So obviously we will be here today and Patrick and I will drive to Mammoth tomorrow. I will just ski Tuesday while he will continue on to Tahoe, where he will get to ski Alpine Meadows and KT-22 for the first time
Guess it is time to put that IKON Pass to use! Although both Mammoth and Palisades will have lift tickets around $80-100 for multi-days over Memorial Day Weekend. Just hope thunderstorms do not ruin it all. And lots are forecasted.
Too bad The Fingers at KT22 are closed now.....when they have skied like a filled-in Corbett's for most of the year.
I'd rather ski places in their prime - and cover specific lines I've researched/focused on. Why bother skiing a place if good/great stuff is not open? My exception to that rule this year was Monterosa - but they had all pistes open and the Idren Tram was running.
For example, it took me 20 years to get to Southern California for this reason - until snowfall totals were equivalent to the Rockies. Also, I basically ski Telluride only at the end of February or April closing weekend for max coverage, terrain open, snow stability, family availability, etc. Like to book an airport in Europe to fly to and decide on the Eastern, Western, or Southern Alps. British Columbia skis the best in mid-January to early March.
But I have no desire for streaks, records, etc. It just ruins quality skiing. I'd rather have 12-20 great ski days dictated by weather, open terrain, and conditions. Like new areas, but they need to have typically 1000-1500 or offer some other compelling reason (history, snowfall, runs, etc).