The Chimney is a generator of fear within the few skiers who have the knowledge to attempt it. At no time do you feel entirely confident that you will emerge unscathed. The unknown element perpetually exists; tapping your temporal lobe. Standing on top of the Chimney, you look directly into that unknown. How big is the initial cornice air in? How hard will the chute be? How fast will I be going off the second take off? Will I keep it together in the air? How IS that landing today? The run out...should I just point it or try to make turns Chimney OPEN and PERFECT @ Squaw | Photo Report and Soliloquy | Unofficial Networks

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Center Line in The Chimney Today at Squaw Valley

The Chimney is a generator of fear within the few skiers who have the knowledge to attempt it.  At no time do you feel entirely confident that you will emerge unscathed.  The unknown element perpetually exists; tapping your temporal lobe.  Standing on top of the Chimney, you look directly into that unknown.

How big is the initial cornice air in?  How hard will the chute be?  How fast will I be going off the second take off?  Will I keep it together in the air?  How IS that landing today?  The run out…should I just point it or try to make turns?

Thanks for opening the Chimney today Patrol

These questions swim and froth and crawl over one another inside your brains as you stand atop looking down into what will soon be the most intense moment of your season.  When confidence in the conditions quells the question’s agitation, a calmness arrives.

It’s within this window of tranquility that your make you decision.  A deep breath.  Another.  An excitement builds as the adrenal glads receive stimulation and the heart rate accelerates.  It’s now.  Your life is now.  A fire builds inside and overflows as a savage yell and a hard clanking of ski poles.

This is where you have to be to drop in.  Once you’ve gotten there, it’s over.  You’ve made your decision to enter and the following incoming sensory information is never processed.

Center Line and Chimney Sweep Tracks in the Chimney

The initial cornice air never happens.  The chute’s hardness goes undetected.  Your speed upon the second take off isn’t registered.  Your position in the air is unimportant.  The landing’s condition is nebulous.  You only come to once you are bounding down the runout.

At the bottom, you look up and see tracks.  A moment is spent delving thru your brain in search of  a memory that matches the observed marks in the snow. You won’t find it.  You’ll just find an external smile and a comfortable feeling of accomplishment.

Your next decision is the easiest.  Shall I go back for another?  Yes.

Center Line, Easy Street, and Chimney Sweep Tracks....do you have Squallywood

THE CHIMNEY TODAY:

– Center Line, Easy Street, & Chimney Street skied

– Perfect wind-buffed snow conditions

– The chutes were hard

– The landing was perfect soft snow

– 2 Squaw freaks went for it

Silverado today at 11am

We got a report from a World Cup skier that KT-22 was great in the morning for about 5 runs.  The upper half of Silverado was also good and then turned to dust on frozen chicken heads.

There is still good skiing to be had out there right now.  Go get some.

Did that soliloquy in the beginning freak you out?

Video of the action coming this afternoon.

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