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Chasing Winter - - After another lack luster 2014/15 season here in CA already thinking about chasing a season of snow - any tips?

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Hi everyone. 

To say '14/'15 season has been poor here in CA is an understatement. I'm already looking out to 2015/2016. I'm a snowboarder, and after 4 years of declining weather here in CA and a rather hectic work schedule I am very frustrated at my lack of progression. Simpy I'm not getting the time on snow. After talking to a few top level riders and coaches there is a common opinion on 1- Taking solid time i.e. a solid season out to chase the snow and 2 - Hit the Pacific Northwest and follow inwards chasing the weather as it comes through. 

 

So with that in mind. - I'm in the position to take the season in 2016, The next question is where to go to get top level snow conditions and Big Mountain riding. I want to stay within the USA as I'll travel with my Dog and border crossings with pets just create obstacles. 

 

Ideally I'm thinking Dec/Jan/Feb then return home to CA [to fingers crossed some snow]. Along the way I'd like to hit some price friendly resorts with great terrain. I've heard of the Golden Circle Route?? Any thoughts. 

 

Tks

S.

 

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Update - Just read up on Canada Pet / Border rules and it's an easy process. So that opens up both USA and Canada.....

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I haven't been following the snow conditions, but I have hit a few resorts in the areas you're looking at. In the Northwest US, Schweitzer, Whitefish Mountain,  Bridger Bowl, Red Lodge, Jackson Hole, Grand Targhee and Sun Valley, would make a great loop. A loop through Southern BC into Alberta is another great option. On one trip I hit Apex, Whitewater, Fernie, Panorama, Sun Peaks and Whistler. At the time, Red Mountain and Kicking Horse were not open otherwise they would have been candidates. Also up for consideration was Lake Louise, Sunshine, Big White and some of the Vancouver "local" areas. The leg through Southern BC along the US border was absolutely the most in your face stunning terrain I've experienced in the Americas. The skiing at most of the smaller places is not nearly as classic as the more famous locales, but they always offer their own unique experiences that are well worth the hassle of getting to.

 

Chasing snow is tricky business. Mountain travelling in severe weather is not for the faint of heart or the ill prepared/inexperienced. It's also hard to get a day of skiing in and then drive to the next resort without getting delayed by weather. My experience is that it rarely pays to try to chase snow totals within a region and that it is better to travel between regions in between storms versus trying to jump ahead of a specific storm. Focus on getting to the next destination in one piece vs trying to outfox mother nature. On my Canada trip, I had no choice about the timing and was fortunate enough to have the "dry" weather pattern break in the middle of the trip. On a few of my experiences I've been shocked to discover that those tiny little lights far off in the distance are more often beady little eyes that are actually way too close for comfort. If you read the articles in the ski mags, it appears that those guys are far better at the game than I've been, My suspicion is that they have left out much of the drudgery of Epic multi mountain loop trips. In my mind there is absolutely no doubt either about their awesomeness or about how true the expression of "earning your turns" is,

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