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Winter Plans 2010-2011

post #1 of 19
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Ok. So the season is upon us! What are your plans? I'm already getting my trips lined up, and am getting pretty stoked. I'll probably toss in a few more as the season goes by and I hear about good dumps.

 

My plans (subject to change):

 

December: Mt. Hood, OR (already bought my tickets!)

January: Taos, NM (Ski week!)

February: Jackson Hole, WY (to apply what I learned at my TSV Ski Week)

March: Big Sky, MT (gaper group trip)

 

Can't wait!

post #2 of 19

Good one Austin.

 

Mine is:

 

Jan. Hokkaido Japan / Niseko, Rusutsu, Moiwa and maybe a day catskiing at Weiss.

 

Mid 2011,  Cardrona, Treble Cone, Snow Park,and maybe Turoa [ all in New Zealand ]

 

Cannot wait til January !

post #3 of 19

Already posted this in another similar thread...but since I'm here....

 

Thanksgiving - Mid December...China Peak/Badger Pass

 

Christmas Break - Silver Mountain/Mt. Spokane/49 Degrees North/Schweitzer/Lookout Pass

 

January 10th-14th....Jackson Hole/Grand Targhee

 

February 7th-11th....Steamboat

 

February ??-??....Tahoe....Kirkwood, Squaw and Homewood perhaps.  Dodge Ridge on the way there.

 

March 7th-11th....Crested Butte

post #4 of 19

I will go where the snow is.  Don't need no trips.  I'm there.

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I will go where the snow is.  Don't need no trips.  I'm there.



You must not have been around for the winter of 04/05...or last winter for that matter?

post #6 of 19

How  do you guys manage a trip each month? Not only I don't quite have as many vacation days, I simply can't take a week off each month! Work would pile up to such a degree I'll be holding the entire group up (and likely be shown the door if THAT happens)!

post #7 of 19
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How  do you guys manage a trip each month? Not only I don't quite have as many vacation days, I simply can't take a week off each month! Work would pile up to such a degree I'll be holding the entire group up (and likely be shown the door if THAT happens)!


Stockpile vacation hours.  Work max hours all year, and no sick days taken.  My work has reserves to cover me while I'm gone.  I can adjust daily vacation pay from 2.5-3.75 hours, so I don't have to drain the bank during one trip.

post #8 of 19

Trying to plan a couple trips...

 

-Utah: Solitude, Snowbird, Alta in January

 

-Colorado in March

 

-Season pass to my local hill in Vermont

-A few weekends at Jay Peak

-Hopefully doing some more exploring of the New England backcountry with my AT setup

post #9 of 19
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How  do you guys manage a trip each month? Not only I don't quite have as many vacation days, I simply can't take a week off each month! Work would pile up to such a degree I'll be holding the entire group up (and likely be shown the door if THAT happens)!

 

Great question! I pretty much take zero vacation during the Summer. Also, my ski trips aren't always long. For example, I'm flying to Portland on a Friday, skiing Saturday/Sunday, coming back Monday. So, since it's over the course of the weekend, I only have to take two days off. I'm doing the same with Jackson Hole. I'll be taking a week off for TSV Ski Week, and probably Big Sky, but that still amounts to a total of a couple of weeks plus a few days, which is a pretty standard amount of vaca time for many folks. Since I'm willing to work around most holidays since I don't have a family, and don't go on long trips in the Summer, my boss doesn't seem to mind too much when I take off at these random times where everyone else is at the office.

 

What also helps is that I'm self-employed, and do not get any paid time off. It's all out of pocket, and doesn't cost the client anything. So I'm a little bit more free than your average person, not having to beg for time off. I leave when I please, but of course get hit with smaller paychecks when I do that. Well worth it, though! I've worked my tail off this year so I can afford to goof off more this winter. That's what 4 months of working 80 hour work weeks gets ya! biggrin.gif

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 That's what 4 months of working 80 hour work weeks gets ya! biggrin.gif


Yep pretty much this.  I forgot to mention my company operates in it's full normal capacity on weekends too.  Which is to say, I don't have weekends.  My days off can fall midweek if need be.

post #11 of 19

Time off is one of the small perks to being a public school teacher.   It lets us get in three, one week trips each year.  And we live close enough to the mountains to squeeze in a few day trips here and there.  Downside to that is of course what we pay our educators.  So, budget is always a #1 concern.  Though I do wish school was during the summer and have the big break in the middle of winter .

 

So far this year our plan is

 

Daytrip to somewhere in New Mexico before December

Week in Winter Park before Christmas (spare bedroom surfing)

Week in Taos after Christmas (won't decide on ski area till then.  I kinda like the quaint vibe of Sipapu)

Couple day trips to New Mexico during Jan & Feb

Week in Winter Park in March (spare bedroom surfing again)

post #12 of 19

60 days here.  End of plans.

 

 

post #13 of 19

Vermont December- April 

Utah April-May

 

post #14 of 19
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You must not have been around for the winter of 04/05...or last winter for that matter?

'04-'05 was a freak.  I've skied here for 46 seasons and never seen one nearly as bad, and even that one ended well.  Last year wasn't that bad.  We had plenty of snow at least, and a fabulous beginning and ending.  200" of snowpack in a bad year is OK by me.  Anyway, the question was about this year, and if the forecasts are correct this will be the place to be.
 

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How  do you guys manage a trip each month? Not only I don't quite have as many vacation days, I simply can't take a week off each month! Work would pile up to such a degree I'll be holding the entire group up (and likely be shown the door if THAT happens)!



 Corporate will do that to you. Chain you to your desk and won't let you out. Learn how to delegate and teach others what you know so they can do your job. Key is learn something new that's valuable to the group so theu can't get rid of you. The moving target thing.  

post #16 of 19
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Already posted this in another similar thread...but since I'm here....

 

Thanksgiving - Mid December...China Peak/Badger Pass

 

Christmas Break - Silver Mountain/Mt. Spokane/49 Degrees North/Schweitzer/Lookout Pass

 

January 10th-14th....Jackson Hole/Grand Targhee

 

February 7th-11th....Steamboat

 

February ??-??....Tahoe....Kirkwood, Squaw and Homewood perhaps.  Dodge Ridge on the way there.

 

March 7th-11th....Crested Butte



Let me know and maybe we can get some turns in at Silver, Lookout etc.  Cut quite a bit of brush on EOB at Lookout, 5 of us 2 weeks ago.  Have some pretty good lines all to ourselves.

post #17 of 19

Furano, Asahikawa then on to Niseko (Annupuri,hirafu, Hanazono) Moiwa

post #18 of 19
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Very cool! Glad to see that so many are already looking ahead to getting their mountain on.

post #19 of 19

Corvara in the Italian Dolomites towards the end of January.  That should blow a big hole in the budget 'til it snows again in July/August.

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