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A few pics.

 

Monday

 

SWshred waiting to regroup us below Drop Out

 


 She can rip.  I was late getting out of lunch, never could catch up.  I skied 28,200 on Monday.  Those who stayed with SWshred all day were over 30K.

 

Philpug below Wipe Out 2

 


King Grump on Climax just before lunch

 


Nyquist below Paranoids

 


Lizardqueen, Rainbow Jenny and Nyquist at the top with Minaret view.

 


Tuesday

 

King Grump leading group on Cornice

 


Mamie below Wipe Out

 


King Grump, Nyquist, Tseeb spraying some windsift in Wipe Out.

 


Regroup below the Paranoids

 


Wednesday

 

A great ski day but not so good for pics.  Tseeb on our final tree run.

 


Thursday

 

Another non-photogenic day.  Here's Mattadvproject (of Gulmarg fame) ripping Alpine way faster than I can.

 


Mdf and Lizardqueen at Start Haus.

 

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We skied 3 wipe out chutes laps this afternoon (rainbow Jenny, raoul -forgot your handle--, me and matchstix. ) Would have done as fourth but it didn't occur to us that chair 23 closes at 3:30. The best snow of the trip--chalk with blown in soft stuff on top. Wonderful stuff.

oddly the worst wind was mid - mountain. we got a free exfoliation treatment a few times in the morning.

 

 

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Thanks to you and Mrs. Grump for letting us crash your place for the pre-party!  Sorry I missed out on the festivities yesterday.

Re-reading this thread to relieve from major skiing withdrawal symptoms ….Wipeout chute laps were too much fun. The exfoliation felt like getting whipped by a leash on my soft-shell bottom. Also reminded me of the spectacular fall we witnessed on chair 23 and picking up after him.  Miss you all!

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A huge shout-out to Trekchick, Philpug, KingGrump, Mei Mei and Kevin for turning this gathering into such an EPIC ski party - and to eleeski, tseeb, liv2 ski, CookieDecali, bbinder, Mattadvproject and Tony for brilliant guiding!  I look forward to seeing you and the rest of the group on the slopes again - what's better than meeting new ski buddies?

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Re-reading this thread to relieve from major skiing withdrawal symptoms ….Wipeout chute laps were too much fun. The exfoliation felt like getting whipped by a leash on my soft-shell bottom. Also reminded me of the spectacular fall we witnessed on chair 23 and picking up after him.  Miss you all!

 

Yes the WP chutes were indeed fun.  You skied em good.  That is probably the most spectacular ski fall I have ever seen - hopefully that guy was ok. 

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Bring the kabookies. It's been puking all morning

Unfortunately, I wasn't able to bring them up on the Thursday-Friday that I was up there. I think they would have been perfect after the Wed. snow. 

 

It did give me a chance to compare my Bushwacker to my LX82 though. I tried the BW on Thursday with the deeper snow conditions and the LX on Friday with the slightly more compacted snow. I was a little surprised that I liked the BW more. Albeit, not a lot but I preferred the ride of the BW. One thing great about both though is how light and nimble they are. My buddies skis weigh about 3 lbs more(they are longer) than mine but my legs stayed strong for the ~5.5 hours of skiing each day.

 

The good/bad news is that we're going again this weekend 4/6-7 hopefully before the heat wave melts all the snow and I hope to finally try my Kabookies this time.

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Originally Posted by lizardqueen View Post
 

A huge shout-out to Trekchick, Philpug, KingGrump, Mei Mei and Kevin for turning this gathering into such an EPIC ski party - and to eleeski, tseeb, liv2 ski, CookieDecali, bbinder, Mattadvproject and Tony for brilliant guiding!  I look forward to seeing you and the rest of the group on the slopes again - what's better than meeting new ski buddies?

It was great to meet you.  

 

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Originally Posted by lott42 View Post
 

Unfortunately, I wasn't able to bring them up on the Thursday-Friday that I was up there. I think they would have been perfect after the Wed. snow. 

