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  1. Tony Crocker

    Mammoth, May 9-10, 2022

    This trip was constrained by our schedule and that Patrick and Lonnie were going to be at Mammoth these days. Garry was in his RV at McGee Creek too, and we had dinner with him there Saturday night on the way up. Garry had skied Wednesday-Friday, was annoyed by the ongoing windy weather. The...
  2. Tony Crocker

    La Plagne, April 12, 2022

    Fraser had been warning us for awhile that Tuesday would be the first of several days with no overnight freeze, and that the Sahara dust might make a return appearance. Nonetheless we were willing to try one day, particularly since La Plagne would complete our survey of the Tarantaise mega...
  3. Tony Crocker

    Les Arcs, France, April 11, 2022

    We left the Alps to avoid the storm of April 7-9. It dumped up to 3 feet of snow above 2,000 meters but with a fluctuating rain/snow line and also issues of wind and snow stability. As in the prior week Sunday was the first sunny day but it was again a travel day for us, driving 6 hours from the...
  4. Tony Crocker

    Patrick's Eastern Closing Thread

    Eastern Closing Thread - Part 1 Here Comes the Rain - Eastern Closing Thread - Part 2 I disagree with Patrick's comment So far I have the Vermont ski season at 25 by the standards of this chart and it's likely to stay that way. Patrick might disagree with my criteria that an area has to be...
  5. Tony Crocker

    Verbier, Switz., Apr. 6, 2022

    We got up early at Bob Mazerei’s place in Le Chable, and told Jimmy we had to pack up from our hotel in Sierre before we could ski. Bob’s house in Le Chable: Early morning view from his deck: We deferred to the locals on where to ski Wednesday after Tuesday’s widespread warmup...
  6. Tony Crocker

    Nendaz/Veysonnaz/Mont Fort, Switz., Apr. 5, 2022

    Our hotel is Sierre was a bit over half an hour drive from Nendaz, so that’s where we started our second ski day in the Valais. We bought the combined pass with Verbier because we went up to Mont Fort from Siviez after surveying the Thyon/Veysonnaz side. From Nendaz there is string of four...
  7. Tony Crocker

    St.Luc / Chandolin, Switz., Apr. 4, 2022

    On Sunday we checked out of Club Med and drove through Megeve and Chamonix to Switzerland. We stayed in Sierre, which is in the upper Rhone Valley at the bottom of Val d’Anniviers. James visited multiple ski areas here in March 2017. St. Luc Chandolin was the largest and has sufficient altitude...
  8. Tony Crocker

    Val Thorens/Orelle, France, March 29, 2022

    This was the last day of good weather so I tried to make the most of it in terms of both skiing and pictures. Xavier led us up Moutiere and Grand Fond and into Orelle. Orelle is high altitude, with skiing ranging from 7,700 - 10,500 feet, though south facing. Accordingly the early morning...
  9. Tony Crocker

    Val Thorens, France, April 1-2, 2022

    Val Thorens reported a modest 6cm new snow Friday. But when we went up the Peclet gondola to 9,800 feet, it was more like 6-8 inches. Despite flat light and some fog Xavier led us off piste. Using the guide in his red uniform and his tracks as reference, we probably skied the fresh powder for...
  10. Tony Crocker

    Trois Vallées, France, March 30-31, 2022

    As predicted the weather deteriorated Wednesday and Thursday. On Wednesday it was just low cloud with a trace of new snow. Xavier got the word that Courchevel was less foggy, so we went over there. The intervening Meribel Valley was quite foggy, but the Lac de la chambre run entering it from Val...
  11. Tony Crocker

    Val Thorens/Mottaret, France, March 28, 2022

    The Club Med plan for ski groups is to meet at 9AM, ski until noon, have lunch and go out again 2:00-4:15. On the first day it takes some time to get organized. Perhaps 30 of us signed up for the highest Level 4 off piste and we all headed up the Plein Sud and 3 Vallées chairs. Up there I was...
  12. Tony Crocker

    Rifflsee/Pitztal Glacier, Austria, March 26, 2022

    This was a day that James would have appreciated. With the current weather/conditions, it seemed worthwhile to ski Austria’s highest lift service. But the Pitztal Valley is long with only small towns along it to stay. Thus we reasoned correctly that it would be the most low key place to ski on a...
  13. Tony Crocker

    Hochgurgl-Obergurgl, Austria, March 24, 2022

    These areas are a 20 minute free bus ride up to the end of the Otztal valley from Sölden. At 6,300 and 7,000 feet Obergurgl and Hochgurgl are the highest ski area bed bases in Austria, and so have a reputation for snow reliability. Unfortunately these areas are severely flawed for current...
  14. Tony Crocker

    Serfaus-Fiss, Austria, March 25, 2022

    This was a last minute call for the day we checked out of the Bergland hotel in Sölden. These areas are two valleys west from the Otztal (upper Inn Valley), not that far up so about 1.5 hour drive. We arrived Fiss’ farthest west parking at the Waldbahn at 10AM. We knew the base areas would be...
  15. Tony Crocker

    Sölden, Austria, March 23, 2022

    We spent 3 nights in the Bergland Hotel in Sölden, another excellent recommendation from Fraser. As in 2017, this is another high standard Austrian half board family run hotel. On these drive trips it’s very nice to settle in for a few days to the all inclusive places with excellent food...
  16. Tony Crocker

    Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, March 22, 2022

    We flew into Venice Monday because that’s where our Europe trip will end April 29 after an Adriatic tour. Italy is extremely sparse on snow this season, so the plan was to drive into Austria. But interestingly the most direct route goes through Cortina, so we thought that would be a good warm up...
  17. Tony Crocker

    Snowbird, UT, March 11, 2022

    Friday was mostly sunny, and temperatures warmed to over 20F at the base but still 10-15F higher up. In addition there was wind along the top ridgeline. I met Lonnie, Tseeb and Stephan in Mineral Basin. I wanted to check out the Bookends though Tseeb had been out there already. The traverse...
  18. Tony Crocker

    Snowbird, UT, March 7, 2022

    There was supposed to be a break in weather between storms, but Monday was cloudy all day with occasional sunny breaks but also on and off snow showers. Temps were near 20F at the base but no more than 10F higher up. Sunday had been exhausting skiing not quite enough excellent powder over...
  19. Tony Crocker

    Alta/Snowbird, UT, March 6, 2022

    Utah’s season has somewhat paralleled California’s, though to no surprise less extreme. Alta had 141 inches in December, 32 in January (1.5 above record low) and 26 in February (record low). So the 7 inches new on Sunday stimulated pent up demand and the former admin took 2 hours and 15 minutes...
  20. Tony Crocker

    Island Lake Snowcat, Feb. 21-23, 2022

    We went into Island Lake Lodge Sunday night. Unlike Mustang, Island Lake remained open in 2020-21, but likely lost money as ¾ of their normal clientele is from the US. Most 2020-21tours ran 2 cats with 8 clients vs. the normal 3 cats with 12 clients. This year some COVID protocols remain. Masks...
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