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Spirit has been blowing snow day & night since temps dropped on Monday!:biggthump With sub zero temps, clouds of snow have enveloped the hill and it appears as if on fire with snow smoke rising hundreds of feet in the air and drifting off in the wind!❄️A spectacular sight in last night's moonlight.

With mother nature contributing a few more inches tonight, it should be fun when they reopen tomorrow.

....Paging @khoward....

 

 

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Sublime!:1luvu: If I didn't know better, I would think I'm in the land of milk riding with @softbootsurfer:ices_ange  The recipe: 5-6" fluffy light snow over groom + hazy sunlight through gently falling snowflakes + no crowds/no lift lines + a carving buddy @rwmaron to do some syncro-carving and share the stoke.:biggthump

This pic is of my first run before the lift started. I forgot my camera (that's also a phone)but then saw a nordic skier stop to take a photo of my tracks (so I knew it they were special). I caught up to her and she kindly sent me the pic.

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It just keeps snowing! :1luvu:❄️

Didn't ride much today...triskaidekaphobia infected Spirit...:freak3:

Express lift problems, so hike to Summit Chair which stops & goes. Nordic races on ski trails at base, so only 2 trails were usable from C chair. Flat light and now too much traffic for only two trails---not fun for carving.

Went out again at night. Haven't done much night riding since I was first learning to carve. Forgot how trippy it is, especially while snowing and especially if the hill is quiet, but being a Friday night it was far from quiet.

❄️And it's still snowing!❄️

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Went out again last night trying a different set-up with the Geckos on my 175 Rev. Never felt comfortable, not sure if it was the crazy night riders or me.

Out for 1st tracks this morning on firm & cold (-10°F) cord under a hazy sun. Rode the Super & XC. Not very crowded, so lots of fun. Later tried the Geckos again with the soft bumpers on the REV--better:biggthump As trippy as night riding is, I think I'm a morning person--but I'm not giving up on the night riding yet. I think if it's not busy it will be nice, especially with the Gecko shock absorbers to smooth out the late day crud.

Finally spotted Ken and took a run with him before he left.  Turns out we've been just missing each other on the hill a few times so far this season. He'll be back out Tuesday.

Snow making at -10°F  from my back window this morning....Looks like smoke...or snow-nadoes?

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A few minutes later, on my way to the hill, warm clouds aloft moved in...

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By the time I got to the top of the hill the warm air had forced the snow clouds down, creating a thick fog for about a ½ hour.

The surface of Lake Superior was blanketed with thick lake-effect snow clouds.

 

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2 hours ago, bigwavedave said:

not sure if it was the crazy night riders or me.

I've ridden a lot at night... Like a crazy amount.  Spirit could use more lights.

That said night is always different... A large portion is a change from visual to physical feedback. 

I tend to lap the same couple of runs really internalizing all of the subtlies of the surface.  In addition I find reducing velocity to be really important as you can easily overdrive the headlights.

Those nights when it's just you and the mountain personnel can be magic.

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1 hour ago, lonbordin said:

I've ridden a lot at night... Like a crazy amount.  Spirit could use more lights.

That said night is always different... A large portion is a change from visual to physical feedback. 

I tend to lap the same couple of runs really internalizing all of the subtlies of the surface.  In addition I find reducing velocity to be really important as you can easily overdrive the headlights.

Those nights when it's just you and the mountain personnel can be magic.

I did a lot of night riding years ago. After work, zip out to the hill and try to perfect that carve. The beginning of my carving addiction. I'm remembering how trippy riding at night can be. It's a very different sensation. And then, I've also been having flashbacks of all the night skiing I did at Pine Top in the 60's.:ices_ange

At Spirit , I keep getting startled by the giant shadows zipping up & down the hill, cast by chairs moving in the light's path. 

Using the Geckos makes that late day chop disappear, but I ended up doing larger radius turns and going very fast because I couldn't flex the board as easily. It was smooth, but a little scary when I realized how fast i was going when I tried to stop.:eek:

I tried all soft bumpers today and I think that helped improve the flex and get tighter turns.:biggthump

Still some experimenting to do with the Geckos. Sym/asym; centered under bindings or shift out towards nose & tail or in towards the middle...

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