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Northstar / Squaw and tour by TC and Phil

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My wife Stacey, daughter Kelsey and I had a great trip to Tahoe last week for Kelsey's last "spring break" from college. First stop was the Starthaus for some Demo skis. TC and Phil set us up with Sultan 94s for me and Salomon Geisha's for Stacey. When informed that Kelsey was a snowboarder we were quietly escorted from the friendly building (ha ha) with the phrase "That's just bad parenting" and told where we would meet Phil and Tricia for dinner.                                                                                              Dinner was great as I "picked" their brains on everything Epicski. We had met both Phil and TC at the Stowe Academy but it was nice to find out how they actually got involved with Epicski. 

We skied at Northstar on Monday and Squaw on Tuesday. Both bluebird days, no crowds, and lots of leftover snow from the previous Friday storm. Completely different mountains but we loved them both.   Wed. morning we met up with TC, Phil and his son Ty for our personal tour of Northstar and it was worth the wait. It was raining at the bottom of Northstar, but snowing like crazy from Mid Mtn. on up. They took us to spots we would have never gone, and pushed us very hard, and were glad they did. 4 or 5 ungroomed Blacks, thru some very nicely spaced out trees and to a run which may have been the most skiing FUN we have ever had. It was called "magic moguls" and is basically giant moguls perfectly spaced out so anyone can get the feeling of what the REAL skiers do on the REAL moguls. If you ever get to Northstar you must find this run. 

Our last day was another bluebird day with around 10" of powder left from the storm on Wed. We visited all the areas Phil and Tricia showed us the previous day and even found several new ones ourselves. I know its been said many times on this site how nice these two people are but I'll say it again. From the time we walked into the shop, to setting us up with our skis, to dinner, to our tour of Northstar, they really took care of us. Thanks again.


Tahoe had "a little"snow



Northstar - Top of Comstock Chair



Squaw - Top of Gold Coast Chair



Squaw - None of this Mtn. is left UN-skied



Everyone made it out of the trees at Northstar but the boarder.  I guess Phil was right about that "Bad Parenting" thing. Thanks TC for retrieving Kelsey!



The Sultan 94s and Salomon Geisha's worked great!!


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It was great to meet up with you again after a wonderful time at Stowe. I am glad you enjoyed your visit with us as much as ours with you. Sorry, none of the pictures that I took came out, the lens was too fogged from the humidity. You guys were fun to ski with and your time at ESA was well spent because there was nothing that we took you to that you could not ski. 

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Great trip report! We also had a great trip to Tahoe that was made even greater by Phil and Tricia :D Between taking fantastic care of us fitting my husband in new boots and demos, to Phil taking us, along with my brother, out for a great tour of Northstar one day (unfortunately Tricia was sick) we had a similar experience. We were there before the great snow hit, but still had a great time. I slowed the guys down quite a lot, but we still had fun, and yes, we did the magic moguls, too. I looked more like a monkey humping a bull going through them, but they were still fun!


I'm glad to hear this is the norm for them--just great folks! We hope to ski with them again soon.

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AHHHH!  tha majic moguls.... gotta luv em'  Fun, fun fun.! 


They are great mountain hosts...icon14.gif

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Trust me when I say, it was my(our) pleasure.  

I always love meeting up with Bears and its better yet when given a chance to show off the Home Mountain!


Y'all come back now, ya hear!

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Nice TR! I'm also a WNYer and spend every weekend trying to get the most out of our 800' of vertical at Holiday Valley. My wife and I are going to Tahoe in April so it was fun to check out your pictures. Can I ask where you stayed and if you liked your accommodations?

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We stayed at the ski in - ski out condos in Northstars village. Great location for Ski in - Ski out and nice condos for the price. About a 5 - 10 min. walk down to the village. Everything was OK until the last night. As we were walking back after dinner there was a bear standing on the dumpster outside our building. We were about 50 yards away when we noticed it, our daughter was in front of us, and much closer but never saw it. She turned around when I calmly called her, and walked back to us. She later said she could tell it was something in my voice.  We just looked for the first condo with a light on and a young family let us in to call security. They had a hell of a time scaring it away (about 45 min.) and then cleaning up it's mess. The snow was so high around the walkways and parking lot that you could not see around corners and such, and they weren't sure where it went.  We were supposed to leave the next morning around 4:30am to drive back to Reno to catch our flight. Needless to say I wasn't crazy about loading luggage into our truck alone at that time, so I had security come back in about an hour, we went in and packed and left that night. Turns out they knew about the bear because the Mgr. on duty at the time we checked out said "that bear is a pain in my ass" Oh well, I'll remember to never stay near a dumpster in the mountains again, stay down in the village.

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