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Skiing plans for Independence Weekend......

post #1 of 28
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Ski resorts have been blessed with amazing snow fall this season, which means the season hasn't ended for a lot of us.  Whether your "over it" or not, its such a cool thing to ski Independence weekend, eh?

 

Who's open?

Where you skiing?

 

Tahoe: It's raining in Reno, with reports of new snow on the Mountainsmile.gif

Alpine Meadows

Squaw (Web Cam)

Sugar Bowl

Kirkwood

 

Utah:

Snowbird (news story)

 

Washington:  

Crystal Mountain

 

Colorado:

Arapahoe Basin (web cam)

 

Vancouver: 

Mt Washington

 

Wyoming:

Grand Targhee (unofficial?)

 

Edit: Added resorts  as Bears post about them

 


Edited by Trekchick - 6/29/11 at 12:47pm
post #2 of 28

It's supposed to be awfully hot here for the next day or two, I hope Friday still is viable at ABasin. I have to go to the mountains on Thursday anyway (although not exactly Summit County), so I am going to do my best to swing by ABasin on the way home Friday. As you said, lift-served skiing in July doesn't happen every year. 

post #3 of 28
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Abasin's web cam resembles the WROD from October.  Amazing how all that snow can melt so fast.  Still, its skiable and you can say you did it on July 1st, eh?

 

post #4 of 28

Whistler for me!  I am only bringing boots -- will rent the rest while there. smile.gif

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Add Crystal Mt., WA to your list.  They're open for skiing Saturday, Sunday, Monday this weekend, and planning for next weekend as well.

post #6 of 28

Squaw is opening at 8am now... and for good reason: http://www.weather.com/weather/5-day/USCA1163  - with Tahoe high's in the 80's it's going to turn to slush pretty quickly I imagine.  Watch out for flash floods NorCal...

post #7 of 28

Mt. Washington on Vancouver Island is open on July 1-3. $25.

 

They're not open for skiing on the 4th. July 4 is not a holiday in Canada. July 1 is Canada Day.

post #8 of 28
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post

Abasin's web cam resembles the WROD from October.  Amazing how all that snow can melt so fast.  Still, its skiable and you can say you did it on July 1st, eh?

 


the bottom looks worse than October, but the top looks better...JMD said that it skied pretty well the first few hours last weekend, but you are right that things have been melting fast with the warm temps we have been having.

 

Not sure if any of the guys from Woodward are on it, but it looks like Copper has a few jump features set up where the half pipe used to be.  There was a cat and a guy walking around as I drove by today.

 

Don't forget Grand Targee's unofficial skiing off the chair they are running for summer (per Bob Peters report).

 

post #9 of 28

It's just amazing that it's even possible to be discussing this.

post #10 of 28
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It's just amazing that it's even possible to be discussing this.



Just imagine, skiing in the morning, mt biking in the afternoon, steaks for dinner on the patio..........just sayin'

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Just imagine, skiing in the morning, mt biking in the afternoon, steaks for dinner on the patio..........just sayin' 

 

Don't have to imagi ne, although it will be ribs instead of steaks. biggrin.gif biggrin.gif biggrin.gif biggrin.gifbiggrin.gif   biggrin.gif biggrin.gif 

post #12 of 28

Red Lodge International Ski Camp, a two poma lift operation in the Beartooth Mountains of Wyoming (but near red Lodge Montana), is operating through July 4th.

I am in the area to visit family and, with any luck, I will ski there in July.

post #13 of 28

Hit Crystal today, it was a zoo, just a ton of people.  I think the novelty of skiing on the 4th drew a lot of people up.  It was a beautiful day, not a cloud in the sky and temps got up to 63 degrees.  I was actually too warm, even in just a t-shirt.  I probably should have gone with shorts also.  Ah, well, it was still a fun day, and it's the first time I've ever skied in July.

post #14 of 28

I was wondering if you were gonna head up... I almost did, but fear of crowds and the appeal of a sunny bike ride won out in the end... Glad you had a good day. Still two left (hmmmm).

 

BTW- how was the snow holding up?

post #15 of 28
Please don't forget Mammoth.


Great coverage top to bottom



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And the traditional closing day snowball fight / party



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post #16 of 28

I didn't hear the numbers from Saturday and Monday but Squaw had 8000 on Sunday, that is huge. 

 

Sadly, I lost my camera on Sunday so there were no pics to be had, other than i-phone ones. 

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I was wondering if you were gonna head up... I almost did, but fear of crowds and the appeal of a sunny bike ride won out in the end... Glad you had a good day. Still two left (hmmmm).

 

BTW- how was the snow holding up?


