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post #31 of 72
Mammoth just announced a July 4 closing.

Since I'm leaving for Tahiti/NZ July 2, my last northern hemisphere skiing will probably be June 19-20.
post #32 of 72
Couple of things tend to end my season around now.

One is that the weather and my inbox - full of notes from cycling friends - lead me to start thinking about getting out my bike. As a working dad with a working wife, I simply don't have enough spare time and energy cycles to support doing both simultaneously. Wax shavings in bottom bracket bearings just aren't a good thing.

The second thing is more subtle and has to do with a kind of arc of skills improvement and emotional investment that rises gradually to a peak some time in early March and then tails off relatively abruptly through sometime in April (depending on weather). I start skiing less, because there is less opportunity - e.g., my beer league ends, for one thing - and then when I do go out, I'm less dialed in, which makes my motivation level go down, etc.

The third thing is that honestly it takes a lot of organizational energy and commitment to ski, when it's a couple hours to the better hills and you don't have digs at the mountain. After twenty or thirty outings it just gets old trying to get all prepped - two or three pairs of family skis tuned, sandwiches made, clothes and gear packed, carpooling arrangements completed, etc. - for a very long round-trip day. Meanwhile undone household chores pile up inexorably all winter as I miss weekend days at home. Basically when I'm skiing I'm limiting the time I can attend to non-work responsibilities to one day a week, which really is not enough in the long run.
post #33 of 72
Just came back from a GREAT week in Utah, and have to wait until first week of May for another Whistler trip, then maybe get another Whistler trip in early June.
post #34 of 72
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Originally Posted by Tony Crocker View Post

Mammoth just announced a July 4 closing.

Since I'm leaving for Tahiti/NZ July 2,
Tony:  Say it ain't so.  That's early season in NZ!
post #35 of 72
Tline closes for two weeks in september and that about it. I'll usually ski till then and then wait for new snow. The addition of lift served mountain biking there could change the whole game though. we may start spending even more time there.
post #36 of 72
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Originally Posted by pdxammo View Post

Tline closes for two weeks in september and that about it. I'll usually ski till then and then wait for new snow. The addition of lift served mountain biking there could change the whole game though. we may start spending even more time there.
 

it would be so funny to see on chair being loaded with skiers, and the next being loaded with a cyclist.
post #37 of 72
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Originally Posted by qcanoe View Post


The third thing is that honestly it takes a lot of organizational energy and commitment to ski, when it's a couple hours to the better hills and you don't have digs at the mountain. After twenty or thirty outings it just gets old trying to get all prepped - two or three pairs of family skis tuned, sandwiches made, clothes and gear packed, carpooling arrangements completed, etc. - for a very long round-trip day. Meanwhile undone household chores pile up inexorably all winter as I miss weekend days at home. Basically when I'm skiing I'm limiting the time I can attend to non-work responsibilities to one day a week, which really is not enough in the long run.
 


I'll admit this weekend it was kindof nice to wake up in my own bed, sit down with a cup coffee and the morning paper instead of rushing out to make an 8 o'clock lineup. I've got non-skiing friends and family that i haven't seen this year, plenty to catch up on at work, storm fall to clean up in my yard. qcanoe you are right it takes a lot of commitment to ski as much as some of us do. It's nice to take a short pause when the season changes.

My son just moved to Denver, maybe there's a chance to score a couple more days  .
post #38 of 72
My season ended last Tuesday at Vail. It was one of the best in recent memory. Our local hill here (Seven Springs) probably had more snow this year than any other in their 70 plus year history. We had real powder days at least a couple dozen times.( Unfortunately I wasn't there for all of them). I made it out to Vail for three trips and my timing was right on all of them enjoying great conditions on each visit despite an "off" snow year there.

This past season provides a lot of stoke for next year and hopefully another great season. Epic is a great forum to share the love of skiing . I thoroughly enjoy reading abouth other posters trips and experiences and the great enthusiasm that is being communicated. The passion being presented  truly contagious. The love of skiing can get conflicted with the obligations and day to day life realities that intervene on being able to buy the new skis you have read about and are convinced you'll love as well as the ski trip you are constantly thinking about. Epic can fill this void to a certain degree. No, nothing replaces direct participation ,and I feel fortunate every time I get to ski. I wish everybody here has great ski experiences in this coming year and continues to share their experiences and love of the sport.
post #39 of 72
mine ended last sunday as even though my legs were burning, i keep going until 4pm and  closed down breckenridge and have a pic of the lifts shutting off for the season at maggies pond.

