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Crud

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"Although it would be heresy to choose these scraps over smooth powder, there is much to be said for becoming proficient at skiing crud. For one thing, it lasts a lot longer than powder these days. But all sour grapes aside, if you ski it well, crud does have its own cache."

http://www.vaildaily.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040312/SPORTS/103120002
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To make sure I'm understanding this, is crud simply "second hand" powder or is it the really heavy stuff you get after a few days of melting and freezing.

If the former, then I actually find it easier to ski than the "virgin" powder. I'm sure it's a mental thing, it's as if I know it is actually skiiable if someone else has already done it and I just treat it like a soft mogul.
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Showing my ignorance here, but is crud the same as crust (which I hate) ?
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Here's a picture: http://rockymountainscenery.com/mammoth/mammoth2.html
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Aaah, so it is the very heavy stuff.
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If you're confused: http://www.skimag.com/skimag/turning_points/article/0,12795,326783,00.html
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Masque, Yeah, I've stayed at that chalet too. She couldn't make decent tea either.


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DavidS, I really like skiing crud when there's no fresh pow to be found. It really helps me develop my balance and patience...
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Ah, so it's normal snow then! The stuff between fresh powder and fresh courdroy which most pistes are 80% of the time.
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Isn't crud the word used for a snow condition if it isn't perfect powder, groomed or moguls (i.e. everything else)?
Crud is great for the technique and fitness, furthermore bad crud runs are rarely crowded. Shallow crud can be skied with normal (outside leg dominated) skiing but the deeper crud is great practice for powder skiing. Crust is hard work and defeats me, but if it was easy then it wouldn't be as much of a challenge or accomplishment.


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Ah Dangerous (get some more pics of DangerMouse up-loaded, we want to see if she's starting to look like you), back to the point, there's crust and then there's Skullie CRUST!
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Skiing crud IS good for you. I tend to ski lighter/less tracked/deeper stuff just the same as I do virgin powder. As it gets a bit more skied out I tend to GS around. Next it turns into soft bumps - great for trying fall-line bump skiing. On some occasions freeze/thaw or high temperatures can make it crusty or very heavy. Here I tend to use a few jump turns or just use speed and little bumps to skip my skis above the top to initiate a turn. The mix of techniques that you need is part of the fun.

Whenever I find the really grotty stuff near the top of a big off-piste run with few exits I tell myself its character building. There is a certain satisfaction in getting down competently even if you are not exactly elegant...

Cheers,

J
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