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MaryJane Bumpalooza 2010

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Thread Starter 
BushMogulMaster posted this stoke last year which got some drool going.....
http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/80679/mary-jane-mogul-tour-2009-teaser-video-trailer 

Rumour has it Bumpalooza at Mary Jane is scheduled for February 24-28.
Our ski plans have not fallen into place entirely, but I think I'll be in Utah at that time(who really knows with my crazy world)

Anyone here thinking BuMpALOoZA!!!!
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 I've got to get to this event this year, it looks excellent!
post #3 of 20
Yup, I'll be making it for the third straight Bumpapalooza.  This event has brought out a bunch of amazing skiers in the past and it looks like this year will just be bigger and better.  It would be great to have a strong epicski contingent.  Who's in?
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Thread Starter 
 Sorry I'll miss you BF.  I'll be tasting Utah Powder during this event.  I had hoped to hit you up at MJ again this coming season.  Perhaps another time, as the winter holds a lot of promise!
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Thanks for the heads up!  Most likely won't participate...but I don't think anyone would mind if I'm there to stare & drool!

post #6 of 20
Golly, and I have a WP fourpass to boot. I probably won't know my schedule for that weekend until about Feb 23, the way things go around here. I might be able to participate, depending on whether I'm solo or with family members.
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post

 Sorry I'll miss you BF.  I'll be tasting Utah Powder during this event.  I had hoped to hit you up at MJ again this coming season.  Perhaps another time, as the winter holds a lot of promise!
So you're going to Utah but not while I'm there?  Hrrrrrmphhhhh.



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Thanks for the heads up!  Most likely won't participate...but I don't think anyone would mind if I'm there to stare & drool!

No way!  You must participate for at least three runs.  I'll be there so you can stare, drool and laugh =)



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Originally Posted by Morrison Claystone View Post

Golly, and I have a WP fourpass to boot. I probably won't know my schedule for that weekend until about Feb 23, the way things go around here. I might be able to participate, depending on whether I'm solo or with family members.
I hope it works out for you MC.  That would mosdef add to the fun!
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Oooh count me in!  I'm new and all (to the forum... not to MJ and its bumps) and would love to meet some others who appreciate the bumps as much as I do!

 

I may not be able to pull of the weekday thing  (work.ugh.) but should be able to swing the weekend!   Wouldn't it be the weirdest thing if I happend to feel "sick" that week?  

post #9 of 20
Bumpity bump bump.  There's still time to book flights and secure lodging.  It's gonna be epic.  All Bears welcome, so long as you LOVE bumps and LOVE fun.  No party poopers allowed.

Still not convinced?  Watch this:

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The plan is to meet each day at the base of the Super Gauge at 10:00.  After that, just look for an unusually large concentration of people in mogul pants with mogul skis
post #11 of 20
I so wish I had the time to just take off and do this with you guys. Mary Jane is such an awesome venue with maybe the best selection of bump runs in the US.

Outhouse was the very first bump run I skied West of the Mississippi. Nearly killed me at the time but it made me strive to get better at moguls. That was 1980 and i'm still skiing moguls today.

Of course just to ski with my pal Bumpfreak would be fun enough and I read over at mogulskiers alot. So, if by chance a miracle happens and I do make it, i'm stoked.

If not, ski my favorite there Drunken Frenchman for me please.
post #12 of 20
haven't written in some time..........but, I'll probably be around the 24th, will be teaching on MJ on the 28th.
post #13 of 20
I'm really looking forward to this. I recently found out about this, so this year will be my first!  



If anyone is going to be around earlier in the week (Monday 22 onward), maybe we could meet for a few runs . . . I'll definitely be there on Thursday and Friday.

I'm only going to post here, so I'd appreciate it (if you deem it necessary) to spread the word elsewhere (like on mogulskiing.net). Thank you.

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Snow/Bump Condition Report.

OK, I hope this doesn't hurt too much . . . You might want to bring some rock skis.

I have been skiing MJ all season, and would gently like to remind people that conditions are not like they usually are. Usually, the cover is very good to excellent on all the runs by this time of the year, but we have had marginal snowfall all season, so far.

There are still two weeks to go, but right now you will hit stuff (mostly rocks and small trees) in the bumps. The lower parts of a few runs are still dotted (every few feet) with small trees. Side note: Though lots have done it, I still don't think the trees are safe enough to risk. IMO, we need at least another 50" snowfall for the trees to become "safer."


