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Special Days at Special Places Last Year!

post #1 of 22
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Did you ski a ski area last year that really impressed you? Found what you feel is an underrated ski area, or just a part of the hill that is often overlooked; if so, please use this thread to share that experience with us. ..It is that time of year when we all get the itch to ski, so why not share one of those special days with the rest of us!

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post #2 of 22
Yes, Killington on Monday and Tuesday. It was a completely different place than on weekends and holidays. Every hill is to some extent, but having Killington to myself was really incredible!
post #3 of 22
Pico on Saturday, January 4th. Drove for 8 hours in a snowstorm Friday night to get there, but fresh tracks on Saturday AM in 16-24 inches (depending on who you listened to) was well worth it. My wife and I ski a lot at Pico on Saturdays to escape the crowds at Killington, and being able to find untracked powder at 11am on a Saturday morning in New England was special indeed.
post #4 of 22
I gained a renewed appreciation for the Big Bear/Snow Summit ski area here in SoCal. I'd already come to the realization that Mtn. High is a danggood thing because, hell, they make snow and I get to ski when there's a shortage of real stuff; this is most welcome in early December, after a prolonged period of NO SKIING.

I had Summit all to myself (practically) on a warm day last April. A Sunday, no less. Something to be said - a lot to be said, really - for a traffic-less drive up the hill, getting on the 8:30 am chair and doing uninterrupted lap after lap after lap on the corn, the lake below, and visions of Mammoth-in-May keeping me charging hard to get in all the turns I can. Exchanging looks with fellow skiers and riders that say "can you believe this day and it's just the few of us up here."

Quit at 4:00, popped a beer, ruminated on the coming end-of-season and all the good days that were had, then getting back on that traffic-less road down the hill, legs spent.

Snowmaking kicks ass.
post #5 of 22
The Burnt Mountain gate at the top of Longshot (Far east side of Snowmass) Mid-Febuary after a couple of good dumps really makes that hidden gem a delight. You have to do it with others that preferably have been there before...or can dig you out if neccassary. Thigh deep snow with great tree placement make this a fun one.....

Thick trees at skiers left off Radar's ..... really gets steep with lots of snow..great exit.

Unmarked / Unmapped local's run off of Coffe Pot called Coffe Grinds...usually too rocky but not last year. It follows a creek drainage that's like riding a bob sled run..

I ski Snowmass 3 days a week all year and hadn't been to these locals so it was a discovery of sorts..

Found out how Fun certain parts of the Cirque Headwall can be...

Passes are on sale, Aspens are beginning to turn color, threads like this appear, and the temprature is starting to drop.... what a great thing to live in the Colo. Rockies
post #6 of 22
Feal thanks for this thread. I have nothing to offer, just nice to read something well nice.
post #7 of 22
Ditto Kima, and: Super-Long,Wide,Beautiful runs in Sierra Nevada, Spain; magnificent views from same mountain; Long cruisers at Sun Peaks; and, ANYTHING to do with Skiing!!!!!!!!!!!!!

All the best.
post #8 of 22
Apr 12th - 2003 - was enjoying a nice sunny 75 degree weekend at Capitola Beach near Santa Cruz. Strange weather system dumped plenty of snow in Sierra. Drove out to Squaw Valley early next morning - and within 4 hours - was skiing in 15 in of fresh powder by 8am.

Now - who was that complaining about expensive real estate, big deficits, Crazy Recall Election etc. etc. in California -

Let me hear you beat the above scenario!!!
post #9 of 22
Apr 12th - 2003 - was enjoying a nice sunny 75 degree weekend at Capitola Beach near Santa Cruz. Strange weather system dumped plenty of snow in Sierra. Drove out to Squaw Valley early next morning - and within 4 hours - was skiing in 15 in of fresh powder by 8am.

Now - who was that complaining about expensive real estate, big deficits, Crazy Recall Election etc. etc. in California -

Let me hear you beat the above scenario!!!
post #10 of 22
Well, I can't remember if it was Feb 2nd of Feb 3rd, or maybe both days have merged together in my memory.
One started off with being in the line at the foot of Wildcat as the cheer went up as the first people got onto the lift. It was an epic powder day.
Now, I can't remember if it was that same day, or the next that I was skiing in Catherine's Area with a good friend, and having enormous fun playing in the powder (am I allowed to use the word "playing"). I may not be the most graceful gaper, but I was having fun.



I guess there's one run which stands out in my memory as well. That was in Brighton when Bob Barnes and Ziggy led me through a steep and densely wooded area. That was fun.
post #11 of 22
Red Mountain in Rossland, BC was awesome last season. No line-ups and skiable untracked everywhere even days after the snowfalls. I couldn't believe the amount of terrain they have. The best tree skiing anywhere.

It's one of those resorts that ski a lot bigger than its trail map or stats.

Definitely worth the trip! [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]
post #12 of 22
skied whiteface on one of the first "super sundays" of the year-figured there would be a huge crowd. big snows downstate kept the crowd way down. tons of snow. heavy clouds til about 1500' up the mtn.-then broke through to cloudless skies and bright sun with the high peaks popping out of the clouds all around.
post #13 of 22
Quote:
Originally posted by whitney:
Apr 12th - 2003 - was enjoying a nice sunny 75 degree weekend at Capitola Beach near Santa Cruz. Strange weather system dumped plenty of snow in Sierra. Drove out to Squaw Valley early next morning - and within 4 hours - was skiing in 15 in of fresh powder by 8am.

