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post #31 of 53

Hi, I'm tall, skinny, and in my early 30s. 

 

As a Texan, I'm obviously nuts for having anything to do with snow, and for skiing without a boat. None of my friends ski. 

 

This will be my third season in New Mexico, and my first season pass. As a result, I expect to spend anywhere from two weeks to two months on the hill as my wallet permits. Comfortably Type II, I typically travel and ski solo, but would enjoy the company of others with similar or greater experience. 

 

I own my own (ancient) gear but I'd like to start renting this season. 

 

I'll make at least one trip up to Pajarito, Sipapu, and possibly Angel Fire while I'm there, but the trail map doesn't look too exciting. I'll be at Ski Apache most of the season, and a day or two at Cloudcroft if they get enough snow to open. 

 

Really looking forward to opening day.

post #32 of 53
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Originally Posted by DrJong View Post
 

Hi, I'm tall, skinny, and in my early 30s. 

 

As a Texan, I'm obviously nuts for having anything to do with snow, and for skiing without a boat. None of my friends ski. 

 

This will be my third season in New Mexico, and my first season pass. As a result, I expect to spend anywhere from two weeks to two months on the hill as my wallet permits. Comfortably Type II, I typically travel and ski solo, but would enjoy the company of others with similar or greater experience. 

 

I own my own (ancient) gear but I'd like to start renting this season. 

 

I'll make at least one trip up to Pajarito, Sipapu, and possibly Angel Fire while I'm there, but the trail map doesn't look too exciting. I'll be at Ski Apache most of the season, and a day or two at Cloudcroft if they get enough snow to open. 

 

Really looking forward to opening day.

 

Welcome to EpicSki @DrJong

 

You might be interested in the four corners thread for this season : http://www.epicski.com/t/147246/2016-2017-four-corners-s-co-az-nm-weather-discussion . I don't think Ski Apache gets discussed too much, so it would be great to hear some reports and see some pics!

post #33 of 53
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Welcome to EpicSki @DrJong

 

You might be interested in the four corners thread for this season : http://www.epicski.com/t/147246/2016-2017-four-corners-s-co-az-nm-weather-discussion . I don't think Ski Apache gets discussed too much, so it would be great to hear some reports and see some pics!

 

 

Thanks, I may be able to contribute once there's some snow on the ground. 

post #34 of 53
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Favorite New England mountain so far is Jay Peak, but there are oh so many I that I haven't yet had an opportunity to try (Stowe, Sugarbush, and Whiteface are mountains I'm eager to visit).

 

I'm comfortable on steep black groomers here in New England, but moguls and then trees are the next frontier for me.

 

Head up to Sugarloaf, plenty of nice long groomers, some steeps, and trees to pop into. THEN go back to Jay for their trees. Those are my two Northeast favorites, and Stowe is awesome as well.

post #35 of 53
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Some information people may be curious to know:


*  Where are you sliding on snow the most?
*  How often do you hope to make it to the slopes this season?
*  Do you usually ski alone?  Or do you meet up with others?
*  Do you rent or own ski/snowboard gear?
*  Do you ski mostly on weekends?  Or is midweek possible?
 

 

Female, 5'4", ~130 lbs. Level: low intermediate (cautious).  Skis I use: 143 cm Dynastar.  Live in Northern Virginia.  I have been posting few discussions here since I joined the site last year. 

 

I had my 1st never ever ski lesson in Breckenridge, CO in 2009 when I was in my mid 30's.  The 1st experience was so awful that I never wanted to ski again and don't understand why people are crazy about this sport.  In 2010, my friend and her husband invited me to go skiing at Snowshoe, WV.  Only reason I went because of the food, not skiing.  We planned for a hot pot dinner (a traditional Chinese winter comfort food) and I was very excited about that.  At Snowshoe, I took couple lessons and had a great instructor.  Fast forward, now I am a snow addict and visit this site often to learn more about the sport.   (moral of the story, if you try something new the first time and it is difficult, you must try the 2nd time.)

 

Back to OP's questions:

1) Where are you sliding on snow the most?

Mostly Liberty and Whitetail (preferred) in PA because of the close proximity.  

 

2) How often do you hope to make it to the slopes this season?

