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Alabama? Skiing? Can you say newbie?

post #1 of 16
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(Inspired by Vetro's recent post)

I'm 35, live in Birmingham, Alabama - have been skiing about 5 days a year for the last 29 years (all Rockies so far, no East yet). I certainly would not consider myself an expert, but I love skiing the steeper on-piste stuff. . . I guess I am an advanced skier. The wife has now skied 5 years and has been able to get down the blacks with me. A surprise bonus to our marriage, without a doubt.

We are headed to Whistler in less than a week, and I just wanted to get my stoke on a little by posting one of my first messages here. This forum absolutely rocks - there is a hell of a lot more actual info being passed around here as compared to (for instance) TGR's forums. . .

Go ahead and give me the cracks about being from AL. I can take it. I agree that it's counter-intuitive for a deep south guy, but skiing is the best thing I have ever done with my vacation time.

Went to Whistler one time before. . but they had snow all the way to the base. I am concerned that I will have to download at the end of the day next week. . have never had to do that before.

On the list to do: ski Chile when it is summer in North America. Comments?
post #2 of 16
add to the to-do list: move out of alabama.
post #3 of 16
Roll Tide

Psst, by the time you get there it will be nuking. And I'm not about to jinx it by mentioning we just got 7 feet of new in Tahoe after weeks of rain; but tune in tomorrow anyway for pics.

edit: Before you decide Whister is not so good yet, you might want to look at this: http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=34486 and http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=31590
post #4 of 16
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Originally Posted by Takecontrol618
add to the to-do list: move out of alabama.
Good point. Birmingham is a great place to live . . but not for skiing. I haven't been to Cloudmont yet. Or anywhere in the East. The wife and I both agree that if we ever moved it would be towards somewhere where we could ski moe readily.

After Whistler next week, we were thinking of making along weekend trip to Jackson in Feb or March (last year for the Tram and all), but I've never been to Utah either. . .
post #5 of 16
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Originally Posted by Cirquerider
Roll Tide

Psst, by the time you get there it will be nuking. And I'm not about to jinx it by mentioning we just got 7 feet of new in Tahoe after weeks of rain; but tune in tomorrow anyway for pics.

Dude, Roll Tide. Watched the whole game - talked about skiing during the timeouts. The only school to have 28 seasons with 10-win records.
post #6 of 16

Tide

Hey Slip,

Skied all day, but caught the last 30 seconds during lunch. WAY COOL . I'm from Knoxville originally, so you know where my loyalties are. UT during the season, then SEC during bowls (except GA and FL). As my Dad says "Alabama, they are worthy rivals".

Picked up a book, you've probably read it "Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer", if not it's a real hoot. Loved the Alabama fan who said he'd root for the "University of Hell" before he'd pull for UT.

Have fun on your ski trip. By the way, if you haven't been to Telluride, come on out. Would love to show you around the mountain.
KenE
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[quote=KenE]Hey Slip,
"Picked up a book, you've probably read it "Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer", if not it's a real hoot. Loved the Alabama fan who said he'd root for the "University of Hell" before he'd pull for UT."

College football is an addiction in the South. Much like NFL is everywhere else. Was actually in DFW when the game was playing, but celebrating the NY instead with friends and family. Didn't get to the game...unfortunately, but what a game it was.
I will have to check out the book and that quote is the bomb.

From AL too. Slip is right, Birmingham is not such a bad place to be. Would take it over ATL anyday.We have hills, not mountains here. But considering the elevation, comparable to some of the Rockies. The scenery is great, but different.Skied NC for the first time 8 years ago, went to Crested Butte after and never looked back. Telluride is my second fav place to ski. LOVE it. Love Ouray. Love CO. Have property near CB and plan to move in 5 years, god willing.
I hope "Tohelluride" picks up some well deserved snow and catches up with the northern and central CO resorts soon. It is too good to miss. How is that new terrain expansion area? We visited in 01, the year before it opened.
post #8 of 16
cant comment on downloading at whistler, never had lack of snow there.

i loooked into south america skiing and it seems there are only one or 2 ski areas worth hitting, the lifts arent too great by US standards and the skiable areas are not that large; so i went to mammoth and mt.hood instead.(mt. hood is pretty small for summer skiing too).
so, really check it out before going.
post #9 of 16
Go to Utah. Any resort. Ski powder. Never fails.
post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by slip
1. We are headed to Whistler in less than a week. . .I am concerned that I will have to download at the end of the day next week. . have never had to do that before.

2. Go ahead and give me the cracks about being from AL. I can take it.
1. Have fun! I didn't have to download in mid-December when the base was 76cm - there's another 100cm on top of that now, so you'll be fine.
If you do have to d/l...well, nothing to be worried about: it's the same as getting to the top, just in the other direction. Get in the gondola, enjoy the view, then get out at the bottom.

