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post #1 of 24
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Just wondering if there was anyone left....
post #2 of 24
I skied a little over two weeks ago and am planning on it again a week from this coming Sunday.

It ain't great but it's snow.
post #3 of 24
If Bob Peters is done, then it's a good bet that everyone on this board is as well.

Plenty of Trip Reports still coming in over at TGR though. Ah, youth.


Funny, I was posting this at the same instant Bob was.
post #4 of 24
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Bob, have a turn for me please! Will have to make the Portillo run some day.
post #5 of 24
What is TGR??
post #6 of 24
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Originally Posted by Yesguy!
What is TGR??
It's where you'll get eaten alive.

I told myself i was done on july 2nd, but i miss it and may go next week.
post #7 of 24

haven't given up yet, but wife and son think I'm nuts

I went on the 4th, and am planning to try to get TAY (turns all year- Bob is my role model!). With this heat, however, I don't know if there will be anything left for August. It was 105 in Denver yesterday- the hottest day on record in 125 years- and may hit 106 today. Hoping for one couloir climb before it is all gone, too (Holy Cross, perhaps?), but I am having trouble finding the time to do it.

I am making a visit to Jeff Bergeron for some bootfitting on my AT boots, and will absolutely HAVE to try them out afterwards...
post #8 of 24
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Originally Posted by Yesguy!
What is TGR??
Teton Gravity Research - the ski movie company (and other stuff) - has an online forum:

http://www.tetongravity.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=3

It tends to be a bit, ummmm, rowdier than EpicSki. There's some pretty fun stuff over there but you have to wade through a lot of muck.

They like to bag on EpicSki and vice versa. Their general consensus seems to be that we on Epic are all uptight middle-agers (or worse) who are more interested in endlessly nitpicking ski technique than shredding big mountains.

Go on over and join in. There's plenty of room in the online ski world for both forums.

(Don't ask any dumb questions, though. : )
post #9 of 24
I was up on Catherine's this last weekend for a few turns. Snow was sun cupped and firm in the shade, slushy/rotten in the sun. Not too excited about any more skiing this summer, so I will probably hang it up until Oct/Nov. I was fun while it lasted. I've been skiing since last October, 10 months in a row.

Powdr
post #10 of 24
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bob Peters
Teton Gravity Research - the ski movie company (and other stuff) - has an online forum:

http://www.tetongravity.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=3

It tends to be a bit, ummmm, rowdier than EpicSki. There's some pretty fun stuff over there but you have to wade through a lot of muck.

They like to bag on EpicSki and vice versa. Their general consensus seems to be that we on Epic are all uptight middle-agers (or worse) who are more interested in endlessly nitpicking ski technique than shredding big mountains.

Go on over and join in. There's plenty of room in the online ski world for both forums.

(Don't ask any dumb questions, though. : )

Thanks for the info and advice
post #11 of 24
Please let us know if you decide to jump in over there. I'd like to watch the fur fly.
post #12 of 24
July 1st was my last day, but I'm heading up to Shasta this weekend and there's still some "patch" skiing to do here around Tahoe. I'm going for the TAY thing too, skied every month starting back in October (it would go back to Nov 2003, but I didn't ski in Sept 2004).
post #13 of 24
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Originally Posted by ski_rick

..July 1st was my last day, but I'm heading up to Shasta this weekend and there's still some "patch" skiing to do here around Tahoe. I'm going for the TAY thing too, skied every month starting back in October (it would go back to Nov 2003, but I didn't ski in Sept 2004)...
'attaboy!

BTW... September always seems to be the toughest month. Three of the most miserable experiences I've had while skiing monthly the last 7.75 years have been in September.

Do I need to warn you about obsessions once you succeed in your TAY? It's highly addictive.
post #14 of 24
I know that the topic excludes "the rest of the skiing world" but I guess it was not your idea of splendid isolation but a logical omitting of Southerners with their ski season running.

I (90%) finished my ski season yesterday (10% left for a very improbable August skiing at Hintertux or Schnalstal or Passo Stelvio).
5 days: 1 excellent, 2 very very good, 2 bad. Which should be taken relatively considering the date and not much snow left.
It was also the last day of the 04/05 ski season on the Kaunertal Glacier (lasted September 6, 2004 through July 24, 2005).
There are still more glaciers open but it´s only at the altitudes above 3000 meters that the conditions are relatively good.
Generally, not a good ski summer in Europe (can´t speak for Norwegian summer resorts).
post #15 of 24
Thread Starter 
[quote=checkracer]I know that the topic excludes "the rest of the skiing world" but I guess it was not your idea of splendid isolation but a logical omitting of Southerners with their ski season running.


The intent was to see if there was enough snow still for someone to ski on in the US or Canada as this is where I live. Since it is winter in the southern hemisphere, I thought that would be a stupid question.
post #16 of 24
I could go for some turns myself. There is never snow around when you need it .
post #17 of 24
The last two weekends I have run into tele and AT skiers in the San Juans around Durango and Telluride. They are leaving some nice tracks, but it is just the high chutes above 11,500 feet that have any real turns left. It has been so warm that the snow has not been refreezing at night, although that may have just changed in the last few days, so maybe there will be a couple more weeks of high turns left.
post #18 of 24

The Target for Saturday, August 6

I checked it out last night. Would you hike an hour each way to skis this?




This is the area known as North Shore. It's to the right, looking up, of the Four Shadows Couloir on Cody Peak. I'll be able to stitch together quite a few turns by connecting all the little snowfields in this photo. I know it looks pretty flat, but that's partly because this photo was taken with a very wide-angle lens. It should be fun.



That'll be MY morning on Saturday. How about the rest of you?
post #19 of 24
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My Saturday and Sunday will be sanding, spakeling (sp) and painting. Sounds like just as much fun as you wil be having
post #20 of 24
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Originally Posted by Finndog
My Saturday and Sunday will be sanding, spakeling (sp) and painting. Sounds like just as much fun as you wil be having
Ha. I'll sort of be spackling, too - smearing white stuff. :

I'll think of you.
post #21 of 24
I did some Down Hill myself last weekend, only thing was it was Killingtons single track and gravel work roads under my bike tires. Fun, but just not the same. It felt good to be back in VT. Going back up next weekend.
post #22 of 24
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bob Peters
Ha. I'll sort of be spackling, too - smearing white stuff. :

I'll think of you.
Thanks, I put some ski porn on in the background.
post #23 of 24

Sightings from a pretender

Hiked up the Notch Mountain trail in the Uintas yesterday. I went over to Twin Lakes and then hiked through the basin there where there are 4 or 5 other small lakes. A beautiful and serene area. On the North slope of Mt Watson there was a long stretch of snow in a shallow couloir (good for maybe 25 or 30 jump turns to give you an idea). I'm not a good judge of angle but I think this was at 30 degrees or greater. The hike up to the area is quite easy with no really steep hiking. The climb up Mt. Watson, however, looks like quite a task. Unfortunately I ran out of camera battery so I have not pictures to post. Judging from the patches of snow at the bottom of the mountain in the basin the snow seemed surprisingly good. If I had Bob and a pair of skis around I think I'd go back again today and give it a try.
post #24 of 24
We're heading out tomorrow AM to try and find a patch in the Desolation Wilderness to ski!
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