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    South America 2023

    Photo from today of Marte—needs some digging out!
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    South America 2023

    Snowfall in this past storm at the top of Leñas is anyone’s guess, but if it snows a meter at the base (and from reports from friends, it did), 2.5 meters at the top is not inconceivable. There’s so much snow at the bottom of the Marte that it’s requiring a lot of digging out at the end of...
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    Mammoth, 4/4/21

    Haven’t posted in a while, but figured I’d give a plug to Mammoth because it’s skiing incredibly well right now and lift lines are no longer an annoyance on the weekends. I started at 7:30am this morning for Early Ups and despite not getting very cold overnight, everything has refrozen. The...
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    Alps Trip Late January

    I’m wrapping up my third day in the Dolomites right now; was based in Arabba which I think is ideal for skiing, although some other towns may be more exciting (especially if you don’t do a hotel with half board). All pistes are perfectly covered and have great snow quality in the morning. By...
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    New Alps Guidebook Looks Tempting

    I think I may have mentioned WePowder last year, and in any case, I’m hoping to pick up the book this year. I suspect it’ll be useful to have for my trip that begins Jan 1st, but Morris from WePowder indicates it won’t arrive in the US by then. So I’m looking into getting it shipped to some...
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    Mammoth, Jan. 10-11, 2018

    I'm not sure exactly when Dave's opened, but it was open the entire weekend of December 2-3 and I know it had been open and skiing well at least a few days before as well.
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    Mammoth, Jan. 10-11, 2018

    Coverage is steadily improving—good to see. This past weekend was surprisingly good with Chair 22 providing a lot of fun on Saturday. The chair shut down around 10:30am, and with the wind refreshing the Avi Chutes, it made for untracked laps all afternoon for those willing to make a 4 minute...
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    Copper, CO 12-3-17

    That halfpipe is for Olympic qualifying, event begins December 6.
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    Mammoth, Nov. 21-22, 2017

    I didn't realize mist fell on Monday--the mountain was skiing incredibly well on Saturday and Sunday. Drop Out and Wipe Out were extremely smooth and had nice soft snow. The Face of 5 had 2-3 inch deep wind buff at all times. Unfortunately, to protect the groomed runs below the top, Mammoth...
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    Stowe/Vail rumors

    I visited Stowe over MLK weekend, my first time ever skiing in the East. This is one case where I think a Vail acquisition would be good. The conditions were horrible, which Vail couldn't totally fix (anything ungroomed was closed due to ice), but everything controllable was terrible. It took...
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    St. Anton, Austria, Jan. 18, 2017

    The terrain there really looks incredible, great pics.
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    Lech, Austria, Jan. 16, 2017

    Plenty of convex rollovers as well to serve as weak spots in a thin snowpack. There are lines on that mountain that look flat enough to be safe (lookers right to left on top of the spine/ridge with the cornices in the left third of the photo would be my preferred line), but I agree with Admin...
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    Euro School Holiday Calendar for Upcoming Season

    Thanks for adding this year's calendar, Tony. I have a hotel booked in Verbier for March 5-10, which looks like it should be pretty ideal crowd-wise. Only potential issue I see is non-North faces being in the awkward transition to spring snow--do you know how much of the best terrain faces north...
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    Las Lenas 8/20 - 9/2, 2016

    The Banana: Torrecillas from above, 3cm day: Torrecillas from below: The final Entre Rios run:
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    Las Lenas 8/20 - 9/2, 2016

    First time on Entre Rios this trip: Looking back at Entre Rios: Overview of Entre Rios: Collar, with a view of coverage on Marte prior to the storm we got:
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    Las Lenas 8/20 - 9/2, 2016

    A few photos from the trip. Manhattan from above: Manhattan from below: Manhattan from Marte: If you click on the photo, it rotates to right-side up Sombrero area, a few days after the last mini-storm, still fresh lines:
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    Las Lenas 8/20 - 9/2, 2016

    Collar has a Gasex installation in one spot, but it's backcountry terrain--the Gasex can't possibly control the entire bowl, and it shouldn't be assumed that the Gasex is in operation. The same goes for the frontside terrain--avalanche control is limited and may not be up to North American...
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    Las Lenas 8/20 - 9/2, 2016

    Today was why you come down here. Bluebird pow, no wind, Marte open from the start. We put in the first tracks down Eduardo Variante, the 2nd and 3rd in Errare Humane, and then had the run of a lifetime opening up Entre Rios. I've been sick so setting the boot pack was hard work, but over the...
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    Las Lenas 8/20 - 9/2, 2016

    There was a surprise few centimeters that fell last night, so I headed straight to Torrecillas hoping that more had fallen up there. It was even better than I hoped--boot deep blower. The rest of the mountain was sort of dust on crust, but with another sunny day forecasted tomorrow, I'm hoping...
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    Las Lenas 8/20 - 9/2, 2016

    True, but at least you can still access the best terrain off Sombrero and still get back to Vulcano. Today's my first down day. Everything except Marte is open, but given the cloudy skies and nothing but groomers available on the open terrain, I decided it wasn't worth it. Thus far, I haven't...