Now - who was that complaining about expensive real estate, big deficits, Crazy Recall Election etc. etc. in California -

Let me hear you beat the above scenario!!!
OK, I'll try.

April 6 (or 7, not sure), Snowbird, second tram. Followed friendly local to Cirque traverse, Diaphragm deep turns (no exaggeration) to follow for next 3 tram rides.
When that tracked out, they opened Road to Provo, where I had thigh deep untracked for about 4 runs.

That was my 3rd ski day in a row, so next day I drove down to SLC
where it was 75 and sunny. Rented a Harley and did a 3 state tour (ID,UT,WY).

Howzat rate?
post #14 of 22
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Originally posted by Xdog:
</font><blockquote>quote:</font><hr />Originally posted by whitney:
Apr 12th - 2003 - was enjoying a nice sunny 75 degree weekend at Capitola Beach near Santa Cruz. Strange weather system dumped plenty of snow in Sierra. Drove out to Squaw Valley early next morning - and within 4 hours - was skiing in 15 in of fresh powder by 8am.

Now - who was that complaining about expensive real estate, big deficits, Crazy Recall Election etc. etc. in California -

Let me hear you beat the above scenario!!!
OK, I'll try.

April 6 (or 7, not sure), Snowbird, second tram. Followed friendly local to Cirque traverse, Diaphragm deep turns (no exaggeration) to follow for next 3 tram rides.
When that tracked out, they opened Road to Provo, where I had thigh deep untracked for about 4 runs.

That was my 3rd ski day in a row, so next day I drove down to SLC
where it was 75 and sunny. Rented a Harley and did a 3 state tour (ID,UT,WY).

Howzat rate?
</font>[/quote]Sweet!!

(Now - if only they would replace Little Cloud with a high speed lift ..........)
post #15 of 22
We flew to Spokane at Christmas to visit my parents. The day after Christmas, we intended to ski at Silver Mountain (about a half an hour east of Coeur d'Alene). When we got to the parking lot at Silver, we were told the mountain was shut down because of high winds. I was pissed, but determined to go skiing that day. So we checked out our options and decided to drive another 25 minutes east to Lookout Pass ski area.

I wouldn't recommend that anyone drive out of their way to visit Lookout, but we had a lot of fun that day. Most of the crowd at Lookout was diverted traffic from Silver. The area is tiny and it has only one little double chair. But the snow that day was absolutely perfect and since my wife and I were just in the learning stages, the hill was a perfect warm-up for the season. Best of all, lift tickets were only 20 bucks and we were comped a couple of free passes at Silver (which I unfortunately had to hawk on E-Bay rather than use).

That saying (can't remember from Warren Miller or somebody else) that "the best ski resort is the one you're skiing today" is definitely true.
post #16 of 22
End of Jan. Out in Wengen Switzerland for the Inferno downhill (the world's longest and open to amatures). Dumped during practice (Thur/Fri) so spent the time enjoying freshies. Bluebird day for the race. Big party afterwards. Started dumping next morning so freshies before lunch (Sunday) and train to Zurich. Friends arrived from Manchester so rang work to say I was staying for a few more days. Jumped on thier coach to St Anton. Dump, dump, dump, more freshies, freshies, freshies. Unable to fall over no matter what I did or how hard I tried on Thursday morning... exquist meal and wine on train through Alps from St Anton to Zurich. Sleep on plane to England to make up for an average of 3 1/2 hours sleep over 9 days. Daydream at work all day on Friday.

Cheers for the thread. The my cheeks are aching from my smile as I think over the memories once again. Man! is Jackson And Utah going to have to be good next year!
post #17 of 22
One word... Silverton.

Pics from last year
post #18 of 22
While it was a good year in the Middle Atlantic (VA and WV), I was out at Snowshoe for a weekend in January. My girlfriend and I got there a little before noon on Friday and it started snowing shortly after we got on the slopes. We were over at Silver Creek there and we got 8" of powder fall on us that day. Since it was a Friday and the road conditions were horrible, we were nearly the only skiiers out there that day. Being used to eastern ice, making fresh tracks on powder every time down the mountain was a thrill...
post #19 of 22
BV,
Silverton Rules, best ski area in North America hands down!

aschir01,

Eastern Ice



Hawksnest, NC style!

[ September 02, 2003, 11:47 AM: Message edited by: teledave ]
post #20 of 22
Frustrated with my skiing last year, I decided to take a lesson. My instructor for the day took us thru the back bowls of Copper. It was late January, the snow was crap, and rocks were showing up everywhere.
But, I finally gained some skills that allowed me to handle the steeps. My first run thru Spaulding Bowl without freaking out was a highlight of the season for me. Thanks to Mike Stecker!
post #21 of 22
The first time I went skiing (last season in late Febuary).

It was a night ski at Perfect North Slopes with my church. It was so fun. I was having a blast. Also at night slopes are so cool. I love them then. Better then day time I think and staying up 'till 3 AM skiing is awesome! This was the thing that got me hooked on skiing. And now I can't bear to live without it! 89 more days, for me!
post #22 of 22
Indy, I love your enthusiasm! [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]
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