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post #61 of 113
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Still kicking myself for not pulling the trigger on a pair of mint Kastle FX94's that were dirt cheap. :hissyfit:

 

That was a screaming deal. I wonder if they sold.

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Still kicking myself for not pulling the trigger on a pair of mint Kastle FX94's that were dirt cheap. :hissyfit:

 

I saw a pair of Kastle FX95's with an Attack16 binding on them for 400 (crazy cheap).  Pondered those and ended up finding the exact ski I intended to buy for home this season, the 2017 Head Supershape Titan in my size.  Must have been a test pair from the local retailers spring test event.  Looks like they have had about three runs on them.

post #63 of 113

Anyone going to Bakkelyka fest at Welch this weekend? I'm going to try to be there.

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Anyone going to Bakkelyka fest at Welch this weekend? I'm going to try to be there.


Wife and I will be there - with the Beagle who is looking forward to snow even more than the rest of us.  Hope that winds up being OK ;)

post #65 of 113

Spent a few hours at Bakkelyka fest and had a good time.  2 hours of beer tasting was plenty and the bands that we heard were good.  Didn't find anything at the ski swap, no grown up race skis that I saw.

post #66 of 113

Went to the Afton swap. Got some boots for my beginner wife and a good deal on some brand new snowboarding bindings for my kid. Only mentioning this because this was the first swap I've been to and I was impressed by the help available. Some guy from Afton spent 30 minutes helping my wife choose some boots. It was great.

post #67 of 113

I'm hitting Pinewski's swap this Saturday.  It benefits the Blaine and Anoka downhill racing teams, FYI.   

 

Need boots for my son and a helmet for him as well.

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I was also at Bakkelyka fest at Welch. I showed up for the last couple hours. We looked for the beagle but didn't find him. Great weather with good music and beer, it was fun to see everyone again. The hill looks steeper in the summer and there looks to be plenty of water for snow making.

 

We also went to Buck so my girl could go sledding on the fake snow. Milk Run was open. Once we got there, I wished I had brought my boots and rock skis. It doesn't look too bad if you don't fall at speed. I saw the result of a kid who didn't wear gloves and fell. Ouch! He was done for the day.

post #69 of 113
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I was also at Bakkelyka fest at Welch. I showed up for the last couple hours. We looked for the beagle but didn't find him. Great weather with good music and beer, it was fun to see everyone again. The hill looks steeper in the summer and there looks to be plenty of water for snow making.

 

We also went to Buck so my girl could go sledding on the fake snow. Milk Run was open. Once we got there, I wished I had brought my boots and rock skis. It doesn't look too bad if you don't fall at speed. I saw the result of a kid who didn't wear gloves and fell. Ouch! He was done for the day.


We were only there about 1:30-4:30

post #70 of 113
Welch is adding MTB trails. I like the people they're working with. Sounds like fun, I'm excited.

http://welchvillagegm.blogspot.com/2016/10/before-winter-startssome-big-news-about.html?m=1
post #71 of 113
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Welch is adding MTB trails. I like the people they're working with. Sounds like fun, I'm excited.

http://welchvillagegm.blogspot.com/2016/10/before-winter-startssome-big-news-about.html?m=1

 

From what I saw they;re going for sort of what Spirit Mountain has with various levels of trails and a mountain bike bracket on the lift.

 

They're going to use the lookout lift.  I wonder if they'll put banked turns in the space below it in the woods.

post #72 of 113
Wild mountain has one run open with rails and boxes (tow rope).

Next weekend's weather looks better. Time to get the guns out?
post #73 of 113
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Wild mountain has one run open with rails and boxes (tow rope).

Next weekend's weather looks better. Time to get the guns out?

Seriously? Hasn't even been below freezing at my place.
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Seriously? Hasn't even been below freezing at my place.

 

I know right.  It's amazing how Wild can do this year after year.  Always the first to open every single year.   It really must get cold in that specific valley to allow them to do it every year.  

post #75 of 113
Drove by Trollhagan today .two runs open and making snow. It looked busy.I will wait till a few more runs are open before I go.
post #76 of 113
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Drove by Trollhagan today .two runs open and making snow. It looked busy.I will wait till a few more runs are open before I go.

 

Yeah my son is heading out there for practice with his ski team.    Needless to say the season snuck up on us and finding out at 6:30 last night that they were skiing tonight left us scrambling to get everything ready.   I still need to get a base grind and race prep done on his ski's.   Who knows when I'll have time to get that done now.   

