Report from December 20, 2021
The snow out there skied like a video game…
It looked digitized, overly smooth, fakely textured, made-up terrain.
It skied like… well, it’s skied weird as hell.
Chalky, powdery, smooth, predictable on right turns.
Breakable crust, catchy, hooky, scary on left turns.
The terrain was fantastical: fake rock spires, seam-ripping spines, perfectly hewn planer faces, jagged, digitized edges, bizarre sastrugi patterns.
My mind bent as I skied through it all and tried not to gawk.
I could almost hear video game sounds as I skied.
The snow got worse as I got lower and started breaking and catching my skis.
The video game experience just got weirder and weirder until I was completely exhausted at the bottom.
Panting from the bad snow struggle at the bottom of the run I tried to explain it all to Fox.
I can’t wait to come back and ski these lines in good snow.
I’m calling this zone Video Game…