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 Gunthers way is pretty awesome, they did a great job. The guy who worked at the rental shop said it was the closest thing to the west.which I have no knowledge in.

 

By the way, one interesting part of skiing in the east is that a large portion of eastern skiers mythologizes the OMG! West.    Especially if they've never been there.   Look for this syndrome during your next chairlift chat.    Symptoms include resort name dropping, audible capitalisation of the W in west/Western, pretended nonchalance, hyperbolic similes about current conditions (wow, that was some blower pow we had, Utah has nothing on Whiteface!), and major, fussy anxiety over an upcoming trip.

Well I find it amusing anyway.


Although I can relate to the scenario, folks who only ski in the southeast (NC, VA, WV) are very different from those who ski in the northeast.  Southeast skiing means 100% coverage for snowmaking.  Almost no such thing as ungroomed terrain.  A long run takes under 5 min.  So someone who has never been to a big mountain with more than 1000' ft vertical has no way to imagine the difference.  Be surprised how many people complain when there is a few inches of fresh snow that hasn't been groomed.

 

What's fun is how many people who start in the southeast get hooked and then head west sooner or later.

post #32 of 37
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That's awesome about the meetups. Can't wait for 15-16 ski season. I would defintly be up for some meetups around this area:)
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That's awesome about the meetups. Can't wait for 15-16 ski season. I would defintly be up for some meetups around this area:)


Do you know about ski swaps and demo days?  There will be swaps around DC in Oct and Nov.  You could probably get a first pair of skis at a swap for cheap that would be just fine for Mid-A skiing for a season or two.  Some swaps are set up by ski shops so there are knowledgeable people around who can help pick out appropriate skis.

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Do you know about ski swaps and demo days?  There will be swaps around DC in Oct and Nov.  You could probably get a first pair of skis at a swap for cheap that would be just fine for Mid-A skiing for a season or two.  Some swaps are set up by ski shops so there are knowledgeable people around who can help pick out appropriate skis.

Yes i recently seen a post about it on the forum. I might check that out!  

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Do you know about ski swaps and demo days?  There will be swaps around DC in Oct and Nov.  You could probably get a first pair of skis at a swap for cheap that would be just fine for Mid-A skiing for a season or two.  Some swaps are set up by ski shops so there are knowledgeable people around who can help pick out appropriate skis.

Yes i recently seen a post about it on the forum. I might check that out!  


Ski Center has their swap on the Sunday of the USMC Marathon - feel free to mark Oct. 25th down now.

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I'll third Brian Deely for bootfitting. Small shop, personal service so I'd call ahead to find out the best time with respect to stock.

Check out Belleayre when you're in NY. Good mountain for beginners and intermediates.
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Do you know about ski swaps and demo days?  There will be swaps around DC in Oct and Nov.  You could probably get a first pair of skis at a swap for cheap that would be just fine for Mid-A skiing for a season or two.  Some swaps are set up by ski shops so there are knowledgeable people around who can help pick out appropriate skis.

Yes i recently seen a post about it on the forum. I might check that out!  


Regional threads are a good place to learn about ski swaps.  These are from last season but will give you an idea of how they go. Usually started some time in the early fall.

 

Southeast, Mid-Atlantic: NC, VA, SC, GA, WV

http://www.epicski.com/t/129243/the-2014-15-thread-for-nc-va-sc-ga-wv-etc

 

Eastern PA, DE, southern NJ

http://www.epicski.com/t/129720/pa-de-sonj-2014-2015-thread

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