Tony, there are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics. Your choices are simple:
- STFU and come to Big Sky and have fun with us.
- STFU and don't come to Big Sky and read about us having more fun then you.
Either way, the first four letters of both items are the important ones.
Wow, how rude! Those comments are not appreciated in this thread. Isn't there a moderator to remove your comments.
Tony, I hope this doesn't discourage you from posting your thoughts. There are a lot of readers that want to read your valuable comments. Epicski need more of your comments, which are helpful, and less of the above, which serve no purpose.
Are you trying to argue that Tony is claiming to always be right? Anyone who reads Tony comments knows that is an absurd lie. You are the one saying that Tony stats are lies. Tony can never be right. Any time he is right, it's still a lie. You cannot have it both ways.
Tony is extremely truthful about the uncertainty and reflective about his mistakes. Although weather can be unpredictable, Tony's extensive research and advice is generally reliable.
You were lucky last year and good for the gathering. I watched Tahoe's weather and resort websites every day. Big snow is coming they kept saying each week for months on the Tahoe resort websites. Guess what the Tahoe resort homepages looked liked too, they were full of past professional brochure pictures of Tahoe covered in feet of snow. That place was nothing but rain and rocks, if you clicked on the webcams which showed it. Tony's condition updates on his website were stating there was nothing. It was absolutely terrible for months until that late season snow dump in February. Guess who's website has been saying for years about Tahoe that if it's going to be really bad early, it's more likely to be bad beyond that; it snows in dumps; and it'll take a couple dumps to cover the step terrain so wait until February/March?
You guys can discard the advice, but what's the purpose of berating and misconstruing him? It's a bummer that a few people concerning the gathering have to be so confrontational, but those outliers are expected.
I always try to keep up with Tony's posts because the man has many good points. Unlike biased brochures or magazines, Tony is objective. What a great, selfless person to invest all that time and effort to gather truthful data and share it with us members. Despite Mark Twain's quote being very funny, every person in the modern world knows statistics are important.
I've been following Tony's advice for years. It's simple and sound.
Try not to plan too early.
If you must go at a specific time of the year, it's better to go to the spots where more snow falls.
If you must go to a specific spot, it's better to go at the time of year when there is more snowfall.
-A few years back, did March skiing at Mammoth. Tony's website has great advice about Mammoth.
-Two years ago, my group wanted to do a different March ski trip. We looked at our budget, read Tony's website, and picked I-70 resorts in Colorado. Again, it was incredible.
-Last year my group insisted on early planning for a early season Tahoe trip. Luckily, we had all booked Southwest. At the last minute in December, because Tahoe was awful, we took up Tony's advice and went to the PNW (Mt. Baker and Blackcomb/Whistler). It was a phenomenal trip, Tony was right again.
-This year, I bought my ticket one month before for a mid January ski trip to Denver I-70 resorts. I knew only half the mountain would be open, but for a $100 R/T plane ticket to also visit my Denver buddy, I thought it was a chance worth taking. I hoped a miracle snow dump would come, but I didn't expect it because I looked at Tony's info. According to him February/march was the best time to go, which I agree about. He said Winter Park would be more consistent. When the trip came around, there was no snowstorm that I wished would happen. I did 3 inches of the snow the day I arrived at Winter Park. No snowstorm at Copper either the next day, but as Tony said, the snow preservation is good and low crowds. I always weigh his advice.
For those that are adamant about denying what he has to say about the gatherings, maybe you should be mindful of costs to others. These trips cost a good amount, so why not try to make it the best possible considerations. Finally Tony is always considerate in his posts so, I don't understand the lack of respect by you haters
Tony, you better keep up the great work, I'm relying on it! And many other current and future members need your helpful comments.