and loudly discussed my stupid, old fashioned straight skis. They thought I was a Brit. I listened quietly and when we arrived at the top I wished them a good day in perfect German and skied off. I hope they felt at least a little embarrassed!
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Aaaand for those of you who have never had the JOY of skiing with younger children, the normal thought process is...

"Christ, where have they gone now... "
"Turn... Turn...TURN...TURN!!!!"
"How has everyone on the mountain managed to buy the same jacket for their kids this year?"
"GAAH CRASH! OhMyGodOhMyGodOhMyG...oh, their laughing...GET UP!"
"Ok, follow me or you won't know where we are goi... oh they've gone... F**k..."
"How can they snowplow at THAT speed?"
"Jeez, if I bent my leg like that I'd be in traction for a month and looking at Ibuprofen for the rest of my life!"
"This used to be so much easier..."
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@Richard_Sideways, Laughing
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@Richard_Sideways, comment of the day Very Happy !!
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Usually something like "Christ I should really do something about my fitness"
What I never think about is work or life problems, that's why I love it so much
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Usually think about how to fit snow chains correctly and whether I should be wearing a helmet.
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@hang11, a helmet will make wearing the snow chains more comfortable...
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Laughing

I have finally given in and bought a helmet. It is not as uncomfortable as I thought and crucially, it kept my ears and forehead a lot warmer than the old woolly hat did!
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I wish I'd started this when I was younger.
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Richard_Sideways wrote:
Aaaand for those of you who have never had the JOY of skiing with younger children, the normal thought process is...

"Christ, where have they gone now... "
"Turn... Turn...TURN...TURN!!!!"
"How has everyone on the mountain managed to buy the same jacket for their kids this year?"
"GAAH CRASH! OhMyGodOhMyGodOhMyG...oh, their laughing...GET UP!"
"Ok, follow me or you won't know where we are goi... oh they've gone... F**k..."
"How can they snowplow at THAT speed?"
"Jeez, if I bent my leg like that I'd be in traction for a month and looking at Ibuprofen for the rest of my life!"
"This used to be so much easier..."

Absolutely!!

I would add - "I think it's time for a Hot Chocolate stop"....which always seem to have miraculous curative properties.
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When boarding I think 'wow, another run done and no spinal injury, excellent'
When skiing I think how easy it is to get off lifts...
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Just asked SWMBO, her reply as expected - ' where's he taking me now ' and 'how am I going to keep up ' Toofy Grin Toofy Grin
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It was such a good day today that I sang a well known Lou Reed song at the top of my voice and there was no one to hear!

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Depends on the difficulty of the piste.

On well groomed pistes, when concentrating, at a technique of super G and GS radius turns. When not concentrating, just enjoying the whole thing.

On heavily churned up afternoon snow, on picking a route and avoiding out of control skiers/boarders.
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Aaaand for those of you who have never had the JOY of skiing with younger children, the normal thought process is...

"Christ, where have they gone now... "
"Turn... Turn...TURN...TURN!!!!"
"How has everyone on the mountain managed to buy the same jacket for their kids this year?"
"GAAH CRASH! OhMyGodOhMyGodOhMyG...oh, their laughing...GET UP!"
"Ok, follow me or you won't know where we are goi... oh they've gone... F**k..."
"How can they snowplow at THAT speed?"
"Jeez, if I bent my leg like that I'd be in traction for a month and looking at Ibuprofen for the rest of my life!"
"This used to be so much easier..."


This! X10 when skiing in a big, multi-family group on the SFaB, with @Richard_Sideways, @mgrolf, @jd_evans, @sparklies... the list goes on. Such happy days, so many moments of utter fear that we might have lost one of the kids!
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It was such a good day today that I sang a well known Lou Reed song at the top of my voice and there was no one to hear!


Spot on! It's one I often belt out. The final line "You're going to reap just what you sow" has the added benefit of being hissed at someone who cuts you up... Toofy Grin
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As well as thinking about snow chains and suitable protection around the noggin, I also wonder how the new CEO of the pommie ski club is settling in.

All very important things to consider to make that precious time blissfully sliding through fresh snow as enjoyable as possible Very Happy
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On piste - as little as possible, skiing is my go to thing for clearing my head, I see it as a re-charge, the mountains are a great source of well being. Things, if any I think about:-
1. Need to keep moving to avoid the crowds coming from behind, we're usually out early nd don't like crowds. Where's best to avoid them, continually planning ahead.
2. What are the idiots up to behind me who are scraping and getting too close?
3. Enjoy the moment

Off-piste - head going in overdrive, aspect, wind-blown, safest route down, weather, keep moving
1. Enjoy the moment, this is my happy place, these moments are few and far between
2. Be safe, the mountains take no prisoners

Other than that, not much apart from hope MrsMM29 is having fun too.......need to get back soon, it's been too long for sure. rolling eyes
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Did the Go-Pro turn on, is it now working?

How am I going to describe this sortie on Strava?

Laughing
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You know it makes sense.
heel - flat - toe
toe - flat - heel
leg is burning, time to ride switch
Shall I stop here & wait for her to catchup.
Shall I stop at the bar instead.
did someone just shout pizza & chips? what an odd combination to eat.
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When the going gets challenging and there’s a risk of getting a little defensive, then I start singing “We are the Champions” by Queen…which is kinda weird as I’m definitely not a fan of Queen… Puzzled

Sorts out those negative thoughts and gets me smiling again. No idea why…rhythm? Left side/right side of the brain? Don’t really care ‘cos it works.
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