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

matt_bmatt_b Posts: 73 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: 222 Solid 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: 531 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: 29,738 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: 3,037 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: 3,683 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    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: 1,706
    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.'' 2021 MC As soon as it lands Ski - KD Platinum

  • thagerthager Posts: 5,046 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: 2,877 Mega Baller
    I like to cut myself... on the glass.
    John Wilkins- Si non pro sanguine quem ludus ne. #iskiconnelly
  • Onside135Onside135 Posts: 436 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: 403 Crazy Baller
    Love the butter
    I just love the noise of the ski curving on glass water
  • skialexskialex Posts: 1,087 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: 798 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: 1,247 ★★★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.
  • PatMPatM Posts: 773 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: 608 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Love the butter
    Glass for me, love the sounds!
  • swc5150swc5150 Posts: 2,432 ★★★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: 202 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: 1,282 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Love the butter
    Unfortunately in Florida its 10-20 mph all of March and April.
  • jdarwinjdarwin Posts: 1,381 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Love the butter
    Lake wind advisory....

    Joe Darwin
  • ALPJrALPJr Posts: 2,300 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: 1,430 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: 1,608 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.
    boats are like girlfriends you love them however there is another one around the corner - bananaron, July 21, 2020
  • matt_bmatt_b Posts: 73 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: 8,138 ★★★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: 5,832 Member of the BallOfSpray Hall Of Fame
    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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