13-14 Trips or Passes - Who's Locked Themselves In

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Re: 13-14 Trips or Passes - Who's Locked Themselves In

Postby Admin » Fri Nov 22, 2013 11:54 am

Tony Crocker wrote:
Once again it appears admin is burning vacation days in early season rather than for mid-season powder days.


You're right... Why bother with the manmade white ribbon?

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Re: 13-14 Trips or Passes - Who's Locked Themselves In

Postby Marc_C » Fri Nov 22, 2013 1:30 pm

Tony Crocker wrote:Once again it appears admin is burning vacation days in early season rather than for mid-season powder days.

What is it that you find so difficult to comprehend in a vacation policy that states a carry-over limit and a use them or loose them mandate for any remaining days?
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Re: 13-14 Trips or Passes - Who's Locked Themselves In

Postby Tony Crocker » Sat Nov 23, 2013 11:37 am

Since this happened last year too, perhaps one could plan to have just a couple days left going into December rather than more than a week.
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Re: 13-14 Trips or Passes - Who's Locked Themselves In

Postby Marc_C » Sat Nov 23, 2013 1:04 pm

Tony Crocker wrote:Since this happened last year too, perhaps one could plan to have just a couple days left going into December rather than more than a week.

I certainly can't speak for Admin's day job company, but in some organizations, you cannot take vacation days until you accrue them.

More importantly, why do you care so much about how Admin uses his vacation days? It's kinda creepy.
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Re: 13-14 Trips or Passes - Who's Locked Themselves In

Postby Admin » Sat Nov 23, 2013 1:34 pm

Hey Tony, how's Mammoth? :popcorn:

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Re: 13-14 Trips or Passes - Who's Locked Themselves In

Postby Tony Crocker » Sun Nov 24, 2013 3:21 pm

admin wrote:Hey Tony, how's Mammoth?

Far from worth the trip yet. Chair 2 opened today but only the Mambo run to it. Pics of the Face of 3 and Cornice from Mammoth Snowman show there's a long way to go. It's likely we'll be skiing the WROD somewhere in SoCal before we go to Mammoth. Mt. High opened its WROD today; the scene there probably rivals A-Basin's opening last month. No confirmed opening date for Big Bear yet. Baldy got 4-5 inches, so nothing to get excited about there.

It's been an interesting weather pattern this month. Somehow most of the inland western areas have above average snow while the coastal areas are below average. The storm that dropped 4-12 inches in the SoCal mountains dropped 17 at Arizona Snowbowl and Taos, and 37 inches at Wolf Creek.
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Re: 13-14 Trips or Passes - Who's Locked Themselves In

Postby Geoff » Sat Nov 30, 2013 7:57 pm

Marc_C wrote:
Tony Crocker wrote:Since this happened last year too, perhaps one could plan to have just a couple days left going into December rather than more than a week.

I certainly can't speak for Admin's day job company, but in some organizations, you cannot take vacation days until you accrue them.


Some of us also like to keep our vacation balance maxed out as a 'just-in-case' something catastrophic happens with our job. I'm allowed to carry over 200 hours of paid time off. I had some years I was working a huge amount of hours so my days off were comp time instead of using my vacation time. That created the 200 hour paid time off bank. If something horrible happens, 5 weeks of pay is a pretty good cushion. Most years, I end up with 5 or 6 days I've accrued in the fall that I have to burn at Christmas. This year, I have 8 days I have to take.
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Re: 13-14 Trips or Passes - Who's Locked Themselves In

Postby jamesdeluxe » Thu Dec 19, 2013 4:56 pm

1. Dec 12-16: Cottonwoods, UT
2. Jan 26 - Feb 1: Portes du Soleil, France
3. Mar 5-8: Sugarbush/MRG, VT
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Re: 13-14 Trips or Passes - Who's Locked Themselves In

Postby EMSC » Fri Dec 20, 2013 5:22 pm

Wow. Things are looking good in the Deluxe household. Two Euro trips in back to back years.
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Re: 13-14 Trips or Passes - Who's Locked Themselves In

Postby Admin » Sat Dec 21, 2013 8:33 am

EMSC wrote:Wow. Things are looking good in the Deluxe household. Two Euro trips in back to back years.


Mr. Deluxe is giving some insight into the FTO editorial calendar. It's a press trip.

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Re: 13-14 Trips or Passes - Who's Locked Themselves In

Postby jamesdeluxe » Sat Dec 21, 2013 10:20 am

Admin wrote: It's a press trip.

I look forward to posting my first article on the new graphic interface. While in SLC last week, I heard rumors about Admin's new software upgrade that allows users to smell the French food at my restaurant table. God knows I'm still suffering from the sushi pix that were sent to me after I was a no-show at Suehiro.
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Re: 13-14 Trips or Passes - Who's Locked Themselves In

Postby Tony Crocker » Sat Dec 21, 2013 2:58 pm

As some of you know, I have the Mammoth Premier MVP and Liz has the Mountain Collective. Its first utilization for 2013-14 will be at Aspen Jan. 1-7, not what I would have predicted when Liz got her Mountain Collective last March.

I think this is another illustration of why the Mountain Collective is great deal. In addition the overall quality of the ski areas being a cut above those on the Epic Pass, there's a lot of geographic diversity to increase the odds that at least one of the destinations will have a fast start. Whistler and AltaBird are the usual suspects here, but this year Snowbird and Whistler are lagging so far. I had been hoping to put in some time at Squaw/Alpine, where I have not skied since 2002, but it may be quite a while before it's worth doing that.
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Re: 13-14 Trips or Passes - Who's Locked Themselves In

Postby flyover » Mon Dec 23, 2013 3:51 pm

Flying into Spokane on February 26 and out on March 3. We're going to play it by ear, most likely skiing Whitewater, Red and maybe Schweitzer or 49 Degrees North. If conditions are right we might drive as far as Fernie, likely also skiing Whitefish.
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Re: 13-14 Trips or Passes - Who's Locked Themselves In

Postby socal » Tue Dec 24, 2013 1:21 am

flyover wrote:Flying into Spokane on February 26 and out on March 3. We're going to play it by ear, most likely skiing Whitewater, Red and maybe Schweitzer or 49 Degrees North. If conditions are right we might drive as far as Fernie, likely also skiing Whitefish.


I hit Schweitzer in the middle of a great storm cycle. Place was dead and amazing. I literally got 10 laps on the Great escape lift before 11am, all untracked.
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Re: 13-14 Trips or Passes - Who's Locked Themselves In

Postby Tony Crocker » Tue Dec 24, 2013 11:22 am

Yes, Schweitzer midweek is very non-competitive, as I enjoyed with NASJA in Feb. 2012. At the moment it's reported fully open but not with its usual amount of snow. Whitefish has had nearly twice as much, now has a 37-69 inch base coming off a big powder weekend. A similar relationship holds in Canada, with lots of snow at Fernie and Whitewater and not so much at Red.
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