Yeah, I too was a little worried about the crowd (and rightly so, it was the by far the longest lines I've ever seen on the GV lift), but a last minute text from a friend sunday night convinced me to give it a shot.

 

The snow is starting to go fast, they lost a lot since last weekend.  You have to walk on rocks now when you get off the gondola, big bare spots have opened up at the top of the GV lift, the traverse under the lift is gone now so you have to come in lower if you want to ski those bumps under the lift, Snorting Elk bowl was probably the best snow we skied.  I have a feeling they're going to lose a lot more snow this week and next weekend will probably really will be the last weekend.

post #18 of 28
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I didn't hear the numbers from Saturday and Monday but Squaw had 8000 on Sunday, that is huge. 

 

Sadly, I lost my camera on Sunday so there were no pics to be had, other than i-phone ones. 



TR started here!

Squaw Valley Served up a great 4th of July!

 I hope Dookey posts about his incredible day!

post #19 of 28

I posted something similar in the "Anybody Still Skiing Thread", but since this is a dedicated "Independence Day" thread...

 

Yesterday I went 4 for 4 on the 4th, skiing all 4 Tahoe resorts that were spinning lifts.

 

I started out at Donner Ski Ranch at 8 a.m. The frontside of the area is totally burnt and the only lift they were running was Chair 2 on the backside. In order to get to the snow you either had to hitch a ride in the back of the owner's Chevy (which was loaded with hay bales) or drive your own 4X4 up to the lift. I did the latter and gave a ride to an unofficially "off duty" ski patroller.

 

Next on the schedule was Sugar Bowl. They were only open to season pass holders (2010/11 and 2011/12). You had to hike into the village from the Judah side and they were only running the Disney Chair. The area around said chair was pretty burnt, but I skied the lift line around Disney Nose and the snow was pretty decent. 

 

From there I drove around Donner Lake and then on to Hwy 89 and up to Alpine Meadows. I busted out a lap off of the Summit Chair and then it was off to Squallywood.

 

Ended my 4-tet by riding Gold Coast a few times (I was trying to connect with my Super Senior dad, who unbeknownst to me had already skied and gone home), then Shirley, and then Siberia. Capped the day by hiking to National on the Palisades and then over to Headwall. Ended up at High Camp  enjoying cold brew-ha-ha's with Trekchick and Phil Pug, some pro skiers.

post #20 of 28

For the record, here's a list of 12 ski areas that were open on the 4th:

 http://www.saminfo.com/news/article.php?tid=5124

 

add 3 more:  Jackson Hole - tram up - then must ski out of bounds.

                   Snowbasin

                   TC posted-  Mt Washington BC 

 

Anyone know of corrections/additions  (lift serviced only) ?

 

 

& me back in the Midatlantic flatlands!

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post #21 of 28

Just returned from a week with my wife and son in Whistler/Blackcomb BC. I skied on the 4th of July on the glacier and did other mountain activities the rest of the week.

 

No hiking on the upper half of the mountain since all trails were covered in snow.

 

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Edited by MidwestPete - 7/9/11 at 8:47pm
post #22 of 28
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This deserves its own thread in TR's!!^^

post #23 of 28

I was at Whistler a few years ago over the 4th of July....your conditions look much better. 

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I think with all of the camps I was the only one on the glacier over the age of 25. I saw Bobby Brown a few times and Simon Dumont as well. It was pretty crowded up there.

 

The Peak to Peak gondola is amazing! I believe the span between the 2 towers over the valley is 2 miles.

 

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(Below) View from the tram to the valley floor.

 

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post #25 of 28
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I was at Whistler a few years ago over the 4th of July....your conditions look much better. 


There was a lot of snow left. My wife was kind of disappointed since 0% of the alpine hiking trails were open. They could have had a lot of skiing open if they wanted, but it was only offered on the glacier.

 

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post #26 of 28
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I was at Whistler a few years ago over the 4th of July....your conditions look much better. 



I was at Whistler a few years ago during February ... your conditions look much better.

 

(To be fair, I was there a couple of years after that when it was epic, but we had to download to the bottom ... in February)

post #27 of 28

A few more Whistler/Blackcomb July 2011 pics -- I took about 700 photos.

 

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Edited by MidwestPete - 7/15/11 at 6:30pm
post #28 of 28

I can confirm that as I spoke with a couple at the foot of Rainier on the Paradise side this last Sunday (July 10) who were getting ready to skin up to Muir (none of the hiking trails at either Paradise or Sunrise are yet open as everything is still under 4'-6' of snow).  They had been at Crystal the day before.  They were just two of the probably dozen or so people I saw over the weekend skinning and skiing Rainier.

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