Hey Twisted & Everyone,
I had my second day on the Prasch today. Big improvements with loading. I am now doing the obvious and putting it in the load position before getting on the lift. This combined with lengthening the outriggers has pretty much eliminated the loading issues. Woot! Except when the lift chair is just too high, which other than asking them to tune the height, there is not much that can be done.
Unloading is another story all together. Most times when unloading, it was stuck in the load position, as others have reported. So I will need to do something like Qman has suggested. Not a huge problem but an annoyance.
The big problem I am still having is getting the rig off the chair when it is time to unload. This was even more of an issue than the last time. I scoot forward before it is time to unload and hurl myself forward at unloading time and NOTHING. It is like I am glued to the chair. Never really had this problem with the RPC. I have not yet added a skid plate to the Prasch and I think it is going to help. My instructor said it does look like the frame on the Prasch is just sinking into the chair padding too much.
Once today, I came partway off the chair when unloading and got stuck as the chair began to circle back down the hill. I was hanging down, face first about 5-6 feet off the ground. Very scary. It was an ordeal to get out of that mess. I'm hopeful that adding a "skid plate" to the frame is going to be a big help.
Twisted, I'm not sure if Mark got his HOC yet or not. We have exchanged a couple of short emails and he did not say. I think he took a header and has a sore neck. Not sure if he is riding anymore this season or not.
Anyway, today was my last ride of the season. So I will have plenty of time to work on a solution over the summer.
I had that same unload problem with the Yeti I had used before. I must also say I hated that Yeti and Yetis in general so I'm slightly biased but from what I read above, it sounds almost exactly like what the Yeti was doing. The friend of mine who had used that Yeti before set it up for racing slalom. I don't know how the hell he got that thing off the lift because EVERY TIME I tried to get off, no matter what I did, pushed hard, pushed less, etc., the Yeti would 'catch' on the chair and I'd be stuck. I did that hanging facedown thing a couple times and almost every time I'd make it half way off the chair, my ski would pop off the rig, and I'd be totally screwed. They'd have to stop the chair, get my ski back off, help me off the lift... big mess. Anyway, we looked at the underside of the Yeti and the guy in charge of sort of fixing and tinkering with monoskis removed this one thing (not sure what it was but I can ask him) that involved the shock was literally making me get caught on the back of the chair lift. Once that was off, I could jump off the lift and the Yeti stopped misbehaving haha. Mind you, I hated that thing (it was also too big for me) and I found skiing in it was ridiculous.
I've had a couple issues loading and unloading with the RPC but they were entirely my own fault and had nothing to do with the ski. More of a timing issue, and once jumping off the lift too hard and just not landing properly. I've also had giant gusts of wind knock me over RIGHT as I'm getting on the chair, or off (and you know what the wind can be like on Mammoth Mountain haha). And I've even taken a couple people along with me as I went down getting off the chair hahahah now THAT is always interesting. Anyway, with those higher chairs at Mammoth, are you asking them to slow them down? Or doing full speed? Cuz maybe it'd be better to practice at a slower rate and get one of the lifties to stand behind you just in case to pull you up if need be.
Edited to add: Why are you stopping skiing?!!? ;-) You guys have another month of skiing, til July 4th in Mammoth! Keep going right til the end of the season. Are you going out on your own now or just with DSES? Just get a friend to go with you and head out on your own if DSES can't take you out since you have your own gear maybe? You lose ALOT from season to season, sit skiing or just 'regular' skiing, it's prob best to get in as many ski days as you can before the season's end. Even some of the most advanced skiers or boarders I know take a day or two at the beginning of each season to just get back to basics a bit and get back in the groove. Kind of like riding a bike for the first time after a while LOL
Edited by twisted_ophelia, 06 June 2010 - 09:00 PM.