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post #31 of 55
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And you could always skin. This is looking up Peak 10 2 days ago at Breck...

 

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It was dumping as I walked my dog - lots of fresh, creamy snow just waiting for those willing to work a little!  ;-)



Totally not adverse to skinning . . . once I acquire skins, AT bindings, AT boots, a place to skin regularly. Sigh. In my next life. rolleyes.gif

post #32 of 55
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Totally not adverse to skinning . . . once I acquire skins, AT bindings, AT boots, a place to skin regularly. Sigh. In my next life. rolleyes.gif


The place? Yea, that can be a tough nut to crack. The rest?

 

I bought some Alpine Trekkers off CL for $60, almost new condition. Adjustable, and work with your existing skis/bindings.

 

Bought some new in box Montana nylon climbing skins at Recycle Sports for $20. 50mm wide. Some would say, forget it, way too narrow, but they've worked just fine on my old K2 Axis X skis (70mm underfoot) to get me up (formerly) groomed slopes at Breck and Vail. Homemade tip loop made from 16 gauge electrical wire wrapped with duct tape.

 

05-18-11 Axis-X with Skins and Alpine Trekkers at Vail.jpg

 

Used my regular Head alpine ski boots, loosely buckled for skinning up. Again, worked fine. ( Remember to tighten buckles before heading down!  ;-)

 

05-18-11 JC at Eagles Nest Vail.jpg

 

2 1/2 hours to get from Lionshead Village up Simba to Eagle's Nest. The ski down was perfect spring corn/slush!

 

Free summer parking in Vail garages!

 

Just do it!  ;-)


Edited by jc-ski - 5/26/11 at 9:32am
post #33 of 55
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Originally Posted by jc-ski View Post


The place? Yea, that can be a tough not to crack. The rest?

 

I bought some Alpine Trekkers off CL for $60, almost new condition. Adjustable, and work with your existing skis/bindings.

 

Bought some new in box Montana nylon climbing skins at Recycle Sports for $20. 50mm wide. Some would say, forget it, way too narrow, but they've worked just fine on my old K2 Axis X skis (70mm underfoot) to get me up (formerly) groomed slopes at Breck and Vail. Homemade tip loop made from 16 gauge electrical wire wrapped with duct tape.

 

05-18-11 Axis-X with Skins and Alpine Trekkers at Vail.jpg

 

Used my regular Head alpine ski boots, loosely buckled for skinning up. Again, worked fine. ( Remember to tighten buckles before heading down!  ;-)

 

05-18-11 JC at Eagles Nest Vail.jpg

 

2 1/2 hours to get from Lionshead Village up Simba to Eagle's Nest. The ski down was perfect spring corn/slush!

 

Free summer parking in Vail garages!

 

Just do it!  ;-)

 

Awesome set up!! You've inspired me. Now to find some snow in Western PA (grumble grumble) in late May.
 

 

post #34 of 55



but you really don't need to w/A Basin open to possibly 4th of July on weekends at least.  Some shots from Friday there IMG_2811.JPGIMG_2816.JPG

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Totally not adverse to skinning . . . once I acquire skins, AT bindings, AT boots, a place to skin regularly. Sigh. In my next life. rolleyes.gif



 

post #35 of 55

Few from 5/28, 96" Base :)DSC04759.JPG

post #36 of 55

Napoleon was even there, think he was looking for some Badunkadunk......

 

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post #37 of 55

Which this time of Year, no shortage of that @ the Basin.....

 

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post #38 of 55

shes really sporting it. popcorn.gif

post #39 of 55
Thread Starter 

Pali's last day is tomorrow. 

post #40 of 55

Bummer about pali, but how awesome that it has been open for so long this season.

 

 

Question: 

Will the awesome snow year turn us into snow snobs in future seasons?

 

post #41 of 55
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post

Bummer about pali, but how awesome that it has been open for so long this season.

 

 

Question: 

Will the awesome snow year turn us into snow snobs in future seasons?

 


True about Pali. I skied one of the Alleys on Wednesday, even though it was mostly dust on crust at the time (that's being charitable), b/c I figured that would be my last chance of the season. 

 

Answer: 

I hope not. I think that's why there is an off-season, so you forget all that good stuff, become tired of sweating, and rejoice for whatever white stuff comes your way. 

 

post #42 of 55
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True about Pali. I skied one of the Alleys on Wednesday, even though it was mostly dust on crust at the time (that's being charitable), b/c I figured that would be my last chance of the season. 

 

Answer: 

I hope not. I think that's why there is an off-season, so you forget all that good stuff, become tired of sweating, and rejoice for whatever white stuff comes your way. 

 

I am with you on the snow snobbery idea.  But I'm finding myself not eager to go to Squaw to ski mushy snow on top of refrozen coral

 

 

 

post #43 of 55

Pali was closed today. It's over for the season.  The rest of the mountain was still skiing great until noon.

post #44 of 55

Now its "I can't believe its June" and this is Montazuma Bowls cam looks like

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post #45 of 55

Take it easy TC, it was sunny and warm by afternoon.  Just some morning passing clouds.

It's hard waiting for Friday to come around again. Last weekend we had pond skimming and the goats were up on North Pole. It's really getting near the end :(

post #46 of 55

Only downside of the late snowy spring in the mountains is when the cool air collides with the warm, humid air in the Midwest it gets pretty stormy. I took this pic from our deck about 2 hours ago. My parents live about 30 minutes from Omaha and they had cars flipped by the storm just a couple blocks from their home.

 

We are also having all sorts of flooding in the area.

 

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post #47 of 55

A-Basin had 61 inches new snow in May this year, second to 80 in May 1995.    Too bad about Pali closing May 29. We still get to ski the steeps at Mammoth in June/July.biggrin.gif

post #48 of 55

My wife's co-worker sent her these June 11 photos from Bear Tooth highway Montanta.

 

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post #49 of 55
Thread Starter 

I was thinking about this the other day ... here is a photo from I-Can't-Believe-It's-March:

 

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(Yes, that IS southern exposure, so most is not that bad)

 

Here is last July. 

 

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post #50 of 55

That's just sad.frown.gif

post #51 of 55

Boooooooooo!

post #52 of 55

Ying Yang -- I guess it all balances out.

 

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post #53 of 55
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Originally Posted by MidwestPete View Post

Ying Yang -- I guess it all balances out.

 

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Yes, and maybe it's because I did manage 7 or 8 pretty decent powder days anyway this season, but a friend and I were discussing whether we would have traded these two opposite years for two average years, and we both said NO WAY. Last year was worth it. So I'm not too worked up about it ... (Now, if next year is bad, too, we'll talk....)

post #54 of 55

Oddly enough, I had no powder days in the mountains this season but 2 in the Midwest -- each were about 10 inches...

 

dry and light

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wet glop

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post #55 of 55
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Originally Posted by segbrown View Post

I was thinking about this the other day ... here is a photo from I-Can't-Believe-It's-March:

 

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Spring, and a young (wo)man's fancy turns to...

 

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