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Skiing Vail on Friday with some Spartans. Loveland on Saturday with my 3-year old for his second day. Well, i guess not really skiing, but holding his little harness so he can learn to snow plow. Regardless, i'm more excited for Saturday...
Yeah we just want to go somewhere within driving distance of Michigan. And also somewhere that's worth the drive.
Heading to Big Sky in two weeks. Praying for some new powder. I've been riding Mt. Hood this season so far and I'm ready for a change.
Can't speak for Montana but have not been getting much snow here in Wyoming the last 3-4 weeks. Although 10 day forecast looks pretty promising.
Killington, VT looks to be only about 120 or so miles longer from Royal Oak (I'm just assuming that's where you're driving from). I wouldn't say Snowshoe is really work driving 8+ hours for. It's better than Northern Michigan skiing, but not something I'd plan a huge trip around.
If it were me and Killinton was less than two hours more, I'd go that route.
Went to Monarch, CO last Friday and it was awful. It's been so warm out here that the snow is melting away. I only went there because it's closest to CO Springs and I got a 2 for 1 lift ticket.
I drove out to Killington numerous times back when I lived in Michigan. It was the best skiing I could find within driving distance of Lansing. Make sure you drive through Canada if you do it....a lot faster than going through the states.
We're flying into Bozeman a week from tomorrow. Skiing 5 days and at least once at Moonlight Basin.
Mt. Bohemia opens this weekend. Will be there Feb 15th-18th.
Squeezing in 4 days golfing at Desert Mountain in between
There's great snow to be had in CO despite the conditions...you just have to earn your turns, fellas!
This was a weekend without snow, and we rode boot to above-the-knee powder on every run. Screw lift tickets and lift lines!
This post was edited by BlakeStSpartan 18 months ago
I highly recommend you read this. Extremely well written and eye opening.
by New York Times reporter John Branch, tells the harrowing story of skiers caught in an avalanche.
Just returned from Vail and they desperately need snow but are making the best of what they have.
Back bowls are choppy and slick and Blue Sky Basin is much the same with chair lift 21 having the best runs....and yes Garfinkles got the best of me again.
Did I say lots of ice?
But Vail is Vail so its still awesome. Enjoy.
The closest snow to CO Springs is at least two hours away. If I am going to drive that far, I may as well pay for a lift ticket.
Saw that when it came out...tremendous article and a must read for backcountry travelers. Colorado is fortunate to have a very a good information resource in the CAIC. It's very helpful for planning and awareness.
Based on that picture, you guys shoe up and not skin?
where's that pic at? Have all the rest of your avy gear?
Definitely pay attention in the spring. You can find some deals at that point.
Ultimately you can save money on the skis, poles, goggles or whatever. But drop some dime on the boots. In general ski boots suck. Make sure you go to a place where they'll take a gander at your foot and adjust the boot to fit you.
This was the most important lesson I ever learned about skiing. I hand trips fuckin ruined by bruised shins and other stuff. Turns out I was just in a boot that was too big. Now I can drink all night in my boots.
For reals. Boots keep you on the hill. Drop the coin on that and ski a damn two by four if that's what you can get. Just get boots.
This post was edited by Le Flama Blanca 18 months ago
We still shoe in. I am not quite ready to invest in a splitboard yet...can't really justify it. That pic is from RMNP. We have been cutting our backcountry teeth there for a few years now. All the folks we take up there are fully geared up and have been through at least a little avi training. Most of us have gone through Level 1 cert...some of us higher. Most of our lines are conservative, and we don't usually venture much higher than treeline because it's unnecessary. Always a lot of work, but always deep powder somewhere.
Yea I don't have any gear and I've never been, but I have considered looking into it, taking the FOBP class, etc.
Have any more pics / videos?
CO finally getting some decent snow. Steamboat got hammered with 44" in the last week, 23" at Vail.
I hit Breck last weekend, actually found some decent snow in Cucumber bowl... but nothing like these last few days.
This is from Vail, this morning: https://mobile.twitter.com/vailmtn/status/297087781015019520/photo/1
Heard rumors that the snow was 4% today. So jealous. I'll be out there in a month. Hopefully the pack holds.
Finished 2nd day of skiing at Big Sky. 21" in the last 48 hours.
Skiing is as good as it gets right now. Have about a 50/50 shot of getting over to Yellowstone Club and skiing with Scot Schmidt sometime before Monday. Should know by tomorrow.
Completely exhausted chasing the two boys around. Oldest son doing a internship here. Has skied 7 days a week since his arrival. Got us to untouched powder all day long. Picked a good time to pick up some powder boards.
Vail early tomorrow morning. 6" today on top of 9" yesterday and 8" 2 days before that. Few inches tonight as well.
Go to YouTube, type in Vail (username) and watch the video titled "Vail Powder and Northwoods Cliff Drops" from yesterday. Insane. I'd link, but on mobile.
Vail was DEEP on Saturday. At least 2 feet in some places. Found untouched lines in China bowl then found untouched trees in Blue Sky Basin. Must have fallen and gotten stuck at least 30x on Saturday and I am still sore. Also hit A-basin yesterday for a few laps as well. 12 days on the season now.
That looks awesome. I'll be at Vail Friday, Saturday and Sunday this week. My buddy is saying they're anticipating another storm toward the end of this week.
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