As often as I can (in order to continue improving my techniques).  Excluding local trips (to PA and WV), I have 4 one-wk out of town ski trips planned out. 

 

3) Do you usually ski alone?  Or do you meet up with others?

50-50.  The friends I normally ski with, they prefer to stay local or within drivable distance.  If local, I usually ski with them.  

If west coast, I travel solo and try to meet up with others (if I can), or join mountain tours to ski with the group.

After few years of skiing, I find skiing with others is more fun. Only wish I could have more ski friends.  

 

4) Do you rent or own ski/snowboard gear?

I own my gear, Dynastar 143 cm. I am in the market for longer skis next season. 

 

5) Do you ski mostly on weekends?  Or is midweek possible?

Weekends!  Midweek is not possible because of work commitment.  

post #36 of 53

Where: Eastern Norway
Skiing used to  be about traveling, back country touring when the weather was nice, powder hunting at resorts in storms and some groomer skiing in early season an in between for an easy fix and to work on skills. The last 5 years it's been almost exclusively groomer skiing at my home hill due to location and life situation.


Ski days:
Topped out at around 75 days in my last season as a free man. But that was a special year that included 3 weeks at NZ and 10 days of tele instructor training at home. Have not been near that number either before or after. Perhaps when I get as old as @marznc and @sibhusky :) These days it's still around 40 days pr season, but often very short days. Most often 2 hours, sometimes only 1 hour. I hate it when the lifties tries to close down the lift 10 min before closing time, because it often feels like I just got there...


Alone or with other people:
The last 5 years almost always alone or together with the kids. Will try to get more social this winter. Most of my social life used to revolve around skiing and I miss that.

 

Gear:
I have my own gear, tons of it. Tele, AT and alpine. More out of never discarding than buying new often, but I like my old skis. I have 6 pairs of alpine/AT skis that sees regular use.

 

Weekdays/weekends:
A split between evening skiing on weekdays and and some day skiing on weekends. We live 2 km away from a ski hill and have season pass. Try to go as often as I can, but time without kids is sparse. Until now I have tried to limit it to when either both or one of the kids are sleeping. Typical ski day is weekday evening 20-22 after putting the kids to sleep or weekends 15-17 after tiring out one or both of the kids during the morning, by skiing with them or otherwise.

post #37 of 53
Hi, I am Luke, at my mid 20s, currently located in Cleveland, OH. However, I traveled quite often 5 times to Summit country (Breck, Keystone and A. Basin). I like it a lot and plan to go every month this season.
I am new to this forum community and finally today, decide to write a post.biggrin.gif
I have summit pass and have booked 2 trips( 11/24-11/28,12/22-1/2) already, still planning on The following trips.biggrin.gif
For the most of my trip, it's only 4 days and I travel/ski solo. I would like to look for a travel pal to share the hotel cost if it is possible. If our schedule matches, I will be a decent ski pal.
I consider myself an intermediate skier, and this season, I would like to ski more moguls, woods and powders.
post #38 of 53
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Hi, I am Luke, at my mid 20s, currently located in Cleveland, OH. However, I traveled quite often 5 times to Summit country (Breck, Keystone and A. Basin). I like it a lot and plan to go every month this season.
I am new to this forum community and finally today, decide to write a post.biggrin.gif
I have summit pass and have booked 2 trips( 11/24-11/28,12/22-1/2) already, still planning on The following trips.biggrin.gif
For the most of my trip, it's only 4 days and I travel/ski solo. I would like to look for a travel pal to share the hotel cost if it is possible. If our schedule matches, I will be a decent ski pal.
I consider myself an intermediate skier, and this season, I would like to ski more moguls, woods and powders.


Welcome to EpicSki!  One of my ski buddies for trips out west lives in Cleveland.  But he only gets in a couple 1-week ski trips a season.  We went to Aspen last season and are headed to Taos this winter.

 

Did you find the Colorado thread?  Should be getting more active soon.

http://www.epicski.com/t/147253/2016-17-colorado-weather-discussion

post #39 of 53
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the introductions, @fosphenytoin and @Smear (Post #35, 36).  Always nice to "meet" people who are determined to figure out a way to ski even when the rest of life seems to be getting in the way.  I didn't ski much as a working adult and only started skiing a lot (>40 days a season) in the last 4-5 years after retirement.

post #40 of 53

Just joined this forum, and have been skiing the past 3 years.  Currently in my late 20's, a friend introduced me and I've been enjoying it ever since.  This year I'm hoping to buy my own set of gear and get in a good 15+ ski days in the PA/NY area, with one or two trips up to Vermont later in the season.