we'll see if i can maintain that commitment though. tahoe has 3 days of snow coming and its a long way until theres decent coverage again next season.

man, i love skiing !
(and i will be forever indebted to julie collins for introducing me to it.)
post #40 of 72
Three more days at Baker. Grouse open one more week after that. Then it's blackcomb, hood and glaciers! I'm looking at another 24 days as my goal.
post #41 of 72
I'm not sure if my season ended last weekend on if I'm going this weekend too (my favourite "local" resort is closing on Sunday). And then there is always Ruka, they'll try to stay open till 12th of June or something this year. But Ruka is a bit too far away for one day trip so I'd need to get someone to take care of my animals for a weekend...

Spring/early summer is not my favourite time of the year. Not enough snow for skiing but too much snow (and too wet) for hiking in Lapland.
post #42 of 72
Still snowing at Mammoth and next week they are forecasting snow Tuesday-Friday at this point, so yep I will head up there for 5 days if the forecast holds as I missed this weeks 3 day storm. Just an awesome April in the Sierras and then there is all that corn to be harvested in May. I am no where close to done
post #43 of 72
 It is too bad that they closed half of the mountain at Mammoth. I was there earlier this week and the skiing was pretty good, coverage awesome, etc. Just that they shut down half the hill on Monday. Oh well. 

We just picked up another 17" on the North Shore of Tahoe over the last couple of days, with more on the way next week they are saying. Squaw was ok today. Lanes of good skiing and lanes of bad, it is April though. 
post #44 of 72
Seven or eight years ago in early May I flew to Reno & drove to Mammoth, on a very loosely organized trip.
Starting on a Tuesday or Wednesday I found out not only was half of Mammoth closed (with plenty of snow)
but they were not even open to the top except on weekends.  This pissed me off so bad I left immediately and
went to Squaw Valley.

Squaw Valley had almost everything open (Ok maybe Silverado was closed).  My greatest pleasure was finding
3 visitors at the Squaw Valley tram base wearing jackets that said "Mammoth Mt Lift Operation Supervisors."
I promply informed them I left their stinking mountain YESTERDAY because they wouldn't run their damn lifts.

I'm sure I rattled the Mammoth dudes cages and they gave some lame reason (financial I think) for this.

The rest of the week at Squaw & Alpine was fine.



Skis hung up here in MD
post #45 of 72
This Sunday is it for me here in the east.

Already broke out the fishing pole & caught some striped bass this week.
post #46 of 72
Ended too soon for me this year.  Birth of my second son shut down my season the first of March.  As much as I love skiing, I figure this is a an event worth shortening the season for me this year.  Next year I will have my first son on skis for the first time.  I'm already excited!
post #47 of 72
 We were ready to call it a season this Sunday (04/25) but looks like Cascades are getting a fresh dump next week so we'll probably extend it to the early May and then re-evaluate. The season is over on May 16th at Mt Hood Meadows so biking it will be! Nice going though from mid Nov to mid May!
post #48 of 72
Heading to ABasin (maybe Aspen for tomorrow) now...straight from Asia..can't wait - apparently it got 11" overnight, with more on the forecast throughout the week! 

North America season end trip scheduled for Blackcomb closing day (Victoria Day weekend - 5/20), I guess that would be the official conclusion of the NA season (and the start of the SA season!)......
Edited by jkc22 - 4/24/10 at 12:08pm
post #49 of 72
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Originally Posted by jkc22 View Post

Heading to ABasin (maybe Aspen for tomorrow) now...straight from Asia..can't wait - apparently it got 11" overnight, with more on the forecast throughout the week! 


 

JEALOUS !

thats true on the 11 with 21 in the past 3 with more coming.


i put up here this wk that i was done and i've been staring at those lucky sob's at the basin all day. we'll see if can talk myself out of one more trip or if the inner child wins.
post #50 of 72
For 2009-2010, my season ended yesterday (4/23/10).  I usually manage to extend it into early/mid May, but not this year.

My home mountain closed in early April, but I wanted to get at least one more day on the slopes, so I took the day off work and and headed to VT to ski bumps on the few remaining trails at Killington (Killington's last day is tomorrow 4/25).  Coverage was adequate and the snow was nice on Superstar, so it was worth the trip.

STE
post #51 of 72
 Skiing powder today at Squaw. Hitting the underlying layer in places and had to dodge some ice bumps but the skiing was very good. It felt like the middle of winter on top of KT this morning. Wind was howling and snow was blowing, 26F in the parking lot. The rest of the week looks to be pretty good also. This April has been one for the books, I have almost as much powder skiing this month as I did in Feb. 

