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Where are you skiing this winter?

surfsnowgirl

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Is there a reason OKEMO never gets mentioned? Lots of Killington's, and Pico's. Even Bromley and Jiminy which I think of as local hills. Did Okemo get over built? Poor management? Back 20 years ago it had pretty good reputation, once you got away from the Lower Crowded Face hill.

I'm not sure why Okemo never gets mentioned. In all honestly I have never been there. Now that vail owns it it's not likely I will unless I can pick up a vermont 4 pack one of these years. I might try to take a PSIA clinic there if they still do that at vail resorts. One of my girlfriends loves it and her hubby bought her a midweek epic pass for christmas. I love ungroomed but I apprecaite a good cruiser mountain so I think I would like it there. I've heard it gets crazy crowded on weekends which loses me. I'd rather ski at Bromley, Magic or Pico for many reasons, vibe, terrain and not crazy crowded.
 

chris_the_wrench

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Present!

And, yup, Chris has left, and it seems to be a very "firm" unwinding of his position here, darn it.

@Tom K. We had some fun days and I'll miss skiing with ya on a regular basis. Hopefully we can get a couple days in this March, I planning on stopping over on my way upto or back from Castle/Revie/Kickinghorse. My home mountain will be White Pass this winter, not quite the same size as Whitefish but they've got some fun(short) steeps, really fun BC access and pretty much zero crowds. Also, ALOT of jean skiers and it's not even a prank for them! Hopefully I can experience some of the other resorts in the NW. Ive never skied Mission Ridge, Silver, Lookout.
 

Even_Stevens

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@Tom K. We had some fun days and I'll miss skiing with ya on a regular basis. Hopefully we can get a couple days in this March, I planning on stopping over on my way upto or back from Castle/Revie/Kickinghorse. My home mountain will be White Pass this winter, not quite the same size as Whitefish but they've got some fun(short) steeps, really fun BC access and pretty much zero crowds. Also, ALOT of jean skiers and it's not even a prank for them! Hopefully I can experience some of the other resorts in the NW. Ive never skied Mission Ridge, Silver, Lookout.

Mission Ridge has top to bottom snowmaking, which is unique in Washington State. They were open until at least late March in the awful 2014-2015 season.

Lots of steep groomed blue runs. If you want to open it up on groomed corduroy snow, hit Mission on a weekday. You’ll see locals wearing camo and hunting gear; and they rip a lot harder than the occasional visitor from Bellevue in Bogner skiwear.

They may serve the best tater tots I’ve ever had, and I’ve eaten a lot of tater tots. Also there’s an igloo bar at mid mountain.

Mission is great overall, even if they don’t get massive dumps of snow like Baker, Crystal and Stevens.
 

cantunamunch

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Is there a reason OKEMO never gets mentioned? Lots of Killington's, and Pico's. Even Bromley and Jiminy which I think of as local hills. Did Okemo get over built? Poor management? Back 20 years ago it had pretty good reputation, once you got away from the Lower Crowded Face hill.
There is a distinct bias on some thread for non-Epic pass resorts. I suspect there are a lot more Ikon pass or local pass folks in the East focused threads than there are Epic pass holders.

That AND VR have been ridiculously minimalist on their snowmaking.

If one has both Epic and Ikon and there's low natural snow, Stratton is simply better for snow coverage. They simply make more snow. Yes, Stratton is crowded but you're not escaping that by going to Okemo, You *might* get a marginal crowd improvement at Mt Snow but, again, snow cover is dubious and...race teams.

If there's plenty of natural snow ... I'm going where there's least crowds and that will be neither Stratton nor Slokemo.

That said, I think this thread should look at how well Okemo has recovered from flood damage this summer...
 

rickg

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Glad to see that I am not the only one with big ski plans for this season. I retired 2 years ago and have been doing my best to spend my daughter's inheritance! LOL

This season, in addition to skiing my local hills, I am kicking off my ski season with a trip to Copper Ded 9-16. Then I have 2 race weekends in January (my only races this season, perhaps my last) then it is off to Killington on a bus trip with a local club Jan 28-Feb 3.