 

To the OP's questions:

 

*  Where are you sliding on snow the most?

PA/NY.  I live in NJ.


*  How often do you hope to make it to the slopes this season?

15+ ski days.  Did about 10 last year, hoping to have better weather this year on the East Coast.


*  Do you usually ski alone?  Or do you meet up with others?

50-50.  I'm into it much more than my friends, so if I feel like going and no one else is interested, I'll just head up to a mountain in PA (Blue mostly) and have a good day of it.


*  Do you rent or own ski/snowboard gear?

Rented for 3 years.  Now that I know I'm hooked, looking to get my own gear.


*  Do you ski mostly on weekends?  Or is midweek possible?

Weekends.  If we get some good snowy weather around here this winter I might take a day or two midweek.

post #41 of 53
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by BlueSkies View Post
 

Just joined this forum, and have been skiing the past 3 years.  Currently in my late 20's, a friend introduced me and I've been enjoying it ever since.  This year I'm hoping to buy my own set of gear and get in a good 15+ ski days in the PA/NY area, with one or two trips up to Vermont later in the season.

 

To the OP's questions:

 

*  Where are you sliding on snow the most?

PA/NY.  I live in NJ.


*  How often do you hope to make it to the slopes this season?

15+ ski days.  Did about 10 last year, hoping to have better weather this year on the East Coast.


*  Do you usually ski alone?  Or do you meet up with others?

50-50.  I'm into it much more than my friends, so if I feel like going and no one else is interested, I'll just head up to a mountain in PA (Blue mostly) and have a good day of it.


*  Do you rent or own ski/snowboard gear?

Rented for 3 years.  Now that I know I'm hooked, looking to get my own gear.


*  Do you ski mostly on weekends?  Or is midweek possible?

Weekends.  If we get some good snowy weather around here this winter I might take a day or two midweek.


Welcome to EpicSki!  Have you found the ongoing regional thread that includes NJ?  Post there and you may be able to meet up with someone in PA at some point.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/147533/pa-de-so-nj-2016-2017

post #42 of 53
I joined here about a month ago but I've been lurking on & off for a couple of years.

I live just out of Newcastle, Australia, about a 7 hour drive away from the nearest snow. For the last 7 years I've done an annual trip of 7 to 14 days to Perisher. It started as a one-off trip to show my kids the snow but for me it has become a bit of an obsession.

I'm not very athletic, unfortunately, so my progress has been slow and patchy. I'd say I'm a low intermediate. I've had 3 to 5 group lessons each season and my technique seems to be OK but most of my skiing has been on green runs. Boot comfort has been a factor in this too, I put up with boots that weren't quite right for a couple of years. The way Perisher is laid out, if you start at the main village you have to ski a few greens to get to the blues. I was getting footsore and tired by the time I got to the blues so didn't press on.

This changed this year when I bought some Fischer vacuum fit boots and had them moulded before the Australian winter. Being comfortable in close-fitting boots (fractionally under 15mm shell gap) has made a huge difference to my confidence and stamina, and I was finally able to seek out blue runs and start to build some speed. In one lesson this year the instructor told us after the fact, that he'd taken us down a black run. No dramas, that's helped build some confidence too.

So come January 2017 I'll be winging up to Sun Peaks for an extended stay of just under 6 weeks. Travelling solo, but I've made contact through other forums with a bunch of Sun Peaks regulars and residents, so I shouldn't have much trouble finding ski buddies.

Given that Vail Resorts now own Perisher and Whistler/Blackcomb, and have just given 2016 Epic Australia Pass holders 5 days at WB this upcoming season, I might try to include a short side trip there too.
post #43 of 53
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Originally Posted by Marty McSly View Post

I joined here about a month ago but I've been lurking on & off for a couple of years.

