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post #31 of 55


that's great; I have a strong image of the bears handling that quite well, without any help from enforcement.

 

Squaw is large enough that you can avoid certain crowds by hanging at certain lifts. One of the big popular lifts so attracts the fair weather crowd that it drives you away eventually.

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There is definitely hiking allowed on our hill all year round and many do.  I'm not among them - I'm just not in shape and may never be due to the knee cap I broke a few years back.  Of course, some of the best terrain is still officially "closed" even after ski season because of grizzly habitat, but I don't know who is there to police that off season.  There are permitted "routes" up the hill until 4/24, after that anything goes. 


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post #32 of 55
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I think China Peak recorded more snow this season than last year, but I had way more powder days last year.  Everything this year came in the way of a few very large dumps.  Last year had consistent good dumps all year long.

 

 


It was fairly ridiculous at Dodge and Kirkwood with 12 and 15 feet (respsectively) received over eight days in late March. I missed ski days due the nonstop snow shoveling at my house. However, Dodge had one of its best seasons for snow since it opened in 1951. I think Dodge got over 50 feet of snow this season. Kirkwood, a bit more.
 

 

post #33 of 55

Lifts reopen tomorrow and we've had 3+ feet since they closed on Monday. Eh-eh-eh, sounds like I'm getting a bit of a cough. Might not be at work tomorrow.

 

post #34 of 55

^^^^ I live in the northeast. You suck. 

post #35 of 55

Quality over quantity! Give me low moisture powder days with less amounts over heavy snow with big dumps......  Just saying...

post #36 of 55
Thread Starter 

Given good historical snow conditions, major ski areas do not close before Easter. Easter comes on April 8 in 2012.

post #37 of 55
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Quality over quantity! Give me low moisture powder days with less amounts over heavy snow with big dumps......  Just saying...



Sour grapes, Finn, sour grapes..

post #38 of 55
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Originally Posted by Finndog View Post

Quality over quantity! Give me low moisture powder days with less amounts over heavy snow with big dumps......  Just saying...


Yeah, that NJ pow makes me get all excited.  If you lived here you would find that there are plenty of good powder days as well as a fair amount of glop.  You would also learn how to ski the heavy stuff and like it.

post #39 of 55
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Yeah, that NJ pow makes me get all excited.  If you lived here you would find that there are plenty of good powder days as well as a fair amount of glop.  You would also learn how to ski the heavy stuff and like it.


It also makes you that much better when it finally does come in extra light and fluffy.

 

post #40 of 55

Speaking of which, it's snowing down to 1000' right now. Too bad the lifts are closed until Friday. Still, face shots 3 days in a row in mid April = $$$.

post #41 of 55

This year we had some of our best days with a small amount of high moisture powder, not wet, dense. the right amount of the right consistency can occur in many combinations. just a thought. The high quantities we got this year are doubtless causing many BC skiers to wrack their brain about where to go now, so many possibilities. they are not nearly done with their season as one part of it is just beginning.

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Speaking of which, it's snowing down to 1000' right now. 


It snowed (albeit very, very wet stuff) at my house this morning.  I live at sea level.

 

post #43 of 55

I don't think there will coverage problems at the summer ski camps this season:

 

 

post #44 of 55


If I only skied in the east.......  bro' I don't ski in the east unless you count Chile (which is on EST). I skied about 20 days at the boat in light super dry blower, it really sucks I know I also skied a few days in tahoe in decent stuff, had a few more days in the Kooteneys in BC, suck-ass knee to waist deep stuff it sucked too, then some terrible days in Summit county and some real legit suck days in Chile.  (for real)  right now i am just suffering with the light yucky stuff  biggrin.gif
 

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Yeah, that NJ pow makes me get all excited.  If you lived here you would find that there are plenty of good powder days as well as a fair amount of glop.  You would also learn how to ski the heavy stuff and like it.



 

post #45 of 55
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If I only skied in the east.......  bro' I don't ski in the east unless you count Chile (which is on EST). I skied about 20 days at the boat in light super dry blower, it really sucks I know I also skied a few days in tahoe in decent stuff, had a few more days in the Kooteneys in BC, suck-ass knee to waist deep stuff it sucked too, then some terrible days in Summit county and some real legit suck days in Chile.  (for real)  right now i am just suffering with the light yucky stuff  biggrin.gif
 



 


And how many days did you ski wet heavy snow at Mt. Baker? Or are you basing your opinion on what you learned on the internet?

 

post #46 of 55

All I know is that this the second largest amount of snow Breck has received on record. Only year to beat was the 98-99 season.

 

I also learned how trivial the snow reports are. Vail was reporting 7" got to the back bowls deeper than my knees. Last time I checked my knees were a lot higher than 7"...

post #47 of 55

its been a memorable season here in Western NY.  I don't think we set any records but the seasonal snowfall was 261" at the local hill. Average is 180.  I believe it was in the top 5 all time though.  Extremely consistent and after every short meltdown there was a quick recovery.  We even missed out on all of the big nor'easters.  Never saw so much snow left on closing day, more powder days than ever and woods runs from opening day to closing day.  Certainly can't complain.

post #48 of 55

Whistler got enough snow last week for it to be the second snowiest season to date with 593" so far. It seemed to be really regular 5" snowfalls though, rather than a whole load of 20"+ dumps. I'm honestly kind of underwhelmed... barely skied any untracked powder this season. It was all gone within the first couple of hours of the resort being open. 

