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05-06 a season in review. - Page 2

post #31 of 97
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Originally Posted by TruckeeLocal
We're only two-thirds of the way through the season. Isn't this thread a bit premature :
My report will come after Memorial Day.
It has been an incredible season.
post #32 of 97
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Originally Posted by Ullr
What kind of clinic and where? I need to speed my wife up.
Ah, but does your wife want to be speeded up?
post #33 of 97
  • Fairly average year. I'll end up with about 50 days.
  • Absolutely pathetic with regards to ski areas. I've only gone to Copper and Vail. I'll definitely go to Loveland by the end of the year and possibly Breck this coming weekend. Truly pathetic and I can't believe I didn't make it Aspen at all.
  • On the plus side, we had such a phenomenal early season and I had so many 12"+ days early in the year that there was no reason to go anywhere else. We were skiing better than anywhere else in North America.
  • For the second year in a row I had my best days in December. How odd.
  • Purchased some Salomon Guns and I'm extremely happy with them. I don't care what anyone says about them being noodles, they ski well for me.
  • Backcountry fun days; including an unplanned night sleeping in the woods at 11,000'.
  • More days on alpine than on tele.
  • Remembered to smile more often when standing on my porch.
post #34 of 97
post #35 of 97
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Originally Posted by TruckeeLocal
We're only two-thirds of the way through the season. Isn't this thread a bit premature :
Thanks what I was thinking.

Phil you were looking at coming last week. Take a run at coming out here in early to mid may. I promise it will be good.

Past that will be good also but I will have to start working again and may miss you.
post #36 of 97
1. Spent more time out west than here.
2. Northern Utah, LCC, BCC, Vail, Beaver. All good conditions.
3. 2.5 hours total time spring skiing. Not happy about that.
4. Getting better in deep powder each year.
5. Hating ice more and more.
post #37 of 97
1. Enjoyed seeing my wife get back into skiing since her shoulder surgery last season.
2. After waiting patiently all summer to ski them, finally got my Metrons on the snow.
3. Skied Switzerland and Italy for the first time.
4. Skied Utah & Wyoming for the first time.
5. Barely broke even on my ASC Bronze pass.
post #38 of 97
  1. Hit a new personal vertical record of 1.7 million feet, topping each of the last two years (last year 1.2, previous year 1.5). Did not equal the previous high of 75 days, due to late season injuries. Will only have 73 this year. Noticeably increased my "average" and "median" day vertical while still doing more off trail exploration than before. Figured out that, using "best price of the day", I came out ahead $2058 by buying a season pass.
  2. Got new skis, K2 Recons, and love them. Started doing my own waxing as my inhouse technician went off to college.
  3. Got to ski a number of runs I hadn't had the guts to try before and found my comfort level improved on some of the more challenging runs from previous years. Have two more runs in mind for next year to add to the list. Became more comfortable in the fog on some of the trails without trees nearby, but still suffering vertigo on occasion.
  4. Met more of the regulars at our area, so had to ski by myself a bit less.
Downside:
  1. Ski area closed for animal habitat reasons in spite of still having outstanding skiing and tons of snow.
  2. This was the last year for the Outpost lodge, an oasis for locals with close-in parking and a quiet environment. Next year it will have been upgraded to be the main day lodge.
  3. My favorite ski shop, Ski Mountain Sports, is going out of business. Now who will I have sharpen my skis???
  4. Didn't go to many other areas due to lack of funds and daughter off at college (didn't go to races this year).
post #39 of 97
Best year ever for me and I may still make it out to Tahoe next month

Wife actually went down some Blue Squares and skied them instead of surviving them
Got to ski with many Bears out west and my skiing as well as number of friendships improved as a result
Loved the new "Hot Rods":
Nephew went from "never ever" to skiing all over Abasin in a week:
If I have skied my last day of the season it was in 1-2FT of FRESH
post #40 of 97
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Originally Posted by jgiddyup
If I have skied my last day of the season it was in 1-2FT of FRESH

