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When do you start making your toughest pass each season?

Razorskier1Razorskier1 Posts: 3,425 Mega Baller
edited July 2012 in Technique & Theory
Here in MN we usually get rid of the ice in April. After some open water skiing, I pull up the course by the end of the month. In May I just try to work technique and get in shape. Historically I haven't shortened beyond 32 off (my typical second tournament pass) through May. In June I usually start running 35s. By the end of the month or early July I'm making some of my 38s (my shortest complete pass).

This year I started running 35s in early May, but my schedule and the weather conspired against me, I lost my mojo for a couple weeks and I ended up dinking my back and almost not skiing for 2.5 weeks. Then on Saturday, June 30, I decided to just go down the line tournament style. 28, 32, 35, miss the 38. Go to the other end and run the 38. So, I posted my first 38 basically three months into the season.

Reflecting on it now, it seems like a long time to burn each season just getting back to where I was at the end of the last one. However, it also appears that when I push too fast, the back gets me.

How long before you run your toughest pass each season?
Jim Ross


  • MarcoMarco Posts: 1,426 Crazy Baller
    Here in Colorado, we start skiing the last week of April at our lake. I typically start running 35's (my hardest full pass) in the middle of June. I'm not so sure it is the timeframe, I think it is more water temp related. I don't think I've run my hardest pass with the water in the mid 60's. Now that it is mid 70's, everything seems easier.
  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 6,588 Mega Baller

    I'm only half kidding. I've run 38 four times in my life, and the practice ones were august, october, october.

    If you consider 35 as my tough pass, I usually get that in early june. This year got it mid may on 1st try. Hoping that's a sign!
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
  • 6balls6balls Posts: 5,327 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    MN is goofy cuz we may start skiing early if the ice goes out, but the weather is such a cluster for so long that getting sets is super inconsistent and who knows when the courses get up.
    I started running 35's early May this year...earliest for sure. I think that was more so because I decided to poke at them earlier instead of running piles of 28 and 32. Now running a number of 35's every time out and first successful 38 (after around five 5 times in 10 days) was last week, also early. Hoping it translates to more 38's than what I can count on one hand this season.
    Also have not skied a 28 off now in a month...going out at 32. Will keep the 28 for tourneys, but hoping the 6 foot differential between 32 and 38 starts bagging me more 38's. Have been deep a lot and thru once so not changing much for now. Back is a little fussy so trying to balance health/strength.
    Dave Ross--die cancer die
  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 5,989 Mega Baller
    I got into my toughest pass pretty early like in May. I don't have the discipline to run that many of my easier passes. Of course my hardest pass isn't nearly as hard as many here.
    Mark Shaffer
  • HortonHorton Posts: 28,791 Administrator
    Totally random but September is usually PB time
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  • 6balls6balls Posts: 5,327 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    @horton then you are not done yet. Go get 'em.
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  • raynrayn Posts: 388 Baller
    At Coble ski school every July fourth week.
    Ray Newmark -
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