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When to start skiing?

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
When is the Best time to start skiing in the winter?
should we start from November, or does it depend where we live?
post #2 of 20
depends on which hemisphere you live in.
post #3 of 20
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Originally Posted by skiermaniac
When is the Best time to start skiing in the winter?
should we start from November, or does it depend where we live?
Well, there needs to be a little snow on the ground...lol!
How much damage to you and your gear are you willing to put up with?
You can ski pretty early but, safely? That's something else.

I've skied a freak storm in October in Colorado but, I knew the terrain under my feet. Alpine tundra with rocks the size of baseballs. Having 2 ft. of heavy snow, I knew I couldn't reach bottom unless I fell. Skied conservative and had a great day. No damage to me or my gear.

The key is to be safe. Snagging a rock and going down is not an option early season. There are many obsticles hidden just below the snow and you don't want to fall on them. Could end the season before it starts.

Peace
post #4 of 20
It just depends on conditions. Last year I hit Alta opening weekend November 17 and it was really good. Some years it’s after Thanksgiving.

I agree with offpiste, be careful early. I watched a rep end his carrier on opening day one year.
post #5 of 20
My rule of thumb...When ever the first ski area's lifts turn...just bring rock skis or get rentals for early season days so you don't trash yours.
post #6 of 20
One Thanksgiving, we stayed in a condo with a good view of the unload ramp at the top of the beginners lift at Okemo.

We did go skiing, but it was much more fun sitting in the condo livingroom, watching people ski down the ramp and hit the mud patch.
post #7 of 20
I think what people said before is true, it depends what part of the country you're in. In WV it can take awhile for the snow to fall! My season usually begins in mid December, or early January. What part of the country are you from skiermaniac?
I guess skiing too early is not good. The same seems to be true for late season skiing. It is fun to ski as long as you can, but when it warms up the gravel,etc can scratch up your skis.
post #8 of 20
Lilskeer, I was at Snowshoe last year on Dec 9th or so at their demo weekend ($119pp for 2 nights at Spruce Lodge and 2 days lift tix). While coverage wasn't great, the price was.
post #9 of 20
That is an awesome price! Tha includes both lodging and tickets!! Wow! Hopefully we'll get some snow in early December. I'll have to check that package out, if they offer it this winter. Thanks for the info
post #10 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by Robtjm
One Thanksgiving, we stayed in a condo with a good view of the unload ramp at the top of the beginners lift at Okemo.

We did go skiing, but it was much more fun sitting in the condo livingroom, watching people ski down the ramp and hit the mud patch.
Did you take out your video camera and take a shot at winning $10,000 from America's Funniest Home Video??
post #11 of 20
My rule: I see snow, no dirt, no rocks, no other obstacles, I say, the skis are on! I hope it works for you !
post #12 of 20
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Originally Posted by EasternSkiBum
Did you take out your video camera and take a shot at winning $10,000 from America's Funniest Home Video??
Well, it was certainly as funny as that sort of thing. I imagine it with a Strauss waltz sort of thing playing in accompaniment.
post #13 of 20
Start skiing now. Fly to NZ or Argentina or go climb to a snowfield in CO.
post #14 of 20
Thread Starter 
thanks for all the responses
post #15 of 20
I'd say this weekend at Hood. See some of you there!
post #16 of 20
Okemo late Oct or early Nov. I have been there opening day the past 7 or 8 years. Or Killington a week earlier. Just ski a few runs to get back into it, just becareful it's not as bad as it people make it out to be. The big "K" can get a bit packed with people. Even friends who bring never evers. But that's a different thread...
post #17 of 20
Okemo had awesome early season conditions last November. World Cup and a few other runs had really good coverage.

It seems like Okemos runs are steeper at the beginning of the season. I wonder if it is because I hadn't been out since knee surgery that year or because the base wasn't there and the pitch is exagerated. Later in the season it seemed like a mellow cruiser for me.

Kmart is nasty in October and early November. Great Northern is all bumped up and you get everyone from beginners to experts sharing the same crappy green run.

I will still go back there opening week though.
post #18 of 20
I'm up there within a weekend or two of the first lifts cranking in the east.
post #19 of 20
One thing about Okemo in the early days is they claim top to bottom terran usally. If its not ,they just move the base up the mountian. They don't call it Mountain Rd for nothing ,just get on the bus . My sister was married on opening day there 3yrs ago and the bus was running and i was the only one on it awsome day. I give Okemo an A1 thumbs up on every thing, early skiing to grooming to food prices. The owners just bought Crested Butte I cant wait to check that place out this year. And I would like to say the big k is dangerous the first couple weeks I was wiped out by a rokie 4 years ago putting me in the record books @ my local hospital for earliest ski related injury. Not a good record.

Ware Your Pads
post #20 of 20
For some skiers like Bob Peters, they never stop skiing! I know he has skied every month of the year,for the past few years now. you would have to ask him how many months he has in now.
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