 

It did give me a chance to compare my Bushwacker to my LX82 though. I tried the BW on Thursday with the deeper snow conditions and the LX on Friday with the slightly more compacted snow. I was a little surprised that I liked the BW more. Albeit, not a lot but I preferred the ride of the BW. One thing great about both though is how light and nimble they are. My buddies skis weigh about 3 lbs more(they are longer) than mine but my legs stayed strong for the ~5.5 hours of skiing each day.

 

The good/bad news is that we're going again this weekend 4/6-7 hopefully before the heat wave melts all the snow and I hope to finally try my Kabookies this time.

Do you have a pass?  There is a deal through the Humane Society in Truckee for 35.00 lift tickets to Alpine Meadows. 

http://www.hstt.org/events/3500-squaw-valley-lift-tickets

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Do you have a pass?  There is a deal through the Humane Society in Truckee for 35.00 lift tickets to Alpine Meadows. 

http://www.hstt.org/events/3500-squaw-valley-lift-tickets

I think this was directed at me. If so, I should have been more specific. I'm heading to Mammoth this upcoming weekend. I'd love to get to Tahoe but its HARD finding people who'd like to go up there and ski if you live in So. Cal. Hopefully, next year, I'll bring my wife up with me for a "vacation" (she doesn't ski).

 

That's a nice think that the Humane Society is doing. I'm giving up my annual bike ride http://www.redlandsruffride.com/ this weekend for one last ski trip...

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I'd love to get to Tahoe but its HARD finding people who'd like to go up there and ski if you live in So. Cal. 

In lean snow years, especially late season, it makes little sense for someone from SoCal to drive past Mammoth to ski Tahoe.  The Gathering induced us to do it, and somehow we got very lucky with the snow surfaces at Squaw.  The rest of that weekend, conditions were much better at Mammoth, as my son Adam was there giving me daily updates.

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Originally Posted by Tony Crocker View Post
 

it makes little sense for someone from SoCal to drive past Mammoth to ski Tahoe. 

Yeah, it was too bad I had to miss the gathering too at Mammoth. I couldn't find anybody to car-pool with except for Thurs-Fri. In fact, I was so desperate to ski that we drove up from So. Cal at 3:45am got to Mammoth at 9:30 skied from 10:00-3:30 and on Friday we skied from 8:30-2:30 drove back that night because my friend's kid had a little league baseball tournament on Sat.

 

As far as Tahoe, I've ONLY skied Mt. Rose and that was 20 years ago :mad I'm looking to try Squaw(I re-upped for the MCP next year too) at least once in my life...but the majority of my skiing is Mammoth or Big Bear

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Of the 3 major ski complexes in the West (Tahoe, Wasatch, I-70 Colorado) I think Tahoe has the overall best terrain quality.  My comments are directed at the specifics of the recent lean seasons.

1) In the last 2 years lower elevations at Tahoe have had excessive rain.  Mammoth gets essentially none (average 1/2 day per season since 1983 per patrol records).  Some storms like early December 2012 are mostly rain at Tahoe and 4+ feet of snow at Mammoth.

2) In late season Mammoth's snow surfaces are always superior after a couple of sunny days due to the higher altitude.  In lean years this also means that Tahoe's lower elevations melt out prematurely.  Mammoth was open to June 1 last year despite 1/3 of normal snow after January 1.

 

There are scenarios where Tahoe does better, often in La Nina years.  The colder temps minimize the low elevation rain and the storm track tends to be more to the north so Mammoth gets less snow.


Edited by Tony Crocker - 4/5/14 at 11:31pm
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@Lott42, if you're here at Mammoth, as I am, your sacrifice was not in vain. Pretty nice snow conditions!

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@Lott42, if you're here at Mammoth, as I am, your sacrifice was not in vain. Pretty nice snow conditions!

Thanks for the update. I'm heading up Sat. and skiing Sun-Mon. I'm glad the snow is still good. I realize a warming trend is starting Sun. but hopefully the snow stay good for a awhile still.

 

I'll give an update next week...

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@Lott42, if you're here at Mammoth, as I am, your sacrifice was not in vain. Pretty nice snow conditions!

