Last weekend was nice (Catskills)

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rongon
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Last weekend was nice (Catskills)

Post by rongon » Thu Dec 22, 2022 10:34 pm

Last weekend, I went out alone into a favorite little pocket of my local hills. The snow was pretty deep, 2 feet to maybe a little more. The best open woods with a nice downward were a bit crusted up from the morning's mid-30s F temperature, but I was able to stay in control using stemmed telemarks and stem christies. I like poking around in the woods on skis. It makes me feel good. I can't understand why people choose to go to ski resorts on days like that. The crowds and machinery ruin the vibe, I think.
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Re: Last weekend was nice (Catskills)

Post by GrimSurfer » Fri Dec 23, 2022 7:08 am

Nice pics. Catskills are great.

I think avoiding lift lines and resort mayhem is what draws people to the sport. Fortunately, the exertion keeps most people from coming back, so it’s easy to still find virgin trails.
We dreamed of riding waves of air, water, snow, and energy for centuries. When the conditions were right, the things we needed to achieve this came into being. Every idea man has ever had up to that point about time and space were changed. And it keeps on changing whenever we dream. Bio mechanical jazz, man.



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Re: Last weekend was nice (Catskills)

Post by fisheater » Fri Dec 23, 2022 10:40 am

@rongon People as a whole don’t understand skiing in the backcountry. I personally think that crappy, slow, cross country skis that are only good for shuffling, and completely non supportive shoes are a big reason why most people will never learn about backcountry skiing.
As for the stem christy, and stem telemark, I know those turns well!



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Re: Last weekend was nice (Catskills)

Post by lowangle al » Fri Dec 23, 2022 3:56 pm

That looked good up there. It was good in my neck of the Poconos before that rain. I may have to check with you on a condition report up there if my trails go to crap.



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Re: Last weekend was nice (Catskills)

Post by rongon » Fri Dec 23, 2022 4:14 pm

Funny, I was just checking on weather here...

I'm down in the valley, about an hour drive from the central Catskills.

The NWS says it snowed a couple of inches in the hills yesterday, then rained a couple inches last night into this morning, and now it's windy and snowing a little bit but freezing up hard. I don't expect we'll have decent backcountry conditions for a little while. No fun.



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Re: Last weekend was nice (Catskills)

Post by GrimSurfer » Fri Dec 23, 2022 6:05 pm

Crap here in Ottawa too. Snow, rain, slush, and flash freeze. Going to take a lot of snow to soften the base up a bit and get some structure back to the snow pack.

At least I got out a few times. Heading to the snow belt soon though… they didn’t get the rain-slush and the temperature decline has been more gradual. Might actually be ok.
We dreamed of riding waves of air, water, snow, and energy for centuries. When the conditions were right, the things we needed to achieve this came into being. Every idea man has ever had up to that point about time and space were changed. And it keeps on changing whenever we dream. Bio mechanical jazz, man.



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Re: Last weekend was nice (Catskills)

Post by randoskier » Thu Jan 19, 2023 9:24 am

rongon wrote:
Thu Dec 22, 2022 10:34 pm
Last weekend, I went out alone into a favorite little pocket of my local hills. The snow was pretty deep, 2 feet to maybe a little more. The best open woods with a nice downward were a bit crusted up from the morning's mid-30s F temperature, but I was able to stay in control using stemmed telemarks and stem christies. I like poking around in the woods on skis. It makes me feel good. I can't understand why people choose to go to ski resorts on days like that. The crowds and machinery ruin the vibe, I think.
Catskills? Did you run into any stand-up comedians?



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Re: Last weekend was nice (Catskills)

Post by rongon » Fri Jan 20, 2023 8:38 am

Billy Crystal was makin' 'em howl!



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Re: Last weekend was nice (Catskills)

Post by randoskier » Sun Jan 29, 2023 4:23 pm

lowangle al wrote:
Fri Dec 23, 2022 3:56 pm
That looked good up there. It was good in my neck of the Poconos before that rain. I may have to check with you on a condition report up there if my trails go to crap.
In the Poconos you can always recuperate with a good friend in the heart-shaped tub!




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Re: Last weekend was nice (Catskills)

Post by mvwmvw » Thu Mar 09, 2023 11:35 am

randoskier wrote:
Sun Jan 29, 2023 4:23 pm

In the Poconos you can always recuperate with a good friend in the heart-shaped tub!

There's a reason all those PA resorts are on the EPIC pass. lol.



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