Ran into lots of people who drove from the south shore etc to ski. Squaw is the only place in Tahoe running the lifts mid-week. 
post #52 of 72
Dang! Looks like I picked the wrong week to be out of town.. This April is legendary at Squaw, with 12"-24" storms every week, even KT stayed open for two additional weeks....My last Squaw day of this season was last week. Here at ABasin now....pretty good skiing, but surely I'd rather be at Squaw for the legendary powder days (only ran into 5 of them this season)......and gotta fly out to Asia for work next week, so my Squaw season is done!!  

Seriously thinking about flying back earlier (although there is snow storm on the forecast for Summit County too....). Decisions, decisions.....

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Originally Posted by Ske-Bum View Post

 Skiing powder today at Squaw. Hitting the underlying layer in places and had to dodge some ice bumps but the skiing was very good. It felt like the middle of winter on top of KT this morning. Wind was howling and snow was blowing, 26F in the parking lot. The rest of the week looks to be pretty good also. This April has been one for the books, I have almost as much powder skiing this month as I did in Feb. 

Ran into lots of people who drove from the south shore etc to ski. Squaw is the only place in Tahoe running the lifts mid-week. 
 
post #53 of 72
 For the past 2 years I have been skiing at least once every month during the summer (June/July/August/Sept), thus my season goes all year round (and I do it all in the Tahoe area with perhaps a side trip to Oregon, if necessary). So, my season starts in October, usually (if there's no snow here I'll do a trip to A-Basin in Colo) and ends at about the same time.

For my purposes I count the season as starting in mid-October when A-Basin/Loveland start making snow and open and it ends in September (that's when Mt. Hood usually closes for repairs at the end of the summer before re-opening in Oct.).

:)
post #54 of 72
I'm not trying to rub this in, but I have more then 5 powder days just in April this year. BTW, snowing hard here right now. Have fun in Colorado. 

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Originally Posted by jkc22 View Post

Dang! Looks like I picked the wrong week to be out of town.. This April is legendary at Squaw, with 12"-24" storms every week, even KT stayed open for two additional weeks....My last Squaw day of this season was last week. Here at ABasin now....pretty good skiing, but surely I'd rather be at Squaw for the legendary powder days (only ran into 5 of them this season)......and gotta fly out to Asia for work next week, so my Squaw season is done!!  

Seriously thinking about flying back earlier (although there is snow storm on the forecast for Summit County too....). Decisions, decisions.....
 


 
post #55 of 72
Still have another solid month to go with plenty of our spring storms left to have. Snowing now, looks like tommorrow will be a powder day
post #56 of 72
Generally, my inbounds "season" ends the beginning of April. But, that starts the BC "season" which generally ends in July sometime depending on year. Usually the season starts again BC in the end of Sept or beginning of Oct. However, I have a goal to ski the full year without having to travel south. It all depends on our snowfall... 
post #57 of 72
Well, today was it, as the ankle sprain I did at Brighton three weeks ago just didn't let me put any pressure on it without real pain today at Whistler, which was a shame as Seventh Heaven was really beautiful spring conditions in the one run I did make.

Oh well, it's been a decent season of 43 days that's the least I did in the past 5 years, but it went like thiis -
At Whistler for the 18 foot November dump
Dreadful 2 days of least coast in December (why do I do that to myself?)
Early Jan 12 days in CO and UT that saw NO snow the whole time.
February with my son in Utah that was ok
Early March in CO with decent but not great conditions
First week of April in UT that was off-the-hook great
1st weekend in May at Whistler - dnf due to ankle sprain

The good new is that my new mainsail is in for the Hobie, so I'm looking forward to some good breezes and warm water in the coming months to get my Jones on on the water. Skiing is still my favorite, but a 15-20 knot breeze when you're a foot off the water, or a Bull shark swimming right in front of you is an attention getter too.
post #58 of 72
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Originally Posted by snofun3 View Post


 but a 15-20 knot breeze when you're a foot off the water, or a Bull shark swimming right in front of you is an attention getter too. 
How about when you're well below the water, and a Tiger Shark is swimming right in front of you?

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post #59 of 72
Sounds like I need to either a) move, or b) find someone to support my traveling habits.

Here in PA, we were done (and I mean DONE) by the end of March. Trying to think about how to pull off some trips to the southern hemisphere for next summer . . .
post #60 of 72
Bluebird pow today
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