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post #61 of 71
Hey Garrett, I don't think I'd waste the time to gear up at Sundown (Dubuque) or Chestnut (Galena, Ill). Keep moving, nothing to see here. Seriously.

However, House on the Rock is a MUST if you want to see madness in action. There's no place like it on earth. Plan to spend a good 3 hours or more looking at all the strange displays. There is one room that is so overwhelming you don't even know what you're looking at. It's like Dr. Suess on Acid.

There is a carousel in this museum that is the largest in the world....and there's not one horse on it. It's the scariest thing I've ever seen.
http://www.thehouseontherock.com/HOT...actionMain.htm
post #62 of 71
I just talked to Garrett today.... He was in Iowa at the time. So far, his plan is to ski Chestnut tomorrow, followed by Devils Head, Ski Brule, Marquette Mountain, then across the bridge and downstate Michigan.

He was hoping to find internet access and give an update. Hopefully I'll be skiing with him in a couple of days!!
post #63 of 71
Update: I met up with Garrett on Saturday at Ski Brule, a small family resort that sits right on the border between the U.P. of Michigan and Wisconsin. I don't ski there often, but once a year, my wife and I compete in a midwest race series based out of Chicago (CMSC). We had a damn good time! I hope Garrett wasn't too bored, cause we held him back quite a bit!!! Not only were we racing, which involves some standing around as well as course inspection..... but we were doing all this with our two kids (4 and 5 yrs old) in tow. Garrett was awesome though.... he kept an eye on our kids when we were racing, and carried our coats down for us...

At the end of the day, we took him up to the "Homestead Lodge" at mid-(mountain?) for some dinner. They give you a ride up in a sleigh towed by a groomer. It's an old 1800's era log cabin heated by woodstoves, and they put on a great pulled pork BBQ dinner. They even had a guy up there playing guitar and singing Christmas songs.

All in all, I think it gave Garrett a pretty good snapshot of skiing in the midwest. Which was exactly what he was after when planning this trip. I'm looking forward to his trip report from the whole tour!! What a cool trip!
post #64 of 71
It's 44 and raining down here. What little snow we did have is gone. Timing is a bummer unless he has water skis...
post #65 of 71
That sucks... I know he was planning on hitting Mt. Holly tomorrow. Are they still open? They must be, right? It couldn't have rained that much....
post #66 of 71
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That sucks... I know he was planning on hitting Mt. Holly tomorrow. Are they still open? They must be, right? It couldn't have rained that much....
They're still open, but they're blowing off the morning session and won't open until 3pm. Almost all of the natural snow is gone here, but Holly would have blown enough snow to survive.
post #67 of 71
UP, that's a really nice sounding day you guys had. This is one of the cool things about a place like Epic, 'cause it's not just about the skiing, it's things like the cosy lodges and tasty meals, the places only locals know about.
post #68 of 71

Garrett and I did a few turns today....

U.P. if you slowed him down a bit, I brought him to a dead stop.

I checked the Mt. Holly site around 6 this morning and they promised to be open at 9am sharp today. Had I been thinking instead of just reading I might have caught on to the fact that this was yesterday's news. At 10:10 ours were the only cars in the lot. All doors were locked but I managed to shout through a window with a ski shop employee. She informed me about the 3pm opening.

We decided to hike a few laps. Halfway up a cat driver stopped, got out and asked, "Can I help you two?" I replied, "Sure, will you give us a ride to the top?" He was not amused. We clicked in and skied to the bottom. Mosdef my shortest ski day ever... but I'm counting it damnit!

The coverage was still very good. The quality on the other hand.... well, it's a great base!
post #69 of 71
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OK, here goes:

Wednesday Dec 10th: ABQ to Taos, Taos to Kansas City.
Thursday Dec 11th: Drive by possibly hike Snow Creek at Weston MO in the AM. Drive to Sundown in Dubuque IA and ski in the PM.
Friday Dec 12th: Drive to and ski Devil's Head. Leave and drive to Mt Bohemia?
Saturday Dec 13th: Ski Bohemia? Drive to and check out Marquette? These might be reversed. Let me know.
Sunday Dec 14th: Drive to Boyne Highlands. Ski there. Drive to Boyne. Ski there. Drive to Pine Knob/Mt. Holly for the evening.
Monday Dec 15th: Ski Mt. Holly? Locals let me know what to do here. Drive to Boston Mills/Brandywine. Ski both in the PM.
Tuesday Dec 16th: Drive to Blue Knob/Roundtop. PA locals...help me out here. This evening or next day, cruise home.
Wednesday Dec 17th: Work until late January with two days off.

I've just PMed everyone who expressed an interest in skiing/having a brew with my Cell number. If anyone else is interested in making some turns, please let me know. The more the merrier. Cheers.
Is it safe to assume Garrett made it through the storms and is at his destination.

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All in all, I think it gave Garrett a pretty good snapshot of skiing in the midwest. Which was exactly what he was after when planning this trip. I'm looking forward to his trip report from the whole tour!! What a cool trip!
In deed a cool trip! I would have liked to be a part of it, but was tied up in Vermont.
post #70 of 71
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but was tied up in Vermont.
Please, just the skiing facts, ma'am.
post #71 of 71
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TR will be coming soon, it's just that I work in a ski shop and I like to ski and as such I've been getting 18 hours of work and skiing a day for the last few days as the local snowfall has been excellent.

Safely in NY, just getting in from the ski hill this evening, will be skinning up a local mtn 4:30 tomorrow morning. Pics possible if it is light out when we ski.
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