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Poll Results: Which of these ski destinations/experiences are on your bucket list?

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 17% of voters (47)
    Europe -- the Alps
  • 2% of voters (8)
    Scandinavia
  • 12% of voters (34)
    South America
  • 9% of voters (26)
    New Zealand
  • 0% of voters (2)
    Australia
  • 3% of voters (9)
    Russia
  • 0% of voters (0)
    China
  • 13% of voters (36)
    Japan
  • 0% of voters (1)
    Korea
  • 1% of voters (3)
    Africa
  • 13% of voters (37)
    Heliskiing Alaska
  • 16% of voters (45)
    Heliskiing Interior British Columbia
  • 4% of voters (11)
    Haute Route Ski Tour
  • 6% of voters (17)
    Other (please explain)
274 Total Votes  
post #91 of 113
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post

 

From my old bucket list, I have - 

  • moved to the mountains
  • gotten a job in the ski industry
  • increased my ski days
  • improved my ski skills(ever improving...)
  • got to ski with Dookey
  • hosted an EpicSki Gathering with Philpug and married him
  • added new items to my bucket list.

Lessee...

Move to the mountains.

Well, I live just outside Nelson, British Columbia, so I think that qualifies.

 

Gotten a job in the ski industry.

Nope. Not unless you count the occasional minor engineering thing for Whitewater. I used to teach, and I still maintain my cert, so I would like to get back into it, when I have time and money. Teaching is a tough way to make a living, though.

 

Increased my ski days.

Always a goal. I'm actually skiing fewer days now than when I lived in Colorado, but now I ski all day (or as long as I want to) when I go. In Colorado, I would ski for an hour and then teach.  At the end of the day, I might get in another hour. If I was scheduled to teach, I almost always taught. Very few free days.

 

Improve my ski skills.

Another never-ending goal. Slower now that I don't have a bunch of patient examiners telling me what to change every day. I'm a much better powder skier than I used to be, though. That's bound to happen if you spend 50-60 days a season at Whitewater.

 

Got to ski with Dookey.

Nope. Haven't met him. If I did, though, he'd probably see me for the dork I am and refuse to have anything to do with me!  redface.gif

 

Married Phil.

Let's be absolutely clear, TC - I haven't met Phil, either. He, too, would probably think I'm a dork. (He'd be in the majority on that one. I'm an engineer. No personality.)  And I have no interest in marrying him. eek.gif

 

The bucket list does tend to grow, but there are a few things that aren't ever going to be on it, like marrying Phil and schlepping my skis to Caberfae! biggrin.gif

 

One thing that should be on it: Develop a personality. Tough for us dirt and concrete types, though.

post #92 of 113
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Originally Posted by jhcooley View Post

Remember, a bad day of skiing is still better than a good day at work.

Yes, but thank God that a good day at work will still pay for a lot of skiing.

 

On the Summer skiing topic.  Late 60's early 70's Alyeska used to have a midnight beer slalom on the 4th of July.  That was a great summer party, and a lot of yellow snow.  Is this still happening or anything like it somewhere?

post #93 of 113
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Originally Posted by Canuk1w1 View Post

Welcome to a fellow flatlander! I live in Toronto, have only skied one day in Ontario the last two years - but I've gotten 25 days in Whistler...

 

Thanks... live in Mississauga. Had 9 ski days in Whistler and 5 combined in QC. Up until then, it was all Ontario and the difference was insane.

post #94 of 113
I'm in Mississauga too! My trips to Lake Louise and Vermont this year blew everything away around here like I could not possibly imagine. Nothing here can even compare, it's hard to take the kids back to Eden and not think "I'm down in 5 turns here, kinda lame" LOL.
post #95 of 113

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post #96 of 113

Dookey, you crack me up!

post #97 of 113

Saw a comedian on TV this week talking about his "anti-bucket list", AKA the things he promises to NEVER do.  He replaced the letter B in "Bucket List" with the letter F.roflmao.gif

post #98 of 113

Where does the expression "bucket list" come from? Is it something one wants to do before one kicks the bucket?

post #99 of 113

Googling around it seems that the term of bucket list was mainly popularized by the movie of the same name.

 

http://logophilius.blogspot.com/2011/11/bucket-list.html

post #100 of 113

Been to the Alps, Andes, Appalachians...West also.

 

New Zealand has been on my list since 1983.

Iceland

Japan

Newfoundland

Morocco

Aiming high (or low geographically speaking) here: Antarctica to make it 7 continents.

post #101 of 113
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Antarctica will be the tough one, a full on expedition I reckon.

http://www.iceaxe.tv/expedition/antarctic-peninsula-cruise-2013/

These trips started in 2009 and I went on the one in 2011.   Glad I did, as the price was $7,600 last year and will be $9,600 next year.  A land-based full-on expedition is much more expensive, so this is the way to do it IMHO.  http://www.epicski.com/t/107652/ice-axe-antarctic-cruise-skiing-nov-12-17-2011

 

Africa is the remaining continent left for me.  Not my top priority but I figure I'll get it sometime in conjunction with other travel objectives.

