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Couple of Western Trips (looking for a ski buddy/critic)

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

First post, so thanks for putting the community together.

 

I live in the Southeast, so improving my skiing is a costly affair.  I'm at a point in my life where I am taking about 5-6 trips west each year, but I spend most of the time skiing with friends of the same level and don't have much opportunity get to the next level.  I'm a level 6 skier, but I am positive my form is poor.

 

I want to spend this season getting serious about my technique and the terrain I tackle.  That being said, I have two solo trips this year that I'd like to welcome anyone who's willing to show me the mountain, make fun of my form, and just plain hang out.

 

I've got a short 2 ski days in Park City around the 10th of Feb and a good 4 day trip to North Tahoe around Jan 12.

 

About me: 28 married male, Southern, enjoy skiing pretty much anything (but I get drawn to trees and bumps), mostly ski the West, and love whiskey.

 

If I don't get a hit on a skiing partner/friend for either trip, I'll definitely be spending time with a ski school on the Tahoe trip.  Thanks again for the community and the time.  Take care!


Edited by --catfish - 11/12/10 at 7:53am
post #2 of 11

Well CF seeing as you just posted about NC area Im gunna go way out on a limb here and guess you are in the Carolinas. I will be flying west to Canada at least 1 time for a week this winter as Lady Salina is working in western Canada ( Castle Mountain Alberta), I am not sure exactly when yet but if your interested Anyone that books a flight on US air with me gets 2 free luggages, so keep it in mind. I am or should I say LS and I are going to the western gathering in April. I suggest you do not miss this if you can work it in. Looks like we will be sking at sugar in NC over thanksgiving cause that 4 day pass is just too cheap not to

OK me  (cause us isnt going to be us most a the winter lol) 51 male and ski OK for a gimp, but like I said in the other thread im gunna be better shape then last year and should be able to keep up if I try hard ( just my knee, no way the rest a me is ghunna be in bettter shape cause that just sounds like alotta work)

Ive been skiing for a few years now, use to teach a bit part time but let my cert laps a few years ago.

( I will keep the short trip dates in mind cause ya just never know)

Anyway see you at sugar

post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 

Atlanta, but yea.  I'm also in the mix for moving out to Denver, so I might be able make some Western skiing dates and making some new friends.  Thanks for the offer and information!  Will keep up to date in these forums.  Take care.

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Atlanta, but yea.  I'm also in the mix for moving out to Denver, so I might be able make some Western skiing dates and making some new friends.  Thanks for the offer and information!  Will keep up to date in these forums.  Take care.

 

Don't move to Denver from Atlanta.....you'll never go home againeek.gif
 

post #5 of 11
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I live in the Southeast, so improving my skiing is a costly affair.  I'm at a point in my life where I am taking about 5-6 trips west each year, but I spend most of the time skiing with friends of the same level and don't have much opportunity get to the next level.  I'm a level 6 skier, but I am positive my form is poor.

 

Catfish,

   If you are doing that many trips! you might consider a season pass somewhere.

 Squaw Valley had a good one if it's not too late.

 

Vail's Epic Pass (about $620) allows unlimited (with no blackout days) skiing at

Vail,Beaver Creek,Breckenridge,Keystone,A-basin,. and Heavenly & Northstar (maybe some Sierra Tahoe?) 

It can be purchased online.

 

The Colorado pass I have (about $460  now) is good at all the above but is limited with a few holiday blackouts and

is limited at Vail/BC & may charge 1/2 price at the Tahoe areas (5 visits here may be free)

It has to be purchased in person early in the year (but I downgraded online from a 2 year old Epic Pass).

Lodging in Colorado OTOH is expensive compared to Reno or SLC.

 

I don't know this level numbering. I'd be near the top level but also my "form" is not good so ski school types don't

know what to do with me.  I look better on steeps & chutes they won't ski than where the ski-offs are done on novice runs.

Off to the gym in an hour so i don't look like pulled pork!

hth


 

post #6 of 11

Catfish, if you get good airfare or whatever to Spokane let me know and show you some of the west where there is powder and no people.  And Trees we got Trees.

 

Pretty close to Airport:    49 Degrees North (50 min)

                                     Mt Spokane (35 min)

                                     Schweitzer ( 1 hr 40 min)

                                     Silver Mt. ( 1 hr 10 min)

                                      Lookout Pass (1 hr 40 min)

 

                                     Red Mt Rossland BC and Whitewater Salmo BC are about 3 hrs or a little more on weather and border crossing.

 

We have great powder, no people, low prices, good Moosedrool and yes you've never heard of these areas and yes thats fine with us.  Stood in one lift line in the last 7 years and that was because the chair broke for about 30 min.

post #7 of 11

Unfortunately, the Epic Pass is no longer available this year. Last purchase day was the 21st.

 

I'm in a similar boat catfish -- I can drive to PA areas in 4 hours or so... or I can fly out west in 6 or 7. Living in Delaware, most of my friends think I'm stupid for going somewhere colder with all my vacation time, but that's okay, Epic's a great way to ride with people from all over the country. I've skied with Md, Oldboot, and Pete from this thread and they're all great skiers and fun to ride with. Haven't had the pleasure with UGA yet, but ya never know.

 

I'm sure you'll find some good people to ski with, especially if you post up here just before leaving.

 

I picked up the Epic pass this year, so I'll probably be focusing on CO and Tahoe this year, though I'll miss the Utah resorts. I'm probably not going to be in either place when you are, but I'm going to the aforementioned Gathering which is a good time, and a few trips that I haven't quite planned yet. But if we do, you'll have to show me the wonders of that whiskey with an "e," I'm a bit partial to the scotch whisky without the "e", but I'm always open to some new beverage experiences.

post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the great response everyone.  I'll definitely look you up Pete if I get to Spokane (which is likely now that I'll be moving to Denver).

 

I didn't make a decision on the job in Denver until the Epic/Colorado passes were too late, so now I'm going to have to foot the bill for all the lift tickets.  A pain, but was expected at the beginning of the season.  I'm going to grab the Colorado next year and use it if I travel to CA.

 

I still have the CA trip planned for Jan 13-16 skiing if anyone is interested in joining me (upper intermediate/lower advanced).  PM me if interested!

post #9 of 11

The Park City couple of days around teh 10th of Feb caught my eye.  I'm in the throes of thinking about having to be back around Utah this winter to do some PSIA training, and it's likely to be late Jan into early Feb (absolutely no plans beyond having to be there yet!).   So anyone skiing Utah around that time is interesting to me.

 

I only ski every 2 years now (when I'm due to do training to maintain my cert) and it's depressing how much form you lose.

 

Planning to put up a topic in this forum later, to see who else is planning trips around Utah in that time-frame. Skiing alone isn't fun any more.

post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 

I'll PM you when I get a bit closer to departure to see if you're interested.  I'd be willing to go pretty much anywhere I can ski.

post #11 of 11

Just found this - boy Epicski has got big and busy! I get lost.   

 

I'm getting busy finding out about accommodation and stuff. I'm firming for late January into early Feb as there's 6 good PSIA training events I'd like to do! (and it fits in with work).  so yeah, we better keep in touch.

 

I'll stick a topic up and maybe others looking at Utah around that time can use it to hook up with each other too.

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