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Sunshine Village, AB Nov 10th

post #1 of 19
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Sunshine Village should be opening for November 10th.

Any Epic Ski folks going to be taking part?

What are opening day conditions usually like or expected to be (given snowfall to date).

End of November is Marmot Basin opening and that is just too damn far off and snow?? what snow so far.
post #2 of 19
Damnation! I had intended to take time off of work for opening day, but someone called in sick, and I'll have to work. Seeing all that snow on the webcams at Sunshine is killing me.

I'm hoping to ski with some Alberta Bears this year; maybe we'll cross paths somewhere this season.
post #3 of 19
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Originally Posted by Colossus178
Damnation! I had intended to take time off of work for opening day, but someone called in sick, and I'll have to work. Seeing all that snow on the webcams at Sunshine is killing me.

I'm hoping to ski with some Alberta Bears this year; maybe we'll cross paths somewhere this season.
Would be great to meet some other Epic members. I have been skiing with the same guy for over 15 years and it woudl be nice to run with a few fresh people to feed off and watch technique etc....

a mid season date should be arranged for all AB and BC folks to meet and rip.
post #4 of 19
I'm holding out for the Lake to announce they will open on the 9th now. That would make the 10th a real good day to ski at the Lake. A stellar first day actually. Be warned it will likely just be the wiwaxy 500. Sunshine will likely be some good pitches with decent coverage and a lot of really rough stuff in between that you have to go over.
post #5 of 19
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Be warned it will likely just be the wiwaxy 500.
You don't think they may open with a bit more now that the gondy's there? I don't expect much from RCR, but coverage looks decent on the new cams.
post #6 of 19
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so opening say at Sunshine this year is going to be typical crappy for the most parts with some good here and there?

Lake opening day I could only imagine to be cruddy at best. they seem to have a tough start every year with most of their efforts early season placed on World cup and not public skiing. Who can blame them but reality none the less.

Marmot opening day for the last few years has been great coverage up top, but as expected less than desirable and leg burning undulations down low.

I was hoping for "epic" opening days to use my new 8800's but I think the ole Rossi's will see opening day this year. BURN !

Sacrifice to the snow gods are in order.
post #7 of 19
Mtnlion has been up at sunshine I think so will know more. That would certainly be my guess though and no reason to think different this year than many years before. I'm sure there will be numberous good pockets depending on lifts but nonsense in between.

The Lake has consistently good openings but minimal terrain (wiwaxy). In november I'm fine with starting out easy to get the legs. The problem with the gondola is that higher terrain has less snow making (more power and lift for less water to blow) and does not share snow needs with world cup so won't be priority. I find the openings good (just wiwaxy) it's down the road when the WCs steel all the resources that things start to suffer. Some better skiing becomes available but then just world cup training.
post #8 of 19
both SSV and LL will be safe on what they open, but unless you have rock skis DON'T go exploring, Some realy nice turns to be had, between the really big rocks.

L7: rumors of the back opening too. Guys where skiing ER7 without hitting stuff a week ago ......... Might just be cat tracks that are open to the back to start with, but you might want to throw in the powder plus with the 50mm risers .......

SSV: should have wawa, strawberry open for sure, then standish, angle, divide in that order.

worst case Wild bills has a steak special for $5 for lunch ...
post #9 of 19
I'll ne out there Skiing with my wife Jan 15-17/06, would anyone care to show us the ropes??
post #10 of 19
Check eldo's thread on LL over at TGR. There's more snow than I realized. If they open more lifts at the lake it will be similar to SSV, some real good pitches and some really heinous bits between those pitches and lifts and such. Rock boards and helmet for that action.

yesguy? I'll be around so drop a line if you like. No sunshine pass and probably not interested to be tour guide on low end terrain but if you're capable skiers can show you some good stuff or at least some of the lay of the land at the Lake.
post #11 of 19

Opening Day Here I Come!

Wahoo!! My meeting is over at 11:00 (Humpty's on the Highway just west of Calgary), so I should be able to hit the slopes by 12:30 at the latest!
post #12 of 19
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Originally Posted by gnjantzie
Wahoo!! My meeting is over at 11:00 (Humpty's on the Highway just west of Calgary), so I should be able to hit the slopes by 12:30 at the latest!
You Calgary guys make me sick :

We have to get up at 3:30 AM, drive all night and then ski all day, only to have a 4.5 hour drive to look forward to home. It's worth it but seeing you Calgary pukes continue straight , with barely 45 minutes to get home, when we turn off to Cochrane always gets my goat.

maybe some day when I grow up I can live in Cow Town too.

I'll let you know how some of the fresh tracks were we should be in the parking lot by 7:30 AMish. Burned by a Edmonchuckian.
post #13 of 19
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Originally Posted by Marmot mb
It's worth it but seeing you Calgary pukes continue straight , with barely 45 minutes to get home, when we turn off to Cochrane always gets my goat.
It's worse than you think. My front doorstep is only 17 minutes from where you turn off for Cochrane.

On the other hand I have roughly 75 days a year of meetings in Edmonton , so I feel your pain with driving Highway 2 (although we're now well into flying season).

Make sure you save some snow for me! :
post #14 of 19
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Originally Posted by Marmot mb
. It's worth it but seeing you Calgary pukes continue straight , with barely 45 minutes to get home, when we turn off to Cochrane always gets my goat.
Make sure you wave on the way through Cochrane, but don't bother honking I find that can disrupt my slumber.


BTW ever get your boots sorted or are you stopping in?
post #15 of 19
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Originally Posted by L7
Make sure you wave on the way through Cochrane, but don't bother honking I find that can disrupt my slumber.


BTW ever get your boots sorted or are you stopping in?
Are you sure you don't want us to slow to 30 and let you hop in? Have ya home before supper time.

I haven't had them fixed yet. I know my right foot is going to be a little sore, but at the same time I am willing to tough it out to let the boots fully break in before I tweak and a little foot discomfort is worth the price for skiing.

It is actually mostly fine until about 2 PM them I have to loosen a buckle up to releive some stress, just presses ever so slightly too much in one tiny spot.

Re you Cochraniets: I can't say in public what I think about you 1 hour drive to Canadian Rocky heaven people. I heard Cochrane's a nice place for a pee break.
post #16 of 19
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Originally Posted by gnjantzie
It's worse than you think. My front doorstep is only 17 minutes from where you turn off for Cochrane.
Your right, that is worse than I could imagine. Why would you want to live that far away?

By the way, you guys seen they are opening Angel on Thursday. Haven't seen that in a while. Hopefully it's as good as it sounds. Course it'll probably pour rain to the top on Wednesday.:
post #17 of 19
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Any Epic members going to Sunshing tommorow?

Would love to meet some of you in person and maybe catch some runs together.

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 #18 of 19
Yellow Prime Helmet, Black and Silver ski togs (not sure which jacket yet but they're pretty close in appearance), Black Head Mpulse 7.7s, probably sunglasses. I won't be up until after noon.

Sounds like there will be a few of us up there.
post #19 of 19

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,,

Matt
i can't wait this looks like its going to be alot better than the last few years
(this past weekend i put on all my gear and sat on the couch and watched a ski movie..i think i have a problem , but i love it.. )
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