 

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my short-term bucket list modus operandi has always been to ski somewhere new each season

 

This is a consistent objective for me.  Last year was the best in that regard with 13 new areas, bringing the life list to 170.

 

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Heli skiing would be great, but I need to get better at powder. Feel like I should do a cat ski trip first.

Difficulty/required expertise depends more on the specific operation than whether it's cat or heli.  Day heli operations out of Whistler or Panorama can be very comfortable for intermediates/first timers.   My favorite cat operators in Canada, Mustang and White Grizzly, are not appropriate for those without powder experience due to lots of steep tree skiing and a fairly fast pace.

 

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I checked one off my bucket list--ski in the Alps--this year (Chamonix/Grands Montets), but it was only a day and whetted my appetite for more. Definitely need to go back.

Chamonix was my first trip to the Alps in 2004.  I've had one more to La Grave in 2008.    But relative to variety and quality of skiing, the Alps are the most underrepresented ski region in my experience.  So I'm making some effort to block out time to get over there in most future seasons.

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Japan

That was my first ski destination after I retired in late 2010.   I don't think it will be my only ski trip there.

 

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Trust me when I say the ceremony was short and sweet because the person who officiated is also a skier.

+1  I was at the Gathering/wedding that day and also skied 28K, 16 of it powder.   There was plenty of powder to go around.

 

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Friday the 13th (4/13/12) ... the best day of the year

I was at Mammoth for that one: 29K, 17 of it powder.   Not as good as the Canada cat skiing but both that day and the Gathering/wedding day were probably among top 5 lift service of the season.    So the Sierra was decent enough, maybe even above average from Feb. 27 through April.   I was very fortunate to spend Jan. 15 - Feb. 12 in Canada and the Northern Rockies though.


Edited by Tony Crocker - 7/9/12 at 9:39pm
post #102 of 113

Tony, you arguably should have one of the shorter bucket lists among the snowriders here given your extensive travel and high count of resorts visited.  With a mix of envy and awe this leads me to raise some fun rhetorical questions for you and all others. 

 

What keeps you motivated for more exploration/travel? 

 

Which is the most precious pursuit:  powder/best snow, epic terrain, unique hosts/expert instructors, exotic locales/culture, spectacular scenery, extraordinary lifts/accommodations/infrastructure, other? 

 

Is the construction of bucket list items something that never ends in the curious person and as soon as one is scratched off another comes to mind? 

 

Is there a tradeoff between repeating visits to familiar satisfying places versus tackling sketchy/problematic/expensive new destinations? 

 

Does sharing an experience with good company make even routine outings a bucket list worthy event?  

 

Is it better to love one mountain 10,000 times or 10,000 mountains one time?biggrin.gif

 

 

 

Mt. Kilimanjaro

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post #103 of 113

Was fortunate to have lived for many years in Japan before it was on the international radar. Mind blowing 100 lifetimes of powder pretty much to yourself and a handful of friends. It was a particular time that's gone and won't return. Next, teach the little guy to ski this season and hopefully start taking him on his own journey to some of the places I've had the great fortune to ski including the wee little hill where I learned. If his Grandma is up for it, I hope she can come as well! For myself, I've wanted to go to Chile for a good long while, particularly after seeing '180 South'. I think we could manage crossing the border for a trip to Las Lenas as well. :)  More than places though, there are people I've skied with over the years in different places that I'd love to meet up with again and spend another day with on the hill. 

post #104 of 113
Thread Starter 

Here's a great escape: 

 

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post #105 of 113

Where is this?

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Originally Posted by nolo View Post

Here's a great escape: 

 

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post #106 of 113
Thread Starter 

I do not know. Maybe ask the photographer -- here's the gallery page

post #107 of 113

Voted "other" - I was born and raised in the Republic of Georgia but never skied there. Some day I'd like to go back and ski the Kasbek mountain or Bakuriani...

post #108 of 113

Spend a couple of weeks in Whistler. Living in Idaho I almost feel like I could drive to Whistler :-)

post #109 of 113

Living in Idaho you CAN drive to Whistler :) From Boise it's probably less of a hassle to drive than to fly then bus.

post #110 of 113
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Originally Posted by Christy319 View Post

Living in Idaho you CAN drive to Whistler :) From Boise it's probably less of a hassle to drive than to fly then bus.

That would be an amazing road trip and it would include skiing :-) can`t ask for much more than that!

post #111 of 113
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Originally Posted by mfa81 View Post

That would be an amazing road trip and it would include skiing :-) can`t ask for much more than that!

