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    Glen Mtn (Eastern Townships), QC will reopen in 2008-09

    Nice article above by James, and a good illustration why I'm very glad that FTO Features have been retained. I always thought Saint Sauveur was to Montreal what Big Bear is to L.A., but from James' feature Bromont has competent management on a larger mountain equally convenient to...
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    Conversion from phpBB to Xenforo

    James is referring to the Google Earth kml file. Guido first did that for North America in 2007. Then I expanded it worldwide in 2015 with considerable assistance from James. I have made occasional additions/corrections since then. The 2015 version is still downloadable from the FTO...
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    Season Plans: 2022-23

    Take your car to Mt. Bachelor for that week after Disco closes. That's often prime time for its backside corn. Usually Bachelor sells a Springtacular pass for about the price of 3 day tickets. You can also stay reasonably priced in Bend with its large collection of craft breweries for...
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    Conversion from phpBB to Xenforo

    I procrastinated through the entire ski season (all 12 months of it!) before attempting any changes to the non-Forum sections of FTO, accessible by clicking "Home" at upper left of Forum pages. Last week I started work on that, with guidance from Xenforo Marc when I hit roadblocks due to being...
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    Glen Mtn (Eastern Townships), QC will reopen in 2008-09

    If I were making that drive, I'd be skiing Sutton and Orford, more vertical, steeper and fairly sure more natural snow. A Google Earth view of Bromont shows a lot of ontermediate cut trails flowing in 3 directions (1,200, 1,000 and 800 vertical pods) from its 1,800 foot summit.
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    Glen Mtn (Eastern Townships), QC will reopen in 2008-09

    From whom? Someone made out like a bandit there. Why is there that much positive value in something requiring essentially start from scratch investment in lifts, snowmaking etc.? Maybe it's private land with alternative use possibilities. I think Lynn Newcomb tried to sell Mt. Waterman for a...
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    Ski Austdal Glacier, Norway, Sept. 1, 2022

    If ChrisC wants to do ski touring in Norway, Lyngen Lodge is the place to do it. Note that they expect "intermediate" ski tourers to climb 1,000 vertical meters per day at a rate of 300m per hour.
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    South America Storm Cycle

    Portillo is big enough, steep enough and uncrowded enough that you really hit the jackpot if you get powder during a week there. But long ago I calculated the odds of abundant powder on an advance booked week, and they aren't great except in Japan. By personal experience I can also say that...
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    Western Weather 2017-18 and Later

    I've been to Martha's once. I took the ferry on foot, rented a bike. I could not resist riding out to the Chappaquiddick bridge, which to no surprise had guardrails installed by then. Driving on sand is tricky and not like driving on snow. Former admin told me to use the setting that locks...
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    Western Weather 2017-18 and Later

    NY Times has a long feature on San Francisco fog today. There's a question of whether it's declining due to climate change and the article did not make much of a case that it is, despite some people's anecdotal comments. I can tell you that fog in SoCal is radically reduced from when I was...
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    SNØ Oslo, Norway, Aug. 23, 2022

    I'm at that point too. My most skied list in the other thread quite closely resembles my favorite places with the exception of the SoCal areas which are still on the list but steadily declining in percent of skiing they represent. And like ChrisC the focus for new places now is definitely the...
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    Ski Austdal Glacier, Norway, Sept. 1, 2022

    The guy who owns the operation set us up and had one of his people bring the rental gear and meet the day before. The guide on the morning was not a skier and made a point of not giving us specific advice. He did insist on giving us harness, crampons, ice axe, ice screws and a rope though...
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    South America Storm Cycle

    In terms of scale and advanced terrain weight, I though Taos (pre-Kachina) and Alyeska were the closest analogies. A-Basin is another one now. I would have said A-Basin is smaller, but that was before the Beavers expansion which I have not skied yet. But I agree that people go to Portillo...
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    Season Plans: 2022-23

    From the West Coast that extends travel time compared to a change in Europe. Of course we are doing both next season in order to get that dirt cheap mileage deal. Actually ChrisC's $550 is about as good a deal as our 34K miles + $102.
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    SNØ Oslo, Norway, Aug. 23, 2022

    I invite Patrick to contribute to this thread. He's missing stats from when he was growing up but I think has complete stats since 1982.
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