TT SkiClub 2010-11 Season

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  1. skyzoo

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    I ski Alta / Snowbird a half dozen times or so a year......of course they are right in my backyard.

    Snowbird was still skiable on July 4. You should have come down.
     
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    Only half a dozen times a year? and they're in your backyard? Sounds like you're not using your resources properly. I ski East Coast so West is more or less a once in a while trip. Would have loved a mid summer ski-trip though.
     
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    My sister is working at Alta as a Ski Instructor this upcoming winter. I for one cannot wait to take advantage of the fact that she gets free lift tickets, and since I'm moving to Arizona in 3 weeks I'm going to be within a 2 hour flight to her house!
     
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    I've turned into a "Utah ski snob". I've been out here about 10 years. For a couple years I had a season pass and went nearly every day. I sort of skied myself out. Now I only go up on really good powder days. A lot of locals turn into this. You can't go skiing too often if you have a family and work, so you only go on the very best days.

    Snowbird stays open all summer. Mostly they have concerts and other things to get people to spend money on beer (which works on me). But they do run their tram all year for sightseers. We had snow in June so people did ski on the 4th of July out here. I also have lots of friends that hike to ski and they have been skiing (some) in July too. It's not great skiing, don't get me wrong. People do it just to say they did it.

    Alta is my favorite. It is definitely worth a few flights out here next winter if your sister can get you free passes. I'm sure your sister will let you know when the big dumps are coming / come and you can just hop a quick flight out. Alta is only a half hour drive from the Salt Lake airport.
     
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    I picked up a set of line prophet 100s in June and can't wait to try them out in the upcoming 2010-11 season. The snow in 2009-2010 was perfect (I ski in Tahoe). If this season is only half as good as the last.

    Praying to the El Nino gods...
     
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    Prophets are nice sticks. I skied on them for a couple of seasons. I was shocked at how easy it was to carve short-radius turns on them without having to resort to skidding. Of course, the width is nice for going in the trees and other powder stashes.
     
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    I broke my right tibia and fractured my right ankle @ Snowbasin back in mid-January in the middle of my annual ski vacation. I'm a strong skier and had an unlucky forward twisting fall. Had surgery in Ogden next day and now have a titanium IM rod in my tibia and one screw in my ankle forever. Never had an external cast. I hit physio and the gym very hard and it's been 6.5 months post-op and I've been playing tennis at about 80% of my 4.5+ level for about a month now. Still have some ankle pain during rotational/twisting movements, and landing after jumping/leaping, but can play fairly well overall. Hope to be able to ski this winter. I'm a better skier than tennis player but if all I can do is ski groomers the rst of my life, I'll take it.

    I really need to ski again so I can redeem the lost 1/2 week my ski partner suffered taking care of me back in January - I ruined the second 1/2 of his annual ski trip. I owe him!
     
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    Will be headed to Park City once or twice this season as usual
     
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    My Plans

    I'll most likely start out with a mid-December trip to Val d'Isere and maybe end with a March trip somewhere in Switzerland or France (haven't decided).

    January and February are where it gets interesting. If my brother decides he wants to fly over in Feb, I'll take him to my favorite secret place in Italy and maybe go to Verbier or St. Anton in Jan.

    But, if he decides to come over in Jan (going to the secret spot in Italy), I might just decide to blow all my money on a trip to Japan in Feb. It's expensive, but really tempting.
     
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    I suggest blowing all your money on skiing. It's very well worth it and you will not regret it at all. I need disposable income...
     
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    I just paid for my seasonal rental up in the Franconia notch area in NH. I have a 3 & 7 year old in ski programs at Cannon. I used to ski Tahoe and Alta a few times a year before the kids came. Now it is all about them and I marvel at how quickly they learn. My 7 year old will be running gates this year and already is carving nice turns. The 3 year old is moving uo to greens & Blue runs this year. As soon as they could walk, I strapped on the sticks. If I could ski everyday, life would be perfect. For now it is Cannon, Jay Peak and Sugarloaf. In a few years we will be back out west.
     
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    Jay Peaks not so bad. I skied there this winter and conditions were quite great. Make sure you don't ski there on weekends or holiday's or you wont be able to hit the peak. Lines can get pretty outrageous.
     
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    I'll be hitting Squaw Valley, Northstar and Sugar Bowl multiple times from late November to May. Lucky me! :) My Dad-in-law prefers Sugar Bowl (closer and cheaper than Squaw with good terrain), so I tend to hit it a lot. I also make my annual trek to SLC during the winter Outdoor Retail Show in late January to meet up with good friends from the east coast that work in the industry. Three days of free lift tickets to Snowbird, Solitude and Brighton. Some years we'll stay a day or two longer and do Park City (no Alta 'cause most of those guys snowboard). Always wanted to hit the Ogden area but never have. I'll also do a few Virginia or West Virginia hills when home to visit family. I really like Snowshoe in WVA and though it's like skiing a small hill, I have fond memories from my youth visiting Wintergreen and Massanutten in the Charlottesville, VA area. Can't wait for winter!
     
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    No doubt. The only question is where to blow it. If I'm on my own in February, I will definitely be doing an off-piste group thing. I just have to choose which one to do. Japan looks very tempting, but there are others going to cool places in the Alps that time of year as well, which is much closer/cheaper for me.