 

I would like to suggest stopping at Whitewater on the way to Whistler. About 2 1/2 hrs from Sandpoint and near Nelson B.C. It is the Anti-Whistler in just about every way and gets the most snow of any major resort in Canada.

post #112 of 113
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Originally Posted by Jamesj View Post

 

What keeps you motivated for more exploration/travel?  

 

I can't speak for others. But for me, I'm just a ADDS kid so I NEED something new from time to time to keep my interest.

 

Which is the most precious pursuit:  powder/best snow, epic terrain, unique hosts/expert instructors, exotic locales/culture, spectacular scenery, extraordinary lifts/accommodations/infrastructure, other? 

 

That's definitely an individual thing. For me, it's the spectacular scenery on mountain top!

 

Is the construction of bucket list items something that never ends in the curious person and as soon as one is scratched off another comes to mind? 

 

Of course!

 

Is there a tradeoff between repeating visits to familiar satisfying places versus tackling sketchy/problematic/expensive new destinations? 

 

See the first answer ;)

 

(besides, multiple repeat visits are by definition NOT a bucklist item, given it's already been done -- can kick the bucket any time)

 

Does sharing an experience with good company make even routine outings a bucket list worthy event?  

 

Not for me. Nice but not turning routine into bucket list.

 

(Again, one wouldn't know how delighted to ski with certain company until one does it. So it isn't a bucket list item until it's done, at which point it loses its 'bucket list' status)

 

Is it better to love one mountain 10,000 times or 10,000 mountains one time?

 

No. Neither is better than the other. Each holds it's own.

 

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post #113 of 113
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What keeps you motivated for more exploration/travel? 

I suppose it's what some call the "wanderlust gene."   I want some new experiences every season, but it's not quite at the level of at_nyc or Patrick in terms of priority over repeat but high quality destinations.  As of 1996 I had skied for 20 years but had skied only 63 areas and had been out of the U.S. for skiing only twice (NZ 1982 and Whistler 1991).   The list at that time was quite conventional in terms of being mostly well known U.S. western resorts.  I've had more vacation time and resources for skiing since 1997, so have put more effort into adding new and/or exotic places alongside the recurring favorites each season.

 

Which is the most precious pursuit:  powder/best snow, epic terrain, unique hosts/expert instructors, exotic locales/culture, spectacular scenery, extraordinary lifts/accommodations/infrastructure, other?

All are important but powder/best snow and epic terrain are most important.

 

Is the construction of bucket list items something that never ends in the curious person and as soon as one is scratched off another comes to mind? 

Not a systematic bucket list with me.  It's very easy with so much online info at one's fingertips for ideas to percolate for awhile or just read about something and decide I want to do that.   The small ship Antarctic cruises are on a lot of retirees' bucket lists, but skiing there has generally involved arduous land-based expeditions at prices deep into five figures. So when the Ice Axe cruise came to my attention at the same price as the non-ski Antarctic cruises one month after I retired, I had no hesitation signing up immediately.   Bob's recent report from Beartooth Pass reminded me that I should do that sometime.  I've known about that and actually saw it on a family Yellowstone trip in July 1995, but now  I want to revisit Yellowstone in the early June timeframe and combine it  with the Beartooth skiing. 

 

Is there a tradeoff between repeating visits to familiar satisfying places versus tackling sketchy/problematic/expensive new destinations? 

Absolutely IMHO.  I would like to avoid "tail-wagging-the-dog" situations where something like a bucket list or a month streak involves a lot of expense for marginal quality.  Thus the exotic trips often involve more than skiing.  I got a mileage deal to combine Japan skiing with scuba diving in Palau. After the Antarctic cruise we spent 10 days in Patagonia hiking near Fitzroy, on the Perito Moreno Glacier and the "W" route in Torres del Paine. Some of you know that I have another travel addiction, having seen 6 total solar eclipses, none of them in North America. The last one of those was in July 2010, so I added a few days skiing in New Zealand to my Tahiti eclipse cruise for marginally low extra cost.

 

I would cut back the exotic travel before I would give up my "core" recurring ski trips to my Snowbird timeshare or Canada snowcat skiing. It's also more tempting to do something sketchy/problematic in the off or shoulder season.  IMHO there's a significant opportunity cost in spending a lot of time/$ for something speculative in February/March when the more easily accessible skiing is at its best.

 

Does sharing an experience with good company make even routine outings a bucket list worthy event?  

The good company at my Snowbird timeshare greatly enhances that experience each year, in addition to Snowbird being my favorite lift served skiing. But I agree with at_nyc that a recurring trip is not part of a "bucket list."  I will say that having good company for a "bucket list" trip like the Antarctic cruise makes it even better.biggrin.gif

 

Is it better to love one mountain 10,000 times or 10,000 mountains one time?biggrin.gif

Neither, have to agree with at_nyc on that.

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