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A-Basin is starting to make snow tonight!

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Damn Loveland has over a 24 hour head start.
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Who cares whose first. I've got my rock skis waxed and ready to go!
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Dam !

I live in the wrong state ! Why did I get the nice parents ! Why couldn't they have driven me away, far away to some mountain laden state !
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PSA:

Is your ski season backwards?  People can't wait to ski the man made "white ribbon of death" with thousands of others, and mess up their brand new skis for which they just paid full retail. Last year in mid-April Alta and Snowbird had 15 feet of snow in two weeks (do the math on that), and there were hardly any lift lines because the majority of skiers had already given up on their season. In addition, the shops were selling skis and boots at end of the year sales for 50% off (easy to do the math on that).  Maybe it's time to rethink your "ski season."

The early bird usually catches the rocks.
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Originally Posted by mudfoot View Post

PSA:

Is your ski season backwards?  People can't wait to ski the man made "white ribbon of death" with thousands of others, and mess up their brand new skis for which they just paid full retail. Last year in mid-April Alta and Snowbird had 15 feet of snow in two weeks (do the math on that), and there were hardly any lift lines because the majority of skiers had already given up on their season. In addition, the shops were selling skis and boots at end of the year sales for 50% off (easy to do the math on that).  Maybe it's time to rethink your "ski season."

The early bird usually catches the rocks.

I agree is doesn't make sense but after 5-6 months without skiing I guess people get desperate
post #7 of 18
Always has been like that, and probably always will be.  Spring skiing is almost like a special season into itself, kind of a bonus season that makes the whole season a success. A good spring season gives me a feeling of satisfaction heading into the summer. I can't begin to tell you how many epic days I've had towards the end of the season after most people have hung them up for the summer.
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We have been skiing Summit County the past few seasons and have never been to Utah. With all of the positive posts about UTah I have been reading, we are totally going there this year. It is looking like March for that trip. Just got a magazine from Utah and it has me really stoked. It's about 90 pages with all the info you need to plan the trip. We will still hit Colo early in the season but late season it is Alta for sure!
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Originally Posted by mudfoot View Post

PSA:

Is your ski season backwards?  People can't wait to ski the man made "white ribbon of death" with thousands of others, and mess up their brand new skis for which they just paid full retail. Last year in mid-April Alta and Snowbird had 15 feet of snow in two weeks (do the math on that), and there were hardly any lift lines because the majority of skiers had already given up on their season. In addition, the shops were selling skis and boots at end of the year sales for 50% off (easy to do the math on that).  Maybe it's time to rethink your "ski season."

The early bird usually catches the rocks.
Maybe some folks did all of the above... 
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Originally Posted by mudfoot View Post

PSA:

Is your ski season backwards?  People can't wait to ski the man made "white ribbon of death" with thousands of others, and mess up their brand new skis for which they just paid full retail. Last year in mid-April Alta and Snowbird had 15 feet of snow in two weeks (do the math on that), and there were hardly any lift lines because the majority of skiers had already given up on their season. In addition, the shops were selling skis and boots at end of the year sales for 50% off (easy to do the math on that).  Maybe it's time to rethink your "ski season."

The early bird usually catches the rocks.




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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post



Maybe some folks did all of the above... 


 


Yep.  Quite a few of us WROD skiers were there to close the place down in June--and we were quite happy about the fact that most of the Front Range had switched over to golf. 

Meanwhile, I'm going to enjoy those fall turns and look forward to the next 8 months of my skiing life .
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Originally Posted by mudfoot View Post

PSA:

Is your ski season backwards?  People can't wait to ski the man made "white ribbon of death" with thousands of others, and mess up their brand new skis for which they just paid full retail. Last year in mid-April Alta and Snowbird had 15 feet of snow in two weeks (do the math on that), and there were hardly any lift lines because the majority of skiers had already given up on their season. In addition, the shops were selling skis and boots at end of the year sales for 50% off (easy to do the math on that).  Maybe it's time to rethink your "ski season."

The early bird usually catches the rocks.

As posted on the Early Season Steamboat thread:

I think Josh's frustration is the fact that he's seen how people crowd the WROD early in the season, when it's dark by 2 o'clock.  Snow guns are blasting, kids are catching air, landing on rocks & then landing in the hospital.  Lodges are crowded with high season prices.
 

Then come April & May coverage is great, conditions are great, the days are long, prices are low, people are in good ski shape... & no one is here, so the lifts close.  People don't know what they're missing.  The mission is to get more people skiing late season, so areas can justify keeping the lifts open.  In my lifetime, I cannot recall a time when skiing was better on opening day than closing day.

With that said, no one is an idiot for skiing anywhere, anytime that they can.  I will continue to enjoy skiing opening day, closing day & as many days in between as long as my legs will hold me up.

