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post #1 of 19
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Maybe it is just around Montreal, but people ski through the most horrendous cold all winter, endure glare ice (concrete) to ski on, and then hang up the skis as soon as the grass peeks through in the city. I have had three of the best ski days over the last 3 weekends, and the hills have been deserted. I figure I can get one more weekend, two if I try hard, yet everyone I know is looking for golf tee times. Hmm, I wait all year for the spring skiing, toss in the incredible snowfall we experienced up at Tremblant , and I am having the best skiing I can imagine for Eastern Canada. Everyone else seems to have given up on skiing around here. As the title of the thread staes, "I am not complaining, but are all these people nuts?"
post #2 of 19
No you are. Hear it's getting waist deep in spots.
post #3 of 19
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No you are. Hear it's getting waist deep in spots.
So they are the sane ones? Well, that explains a lot! If this is insanity, then bring it on (as long as it keeps snowing).
post #4 of 19
We were saying the same thing here on GoodFriday.
All the resorts around us closed a week ago, except for NubsNob. They have tremendous snow making capabilities and had done their work early in the season to assure a good base, so they had a projected Close date of April 8th and stuck it out when things got warm and rainy.

We got a huge snow dump last week and they got the benefits, and yet, the place didn't have half the skiers they should have had. Not one lift line. With this new snow they could stay open longer, but they couldn't afford to do it because there wouldn't be enough skiers to make it pay.
post #5 of 19
Seems we live in an anticipatory society. Everyone wants whats next, and right away. Too bad they/we dont enjoy what life has to offer at the moment. Same thing used to really irk me when I was a kid. The very first day of summer vacation, I'd see ads for "back to school" clothes. bleh
post #6 of 19
Excellent comment gobucks.
TRUE about so many many things.
When will folks learn to stop and smell the roses and count their blessings rather than always be looking for something they don't have yet or may never live long enough to get.
post #7 of 19
I did not go skiing this weekend because I'm out of funds. I wonder how many other skiers have this as the real reason they don't ski late season.
post #8 of 19
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I did not go skiing this weekend because I'm out of funds. I wonder how many other skiers have this as the real reason they don't ski late season.
Not here. Don't you know that all Bears make at least six figures? :
post #9 of 19
There are always funds for skiing.
post #10 of 19
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I did not go skiing this weekend because I'm out of funds. I wonder how many other skiers have this as the real reason they don't ski late season.
i'm not out, but i do have a skiing budget. however, i will still be out on the hill and closing down a mountain this year. 3rd year in a row !

and this season is far from over. loveland may be open into may w/ all theyre getting in april and who knows on abasin and timberline seems to be in great shape.

nothing is over until we decide it is ! was it over when the germans bombed pearl harbor ? no ! and its not over now !
post #11 of 19
WOW - The Germans bombed Pearl Harbor! Why would they go and do something like that? Just when I thought it was safe to get back on an airplane!
post #12 of 19
going to be a moot point when all the resorts close with loads of snow :'(
kmart til 05/06 at least anyway
post #13 of 19
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I did not go skiing this weekend because I'm out of funds. I wonder how many other skiers have this as the real reason they don't ski late season.
Ghost,

I didn't think there was any snow left at Blue Mountain anyway, I went a couple of weeks ago on a bluebird spring slush day and there were already plenty of bare spots. It was warm and rainy a few days after that. I envy those within an hour of still decent skiing. I think our season really is over around here, despite the recent drop in temperature.

Vermont or Tremblant are the closest places to ski now - 8 hours away.

Enjoy what you've got Hudson.

K
post #14 of 19
181" base and 4" new last night. I think we'll make it a few more weeks.
post #15 of 19
Southern VT picked up another 3-5" last night. Current weather reports are calling for "significant" snowfall Thursday.

I played golf last week...then skied untracked lines all weekend long. Whatever the reason, this weather is fine by me!
post #16 of 19
Hey HH,

I know where you are coming from.We were at Tremblant on Good Friday,skiing what I was told was 40-50 cm(16-20 inches for you non-metric types) of freshies,and there was barely anyone there.Ticket prices were not an issue ,as we got some cheap tickets in the parking lot for $25.We're off to Jay this weekend,and hopefully more of the same will ensue.Winter forgot about us at the beginning of the season,but she's making up for it now.
post #17 of 19
I hear ya.

Skied tremblant on Sunday. The conditions were AMAZING. Easily one of the best days of the season.

It's always sad to see a hill close due to lack of interest.
post #18 of 19
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Hey HH,

I know where you are coming from.We were at Tremblant on Good Friday,skiing what I was told was 40-50 cm(16-20 inches for you non-metric types) of freshies,and there was barely anyone there.Ticket prices were not an issue ,as we got some cheap tickets in the parking lot for $25.We're off to Jay this weekend,and hopefully more of the same will ensue.Winter forgot about us at the beginning of the season,but she's making up for it now.
I was there on Friday as well. Conditions were insane!! Got to ski Zig Zag and Grand prix off of the TGV lift for 3 hours before it even started to look like anyone had been on them. We had those runs to ourselves and the powder was knee high everywhere. Best pwoder day I have ever had in the North East.

You can always pick up those tickets this time of year, sweet deal. Tremblant, best snow in years, for $25! My Buddy had 6 tickets that he sold off for just over $100. Hey, we just wanted enough to pay for him to rent high end demo skis, buy lunch, and pay for some beer. His company had a bunch left over from the year and no-one wanted to use them, so his Boss gave them all to us. Kept 2, sold the other 6. We tried to get some of our other friends to come out, but they had all hung up the boards for the year, and were not interested. Boy, were they sorry!
post #19 of 19

Proposal-shift the ski season

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Seems we live in an anticipatory society. Everyone wants whats next, and right away. Too bad they/we dont enjoy what life has to offer at the moment.
A vivid visual memory for me was standing at the top of Lower Hughes at Winter Park/Mary Jane on the last day in 1980 for my last run. Wrapping up a 3 year, 100 plus ski day stint, I couldn't believe the area was shutting down with so much snow remaining....and no one was there????

It's currently dumping again and we've had more snow in the past week than what I recall we received in November and early December.

Over the 30 years I've been in CO, it's almost comical how everyone gets amped up to get on the slopes first early season on less than good conditions, while pulling the plug on typically better (and sometimes great) conditions in the Spring. More often than not, the skiing prior to Christmas is not as good as in April and May...even some Junes.

(Not to mention the huge energy consumption and costs to make early season snow.)

OTOH, April is now seeming to be the new May as warmer temps are transforming the snow earlier and the corn harvest has shifted from mid-May into April.
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