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post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
A question for all you experienced Sunshine Village watchers: how's it shaping up so far? I'm encouraged by what I see on the webcams. How does it look in comparison to years passed? Any guesses?
post #2 of 22
looking a bit above average, but opening is still 10 days away a a LOT can and will change my then.
post #3 of 22
Webcam is still looking sweet and the Sunshine Inn is advertising an opening week special. This looks like it might be an even better opening than last year, and Lake Louise also sounds like it's in better shape. How many bears are going to be up there on the 10th?
post #4 of 22
Looks like buddy and I will be taking part in out first Sunshine Opening Day.

I feel like a traitor. Sorry Marmot End of November is too far away.

Are rock ski's in order at Sunshine opening day based on the snow fall so far?
post #5 of 22
Thread Starter 
Those of us who aren't fortunate enough to get out on opening day wish you deep snow, few rocks, and great skiing.

I hope we'll be seeing a trip report fairly soon.

I'll be in Canmore on the 16th, to ski at Sunshine Thursday thru Sunday. If anyone cares to hook up, drop me a line (PM).

Only 11 more days...
post #6 of 22
yes, rock skis would still be a good idea, especially for you MMB, think of the great shame you would feel if you hurt your wonderful new boards
post #7 of 22
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Originally Posted by waxman
yes, rock skis would still be a good idea, especially for you MMB, think of the great shame you would feel if you hurt your wonderful new boards
I heard patience is a virtue. I think I will take my first runs on the Rossi's and check it out. Depending I may try out the new boards.

Damn Sunshine and their Gondola making it difficult to change boards unless you brave it and leave them in the Village.

I have always just skied my skis like I stole em, damage be damned, just ski like their is no tommorow and sort out the victims later. If their is a good line that looks tasty I just take it. It's only on the ride home that I whine about the damage and the huge repair bill comming. I think I may treat my new boards with some level of respect. Yeah right !
post #8 of 22
if you just ski the runs they have marked as open you should be fine on good skis, If you go off track a few inches they have lots of great fresh snow inbetween BIG rocks.

your call
post #9 of 22
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Originally Posted by mntlion
if you just ski the runs they have marked as open you should be fine on good skis, If you go off track a few inches they have lots of great fresh snow inbetween BIG rocks.

your call
Thanks for the info on the open runs. This logic doesn't ring true at marmot on opening day. it wouldn't be should be fine. it would be don't assume it's fine.

It's so hard to stay on the hard pack when you see those sweet spots you know someone else is gonna chew. I better meditate before I go. Don't be sucked into the pow side, use the force.

Is it Wednesday night yet? grr hurry up and wait.
post #10 of 22

Current conditions from Sunshine site

Sunshine snow report today is base of 71 cm (28 inches). Ski Banff reports 76 cm (30+ inches). Resort opens Thursday with 8 lifts in operation (everything except Divide and Goat's Eye). "Best opening conditions in 16 years."

Life is good!
post #11 of 22
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Originally Posted by gnjantzie
Thursday with 8 lifts in operation (everything except Divide and Goat's Eye). "Best opening conditions in 16 years."

Life is good!
Life will be good once this work day is over. I'm dying sitting here looking at my skis and boots in my office dreaming of what will be.

who needs porn, when you have new skis and opening day tommorow.
post #12 of 22
gray full face, red Arc't jacket, wooden Bro test skis, black pack.

Say Hi people
post #13 of 22
Silver Helmet, Blue Wisdom goggles, Orange Oakley Jacket, Blue Rip curl pants, ruby red boots and likely a shiny new pair of 8800's

Buddy is Black helmet, blue and black columbia jacket, black pants, blue wisdom goggles riding a pair or Solly Crossmax 10's

Don't be shy to say "EPIC?"

http://groups.msn.com/BikersfromAlbe...o&PhotoID=4526

http://groups.msn.com/BikersfromAlbe...o&PhotoID=4527
post #14 of 22

i'll be there thursday too !!

and i will be riding solo aswell..
black giro helmet / red spy goggles,
blue and white jacket / blue pants,
and old yellow volkl g3s for the rocks

i will try to remember what u guys look like,, say hi if u see me,,, see u there,,
post #15 of 22
Yellow Pryme Helmet, Goggles or Sunglasses, Black ski togs with silver or silver & white trim (depending on jacket), black and silver Head boots, and black and silver Head Mpulse 7.70 skis. I'll be there in the afternoon.

