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Dookey skied 4 Tahoe Resorts on the 4th of July.......Just saying.....

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Define "ski".  Did they ski from the summit of each one, or just take a quick ride down the bunny hill and hop in the car for the next location?  Also, I'd cry "foul" and at least add an asterisk since no place is supposed to be open at 3am when they admit they started this venure.  If they did actually ski each mountain, top to bottom, within normal operating hours of each of the resorts within one calendar day I would be much more impressed.

 

Still a fun little project, but shouldn't count as an official record IMO.

 

 

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Dookey skied 4 Tahoe Resorts on the 4th of July.......Just saying.....



Well, at least you didn't have to get up at 3 a.m. (I assume) smile.gif

 

I was going to say they did this a couple years ago, but forgot about the addition of Eagle Pointe. They filmed an episode on Park City TV about the 2009 mission, wonder if they'll have one for this.

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Define "ski".  Did they ski from the summit of each one, or just take a quick ride down the bunny hill and hop in the car for the next location?  Also, I'd cry "foul" and at least add an asterisk since no place is supposed to be open at 3am when they admit they started this venure.  If they did actually ski each mountain, top to bottom, within normal operating hours of each of the resorts within one calendar day I would be much more impressed.

 

Still a fun little project, but shouldn't count as an official record IMO.

 

 


It depended on the place.  For instance, at Snowbird they took the tram up and crossed over to Alta for a run down to the Wildcat base.  I assume they took a run somewhere at Snowbird first.  At Snowbsin, they went up the John Paul chair.  There is a pic for each place on the Ski Utah Yeti Facebook page.  She posted from her phone as the day went along.

 

What is not obvious from the short article is that the event was a skiing variation of a walk-a-thon.  The Park City Men's Book Club approached Ski Utah to help with the effort.  They raised $15K for a cancer center and related research.  The Ski Utah staff had done 13 resorts in a day in 2009 (one resort didn't exist then).  So they had that experience to help with logistical planning.  Canyons Transport donated the transportation.  Pretty sure the lift tickets were donated too.

http://www.skiutah.com/winter/blog/authors/cat/inside-our-record-setting-14-resort

 

 

 

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Define "ski".  Did they ski from the summit of each one, or just take a quick ride down the bunny hill and hop in the car for the next location?  Also, I'd cry "foul" and at least add an asterisk since no place is supposed to be open at 3am when they admit they started this venure.  If they did actually ski each mountain, top to bottom, within normal operating hours of each of the resorts within one calendar day I would be much more impressed.

 

Still a fun little project, but shouldn't count as an official record IMO.

 

 


Wow, sounds like you're taking it way too seriously. What you suggest would be impossible. Brian Head opens at 9:30 a.m. (on weekends, 10 on weekdays) and there's about 5 or 6 hours separating Brian Head and Beaver Mountain. So that would put you there at 3 or 4 p.m. even if you skipped the 12 resorts in between. Maybe all of northern Utah's resorts, but no way you get all 14 (maybe if you had a helicopter, but that's just another asterisk). 

 

And yeah, I'm sure they skied whatever was the quickest - they didn't really have time to take scenic, winding greens. So long as it was a ski run (as opposed to the parking lot or tiny hill in front of the lodge) I'd call it 'skiing'. You don't need to complete the entire vertical to say you skied the mountain.

 

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Wow, sounds like you're taking it way too seriously. What you suggest would be impossible. Brian Head opens at 9:30 a.m. (on weekends, 10 on weekdays) and there's about 5 or 6 hours separating Brian Head and Beaver Mountain. So that would put you there at 3 or 4 p.m. even if you skipped the 12 resorts in between. Maybe all of northern Utah's resorts, but no way you get all 14 (maybe if you had a helicopter, but that's just another asterisk)


Actually, I don't agree that using a helicopter would be cheating.  Anything that isn't illegal,should be fine.  There are folks that try to attend Disney World and Disney Land in the same day.  Are you saying they should have to drive?  How you get there isn't nearly as important as doing what it is you claim to be doing while there.

 

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Sounds pretty subjective. There's nothing illegal about a resort opening early for an event, either. So what they did is fine by that standard. I'd say driving is far more compelling since anyone could theoretically try it (or at least a subset of it). It is a Ski Utah stunt after all - they're trying to showcase how accessible all the resorts are.

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Sounds pretty subjective. There's nothing illegal about a resort opening early for an event, either. So what they did is fine by that standard. I'd say driving is far more compelling since anyone could theoretically try it (or at least a subset of it). It is a Ski Utah stunt after all - they're trying to showcase how accessible all the resorts are.


 

OK fair enough.  I still say obtaining special privileges from the resort to ski there at 3am requires more manipulation of the known obstacles to completing the task than renting a helicopter for a day would.  Maybe not though as you'd also require resort permission to land it somewhere, presumably where careflights/lifeflights do to pick up injured skiers.

