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Hi there,

 

I suppose I'd better throw something in here..... ;)

 

Been around other forums a bit,..... left one that was choc full of socialist trolls & ended up starting one of my own,..... But also got around to lurking in here & eventually joined.

 

"50 something" ski & golf nut that found my way to Sun Peaks in BC some 5+ years ago & decided it was a pretty cool place to live.

 

100+ ski days in winter,...... 100+ rounds of golf in summer,..... all on my doorstep,..... Every now & again I do some work for a living..... ;)

 

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Hey, MSatSP,

 

Welcome to Epicski, and thanks for showing up!

 

Don't know much about Sun Peaks, "Canada's second largest resort." I'm looking forward to learning more.

 

We have our fair share of trolls from both ends of the political spectrum here — though most of that talk is confined to our Politics & Hot Topics forum, which you can join, at your own risk, after you've been here a while (not recommended; many of us stay out).

post #1232 of 1238
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Hey, MSatSP,

Welcome to Epicski, and thanks for showing up!

Don't know much about Sun Peaks, "Canada's second largest resort." I'm looking forward to learning more.

We have our fair share of trolls from both ends of the political spectrum here — though most of that talk is confined to our Politics & Hot Topics forum, which you can join, at your own risk, after you've been here a while (not recommended; many of us stay out).

Thanks for the welcome. smile.gif

Have a looky here for a raft of info: http://sunpeaks.freeforums.net/board/1/general-board

I've been running that for well over a year,..... All seasons are covered in there across various threads.

Not touching politics,.... Got far better things to do.

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Welcome MSatSP, you are definitely "living the dream!"
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Hello to everyone here.  My name is Eddie.  I've been reading EpicSki since finding it several weeks ago.

 

First, sincere gratitude to all of you for the enjoyable and helpful material you post here.  I have learned much, but have neither the experience nor the skills to contribute anything of value.  Thank you for letting me lurk and learn.

 

My brothers are very good skiers, but I did not learn what the fuss was about until March of last year, when I took a lesson at Wolf Creek and skied mostly greens for 1.5 days.  I was 58, and the ski bug bit hard and deep.  I've since skied two days at Taos last December, 1.5 days at Beech Mt. in NC in Feb., and three days at Purgatory in March with my brother and his children.  Though I got a late start, I've not done too poorly: skied all runs at Beech (easy after Taos), and all the blues and a couple of blacks at Purgatory.

 

I wish I had started younger, so I have plans to make up for lost time.  I've got three trips planned this season, beginning with Wolf Creek in November.  Living on Galveston Bay, TX (yes, I'm one of them! :-) ), I have no home mountain.  Before skiing, I spent most vacation time driving to western mountains for backpacking and mountain climbing (I climb at least one 14er each summer - that's my way of thumbing my nose at the passing years).

 

Again, my thanks to all of you who make this a wonderful place to hang out for a while.

 

Cheers

Eddie

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Hello to everyone here.  My name is Eddie.  I've been reading EpicSki since finding it several weeks ago.

 

First, sincere gratitude to all of you for the enjoyable and helpful material you post here.  I have learned much, but have neither the experience nor the skills to contribute anything of value.  Thank you for letting me lurk and learn.

 

My brothers are very good skiers, but I did not learn what the fuss was about until March of last year, when I took a lesson at Wolf Creek and skied mostly greens for 1.5 days.  I was 58, and the ski bug bit hard and deep.  I've since skied two days at Taos last December, 1.5 days at Beech Mt. in NC in Feb., and three days at Purgatory in March with my brother and his children.  Though I got a late start, I've not done too poorly: skied all runs at Beech (easy after Taos), and all the blues and a couple of blacks at Purgatory.

 

I wish I had started younger, so I have plans to make up for lost time.  I've got three trips planned this season, beginning with Wolf Creek in November.  Living on Galveston Bay, TX (yes, I'm one of them! :-) ), I have no home mountain.  Before skiing, I spent most vacation time driving to western mountains for backpacking and mountain climbing (I climb at least one 14er each summer - that's my way of thumbing my nose at the passing years).

 

Again, my thanks to all of you who make this a wonderful place to hang out for a while.

 

Cheers

Eddie


Welcome to EpicSki!  Since you live in Texas, what were you doing at Beech Mtn?  I live a few hours from it but haven't been that much.  My home mountain is in northern VA, but my favorite is Alta.

 

It's never too late (I'm older than you).

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Hello, marznc,

 

Thank you for your message.  It's a pleasure to 'meet' you.