On the positive side, successfully navigating all the obstacles makes you a better skier. Skier visits are down, and most of the runs are empty during the week. A long lift line is 10 people! I don't know about the weekends, since I usually only ski Mon - Thurs.

Also, There is much better coverage up top in Parsenn Bowl, once you get down below timberline. The Panoramic lift line has excellent coverage and nice bumps, even though it is a blue run. The tree runs up there are very skiable with very few obstacles left.

I have not skied Eagle Wind yet, and have heard coverage is thin. Plus it's a slow lift with much less vertical than Super Gauge.

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Balch, on the Winter Park side, IMO has better coverage than most trails at MJ, the best (largest and smooth, not quite zipper-line-type but more high speed GS type) bumps on the mountain, and the least people skiing it for excellent soft snow.

Outhouse has lots of rocks showing on the top steep section, an obstacle course of willows at the very bottom, and the most firmly packed snow on the hill. The bumps are very large and (as usual) are very far apart along the left side of the run. Tighter bumps on the right.

Drunken Frenchmen, IMO, has the best bumps on the hill right now. Very large, but nicely spaced to allow for lots of speed. The top section has very good coverage, and the snow has been nice and soft on the entire run, but the bottom half is an obstacle course. Have to be careful for rocks in the troughs, and many small trees to tear off a ski when you least suspect it.

Gandy Dancer has reasonable coverage, only a few rocks here and there. It needs snow at the entrance (the steeper pitch) to the run to fill in the early season hacked up funky bumps. Once past that (3 turns at most), there are some nice lines.

Sterling Way is in pretty good shape, since it's higher up and has better exposure. Skiers right edge still has lots of rocks to find. The bumps on the left side are probably best on the hill right now for zipper-lines. The middle of the run usually has untracked snow the longest.

Upper Golden Spike/Upper Arrowhead Loop have lots of rocks in the troughs. Once onto Spike proper (past the narrow tree section) the bumps are huge and soft. Some rocks but not too bad.

Middle Arrowhead Loop (as seen in the video above) is in great shape.

Rifle Sight Notch has nice, shallow bumps, nice rhythm, but quite a few rocks on the top section. The lower portion (to the right of Feeble Minded) is an obstacle course of small trees in the bumps. Feeble Minded doesn't really have any bumps worth mentioning yet.

I won't ski Super Gauge Trail yet, that's how bad it looks. Much better runs elsewhere anyway.

As for the other liftlines, Pony Express line might still be closed. Freeriders (C Liftline) is OK, and Iron Horse Line still has some rocks.

Sleepy Hollow is a fun obstacle course of bumps, rocks, trees, and willows. At least the snow stays soft.

Phantom Bridge has some of the best bumps and snow conditions at MJ. The steep pitch at the bottom is a wonderful blast to fly down.

Upper Rail Bender is in pretty good shape. Large bumps, soft snow, OK rhythm. As long as you know where the rocks are (mostly left side troughs) you can have a blast.

Upper Derailer gets groomed now and then, and I avoid it, even when there are bumps (infrequent grooming makes for sucky bumps).

Middle Rail Bender has good coverage, but only the right side is left ungroomed. Shallow bumps where it is not steep.

Lower Rail Bender has nice soft snow, but is still an obstacle course. Not really any good, long lines in the bumps, but very easy to ski (if you can avoid the junk).

Lower Derailer still needs more snow. Crusty in the troughs due to the wind, and lots of obstacles as you get lower.

Needles Eye, once you remember where all the rocks are (maybe a couple of dozen places on the run), is really nice. Good large bumps and nice soft snow. Bottom of the run does have lots of rocks in the troughs.

Disclamer: I ski most of the above runs usually at least once a day, and make laps on the ones I like the most. Frenchman, Rail Bender, Needles Eye and Sterling to Gandy are the routes I have found the best snow and ski the most.

I've only been down Boiler a few times since there were so many rocks and bumps with horrible rhythm.

Cannonball, Long Haul, Short Haul, Brakeman and Coupler AVOID (if open) at all costs - you will destroy your skis.

I don't ski the Sunnyside trails. I hear all the groomed runs are crusty but do have good coverage, but wouldn't know since I don't go down them.

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I'll do my best to post updated conditions in about a week. Let's all visualize LOTS of SNOW.

Best wishes to all,
A White Raven
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Let's all visualize LOTS of SNOW.

