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post #31 of 41

I didn't look into the detail logistics (it's not my thing, I'm a cyclist and don't want winter in the middle of MY summer!)

 

I'm just going by the price differential between south america and europe in winter. Flight to Europe in summer cost a fortune compare to winter flight cost!!! That's going to jack up the cost of "summer skiing in europe" by a big handy chunk!

 

So, why bother with 6-9 hrs of jet lag to ski at some glacier for a few hours in the morning, when you can ski all day in winter condition, when the cost are similar anyway? More over, the scenery of the Andes are just as dramatic as the Alps (some would say the Andes are even more beautiful)

 

I went to pick up my buddy at the airport when he came back from Chile. As he picked up his snowboard from the luggage belt, we got a lot of amusing looks! 

post #32 of 41

one late hot August night coming back from a long euro trip I landed in NYC. Had an over night layover. I thought it might be a good idea to see something of the city. Left the airport, taxied to some bar area, no idea where ?? The looks, comments and response I received as I came into the bar with my backpack and skis was not overly amusing.  
 

post #33 of 41
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Snowbird's still skiing great, much better than I expected. No snow in close to a week but I was surprised at the deep, fairly fresh soft slush off the cirque - the first few faces and chutes on the cirque looked pretty hard, bumpy and full of rocks, but out by Middle and Lower cirque was really nice. Mineral Basin was nice, too, and some drier, softer snow out around Baldy and Peruvian. Beautiful sunny day, too! 

post #34 of 41

From yesterday, closing day at Alta, everybody in costume. big party. Gooey slush at the bottom, not so bad up top. Bird will get the spring storms. Two of my best pow days ever; May 15th 1994 & May 5, 2011

 

 

Sure. Baby. Better than the guy in the red speedo...

 

 

 

 Me & Kids in 80's nightclub jackets. Except for Jo. She always snarls at the camera

and yeah, broken shoulder good as new.

post #35 of 41

Few more from Alta closing day. About 55 deg at the base made for a great warm, sunny day.

 

 

Wife and kid

 

 

Kid and I

 

 

Random lift line scene

 

Great way to end the season.

 

Crossing fingers for a few powder days at snowbird...

post #36 of 41

I hope to hit Snowbird one last time at their "Summer Skiing Rates" toward late May. icon14.gif

post #37 of 41
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There are only two places for skiing this late in the season in Canada.  Whistler/Blackcomb, which throttles back into partially open mode (upper half of one of the mountains) and has typical spring (heavy) conditions due to its low altitude and proximity to the ocean, and Banff (Sunshine Village & Lake Louise).  Lake Louise generally closes in late April and Sunshine Village stays fully open until late May.  The snow conditions at SSV can be 'winter like' right into May.

 

I'm boycotting Sunshine still due to their treatment of their patrollers. Hopefully others are too. 

 

Blackcomb temperatures are below zero on Tuesday with a few new CMs of snow. 

post #38 of 41
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Originally Posted by exracer View Post

 

There are only two places for skiing this late in the season in Canada.  Whistler/Blackcomb, which throttles back into partially open mode (upper half of one of the mountains) and has typical spring (heavy) conditions due to its low altitude and proximity to the ocean, and Banff (Sunshine Village & Lake Louise).  Lake Louise generally closes in late April and Sunshine Village stays fully open until late May.  The snow conditions at SSV can be 'winter like' right into May.

 

I'm boycotting Sunshine still due to their treatment of their patrollers. Hopefully others are too. 

 

Blackcomb temperatures are below zero on Tuesday with a few new CMs of snow. 


When you live in Vancouver and can still ski here its easy to boycott Sunshine.

Not so sure I would feel the same if I lived in Calgary. Still haven't heard the final story of

the patrol saga other than rumors. 

post #39 of 41
A-Basin doesn't look to get out of the mid-30's through this weekend after today...maybe a foot of new snow tonight/tomorrow.
post #40 of 41

Mo Alta Pics; Best outfit, Catwoman:

 

 

 Best fanny...pack:

 

 

 

 Another...uh... fanny..

 

 

 Some people overdressed...

 

 

Bring the motly crew...

 

 

Till next year...

 

post #41 of 41
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When you live in Vancouver and can still ski here its easy to boycott Sunshine.

Not so sure I would feel the same if I lived in Calgary. Still haven't heard the final story of

the patrol saga other than rumors. 

 

True.. I take my business elsewhere as much as possible, but this time of year Sunshine is the only game in town.  I'll be skiing there next weekend because there are a couple of visiting coaches I promised to ski with, but the rest of season I spent my dollars elsewhere.

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