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post #31 of 36

Snow summit and big bear.
go to the top and stay away from the "park zones" there are a few steep fun runs. no off-piste tho.
If you want powder and un-groomed runs Mammoth is your only choice.
 

post #32 of 36
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Originally Posted by agreen View Post
 

I use Phil's ski and snowboard shop in Costa Mesa. They do a great job with my repairs and tunes. Skinet in the valley for custom boots (Claude is awesome). Starthaus blem sale for skis cant be beat!!!

 

ps c'mon El Nino... we are very overdue and I WILL be using my snow tires this season

I second Skinet for custom boots.  Claude is my guy.  

 

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If I want specialty work like bootfitting, I tend to have that done at Mammoth, where Footloose is considered one of the top bootfitters in North America.  Kittredge at Mammoth is good too.

I have friends who use Footloose in Mammoth and are very happy with the results.

 

I think either/or will work for you.

 

Oh ... and I recommend a ski with an 88 waist.  We deal a lot with softening crud in the afternoon and a true carver will let you down at that point.

post #33 of 36

Apparently Snow Summit/Bro Mountain are no longer doing a half day refund as I found out on Friday.  Tickets are up to $79 depending on day.

 

Also, the Cali4nia Pass was on sale this year which gave you a season pass to Mammoth, June, Bear and Summit for $597 when it first came out, they are $999 now but really a pretty good deal if you live in the OC/LA area.  I'm kicking myself that I didn't buy one, but a ski partner didn't decide till the last day of the sale, and I just got laid off...

 

I like Snow Valley quite a bit but the terrain is limited.  I remember one day last season where I went up the main lift three times and the lift op at the top said to me, is there anyone here today?  It really can be quiet there.

 

I was at Mt Baldy today to pick up a season pass and just get out of the house, I think this is another burned pass year.

post #34 of 36

Yes, I was upset to hear that the new management discontinued their early bail out deal.  I have a season pass but purchase tickets for my son's friends when we bring them up.  Too often we have to stop at 1:00 due to weekend crowds or deteriorating conditions.  @soporific have you purchased the snow jam card?  It gives you half price lift tickets at Snow Valley all year and a bunch of free lift passes.  I haven't skied Baldy in a few years because they haven't opened.  How is it skiing?  Bear and Summit are skiing quite well thanks to snow making technology.

 

For the record, I take back my recommendation of Claude at skinet sports.  My 12 months are up, the boot is still not fitting right despite many return visits, and he has become decidedly unhelpful!

post #35 of 36
I had Claude recommend a boot and he did my footbed too. I like the footbed but I got tired of him charging me so much to want to "adjust" my boot.

I took them to Footloose and Zach worked on them. A much more pleasant experience. .
post #36 of 36
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Yes, I was upset to hear that the new management discontinued their early bail out deal.  I have a season pass but purchase tickets for my son's friends when we bring them up.  Too often we have to stop at 1:00 due to weekend crowds or deteriorating conditions.  @soporific
 have you purchased the snow jam card?  It gives you half price lift tickets at Snow Valley all year and a bunch of free lift passes.  I haven't skied Baldy in a few years because they haven't opened.  How is it skiing?  Bear and Summit are skiing quite well thanks to snow making technology.

For the record, I take back my recommendation of Claude at skinet sports.  My 12 months are up, the boot is still not fitting right despite many return visits, and he has become decidedly unhelpful!

No, I looked into a snowman card a little bit but kind of forgot about it until now. It kind of seems like this year is a blow out for valley and baldy. Baldy hasn't opened yet and SV looks like it is going to close early but who knows.

I wish the crowds were lower at summit and that it was closer. Ah well, going out to try another pair of boots for a Brian head trip.
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