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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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    Las Lenas 8/20 - 9/2, 2016

    I'm back in Las Leñas for two weeks this year. Coverage is definitely less good than last year, and heavy rains up to the top of the Jupiter lift about a week before I arrived have left the lower mountain a bit thin. The Cenidor area all slid to the ground as a result of the rain and is...
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    South America 2015

    It looks like most of the South American resorts just got some nice snowfall, but not enough to open yet. Given that I once again have a lot of vacation time to use (and importantly for me, am able to take the time off), I booked flights to Buenos Aires. I land in BA the morning of August 21 and...
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    Mammoth 5/9/2015

    Figured I'd start a Mammoth thread today as Tseeb seems like he was here as well. Long story short, today was one of the best days of the season. Given that Mammoth's spring hours are 7:30-1:30, I got in line for Chair 1 at 6:45 and was the only person there for a little while. Control work had...
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    Las Lenas 2014

    There's already snow on the ground, El Nino is in the forecast, and I was able to book a cheap round trip award ticket (fully refundable for $100), so I'm headed to Las Lenas. Currently I leave LAX on Thursday, 8/28, so I'll be able to catch the direct overnight bus to Las Lenas from BA on...
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    Powder Mountain 2/13/14

    My first ever day at Powder Mountain. All in all, it lived up to expectations. There's nothing steep, but there's also zero competition for powder. Every run I took (and I skied until 4:30pm) was either entirely untracked or at least mostly untracked. \:D/ The day started out looking like...
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    Alta 1/30, Jackson Hole 1/31-2/1, with a few pics!

    I was sick of not having decent snow at Mammoth, so I decided to drive all Wednesday night to get to Alta in the morning. After a truly miserable drive, I picked up my pass and got 7th chair, not too bad. I don't really know the mountain, but I met a friendly local on my chair who showed me...
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    Heading to UT tomorrow, anyone skiing Th/F?

    I have perhaps my last chance for a while to take time off work, so I'm headed to Utah tomorrow. I'll probably sleep for a few hours in whatever random rest stop looks most inviting and then make it to Alta in the morning. I don't know the mountain very well, so anyone want to play tour guide...
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    Aspen Mountain 1/13/14 -- The best day yet

    Just got off the hill and have a flight to catch, but surprisingly, today was even better than the last two. Maybe 2-3 inches fell overnight on top of yesterday's 6-8, and the wind had smoothed some stuff out to make for perfect conditions. The Face of Bell was smooth and only lightly untracked...
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    Aspen Mountain 1/12/14 -- Deserted Storm Day

    A couple inches of snow were expected last night, but I awoke this morning to nothing and the sun peeking through the clouds. Nevertheless, it started dumping around 8am and the gondola was on wind hold when the lifts opened. I had to take 3 lifts before reaching any skiing as a result, and...
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    Aspen Highlands 1/11/14--2 Bowl Laps on Day 1

    Due to flight cancellations, delays, and diversions, I finally reached Aspen around 11:15 last night. Then I waited 45 minutes for them to unload our bags from the bus (flight was diverted to Grand Junction), but my ski bag was nowhere to be found. It took at least an hour to file a lost baggage...
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    Mt. Bachelor, 1/4

    Today was my first of 6 in Bachelor, and it was a surprisingly bluebird, windless day. It hasn't snowed here for a while, so most of the ungroomed snow wasn't so good. I did find some decent wind buff in the Cirque. The groomers were great--very long and with lots of fun little rollovers. They...
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    Las Lenas 2nd half of July--too early?

    I was planning on heading down to South America for a few weeks this summer before starting work. I found out today that I start on August 12, and considering I'll have to fly across the country, move into an apartment, get furniture, etc, the vast majority of my skiing would come in the second...
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    Ski/board related: Claremont film festival 11/3

    I know there are a decent number of LA-area people on here, but I don't think I've met anyone outside of Tony. So take a trip to the Claremont Colleges on 11/3! The Claremont Colleges Ski & Snowboard Team is hosting our Snowstock film festival on Saturday, November 3rd this year. As in years...
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    Mt. Whitney 9/7-9

    I entered the lottery for Whitney last March and managed to secure one for this past weekend. We drove up Friday night and camped at Horseshoe Meadows at 10,000 ft. It's higher than the Whitney Portal, cheaper, and quieter. The next morning we drove down to Lone Pine to pick up our permit (a...
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    Big Sur 8/28-31

    I spent a few days backpacking in Big Sur with a group of new freshmen. Although we weren't in one of the more picturesque areas (I also really like Point Lobos up near Monterrey), there were still good views to be had. If you've never done the drive up Highway 1, it's certainly among the best...
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    11/12 Season Reviews

    I know we've had the topics in the past, so I figured I'd start this years. I managed to get 60 days in, and I skied powder 18 of them. Obviously, the snow was pretty horrible early on and I had many early season days where I only skied groomers, but the snow did get better and March/April...
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    Mammoth 4/21: It's getting thin, and 80K vert

    There are a lot of bare patches out there. Upper Solitude and the Face of 3 have dirt showing in the normally well-covered groomed sections. Even Broadway is looking brown. All of this is a major change from 2 days prior, showing just how fast the snow is melting. I also skied about 80,000 feet...
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    Whistler, 12/31-1/3

    First four days have been very good, obviously way better than anything at Mammoth thus far. 12/31: I spent the whole day at Blackcomb. Crowds were predictably pretty bad, but taking the singles line meant lines were never over 5 minutes. Found an untracked line down Blackcomb Glacier when it...
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    Mammoth 12/3-4: Surprisingly goood

    With no snow and the crazy midweek wind, I wasn't expecting much, but the groomers were actually as good as they'll ever get for skiing fast. Firm but totally carvable, and the cold temperatures and low skier density kept it smooth all day. SoCal people have heard the no-snow news, so it was...
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