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post #31 of 48
Diminishing Marginal Utility be Damned. I think it's ski area (poor) marketing and the competition with all the other outdoor activities in the spring. In the winter, skiing is the only outside sport for some of us but in the warm weather there are many different things to keep us busy.
post #32 of 48
For my pocketbook, skiing is an expensive sport (just the tank of gas to get there and back is $40). Riding my bike, on the other hand, is nearly free, and less time consuming. (Don't get me wrong, I *love* skiing for days at a time.)

Despite the good snow, I hate skiing in temperatures much above the low 50's. Since I picked up boarding this year, I'll have to give that a whirl in the slush and see if it changes my mind.

Wierd, but I stopped by the Folsom REI this snowy weekend. About one hour's drive from the South Lake Tahoe resorts, they posted a large sign by the front door: "Ski Department Closed for the Season." They had a handful of closeout skis and boards, but I'll be damned if all the gloves had vanished and they had maybe half a dozen pairs of socks to pick from.

Many folks walking in to that store would probably assume the sign indicated all the good snow was gone.
post #33 of 48
Well, you should visit Colorado right now. All the mountains are packed with gapers from Texas, Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi, etc. March is the busiest month on our slopes and the only reason it slows down a lot in April is that the mountains close. And for the most part they will be closing with 100% of the terrain fully covered and open on the last day but...locals spend less than tourists so the resorts try to create the illusion that the ski season is so short so that they can maximize profits
post #34 of 48
There are loads of people out here in California skiing in April. Many areas close in mid-April because of Forest Service use permit restrictions. Say what you will about the popularity of skiing in March, but the line of cars to get into Kirkwood this weekend to park, extended out on Hwy 88 to Carson Spur and out to Carson Pass. The lift lines were some of the longest I have ever seen. Sierra at Tahoe reached capacity and had to turn people away. This was the story all over the place here this last weekend in March.

As we progress into spring, Lots of people ski, but most of them are season pass holders. The tourists quit coming because skiing has long ended back east. Meanwhile we still have a settled summit snow base at 24 feet


post #35 of 48

Other Intrests are O.K.

For our family it's frustrating that areas close with good snow. Our winters are for the most part consumed with Hockey and cross country ski racing ,pre season training etc. Competitive pursuits that require committment and a schedule to follow. It's usually Late Feb. early March before we find some windows to get out to the mountains for skiing or boarding My favorite resort,
RED mountain closes in early april usually with good snow still. Sunshine Village stays open until mid may but like most places visits are falling off by then and most people are getting on with life in the valley . Life with more than one intrest dictates that you move on. We race road and mountain bikes as well and if you have'nt spent a lot of your recreational hours in March and april training then you end up racing yourself at the back of the pack. I love skiing hard and do get consumed by the sport but because we treat it more recreationally it gets pushed by the wayside. Oh yeah my son and one daughter play lacrosse from end March to July 1 as well. Any wealthy Philanthropist benefactors out there that would like to sponsor us!! LOL.
I'll likely die broke. but we think it's still cheaper than Bail and if we spend thier inheratence now then at least we get to see them enjoy it. and hopefully they will be well adjusted enough not to need it when they are 40 or 50 and we are dust
post #36 of 48
Dunno. Aside from a real pow day it doesn't get better for me than hiking with the sun to back bowls on warm, long days (read: post-daylight savings) in late March and April. Corn, a settled snowpack, smooth conditions and good light - and no deep-freeze on the chair. BBQ and beers over at the Sherwood outpost (Alpine Meadows) is a great 3pm capper for pretty much every day. Outside of the pow day, I personally find skiing in Dec and early Jan a little depressing: cold, dark until 10am, then dark again at 4pm and if it's not new snow, it's hard snow (ech). Plus, the crowds and traffic suck and people seem to be waaay more serious, not sun-drunk and smiley.
post #37 of 48
Insane conditions in LCC now. If you are nearby it definitely is worth the trip.
post #38 of 48
I can't speak for others, but I'm digging for Bob Peters' guiding thread. . .
post #39 of 48
If I could ski all year, I would!
For me, I have spent a lot of money, buying some ski gears, and tickets during the winter. I am broke!! I am now looking for something cheap to do, like walking, running, etc.: (not necessariliy because I want to do them, but because that would be good for my skiing next season!)

