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post #31 of 39

In the East Killington is offering $199 Spring pass, good till end of year. Okemo has a $99 one from March 17 till close, prob April 13.

This weekend will be a test to see how many come. Last Sat was big, Sunday was a rainy nightmare and most of Killington was closed because of icy lifts.

post #32 of 39
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People stop skiing in the spring. If you want things to change, find a way to convince people to come out in the spring instead of skiing dirt on Thanksgiving.

 

 

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That says it all, a sorry commentary on the common sense quotient of the skiing masses.

 

I am sure glad to ski in the spring when the conditions are usually great

 

Hopefully the masses wont  figure this one out 

post #33 of 39
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I am sure glad to ski in the spring when the conditions are usually great

 

Hopefully the masses wont  figure this one out

 

If they did figure it out, resorts would stay open longer instead of closing at near-peak snowpack as is commonly the case in the West.

 

Think about it. Imagine the empty slopes and great corn harvests of Spring, just pushed out to the end of April or beginning of May instead of the very beginning of April.

 

Imagine that month spent at the beginning of the season skiing WROD waiting for the good stuff to open shifted to a month of 100% open terrain.

 

What is frustrating about Wolf Creek's April 6th closing is at Wolf's elevation, the first week of April isn't even reliably Spring. More often it is transitional Winter-Spring conditions where you get plenty of rock solid frozen days instead of reliable corn. I love Spring skiing, and I don't get to see too much of it when Wolf closes long before the snow starts to melt off.  Some years they open weekends after the season, but they are installing lifts and seem pretty resolute that the April 6 date is a firm one...

post #34 of 39
Today was the last day for Hellroaring Basin here at Whitefish. Grizzly closure. Given that we've had seven or eight feet of snow so far this month, they're probably still in their dens, but the area they roam is not one where I want to meet one.

(Planned to ski today since it was closing but couldn't shake a migraine.)

The area as a whole will close this coming Sunday. Base at summit, 151"; mid mountain 100"; bottom area 50".
post #35 of 39
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Today was the last day for Hellroaring Basin here at Whitefish. Grizzly closure. Given that we've had seven or eight feet of snow so far this month, they're probably still in their dens, but the area they roam is not one where I want to meet one.

(Planned to ski today since it was closing but couldn't shake a migraine.)

The area as a whole will close this coming Sunday. Base at summit, 151"; mid mountain 100"; bottom area 50".

 

Ok, so we have one on the list that is a confirmed closure for enviro reasons?

 

Is the area confirmed grizzly habitat or possible habitat? I would think the bears would be pretty gun shy about wintering in that area given that operations would be starting up around the same time they would be bedding in...

 

I just imagined something worse than falling in a tree well- falling in a tree well and finding out you aren't alone.

post #36 of 39
Friends skinning that general area last year posted tracks on Facebook.

October: 1398827_10200705340900859_1372512205_o.jpg

Seems they were just black bear, but still.. Will have to look at their other pics..

But info on sightings and recency can be found here: http://fieldguide.mt.gov/detail_AMAJB01020.aspx
Edited by sibhusky - 3/31/14 at 12:36pm
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post #38 of 39
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If they did figure it out, resorts would stay open longer instead of closing at near-peak snowpack as is commonly the case in the West.

 

Think about it. Imagine the empty slopes and great corn harvests of Spring, just pushed out to the end of April or beginning of May instead of the very beginning of April.

 

 

 

Mammoth/Bachelor usually run daily ops till memorial day

 

Alpine runs weekends until mid May depending on snow, sometimes later

 

Squaw may run until end of April depending on snow

 

Vail resorts usually closes all Tahoe operations around Easter

 

Depends on what resort operator decides to do and how much income they can rake in

 

Plus you can skin some closed resorts for extra added entertainment

post #39 of 39
Solution: skins+touring bindings.

Problem solved.
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