2017-18 Season Recap

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Re: 2017-18 Season Recap

Postby tseeb » Fri Jun 08, 2018 2:38 pm

My season total is 55 days/1.212 M vertical and I'm probably done. Both were new highs as previous was 52 days the last two years (counting a June 2017 day with two Carson Pass 'runs' from hiking). I had just over 1.2M vertical in 2015-16.

I count 25 days where I skied a lot of new snow. Note that this includes 5 of my Whistler days, but only one of my Castle/Fernie days even though I think we found some all four days. I also did not include the two days in May with thin new wet precipitation at Mammoth.

CA total 30
Kirkwood 16
Heavenly 11
Skied both preceding areas on 3 days so above totals 24 days
Mammoth 4, 2 on this year's MCP and two on next year's Ikon
Sierra 1 short/free day when I checked out and bought a car for my son on way
Squaw 1 day in May on next year's Ikon. My 3 MCP days there were not used

BC total 14
Revelstoke (MCP)
Mustang 3
Kicking Horse 2
Fernie* 2
Whistler 6 (Epic Local)

AB total 2 Castle*

UT total 7
Park City 1 and 2 each on MCP at Snowbasin, Alta and Snowbird

WA 1 Stevens Pass

OR 1 Bachelor

Total on Epic Local 31 with 24 in CA (some were also or all NV and no days at Northstar for first time in many years) 1 UT, 6 BC. Days on MCP was 9.

My wife, who is hoping to retire in Jan 2019 did not ski this season in CA. But she had a good year with 12 days; 6 in UT on MCP, 5 at Whistler and one at Bachelor, her first time there in over 30 years.
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Re: 2017-18 Season Recap

Postby tseeb » Thu Jul 05, 2018 4:00 pm

What happened to q? He only had one post after his mid-December report on skiing in Scotland in the wrong size boots. This article on Discovery made me think about him: https://www.powder.com/latitudes/a-delicate-balance/

Powder also put a couple more good articles into my Facebook feed that I thought were worth sharing. I've had them open on my iPad for a long time and at least by posting them, I can take them off my open tabs. The first https://www.powder.com/stories/separation-anxiety/ is about the owners of Great Divide, MT and the second https://www.powder.com/stories/skiing-a ... l-never-2/ is a short essay about a couple of days skiing in the Pyrenees.

A more controversial one from this May is https://www.powder.com/stories/climate- ... -80-years/
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Re: 2017-18 Season Recap

Postby jamesdeluxe » Sat Jul 07, 2018 5:43 am

tseeb wrote:the second is a short essay about a couple of days skiing in the Pyrenees.

Yikes: a $300 fine -- and what's the bit about a U.S. license not being valid in that part of Spain? :-k

I'm going to the Pyrenees next season, including Baqueira, and will make sure to drive under the speed limit.
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Re: 2017-18 Season Recap

Postby Tony Crocker » Wed Jul 11, 2018 7:57 am

Those are interesting articles on the 2 Montana ski areas. Discovery's future seems much more secure because the next generation of the operating family wants to carry on managing the area, which is not the case at Great Divide. My suspicions are confirmed that Great Divide is far enough leeward of enough Montana mountains to be snowmaking dependent.

The climate articles are tabloid clickbait, a list of bold bullet points 80 years in the future based upon the the most extreme scenario of probably not the most recent IPCC report. There will be far more serious problems than in ski areas if temperatures were to rise 8.8 degrees F.
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