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Southern Idaho skiing

Postby Admin » Wed Feb 14, 2018 9:03 am

(OK, before I post let's just get this out of the way: I'm alive, I'm not abandoning FTO, etc. More to come.)

I just got back from 5 days skiing through southern Idaho, where they're hurting for snow just like most of the western U.S. We were snowcat skiing at Soldier Mountain, skiing lift-served at Pomerelle and Pebble Creek, and checking out a few other things like Lava Hot Springs, City of Rocks, Shoshone Falls in Twin Falls, etc. I'll just let the video do the talking:

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Re: Southern Idaho skiing

Postby jamesdeluxe » Wed Feb 14, 2018 9:45 am

Video: great
Conditions: mostly yikes
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Re: Southern Idaho skiing

Postby Admin » Wed Feb 14, 2018 9:47 am

Rough winter.
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Re: Southern Idaho skiing

Postby jamesdeluxe » Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:41 am

I watched the video with no sound -- does Bruce Willis still own Soldier?

Those mountains look like fun with more cover.
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Re: Southern Idaho skiing

Postby Admin » Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:44 am

No. Willis gave it to a non-profit, which in turn sold it to Matt & Diane McFerran.

In particular Pebble Creek would be a blast with normal snowpack. It's 2200 verts of relentless fall line with ridiculously easy sidecountry that looks amazing.
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Re: Southern Idaho skiing

Postby EMSC » Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:55 am

Must have been fun wearing your outdoor outfit inside for that final green screen scene.

Admin wrote:I'm not abandoning FTO, etc. More to come.


Looking forward to hearing about it (or at least some sort of update).
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Re: Southern Idaho skiing

Postby jamesdeluxe » Wed Feb 14, 2018 12:21 pm

EMSC wrote:Looking forward to hearing about it (or at least some sort of update).

In his absence, Tony and I have turned the Euro into the most active FTO forum!
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Re: Southern Idaho skiing

Postby Admin » Wed Feb 14, 2018 12:29 pm

EMSC wrote:Must have been fun wearing your outdoor outfit inside for that final green screen scene.


Yeah, that was pathetic, wasn't it? LOL. I didn't film the outro before leaving Idaho, partially because the winds were gusting to 50 mph when I left Pocatello for Utah, so I reluctantly resorted to that method. It was my first attempt at a green screen shot and clearly I have a lot to learn, but hey...it sorta worked.

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Admin wrote:I'm not abandoning FTO, etc. More to come.


Looking forward to hearing about it (or at least some sort of update).


Stay tuned.
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Re: Southern Idaho skiing

Postby Tony Crocker » Wed Feb 14, 2018 2:20 pm

jamesdeluxe wrote:I watched the video with no sound

I did the opposite. I wanted to hear about this trip but we're leaving early tomorrow and I have a mid-month snow roundup to research.

Maybe I'm antiquated, but I really really don't want to spend 31 minutes of undivided attention to learn what I could read in 5 minutes of traditional FTO TR's. Maybe some people prefer the videos, and if you want to do both, great. But substituting lengthy video's for ski TR's (of which we have seen zero since Dec. 23), sorry that's a big net minus in my view.

I visited Pomerelle in March 2010, skied with the same GM. They are sticking to their niche as an excellent value learning area with reliable snow. As far as $45 lift tickets are concerned, we never spent as much as 50 Euros/day for lift tickets anywhere in Italy on our last trip, and that includes marquee destinations with lots of state-of-the-art lifts like Cervinia and the Dolomites.

Soldier Mountain and Pebble Creek are chronically snow challenged. Two of the people I skied with at Points North in Alaska in April 2012 were from Pocatello and they had not skied Pebble Creek at all that season due to lack of snow. There is no question Pebble Creek has an excellent terrain reputation (2,200 vert with good slackcountry :-k ,the Mt. Baldy of Idaho!?), and since admin lives within modest driving distance, hopefully he will actually get up there when they are having a good season. But he's been in Utah 13 years without skiing at Jackson or Targhee, so I'm not holding my breath for a return to Pebble Creek soon.
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Re: Southern Idaho skiing

Postby Admin » Wed Feb 14, 2018 2:43 pm

Tony Crocker wrote:Maybe I'm antiquated


At least your skiwear is...

Tony Crocker wrote:but I really really don't want to spend 31 minutes of undivided attention to learn what I could read in 5 minutes of traditional FTO TR's. Maybe some people prefer the videos, and if you want to do both, great. But substituting lengthy video's for ski TR's (of which we saw zero between Dec. 23 and now), sorry that's a big net minus in my view.


You're entitled to your opinion, of course, but I or anyone else am equally entitled to post TRs in whatever manner we choose. However, given that the video required ~14 hours of editing time, you can breathe easy.

Tony Crocker wrote:I visited Pomerelle in March 2010, skied with the same GM.


Correction: Snowsports School Director.

Tony Crocker wrote:As far as $45 lift tickets are concerned, we never spent as much as 50 Euros/day for lift tickets anywhere in Italy on our last trip, and that includes marquee destinations with lots of state-of-the-art lifts like Cervinia and the Dolomites.


Ummm...clearly there was an unspoken caveat that I was referring to U.S. ski resorts. And when you factor in the airfare, well...

Tony Crocker wrote:There is no question Pebble Creek has an excellent terrain reputation (2,200 vert with good slackcountry :-k ,the Mt. Baldy of Idaho!?), and since admin lives within modest driving distance, hopefully he will actually get up there when they are having a good season.


There's zero question that I will. I loved the place.
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Re: Southern Idaho skiing

Postby Tony Crocker » Wed Feb 14, 2018 2:56 pm

Admin wrote: However, given that the video required ~14 hours of editing time, you can breathe easy.

It does not surprise me in the slightest that making videos is an incredibly labor intensive process. Therefore, given the demands of admin's day job and that he was understandably getting tired of the time suck of FTO News, it is interesting to say the least that he has chosen to replace that with an even more time consuming venture.

I was not criticizing admin's recent choice of ski resorts vs. mine. Geographic reality limited my trips to the Alps before retirement. My critique is of the US. lift ticket pricing model vs. the Euros.
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Re: Southern Idaho skiing

Postby Admin » Wed Feb 14, 2018 2:57 pm

Tony Crocker wrote:
Admin wrote: However, given that the video required ~14 hours of editing time, you can breathe easy.

It does not surprise me in the slightest that making videos is an incredibly labor intensive process. Therefore, given the demands of admin's day job and that he was understandably getting tired of the time suck of FTO News, it is interesting to say the least that he has chosen to replace that with an even more time consuming venture.


Your assertion that it's a replacement has no factual basis.
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Re: Southern Idaho skiing

Postby Tony Crocker » Wed Feb 14, 2018 3:04 pm

Admin wrote:Your assertion that it's a replacement has no factual basis.

The last News was posted Dec. 18.

Admin is of course free to devote his extracurricular time as he pleases. Nonetheless I think the regular users of this site are past due for an explanation of a 6-week blackout during the peak of ski season.
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Re: Southern Idaho skiing

Postby Admin » Wed Feb 14, 2018 3:05 pm

Tony Crocker wrote:
Admin wrote:Your assertion that it's a replacement has no factual basis.

The last News was posted Dec. 18.


Which does not equal replacement.

Tony Crocker wrote:Admin is of course free to devote his extracurricular time as he pleases. Nonetheless I think the regular users of this site are past due for an explanation of a 6-week blackout during the peak of ski season.


In due time.
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Re: Southern Idaho skiing

Postby jamesdeluxe » Wed Feb 14, 2018 3:14 pm

As always: :popcorn:
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