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So I just got my first pair of rockered skis.

I got the Blue House Maesrto in a 189. They are 118 under foot with early rise tip and tail and traditional camber in the center. I managed to ski 7 out of the last 9 days on them, with all but one day in decent to great powder. The float is amazing; they have no tendency to dive, like my ’08 goats that I otherwise liked so much.

They handle great at high speeds even in harder snow, but one of their best attributes is how easily they initiate turns in tighter terrain. I feel much more confident in my ability to turn safely in tighter trees, both at speed but just as importantly before coming up to speed I can whip them around to get started in trees that were previously too tight on the stiffer, all cambered skis.

So in a nut shell, I’ve been skiing a lot faster, both in the trees and in open bowls. We got out into some great snow on the back side of Copper Sunday and got fresh tracks off the West ridge. It was great watching Riley really digging the powder and launching off of small rocks and generally ripping hard for a 9 year old. Skiing with another good adlut, we take turns leading and sweeping with each adult skiing twice as far as each of his turns. I had just gotten done carefully explaining what drops were safe for him and how not to drop into a blind zone that might land on rocks.

I’d been scoping out a line through some little trees in a cliff band that is only visible from the chair. The second lap i thought i had my line picked well with marker rocks and trees to either just drop off a small convexity or maybe up to an 8 foot rock into open space. I went third and blew by Craw and Riley in to the desired zone at what for me is about full speed. As I approached the horizon, I could tell I was not where I had intended, but above a much bigger drop. This was a drop I had every intention of avoiding, but thought it should go if it was hit right. The drop ended up being an estimated 20+ feet with mandatory rocks to clear of at least 30’ out. I committed and sailed over a horrible looking boulder garden and landed just a little back seat in deep soft snow. Even with the Barrons maxed out on DIN 12, they double ejected and sent me auguring in deep. I immediately sensed that I was mostly ok, but had hurt my shoulder.

I guess the adrenaline of the launch and crash allowed me to kid myself that it was not dislocated for a few moments. I had Craw feel my shoulders, and he was inconclusive. By the lift line I was in a lot of pain. I went in and talked to ski patrol at the summit who confirmed the obvious, but was not allowed to help try to reduce. Marty and I gave a quick go at it but could not get it in.

After a painful mile of groomers to the bottom, the fine folks at the St. Anthony’s had it back in with minimal delays.

While I had no intention of ever launching the spot that I did, I really got off pretty easy with just a shoulder injury.


If Riley got a good lesson out of the deal, it may almost be justifiable.
 

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I am sorry to have missed capturing the great flight on film, though probably best that I didn't see it.

I do think it made an impression on Riley, he has asked lots of questions and has been very attentive to Dad's needs...even made breakfast this morning! I think showing your kids that you make mistakes and can learn from them is far more beneficial than having them think you're perfect, or that they need to be.

I must say, however, while all that was happening, I hiked a bit farther and got the best run of my life!

You'll heal quickly :)
 

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Dave, you are a hard charger on those new skis! We might have to take those skis away from you to slow you down.

We had a banner day at Eldo on Saturday, deep pow in all of our favorite areas all day long. I had a kid just miss me in moose at high speed, he went right over the back of my skis and flew in the air into a pretty stout tree and fell to the ground. I was amazed he was not hurt and darn glad he did not hit me.
 

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If i was riley I probably would've pissed myself if my pops tried being a bird.. id crack up if someone went over my shit straight into a stout tree. That's funny obviously he was not in control
 

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Great story! I hope that never happens to me.

I have a question though. Why are these new fat skis and rockered skis so great? I hear they ski more like a snowboard and "float" better, but I don't understand why that is desirable. It seems like a foot of fresh would ski the same as 2 or 3 feet on these fatties, whereas with old skinny skis the difference between a foot and three is night and day: a foot is a good time and three is epic. I love digging in deep pow and going blind and inhaling snow every turn. It seems like fat skis eliminate the need for a snorkel. What am I missing?
 

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Gee Dave, someone definitely should have snapped a picture. Sorry to hear about the injury but glad it wasn't worse. What's the word on the shoulder? Is it going to be paddling worthy by spring?
 

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Josh, you're welcome to a test drive if your boots are under 320 mm. Float is good.

Kev, I sure hope so. It sure hurts today; x-rays are good, but not yet sure if anything was torn.
 

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Bummer about the shoulder Dave. Rehab if at all possible, shoulder surgery sucks. Good luck!
 

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I got my first pair too

That is a sweet story. Are you going to go back and do the intended line? do lots of rehab on the shoulder. Creek season isn't that far away.

Man rockered skis are kind of like going from a dancer to your favorite creek boat of today. So nice. You can ski a longer ski and it skis shorter and turns with ease. No more going from wind blown to powder stash to almost tumbling down the hill. You can carve them on groomers. Check out the turn radius. Some of them aren't so good...in the 40m. Some of them are 16m for a 190cm ski. Pretty sick. The idea of throwing my old 98cm underfoot on edge hard wasn't going to happen. Now the 112's are a joy on a groomer. Throw them on edge and carve it up!

Sitting back on your current pow skis to keep the tips up on a deep day? That is your first sign to get a pair.

Technology has come so far. My back country skis/boot/binding weight is less than a normal alpine boot, let alone adding the ski and binding. Carbon fiber is helping move that along as well.

I kind of look at it this way. It always sucks to hand over your hard earned cash for a new toy, but it is so beyond worth it.

My weapon of choice is DPS Wailer 112RP, 190CM. I'm 5'9 and 150. Sounds like a long ski for me, but it floats even better being a little longer.
 

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Sick story to start it off! Well put Jasons... Skiing on my first pair of fat skis this year and having a blast. Would highly suggest the RMU Guyot (Rocky Mountain Underground in Breckenridge) rmuskis.com
 

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The "crash and burn" segment shows kids that all those sick looking don't always go as planned. Nothing like Dad demonstrating it in person. Hope you heal up well, Dave.
 

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MRI results in and conclusive: Supraspinatus tendon hanging on by a thread. Labrum torn as well, in addition to an impaction fracture on the humorous head.

Surgery is scheduled for Monday morning. See you guys on the river sometime in August.

I did just squeak in a couple more powder days with Riley- even kept him out of school for eleven fresh at Eldora this morning.

Hartle I'm confused, are you saying I should be responsible for my own actions? How unamerican is that?
 

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Bummer Dave. I'm just getting back after shoulder surgery in August. Who's your doc?
 

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Drigan is great! He fixed my Achilles tendon. I also like that he uses the Boulder Surgery Center, keeping you out of the general hospital population and the increrased possibility of infections.

He was also a ski patroller at one time at Crested Butte in his younger days.
 
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