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post #1 of 21
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Does anyone have any traditions that mark the official start of the ski season?

Each year, there is one event... and only one... that signifies the official start of ski season for me and my friends... the annual Warren Miller Film. Every year we make our annual "Mecca" to the Paramount to have some drinks, get rowdy and watch the magical WM moments caught on film.

Last year, I missed getting seats for the Friday and Saturday shows because I didn;t know that they were on sale. I won't let that happen again!!! This year, I've been checking the WM website daily, and tickets are starting to go on sale already. This year's movie looks great. It's called "Playground", and should be the best WM film yet. Check out www.warrenmiller.com for more info.

For all of the Denver fans... tickets to the Paramount go on sale Saturday 9/15. Tix include a free pass to Copper, a pass to Winter Park/Mary Jane, one to Steamboat, and more. I can't wait!!!
post #2 of 21
Watching a lot of ski porn, and maybe getting a stone grind and other binding checks, and waxing my boards a bunch.
post #3 of 21
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I forgot to mention... this year I am also going to kick off the ski season with a new ride. By the end of the week I will have either a 2005 AWD Subaru Outback Wagon, or a 2004 AWD Subaru WRX Wagon. I am torn between 1) extra ground clearance and room for the dogs (Outback) and 2) stylish looks and tons of power for climbing the mountain passes (WRX).
post #4 of 21
Thanksgiving.

I go home to spend a few weeks with the family, spend a week or so hunting with my father, and then pull the ski gear out to bring back to school with me. Sitting out in the woods and watching the sunrise really signals the start of winter for me.

Unfortunately, I've only got Thursday and Friday off this year. Toss in an 8 hour drive to get home, I think I'll be looking for some new stoke this year...
post #5 of 21
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Does anyone have any traditions that mark the official start of the ski season?
Nothing that elaborate. About mid-October I start watching the ski cam at Loveland Basin. I call certain people. I scrape the summer wax off a board (or not to my friends amusement) and place it in the back of my SUV. I get up the next morning and drive to Loveland. Ride 4 runs down the WROD and then meet at the Wedge Bar for beers. Woo hoo, it's snowsport season!
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Does anyone have any traditions that mark the official start of the ski season?

a really big snow storm
post #7 of 21
The August issues of the skiing mags.
post #8 of 21
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The August issues of the skiing mags.
While those mags mean the season is coming, the gear reviews (of all the new stuff I can't afford) can be depressing.
post #9 of 21
I barely read them. I rely on demoing. But they signal the start of winter to me. Once in awhile I count the number of weeks I look forward to winter and the number of weeks winter lasts and discovered I spend more time looking forward to it than actually having it.
post #10 of 21
When I see Orion in the early evening.
post #11 of 21
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a really big snow storm
That usually helps...
post #12 of 21
Go skiing.
post #13 of 21
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Opening Dates

Here are the opening dates for Colorado...

Arapahoe Basin – Mid-October
Aspen Highlands – December 9
Aspen Mountain – November 23
Beaver Creek – November 21
Breckenridge – November 9
Buttermilk – December 9
Copper Mountain – November 3
Crested Butte Mountain – November 18
Purgatory (Durango) – November 23
Echo Mountain Park – November 22
Eldora - November 17
Heavenly – November 16
Howelsen – December 2
Keystone – November 9
Loveland – Mid-October
Monarch – November 22
Powderhorn – December 7
Silverton – November 23
Ski Cooper – November 23
Sol Vista – December 13
Steamboat – November 22
Sunlight – December 1
Telluride – November 23
Vail – November 16
Winter Park/Mary Jane – November 15
Wolf Creek Ski Area – November 3
post #14 of 21
Maybe you should post all those on the calendar.
post #15 of 21
I am thing of trying to find decent snow over Thanksgiving.

What are my chances of finding it and where?

I will worry about air line tickets after I find the snow

THANKS
post #16 of 21
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I am thing of trying to find decent snow over Thanksgiving.

What are my chances of finding it and where?

I will worry about air line tickets after I find the snow

THANKS
If you're talking Colorado... I'd stick to Loveland, A-Basin, or Copper. They are the safest (and less crowded) bet. We're supposed to have a great October and November, so you can also consider Winter Park/ Mary Jane.
post #17 of 21
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Does anyone have any traditions that mark the official start of the ski season?

Each year, there is one event... and only one... that signifies the official start of ski season for me and my friends... the annual Warren Miller Film. Every year we make our annual "Mecca" to the Paramount to have some drinks, get rowdy and watch the magical WM moments caught on film.

For all of the Denver fans... tickets to the Paramount go on sale Saturday 9/15. Tix include a free pass to Copper, a pass to Winter Park/Mary Jane, one to Steamboat, and more. I can't wait!!!
Last year I saw WM movie in Boulder, then broke my leg before using any of the free tickets. Hope to do better this winter. Can't wait to SKI!!!
post #18 of 21

Thanksgiving Skiing

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If you're talking Colorado... I'd stick to Loveland,
A-Basin, or Copper. They are the safest (and less crowded) bet. We're supposed to have a great October and November, so you can also consider Winter Park/ Mary Jane.

WHAT MIGHT BRECKENRIDGE AND KEYSTONE BE LIKE......I AM THINKING OF USING UP SOME HOTEL POINTS AND STAYING IN FRISCO FOR NADA
post #19 of 21
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WHAT MIGHT BRECKENRIDGE AND KEYSTONE BE LIKE......I AM THINKING OF USING UP SOME HOTEL POINTS AND STAYING IN FRISCO FOR NADA

Basically the same as the other areas he mentioned....they'll all be open to about the same percentage depending on natural snowfall.....without significant natural snowfall I'd choose Keystone...otherwise they would be about the same that time of year and likely won't have much of their advanced terrain open.
post #20 of 21
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WHAT MIGHT BRECKENRIDGE AND KEYSTONE BE LIKE......I AM THINKING OF USING UP SOME HOTEL POINTS AND STAYING IN FRISCO FOR NADA
There are 2 ways to look at this...

1) What percentage of the area is open? The resorts could have the same percentage... although... A-Basin and Loveland are already making snow (to create a base). Keystone won't make snow for another 21 days.

2) Where will all the people be around Thanksgiving? It will be crazy with crowds at Keystone and Breck. If the white ribbon of death is the only run open, you won't have much fun. Just ask around... the "Schoolmarm" at Keystone is 3 miles of elbow to elbow traffic jam.
post #21 of 21
I stopped going to the Warren Miller films the same time he did - in fact I was lucky enough to be at the last film he hosted in person.

The main reason I went was to let my son have the opportunity to get to know Warren. I hope that's a memory he'll be able to tell his grandkids.
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