 

Beech Mtn. was a side-trip following business meetings at Oak Ridge National Lab in TN.  I had planned to hike the Smoky Mountains, and had even brought winter backpacking gear, but a friend at ORNL told me that a good snow had fallen on Beech (which I hadn't heard of before) and seized the opportunity to practice at a new mountain.  I had a Thursday afternoon and full day Friday on the mountain.

 

The base was in good shape and temperatures cold (down to about 0 Friday morning, with a strong wind).  Snow guns were running Thursday, though I couldn't see how they were needed.  About three inches fell overnight, so Friday conditions were wonderful, despite the wind.  I enjoyed my time there very much.  Runs are shorter and fewer than the few western mountains I've skied, which means relatively more time spent on lifts, but the runs were fun and people very friendly; they also offer a few night runs.  Having just skied Taos two months before (perhaps not the best choice for only my second ski trip), I found the runs more amenable to my low skill level.  By Friday I was skiing the black runs, which were still challenging enough to help me improve.  Though a relatively small mountain, it would be a treat to have in your back yard.

 

I've read wonderful things about Alta.  I've hiked much of Utah, but haven't skied there - much further to drive than CO and NM - but feel I really must get there. What attracts you to Alta?

 

Cheers

Eddie

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Hello, marznc,

 

Thank you for your message.  It's a pleasure to 'meet' you.

 

Beech Mtn. was a side-trip following business meetings at Oak Ridge National Lab in TN.  I had planned to hike the Smoky Mountains, and had even brought winter backpacking gear, but a friend at ORNL told me that a good snow had fallen on Beech (which I hadn't heard of before) and seized the opportunity to practice at a new mountain.  I had a Thursday afternoon and full day Friday on the mountain.

 

The base was in good shape and temperatures cold (down to about 0 Friday morning, with a strong wind).  Snow guns were running Thursday, though I couldn't see how they were needed.  About three inches fell overnight, so Friday conditions were wonderful, despite the wind.  I enjoyed my time there very much.  Runs are shorter and fewer than the few western mountains I've skied, which means relatively more time spent on lifts, but the runs were fun and people very friendly; they also offer a few night runs.  Having just skied Taos two months before (perhaps not the best choice for only my second ski trip), I found the runs more amenable to my low skill level.  By Friday I was skiing the black runs, which were still challenging enough to help me improve.  Though a relatively small mountain, it would be a treat to have in your back yard.

 

I've read wonderful things about Alta.  I've hiked much of Utah, but haven't skied there - much further to drive than CO and NM - but feel I really must get there. What attracts you to Alta?

 

Cheers

Eddie


Ah, I thought you probably other reasons to be in the area.  Beech and the other NC mountains were running snow guns any chance they got last season.  They have to build base when they can in order to survive the warm spells that are guaranteed to happen before March.  Glad you had a good time.  Definitely helped that your were there midweek.  All SE ski areas are a bit nuts on weekends.  

 

I'm going to Taos for the first time this season.  Looking forward to learning from a Taos Ski Week.


As for Alta, it goes way back in my skiing history.  But even as I've improved to the point of being able to ski the harder terrain (after age 55), it's still my favorite for assorted reasons.  Snow and terrain is part of it, no snowboarders is a factor, but the fact that I stay at Alta Lodge means I've totally spoiled myself when it comes to Alta skiing.

 

Most of the ongoing regional/resort threads for this season have started.  There are links here:

http://www.epicski.com/f/21/resorts-conditions-travel

 

To get a feel for Utah skiing, check out last seasons ongoing thread:

http://www.epicski.com/t/142301/2015-16-utah-weather-news-conditions-discussion

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Hello, Marznc,

 

Thank you for the information about Alta.  I may take one trip by plane this year; with SLC easy to get to from Houston, perhaps I will go to Alta.

 

I hope you enjoy your time at Taos.  I am quite unqualified to speak much about the runs there, but I found the place very beautiful.  With the exception of a couple of easy blues, and one short black run (descending Honeysuckle, I accidentally turned off on to Papa Bear; I fell almost right away, but righted myself and managed to work my way down - great experience), I stuck to mostly green terrain.  I was there in mid-December.  There were no lift lines, and conditions were quite good, I was told, for that early.  Assuming you are a much better skier than I am (granted, that's not a high bar), and enjoy challenging runs, you should find TSV to your liking.  The little village is sweet and quaint, though quiet at night (I like that).  I stayed at the mountain, rather than in town; I wanted the easy walk to the lift, and I've spent plenty of time in Taos.  The new Blake hotel is open; it was under construction when I was there.  My second day there the runs had about 8" of powder that had fallen overnight.  That was quite an experience for a novice, especially since I had rented beginner skis; it took a couple of runs before I started to get the hang of it.  I hope to go back again late this winter, since I should be able to ski more of the mountain by then..

 

Cheers

Eddie

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