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Season Plans 2017-18

Tue Aug 29, 2017 12:20 pm

I usually post this thread (for destination-trip hackers like me) later in September, but I've already pulled the trigger on flights, so why wait:

Northern Utah: Dec 14-19
In mid-December, I'll ski whatever has more than just WRODs, which usually means the Cottonwoods. Anything else (preferably Sundance and Snowbasin) is a bonus.

Alpes Maritimes: Jan 27 - Feb 4
I've always wanted to visit France's far south with ski areas that have a view of the Mediterranean on nice days. I'll fly into and out of Nice -- this'll be my first time there since I spent a semester exactly 30 years ago -- and do a 300-mile circle, hitting a bunch of joints you probably haven't heard of: Gréolières, Audibergue, Val d'Allos, Valberg, Roubion, Auron, and Isola.

Eastern Switzerland: Mar 9-17
A redo of my trip that was cancelled at the last minute this past March. A bunch of old-school local's ski areas (the only one you may recognise is Toggenburg) an hour or so east of Zurich/near the LIechtenstein border that I discovered while researching the Euro part of the FTO/Google Earth map.

Re: Season Plans 2017-18

Wed Aug 30, 2017 12:14 am

I think the eastern Switzerland last year was going to coincide with our final week at the beginning of February, which ended up being in Venice and Ischgl.

Our schedule is familiar.

We will arrive in Utah early in March because the PugSki Gathering is there the week before Iron Blosam.

My Canadian trip for Mustang will extend to 9-10 days. No plane tickets or other arrangement have been made yet.

Liz and I will go to the Alps in the same mid-January to early February time frame as last year, but this time to Geneva instead of Zurich. No plane tickets or other arrangement have been made here either. I think lodging can be done late in the game depending upon where the snow is, and James' prior trips have inspired possible options.

Re: Season Plans 2017-18

Wed Aug 30, 2017 8:53 am

Tony Crocker wrote:I think the eastern Switzerland last year was going to coincide with our final week at the beginning of February, which ended up being in Venice and Ischgl.

Correct and as you confirmed, I didn't miss anything snow-wise so ultimately not a major loss.


Tony Crocker wrote:Liz and I will go to the Alps in the same mid-January to early February time frame as last year, but this time to Geneva instead of Zurich.

I know that you'll let conditions dictate where you go but all things being equal, which regions are at the top of your list from Geneva airport?

Re: Season Plans 2017-18

Wed Aug 30, 2017 1:23 pm

Portes-de-Soleil and Le Clusaz based on your trips. Both low altitude so late January is best time is snow is good. If it's not we'll go someplace higher.

Re: Season Plans 2017-18

Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:57 am

Bought my WMR and MC pass , looking forward to a few days with the APP.

Re: Season Plans 2017-18

Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:34 am

Look forward to having you back!

Re: Season Plans 2017-18

Fri Sep 15, 2017 8:16 am

Thanks Marc, I might even try to chase a storm cycle or two.

Re: Season Plans 2017-18

Sun Sep 24, 2017 11:21 pm

Will get the rust out from very little skiing the past decade. Spending most of the time at Sugarloaf but will be watching for snowstorms out West.

Re: Season Plans 2017-18

Mon Sep 25, 2017 12:23 pm

jamesdeluxe wrote:A redo of my trip that was cancelled at the last minute this past March. A bunch of old-school local's ski areas (the only one you may recognise is Toggenburg)


I have a few dozen days at Toggenburg.... oh, wait, that's not Toggenburg, NY........


Travel wise I've done the bad eastern commitment and will be spending roughly a week back east during the holidays. I can only hope it is similar to my last Eastern holiday trip which included powder skiing on several days (5 years ago).

Otherwise I just have my RMSP+ and Jr will be in one day of ski racing this winter at Eldora. Annual guys trip is not yet planned, etc... so might be more travel trips to come.

Re: Season Plans 2017-18

Tue Sep 26, 2017 9:57 pm

EMSC wrote:Travel wise I've done the bad eastern commitment and will be spending roughly a week back east during the holidays. I can only hope it is similar to my last Eastern holiday trip which included powder skiing on several days (5 years ago)


Greek Peak as a powder destination? ;)

Re: Season Plans 2017-18

Thu Sep 28, 2017 12:02 pm

ChrisC wrote:Greek Peak as a powder destination?


Remember, you heard it here first :-)

Re: Season Plans 2017-18

Sat Sep 30, 2017 11:33 am

For all you Big Sky fans, today is the last day to purchase the Montana Card good for free skiing the first week and the last two weeks April 9 thru 22. 149bucks and one free non holiday ticket.

Re: Season Plans 2017-18

Thu Oct 26, 2017 4:02 pm

I am a big fan of the writers on here JamesD, TonyC, Admin and others and look forward to your reports. I got to meet MartinG in WV this year. Super interesting fellow. I still ski mid-Atlantic as one foot remains in cubicle land based in Wash DC area. But will ski in Rockies quite a bit and have family now in UT. Hope to get to Banff for the first time this winter.

Re: Season Plans 2017-18

Tue Oct 31, 2017 12:20 am

Flights booked tonight:
To Geneva Jan. 17, home Feb. 5, prices not great ($1,300+pp), so used 65K miles
To Calgary Feb. 15, home Feb. 26, $317pp RT is good for that route

Re: Season Plans 2017-18

Tue Oct 31, 2017 9:55 am

I'm surprised that they let a $1,300 itinerary go for 65,000 miles, good for you. I'd normally try to avoid CDG in favor of AMS, but for that price, don't argue with "free."
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