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kimchi
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16/09/2020 8:28 pm  

On the climate change piece... yea I worry about it. But I can't really influence that. So I just try to enjoy it while I got it and I'll figure it out when that gets here. In the interim, I'm learning to surf and skate so I have snow-independent board hobbies (and I'll still have backpacking... provided California doesn't flat burn down).

I haven't really had any issues getting stoked riding. On the crowds piece, it sucks but I get my ass up early and try to catch one of the first few chairs. Any day other than a pow day, I generally have the place to myself for about an hour before people start loading lifts. Even in lift lines, I'd rather deal with that than sit around at home watching Netflix.

That said, getting to the mountain has been an increasingly trying experience. I don't know if it's more drivers or worse drivers, or if I've become a better driver and am aware of others' shortcomings, but the roads between the Bay Area and Tahoe have gotten really frustrating for me in a way they weren't 10+ years ago. Just staggeringly incompetent drivers interspersed with the occasional incompetent reckless asshole-- these fuckers piss me off the most, the idiots who're driving fast, weaving in and out of lane, but with no road vision or gain in time. If you're going to be reckless, fucking get something out of it. That's on dry roads, much less when it snows. This is something I need to learn to be better about, because again, I can't influence other people's incompetence and frankly that level of incompetence will always exist (at least with the US's non-existent driver licensing standards).


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Mr. Lomax
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17/09/2020 9:13 am  

I need to get on snow soon or my mental health will reach an all time low- 

Big Sky (ikon) says no reservations will be needed for pass holders- so that is nice, and they are opening up a new in bounds hike zone to easy up lift lines and will be doing a sign up for early access (8am) for pass holders as well. not bad.

 


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17/09/2020 10:11 am  

Eaglecrest GM announced their winter plan this week. I recognize we have an easier situation here, given the natural isolation of communities in SE AK, and admit I feel kind of guilty for posting. As long as it snows, should effectively be riding as usual, but of course with necessary precautions and a watchful eye in place. Extremely limited lodge services w/ masks required, they will be monitoring the parking lot social scene and enforcing precautions there, and face coverings required in line as well. I‘ll be adding something to my daily pterryclava for the line, as they aren’t an effective mask. Our chairs are two seaters, and they’ll be limited to singles unless you are with a member of your household party.


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17/09/2020 11:55 am  
Posted by: @lomax

I need to get on snow soon or my mental health will reach an all time low- 

Big Sky (ikon) says no reservations will be needed for pass holders- so that is nice, and they are opening up a new in bounds hike zone to easy up lift lines and will be doing a sign up for early access (8am) for pass holders as well. not bad.

 

Rad! I am planning on making it out there early to mid March with a few of my buddies. 


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17/09/2020 12:14 pm  
Posted by: @soymateo

[...] EL WA/PNW homies, what are you feeling?

My pass for Snoqualmie is bought and paid for. They're not sure what the final details of their operational plan will be for this winter, but they've made statements about limiting (or eliminating) day pass sales and access before they do anything like limit pass holders through a reservation system. I am cautiously optimistic, and really just hoping to get out in the snow once or twice each week during the season.

While I love Stevens, the crowding/traffic/Vail issues got to me a couple of years ago. I would usually ride Stevens at least a half dozen days a season, but I haven't hit it more than two days in a season in years.

I get it that Snoqualmie doesn't get quite as much snow as Stevens, most of the terrain is pretty tame, and the park scene is weaker. Still, I get plenty of pow days and I don't have to leave Seattle before 6:00 AM on weekends (we usually actually leave around 7:15) in order to get parking. My friends and I have our go-to spots that we ride, and it's a bunch of fun without very much (if any) aggravation.

Matt, you know that you've got a ready-and-waiting crew to ride with at Snoqualmie if you decide to switch your season pass, right?


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17/09/2020 12:29 pm  

Meadows just released their preliminary plan: reservations are NOT required for pass holders.  I'm pretty confident Timberline has the same plan- but if not, I'll be riding Meadows for the first time in about 10 years.


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17/09/2020 1:25 pm  
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Posted by: @lomax

I need to get on snow soon or my mental health will reach an all time low- 

Big Sky (ikon) says no reservations will be needed for pass holders- so that is nice, and they are opening up a new in bounds hike zone to easy up lift lines and will be doing a sign up for early access (8am) for pass holders as well. not bad.

 

Rad! I am planning on making it out there early to mid March with a few of my buddies. 

sweet- give a shout when you about- March is usually a good time- hitting up Bridger at all?