When I get home from the Beast of the East, I start packing for a month-long driving trip out west starting off with another week at Copper with my cousin and nephews. Feb 11-16. On the 17th we leave Copper and send the kids home and welcome my cousin's wife as move into Silverthorne condo. The plan is A Basin for most of that week and a day at Loveland on way back to Denver.

Drop cousins off at Airport on the 24th and I hope to meet up with a buddy to drive 500 miles to Ogden UT to ski Snow Basin for the week of Feb 26th.

Leave Ogden on March 2nd for 300 mile drive up to Sun Valley to meet up with a local ski club.

I haven't figured out my return trip yet, but my guess it will involve skiing!

Hope everyone has a great season!

Rick G
 

graham418

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I guess I should get dates just in case I ride a chair with you.
I am going Mar 11 to 18, so will be skiing 12th to 17th. Wierd getting Mondays for travel days , but apparently its hard to get to Kalispell
 

capecodbeachfront

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It's next Friday. darn weather
Weather shows some single digit cold temps by mid week so the snow guns will be working overtime. Maybe the snow gods will reward us with early natural snowfall? After my long layoff I will be doing mostly lower mountain for December getting my skill set (low) refreshed. Hopefully Gore will play well to my early needs. I have a friend visiting in early January. I sure would like to not embarrass myself.
 

Tom K.

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I am going Mar 11 to 18, so will be skiing 12th to 17th. Wierd getting Mondays for travel days , but apparently its hard to get to Kalispell

Ping me when your trip gets closer, and we'll rip a few runs, and I'll buy you a cup of coffee.

Most days, M-F see me up there.
 

chris_the_wrench

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Ping me when your trip gets closer, and we'll rip a few runs, and I'll buy you a cup of coffee.

That may sink up with my visit, we can have an impromptu Skitalk gathering! But Im holding out for a pinch of chocolate chip cookie!
 

ADKmel

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Weather shows some single digit cold temps by mid week so the snow guns will be working overtime. Maybe the snow gods will reward us with early natural snowfall? After my long layoff I will be doing mostly lower mountain for December getting my skill set (low) refreshed. Hopefully Gore will play well to my early needs. I have a friend visiting in early January. I sure would like to not embarrass myself.
First runs opening day usually they open Tahawus (north side blue) and Showcase blue under the quad.. they'll run the gondola and ski Ruby Run- back down to the saddle, PIA IMO-- then they add Sunway and others on the bottom. They'll blow snow on Pine knot down to the straightbrook and get the cloud open.. Last couple of years they've done nicely piecing the mt together and blowing enough snow we don't lose it with a warm up.
Temps should be excellent this week for snowmaking.. Tues maybe we'll get several inches.. You'll have plenty to ski in January..
See you on the Mt soon!!
 

SSSdave

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Just like the last few seasons as a frugal senior of limited funds and ambitions, have been content just with the cheap Senior EPIC Tahoe Value Pass for NS, HV, and KW. Will not ski Northstar much because it is at least a long 6 hour boring drive and lodging in north Tahoe is expensive. Will ski Kirkwood most early season that is just 4 hours drive. But once the snowpack is reasonable, will be back at Heavenly's Little Dipper bumps most. (8640 > 9480 feet) Lodging at South Lake Tahoe is probably cheapest midweek for skiers in the USA. Also this year at age 75 now, can ski for free, Dodge Ridge, just 3 hours away that will have value on deep fresh days. Would like to do a Denver trip late season and if so ski Maryjane bumps at Winter Park.

Oh and the Skitalk National Gathering at north Tahoe. Will entertain getting a day in if someone can get me past the insane walk-up lift ticket prices.
 

Darryl

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Usually we head somewhere new for our out west trip, but as my wife is out for the season with an injury, will make a repeat visit to Banff or Fernie.

For my east coast trip (I am in Ontario), normally we would hit Tremblant or Sutton mid-week. Work is going to be busy this winter, so will need to find a not to busy east coast resort for a weekend trip. I probably don't want to ski Sutton on the weekend and I know I don't want to put up with Tremblants weekend crowds.
 

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