Who's booked 12-13 trips already?

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Who's booked 12-13 trips already?

Postby EMSC » Tue Oct 09, 2012 9:27 am

As we all know, it is less than ideal to book a big trip prior to seeing where the snow falls. Yet due to many constraints on our lives we all seem to book many of our biggest trips in advance anyway... So who is booked, or at least almost ready to pull the trigger?

My only confirmed trip is to be back east over the holidays; assuming Greek Peak even makes it open this year. Tons of things in flux this year, so I could end up with several additional trips or none. I have to see how a few things shake out over the next 2 months.
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Re: Who's booked 12-13 trips already?

Postby Tony Crocker » Tue Oct 09, 2012 11:42 am

Mustang Snowcat (you generally won't get in unless you reserve a year ahead) Feb. 23-25. I'll probably spend ~2 weeks in interior B.C. as in 2010 and plan the rest of the trip later.

I pushed the above dates later than in the past so I could go somewhere in the Alps late Jan/early Feb just before the Euro holidays. But nothing committed there yet.

Iron Blosam is March 9-16. I may hang around Utah after that as Liz has some NYC friends coming out the next week. The ensuing week March 25-29 is the Epic Ski Gathering at Big Sky. I'll make a late call on whether to drive up there from Utah.

The NASJA annual meeting is at Mammoth April 7-12. I can only hope it will duplicate the epic conditions of my first NASJA meeting there in 1999. http://173.193.223.192/~bestsnow/19990409mmthtc.HTML , still my #1 day of lift served skiing. This TR was originally posted on the Southland Ski Server, which has been reorganized and recently appears to have lost its archives. :evil: Fortunately at the time of the reorganization I contacted the original webmaster and salvaged my own reports. :-)
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Re: Who's booked 12-13 trips already?

Postby Staley » Tue Oct 09, 2012 6:25 pm

Mt Bachelor Jan 3-10. I was pushing for Altabird but got overruled so that we could try somewhere new and also somewhere that doesn't have any difficult terrain.
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Re: Who's booked 12-13 trips already?

Postby Tony Crocker » Thu Oct 11, 2012 12:09 pm

Staley wrote:Mt Bachelor Jan 3-10...... somewhere that doesn't have any difficult terrain.

You will probably be disappointed if the Summit stays closed during your week. OTOH if you get fresh snow and 2,400 vert Northwest is open you'll be skiing fresh powder a lot longer than you would be at Mammoth.
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Re: Who's booked 12-13 trips already?

Postby Staley » Thu Oct 11, 2012 4:54 pm

Are we going to need a 4WD/AWD car to get to the mountain if it snows?
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Re: Who's booked 12-13 trips already?

Postby jasoncapecod » Thu Oct 11, 2012 7:23 pm

Are we going to need a 4WD/AWD car to get to the mountain if it snows?


Yes and no, I was there last year Xmas week. We had all kinds of weather. Ice , rain and heavy snow. We rented a AWD SUV and it was nice to have. The road to Bachelor is not very steep or narrow. We drove back to Portland in a full on snow storm. The AWD was a life saver..
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Re: Who's booked 12-13 trips already?

Postby Tony Crocker » Fri Oct 12, 2012 12:33 pm

The road from Bend to Bachelor is straight and climbs at a steady moderate grade. If you're flying into Redmond most people with snow driving experience will be fine without AWD. If you're coming from Portland the passes over the Cascades are steeper with more curves. That said I've gotten by on nearly all my Canadian trips in rental cars with FWD.
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Re: Who's booked 12-13 trips already?

Postby Admin » Fri Oct 12, 2012 12:53 pm

Tony Crocker wrote:The road from Bend to Bachelor is straight and climbs at a steady moderate grade.


Agreed.
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Re: Who's booked 12-13 trips already?