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17/09/2020 4:18 pm  
Posted by: @soymateo

For the first time snowboarding feels like a complication to my life.  I can't stop being a snowboarder or turn off the angsty incessant obsessive itch I get to snowboard but the situation these last few years, obv this last year, makes it tough to be hyped in the same way.

EL WA/PNW homies, what are you feeling?

That does a good job of summing up my feelings as well. Last year I went with both Epic and Ikon passes, and it worked out--even with the season cut short, I more than broke even on both passes with 3 days in Banff, 2 days at Rusutsu, and a couple Whistler trips. With travel restrictions and quarantines, no way I could do that again this season.

This entire off-season I've gone back/forth between those and Mtn Collective, Indy, Snoqualmie, Baker, or some combination countless times. In the end, settled on Epic Local only since Stevens is relatively close by and has always been my go-to for weekday pow days and night seshes. Figure I'll spend the weekends roaming around chasing weather or where buddies are shredding--same as any other year. Of course there's the added headache of possible reservations and/or limited capacity, not to mention daily lift ticket rates. So yeah...complications that make it hard to be stoked, to the point of seriously considering getting rid of some of the more exotic, rarely-ridden pow sticks...

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17/09/2020 5:10 pm  

For Tahoe this season I was hoping to get a pass for a smaller (but still dope) resort like Sierra-at-Tahoe or Sugar Bowl or Homewood. Some of the best pow days I had last year were at a little mountain called Homewood on the West Shore of Tahoe days after fresh snow. Fresh pillow lines, lap after lap, with minimal tracks. They don't really have much in the way or gnarly terrain, but I really preferred that experience to going Chinese downhill with SV locals and half the Bay Area.

Unfortunately the network effect on the mega-passes is real. All my riding buddies were set on either Ikon or Epic, so that route would have set me on riding solo-- or with the wife, who can't keep up if I'm pushing it more than 5/10 intensity.

I went back and forth on Epic versus Ikon, but I think I'm going Ikon. I like those resorts better and I just don't much care for Vail. I'll do most my days at the Ikon resorts, probably pick up a few mellow pow days at Homewood, and then backcountry days. Finally feeling comfortable on my splitboard and I also picked up a pow surfer to mess around on high danger days.

SV and Alpine still haven't announced final details, but they're not expecting to implement a reservation system. I have some concerns about that, especially considering they rely pretty heavily on a tram and funitel to move people around.

I'm also hoping to do some long-term stays in spots since I have flexibility to work remotely. Wife and I are planning on staying somewhere for the month of February (SLC or Bend are prime targets).

Think I'll also be doing a lot more touring as well. I've never toured more than 2-3 times in a season (was planning on going big last spring, but COVID killed that). I'm hoping the resorts stay open and the backcountry doesn't get overwhelmed... the avy numbers last year were pretty nuts after the resort closures.


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17/09/2020 9:51 pm  

I broke down and went Epic Local at the last minute...


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18/09/2020 10:13 am  

I'm really trying to maintain just positive thoughts. But it seems to mean not thinking about it at all as there's some seeming consternation  about almost every aspect of getting some good riding in and I'm just done marinating in that shit. Really, done marinating in all shit regardless of what it is.

All I really need is 1 good day. Pow day parking lot jitter hands trying to lace my boots as fast as I can day. 1 deep fresh bluebird or socked in nuking 4 ft. visibility try the dumb stuff because everything is soft day. Crusted snow chunks melting off my shit smile face as I sit rubber legged in front of the fire at the end of the day, day. 

Just 1 holy fuck that's what I live for day to remember and get me through the rest of the days, day.

They're easier to get out west, but I don't think I'm getting out west yet again this year and I didn't get one here last season. Cheers to y'all blessed knuckle draggers that get them regularly. Let the snow fall heavily upon our faces.


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18/09/2020 11:06 am  

@c-fuzzy

Man. yes.

I hope for you.

And for all of us.


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Peter
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19/09/2020 11:04 am  
Posted by: @lomax
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Posted by: @lomax

I need to get on snow soon or my mental health will reach an all time low- 

Big Sky (ikon) says no reservations will be needed for pass holders- so that is nice, and they are opening up a new in bounds hike zone to easy up lift lines and will be doing a sign up for early access (8am) for pass holders as well. not bad.

 

Rad! I am planning on making it out there early to mid March with a few of my buddies. 

sweet- give a shout when you about- March is usually a good time- hitting up Bridger at all?

Will do! Hopefully we can get a day or two in at Bridger. I should have my entire 2021 schedule squared up by the end of October. If everything goes well there and covid I should be out there for roughly 10 days or so


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