I live just out of Newcastle, Australia, about a 7 hour drive away from the nearest snow. For the last 7 years I've done an annual trip of 7 to 14 days to Perisher. It started as a one-off trip to show my kids the snow but for me it has become a bit of an obsession.

I'm not very athletic, unfortunately, so my progress has been slow and patchy. I'd say I'm a low intermediate. I've had 3 to 5 group lessons each season and my technique seems to be OK but most of my skiing has been on green runs. Boot comfort has been a factor in this too, I put up with boots that weren't quite right for a couple of years. The way Perisher is laid out, if you start at the main village you have to ski a few greens to get to the blues. I was getting footsore and tired by the time I got to the blues so didn't press on.

This changed this year when I bought some Fischer vacuum fit boots and had them moulded before the Australian winter. Being comfortable in close-fitting boots (fractionally under 15mm shell gap) has made a huge difference to my confidence and stamina, and I was finally able to seek out blue runs and start to build some speed. In one lesson this year the instructor told us after the fact, that he'd taken us down a black run. No dramas, that's helped build some confidence too.

So come January 2017 I'll be winging up to Sun Peaks for an extended stay of just under 6 weeks. Travelling solo, but I've made contact through other forums with a bunch of Sun Peaks regulars and residents, so I shouldn't have much trouble finding ski buddies.

Given that Vail Resorts now own Perisher and Whistler/Blackcomb, and have just given 2016 Epic Australia Pass holders 5 days at WB this upcoming season, I might try to include a short side trip there too.


Welcome to EpicSki!  Boots that fit really do make a big difference, don't they?  :)

 

Did you notice that there is a Gathering at W-B coming up?  Dates are March 5-11 but people come and go as suits their schedule.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/146634/2017-epic-gathering-whistler-blackcomb-march-5-11-2017

post #44 of 53
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Welcome to EpicSki!  Boots that fit really do make a big difference, don't they?  :)

 

Did you notice that there is a Gathering at W-B coming up?  Dates are March 5-11 but people come and go as suits their schedule.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/146634/2017-epic-gathering-whistler-blackcomb-march-5-11-2017

Yes, finding boots that fit has been a bit of a personal crusade for about 5 years now.:duel:

 

I had noticed some discussion of the Gathering when I was on here yesterday, and swore. :hissyfit: I fly out of Kamloops on March 6th to connecting flights in Vancouver and Brisbane which were all booked on a super-duper cheap fare months ago. You know, one of those fares that costs multiple body parts to change...

 

I assume the Gathering is an annual event and held in different places each year? If so, I'll keep an eye out for future years. And thanks for the link. I'll check it out nonetheless.

post #45 of 53

Hi All! I've been a lurker on the site after using it for some gear swaps years back.  

 

I live in South Lake Tahoe, and split my time between resorts (mostly Heavenly, due to its convenience) and backcountry, where I love skinning fast uphill.

When I'm not backcountry on AT gear, I might be on tele gear- I learned backcountry skiing with the MITOC bcski group when living in Boston, and still love dropping knees through trees.

 

I'm working with Andy Anderson and some of the other locals to get a skimo community going around Tahoe- ping me if you're interested, or check out tahoeskimo.com

I have a penchant for long days and backcountry objectives that involve a summit- check out trip reports on summitfordays.com or ping me if you share the same interests!

 

Last year was a good year, and I logged over 90 days of skiing (about 2/3 backcountry), including lots of dawn laps for cardio.  Given my hours and uphill pace, I often end up skiing alone but love to share the lift ride or skintrack with others.

 

When not on the slopes, I'm an engineering PhD student at UC Berkeley, researching renewable energy.  As an engineer and backcountry skier, I've been dabbling with equipment design- check out www.switchski.com and I'll also put together a more coherent forum post on the topic.

 

-Eric

post #46 of 53

Hello to all, I am a single guy, early 30's intermediate skier that just started skiing about 2 years ago. I live in South Louisiana, about 50 miles South of New Orleans, and work in civil engineering.  A friend invited me up to do some late season skiing A-Basin one year and I really loved being up in the mountains and the adventure of it all. Since then I have made every attempt to get as much skiing in as possible.  This year I bought a Mountain Collective pass and am looking to hopefully make a trip to Whistler, Telluride, and maybe Jackson Hole.  Last year I did a couple solo trips to Breckenridge that was fun, but looking to enjoy the sport with others and meet some new people.  I feel like skiing is one of those things that are more fun with a group.  Most of my friends are married with kids and don't have the time or money to go on ski trips.  Would like to meet others from my area that also love skiing, or from other parts of the world to meetup with and get some shredding in with. 