Awesome pic -- where was that?
post #41 of 97
Good

Compeated well actually won some money for a change
Lots of days in the mountains
Picked up Jp vs Julien's, T-halls and DP Louts 138's for 1,300
Learned lots of new things
Didn't land the cork nine on my head
Got my girlfriend on skis

Bad

Girlfriend hates Utah skiing only wants to ski in Vermont
Found lots of new areas on the body that can produce pain
Saw one of my best friends get torn up right in front of my face and couldn't do a damn thing
Cracked both soles of my boats, the only boots that ever fit my goofy feet

Most of all I found peace, it happens every year but is always suprising
The seasons not over yet, maybe I can work on my GF
post #42 of 97
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Originally Posted by Spanish Armada
Bad

Girlfriend hates Utah skiing only wants to ski in Vermont
The seasons not over yet, maybe I can work on my GF
I'm a believer that most things need to be done 3 times to make a real judgment.

Maybe you can convince her to try two more trips to made her final judgment!
post #43 of 97

Great Year !!!!!!!

-Started skiing at 2 1/2 and stopped at 17 started back skiing this year at 36.......just like I never stopped
-I tought my 8 year old and 5 year old how to ski
-Wife became a better skier
-Skied 15 days (4 in Steamboat)
-Already planned to go back out west
-No broken anything!!
-Had to buy all new stuff......worth every penny
-Found this forum...........very, very cool
post #44 of 97
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Originally Posted by trekchick
I'm a believer that most things need to be done 3 times to make a real judgment.

Maybe you can convince her to try two more trips to made her final judgment!
Thanks for the encouragement, we talked about moving for the last three months but I can't get her to budge an inch. I think the trip idea to scope it out would be a great idea.
post #45 of 97
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Originally Posted by skier219
Awesome pic -- where was that?
Abasin last Friday with the Let's Go Colorado II group! That's me in the red jacket and it's nearly lunch time
post #46 of 97
Started the 05/06 season with:
  • Little confidence and 8 days on alpine, ever (grew up on nordic).
  • A pair of crappy beginner skis
Will wrap up the 05/06 season with:
  • Demos. 9 skis demo’ed, including: K2 Burnin Luv, Phat Luv and Crossfire; Salomon Foil, Siam, Scrambler and Teneighty; Volkl Karma; Rossignol B2.
  • Ski Gear. Ended up buying K2 Apache Recons, used.
  • Car gear. Bought snowtires for my Civic and managed to avoid certain death on I-70 or CO-9 quite a few times. Good value there.
  • Quantity. 32 resort days on a $250 pass. 36 resort days total including Copper, Steamboat, Vail and A-Basin (this weekend)
  • Ability. With better skis I have confidence to go fast because they’re not chattering; with wider skis I have a decent chance at powder or crud. I can even make it down bumps and depending on the day am fairly ok at it.
  • Accomplishments. Personal goals of skiing blacks/bowls/extreme terrain with confidence and relative competence attained. Now I seek out the hardest and steepest stuff for fun, and go down it with little apprehension. Went cat skiing twice this year. More adventure and off-trail experience than I ever thought possible this year. And I inspired my dad.
  • Happiness. I found a really great and patient boyfriend, and can mostly follow him anywhere on the mountain, except in those pesky tight and steep trees. Maybe he’ll ski with me next year, too.
  • Future. Thinking about gear upgrades and the fun adventures for next season.
post #47 of 97
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by trouble
Started the 05/06 season with:
  • Little confidence and 8 days on alpine, ever (grew up on nordic).
  • A pair of crappy beginner skis
Will wrap up the 05/06 season with:
  • Demos. 9 skis demo’ed, including: K2 Burnin Luv, Phat Luv and Crossfire; Salomon Foil, Siam, Scrambler and Teneighty; Volkl Karma; Rossignol B2.
  • Ski Gear. Ended up buying K2 Apache Recons, used.
  • Car gear. Bought snowtires for my Civic and managed to avoid certain death on I-70 or CO-9 quite a few times. Good value there.
  • Quantity. 32 resort days on a $250 pass. 36 resort days total including Copper, Steamboat, Vail and A-Basin (this weekend)
  • Ability. With better skis I have confidence to go fast because they’re not chattering; with wider skis I have a decent chance at powder or crud. I can even make it down bumps and depending on the day am fairly ok at it.
  • Accomplishments. Personal goals of skiing blacks/bowls/extreme terrain with confidence and relative competence attained. Now I seek out the hardest and steepest stuff for fun, and go down it with little apprehension. Went cat skiing twice this year. More adventure and off-trail experience than I ever thought possible this year. And I inspired my dad.
  • Happiness. I found a really great and patient boyfriend, and can mostly follow him anywhere on the mountain, except in those pesky tight and steep trees. Maybe he’ll ski with me next year, too.
  • Future. Thinking about gear upgrades and the fun adventures for next season.
Get your boyfriend on here so we can tell him how lucky he is.
post #48 of 97
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Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese
Get your boyfriend on here so we can tell him how lucky he is.
He's on here (he introduced me to this site). But go ahead and tell him he's lucky anyway!
post #49 of 97

