Post by livingproof on Feb 24, 2015 11:52:25 GMT -7
Damn, it's almost March. While many of us headed west early in the season, it's time for the later winter trips, so, where are you headed?
Tomorrow, I'm off to Jackson Hole for 7 days on snow with the Epic Gathering Crew. This year, over 70 people have committed to ski, at least for a couple of days, with that group. It is my 5th straight year, it will be great to renew the friendships developed over the years. Two great aspects for this trip are: frequent flyer miles resulted in a comp. $700 air fare to JH, and, a great friend who I have roomed with for the past several years, arranged for us to stay with one of his friends who lives in Jackson. My costs are reduced to rental cars, lift tickets and food. My kind of trip!
The Jackson Hole snow situation is more eastern hardsnow, the forecast is cloudy with snow showers for the first several days. Still, there is a very soft spot in my heart for JH, last of the old cowboy west. Come on ULLR!
Even if you don't have trips in your schedule, get out and ski. Too early to use the "spring" skiing term, at least here in the east, 3 degrees F this morn. The sun is getting stronger, before we know it, golf or mountain bike season will be here. Enjoy the glories of late ski season.
Post by JimRatliff on Feb 24, 2015 13:09:00 GMT -7
I appreciate the title, and I agree that it feels like anything but spring!! Congratulation on the trip arrangements -- the only thing better than a ski trip (any time of year) is a ski trip where you don't pay tourist prices.
As Lynn mentioned in another thread, we leave Friday for two weeks. A few sentimental days at Steamboat because we didn't want to spend two weeks at Vail, and then down to Vail and Beaver Creek. This is a Continuing ED Requirement for her work, so the city helps pay for our skiing. By the way, we got a good deal on lodging at the Green Bridge Inn in Red Cliffs, CO. Kind of off the beaten path between Vail and Beaver Creek, but the pictures and the reviews were really good. If anyone has been there, chime in.
Last Edit: Feb 24, 2015 16:17:01 GMT -7 by JimRatliff
Post by livingproof on Feb 24, 2015 13:56:08 GMT -7
Enjoy the ski around. I was last at the 'boat when my now 40 year old son was an infant. Have you been in touch with Ron? Life at the Beav & Vail, sweet, and, your Epic passes work there. I did not mention that we plan on 2 days at Grand Targhee, assuming it's not Grand Fogee.
Only eastern short trip for me this season…of which I was originally bummed, but it has worked out so far.
I've skied Jackson and Cottonwood canyon in s storm cycle, and I've skied both in lean conditions. My take is, the extremes of the experience are way greater than any eastern skiing. When these epic alpine destinations are good, they ski better than any eastern place on it's very best day (which, is why we jump on planes to ski)…but when they are lean and hard the ski experience is way less satisfying than typical 'hard'eastern conditions (which, is the gamble of getting on a plane!). I hope all of you travelers get powder or true Spring conditions!
Jackson and Snowbird are especially susceptible to these extreme experiences.
Last season, going into Crystal looked like it was going to be the worst conditions I had ever skied…but turned out to be some of the best, you never know in the mountains.
I'm going to Utah next weekend. From what the snow reports are saying, it might be the most groomer skiing I've done since I left camp in November.
Dan: How ironic, taking a trip west in order to find good groomer skiing. SKIING in the East this year has been unusual. I haven't heard from Todd, I wonder how Killington has been this year? I do have to say that I will not miss the eastern frigid temps.
livingproof: Philly is an ice rink this morning, freezing rain over very cold streets. Weather is putting a dent into my ski season.
Jan 5, 2014 9:39:28 GMT -7
svend: LP - we had a three-day ice storm here just before Christmas, so I know well what you're dealing with. Not fun. Hope there's no damage in Philly. Take care.
Jan 5, 2014 20:23:02 GMT -7
livingproof: Philly weather warm fog last night, 8 inches of new snow = history! 8 degrees F tomorrow morning. Should be some great local boilerplate!
Jan 6, 2014 7:42:34 GMT -7
meput: - 22° F the other morning. +54° today. Forcast 0° tonight. Temperature rollercoaster at my home. The 'loaf got RAIN with the warm up. Looking forward to skiing on shaved ice
Jan 6, 2014 16:28:43 GMT -7
svend: Same story here...25 cm snow last night, some more freezing rain, and now there's 80 km/hr winds and -25 C temps. Wind chill is pushing -40 C. Supposed to continue all day tomorrow too. Whacky weather.
Jan 6, 2014 20:52:30 GMT -7
ToddW: -20° F on the drive up to VT on Friday. Freezing rain and heavy fog Sunday night made for an 8 hour return trip. Record low at home this morning. 40s and rain by Friday. What's up with the weather?
Jan 7, 2014 18:04:52 GMT -7
svend: Polar vortex is back. -26 C this morning. Will need a block heater in the car if this keeps up. Poor thing barely cranked this morning.
Jan 22, 2014 7:30:05 GMT -7
JimRatliff: Polar Vortex??? Is that the new Head all-mountain carving ski I've been hearing so much about?
Jan 22, 2014 9:04:03 GMT -7
JimRatliff: That's pretty chilly. 7F (-13C) in Central Park. Glad you didn't send the real cold air down.
Jan 22, 2014 9:04:58 GMT -7
JimRatliff: OK, but I still think "Polar Vortex" and "Polar Express" could be the start of a great family of ski names.
Jan 22, 2014 10:45:22 GMT -7
svend: I like it! Blizzard should take those on. Fits with their name. Easier to say than "Viva Ultrasonic Full Suspension IQ", or some such ridiculousness. Who can remember all that?
Jan 22, 2014 20:29:13 GMT -7
livingproof: Another round of Philly area snow....we're ground zero this season. Please start sending any future storms north.
Mar 2, 2014 8:15:55 GMT -7
svend: Neverending winter here in Ontario. More snow last night. Cold temps coming this week. Word on the street is that some local ski hills may be open until May. Remarkable and unprecedented.
Mar 22, 2014 9:03:22 GMT -7
superbman: we were supposed to make it to next weekend, but they put out that we're closing tomorrow. Bummer.
Mar 28, 2014 9:06:50 GMT -7
JimRatliff: I think most local places here are closing as well. Yesterday was last at Elk.
Mar 30, 2014 4:17:15 GMT -7
livingproof: My Blue Mtn home is planning to open next weekend (closed midweek). Spring temps are finally here, not sure if I'll make a final trip.
Mar 30, 2014 6:00:04 GMT -7
ToddW: Surefire way to scare away family skiers, from the Killington conditions page: "Expect huge bumps on Superstar for the Killington Triathlon."
May 2, 2014 13:22:58 GMT -7
JimRatliff: I just wanted to wish all a Happy Holidays. Amazing how quickly Christmas follows Thanksgiving.
Dec 13, 2014 14:53:23 GMT -7
superbman: I was looking at the reviews on real skiers for the Kastle FX 85 and FX 85HP…both interested me greatly, how similar are these to the FX 84 (if you have skied both..or is the 85 the 84??)
Sept 13, 2015 14:52:00 GMT -7