Thursday, November 7, 2013
A new season begins
The skiing is not good. Actually it is probably very bad. Ten inches of new soft snow is not even close to enough to hide the rocks, branches and logs that are exposed during the warm months. The best you can hope for is some wind to have pushed the soft new snow into protected areas along ridges where it can accumulate into drifts deep enough to ski. Or, you ski it anyway. The relatively soft P-Tex that is used to make modern ski bases is the most vulnerable. The early season is the best time to turn a nice smooth base on your new skis into a scratched up mess that looks more like tree bark. It wouldn't be called rock surfing without a few bumps on the way.