A couple of other guys have posted descriptions in the meet on the mountain forum topic.

See you on the mountain.
post #16 of 22

Opening Day Conditions

I didn't get up to the mountain until about 1:00, so other folks who caught first tracks will have to weigh in with the morning report. Very good early season conditions on natural snow (nice and soft). I could understand why everyone coming down the mountain had big smiles on their faces as I rode the gondola up. Only 70 to 75 cm base so the hazard markers were liberally deposited around the runs, but still a fair bit of terrain (30 runs open). I noodled around on strawberry and wawa for a couple of hours before heading down to jackrabbit to take a few turns on the ego black under the lift before it got too dark to ski (next time I'll bring my regular glasses up the mountain as well as my sunglasses : ). I'll probably head up at least once more on the long weekend (hopefully after a day of snow). Here's hoping the white stuff comes down heavy over the next week so they can open a bit more terrain. On the other hand, my legs were telling me just how out of shape they were : , so I'm glad I was skiing warm-up runs on the green and blues mostly.

Anyone else want to report in? Or are you going to wait for Louise to open tomorrow so we can get the comparitive reports?
post #17 of 22
we arrived nice and early in the parking lot and got parking close to the ticket office.

Total disorganization as expected. Hmm training front line staff the day before might be a good idea. 25 minutes to register a Marmot card and get a ticket with only 4 people in front of me.

once on the gondola it was apparant they had a good amount of snow.

I found out that Sunhine lockers are not very big. My Black Diamond Revalations 35 L pack with metal internal frame doesn't fit in the damn thing. Guess I get to ski with it today.

Went up Strawberry first and took a few runs on there. Great coverage didn't hit on rock. Snow was weird. Hardpack in spots, then looked the same but was powder. Very hard and dense. would float then sink then have to fight to make the turn against the dense pack. Great fun.

Moved over to Standish and Jimmyzee found us. we hooked up and ran toghether for the rest of the morning. Standish on the main runs was good coverage but I stayed out of the fun bits of rocks for the sake of the new skis.

Angel opened and we took a few runs on there. Green run off the top lots and lots of coverage. The rest of the way down was just a ho hum green traversing. coverage but no exitement.

We then went for half a dozen runs on Wawa. Great coverage. terrain is still undulating and small natural bumps still in place keeping you on your toes if you are ripping.

We caught lots of sections that were fresh snow with few tracks. as the weather warmed the snow softened up and things were fantastic for a opening day. hardly had to worry at all about rocks etc....

We then headed down to Jackrabbit and Woverine. Found lots of runs that were 1 foot fresh and almost no tracks.

We slit ways with JimmyZee so he could go get his new fat boards and grab his lunch. This boy can ski pretty damn fine. damn youngens with their young legs. Jimmy I would happy to catch runs with you any time. Sorry if my office slut legs held ya back a little.

after lunch things got pretty mushy down lower and rocks were being churned up more and more by the minute on the main runs. Up top stayed pretty stable a few high traffic high brakes areas were getting shaved thin but nothing a quick hop or turn the other way can't fix.

watch the main runs if you are ripping the undulations will catch you sleeping and send you into OH CRAP mode real quick.

