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GoJeff!

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Anyone started planning for this winter?

I just booked a week at Icefall Lodge in British Columbia near the northernmost section of Banff National Park. It's a week of guided backcountry, and the terrain looks amazing:

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Now I need to get in shape. I'm usually exhausted from one day of backcountry, let alone 7.

Kids are also racing again this year at the local LA mountains, and we'll probably do one big vacation up at Mammoth, but that's currently in negotiations with my wife.
 
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fairlee76

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Anyone started planning for this winter?

I just booked a week at Icefall Lodge in British Columbia near Jasper National Park. It's a week of guided backcountry, and the terrain looks amazing:

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Now I need to get in shape. I'm usually exhausted from one day of backcountry, let alone 7.

Kids are also racing again this year at the local LA mountains, and we'll probably do one big vacation up at Mammoth, but that's currently in negotiations with my wife.
That looks like an absolute dream trip!

I am buying the IKON pass again this season. Will do a week in MT/WY in February and a bunch of local-ish trips near Denver (Steamboat, Taos, Aspen, SLC) before and after. As for getting in ski shape, September 1st was the day I resumed nightly spin classes. I have found doing that for the two months before ski season gets me to the point where skiing 4 or 5 days in a row is do-able. Need to get back into leg lifting, but have been absolutely awful about that these last 5 or so years.
 
I've historically been on an Epic pass but am likely ditching that this season. For various personal reasons, I haven't picked up a new pass yet - not sure whether it'll make sense for me to get an IKON or a just a local pass to, say, Arapahoe Basin (west of Denver) and maybe pick up a Gems card or a 4-pack somewhere else.

I'm afraid my January-May is gonna be crazy with work this year, so I gotta cross my fingers for good early and late snowfall.
 

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I see that a basin and keystone are open, although neither looks particularly good.

Was up at mammoth at the end of September in very cold temps and was hoping to luck into a super early day, but the storm underperformed and only brought about an inch. Projected opening day is about 3 weeks out.

Anyone see the film of Hilaree Nelson and Jim Morrison’s Descent of Lhotse? Looks insane. Cody Townsend’s 50 series is also going biweekly again on YouTube.
 
I see that a basin and keystone are open, although neither looks particularly good.
Yeah, I've taken a few runs at each - typical early season white ribbon of death stuff but with the cold weather and snow we've been getting they should both be getting more open fairly quickly. Helps get the stupid legs back in gear when the the real snow starts hitting.
 

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Jeff that trip looks amazing. Good for you!

Last weekend I made a road trip to Burlington with my eldest kid to hit the J Skis sidewalk sale. He destroyed his last pair of skis towards the end of last season - the top sheets, core and base completely separated at the tips from repeated landings. Picked up a pair of whip-its and metals to replace them. It's about time he had some really good skis and I'm pumped for him. Middle kid is a snowboarder and doing a competition program again this year. Youngest is not in any programs but will still ski plenty. I'm very thankful for a standing desk and the ability to do one leg squats while on calls at work, I feel like I'm in decent shape to start the season, though we're probably still at least three weeks out from opening day here in Maine.

I'm hopeful Preacher is still in Europe and can post skiing pics to make me salivate again this season.
 

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With young kids and living in Western PA, my best hope is Blue Knob, a surprisingly not terrible resort in central PA. A vertical of 1000 feet is something to get excited about over here.
 

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Blue Knob looks like plenty to get the kids comfortable on skis, and it's great to get them out there when they are young and fearless. We find that skiing is a great family activity - outside and away from screens. Some of the best conversations with my kids take place on ski lifts.
 

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First big storm hitting Socal now. Local mountains got a foot today, more coming tomorrow. Mammoth is also getting hit hard.

Hoping to hit local backcountry powder on Sunday after it settles a bit. Don't think I've ever seen a November/Socal/Powder combo.
 

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Got up to local mountains (Bear) on Friday with my eldest. Drive up was pretty brutal, but they closed the road after we got up so the mountain was empty. Was about 4 feet of pretty light pow on zero base. Great fun although you had to be light on your skis to avoid buried trees and rocks.

Climbed Baldy today for some backcountry powder. It must have lightly rained since the big storm, because the snow was much heavier than expected, but it still skied great.

I’m happy to get two great days in this early. Hopefully the storm hitting New England brings some fun for you all.
 

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Central PA has about 2 feet of base in the mountains, promising for this time of year. Hoping it holds up through the inevitable December warming periods.
 

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Skiied Stowe on Saturday. Good base going and hopefully this storm helps. Get up there if you’re in New England.
 

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Just booked three days in Snowshoe, WV the weekend before Christmas. Going to have to live with what skiing is available in the central VA area. At least for this year.
 

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I'm going to miss your pics from the Dolomites.
I'm going to miss skiing there. A bunch of my friends were up in Hintertux, Austria a couple weeks ago and they had really good snow. Wish I could have stayed in Europe one more year.
 

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I'll echo missing the dolomites pictures from Preacher. I'm sure the WV pics will be a decent substitute.

We ski at Sunday River and the snow has been decent for this time of year. Last Thursday passed for a powder day on the east coast and they dropped ropes on some of the glade trails, which is way early. Unfortunately it looks like this storm is just the coast - not much fresh stuff for the mountains. My middle kid does a comp program for snowboarding and his brothers just ski, mostly in the park. @GoJeff! - thanks for the recommendations on videos and movies, I will be checking those out with the kids (who have a seemingly insatiable appetite for ski movies and videos). If anyone is into park skiing, the kids are way into SLVSH and the Line Traveling Circus.
 

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If anyone is looking for another ski movie, I caught Dog Days of Winter (on Amazon Prime) about the early free style skiiers of the 1960s. It was pretty interesting how they were putting on competitions and outdrawing the traditional downhill guys. The stuff they did back then was insane and with no helmets.
 

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Watched Dog Days of Winter Friday night and then saw the new Warren Miller movie on Saturday. Fun to see Glen Plake in both. Dog Days of Winter was better, in my opinion.

Notched a couple more days on the hill over the weekend and the conditions were pretty good for this part of the season. There were 280+ racers at Sunday River over the weekend, but because they were all taking the new surface lift it did not impact the lift lines - just the parking lots.