Ski Season

Fun and reflective to look back on 05-06:

Good. Really good snow this year and a lot of it
Taught a lot early in season, did not have a bad class,very rewarding
Had great time skiing in clinics and with fellow instructors
Broke away from my area and skied Schweitzer (4times), 49 degrees,
Mt. Spokane and lookout ski area
Took a PSIA Bump clinic at Schweitzer that turned into an off piste
and powder clinic becauses there was too much snow in the moguls
B5 I bought the year before worked good in trees, pow etc.
Better: got tired of not being able to go really fast and be comfort-
able. Bought Fischer RX9's went to Schweitzer and zoomed
the long cruisers at warp - yea fun.
My wife skied more and enjoyed herself - had a good time with her
friends.Bought wife new skis on Epic, new boots/helmet etc at shop

Bad. Had to do some work on my real job in March.
Need new boots next year- couldn't find any good boots around this
spring in my size.


Excellent: Looking forward to next year and have Epic to explore all summer.
Regret. Had to cancel trip to Big Mt. in Montana and ski with sibhusky.
Only skied about 50 days.
post #50 of 97

Thank you? For Epic Ski

I wanted to give this thread a more serious post. My ski season is not over, but the past year has been great. I owe MUCH to Epic Ski for the information I gained and the contacts I have made during the past year.

It appears that I joined EPIC about 1 year ago. My profile says:
Join Date: April 18th, 2005

I rember the night I was directed to this site. I was sitting in an Extended Stay America in San Ramon CA. I was working and WAS MISERABLE because I was not home and Sking. I was on the Sking Magazine Forums, and someone From Epic suggested that I come here. Whoever you are (A BIG THANKYOU)!

Below is what I belive to be my first thread? I could not figure out my first post
http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=27216&highlight=SX11
My how much things change in a year. When I came to Epic I skied Atomic SX11's (Everywhere) I knew I was going to buy fat skis but knew nothing about them.

So in 1 year, I found and joined 2 ski forums EPIC and TGR
I Skied with someone I met on the Internet (Thank you Mr. Chan)

I bought my first FAT SKI 186 Legend Pro Riders (Thanks BakerBoy)
I went Skiing in Portillo Chile!! (I knew nothing about SA before the forums). Thanks you everyone.

I skied Snowbird last July 4!
I learned about Backcountry Skiing.
I suspect that everything anyone would ever want to know about A/T setups is here and @ TGR.

