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How smooth do you like the water for your slalom set?

matt_bmatt_b Posts: 67 Baller
edited April 2016 in Technique & Theory
Skied last night and the water was like butter, not a ripple. Felt weird and awkward and just fell over going around the 3 ball. I prefer a small little ripple on the water, how about you?

How smooth do you like the water for your slalom set? 157 votes

Love the butter
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Prefer a little ripple
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  • MNshortlinerMNshortliner Posts: 122 Baller
    Prefer a little ripple
    There's nothing like the feeling of butter, but for me I have problems with depth perception. I do like a little ripple when skiing.
  • lcgordonlcgordon Posts: 282 Baller
    Love the butter
    I actually prefer wakeboard rollers. Or thats what I seem to get.
  • BrennanKMNBrennanKMN Posts: 492 Crazy Baller
    I don't live on a lake, so when I go out I ski. Could be white caps. With that said I try and go on low wind days, but that doesn't always work.

    As far as the poll, I don't know. I have only skied on glass 1 or 2 times. I never really paid much attention. It is a fun feeling but not too sure if it makes my skiing any better.
  • HortonHorton Posts: 27,900 Administrator
    Love the butter
    Opening pass mirror can suck but once the mirror is broken the smoother the better.

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  • MISkierMISkier Posts: 2,611 Mega Baller
    Prefer a little ripple
    I will ski too lazy if it is glass. It's OK to enjoy the glass once in a while, but I prefer the ripple to wake me up a little to focus on that first pass and run it aggressively.
    The worst slalom equipment I own is between my ears.
  • oldjeepoldjeep Posts: 3,430 Mega Baller
    Prefer a little ripple
    Feels squirrelly as hell when I've been on dead flat water.
    Chuck P
    Not a mechanic but I play one at home
  • ozskiozski Posts: 1,660
    Prefer a little ripple
    If its pure glass dead calm I would rather send the boat up and down on a speed check or whatever. After a run through its all good.
    'Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.'' Boat 2005 Nautique 196 6L ZO - Ski - KD Platinum

  • thagerthager Posts: 4,602 Mega Baller
    I move around a lot so the smoother the better. That said, I love a little wind in the face with a ripple too!
    Stir vigorously then leave!
  • lpskierlpskier Posts: 2,573 Mega Baller
    I like to cut myself... on the glass.
    John Wilkins- Si non pro sanguine quem ludus ne. #iskiconnelly
  • Onside135Onside135 Posts: 415 Crazy Baller
    Before I began course skiing, life revolved around skiing at times when the lake was glass. I'll never take glass for granted...
  • chris55chris55 Posts: 329 Solid Baller
    Love the butter
    I just love the noise of the ski curving on glass water
  • skialexskialex Posts: 912 Crazy Baller
    Love the butter
    I don't mind and a little wind seems to help with my gates whichever direction it comes from.
    Having said that I always appreciate the looks of glass water!
  • gsm_petergsm_peter Posts: 754 Crazy Baller
    Prefer a little ripple
    We seldom have butter water.

    Skied yesterday. Nuts. :#
    Waves 10 inches.
    Water almost 39F.
    Wind about 25 Mph.
    Air 48F.
    Swedish summer is here. B)
    Is there a need for a new ski index (at least we reached 100)? :p
    Life is too short not to enjoy every day!
  • JordanJordan Posts: 1,177 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Prefer a little ripple
    If it's perfect glass, I am excited before i ski, but i find it a little sticky.Prefer a little ripple.
  • Pat MPat M Posts: 683 Crazy Baller
    Prefer a little ripple
    On my lake a little ripple helps to keep down the reflections coming off the shoreline. At least I think it does.
  • skiinxsskiinxs Posts: 556 Crazy Baller
    Love the butter
    Glass for me, love the sounds!
  • swc5150swc5150 Posts: 2,267 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Love the butter
    Absolutely love glass, and we're fortunate to have it every morning. Love the whistle sound!
    Scott Calderwood
  • LOTWLOTW Posts: 127 Baller
    As much as I like glass, we only get it once or twice a season. I used to pass when it was windy but these days that's all we get so usually pretty rough. Ski on rough or no ski at all.
  • Orlando76Orlando76 Posts: 1,074 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Love the butter
    Unfortunately in Florida its 10-20 mph all of March and April.
  • jdarwinjdarwin Posts: 1,379 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Love the butter
    Lake wind advisory....

    Joe Darwin
  • ALPJrALPJr Posts: 1,903 Mega Baller
    Love the butter
    Mirror is so nice, but can be tricky visually in the narrow tree lined pond were I ski a lot.
  • MarcoMarco Posts: 1,409 Crazy Baller
    Prefer a little ripple
    I really enjoy glass on my opener, which is the only chance I get to ski it unless I take a really long drop at the other end. I find myself contemplating the beauty of the aesthetics, rather than focusing on my skiing. For my harder passes, I like a little texture. It feels a little more stabilizing.
  • UWSkierUWSkier Posts: 1,211 Mega Baller
    Prefer a little ripple
    I tend to over-ski in glass. Something about not getting the feedback I'm used to or something. Never do ski as well, but it is still fun, and makes for some great photography.
  • matt_bmatt_b Posts: 67 Baller
    Erik4C, that looks like Crescent Bar? Used to go there quite a bit when I lived in Seattle. I think I actually remember your family?
  • WishWish Posts: 7,860 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Prefer a little ripple
    Glass gives me fits with depth perception. Something about it makes me ski a late pass. Even the slightest water disturbance is better then the butter. But wind just blows sooo..
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • Texas6Texas6 Posts: 2,197
    Just give me a 5mph headwind in both directions, and we're good to go
    Daryn Dean - Lakes of Katy, TX
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  • The_MSThe_MS Posts: 5,276 Mega Baller
    Prefer a little ripple
    I am a fan of the Patented Ripple Effect
    Shut up and ski
  • parkerc2112parkerc2112 Posts: 127 Baller
    Prefer a little ripple
    A little texture, for her pleasure
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