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Deep Thoughts-Skiing 2018-19

Discussion in 'General Sports' started by GoJeff!, Oct 2, 2018.

  1. GoJeff!

    GoJeff! Member SoSH Member

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    Anyone thinking about skiing yet?

    I just booked Mammoth for the first week of Christmas and am doing paperwork for the kids to do race team at Big Bear (in the mountains near LA). I'm also drooling over some heli trips that I don't have the time to go to.

    I went crazy on new equipment before last season, so prepping for this year is mostly just getting stuff tuned and making sure the kids haven't outgrown everything.

    We also all bought IKON passes this year, so I'd like to take advantage and sneak out to Alta/Snowbird, Jackson or Crystal if I get a chance.

    What are your plans?
     
  2. FlexFlexerson

    FlexFlexerson lurker

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    I live in Breckenridge and we've gotten five feet of snow so far this season - opening day has just moved up to November 7th. I took some early turns at Arapahoe Basin in October but with multiple areas now open, this is when it starts cranking for us here in Colorado.

    I'm on the Epic Pass, hoping to pull the trigger on a few last minute trips wherever the snow is good this year and maybe poke around a few areas of Colorado I haven't been yet. Also have an Aspen trip on the books in March.

    ETA: Jackson and Snowbird/Alta are two of the greatest skiing experiences in North America, imho. Definitely make the trips if the snow is good. If you hit Jackson, make sure to go to Targhee for a day - the snow is softer and it's less crowded, though you don't get that big boy vertical.

    Skiing top to bottom tram laps at Snowbird is pure heaven.
     
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  3. Preacher

    Preacher Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    Heading up to Hintertux, Austria this afternoon. A friend went a couple weeks ago and said the snow wasn't that great but it'll be nice to get back out there. Probably head up to Cortina in a couple weeks. This will be my wife's second season of skiing and she's pretty excited. She was getting pretty decent at the end of last year so I hope she continues progressing.
     
  4. Preacher

    Preacher Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    Not great snow but skiing is skiing, right? Only coverage was the top 2/3rds of the mountain. Last year this time, there was snow not only all over the mountain but all the way downhill for the next several towns. Anyways, completed my revalidation for the ski patrol so I’m all set for another season.

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  5. GoJeff!

    GoJeff! Member SoSH Member

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    Looks good for November.

    How many days do you typically patrol up there?

    The mountains here are all open but we’re waiting for some actual snowfall.
     
  6. Preacher

    Preacher Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    Our patrol is part of the International Division of the National Ski Patrol (the US organization) so although we provide aid to injured skiers, we can't evacuate injured skiers (although we train with the toboggan). We basically try to assist the actual mountain patrols if possible. Anyways, the training always starts mid November and we're on various mountains in Europe until about mid to late March. We also provide patrol support to the Outdoor Recreation ski trips for US servicemembers (and their dependents) stationed in Europe.
     
  7. Titans Bastard

    Titans Bastard has sunil gulati in his sights Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    My friend and I went up to Tuckerman Ravine this past Saturday. Beautiful weather and amazing skiing up there for November 24. The bowl could still use more coverage, but there was a ton of snow up there.
     
  8. GoJeff!

    GoJeff! Member SoSH Member

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    I’ve been stuck at home, so no skiing, but it seems spectacular coast to coast. Mammoth has a 70 inch base and more snow on the way, and my east coast family says this was the best November in memory.
     
  9. Sausage in Section 17

    Sausage in Section 17 Poker Champ SoSH Member

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    Well I guess that means we’re behind the curve, for once.

    Here in the Interior of BC, hills opened last week, but with minimal bases, and upper lifts only. I’m planning to head out tomorrow for the season’s first tracks, but expectations are tempered.
     
  10. aksoxfan

    aksoxfan Member SoSH Member

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    Could you please indicate where this is?
     
  11. Preacher

    Preacher Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    Sorry. It's in western Austria (Hintertux). I had indicated in the prior post but didn't update when I added the pictures.
     

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