The POWstige

By:  Greg
December 12, 2010 5:54 pm | Category: Quick Update, Skiing

Are you reading closely?
Are you reading closely?

Every powder turn has three parts… or acts. The first act is called “The Pledge.” In order to get a powder turn, the glissader gathers something ordinary: potential energy. They do so by either motorized, or self-propelled ( link) means, but either way it requires some commitment, or pledge. Indeed, one must go up before skiing down.
The Pledge

Views during “the Pledge” are advisable:
The View

The second act is called the “The Turn.” At this point the glissader takes their ordinary potential energy, and makes it do something extraordinary:
The Turn

Now you’re looking at the glisse… but of course it may not be a powder turn. Indeed it’s not enough to just make a turn and call it a powder turn: you’ve got to have some powder. And that’s why every powder turn has a third part; the most important part…
The POWstige

The part we call: “The POWstige.”
The POWstige 2
The POWstige 3

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  1. Adrian
    wrote on December 12th, 2010 at 6:27 pm  

    Love that early morning light. Great shots. Now let’s just hope that this weather turns quickly…

    • Greg
      wrote on December 12th, 2010 at 6:38 pm  

      thanks Adrian! early morning light really is incredible… so beautiful. i can’t want to shoot some more of it!

      snowed all day today up there (till about 230ish)… started to change to sleet but def not rain as it started to get dark.

      manny just above freezing, MWO still below… Whiteface looks to be just below… may not be that bad after all! Chin up! :D

  2. christian
    wrote on December 12th, 2010 at 8:13 pm  

    did you call upon the sorcery of david bowie to make that POWstige!?

    btw…nice dingleberry on the end of your pole xD

    • Porter Haney
      wrote on December 12th, 2010 at 8:26 pm  

      You can only get that kind of dingle accumulation by skinning up through a frozen base layer of dirt.

    • Greg
      wrote on December 13th, 2010 at 9:51 am  

      only you two would notice a dingle :P

      seriously though… i stuck my pole in the sludge coming across the road, and again at the little river crossing at the bottom of Canyon (the trail at MRG), and it froze so solidly and instantly i could not get rid of it. (-5F will do that!)

      from Canyon up though, no more sludge…

      today though… it’s a different story

  3. MadPatSki
    wrote on December 13th, 2010 at 10:21 am  

    Calendar/Postcard material in those pictures

    Nice work.

    • Greg
      wrote on December 13th, 2010 at 10:28 am  

      thanks Pat!!

  4. Lionel Hutz
    wrote on December 13th, 2010 at 5:03 pm  

    Not only do I love the “powstige” ut as a bearded man I also love the pow-stach, which needs to be worked into TR’s a little more often!

  5. powhounddd
    wrote on December 13th, 2010 at 11:23 pm  

    wicked nice TR there! Switched back to snow mid-morning here in the city of bagels.

  6. savantskis
    wrote on December 14th, 2010 at 12:26 pm  

    Can’t believe no one else is catching the reference to a severely underrated movie – I might almost call it a film. Hilarious – great shots. How was the melt the last few days up there? Down in the Bean we hit 55 – but the summit temps up at Stowe seemed like everything survived well enough – yes?

    • Greg
      wrote on December 14th, 2010 at 12:31 pm  

      yeah i think we’re in good shape. at the very least we never went back to zero at ski-resort-elevation with the event.

      MRG sounds like it didn’t get slammed too hard… they still sound like thye plan to open this weekend… and that right there should tell you something.

      thanks for checking in savantskis! at the very least, i’m stoked you got the reference… been wanting to do this one for a while… i’ve got a few more in mind… we’ll see.

    • christian
      wrote on December 15th, 2010 at 5:20 pm  

      david bowie?

    • K_C
      wrote on December 16th, 2010 at 8:47 am  

      berge – think Christian Bale

  7. chris
    wrote on December 15th, 2010 at 7:35 am  

    Super Nice shots, love the last two. Christian’s dingleberry comment cracked me up.

    • Greg
      wrote on December 15th, 2010 at 7:37 am  

      yeah man that was hilarious…

      so you’re not back until feb huh? :/

      well have a good trip Chris. We’ll see you when you get back. If it’s still going off you should seriously check out WV. I’ve never been but it sounds like it’s going to be all time down there… not sure what that means, but I bet it’d be a worthy stop of any skier’s C/C drive.

      safe travels man! s**t i need to get in touch with evan and make things happen

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