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  1. #81
    Quote Originally Posted by Hawk View Post
    Aspen, Aspen Highlands and Snowmass for me. We had a friend that rented a house for a month out there. Looking at the weekly rental costs, I don't think I would go there on my own. But with a free place to stay, all good. We got the Mountan collectice 50% off deal. Thanks Win and Sugarbush. All three mountains are really nice but Highlands is the best with the longest sustained steep runs. That place is aesthetically one on the most beautiful places to ski with the Maroon Bells, Mt Pyramid and other 14ers all around. Also a really fun town. Not all Shee-Shee all the time. We found the local folks to be a real hoot to party with.

    totally agree. Aspen Highlands is may favorite in the US so far. And I have skied most resorts except California, New Mexico, Arizona & Washington state.

    Highlands is great. I have been there 6 times so far.......

  2. #82
    Quote Originally Posted by skimagic View Post
    I picked up Jack Frost and Montage. First-time skiing in PA.Montage had some fresh Pocono Pow (the man-made stuff).

    Outwest I picked up Loveland and Cooper this year.

    The snow cat terrain at Cooper looks great , I wish Ithey could put a lift up there. LL was a bluebird spring day. Perfect. I loved the vibe
    Cooper, often confused with Copper, is so laid back, untracked, cheap, old school, rustic, and wide open.

    AND FILLED with history!!!! This was the home of the 10th Mountain Division. Down the street are their original barracks at Camp Hale.

  3. #83
    I went to a few new places courtesy of the Ikon pass. Steamboat and Winters Park plus went back to Deer Valley after last skiing there in around 2003.

    Also went to Val Disere /Tignes for 5 days Non Ikon pass. Previously had only gone there for 1 day.
    wish i were skiing.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaytrem View Post
    Awesome! How did you manage to get up there?

    I did manage to make it to Granlibakken today. I'm finally "Tahoe complete" Crazy day at Squaw, skied in rain, snow, hail, sunshine. Surface conditions were great though. Cut out at 2:45 and caught a courtesy shuttle to the car. We made from snow to Granlibakken in about 15 minutes. Spent about an hour on the poma and another hour on the sledding hill. Kids and I had a great time there. Funny thing is they ran that poma lift all day and we made the 3rd track down the hill at around 3.

    Anyway that completes my 10 new ski areas that pretty much nobody will be jealous of. I'll have to check the stats, but I suspect their total combined vert is less than a number of North America's larger ones. We had a great time at ll of them, even with the lightning at Bear Creek and the craziness at Boreal.
    I am in Cleveland for a month for training. I drove out here and have weekends free. I brought my skis (and road bike) for this reason. I left Cleveland (well just east of Cleveland) at 4:30pm on Friday. Drove until 2am Saturday, slept in the back of the company minivan got up at 7 and drove the last 2:15 to Mount Bohemia. Took my time getting ready to let things soften up and checked into the Hostel as well. Got on the hill around 10:15. Skied until 4:15. Had a good dinner at the hill and left the next morning to drive 12 hrs back to my hotel. It was well worth as the terrain, while only 900 vert was great - Steeps, trees, all natural and not a speck of ice.
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    Very cool

    And sorry about spending a month in Cleveland. I say this as someone who called Ohio home for a year. Other than the natives being very nice, I found few redeeming qualities about the place. Lived in Athens, which is a fun college town and the surrounding Hocking Hills are cool, but Midwest outdoor activities seems pretty JV compared to New England.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deadheadskier View Post
    Very cool

    And sorry about spending a month in Cleveland. I say this as someone who called Ohio home for a year. Other than the natives being very nice, I found few redeeming qualities about the place. Lived in Athens, which is a fun college town and the surrounding Hocking Hills are cool, but Midwest outdoor activities seems pretty JV compared to New England.

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    There wasn't many staying overnight - maybe 8 people. Any way the owner was out and talking to us about how we liked the place asking me about why and how I was there. He and the GM Vern were out measuring for a potential pool to go with the hot tub. Asked us our opinion about it as well. Then there was the crazy ski patroller Johnny Spirit - says it is his real name but he used to be the guy at Michigan State games all painted up and getting the crowd going. Also said he used to do Tigers, Wings and Lions games as well. He and Vern hung out in the hot tub early evening talking to a few of us about the place.
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    Just added Mammoth, place is awesome! Love how nearly every chair has height adjustable terminals, one even has a height adjustable operator's cab. Nothing requires hiking for the goods except the Hemlocks on the backside and they were closed (not sure to lack of snow or conditions, because the cats were busy building one of their late spring/summer terrain parks back there).

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  8. #88
    Coming back from Lake Louise in 2001 I got snowed-in in Cleveland for 3 days.

    And they lied to me. I was in Houston for the connecting leg from Calgary, and I questioned whether they could really get me back to Burlington if I flew to Cleveland, as the radar looked horrendous. Oh, sure, the flight's scheduled with no delay...... Three days later I was able to finally leave Cleveland.

    Valuable lesson learned that day. The airlines will lie to you to move you along on your already-planned route. Were that to happen to me today, I would have stayed in Houston instead.
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  9. #89
    Quote Originally Posted by machski View Post
    Just added Mammoth, place is awesome!
    What days were you there? Funny that 3 of us were there in the last week or so.



    I'm tempted to book a flight now for another Cali trip in Feb. Still a couple SoCal places I haven't hit along with June. Prices (and mileage flights) are real good now, but you never know what you'll get out there this far in advance. Preliminary plan...

    Fly Firday evening
    Baldy
    Mt High (need old Sunrise part)
    Snow Valley
    Big Bear Lake
    Mammoth
    June
    Mammoth
    Alta Sierra
    Waterman (plus maybe a couple runs at Buckhorn Ski Club next door)
    Sunday Night redeye

    The earlier you book the more time you get to look forward to it!

  10. #90
    I lived in So Cal for 10 years and I have skied all the places you are listing;

    Fly Firday evening
    Baldy - Excellent ski area, but needs natural snow
    Mt High (need old Sunrise part), Very small area and crowded, like mountain creek in NJ
    Snow Valley - Very small area and crowded, like mountain creek in NJ
    Big Bear Lake - Very small area and crowded, like mountain creek in NJ
    Mammoth - One of the best ski areas in the US, I love this mountain
    June - Close to Mammoth, good go to on a busy day
    Mammoth
    Alta Sierra - not familiar with this place
    Waterman - A fun area only 45 minutes from LA (plus maybe a couple runs at Buckhorn Ski Club next door)

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