 

They have one main blue open top to bottom.   It was 21 degrees this morning though so I bet they were able to make quit a bit of snow last night as well.

post #77 of 113
update on Welch Welch day. I also got email advertising the yealy cyber monday ticket sale as welll.
post #78 of 113

Afton will be opening this Friday.

They are saying limited terrain but not sure what that is. If it's like last year that will be 4 and 5.

post #79 of 113

As info:  Lutsen will be open this Friday (Black Friday) and skiing is FREE.  I looked at their snow report yesterday, and it looked to me like only 2 or 3 runs on Ullr Mountain will be open.  Although, snow making was occurring on several other runs on both Moose and Eagle Mountains.

 

Also, Giants Ridge is scheduled to open on Friday as well.  Their website did not indicate which terrain would be open, but I have a sneaking suspicion that most or all of it will be open.  The big storm last week helped out tremendously and I believe they received another 1 to 3 inches yesterday.  It was snowing to beat the band when I left Bemidji yesterday.  I know that's a ways away from Biwabik, but they both fall into that same snow corridor.  It was raining in Duluth/Superior today, (still is), but I'm guessing it's snowing a little farther north of here. 

post #80 of 113

Forgot to mention...Snocross is on at Spirit Mountain Nov. 25-27.  They have yet to announce an opening date for skiing and boarding

 but sustained below freezing temps have allowed for round the clock snow making for the past week.  My best guess is that they will probably open on December 2nd if temps remain cool.

post #81 of 113
Dropped the skis off at Pierce for a stone grind, they seem plenty busy. Doubt I'll be out until after xmas unless weather changes drastically.
post #82 of 113

I built a shot ski a couple weeks ago in hopes of bringing in some snow, but that didn't seem to work. Tonight, I think I'll start taking off the storage wax on a pair of my skis and maybe I'll touch up some edges. What else helps bring snow?

 

12/2 does not look good for Welch opening, maybe 12/9. 

post #83 of 113
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 What else helps bring snow?

 

 

De winterizing the boat and going for a cruise will typically do it.

post #84 of 113
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De winterizing the boat and going for a cruise will typically do it.

 

I hope you don't plan on waiting too long. Put on the suit, take one more lap, and then call it a season.

post #85 of 113
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I hope you don't plan on waiting too long. Put on the suit, take one more lap, and then call it a season.


I'm not going to do it, got my last waterski day in on Nov 6th.  The boat is safely nestled away in the garage.

post #86 of 113
This weather is beyond me, i got caught in the sideways blowing RAIN today. Crazy and interestng to hear newscasters fumble in disbelief everyday on the news.

Hopefully all this rain won't t was away traulhagens snow for the first blizzard trip of the season.
post #87 of 113
Interesting article on the state of aging lift systems. Some of the commentary, stats, etc. be it good or bad from associations, resorts, operators and individuals is interesting. Fine line the smaller cash-strapped resorts face every year.

Makes you wonder of our local hills if they ever feel or are tempted to push the envelope sometimes (hope it is not the case for any reason the sake for everyone involved), especially on weak start of a season like this year and those late starts from past years that have put a dent in the bank account over the years.

Article is from Outside Magazine
post #88 of 113
Originally Posted by midwestfabs View Post

Article is from Outside Magazine

 

That'll be in the back of my mind for a while. I believe there are some pretty old lifts locally. Maybe I'll stick to the Lookout lift for a bit. I get pretty anxious on chairlifts even before having read that.

post #89 of 113
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That'll be in the back of my mind for a while. I believe there are some pretty old lifts locally. Maybe I'll stick to the Lookout lift for a bit. I get pretty anxious on chairlifts even before having read that.

 

 

Where would you guys say the oldest ones locally are?   I have to think Wild Mountain or Trollhaugen.   Maybe the Madd Jaxx chair at Welch as well.

post #90 of 113
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Where would you guys say the oldest ones locally are?   I have to think Wild Mountain or Trollhaugen.   Maybe the Madd Jaxx chair at Welch as well.


I won't ski at Coffee Mill anymore, I know a promising young racer had the chair before her come detached from the cable, and slid back into her and her friend on the lift.  Her legs never were the same, and while she was good still, she went from winning D-team at age 10 when it happened to never placing in the top 3.  Coffee Mill bought their lifts used (FYI) so I think they are maybe the oldest within a 2 hour drive of the Twin Cities.  Indian Head has some very old scary lifts too, but that is very far away.  Heck they are using grooming equipment built in the late 1960's still.

 

Unusual ski accident occurs on chair lift | The Dickinson Press

 

Coffee Mill Ski And Snowboard Resort « WCCO | CBS Minnesota

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