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Snow in dec. in MN? This can't be!

post #1 of 29
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Wow, it is snowing in MN in december! Saturday, we got like 6", today we got 4-5". I can't believe it. I didn't think it actually snowed in mn anymore. Last winter, I was riding dirtbike I think on december 28 or 29, it was like 40 F, and it rained an inch on new year's eve. Hope nothing like that happens this year.

Tonight, I head out to the 250' hill, and go enjoy the fresh snow, and the ridiculously slow new snow.
post #2 of 29
Yeah, it's surprising! I'm not complaining... we went in a period of a week from Welch Village and Buck Hill not being able to open because it wasn't cold enough to make snow to them getting what's practically a dump and should really speed up terrain openings. This is great!!
post #3 of 29
This weekend will be the 4th and 5th days out this season for me. Granted this is the Midwest, but we've got some great early season conditions shaping up around here...
post #4 of 29
Found out today I have a herniated disk - my skiing season is f'd...
post #5 of 29
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Found out today I have a herniated disk - my skiing season is f'd...
Ouch

Hope it gets better quick! Had a great day skiing at Welch today
post #6 of 29
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Ouch

Hope it gets better quick! Had a great day skiing at Welch today
How much of it is open? I'm a season pass holder. It's KILLING me to not be able to go right now... :
post #7 of 29
I'm dying because my new skis are in the shop right now getting the bindings mounted and supposedly won't be done until next Wednesday.

Anyone ever have any luck picking up their stuff from Hoigaards before they say it will be done?
post #8 of 29
Heard on the weather report last night that last winter, we didn't get our first10 inches of snow until early Febuary, now we have 10" with the first cold snap! It's great!!

Obviously we have had too many mild winters here lately 'cause it sure seems like everyone in Minnesota has forgotten how to drive in the snow. Total gridlock. 20 to 30 minute drives were taking 2 to 3 hours! C'mon people, it's just a little snow! :
post #9 of 29
Yeah, but FWIW, I was on Hwy. 36 to Maplewood at about 6:45 on Tuesday night, and it was hard to tell if a plow had even been on it. It didn't snow THAT much...

I'm glad I'm on Como Ave. for 90% of my commute, but even that can be VERY trying some days. I miss the days of living in out-state MN where people knew a few things: Courtesy, common sense, rules of the road. It ain't rocket science. I've never seen poorer drivers than those in the Twin Cities. Pretty weak. And for God's sake - HANG UP THE F'IN CELL PHONE WHEN YOU'RE DRIVING ON GODDAM GLARE ICE!!! Signals help too. :
post #10 of 29
my 45 minute commute definitely turned into 3 hours on tuesday evening. the dumbest part about the whole thing was i opted out of cutting out of work early to head to welch village.
post #11 of 29
I love my small town, 5 minute commute.
post #12 of 29
I just feel like it is going to a great year in Northern MN. Face it, cold has very little value without snow. The winter before last was great, followed by a no snow winter. Already we have a foot in the yard. That gets the casual skier excited. Gets them out so the hill can make a little cash. Snow is so important to the economy up here. Skiers/Snowboarders and snowmobiler come to town with the Visa out and ready.
post #13 of 29
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I love my small town, 5 minute commute.
Where?

My commute (Saint Paul to Minneapolis) takes about 15 minutes in a car and about 20-25 on bike. I can't complain much. But I still HATE stupid drivers.
post #14 of 29
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I'm dying because my new skis are in the shop right now getting the bindings mounted and supposedly won't be done until next Wednesday.

Anyone ever have any luck picking up their stuff from Hoigaards before they say it will be done?
It's always possible. Call them and tell them your "jonesing"...
post #15 of 29
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Where?

My commute (Saint Paul to Minneapolis) takes about 15 minutes in a car and about 20-25 on bike. I can't complain much. But I still HATE stupid drivers.

New Ulm
post #16 of 29
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New Ulm
Ski at Kato then? I worked there from 1993 - 1999. Good times!!
post #17 of 29
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It's always possible. Call them and tell them your "jonesing"...
yeah i think today will be the last day i can hold out not calling or just stopping by on my way home from work, i mean it's been since monday!

first time i haven't done my own installation, there was just a couple extra parts I was uncomfortable doing on my own on the new skis.
post #18 of 29
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Dan T --- I'm dying because my new skis are in the shop right now getting the bindings mounted and supposedly won't be done until next Wednesday.

What about your old gear? Don't ever part with your old stuff till the new gear is on the snow.
post #19 of 29
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What about your old gear? Don't ever part with your old stuff till the new gear is on the snow.
Haha I was waiting for this response, problem is I literally skied my old gear into the dirt last year, skis and boots both. By the time I left Montana last year I epoxy'd my skis back together every night for the last three nights and my old Raichle's left my feet so wet I couldn't get them dried out in time for the next day on top of almost all the buckles and straps busting off.

It was a nice excuse to have to get new stuff this year, haha....
post #20 of 29
The weekend is here, so do check with the shop and keep your fingers crossed that they are ahead of schedule. Regardless, the new gear should be a treat and worth the wait.
post #21 of 29
We finally get snow in December and I throw my back out shoveling because the snowblower won't start! :
post #22 of 29
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Ski at Kato then? I worked there from 1993 - 1999. Good times!!
Yup, the wife and I have season passes and get out as often as work allows.
post #23 of 29
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We finally get snow in December and I throw my back out shoveling because the snowblower won't start! :
I have a herniated disk at L5-S1 :, and it sounds like surgery is inevitable. I bought a season pass to Welch last spring that I might not be able to use.

Wanna trade??
post #24 of 29
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Originally Posted by Tag View Post
Heard on the weather report last night that last winter, we didn't get our first10 inches of snow until early Febuary, now we have 10" with the first cold snap! It's great!!

Obviously we have had too many mild winters here lately 'cause it sure seems like everyone in Minnesota has forgotten how to drive in the snow. Total gridlock. 20 to 30 minute drives were taking 2 to 3 hours! C'mon people, it's just a little snow! :
Agreed! What's really scary is more then HALF my friends don't even have winter tires on. Worse yet, some of them are still driving on bald tires which should have been replaced months ago. My friend couldn't even get out of her DRIVEWAY today. Scary to think that she's going up and down Hwy 35 at 70MPH when she can't even consistently drive in 1" of snow.


Welch today was great, about half the trails are open. I was talking to the lift guy and pretty much all of them should be open by tomorrow!
post #25 of 29
That reminds me of a joke. There was a poll taken as to what drivers say when they lose traction on ice and are heading into a ditch.

The results were that for people from most of the country, they could be heard uttering "OH SH!T!"

Minnesotans, however, could usually be heard saying "Hold my beer, and watch this sh!t!"
post #26 of 29
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That reminds me of a joke. There was a poll taken as to what drivers say when they lose traction on ice and are heading into a ditch.

The results were that for people from most of the country, they could be heard uttering "OH SH!T!"

Minnesotans, however, could usually be heard saying "Hold my beer, and watch this sh!t!"

DO NOT mix us up with Wisconsin.
post #27 of 29
^^^^^What he said
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post #29 of 29
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I think I've been out 10 days this season. 9 or 10. 10 if you count going out for 4 hours after school a day.

As for pics, I got these in trade for some skiboards- (I love them, can't wait to try them out in tracked up powder (sorry, don't know term)).


Rest of my quiver- (before snow, and spraypainting those heads)
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