A Tale of Two-to-the-Two Chute Schusses
It was the best of times,
it was the worst of rhymes,
it was the age of wisdom,
it was the age of foolishness,
it was the epoch of relief,
it was the epoch of schussability,
it was the season of light snow,
it was the season of darkness,
it was the winter of hope,
it was the winter of cold air,
we had everything before us,
we had nothing before us,
we were all going direct to VTah,
we were all going direct to thaw—
in short, the period was so far like the present period, (that you might even call it the present period in fact, and) that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only. And quite frankly it was starting to get on my nerves.
The truth is (of course) this is just another completely average winter; love it or hate it, this winter–just as with every other–the chutes won’t schuss themselves.
And so we did schuss them: 2^2 chutes to be precise.
The first chute involved Sam coming back to the northeast for his first ski trip back east since moving to Washington state several years ago. He was only in town for a few hours, and so we had to act fast. His visit was just after Euclid had hit the northeast, and I had a hunch a rarely-loaded west facing chute might have done pretty well by Euclid. We bushwacked our way to the top, and found that indeed the chute was pretty full.
Sam dropped in, enjoying the tight confines and limited canvas only New England “ski terrain” has to offer.
He didn’t hesitate to dust off some of the patented “Vermont Techniques” from his playbook. Seen here is the “ultimate sit back”, completed by digging in the heels and walking downhill on pseudo-stilts. Apparently guides in the PNW also use this sometimes in tight situations. Cool!
When the “ultimate sit back” Vermont Technique burns enough vert to make the going safe again, it’s time to schuss the chute!
Yeeehaaa. A bona-fide chute schuss!
All in all it was a great few hours’ homecoming for Sam.
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