 

Then again, I don't get onto the hill until 10am on the best of days, so it's my own lazy fault. 

 

But it would have been nice to just saunter up at 10:30 and pick whichever untracked line I wanted. I guess that'd be the $1000/day heliski option. 

 

Maybe with increasing global warming we'll continue to see more volatile weather patterns, meaning more precipitation/snowfall. On the downside, maybe that'll include more thaw-freeze cycles too. Yuck.

post #49 of 55

What gets me is our resort is closed and the snow just keeps on comin'!

post #50 of 55

Do you have any shuttle lines that don't involve climbing for hours? that is a highlight of the Sierras in the spring, but highly guarded information how and where, so I'm not asking for where they are specifically; don't want that public.

 

post #51 of 55



metaphor: while whistler like many resorts has had a number of what you called 5" dumps, there have been more than a few very good dumps too: just last monday: 25cm fell...many locals who ski there (and many visitors) have been in heaven....

 

also  glad to hear you're being fair as per your comment of being lazy: ie trying to still enjoy fresh pow as late as 10:30 rolleyes.gif...it's all skied out by the enthusiasts (and so it should be).

 

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Whistler got enough snow last week for it to be the second snowiest season to date with 593" so far. It seemed to be really regular 5" snowfalls though, rather than a whole load of 20"+ dumps. I'm honestly kind of underwhelmed... barely skied any untracked powder this season. It was all gone within the first couple of hours of the resort being open. 

 

Then again, I don't get onto the hill until 10am on the best of days, so it's my own lazy fault. 

 

But it would have been nice to just saunter up at 10:30 and pick whichever untracked line I wanted. I guess that'd be the $1000/day heliski option. 

 

Maybe with increasing global warming we'll continue to see more volatile weather patterns, meaning more precipitation/snowfall. On the downside, maybe that'll include more thaw-freeze cycles too. Yuck.



 

post #52 of 55

Finndog, as per your quote below, I agree for the most part, esp living here in Vancouver BC...Cypress, for instance, got spanked 640 cm but because of more temperate climate a significant amt of time the snow was pretty moist and heavy...often temps were around  minus 2 to plus 3 celcius....sure some love 'spring skiing' but I'll take the dryer and lighter stuff anyday....I recall back in mid Feb when both cypress and whistler got spanked in one wk alone 180cm...3 glorious wks at Cypress enjoyed this type of drier/lighter/faster snow you'd usually find at the higher elevations at Whistler or the interior....was wonderful.

Originally Posted by Finndog View Post

Quality over quantity! Give me low moisture powder days with less amounts over heavy snow with big dumps......  Just saying...



 

 

post #53 of 55

I'll admit that drier, colder snow is very fun to ski and I prefer it over heavy goo.  However, if you have to fly to everywhere you ski and live in hotel rooms or condos, eating restaurant food or making do with only one pot and no fry pan, or drinking your wine out of a ball jar, or etc.,  well, I'll stay home and ski powder some days and glop others on some of the best terrain anywhere while living in one of the most beautiful places on Earth.  Beats NJ.

post #54 of 55



Posaune:

Yes yes....I hear you loud and clear...while I also prefer powder, I must remember where I live i.e., everytime I'm on a lift at Whistler I'm always engaging others to find out where they're from: at least 60% of the time (if not more) they're from another country and are just SO enthralled at what we have here in BC...so I guess, in short, I'll take the good (light, fast, dry powder) with ''the bad'' (heavier PNW snow), knowing that ski life could be much worse elsewhere.wink.gif

 

Originally Posted by Posaune View Post

I'll admit that drier, colder snow is very fun to ski and I prefer it over heavy goo.  However, if you have to fly to everywhere you ski and live in hotel rooms or condos, eating restaurant food or making do with only one pot and no fry pan, or drinking your wine out of a ball jar, or etc.,  well, I'll stay home and ski powder some days and glop others on some of the best terrain anywhere while living in one of the most beautiful places on Earth.  Beats NJ.



 


Edited by canali - 4/19/11 at 2:17pm
post #55 of 55

point of clarifiaction: most regs here already know this, I have a place in Steamboat (well-stocked with lots of pots and pans and even a weber grill biggrin.gif ) and planning on living there within 2 years so not sure of the disconnect but I spend about 6-8 weeks a winter out in CO and a couple of other places. It is a pain to fly back and forth for sure!   I don't have anything against skiing where you ski, I just prefer blower powder but I would love to live where you are, I don't really mind heavy powder days, especially since I demoed the DPS 112! , I love spring skiing BTW. You live in a beautiful part of the world and with some great coffee too....  Enjoy!

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