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Old 03-17-2010, 06:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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first stop was jay peak,vt
excellent conditions all week and a great bunch of people to hang out with
wasnt sure what to expect meeting/staying with a load of strangers for a week but it was soo much better than i expected
i wasnt sure about the resort either as seeing the piste map beforehand it seemed small compared to what im used to
yes the runs were small and basic but the tree(glade!)runs more than make up for it
awesome little place
powder every day!
the only downside was going over the medium kicker and seeing a skier sitting there,tried to move around him and landed on my shoulder and it still hurts now(3 weeks later)

next up was jackson hole,wy
i had heard great things about this place
nice country type town
fairly steep slopes but nothing hard
excellent resort with alot to do around the mountain but the snow was absolutely rubbish,ive had better in europe at the end of april!
im sure it would be really good if there was alot of snow
im gutted that corbets was closed,heard it has only been open for 2 days this seasonthey couldnt believe it when i said i'd had better conditions in vermont
someone there said it was the worst year for snow in 20 years

next up was monarch mountain,co
we'd had a day cat skiing booked
snowed the night before we got there
1 full day of awesome powder riding
the snow here seemed alot lighter than jay peak

next up was winter park for a few days
nice resort but moguls everywhere
managed to find some fresh snow in some parts and there was a few tree runs,but nothing like jay
couldnt believe how they rip you off for a half day pass
$92 for a full day,$7 discount for a half day!!we stayed in the pub instead

out of all the resorts the ones i would definitely go back to are jay peak and monarch mountain
it would be nice to try jackson again if they had alot more snow

what an amazing trip/insight we had
back home and into reality now!
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Old 03-17-2010, 06:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Thanks for the summary, especially on Jay, I've been considering it and that was an encouraging rundown.
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Old 03-17-2010, 06:58 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Jay usually is fluffier than you saw. Upside to the stickier snow was that things like the face had good coverage because the snow really stuck to it
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first stop was jay peak,vt
excellent conditions all week and a great bunch of people to hang out with
wasnt sure what to expect meeting/staying with a load of strangers for a week but it was soo much better than i expected
i wasnt sure about the resort either as seeing the piste map beforehand it seemed small compared to what im used to
yes the runs were small and basic but the tree(glade!)runs more than make up for it
awesome little place
powder every day!
the only downside was going over the medium kicker and seeing a skier sitting there,tried to move around him and landed on my shoulder and it still hurts now(3 weeks later)

next up was jackson hole,wy
i had heard great things about this place
nice country type town
fairly steep slopes but nothing hard
excellent resort with alot to do around the mountain but the snow was absolutely rubbish,ive had better in europe at the end of april!
im sure it would be really good if there was alot of snow
im gutted that corbets was closed,heard it has only been open for 2 days this seasonthey couldnt believe it when i said i'd had better conditions in vermont
someone there said it was the worst year for snow in 20 years

next up was monarch mountain,co
we'd had a day cat skiing booked
snowed the night before we got there
1 full day of awesome powder riding
the snow here seemed alot lighter than jay peak

next up was winter park for a few days
nice resort but moguls everywhere
managed to find some fresh snow in some parts and there was a few tree runs,but nothing like jay
couldnt believe how they rip you off for a half day pass
$92 for a full day,$7 discount for a half day!!we stayed in the pub instead

out of all the resorts the ones i would deinitely go back to are jay peak and monarch mountain
it would be nice to try jackson again if they had alot more snow

what an amazing trip/insight we had
back home and into reality now!

Haven't been to Jay but there is 10x the tree runs at Mary Jane alone. Probably close to 2,000 acres. Not sure where you rode though. It is a very busy resort and if you don't know it, you aren't going to stumble into the huge powder stashes there. The $92 a day at the window is a big time rip off too.

The powder was lighter at Monarch. Colorado has the lightest snow on average of any place in North America. It does come at a price for the backcountry user.
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Glad you made it back OK. It was great meeting you and R.

We all got lucky with the snow at Jay and timing. It might not have been Jay snow at its top form (Taking MF's word for it, as I'd never been to Jay either), but I'm not going to throw 20 inches the night of our arrival back in old man winter's face. If nothing else, the entire mountain was beautiful and the epic fail landings softer for it.
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Old 03-18-2010, 02:42 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Good riding with you and Roger Nigel, glad to hear you guys made it back alright

That blows to hear that about JH. We've been wanting to hit that up since we started riding, guess I'm glad we didn't find our way there this year.

Catch you guys next season I hope
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hey roomie! nice trip report, i would love to see some highlights of your headcam footage, i had a great time hanging out with you guys
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