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Plus I'd imagine a heli would take a big bite out of the money raised. It would be interesting to see if they could do it in a heli during regular hours, though. Don't really know anything about those logistics.

 

I would also love to see an "average Joe" version where they hike for turns at the southernmost or northernmost resorts (even if it's just up the bunny hill) and ski them all without any special openings/closings. Not sure the uphill hiking rules, so it might not even be legal, but I bet they could do it, if it is. I believe they finished at Wolf Mountain last time (it's open at night, unlike Beaver), so I'd think the timing could work if they were just doing really short hikes at one or two resorts.

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Sounds pretty subjective. There's nothing illegal about a resort opening early for an event, either. So what they did is fine by that standard. I'd say driving is far more compelling since anyone could theoretically try it (or at least a subset of it). It is a Ski Utah stunt after all - they're trying to showcase how accessible all the resorts are.


So assuming driving between mountains, where else in North America could a small group do something similar at more than 5 resorts?  Should be able to do 5 in NC, but of course the hills are relatively small.  Perhaps get to 6 if Sapphire Valley were open or finish up with night skiing at Winterplace.  Probably spend 75% of the time in the van.

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So assuming driving between mountains, where else in North America could a small group do something similar at more than 5 resorts?  Should be able to do 5 in NC, but of course the hills are relatively small.  Perhaps get to 6 if Sapphire Valley were open or finish up with night skiing at Winterplace.  Probably spend 75% of the time in the van.


One could easily ski Beech (1K), then Sugar (1K) then Appalachian (400') then Hawksnest (800') if Hawks Nest were sill nonono2.gifopen to skiers before lunch if they started at 8am.  Wolf Ridge(?), Cataloochee (700'),  and Sapphire (?) would take more logistical planning, but could probably be done by 10 pm in a car the same day.  So 7 is entirely feasible here in one day IMO.

 

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Seems like Wintergreen, Massanutten, Bryce, then Tline and Canaan Valley could be done on the same day without too much trouble.  Maybe even zip down to Snowshoe to finish out at night?  Or get a headstart at 3am and add Winterplace.

 

What about PA?

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How many resorts in Tahoe? They might be able to compete with Ski Utah's 14.

 

Vermont would be another good place. Only about 3.5/4 hours between Mt. Snow and Jay Peak, and plenty of resorts in between.

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I skied hard for 8 hours at Roundtop, followed by 4 hours at Ski Liberty which was opened until midnight that evening for a special "late night ski" event. I then drove to a motel near Whitetail. A foot of snow fell that night and I had first tracks in the morning. 

 

Three hills (mountains?) in two days. A personal record and a good memory.

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According to mapping software, you can do Sunapee to Okemo to Killington to Pico to Mad River Glen to Sugarbush to Stowe in about 5 and a half hours of driving.  Then you could cheat and ski over the top to Smuggs for 8 Vermont areas.

 

Assuming 8 am to 4 pm operation, that leaves 2 and a half hours for getting in and out of the car and skiing.  Is that enough?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(I know, Sunapee is in NH, not VT.  Close enough.)

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Ummmmm who cares? This is pretty lame. Moving on.......

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The plan for doing 14 in Utah went like this.  The key was getting to Snowbasin in time to ride up before the lifts closed.  Not sure they stayed completely on schedule after 4pm.

 

Ski Utah’s Schedule on March 15, 2012 is as follows:
· 2:30 a.m.- Meet in lobby of Lodging at Brian Head Resort
· 3:00 a.m.- Ski Brian Head
· 3:20 a.m.- Depart for Eagle Point
· 5:00 a.m.- Arrive at Eagle Point and ski
· 5:20 a.m.- Depart from Eagle Point
· 8:20 a.m.- Arrive and ski at Sundance Resort
· 8:40 a.m.- Drive to Deer Valley Resort
· 9:00 a.m.- Board Deer Crest Gondola at Jordanelle and ski to Snow Park Lodge
· 9:30 a.m.- Drive to Park City Mountain Resort
· 9:55 a.m.- Arrive and ski Park City Mountain Resort
· 10:10 a.m.- Drive to Canyons Resort
· 10:25 a.m.- Arrive and ski at Canyons Resort
· 10:55 a.m.- Drive to Little Cottonwood Canyon
· 11:45 a.m.- Board Snowbird Tram and ski Mineral Basin over to Alta and down to Collins Lift
· 12:15 p.m.- Vehicles meet skiers at base of Collins Lift at Alta Ski Area
· 12:30 p.m.- Drive to Solitude
· 1:30 p.m.- Arrive at Brighton and ski to Solitude via Soli/Bright trail
· 2:10 p.m.- Drive to Snowbasin
· 3:30 p.m.- Arrive and ski Snowbasin
· 3:50 p.m.- Drive to Wolf Mountain
· 4:10 p.m.- Arrive and ski Wolf Mountain
· 4:30 p.m.- Drive to Powder Mountain
· 5:00 p.m.- Arrive and ski Powder Mountain
· 5:30 p.m.- Drive to Beaver Mountain
· 8:00 p.m.- Arrive and ski Beaver Mountain. Fourteen resorts in one day!