 

-Clint

post #47 of 53
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Hello to all, I am a single guy, early 30's intermediate skier that just started skiing about 2 years ago. I live in South Louisiana, about 50 miles South of New Orleans, and work in civil engineering.  A friend invited me up to do some late season skiing A-Basin one year and I really loved being up in the mountains and the adventure of it all. Since then I have made every attempt to get as much skiing in as possible.  This year I bought a Mountain Collective pass and am looking to hopefully make a trip to Whistler, Telluride, and maybe Jackson Hole.  Last year I did a couple solo trips to Breckenridge that was fun, but looking to enjoy the sport with others and meet some new people.  I feel like skiing is one of those things that are more fun with a group.  Most of my friends are married with kids and don't have the time or money to go on ski trips.  Would like to meet others from my area that also love skiing, or from other parts of the world to meetup with and get some shredding in with. 

 

-Clint

 

Hi Clint (@ClintajunCajun), welcome to EpicSki!!

 

You may be interested in some of the seasonal regional and resort threads, where you can get conditions, trip advice, folks to possibly ski with, etc.

 

Jackson Hole : http://www.epicski.com/t/147429/2016-2017-jackson-hole-grand-targhee-meetup-thread

Southern Colorado (Telluride) : http://www.epicski.com/t/147246/2016-2017-four-corners-s-co-az-nm-weather-discussion

Colorado Weather (Telluride) : http://www.epicski.com/t/147253/2016-17-colorado-weather-discussion

Pacific Northwest (Whistler) : http://www.epicski.com/t/147492/2016-17-pnw-thread-news-weather-anecdotes-history-gossip-and-gloating

 

You should also note that the annual EpicSki Gathering is in Whistler this year, from March 5-11 : http://www.epicski.com/t/146634/2017-epic-gathering-whistler-blackcomb-march-5-11-2017

post #48 of 53
Thanks for the thread marcnz, I’m also a newbie to these forums, who has done a bit of lurking. I was born in England but grew up in Norway, where I took up cross country as a kid, and then downhill as I neared my teens. I skied in Norway and Austria while growing up, and then in Northern California (favorites were Squaw and Heavenly) while at college. I’m in my mid-forties now, and started really getting back into my skiing over the last 5 years. I live in Miami, Florida so the local ski scene is of the water kind only but I try to make two trips out West each year and have hit up British Colombia, Utah, Wyoming and Colorado over the last 5 years. I get in 10 ski days a year over two trips if I’m lucky, but am targeting 15 this year.

My favorite skiing is moguls, bowls and tree runs but I have been trying to work my way up to narrower steeps, with strictly limited success. I can get down most in bounds runs one way or another, but my technique gets found out badly as the terrain gets narrower, steeper and bumpier. I am also pretty inexperienced in significant powder. I am definitely considering lessons this year to iron out bad habits accumulated over the years, so I can make the next step up.

This year I have a Mountain Collective Pass and am doing a trip to Jackson Hole/Big Sky in late December and am hoping to do Lake Louise/Sunshine or Alta/Snowbird in late February depending on conditions. On that note, do any of the regulars know if there is a thread on EpicSki forums for Wyoming/Montana/Idaho weather news and chat? I see threads for the PNW, Colorado, Utah, California, etc..,

My dream trip would probably be to do the Powder Highway in Canada if I can convince my boss and non-skiing girlfriend (who at least loves mountain towns that have shops) to give me two weeks off.

Getting long winded so I’ll wrap it up for now, but look forward to learning from all the skiing and riding enthusiast on here and sharing mountain war stories.
post #49 of 53
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Thanks for the thread marcnz, I’m also a newbie to these forums, who has done a bit of lurking. I was born in England but grew up in Norway, where I took up cross country as a kid, and then downhill as I neared my teens. I skied in Norway and Austria while growing up, and then in Northern California (favorites were Squaw and Heavenly) while at college. I’m in my mid-forties now, and started really getting back into my skiing over the last 5 years. I live in Miami, Florida so the local ski scene is of the water kind only but I try to make two trips out West each year and have hit up British Colombia, Utah, Wyoming and Colorado over the last 5 years. I get in 10 ski days a year over two trips if I’m lucky, but am targeting 15 this year.