For sure then need another few good dumps to justify a long drive back, but if you live close it's good for a few turns and maybe a few fresh tracks if you hunt for them.
post #18 of 22

still can't stop smilin'

alot of fun for sure,,
i was able to sneak past the ticket line with my pass and was in the village by 9:15 or so,, angel was closed for some reason so headed to standish, almost no line, perfect, headed up for an easy warmup and bailed pretty good about 200 yds into my frist run prety much right under the lift, perfect style :.
managed to find Marmot MB and friend on my 2nd run, and we found a nice lil soft spot out of the wind right away,, great to get the legs going,,
spent the rest of the morning navigating lots of different conditions,, the wind was howling but it wasn't that cold.
after a few hours on rock skis and never hitting a rock i decided to head for the parking lot for lunch and my new (used) skis,, 190 explosivs,,
the parking lot was probably more than half full so id say a pretty good crowd for a thursday,,
spent the afternoon getting used to fat skis, this was only my 2nd time using them, and i had a blast,, did a few runs by myself down low in some cruddy stuff and they were great, took some getting used to the size though ,my other skis are 177, but after a few runs they were great and quite manageable on the groomed too. managed to hook up with marmot mb again for the end of the day. You could tell we both spend lots of time at epic, i think all we talked about was skis/sidecut/snow/turns/etc

what a blast ,, might go to louise tomorrow,,

.......

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Originally Posted by Marmot mb
Jimmy I would happy to catch runs with you any time. Sorry if my office slut legs held ya back a little.
no need to apologise at all,would ski with you guys anytime no problems,i was only going fast cause i was too lazy and tired too turn,, i wanna demo those dynastars now too ..
post #19 of 22
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Originally Posted by jimmyzee53
no need to apologise at all,would ski with you guys anytime no problems,i was only going fast cause i was too lazy and tired too turn,, i wanna demo those dynastars now too ..
I keep tellin my buddy that he isn't better than me he just is too damn unskilled to make as many turns as me. we are in different stages, he still wants to rip rip rip rip, lucky bastard walks 6-10 miles a day he has the legs for it.

I have really enjoyed playing with the terrain lately and making alot more turns. I ski patrolled for few years and saw first hand what collisions do. I know when I am ripping hard and my legs are jello that if some kid comes flying out of the bushes I will not have the legs to save his butt from getting steam rolled.

Plus I'm a desk jockey I don't get the excersize I used to. I am hitting the gym twice a week now that ski season is here. I told my buddy "next time princess, next time"

like I said anytime you want to ski with us you are more than welcome, no waiting required, your in.
post #20 of 22

Conditions just keep getting better

Skied on Saturday...another 18 cm since the Thursday opening. Fresh powder all over the place (even with not getting up to the top of the mountain until 10:00 am). More snow forecast over the next two days.

Divide is scheduled to open on Monday, but I won't be able to get up there until Tuesday morning. A great start for the year as far as snow conditions go.

There's also some bad news but I posted that under general ski discussions.
post #21 of 22
Thread Starter 
I'll be there Thursday 'til Sunday, if anyone would care to get together for a run or two (I think I'll bring my helmet).
post #22 of 22
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Originally Posted by Marmot mb
I stayed out of the fun bits of rocks for the sake of the new skis.
well, id like to think i got you guys in to a few of the rockier (i mean more fun/steepr) parts,didnt want to wreck the new boards,, i just wanted to show u guys a good time.

i went to Louise on Saturday, not great but ok,, so i went back to Sunshine for the afternoon,, found some more fun stuff that i didnt think would be skiable but surprisingly teepee town is pretty much good to go,,
Also I heard Louise is now much improved, and that I kinda missed the boat on Sunday, serves me right for whining a bit on Saturday..
remember "ski or ski not, there is no whining,,":

I want to head out again this weekend for sure,,
whats opening day in Jasper? hows it shaping up up there?
i was real impressed with your d-stars,, i think if i could do short radius turns on a ski like that then it could definetly be a one ski quiver,,
although after riding those big xplosivs id also like too demo the biggest stiffest ski i can find..
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Originally Posted by Marmot mb
I keep tellin my buddy that he isn't better than me he just is too damn unskilled to make as many turns as me. we are in different stages, he still wants to rip rip rip rip, lucky bastard walks 6-10 miles a day he has the legs for it.
i guess im at the middle of the two in a way,, ive been told so many times to finish the turn,, slow down a little,, and even this weekend i tried to "ski the slow line fast" and it kinda worked (thanx epic)...
However for some reason (maybe ADD), i can only do that for about ten seconds before i stop turning and let er rip,
actually its not ADD im just lazy,,
Matt
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