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How many resorts in Tahoe? They might be able to compete with Ski Utah's 14.

 

Vermont would be another good place. Only about 3.5/4 hours between Mt. Snow and Jay Peak, and plenty of resorts in between.


There are 8 bigger resorts in Tahoe, plus a number of smaller places like Homewood. (Numbers are references to the map where I found this list.)  The difference from Utah is that there isn't the option of saving time by doing two-for-one as was possible for Snowbird/Alta and Brighton/Solitude.

 

Sugar Bowl Ski Resort (3)

Squaw Valley USA (6)

Alpine Meadows (7)
Northstar-at-Tahoe (8)

Mt. Rose Ski Area (11)
Heavenly Ski Resort (13)
Kirkwood (15)
Sierra-at-Tahoe (14)

 

Soda Springs (1)
Tahoe Donner Downhill (5)

Homewood Mountain Resort (10)

Boreal Ski Area (2) 
Diamond Peak (12)
Donner Ski Ranch (4)
Granlibakken Ski Resort (9)

 

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Ummmmm who cares? This is pretty lame. Moving on.......



So why did you comment on it? Move on is correct.

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There are 8 bigger resorts in Tahoe, plus a number of smaller places like Homewood. (Numbers are references to the map where I found this list.)  The difference from Utah is that there isn't the option of saving time by doing two-for-one as was possible for Snowbird/Alta and Brighton/Solitude.

 

Sugar Bowl Ski Resort (3)

Squaw Valley USA (6)

Alpine Meadows (7)
Northstar-at-Tahoe (8)

Mt. Rose Ski Area (11)
Heavenly Ski Resort (13)
Kirkwood (15)
Sierra-at-Tahoe (14)

 

Soda Springs (1)
Tahoe Donner Do wnhill (5)

Homewood Mountain Resort (10)

Boreal Ski Area (2) 
Diamond Peak (12)
Donner Ski Ranch (4)
Granlibakken Ski Resort (9)

 


Kirkwood and S @ T are the only areas "off the beaten path" and would be the place to start, particularly if Vail Resorts could provide a lifts really early (like around 3:00AM).  Anyone for breaking the record next year providing we agree upon a suitable charity?  I can contact the ski area management over the summer and help find sponsors and media coverage.  Who knows, maybe a helicopter ride can be donated so Bear Valley and Dodge Ridge can be added into the mix. 

 

Is it possible there is a ski shop in the Lake Tahoe area (Truckee?) familiar with local causes that could suggest a worthy charity or two?  This project could raise a lot more $ than the ski patrols do at places like Heavenly selling T-shirts (I just bought a T-shirt showing the Heavenly dogs).  Outside of the fun coming from skiing so many areas in one day, the key is taking the time to receive pledges from individuals and businesses. 
 

 

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Kirkwood and S @ T are the only areas "off the beaten path" and would be the place to start, particularly if Vail Resorts could provide a lifts really early (like around 3:00AM).  Anyone for breaking the record next year providing we agree upon a suitable charity?  I can contact the ski area management over the summer and help find sponsors and media coverage.  Who knows, maybe a helicopter ride can be donated so Bear Valley and Dodge Ridge can be added into the mix. 

 

Is it possible there is a ski shop in the Lake Tahoe area (Truckee?) familiar with local causes that could suggest a worthy charity or two?  This project could raise a lot more $ than the ski patrols do at places like Heavenly selling T-shirts (I just bought a T-shirt showing the Heavenly dogs).  Outside of the fun coming from skiing so many areas in one day, the key is taking the time to receive pledges from individuals and businesses. 
 

 


Is there a comparable Tahoe area group/website that promotes lots of ski resorts like Ski Utah?  The success of the Utah venture seemed to be the partnership of Ski Utah with the local group in Park City who were seriously interested in the fundraising effort.  They approached Ski Utah asking for help.  I think most of the skiers were members of the Park City group, not Ski Utah.

 

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Is it possible there is a ski shop in the Lake Tahoe area (Truckee?) familiar with local causes that could suggest a worthy charity or two? 



Philpug and Trekchick work for ski shops out that way.  Trekchick also teaches at a resort there now.

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This looks to be Lake Tahoe's version of Ski Utah: http://www.skilaketahoe.com/about. It's a marketing association, but it only represents seven areas.

 

Then there's the California Ski Industry Association, the statewide equivalent of Ski Utah. http://californiasnow.org/

 

I'd imagine both would be open to involvement of some form.

 

An interesting aspect of the Tahoe endeavor is that it could be "Ski xx Resorts and Two States in One Day." Not quite as cool as skiing in two countries over in Europe, but an interesting point just the same.

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