My favorite skiing is moguls, bowls and tree runs but I have been trying to work my way up to narrower steeps, with strictly limited success. I can get down most in bounds runs one way or another, but my technique gets found out badly as the terrain gets narrower, steeper and bumpier. I am also pretty inexperienced in significant powder. I am definitely considering lessons this year to iron out bad habits accumulated over the years, so I can make the next step up.

This year I have a Mountain Collective Pass and am doing a trip to Jackson Hole/Big Sky in late December and am hoping to do Lake Louise/Sunshine or Alta/Snowbird in late February depending on conditions. On that note, do any of the regulars know if there is a thread on EpicSki forums for Wyoming/Montana/Idaho weather news and chat? I see threads for the PNW, Colorado, Utah, California, etc..,

My dream trip would probably be to do the Powder Highway in Canada if I can convince my boss and non-skiing girlfriend (who at least loves mountain towns that have shops) to give me two weeks off.

Getting long winded so I’ll wrap it up for now, but look forward to learning from all the skiing and riding enthusiast on here and sharing mountain war stories.


Lots of fun to explore MCP destinations.  I've been doing that with friends for a few years even though I have to change planes flying out of RDU on Southwest.

 

We have a threads for Big Sky, JH/GT, and Sun Valley but haven't had anyone start one for the region in general.  Feel free to start one and see what happens.  Most of the ongoing regionals threads are under General Skiing instead of Resorts, Conditions & Travel.  When there is a lot of activity, some people only read selected sub-forums.

post #50 of 53

Hello all -

 

I posted my first a couple of days ago, asking for opinions about the ski I rented for the season.  I am brand new, a reasonably good ice skater (but was lousy at hockey), a former XC skiier (decades ago, never all that skilled but I could go up and down the trails).  I got inspired to try Alpine skiing this fall and have been gathering gear and reading on the net.

 

Where are you sliding on snow the most?  I live in Western Massachusetts, and I expect I'll be at Otis Ridge or Blandford the most, maybe Berkshire East.  Since I've never skiied at any of them, I must wait to find out!  I want to start soon, though (next weekend, actually) so I'll be up in Vermont at Mt. Snow, Okemo, or thereabouts.  I'm planning a vacation with my daughter, a snowboarder, at Stowe in February.

 

How often do you hope to make it to the slopes this season?  Wow, wouldn't it be great to go all the time?

 

Do you usually ski alone? Or do you meet up with others?  I hope to find or meet some people to ski with.

 

* Do you rent or own ski/snowboard gear?  On the advice of an accomplished skier friend, I bought boots, Dalbello Avantis.  I rented skis for the season.  I also bought parka, snowpants, gloves, helmet, wool baselayers.  **second mortgage**

 

Do you ski mostly on weekends? Or is midweek possible?  Sadly I used up some vacation time this summer when my sick time ran out (sprained ankle, broken hand, surgery, infection . . . )  I hope to get out there some afternoons/evenings, a vacation in February, and some other midweek days here and there.

 

I'm 63 years old, a forensic psychologist, not really much of an athlete.  I'm exercising valiantly to make this fun this winter!

 

Anne

post #51 of 53

Hi all!

 

I'm in my early 20's and based out of Calgary, I would consider myself a solid middle of the road skier, I have been skiing for 4 years, mostly with my friends that are instructors.

In regards to the questions:

 

1. Where do you slide on snow the most:

           I have a season pass at Sunshine, so I try to get out there at least once a week, I am currently planning to do a few days at other resorts in the area like Lake Louise, Castle, Kicking  Horse and Red Mountain

 

2. How often do you plan to make it to the slopes this season:

          I am aiming for 30-40 days this season which will be a record for me, so far I have gotten 5 and will be at 10 within two weeks if I can get out as much as I would like.