Best wishes to all,
A White Raven
 

Wow, thanks for that super report WhiteRaven.  I'll be visualizing overtime the next couple of weeks.
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Nice report White Raven.  I took a run down outhouse the other weekend and did a bit of dodging.  Checked it out yesterday and could still see some ski snaggers sticking up in places.   I am hoping we get a a big dumping (in the mtns) in the next few weeks!
C'mon mother nature!  Help us out.  

FWIW... I skied Bradley's bash over at WP (was working a race)... snow was good as I had 1st run (and 2nd run) down... not much popping up in the way of obstacles...but moguls were oddly spaced. 
post #16 of 20
btw, trees are skiing fine, with lots more cover than expected (altho' I've only been skiing them on the WP/Eagle Wind side).
post #17 of 20
It's Getting Better!

About 12" new this week, with lots of wind. Good thing about the wind is that a lot of troughs are filling in. I skied on Weds. and Fri.

After my first run yesterday, I decided to risk using a pair of new skis for the day. The lower 1/4 of the mountain is still full of obstacles, but higher up the cover is much better than last week. Since I know where most of the junk is, after 24 runs, I only hit a few sticks and two rocks. You still have to be very cautious on the lower part of the mountain, but there is enough snow to go nuts higher up. However, I would not recommend new/pristine skis to anyone unfamiliar with the conditions.

Upper Rail Bender, Phantom Bridge, Sterling Way, and Upper Frenchman are in pretty good shape. Only a few rocks left to cover here and there, but for the most part you can open it up and go as fast as you want without hitting anything.

I'll post an update at the end of next week . . .

I'm looking forward to skiing with everyone.

WR
post #18 of 20
As of today, 18.5" new since my last post. Potential for significant snow this weekend.

Here is a link to the most accurate weather report in the area. The CAIC does a great job!

http://avalanche.state.co.us/pub_bc_avo.php?zone_id=1

As for cover, the lower mountain still needs a lot more snow. There are still rocks and other obstacles to find, though it is nowhere as bad as it was two weeks ago. You will hit stuff. The lower sections of Rifle Sight Notch, Derailier, Drunken Frenchmen, and Rail Bender require caution. Outhouse (because of its Eastern exposure) just plain sucks in comparison to everything else.

The upper 2/3 of MJ has really good cover on the runs, but still funky in the trees. Every path I took through the trees reminded me of a pinball game, with my skis being the ball. Zing!, Zap! Scraaaape! Whap! Flash! - I seemed to hit stuff every 3rd turn.

I hope I'm not making it sound too bad - I just want everyone to be prepared and to know that I care about your skis.

The Patrol has been removing bamboo, even though the rocks are still there. Since profits are down, we must make it look better than it actually is. Right? That's the correct way to run a business in these troubled times . . .

Excercise in psychology: I am still holding off and not using my good skis (lots and lots of pairs) - I just don't want to damage the edges in any way. It's funny, I used my brand new skis (Volkl Mantra's) because I wanted to see what they were like. So I spent some time filing the edges yesterday. But, I won't take out the others (Volkl P20 200 cm are the favorites) - 12 to 20+ year old skis - until I can be sure I won't bang them up. Yet, those P20's are the best in the bumps . . .


WR
post #19 of 20
Well, I guess my doom and gloom report paid off . . .

Another 18" new since my last post.

The cover is really good compared to two weeks ago. Still a few rocks and trees here and there, but most is very nice. Finally!

My recommendations: Drunken Frenchmen, Sterling Way, Gandy Dancer, Golden Spike, Phantom Bridge, Rail Bender and Needle's Eye.

Have a great time!

WR
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Originally Posted by icanseeformiles(andmiles) View Post

haven't written in some time..........but, I'll probably be around the 24th, will be teaching on MJ on the 28th.




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Originally Posted by icanseeformiles(andmiles) View Post

btw, trees are skiing fine, with lots more cover than expected (altho' I've only been skiing them on the WP/Eagle Wind side).


Its great to see you around!  
I am hoping to get to MJ/WP in March some time.  Maybe I'll "bump" into you. 
(okay that was a really bad pun)

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Originally Posted by WhiteRaven View Post

Well, I guess my doom and gloom report paid off . . .

Another 18" new since my last post.

The cover is really good compared to two weeks ago. Still a few rocks and trees here and there, but most is very nice. Finally!

My recommendations: Drunken Frenchmen, Sterling Way, Gandy Dancer, Golden Spike, Phantom Bridge, Rail Bender and Needle's Eye.

Have a great time!

WR

Keep that snow vibe going!!
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