Postby Tony Crocker » Fri Jan 11, 2013 4:37 pm

Destination plans slightly revised:
As noted in the Euro thread that trip with Richard is now:
Arlberg Jan. 19-26 staying in Lech
Klosters Jan. 27-29
Laax Jan. 30-31
Andermatt Feb. 1-3

I'm doing another month-long road trip Feb. 15 to Mar. 18 or so. Liz is with the Diamond Dogs in Sun Valley Feb. 10-17. I'll drive up there at the end of that week. We are likely to work our way north to Whitefish, Fernie (Castle?), Kicking Horse and Revelstoke. Liz will stay/ski in Revy and/or the Okanagan while I'm at Mustang Feb. 23-25. We will both ski Valhalla Feb. 27-28 (thanks socal for the TR recommendation last year), then Whitewater and Red Mt. The next week we'll be mostly in Montana (destinations still tentative), needing to arrive in SLC Mar. 8 or 9 for Iron Blosam week.

NASJA meeting in Mammoth April 8-12 is still on.
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Re: Who's booked 12-13 trips already?

Postby socal » Fri Jan 11, 2013 11:51 pm

Tony Crocker wrote:Destination plans slightly revised:
As noted in the Euro thread that trip with Richard is now:
Arlberg Jan. 19-26 staying in Lech
Klosters Jan. 27-29
Laax Jan. 30-31
Andermatt Feb. 1-3

I'm doing another month-long road trip Feb. 15 to Mar. 18 or so. Liz is with the Diamond Dogs in Sun Valley Feb. 10-17. I'll drive up there at the end of that week. We are likely to work our way north to Whitefish, Fernie (Castle?), Kicking Horse and Revelstoke. Liz will stay/ski in Revy and/or the Okanagan while I'm at Mustang Feb. 23-25. We will both ski Valhalla Feb. 27-28 (thanks socal for the TR recommendation last year), then Whitewater and Red Mt. The next week we'll be mostly in Montana (destinations still tentative), needing to arrive in SLC Mar. 8 or 9 for Iron Blosam week.

NASJA meeting in Mammoth April 8-12 is still on.



Sounds like a hell of a road trip, only 30 years or so till I can retire and get a trip like that in.

Enjoy Valhalla, best ski day of my life, also the only non resort skiing day for me too.

I just booked a 4 night trip to Jackson for the end of January, staying in the village for my first time (3 other trips to Jackson). Looking dry the next 10 days so I'm hoping the law of averages works out and it dumps while we are there.
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Re: Who's booked 12-13 trips already?

Postby SnowbirdDevotee » Sat Jan 12, 2013 6:43 am

yes Tony you are the real deal. Something to shoot for in retirement, if I can make it that long w/o breaking down. so far so good. still skiing to 4:30 each day at 54.
I just got back from 3 days in SLC, no new snow, but skiing was fine. heading to Calgary March 8th and hope to do Revi, KH & LH.
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Re: Who's booked 12-13 trips already?

Postby Tony Crocker » Sat Jan 12, 2013 11:15 am

SnowbirdDevotee wrote: still skiing to 4:30 each day at 54

my age on the
socal wrote:best ski day of my life

with Chugach Powder Guides in 2007: viewtopic.php?t=3034
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Re: Who's booked 12-13 trips already?

Postby SnowbirdDevotee » Sat Jan 12, 2013 2:15 pm

for sure tony, you da man, you even have a lady to share it with! (bowing down with reverence)
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Re: Who's booked 12-13 trips already?

Postby Admin » Sat Jan 12, 2013 5:55 pm

SnowbirdDevotee wrote:for sure tony, you da man, you even have a lady to share it with! (bowing down with reverence)


And on some prior occasions more than one! :lol:

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Re: Who's booked 12-13 trips already?

Postby longshanks » Sun Jan 13, 2013 11:56 am

socal wrote:I just booked a 4 night trip to Jackson for the end of January, staying in the village for my first time (3 other trips to Jackson). Looking dry the next 10 days so I'm hoping the law of averages works out and it dumps while we are there.


I echo that sentiment Socal...The next 10 days looks exceedingly meagre for precipitation as the Western half of N. America is going to be dominated by a large and seemingly immovable high pressure system. It looks like some potential pattern change around day 9 or 10 but any kind of forecast accuracy that far out is tenuous at best.
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