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    Quote Originally Posted by All-American View Post
    I’ve been getting my little family out to the slopes in Colorado this month. The skiing is good but getting there is a pain. The nearest resort to downtown denver is about 1.5 hours from my home under the best circumstances. On Saturdays, I-70 is a nightmare—that same drive can be three or even four hours.

    We just plan on being up and out the door by 5:30. That gets us on the slope by opening, when we can get a few good hours in before the crowd shows up. Makes me miss Utah, where the time between “Gee, the weather seems nice today, maybe I should go skiing” and sitting on the lift is less than an hour.
    Your post reminds me of this video. One of my favorites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrutusBuckeye View Post
    Your post reminds me of this video. One of my favorites.

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    Had a perfect powder day yesterday at Brighton. It's been a great winter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YOhio View Post
    Had a perfect powder day yesterday at Brighton. It's been a great winter.
    I had a good day snowmobiling in the Uintas as well... only got stuck three times in all that freak'n powder.
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    Got in a few runs this morning at Brighton. It was snowy and windy at the top of GWE and Snake, but calmed down once you dropped in. There were a ton of fresh tracks, even in the main areas. But underneath the foot of powder was a nasty sheet of ice. I was coming down Wrangler a little too fast and had to sit down. It hurt my butt. Otherwise a great day.

    Also, does anyone have an opinion on SNOCRU v. Slopes for tracking? I've been using Slopes but wondering if anyone has used both.

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    I got back from Whistler- the snow was pretty meh -- I would have been better off just going to Jackson or Utah, but who could have predicted the snow this year?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Commando View Post
    I got back from Whistler- the snow was pretty meh -- I would have been better off just going to Jackson or Utah, but who could have predicted the snow this year?
    That's too bad. I've always wanted to go there. Other than the average snow, was it a good trip? The town seems fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YOhio View Post
    Got in a few runs this morning at Brighton. It was snowy and windy at the top of GWE and Snake, but calmed down once you dropped in. There were a ton of fresh tracks, even in the main areas. But underneath the foot of powder was a nasty sheet of ice. I was coming down Wrangler a little too fast and had to sit down. It hurt my butt. Otherwise a great day.

    Also, does anyone have an opinion on SNOCRU v. Slopes for tracking? I've been using Slopes but wondering if anyone has used both.
    GW is great on powder days. I hope you hit Clark’s Roost and True Grit. We had some amazing powder there a couple of weeks ago, even later in the day. It’s the perfect steepness for good powder. Then find powder stashes winding down through the trees to the base of Snake Creek.

    I have never turned right off GW. I had to look at a trail map to see where a Wrangler is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisrenrut View Post
    GW is great on powder days. I hope you hit Clark’s Roost and True Grit. We had some amazing powder there a couple of weeks ago, even later in the day. It’s the perfect steepness for good powder. Then find powder stashes winding down through the trees to the base of Snake Creek.

    I have never turned right off GW. I had to look at a trail map to see where a Wrangler is.
    I didn't hit up Clarks or Grit today because I didn't want to deal with the wind on Western Trail, but did both a few times last week and got a ton of powder. Also spent a lot of time on Lone Pine off Milly. My back leg was shot at the end of the day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YOhio View Post
    That's too bad. I've always wanted to go there. Other than the average snow, was it a good trip? The town seems fun.
    Yeah it was an absolute blast despite the fact I only bothered to ski one day. Highly recommended. I go every year and make a thing out of it. This was probably a low point for snow there in the 5 years I've been going-- it's usually great. Not to say it was bad- just a bit icy up top and slushy near the base due to not getting any fresh for about 48 hours before I arrived. I stuck to doing runs between the trees for the loose, uncut snow in abundance there. It was still fun, but not steep bowl blasts like I'm used to.

