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post #31 of 57

I've been trying to tick the Grand Teton for two years now. First year sidelined by injury. Last season avalanche danger too high.  Maybe this year?

post #32 of 57

 

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I'm not rushing, but I have a lifetime goal of hitting each of the 7 continents.... If I miss Antarctica, I won't be too, too worried -- that'd be a LOT of money for basically a tick mark on a checklist...

 

So far, I've skied at a lot of North American resorts, Termas de Chillan in Chile, and Chamonix in France.

 

In Asia, the target is probably Niseko, but I think I'd really like to check out a few different areas.

In Oceanea, I hear great things about the private clubs in New Zealand, so the dream goal there is to contact a bunch of club people and see if they'd show off their resorts.

In Africa, I'd probably target Morocco's Atlas mountains for a day trip while exploring the country

 

Then, I need to go back to Cham for the Haute Route and to BC or AK for the Heli tour week.
 

Maybe I do need to hurry.

 

I'm recently retired so working on some of these.

 

Niseko and other Japan areas?  Flight booked for next Jan. 17-31.

Antarctica?  http://www.iceaxe.tv/cruises/  Reserved for Nov. 2011.   I need to get complete AT gear and get in better shape for that one.

Private clubs in New Zealand?  I just visited 2 of them in July.  http://www.firsttracksonline.com/boards/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=9003 and http://www.firsttracksonline.com/boards/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=9005 .   I was "in the neighborhood" after a Tahiti eclipse cruise http://www.firsttracksonline.com/boards/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=8119, but if the club areas are your key objective you want to be there later in the season with maximum snowpack. 

 

I've had 2 South America ski trips.  Termas de Chillan is the area I have not skied that has highest interest for me there.

 

Africa?  I've sandboarded in Egypt http://www.firsttracksonline.com/boards/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=2009.  There's limited skiing on snowmaking in South Africa, coincident with the best safari season there. But the ambitious types would probably prefer to tackle Kilimanjaro or Mt. Kenya.

 

Europe is the relative weak spot in my experience.  I've been to Chamonix and La Grave, but there is so much more to ski.

post #33 of 57

I've had my dream trip(s) to Europe and skied Chamonix, Verbier, Zermatt, St Anton, Courmayer, Cervina & St Moritz. Then that summer headed to NZ for some South Island turns out of Wanaka & Queenstown.

 

Here's what I still would like to do:

 

Europe

Kitzbuhel - to look @ the Hahnenkamm

Champery - I've seen so many powder pics!

Andermatt

 

South America

Termas de Chilan

Patagonia

 

North America

Telluride

Red Mountain

post #34 of 57

 

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For me, I would like to get to the Southern Hemisphere in the next few years. 

Japan is also sounding interesting, maybe in the future if I get to where I can have some more free time in the winter. 

I have skied in the Alps a number of times over the years, but always dream of spending a few months & really submersing myself in the culture.

Have friends who have patrolled at Gulmarg, & that place sounds like a real adventure, but I won't be going unless the political climate changes.

Other than those, my current situation is working pretty well.

JF


My bucket list would be exactly the same, albeit in slightly different order:

 

Japan would be at the top of the list, partly because of the unique culture and partly the legendary snow. I just want to see it for myself! I would probably do in before too long. I've been there in the summer so it's not as intimidating to me as to others.

 

Southern hemisphere is also high on my list, for similar reason. But I'm more of a summer person and enjoy all cycling, hiking and kayaking. So sparing a month or so to go skiing will be rather un-appealing. Unless of course, if I have more free time. In that case, I might move to the southern hemisphere for a while, so that I can do South America and New Zealand guilt free...

 

Europe, I've done a few. Will continue to tick off a couple now and then. Would be lovely if I could find a base there and actually live and immerse myself in the culture.

 

India is fasinating. But I'm probably not bother with skiing though.

 

Same for Africa. Sight-seeing not skiing.

 

Before I got carried away to the far flung places, I need to do more of Canada!


 

post #35 of 57
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Japan would be at the top of the list, partly because of the unique culture and partly the legendary snow. I just want to see it for myself! I would probably do in before too long. I've been there in the summer so it's not as intimidating to me as to others.

 

 

Before I got carried away to the far flung places, I need to do more of Canada!


 



How could I forget about Japan? I think that Japan is an "undiscovered" powder gem! Oh Canada is oh so close (but not as cheap anymore).

post #36 of 57
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The picture looks as if it's all blue or green groomers until the cliffs.  And with the low gravity, it could be pretty boring.  I'll pass.
 


Yup, the crown looks a bit boring but those cliffs around the sides are up to eight miles high.  That's 42,000 vertical feet down terrain consistently in the 45 to 75 degree range - perfectly skiable in gravity only 0.38% of Earth's.  And it would take quite a while to get skied-out.

 

.ma

post #37 of 57

Jackson (this year hopefully)

Whistler and Revelstoke

Ak helli skiing

Killington

Kitzbuhel

Chamonix

Chili

Japan

NZ

and power kite skiing, looks like a blast

Should have plenty of time to refine my list

post #38 of 57
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Japan would be at the top of the list, partly because of the unique culture and partly the legendary snow. I just want to see it for myself! 

