Spring skiing voyaging... which ski to bring?

This is the World Famous TelemarkTalk / TelemarkTips Forum, by far the most dynamic telemark and backcountry skiing discussion board on the world wide web. We have fun here, come on in and be a part of it.
User avatar
Woodserson

Rank: XCD Guide
XCD Guide
Posts: 888
Joined: Wed Feb 11, 2015 11:25 am
Location: New Hampshire

Re: Spring skiing voyaging... which ski to bring?

Postby Woodserson » Tue Apr 03, 2018 1:13 pm

MartinF wrote:
Woodserson wrote:I am intimately familiar with this particular area so I'm good, thanks, and what you say is true for many places.


Yeah, I'm always impressed when winter trails, groomed traverses etc. turn up in the exact same place year after year... when there is absolutely nothing to indicate their existence in the summer.

Whereabouts is the area you speak of?


Le Chablais along the Franco-Suisse border.

MartinF

Rank: XCD Enthusiast
XCD Enthusiast
Posts: 11
Joined: Fri Mar 30, 2018 7:51 am

Re: Spring skiing voyaging... which ski to bring?

Postby MartinF » Tue Apr 03, 2018 1:27 pm

Woodserson wrote:Le Chablais along the Franco-Suisse border.


Beautiful! I started a mountain-bike tour to the Med in Thonon-les-Bains, once. The villages higher up struck me as very unspoiled.

User avatar
Woodserson

Rank: XCD Guide
XCD Guide
Posts: 888
Joined: Wed Feb 11, 2015 11:25 am
Location: New Hampshire

Re: Spring skiing voyaging... which ski to bring?

Postby Woodserson » Fri Apr 13, 2018 9:55 pm

Unexpected medical issue just popped up this morning and while everything is going to be OK I have to get shots for the next couple of weeks at specific dates.

I can't believe it.

Everything was ready, tickets, car rental, vacation time, everything. We were 5 days out from blast-off.

I guess more spring skiing locally?

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Keep laughing!

User avatar
fisheater

Rank: XCD Pinhead
XCD Pinhead
Posts: 350
Joined: Fri Feb 19, 2016 9:06 pm
Location: Oakland County, MI

Re: Spring skiing voyaging... which ski to bring?

Postby fisheater » Sat Apr 14, 2018 11:26 am

Sorry to hear Woods, but I admire your attitude. I hope you get more spring skiing, you seem to have some great terrain for that (and winter skiing). I am south of T$ and Askel, I am hoping it stays warm. They are getting snow, it's raining here. The problem is it turning into freezing rain. Power outages and iced trees crashing onto property is never fun.
Best wishes, always enjoy your photos and videos.

User avatar
lilcliffy

Rank: XCD KNIGHT
XCD KNIGHT
Posts: 1658
Joined: Thu Jan 01, 2015 7:20 pm
Location: Stanley, New Brunswick, Canada

Re: Spring skiing voyaging... which ski to bring?

Postby lilcliffy » Sun Apr 15, 2018 12:11 pm

Hey Woods- very sorry to hear about you having to cancel your trip.
Hope everything is okay.
The pursuit of XCD balance: cross-country AND down-hill skiing in the backcountry

User avatar
Woodserson

Rank: XCD Guide
XCD Guide
Posts: 888
Joined: Wed Feb 11, 2015 11:25 am
Location: New Hampshire

Re: Spring skiing voyaging... which ski to bring?

Postby Woodserson » Wed Apr 18, 2018 12:25 pm

Whiplash! Cleared to travel! Leaving tonight!

User avatar
Woodserson

Rank: XCD Guide
XCD Guide
Posts: 888
Joined: Wed Feb 11, 2015 11:25 am
Location: New Hampshire

Re: Spring skiing voyaging... which ski to bring?

Postby Woodserson » Mon Apr 23, 2018 4:42 pm

IMG_0505.jpg

User avatar
lowangle al

Rank: XCD Guide
XCD Guide
Posts: 910
Joined: Sat Jan 11, 2014 4:36 pm

Re: Spring skiing voyaging... which ski to bring?

Postby lowangle al » Tue Apr 24, 2018 2:26 am

That looks good Woods, have fun!

User avatar
Woodserson

Rank: XCD Guide
XCD Guide
Posts: 888
Joined: Wed Feb 11, 2015 11:25 am
Location: New Hampshire

Re: Spring skiing voyaging... which ski to bring?

Postby Woodserson » Tue May 01, 2018 8:22 am

I have returned. It was interesting. We hit the spring-wet-slab-avalanche week almost perfectly BUT had great weather. Lots of low angle stuff with nothing above and blown out snowpacks. TR in a few days, lots of pictures and videos.

User avatar
Woodserson

Rank: XCD Guide
XCD Guide
Posts: 888
Joined: Wed Feb 11, 2015 11:25 am
Location: New Hampshire

Re: Spring skiing voyaging... which ski to bring?

Postby Woodserson » Tue May 01, 2018 8:32 am

Harris wrote:Since you are skiing with an alpiner, keep it simple; you aren't building a nuke here: use the all mountain ski you ski downhill best on, forget the fish scale base skis and throw the skins on when your buddy does. I mean you and your bud are basically getting from one downhill experience to the other together. For a sleeper advantage keep some smear-on Dominator Butter high fluro wax in your pack, with a cork. That will help you hang with him when it counts, avoiding as best you can the snow gremlins that reach from under, grab, and cause us telemarkers to face plant in wetter snow.


This was the advice I ended up going with. Totally solid and correct.

I know I initiated two pages of discussion about the Objective BC's but after doing some touring in NH before we left I decided to go with a smooth based pair of Objectives I scored on a sweet equipment trade. (They had been drilled three times and have been beat up but still a total score!)

Also, the DOMINATOR BUTTER was a total lifesaver on one day in particular. This shit works, yo!

2018-05-01 08.30.21.jpg


Return to “Telemark Talk Forum”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 0 guests