    And that's another thing. Whistler-Blackcomb is so big that there is somewhere on the mountain(s) that is skiable/enjoyable, so the gamble of booking there isn't really a gamble. For comparison, if Jackson's having a bad snow day you kind of just go home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by YOhio View Post
    I didn't hit up Clarks or Grit today because I didn't want to deal with the wind on Western Trail, but did both a few times last week and got a ton of powder. Also spent a lot of time on Lone Pine off Milly. My back leg was shot at the end of the day.
    80% of our runs were True Grit or Lone Pine. And we had the same back leg problem. We left at 3:00 and didn’t feel bad at all about leaving an unused hour on the $90 pass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisrenrut View Post
    80% of our runs were True Grit or Lone Pine. And we had the same back leg problem. We left at 3:00 and didn’t feel bad at all about leaving an unused hour on the $90 pass.
    Couple weeks ago I picked up the spring pass for $200. So nice to be able to go for a couple hours w/o destroying the whole day. Next season I’m definitely getting a season pass. I’m leaning towards the Ikon. In addition to a season at Solitude it comes with 5 to Brighton, Snowbird and Deer Valley for only $650.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YOhio View Post
    Couple weeks ago I picked up the spring pass for $200. So nice to be able to go for a couple hours w/o destroying the whole day. Next season I’m definitely getting a season pass. I’m leaning towards the Ikon. In addition to a season at Solitude it comes with 5 to Brighton, Snowbird and Deer Valley for only $650.
    That's not a bad deal if you use up the passes to the other resorts. I've never been a fan of Solitude. Especially not with Brighton right next door.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisrenrut View Post
    80% of our runs were True Grit or Lone Pine. And we had the same back leg problem. We left at 3:00 and didn’t feel bad at all about leaving an unused hour on the $90 pass.
    You guys need to learn to ride switch to keep the back leg fresh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Surfah View Post
    That's not a bad deal if you use up the passes to the other resorts. I've never been a fan of Solitude. Especially not with Brighton right next door.
    Solitude is a weird resort. I like the terrain there quite a bit, about like Brighton but nothing like Snowbird. There are a couple of really long runs that are super fun, but you have to take two lifts to get there. The funky lift layout is my biggest complaint with the place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Surfah View Post
    You guys need to learn to ride switch to keep the back leg fresh.
    Lol. Tell me about it. Early Feb I had my 10 yo son and a couple of his cousins around the same age at Brighton. They're learning so I planned to ride the whole day switch. First run of the day I was going about 25 mph coming down the western trail off Majestic. I carelessly looked back to make sure they were keeping pace, caught an edge and completely ate shit. Like I don't ever remember crashing that hard. I didn't have my helmet strapped so that went flying. I'm pretty sure I got a concussion and my chest is finally starting to feel back to normal. And all that was minor compared to getting made fun of the rest of the day by three pre-teen smartasses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Surfah View Post
    You guys need to learn to ride switch to keep the back leg fresh.
    That would make a world of difference for me. But as my number one goal is to not fall, I am scared to do anything other than my normal routine. Maybe next year...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Ted View Post
    I had a good day snowmobiling in the Uintas as well... only got stuck three times in all that freak'n powder.
    Had to dig my kids out 3 times yesterday in the Uintas. No new snow but the heavy stuff is just as frustrating.
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    Good grief this season doesn't want to stop. Trying to clear out some meetings to go have a little fun today.


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    Quote Originally Posted by YOhio View Post
    Good grief this season doesn't want to stop. Trying to clear out some meetings to go have a little fun today.

    Unbelievable... I wonder when flood season will begin.
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    Hit up Brighton today for a couple hours. Spent the whole time on milly and found so many fresh tracks. The mountain is as good now as any time of the year and they’re shutting down next week. Freaking forest service.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YOhio View Post
    Hit up Brighton today for a couple hours. Spent the whole time on milly and found so many fresh tracks. The mountain is as good now as any time of the year and they’re shutting down next week. Freaking forest service.
    Why do they have to shut down?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pelado View Post
    Why do they have to shut down?
    In a some cases, the workers are seasonal, so they're contracted for a certain length of time, then they move on. In other cases, the resorts have set schedules based on the weather in a typical year and are already prepping for the spring and summer activities.

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