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Before I got carried away to the far flung places, I need to do more of Canada!


Yes, we've heard stories of incredible powder in Japan. Language and culture and price could be intimidating.

 

Somehow, I've missed Utah. I need to go. Montana, too.

 

Sun Valley and Lake Louise don't tempt me. The scenery at Louise is awesome, but neither of these two gets enough snow.

 

Europe would be a cultural experience. I've never been there. It is reported to frequently suffer from poor snow, but it's worth the trip for other reasons.

 

And Canada. British Columbia, mostly. Since I live here, it can be difficult to justify going elsewhere. I need to do more cat and heli skiing right here at home. From my house to the Snowwater/Valhalla office is literally 10 minutes. Plus Revy and Kicking Horse, but only when the conditions are right. Too much bother, otherwise. (What an awful powder snob!) I'd like to visit Sunshine, AB again, too, when the snow is deep.
 

It's all about the snow and the terrain.

post #39 of 57
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Yes, we've heard stories of incredible powder in Japan. Language and culture and price could be intimidating.


Language isn't as bad as it made out to be. At least not much worse than skiing in say, France or S. America. People do understand English, though they (Japanese) are a little shy to speak. So it gave the impression they didn't understand...

 

Culture is actually one of the reason to ski Japan! For the same reason, I'd like to go the South America some day, even though I'm hesitant to "waste" our lovely summers to skiing... wink.gif

 

I don't know about the lift ticket prices. Otherwise, lodging and food isn't that different. Granted, you do have to shell out the plane ticket, which is no small item. But then again, to visit any part on that side of the planet, the plane ticket is un-avoidable.
 

post #40 of 57

Still on the bucket list & in no particular order:

 

Jackson Hole

Telluride

Taos

Hokaido

St Anton (Hitting this Feb. 2011

Zermatt

Dolomites

Wengen

 

Might hit one of the other Euro bucket list candidates in March of 2011 too...

post #41 of 57

Valais in Zermatt, Switzerland. I here it is amazing!

post #42 of 57

I have two that are very unlikely to happen but I dream about them anyway.  I've dreamed of these for years and years.

 

The first would be to retrace Ernest Shackleton's route up and over the spine of South Georgia Island.  I would want to do it on skis, of course, rather than sealskin boots. 

 

The second one would be enormously, outrageously expensive but that's what bucket lists are about, no?  I want to charter an oceangoing vessel large enough for a helicopter to land and take off from the deck.  We're going to steam up the western coast from Vancouver to Juneau or Haines or Gustavus or somewhere in Southeastern Alaska.  Each morning, the heli will take off with me and four friends and we'll ski all of those mountains that march up the coast in an endless procession.  As the boat is steaming north, the heli will just skip along from peak to peak, drainage to drainage.  Most of the time, we'll be making first descents down unnamed peaks with the ocean and the boat in view.  Back on the boat, the crew will be catching fresh seafood all day while we're skiing and then we'll have unbelievable feasts each evening. 

 

This whole journey will probably take about a month. 

post #43 of 57

Japanese culture is a reason to go, rather than an excuse not to.  Other than the language barrier (you can mostly find someone to help get your message across) the thing about Japan is their kanji characters are so completely different you can't read the signs - not even to try and 'sound out' the symbols for a train station, for instance.  Again, it's all part of the fun of travelling there, and the snow quality makes up for a lot of little dramas getting lost and confused.

 

The first time we arrived in Niseko we wandered into the local bar - a very traditional looking Japanese building - and were met with a room full of Aussies watching Super 14 Rugby on the flat screens, drinking Victoria Bitter and eating typical western 'pub grub'.  Not quite the cultural experience we were looking for.

 

To summarise again, travelling should involve immersing yourself in the local culture.  Not to do so is to miss the reason for travelling in the first place.  It's fun!

post #44 of 57

Portillo, Chile

Las Lenas, Argentina

Japan

 

I used to travel to Japan quite frequently back in my Air Force days. I got lost in Tokyo more than once, but don't let that stop you from going. It made it more of an adventure. I learned some basic Japanese and characters, so everyone I've come across there has been amazingly friendly and helpful. I LOVE the culture there. It's also very safe, by the way, so it's not like traveling with thousands of dollars of gear through Mexico and Central America. You'll be fine. If only airfare there wasn't so steep.

 

I also have a theory that Korea could be more popular in years to come. The mountains there are crazy, very cold, and I've seen tons of snow there. For some reason, skiing was just FINALLY becoming popular when I was there. The little ski hills they had were unbelievably packed since the areas were small, and skiing was catching on like wildfire. If only they could tap into some of the good mountains there, we could be in for a real treat.

 

Oh yeah, and once we take care of business for good in Afghanistan, that would be cool to ski there. I've flown over some epic mountain ranges over there. The Hindu Kush mountains make the Rockies look like child's play. wink.gif

post #45 of 57
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 Other than those, my current situation is working pretty well.

