I would love to be able to get down the Face black piste at VDI. I can ski blues easily and get down red slopes - though I slide too much on the turns. I have also been down a few black pistes - though not many.
I have heard a lot about the face rin at vdi. Just how difficult is it? I have 3 weeks skiing under my belt and will be in vdi in late Feruary.
What makes it difficult - narrow, bumps, gradiend?
Is skiing the Face being too ambicious for me at this level of experience?
You will know you've got quite good when you look back up having skied it.
It's steep, often icy and sometimes bumpy.
But watch this and make your own mind up. But be warned once you're on it you're committed.
PS When you get down to where the video finishes, hang a left into the Banana Bar for a celebratory beer!
I think what catches most people out is it gets harder as you go down, the entry is no more than blue, it's not till you get past the gondola pylon that it gets to it's steepest, by which time you're getting tired.
The conditions on the video are about as good as you'll find on it.
This first two pics are the chair which takes you up halfway, you can then ski across if you wish and get another chair to the top, or you can go right up in the gondola in one hit.
This one shows the end of the run looking over the Banana Bar (bottom right), you can see the incline better on this pic.
Finally, these two are of La Face as you go up in the gondola
La Face was off limits for most of the week, but was finally opened up on Wednesday if my memory is correct. I was staying less than 30 yards from the Banana Bar, so guess where we did most of our Apres Much shorter crawl than Dicks.
Not a run I'd recommend to a third or fourth week skier usually, but it's a free country......
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