Pow­der Is All Hype

Chill Factor - - Chillfactor Recommends - By The Old Bold Skier

There are old skiers and bold skiers but no old, bold skiers

“Get a pair of fat skis and feel what it’s like to fly.”

Bull­shit, get a wing suit and buzz past some cliffs at 200km/h. Now that’s fly­ing. The only thing pow­der is good for is hid­ing the legs of a skier mak­ing ugly turns. Pow­der is the refuge for all those skiers that weren’t blessed with good old-fash­ioned Aus­trian race coach­ing. Pow­der is where skiers go to es­cape their arthritic knees be­cause their beer guts are weigh­ing them down. Pow­der is a mar­ket­ing tool for ski re­sorts with no ter­rain. Pow­der is all hype.

If you want to re­ally ex­pe­ri­ence ski­ing and not some half-ar­sed at­tempt at fly­ing, then get a pair of sharp-edged weapons and hit the steeps. Feel what it’s like to be on the edge of a moun­tain. See the snow rush and slough around you with each turn. Take a mad In­sta­gram photo of your mate touch­ing the hill with his el­bow as he stands up straight. And grab a beer af­ter­wards so you can gloat about how gnarly you are. Prefer­ably, in view of your line so you can point it out to all those punter pow­der skiers.

Set­ting in your edge on the steeps of KT22 in Squaw Val­ley. Now that’s real ski­ing. Photo: Tony Har­ring­ton

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