JF

Having seen the area where you live and work two seasons ago I think that is an understatement.

 

I would like to get to Europe to ski someday.  Probably will have to wait a long time.

 

post #46 of 57

Rent out a tail-wheel airplane with ski modification  and fly and land at an open field somewhere in Northwest and ski my heart out in the area.

post #47 of 57

Over the years I've skied many, many areas in ME, NH, VT, NY, and MA. I've only had one ski trip outside the Northeast US -- that was to Utah about 20 years ago. There are so many places I'd like to ski, I'm really going to have to win the lottery....

 

General:

  • Tahoe area
  • Canadian Rockies
  • Colorado
  • Switzerland
  • Italy
  • Austria
  • France
  • Japan
  • New Zealand
  • Chile
  • Argentina

 

Ummm, yeah, pretty much anywhere with snow,

post #48 of 57

I have been fortunate to have already gone on ski trips that would be in many others bucket list.  Doing a four day off piste tour in St Anton where I was able to ski the natural Alps the birthplace of modern skiing is my current top ski experience.   But I have also spent a week in Whistler, Jacskon, Steamboat, Aspen, etc. 

 

So what is left for me? 

 

Definitely to go heli skiing.  I had the opportunity to go heli skiing for a day for $50 bucks back in the infancy of the sport in 1977 when I was with a college buddy in Vail.  I passed it up as I was not confident of my abilities to go with a scouting group for a new heli guide service.  I always regretted not going but really want to go Heli Sking now anywhere while I am still able to ski at a high level, now 56. 

 

Skiing somewhere in the southern hemisphere in the summer is also on my list.  I am leaning more towards New Zealand than S.America.  For some reason skiing in Japan doesnt' appeal to me.

 

Until I can affored one of those, I keep on knocking off other N. America resorts and revisiting old favorites like Vail this year where I haven't been back to since that earlier trip I mentioned.  Now I know how to ski!

 

Rick G

 

post #49 of 57

Mammoth

anywhere in BC

Wasatch backcountry guided

post #50 of 57

I like that way of thinking! :)

 

Rather than ticking a list of resorts, it's the overall experience!

 

Heli-skiing definitely is a unique experience. Same is back country touring. But I'm not good enough for heli, and not fit enough to do multi-day touring. So I'd like to do different regions of the world to experience the differnt culture, scenery and how skiing is done in different area. I've done a bit of Europe. So will continue to do so as time and funds allow. Other part of the world such as Japan and S. America will come eventually. So are some of the N. America resort that are unique in their own right (Crested Butte, for example)
 

After all, there're too many individual resorts in the world. There's no chance I'll be able to "hit" each and every one of them. I'd rather focus on enjoying each that I go.
 

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I have been fortunate to have already gone on ski trips that would be in many others bucket list.  Doing a four day off piste tour in St Anton where I was able to ski the natural Alps the birthplace of modern skiing is my current top ski experience.   But I have also spent a week in Whistler, Jacskon, Steamboat, Aspen, etc. 

 

So what is left for me? 

 

Definitely to go heli skiing.  I had the opportunity to go heli skiing for a day for $50 bucks back in the infancy of the sport in 1977 when I was with a college buddy in Vail.  I passed it up as I was not confident of my abilities to go with a scouting group for a new heli guide service.  I always regretted not going but really want to go Heli Sking now anywhere while I am still able to ski at a high level, now 56. 

 

Skiing somewhere in the southern hemisphere in the summer is also on my list.  I am leaning more towards New Zealand than S.America.  For some reason skiing in Japan doesnt' appeal to me.

 

Until I can affored one of those, I keep on knocking off other N. America resorts and revisiting old favorites like Vail this year where I haven't been back to since that earlier trip I mentioned.  Now I know how to ski!

 

Rick G

 

post #51 of 57

I was thinking the other day, Krasnya Polyana is on my list too. Oh yeah, Mica Heli-skiing for anyone that saw that Salomon video.

post #52 of 57

BC catskiing... next winter.  Haven't picked a place yet...

post #53 of 57
My knees shake in awe. All bow to the new Avatar King. All bow. I'm all Verklempt.


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I've always wanted to hit up Chamonix with a guide and go ball out crazy.


post #54 of 57

For me, going to Chamonix was the promised land as I had watched Blizzard of Ahhhs way too many times. Then to get on the Les Grands Montets lift and ride it to the top was amazing. Amen.

post #55 of 57
Steve Wharton, The Legend.
He makes only one post 6 weeks ago containing the largest Avatar known to man, then completely vanishes with no evidence he ever intends to return. Very freakin' awesome. He and his jpeg are as large and legendary as the mountain he so reveres: Chamonix. I am honored to have been left crushed in his wake. Steve Wharton, Avatar King.

Only one more thing left on my bucket list. now...Cookie the Swede.
post #56 of 57

I want to ski the swiss alps and then retire to my chalet and sip real swiss miss hot chocalote while making love to my beautiful bride on a white bear skin rug.

post #57 of 57

Interior BC

AK

Haute Route

Costal BC / Whistler

NZ

Chile

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