It's true, what some people have said already. It's probably got a lot to do with Marketing..

I miss the snow. I don't like the bare brown/green ground. It's depressing!
post #40 of 48
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Originally Posted by Skicrazed
I miss the snow. I don't like the bare brown/green ground. It's depressing!
There's nothing depressing at Mt. Baker. 220 inches (19 foot) base at the top of Pan Dome (the summit) and 200 inches at the lodge.

March and April are the best months at Baker. You can see your nose in front of your face (no fog) and the coverage is best of the year. Bring your fatties and party until April 30.
post #41 of 48
I think it is also a case of not having season passes. People who have them are probably far more likely to continue skiing. At least for me, I could not fathom having a pass and sitting at home not skiing when there was snow.
post #42 of 48
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Originally Posted by Cirquerider
There are loads of people out here in California skiing in April. Many areas close in mid-April because of Forest Service use permit restrictions. Say what you will about the popularity of skiing in March, but the line of cars to get into Kirkwood this weekend to park, extended out on Hwy 88 to Carson Spur and out to Carson Pass. The lift lines were some of the longest I have ever seen. Sierra at Tahoe reached capacity and had to turn people away. This was the story all over the place here this last weekend in March.

As we progress into spring, Lots of people ski, but most of them are season pass holders. The tourists quit coming because skiing has long ended back east. Meanwhile we still have a settled summit snow base at 24 feet


Cirquerider,

At what time was the picure taken ? Was this saturday ? Just want to be sure what time I need to start out for the wood :-)
post #43 of 48
I don't know what the reason is but yesterday was my first day back at Squaw went out with jet lag took a few photies and was amazed at how relatively empty it was. Not as much as some days I had here last year when I was literally the only skier on large chunks of the mountain (OK they had closed some of it down). I'm sure if this was in Europe and with the snow conditions and weather yesterday and today it would be mobbed. Hey I don't know why you guys don't ski in April even with large urban catchment area nearby. Looking forwards to 5 weeks of skiing on snow 5 times better than I left behind in Italy.
post #44 of 48
Quote:
Originally Posted by Captain_Strato
There's nothing depressing at Mt. Baker. 220 inches (19 foot) base at the top of Pan Dome (the summit) and 200 inches at the lodge.

March and April are the best months at Baker. You can see your nose in front of your face (no fog) and the coverage is best of the year. Bring your fatties and party until April 30.
Wow!! 220 inches of snow... The mountain I go to, closed the other day with 10-40 inches of snow, and I was sort of moping around. Thanks for cheering me up Captain Strato!!
post #45 of 48
Quote:
Originally Posted by james
I think it is also a case of not having season passes. People who have them are probably far more likely to continue skiing. At least for me, I could not fathom having a pass and sitting at home not skiing when there was snow.
Actually I think most areas could care less about staying open for pass holders...I don't mean this in a negative way, but it's simple business.

They already made their monies off of the pass holders and aren't going to make any more, especially considering the fact that most pass holders are also penny pinchers (I'm one of those) which aren't spending money on extra mountain services (food, etc), so why should the ski areas spend money staying open?

Sucks for those of us that will ski all year, but it's simple business sense.
post #46 of 48
"It's such a shlepp"

Larry David
post #47 of 48
[quote=snoflake]I don't know what the reason is but yesterday was my first day back at Squaw went out with jet lag [quote]

Long haul from the UK and then across the US, but worth it! The East catches a lot of tour group from the UK, and for the price of another plane ride from NY, they could be skiing incredible snow in wonderful weather. And often with killer shopping to boot...!
post #48 of 48
Quote:
Originally Posted by memosteve
Actually I think most areas could care less about staying open for pass holders...I don't mean this in a negative way, but it's simple business.
They already made their monies off of the pass holders and aren't going to make any more, especially considering the fact that most pass holders are also penny pinchers (I'm one of those) which aren't spending money on extra mountain services (food, etc), so why should the ski areas spend money staying open?
Sucks for those of us that will ski all year, but it's simple business sense.
If they start doing that around here that will be the end of the several season passes I buy each year. I only justify spending my hard-earned cash where I do because I expect the bird to be open until at least the end of May.
There have been 3 years in the past 14 when they closed before Memorial Day; '00, '01, and '04. As long as that doesn't happen very much they'll keep getting my thousands each year (3 season passes cost 2700 last year).
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