    Tough call.
     
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    I live in Vancouver so lucky me i go to Whistler every sunday (best skiing in North America IMHO). i got prophet 90's for those powdery days and some rossignol elite 10's for 599$ (normally 1300$) im super exited for this season :p
     
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    Whislter sucks. Blackcomb is waaaay better!!!
     
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    Really? Wow, you must be quite an expert if Whistler "sucks".

    Weren't you just touting "Mammoth" a few posts ago?????
     
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    HAHA J/K!! I agree that Whist/Black is best on the continent. Hope to spend more time there in the near future.

    I have a buddy that is a very good tennis player in Vancouver. He used to live in Kauai and now is in Business School there.

    He's not much of a skier/rider though, yet!!
     
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    Friday Night And Saturday Morning...a Major Winter Snow Storm Will Be Developing Above 5500-6500ft Msl Along The Cold Front. Snow Levels By Saturday Afternoon Will Fall To Roughly 3500ft Msl And Locally Lower Levels Are Expected Along The Rim Of
    The Northern Sacramento Valley...sierra Foothills. Based On The Ensemble Qpf...upwards Of 2-3 Feet Of New Snowfall Is Expected. !!


    Over The Sierra Above 6000-6500ft Msl By Saturday Afternoon.
     
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    ^ Ya, this weekend there's a big storm coming our way. Hopefully it'll dump some snow so we can start the ski season. I'm no black diamond guy but enjoy the runs while it lasts.
     
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    $15 dollar lift tickets at Boreal tomorrow. Good deal for some early season fun. Close to Sac.
     
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    ^ Cough cough.
     
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    hhhaaaaachhhhooooo! Sick day!
     
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    Doesn't it just suck the way that big snow storms make you sick and force you to miss work? ;)
     
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    Alta / Snowbird have had 100" snowfall this season and a 50" base already. Expecting another 6" today and a foot or more tomorrow.
     
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    Up to a 60" base with 136" of snow to date.

    Salt Lake and surrounding just got dumped on the past 48 hours. 21" in the last 48 hours at "The Bird". We got about 12" in most places in the valley.
     
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    I miss skiing. Maybe in another life... :(
     
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    * Snow Accumulations: 15 To 30 Inches Are Possible At Lake Level
    With 3 To 6 Feet Above 7000 Feet. Higher Amounts May Occur
    Along The Sierra Crest And Along The West Shore Of Lake Tahoe.
     
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    Christmas and New Years at Tremblant for 2 weeks - we leave monday - then for 2011 a few trips to Taos and Red River in NM, Alta, Solitude and the Canyons in UT with some short trips to Timberline, Mammoth, Baker and maybe Tahoe in CA.
    In March a 10 day stay in Meribel, France we have been skiing there since I was 5.
     
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    Well, I'm heading to St. Anton tomorrow. I'll try to post some pics when I get back.

    I'm a little worried about the snow. It's been getting well above freezing in the afternoons, so I'm expecting crust in the mornings and slush in the afternoons unless a major cold front pushes through soon.
     
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    Hit up Kirkwood Friday. Awesome snow and sunny day. Low 50s and felt like spring. Hopefully it starts snowing again as it's only January and the snow might start melting away.
     
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    One month until Utah
     
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    Where are you skiing? Are you playing in the Park City tournament?

    It was really good earlier in the season. Not been so great lately.
     
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    I am a decent but by no means great skier (started skiing when I was around 30or so) and our friends who live in PC ski and work at Deer Valley so I usually score free passes and that is where we ski.
     
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    Park City hosts a tennis tournament that I thought perhaps you were playing in, but I guess that is in April. I think Granitechef said he plays in this and tries to do a little spring skiing too:

    http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=96541

    You should have a great time. It has been a really good ski year. Best in a long time. It is just that we hit sort of a little "dead spot" for the past little while. We are all hoping it picks back up and we get plenty more fresh powder.

    Guess you are coming up a little late for Sundance too.

    http://www.sundance.org/festival/
     
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    Our friend is an entertainment writer and the only time we are not allowed to visit is Sundance time - and we boycott Presidents Day by choice

    and I am not quite 40 yet
     
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    I snowboard at Ski Sundown in Ct real tiny mountain but nice.
     
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    I've started calling it "dubya day" :)
     
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    I just noticed from your link that they moved the time of the Nats 40's indoors from March 1 (usually much better snow conditions) to April. That kinda sux. Last year, i got a full on powder day at snowbird after the tournament. Also it will be in Salt Lake this year instead of Park City. Thats only 5000 ft elevation instead of 7500 ft, now my serve won't be as effective@!!
     
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    Sounds like you had a good time. Was the snow still OK off the groomed areas, since it hasn't snowed in 3 weeks?
     
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    ^ I didn't hit the diamonds much, not that gung ho, but even with no snow in the past few weeks, it was still packable and in some spots, carvable. I'm sure up top on the ridge it was different but where I was it was a blast.
     
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    That sucks. I don't like spring skiing too much. You can still good days in early April though. March is actually statistically the biggest month for snowfall.

    Curious, do they use high altitude balls for the event? I assume so.
     
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