2019-20 Season Recap

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2019-20 Season Recap

Postby jamesdeluxe » Fri Apr 03, 2020 7:43 am

14 Days
My lowest ski-day total since 2005, the year our son was born, with only one (lousy) day in the northeast. Highlights to the season included hitting a couple of fun indie ski areas in western Colorado for the first time (Powderhorn and Sunlight), revisiting a pair of "little areas that rock" to varying extents (Monarch and Cooper), and checking out a few mountains in Switzerland that I've had my eye on for a while: Flumserberg, Obersaxen, Heuberge, and Brigels.

2 Monarch, CO
1 Sunlight, CO
1 Powderhorn, CO
2 Ski Cooper, CO
1 Plattekill, NY (not my report/added for posterity)
1 Flumserberg, CH
1 Heuberge, CH
2 Obersaxen/Mundaun, CH
1 Brigels, CH
1 Tschiertschen, CH
1 Pizol, CH (zero visibility, no report)
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Re: 2019-20 Season Recap

Postby vanhanbr » Fri Apr 03, 2020 9:27 am

I missed my goal of 30+ days this year, came in at 28. Had one trip to Big Sky, MT cancelled and numerous local day trips.

4 Copper, CO
1 A-basin. CO
1 Cooper, CO
3 Revelstoke
1 Selkirk Tangiers
2 Lake Louise
5 Indianhead, MI
3 Blackjack, MI
1 Big Powderhorn, MI
1 Little Switzerland, WI
6 Nordic Mt, WI
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Re: 2019-20 Season Recap

Postby Marc_C » Fri Apr 03, 2020 11:26 am

We went into self-isolation about a week before the Utah areas closed as we're in more than one elevated risk group so....
1 Deer Valley
1 Solitude
2 Brighton
1 Snowbird
27 Alta
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Re: 2019-20 Season Recap

Postby jamesdeluxe » Fri Apr 03, 2020 11:31 am

Marc C, what is the price differential between an Ikon and Alta season pass?
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Re: 2019-20 Season Recap

Postby Marc_C » Fri Apr 03, 2020 1:25 pm

jamesdeluxe wrote:Marc C, what is the price differential between an Ikon and Alta season pass?

I have no idea. My Alta pass this season also gave me a free day at each of the 3 other Cottonwood resorts and Deer Valley. I bought a senior pass during their early purchase discount for $800.
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Re: 2019-20 Season Recap

Postby Tony Crocker » Fri Apr 03, 2020 8:58 pm

This year there's no ground to critique the season recap starting in early April. :evil:

I'm at 35 days, might have some spring AT options, not sure yet. It's my lowest season by nearly every measure, days, powder, areas skied, etc. since my divorce in 2004. It's only my second lowest since 2004 in vertical to 2007-08, but that season was miles ahead of this one in quality with twice as much powder. 2007-08, like this season with Liz' shoulder, had an injury interruption with my broken rib accident at Mammoth April 12. I was out until Mammoth closing weekend May 31 - June 1.
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Re: 2019-20 Season Recap

Postby sierra_cement » Mon Apr 06, 2020 10:03 pm

I barely broke even on my Mt. Rose and Ikon base pass. I blame it on Tony Crocker since he recommends skiing later in the season :stir:. Early season was pretty good in the Sierras this time. We should have done at least 4 days at Mt. Rose around Xmas time but I had made other warm-weather plans. I was hoping to add at least 3 weekends before end of the season.

16 total ski days.
7 days Mt. Rose
3 days Squaw
1 day Alpine (+1 in previous spring)
1 day Alta
1 day Brighton
3 days Beaver Mountain (will probably return for a Feb/Jan long weekend in future)
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Re: 2019-20 Season Recap

Postby Tony Crocker » Wed Apr 08, 2020 12:55 pm

Storm totals the last 4 days:
Mammoth 46 inches
Mountain High 31 inches
Snow Summit 20 inches
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Re: 2019-20 Season Recap

Postby jamesdeluxe » Thu Apr 09, 2020 4:28 am

Tony Crocker wrote: this season with Liz' shoulder

Liz chose the right winter for a season-ending injury.

Tony Crocker wrote:Storm totals the last 4 days:
Mammoth 46 inches
Mountain High 31 inches
Snow Summit 20 inches
:twisted:

Western Forum! :x
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Re: 2019-20 Season Recap

Postby Tony Crocker » Fri Apr 10, 2020 8:52 pm

jamesdeluxe wrote:Western Forum! :x

Not really. The relevant point is that a region getting the most snow in April in over 20 years will not be spinning lifts this weekend. It rained and was cold here all day yesterday and into today after I wrote that last post so there is even more snow now.