 

3. Do you normally ski alone or with others:

         This is the season that I am going to be spending alone the most as my primary ski buddy is currently in the east for university. I did end up making friends with some exchange students who are visiting Calgary this year for the skiing though so I should be able to get regular partners.

 

4. Do you own or rent equipment?

         I own all my equipment, my only pair of skis right now are Line Sick Day 110's, I do like them a lot although I wish they were slightly stiffer in the tip. I am thinking that next year I may get myself a second pair in the 80-90mm range and have been looking at the Experience 88 and the Liberty Variant 87 just due to having discounts on the two.

 

5. Do you mostly ski on the weekend or during the week?

        Unfortunately due to going to school full time and working I only really have time to go skiing on the weekends, although I do manage to get a few midweek days per season in!

 

Some other info: I am currently a student at the University of Calgary working on my Undergraduate degree in Political Science, and working in an unnamed major sporting goods store selling bikes and skis primarily.

post #52 of 53
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Hello all -

 

I posted my first a couple of days ago, asking for opinions about the ski I rented for the season.  I am brand new, a reasonably good ice skater (but was lousy at hockey), a former XC skiier (decades ago, never all that skilled but I could go up and down the trails).  I got inspired to try Alpine skiing this fall and have been gathering gear and reading on the net.

 

Where are you sliding on snow the most?  I live in Western Massachusetts, and I expect I'll be at Otis Ridge or Blandford the most, maybe Berkshire East.  Since I've never skiied at any of them, I must wait to find out!  I want to start soon, though (next weekend, actually) so I'll be up in Vermont at Mt. Snow, Okemo, or thereabouts.  I'm planning a vacation with my daughter, a snowboarder, at Stowe in February.

 

How often do you hope to make it to the slopes this season?  Wow, wouldn't it be great to go all the time?

 

Do you usually ski alone? Or do you meet up with others?  I hope to find or meet some people to ski with.

 

* Do you rent or own ski/snowboard gear?  On the advice of an accomplished skier friend, I bought boots, Dalbello Avantis.  I rented skis for the season.  I also bought parka, snowpants, gloves, helmet, wool baselayers.  **second mortgage**

 

Do you ski mostly on weekends? Or is midweek possible?  Sadly I used up some vacation time this summer when my sick time ran out (sprained ankle, broken hand, surgery, infection . . . )  I hope to get out there some afternoons/evenings, a vacation in February, and some other midweek days here and there.

 

I'm 63 years old, a forensic psychologist, not really much of an athlete.  I'm exercising valiantly to make this fun this winter!

 

Anne

 

Welcome to EpicSki @newboots! Sounds like you're heading the right direction!

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Hi all!

 

I'm in my early 20's and based out of Calgary, I would consider myself a solid middle of the road skier, I have been skiing for 4 years, mostly with my friends that are instructors.

In regards to the questions:

 

1. Where do you slide on snow the most:

           I have a season pass at Sunshine, so I try to get out there at least once a week, I am currently planning to do a few days at other resorts in the area like Lake Louise, Castle, Kicking  Horse and Red Mountain

 

2. How often do you plan to make it to the slopes this season:

          I am aiming for 30-40 days this season which will be a record for me, so far I have gotten 5 and will be at 10 within two weeks if I can get out as much as I would like.

 

3. Do you normally ski alone or with others:

         This is the season that I am going to be spending alone the most as my primary ski buddy is currently in the east for university. I did end up making friends with some exchange students who are visiting Calgary this year for the skiing though so I should be able to get regular partners.

 

4. Do you own or rent equipment?

         I own all my equipment, my only pair of skis right now are Line Sick Day 110's, I do like them a lot although I wish they were slightly stiffer in the tip. I am thinking that next year I may get myself a second pair in the 80-90mm range and have been looking at the Experience 88 and the Liberty Variant 87 just due to having discounts on the two.

 

5. Do you mostly ski on the weekend or during the week?

        Unfortunately due to going to school full time and working I only really have time to go skiing on the weekends, although I do manage to get a few midweek days per season in!

 

Some other info: I am currently a student at the University of Calgary working on my Undergraduate degree in Political Science, and working in an unnamed major sporting goods store selling bikes and skis primarily.

 

Welcome to EpicSki @AntiVortex! Instructor friends? Working at a shop selling skis? Sounds like you're hooked up. :)

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