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PeeTex PeeTex
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Ok - I’ll give you a little more, give me a day
Don't ski the trees, ski the spaces between the trees.
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Doubt it. He could move if he wanted, or ski out there all winter. I'm guessing he likes his life.

PeeTex what are you skiing on? How fat?

I KNOW I said I'd be happy with 3 pics, but maybe a paragraph of two TR?

Good on ya man!
Not interested in moving out there - family is on the east coast and all though skiing is great, it's not everything.

Skiing on a Nordica Defender 185, this is my exclusive western ski, so much so that I left them out there at my friends place this time.

Arrived Sunday to ski on Monday, they had 6" of 4.2%, It's getting a little blurry but I think the canyon road was closed in the AM but in any event the crowd was light. Visiting a friend for a few days, we started on Wildcat as we always do and headed right for westward ho to my favorite snow fields surrounded by trees.  It was a powder day - the first of several. Snow was light, face shots were plentiful but it didn't last long - this area is no secret. We then went all over the mountain. Supreme lift was the afternoon - Catherines, Spiney chutes, Supreme bowl and Dogleg.

Tuesday the clouds lifted and we had on and off sun. They opened Ballroom (it was not opened prior) and devils castle  we were about 20 people back in the conga line for Ballroom. We traversed out past the first gate and dropped in, the powder had held from the night before and we floated in bliss for a couple of runs. At that point most everything within easy access was pretty well chopped but the castle is big enough combined with the small climb made for several clean powder runs.
 
Wed was another powder day with 6" of 8% over night and it continued to snow all day. We kept finding fresh all over the place and we felt no need to fight for the last drop, the trip by that point exceeded expectations. Then came what everyone dreams of, an overnight dump of 17" of 4.3% and we had a rare day. Every run was like the one pic above, you got doused over and over.

Again - we let the crowd have Collins so we went right into Wildcat and started lapping. We dropped into the second chute past the second gate and just floated down, like dropping into a feather bed, Visibility was hard because you only had it when you rose out of a turn - otherwise you were buried. We kept speed up, through the trees and into the snow field where I got a little surprise - avi debris, snow with ice chunks, so much for that. We made one more run through there and decided that just lapping the ridge at the first gate and dropping in over Hamburger hill was pure bliss - no one was tracking the hill so why should we leave it untouched. It was no work and you could just make little bouncy turns without hardly breathing hard. We spooned it for 4 runs maximizing the fresh until the crowds figured it out.

I ended the day at 3 even though there was a lot more to grab. Not really so much tired but I just had enough. Went down canyon that night, had dinner with my friend, headed to my hotel by the airport.
Don't ski the trees, ski the spaces between the trees.
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Sounds most excellent.  

I don't really know anything about skis, I was wondering how wide they were at the waist. I google Nordic Defender 185 and Nordic Defender and couldn't find them.

Safe travels.
"You just need to go at that shit wide open, hang on, and own it." —Camp
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Sorry - Nordicas Enforcer: length 185, width 100
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NP. In my experience 100 is plenty when it is pure blower.
"You just need to go at that shit wide open, hang on, and own it." —Camp
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Harvey wrote
NP. In my experience 100 is plenty when it is pure blower.
Running skinny 200s use to be enough. My last pair were Olin DTSLs at 190. I skied Utah powder in those but fuck it was hard.

I road the lift with a young guy this week, said he tried to ski on those “old” skis and they just plain sucked. I had to laugh, never heard anyone say that - but he was right, they sucked big time.  

I remember when I broke the mold and bought a pair of Salomon X mountains, my buds laughed until I showed them what these new skis would do on a spring day at Brighton in 97. We all were riding the X screams the next season and doing stuff we never would have considered before.

These new rockered 100 under foot skis are wonderful.
Don't ski the trees, ski the spaces between the trees.
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