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Wed Jan 15, 2014 4:46 pm
My critiques over the years have been related to the last point. The streak inhibits diversification by sucking up finite resources (both time and $$$) to keep it going during August/September. 5 trips to South America when there's a long list of northern areas not yet visited that have better snow most of the time, more and better terrain in many cases and sometimes interesting cultural aspects (Europe, Japan etc.) too.
I'd be surprised if there's a 1%er living full time in the East doing this. With lots of resources and that much passion for skiing, I think such a person would be living in the West or the Alps at least part time.
Patrick wrote:About people living in the East, I'm sure that they are others like ski instructor, coaches, racers, freelancers, etc.
I could see a ski instructor working at an eastern area Nov-Apr and in SA or NZ Jul-Sep easily keeping a streak alive during the shoulder months. But that person doesn't really live in the East full time either and thus does not measure up to Patrick's achievement IMHO.
Patrick wrote:Bump for an update...
The most interesting stats are how Patrick achieved the "hard months" if I have this right:June/July
1 Pacific Northwest
5 South America
Ron Cram in Utah skis local backcountry for Jul/Oct but usually goes to Timberline for Aug/Sep.October
5 Eastern backcountry
3 Eastern lift service
Salida was clearly correct in his prediction that most seasons October earned turns can scrounged somewhere in the East. And it appears that Killington and Sunday River have resumed their October lift service rivalry. So October is a "hard month" from my perspective in SoCal, but perhaps not so much in the Northeast.
Mon Oct 20, 2014 11:25 am
Lookin like another MadPat nail biter in October?
Mon Oct 20, 2014 12:58 pm
Well A-Basin is open out this way for him to book last second... Almost looking iffy that Loveland will join in by the end of Oct. Just won't cool down for more than a day at a time.
Thu Oct 23, 2014 9:23 am
Timberline on weekends.
Is that it?
No one else in October?
Where is the news section?
It might get down to the wire.
Thu Oct 23, 2014 12:21 pm
A-Basin is thinner and narrower than usual for it's WROD since it realized it would be 2 more weeks to open if they waited out the warm spell. Loveland still has the entire lower flats of Home Run to make snow on to open and it is supposed to be way above normal temps through Sunday. So snowmaking probably won't resume out here till Sunday or Monday nights. For what it is worth, Copper Mtn is still claiming to open to the public on Fri, Oct 31st.
I looked and Big K forecast and even at elevation snowmaking looks iffy through the end of the month, though they could go for it it it drops just a few degrees more from the forecast lows - but a high risk proposition at best.
I hope you have some time and FF miles or cash sitting around as the options look quite thin this year.
Thu Oct 23, 2014 4:46 pm
Been a reeeeealllly long time since I posted here (and sorry about that). But I was just thinking about ski streaks and happened to notice this ongoing thread.
I've never been much of a goal setter. But this past season I had some unplanned synergy:
- Oct 2013 offered an unexpectedly early start to the season
- Then around May I learned that I had to take a work trip to Chile right at the beginning of August. I knew I could parlay that into July+August turns
- I scrounged for June turns to keep the winter going
- Then bagged July+Aug as planned in Chile
Then it was September 2014. All I had to do was get that month and I'd have gone around the calendar. And if things worked out I'd be straight into another season and looking at an easy 20 month streak. As September wore down I weighed a lot of options: Catch snowmaking tests somewhere, go back to Chile, etc. But the month came and went and I didn't keep the streak. And I'm glad. Because here it is late October and I doubt I'll see turns this month either. I was so close to falling into the trap of pursuing a random goal. Tony hit it in the head a few posts ago, "The streak inhibits diversification by sucking up finite resources (both time and $$$)". I could have kept the streak going but it would have been at a great cost to the quality and quantity of my upcoming season. I'm so glad I let it go.
Thu Oct 23, 2014 10:39 pm
Liz and I brought our skis along on the current Texas/New Mexico road trip on the hope Wolf Creek would open in October, when Liz has never skied. Alas, the rain/snow line at Wolf Creek has remained at 12,000+ feet, so it's not likely to be this year.
Cannonball wrote: I could have kept the streak going but it would have been at a great cost to the quality and quantity of my upcoming season. I'm so glad I let it go.
That was my situation in October 2005 after I had skied the previous 12 months. In 2011 there was so much snow at Mammoth that there was still 1,100 vertical left for August/September, and 17 inches new to ski there on October 7. So that allowed me to run a streak to 21 months before letting it go.
Fri Oct 24, 2014 7:02 am
ski streaks here i come!
i might get a day in march, then another in april. if i'm lucky
Ava was born monday this week. such a doll.
Fri Oct 24, 2014 9:49 am
Fri Oct 24, 2014 10:03 am
I like that love in your girls eyes.
Fri Oct 24, 2014 12:15 pm
Congrats. I think you'll find the first few months of her life easier to get some skiing in then during the next couple of years...
Fri Oct 24, 2014 12:40 pm
The year Adam was born in December was my lowest season at 16 days. Skiing is doable in this scenario if within daytrip distance. By the time Andrew was born, Adam was already skiing. When you're taking the older sibling skiing, that makes makes life at home with the baby easier. That may be harder for Rog, as not so many 4-year-olds are up to his type of skiing!
Fri Oct 24, 2014 8:03 pm
thanx guys! been a big year. did two things that i thought i'd never want to do if you asked me 5 years go. MARRIED AND A CHILD!
my wife's a skier so she wants to get our little one out as much as i do. we're planning on some days at wildcat with the vertical card for her and i get my free ski shop deal. we have friends that ski there and she can ski with them while i watch baby Ava for an hour or so, then we'll switch off. my wife also enjoys skinning/skiing up on george and late season closed ski area skinning/skiing, so we'll definitely hit that up with baby with us.
4 days old and off for a 2.5 mile beach walk from the house before heading to the brewery. she slept through it all!
Sat Oct 25, 2014 11:26 am
the east may not see october turns this year, manmade or natural. wx outlook looking a warm.
Sat Oct 25, 2014 6:42 pm
icelanticskier wrote:my wife's a skier so she wants to get our little one out as much as i do.
You should consult Jay Silviera in Waterbury. He has really raised the bar on teaching kids to ski. They were in face shot powder by age 6 and learning tele at 7.http://jandeproductions.com/
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