I bought PM Gear Bro Models!! (WOW)! Fritchie Freerides, Skins / A beacon.
I attended a Gathering? Meet a bunch of people from the internet and skied with them. It was really amazing. I was surprised at just how (The same) we all are.

I went to Str8line camp. MY GOD I cannot describe what its like to ski with ski stars and 20 other (MAGGOTS) Very humbling and very cool to be in the company of such talent.
I have been on?? I don't even know how many first chairs this year. I have blown down the mountain in plain view of others on the chairlift laying down first tracks. What a rush to rip fresh tracks while others hoot and holler from above.

I have had one hell of a year.
I want to thank you all for the advice, company and comradely. This year would not have been possible without you!

AND OH YEA, it an’t over yet!!!:
post #51 of 97
Days skied: 76
Average price for lift service per day: $5.16
Average miles of driving per ski day: 35
Average miles per gallon for ski trips::
Ptex candles per ski day: .11
Pair of skis skied at least 1 day: 8
Pair of skis bought during season: 3
Times on first chair: 12
Times on second chair:4
Money spent on beer and pizza: a brazillian $
post #52 of 97

Wow, the East really is different this year!

1. We didn't have much snow this year.
2. I went to Okemo for the first time and really enjoyed it.
3. I got some great advice from Bears re Okemo instructor.
4. Got new boots: Nordica Beast 10's
5. Got flamed on TGR for criticizing them, but secretly replied to a post under my alias.
5. Really enjoyed using my Volkl skis I purchased last year, end of season.
6. Missed Whistler terribly. Will try for a trip next year.:
post #53 of 97
Skied out west for the first time at the Gathering and met a lot of good people and good skiers. I've already buttered up my wife so I can go next year and every year after. I skied off-piste for the first time ever and trails much steeper than I would have thought possible in this area.

Bought a set of RX8s, my first set of shaped skis (love 'em).

I only got 10 days of skiing this year, but that's a lot for me. I did get a lot of runs on the days I went.
post #54 of 97

An appropriate 1,000th post...

Ah, the '05-'06 ski season. Despite being the "season that wasn't" in terms of natural snow, I had a great time!

- 70 days (w/ another 2-3 planned before I hang 'em up)
- More powder days before Christmas than after
- Injury free
- Participated in the now legendary "torchlight parade gone rogue" (a SS rookie somehow got up front and detoured the entire parade past the unlit fireworks display and into the terrain park...interesting to say the least!)
- Dialed in 540's over the lip in the halfpipe
- Overcame my fear of sliding rails
- Taught some great kids, especially our seasonals
- Made a lot of lifelong friends
- Hit 1,000 posts on Epicski...Maybe I could have spent more time skiing?

Here's to many more great seasons!
post #55 of 97
Got some new gear, got some new skills, got some freshies in Utah.

Works for me. Looking forward to harassing Arcmeister again all next winter.
post #56 of 97
not over yet but last sunday at Meadows was magic...fresh, dry and beautiful.
-first season with a pass
-first season to miss the bears :-(
-first season to ski well (decent?) in fresh pow
-keep having fun
post #57 of 97
WHAT ? End of SEASON REVIEW ? Dont think so. Most tahoe resorts got 2 feet in the past 2 weeks, loveland is open thru 1st weekend of may and i got free roundtrip tickets on 2 different airlines.

Quote:
Over ? Nothing is over until we decide it is ! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor ?
No ! And it aint over now ! Who's with me ? Yeahhh !
post #58 of 97
Probably the best thing was joining EpicSki
post #59 of 97
1) Got in 40 days of skiing (all in VT);
2) Didn't get out west (for the first time in years);
3) Husband sold a novel to Random House, which may cut us lose from our day-time jobs (so we can ski even more);
4) started "Ski Diva: A Blog For Women Who Ski" (at the end of April)
5) Joined EpicSki
post #60 of 97
i've got 4 days coming up at mammoth in june...so my re-cap will have to wait:

i'll hope to bring back a good report+photos
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