16-17 Season Recap

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16-17 Season Recap

Postby q » Tue Apr 18, 2017 6:28 am

Well my annual trip is over for another year so thought I would start the thread.

Discovery - 35
Non Ski Days - 4(1 day in 4/6 weekends in Montana)

Almost right up to my arrival the skiing on Limelight had at best been sketchy. A series of weather events meant they struggled to get a settled base. However, this changed in the last week or two in February and by the time I arrived to ski on March 2nd the coverage while not epic was certainly very good and remained so through our closing day on April 9th.

We had the usual mix of conditions, hardpack, freeze/thaw, powder with only 1 day that I can recall where it wasn't much fun skiing Limelight.

The trip was a real rollercoaster. I helped haul one of our patroller friends out of Limelight after he had a double break to his left leg, I came 3rd in the 40-49 men's Discovery Open ski race and have my medal to prove it \:D/ , I was invited to the end of season ski patrol party, I met and chatted over beers to ex governor Brian Schweitzer which was hugely enjoyable as well as many other highs and a few lows along the way.

I'm already planning for 2018 with a second visit in November 2018 to hunt and hopefully catch opening day at Discovery for the 2018-2019 season.
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Re: 16-17 Season Recap

Postby Tony Crocker » Tue Apr 18, 2017 10:27 am

Montana east of the Continental Divide was one of the few subpar western regions in 2016-17, particularly in early season. The only in season data I track in that region is Bridger Bowl. Bridger was 71% of normal as of Feb. 15 and got 5 feet during the rest of the month to jump to 91% Feb. 28. This corresponds well to q's comment about Discovery. Bridger fell back to 82% by the end of March. This would have been a good year for q to wander around toward the end of his trip as he has done some other seasons. As of the end of March, the West overall was 125% and Utah was 123%. Not too far away from q were Sun Valley, one of the standouts at 177%, and Whitefish at 137%.

2016-17 is very likely to be the second highest overall snowfall season in North America's ski areas to 2010-11. For various reasons (the handful of subregions that got off to a slow start being one of them) it was not necessarily as good qualitatively as 1981-82, 1996-97 and 2007-08, but it's still excellent in historical context.
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Re: 16-17 Season Recap

Postby jamesdeluxe » Tue Apr 18, 2017 11:09 am

18 Days
1 St. Luc/Chandolin, CH
1 Vercorin, CH
1 Anzère, CH
1 Evolène/Arolla, CH
1 Nax, CH
1 Thollon les Mémises, FR
1 Grimentz, CH
1 Zinal, CH
1 Loveland, CO
1 Ski Cooper, CO
1 Arapahoe Basin, CO
1 Crested Butte, CO
1 Monarch, CO
3 Camelback, PA
1 Montage, PA
1 Plattekill, NY

A literal last-minute cancellation of a late-January trip to eastern Switzerland -- while checking in my luggage at the airport, I discovered that you aren't allowed to travel to most countries by air with less than three months on your passport -- caused me to end up with only 18 ski days this season instead of the usual mid-20s. In short, two quick visits to Colorado, one to the Valais region in western Switzerland, and a few days in the Poconos and Catskills.
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