April 5th 2009, & I had great skiing for another month:

Thanks,

JF

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I love spring skiing anywhere, but Alta/Snowbird tend to stay open longer than the Colorado areas.  When our local areas close everyone around here changes sports, but my wife and I always try to catch those extra 2 or 3 weeks in Utah, which have consistently provided some of the best powder skiing of the year.  If it  doesn't snow there's almost always the slush. Both Alta and the Bird have multi-aspect slopes that allow following the sun throughout the day for the best corn.

One year we changed and went to Summit County in Colo. to chase a huge storm. Instead of the 20" of new they predicted overnight there was zero becasue the storm had swung south, but we ended up skiing the sunshine and had excellent spring conditions that allowed us to ski the steeps with ease in the nice slush.  You just don't want to get caught in a cold snap with no new snow.  There is nothing worse than an entire mountain of "frozen door knobs."

I agree that no one is an idiot for skiing anywhere any time they can, but the WROD is definitely a gamble with huge crowds combined with early season enthusiaum and lack of conditioning and practice.

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Two things.  First- you're not going to mess up new skis on the WROD.  Its solid snow, and unless you fall into the trees you'll be fine.  Also- if you are using your new skis on the WROD, then you deserve to have them scratched and gouged.

Second- saying Colorado areas close earlier than Alta/Bird is uneducated.  Maybe Durango... but check out the closing dates of A-Basin, Loveland, and Wolf Creek.  All in May or later.  Alta typically closes in April, but Snowbird stays open late like A-basin.  

 

Skiing in October is great if you can go when there's no crowds (read: not at A-Basin on the weekends).  Its a great way to get on the snow and start burning the leg muscles.

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Originally Posted by Harry Dunn View Post

Two things.  First- you're not going to mess up new skis on the WROD.  Its solid snow, and unless you fall into the trees you'll be fine.  Also- if you are using your new skis on the WROD, then you deserve to have them scratched and gouged.

Second- saying Colorado areas close earlier than Alta/Bird is uneducated.  Maybe Durango... but check out the closing dates of A-Basin, Loveland, and Wolf Creek.  All in May or later.  Alta typically closes in April, but Snowbird stays open late like A-basin.  

 

Skiing in October is great if you can go when there's no crowds (read: not at A-Basin on the weekends).  Its a great way to get on the snow and start burning the leg muscles.


Well, where I live every Colorado and New Mexico area within a 5 hr. drive closes two to three weeks before Alta/Bird, except for Wolf Creek, which opens only on occasional weekends in April, but it's Wolf Creek.

As for the WROD, playing bumper cars on a single run of man-made snow speaks for itself. There were numerous pictures posted here last year of 30+ min. liftlines to ski wiith the anthill crowds on the Colorado WRODs, which I contrasted to the almost non-existent liftlines to ski an average of over a foot of new every 24 hours at Alta/Bird during a two week period last April.  My point was not that it is stupid, it's that IMO it is pushing the season on the wrong end.  I was simply trying to remind people that some of the best skiing of the year often happens after their local areas close.
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We have been skiing Summit County the past few seasons and have never been to Utah. With all of the positive posts about UTah I have been reading, we are totally going there this year. It is looking like March for that trip. Just got a magazine from Utah and it has me really stoked. It's about 90 pages with all the info you need to plan the trip. We will still hit Colo early in the season but late season it is Alta for sure!

Great Idea !

I'm the same, always at CO and Tahoe(i can't help it, i like tem purty casinos); finally went to UT last year. Alta and Snowbird are just flat awesome and unique, snowbird even more so to me. The canyons is pretty unique too, but alta and snowbird were the best IMHO.
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Skicoug, great to see a fellow Texan posting! Not from there originally but live there now. I miss the winters terribly so we travel to the mountains every chance we get. We skied Squaw in '06-'07 and the snow was amazing! A foot of fresh every night. Our rental car was completely submerged in snow. You couldn't even see it! We had to stay a couple of extra days and wound up leaving the car in the parking lot and hitching a ride to town with a local. Great fun! Back to the post, I think we should all extend the season as long as the resorts stay open. A-basin stays open late in the season, but if Utah stays open late, more better for all of us! I even skied a glacier in Austria in July one year. In shorts with no gloves and wasn't cold a bit! Only 4 runs were open, but I skied the alps in July! If you are worried about your skis hitting rocks, demo a pair and take out the insurance ala Jerry Seinfeld with his rental car. "oh yeah, I want the insurance because I an going to beat the he'll out of this car!"
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Originally Posted by SAskiBUM View Post

Skicoug, great to see a fellow Texan posting! Not from there originally but live there now.

 

Yes, I've been here a while; but go away most summers just because its too dam hot to do anything but stand in front of the refrigerator with the door open in texas.

if you need more texas skiers, you might search for the texas ski council; clubs all over texas; but they still dont talk about skiing enough for me.

you might go with the bears too - gatherings forum i think - i met some of them at loveland a few years back and theyre cool, not Fonzi cool; but theyre allright.
post #18 of 18
certainly the conditions in closing day are much better than in the opening day.

But the opening day has this special feeling, that there is an entire season ahead.

And the excitement of winter being on the corner...
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