James is not missing much back East. The meltdown that started during the last week of lift service has continued AFAIK from reading JSpin's blog. But in a normal world James would be getting some good skiing in Colorado.
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Re: 2019-20 Season Recap

Postby Tony Crocker » Sat May 02, 2020 7:16 pm

Area Sum of Days Sum of Vertical Sum of Powder
Mt. Baldy 6 82.2 5
Mt. Waterman 1 1.2 0
Mountain High (West) 1 19.9 0
Mt. High East (Holiday Hill) 2 33.8 1
Mammoth 9 238.9 0
Snow Summit 1.5 32.4 1
Bear Mt. 0.5 13 0
Snowbird 4 57.4 3
Alta 2 40.3 4
Brighton 0.5 8 0
Solitude 0.5 18.5 0
Fernie 2 42.9 0
Castle Mt. 2 44.9 0
Sunshine Village 1 24.7 0
Kicking Horse 1 17.9 0
Mt. Rose 1 24.1 1
Revelstoke 1 20.3 0
Mustang Powder Snowcat 3 58.7 55
China Peak* 1 16.5 10
Grand Total 40 795.6 80

* = 1 new area, a record low since 1998

Getting in 6 days since the March 14-15 general ski area shutdown was an unexpected upside surprise, but odds are 90+% now that I'm done.

As mentioned above the season was by far a low point by most measures since 2004. Days "lost" vs. a normal season were up to 10 in the second half of January (we were planning on Utah and Jackson) after Liz' injury and at least 15 to the COVID-19 shutdown, most of that from the cancelled trip to the Alps.

This was also an unlucky season in terms of powder and snow conditions in general. Over 2/3 of the powder I skied was during the 3 days at Mustang. Lift served powder percentage of 3.3% was the lowest since 1995. Average is 9.0% lifetime and 10.8% since 2004.

So Mustang stands out conspicuously as the highlight with an above average trip even by its high standards. It's hard to think of other areas where conditions were clearly above average by the standards of my prior visits. Sunshine Village is the only one that comes to mind. This is definitely bad timing on my part because by snow stats this season was close to average over most of North America.

Tony Crocker wrote:
jamesdeluxe wrote:Look at all the days Tony is getting in locally -- going back to his roots! :-)

Yes it's reminiscent of my formative seasons in 1978 and 1979 and when Adam was a baby in 1985. Those were much better seasons than this one so far though.

The 7 local days this season are the most since I skied 9 in 2000-01. But I may be done with SoCal for this season unless the weather turns cooperative. Starting Feb. 9 I will be at Mammoth, then in Canada, then at Iron Blosam for most of the next 5 weeks.

A prescient observation by James and a bad prediction on my part for the rest of the season. The final number of local days was 12, exceeded only by the 16 in my formative 1978-79 season. That's more than the record El Ninos of 1982-83 (11 days) and 1997-98 (9 days).

During some of the March downtime I modified my records to split Mt. High East and West. I skied the former Holiday Hill 3x before the 1981 takeover by Mt. High, same situation as Snow Summit taking over Bear Mt. 21 years later. The original notes post-1981 always mentioned whether I skied one or both sides of Mt. High with enough comments about runs skied to make a ballpark estimate in splitting the vertical.

While this was far below the standards of my prior retirement seasons, the glass is still half full. The worst day skiing is still better than being stuck at home, so getting 40 of them this season is worth something. I never exceeded 32 days during the 21 years of my first marriage.

The saga of Patrick should be interesting the next few months.
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Season vertical: 1,610K in 2016-17
Season powder: 291K in 2011-12
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Re: 2019-20 Season Recap

Postby Tony Crocker » Thu May 28, 2020 10:13 pm

jamesdeluxe wrote:Liz chose the right winter for a season-ending injury.

Liz wrapped up her physical therapy last week, went kayaking in Florida a week before that. In a normal ski season she would have been able to ski Memorial weekend. We have two orthopedic surgeons in our snowcat group at Mustang. They estimated 6 months as her projected recovery time, with the outlier best cases being 4 months. Many patients who are more casual about rehab or have complications can take a year.
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Days in one year: 80 from Nov. 29, 2010 - Nov. 17, 2011
Season vertical: 1,610K in 2016-17
Season powder: 291K in 2011-12
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