2. No cracks from me. I've never understood the northern US'ers condescending attitude toward the southern US. I know the history, but c'mon! that was a while ago.
To this non-American that attitude seems ridiculous.
You want to ski Chile during (our) summer - now that's a true skier talking!
post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by kdskis2
...Birmingham is not such a bad place to be. Would take it over ATL anyday. We have hills, not mountains here. But considering the elevation, comparable to some of the Rockies.
Interesting notion, let's go to the White House of Yesteryear for reaction...

post #12 of 16
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Rockies?

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Originally Posted by kdskis2
But considering the elevation, comparable to some of the Rockies.
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Originally Posted by OldSchool
Interesting notion, let's go to the White House of Yesteryear for reaction...
I'll have to agree with OldSch on this, kdskis. The highest point in Alabama is Mount Cheaha at 2407 feet.
post #13 of 16
College football is an addiction in the South.

Telluride is my second fav place to ski. LOVE it. Love Ouray. Love CO. Have property near CB and plan to move in 5 years, god willing.
I hope "Tohelluride" picks up some well deserved snow and catches up with the northern and central CO resorts soon. It is too good to miss. How is that new terrain expansion area? We visited in 01, the year before it opened. [/quote]

We were talking UT ball at work and one of the ladies said "Talking sports again", I just said "No, Religion, UT football".

The new terrain here (Prospect Bowl) is pretty cool. Really nice mogul runs off Lift 14 (not for me), beautiful glades in the bowl, and just a nice change of pace from the rest of the mountain.

We do, so, need some snow here.

I agree, with Birmingham over Atlanta now. It's just become a bit too much. Chattanooga will be a suburb by next week.
post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by OldSchool
Interesting notion, let's go to the White House of Yesteryear for reaction...

Ok...you got me. I am Miss funny pants, I guess, now. .
Ha ha.
Yes, let me correct myself by saying that it is all relative. If you compare from the elevation that we stand on...up to the highest point(Mt. Cheaha), then you are not looking at that much of a difference in distance. Elevation of Bham in ratio to elevation of Mt. Cheaha compared to elevation of Gunnison to the base elevation of Crested Butte. 800ft vs. 1600 ft. give or take.
But, ya got me just the same!!

About UT football and AL football:

Religion would be an apt way to put it. Eat, breathe, sleep it...repeat.

And an Amen on the Chatanooga thing. On second thought....why don't they just annex southern SC into GA and call it SCATLANTA.
Plus....I'll take Interstate 459 over I 285 any day, but there IS a plethora more diverse restaurant choices in ATL.
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Alabama

SLIP. Never been to Alabama but can help you out of Chile. Its snow here now but you better check Whistler - they're pretty close to the coast. Anyway. Chile, I skied there for 6 days in l998 so heres the rundown: Flew to Santiago - great city recommend staying at least a couple days - only had one problem the smog was unbelievably bad. Drove to Portillo and stayed there for 6 days. Had a lot of snow that year. Snow was a lot like Tahoe in its consistency. Good intermediate skiing and a lot of expert skiing especially if you are will to hike a little and take a hairy traverse. Best ski lift in all of skidom, a 5 person platter lift called the Rokka Jack going up hill is almost more fun than coming down. If you go talk to someonw regarding this lift so you know its little qirks like getting off on an expert hill with no off loading zone. Anyway the skiing was great. You are all alone up there at the Hotel but its great. 3 meals a day, or eat up on the hill at a great place. Tea is included after skiing (around 4PM) real social hour in hte lodge and then dinner is about 8 i.e. european time. I went with NASTC - North American Ski Training Center, located in Truckee Calif (No.l lake tahoe) they have their own web site, Chris and Jenny Fellows business, great people and really a great trip. One I will never forget. One of my daydreams was always to walk into Sacramento Airport in August (when its 107 degrees) with my ski's over my shoulder and take off for Chile. So I did it 107 in Sac town and 51 in Santiago when we landed. NASTC's trip also will give you friends to ski with all week, eat meals with, drink with and either hit the gym with, the night club etc\. etc. Good luck/Ski Hard and drink well. Pete
post #16 of 16
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Pete No. Idaho
SLIP. Never been to Alabama but can help you out of Chile. Its snow here now but you better check Whistler - they're pretty close to the coast.
Goodness gracious. Am on day 3 of a 6 day ski trip at Whistler. So far, snow every day. Many newbies with us, and the complaints center on how hard it is to make turns in deep powder. Amazing how humans seem to complain about the status quo no mater what it is. . .

Conditions are great here. .. as long as you don't care about good visibility. Low clouds, etc. Snow is deep. Grooming machinery cannot keep up. Expecting 40cm Fri, apparently.
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