OK, just got back from Mammoth(Apr. 6-7): I'm an upper intermediate to low advance skier. I don't have the best mechanics but I'm contend with my abilities.
 
Sun. Apr 6. Started skiing around 9:00. Used my Kabookies today. Although, somewhat "overkill", I wanted to try my new skis out. First run Cornice. Perhaps I should have done one easy run first but it was snowplowed on the main run so "why not". 50 mph winds at the top...that sucked. Snow was pretty damn good throughtout the whole mtn even with the warmer temps. Most runs were on Cornice, Scotty's, Face of Five and most everything off of chair 3. I even did my first ever attempt on Wipeout :o)

 

Mon. Apr 7. 
Swicted skis back to my Bushwackers. Pretty much the same runs as Sun. minus Wipeout and Face of Five. No wind today but snow got a little more soft by 1:30pm. Overall, still a good day with NO crowds
 
 
In recap, for me,
Sun: 9.5/10 (warm/windy/good snow)
Mon: 9/10 (warmer/NO crowds)

 

For my quick "un-informed" ski reviews.
I realize the Kabookies are 98 but compared to the BW, they either feel wider or the BW feel narrower then 88. Kabookies are only .5lbs more per pair.

 

I'm able to "wip" the BW side to side easily but it takes more time to turn the Kabookies. I had to take my time on Kabookies and finish the turn. I can definitely feel that they are slightly stiffer but not a bad way. For the same speed, the BW does have less stability and tail flap on snow but nothing to bad.

I can see how the BW might be geared more to the Intermediate because they are EASY to ski while the Kabookie took more focus on what I was supposed to be doing. 

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Hey, I got through the pictures before next season started! Sorry it took me so long, maybe if I didn't take 1000 pictures it wouldn't take me 5 months to edit them.

 

Without further ado, here is the album with 73 photos, and here are few of my favorites. Sorry I don't know everyone handles!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I see Philpug[/@, chemist[/@, Rainbow Jenny[/@, and me in the embedded photos, and Trekchick[/@, and <a href="/u/6278/garyskr" data-huddler-embed="href" data-huddler-embed-layout="inline">@garyskr</a> in the main album. Others?
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Well auto correct and me we made a hash of that. Names I tried to at-sign:
@Philpug @chemist @Rainbow Jenny @Trekchick @garyskr
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Thread Starter 

This picture looks almost like the group is Syncro Skiing. 

 

Thanks @Matchstix for spending so much time getting great shots.  @Philpug and I were hoping to see you some this summer, but summer is almost over.  

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Love them!

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@Matchstix thanks for toting that camera around and spending the time taking pics (and for finally uploading them!).  Look forward to skiing with you again ...

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Is that you (GettingThere) in the yellow/orange coat? I was trying to remember.
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Yes, exactly what @GettingThere said:  Thanks so much, @Matchstix, for taking these great shots (and for lugging that big camera around!).  It must have taken a lot of time to go through all your pics and edit them, and I  -- and, I'm sure, everyone in the group -- really appreciates all the work you did here.

 

It was great skiing with you, your dad, and the rest of the group. 

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Is that you (GettingThere) in the yellow/orange coat? I was trying to remember.

 

yup

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Thanks @Trekchick, @bbinder@GettingThere and @chemist I had a great time skiing and shooting with y'all as well. Editing these made me really itch for winter - good thing it's almost here! 

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Originally Posted by Matchstix View Post
 

Thanks @Trekchick, @bbinder@GettingThere and @chemist I had a great time skiing and shooting with y'all as well. Editing these made me really itch for winter - good thing it's almost here! 

Thanks for more photos @Matchstix, too much fun!

 

@chemist in my 'hood and I subsequently crashed the inside Armada tour hosted by OC Harvard Business School alum in the spring, pretty cool to see their operation.

 

Looking forward to seeing you all in a few months, counting the days!!!

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Finally got around to tag photos from the past ski season. Could help noticed how happy everyone looked in this photo.

 

 

Looking forward to next season - it's already getting cooler. 

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Came across this photo of a fine bunch from Squaw Valley.

 

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