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Old 10-07-2013, 11:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default What are some of your trip and travel tips or tricks?

Have been thinking about this upcoming season and how to maximize time on the mountain/amount of fun we will have.

I'm just curious to know what are some of your personal tips and tricks when it comes to traveling to the mountain.

It could be things relating to saving money (i.e. sleeping in your car ) or maximizing time on the mountain (i.e. wearing a camelbak for constant hydration)

I'm just curious to know each and ever possible trick out there for your weekend travels.
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Not sure if it's a "trick" or not: But I go to costco at the beginning of the season and buy boxes of granola bars and sport drinks. They make good breakfasts and after boarding snacks.

Also I usually take a bar and some beef jerky on the hill with me. The less time I spend sitting in the lodge, the better!

As for actually being on the hill, it's better to be there 15 mins early, park close, get on near first chair, and enjoy the hill while it's fresh. The alternative is showing up at 9:30, having to park in the nose bleeds, and having to wait in line for a chair to ride snow that somebody else already tracked.

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Cooler full of beer for after the day is over. Must have item...
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Could not agree more!

Like the simple snack ideas too! Might have to hit up my local warehouse store...
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I guess another tip for maximizing time on the snow has to do with gear:

1) Pick the goggles for the worst possible conditions you'll experience during the day. I've got some goggles that are great for bluebird days, but horrible in flat light. So most of the time I select my orange goggles when leaving the truck.

2) Make sure all other accessories you need for the day are with you. My face mask is ALWAYS in my jacket pocket, in case it gets windy/chilly up top. If the weather is unusually cold I'll wear the cold weather jacket, otherwise it's the spring jacket all the time.

3) Tie your boots properly the first time. I'd say it's a bit of an art to get the right tightness in the parking lot, but the closer you get the less often you need to adjust. My fiancee is constantly adjusting her boots and it slows us down. Boots with easier adjustment would help here too.

4) If you have a quiver, pick one board to ride for the day, or pick two but bring them both to the bottom, and lock one up beside the lift. I'm not returning to my truck during the day, so if I want to swap to a park board it better be beside the lift waiting for me!
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These are exactly what I'm looking for! Keep em coming guys!


PS as a newb to this forum, I have to say I really enjoy interacting with you guys! Glad I found this.
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I like to return to the truck to have a tailgate lunch. But that's at wolf where it isn't far. We usually get the closest spot when we go too. Arrive early! That way you can get BOTH first chairs if you know what I mean!
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I like to return to the truck to have a tailgate lunch. But that's at wolf where it isn't far. We usually get the closest spot when we go too.
Yeah one of the things I was planning on doing this year was getting a small portable grill and cooking out for our meals.

Could even sell cheap hamburgers and hot dogs to fellow boarders in the parking lot!
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Yeah one of the things I was planning on doing this year was getting a small portable grill and cooking out for our meals.

Could even sell cheap hamburgers and hot dogs to fellow boarders in the parking lot!
Or trade for lifes other precious necessities like beer and weed.

I always take a crunched up water bottle in my pocket.
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I bring a little camp stove sometimes, it heats up soup and chili really fast. This year my buddy is bringing a little crockpot to plug in somewhere.

Cooler of beer is always good.

Extra goggles.

Fully charged phone, if there is no reception, switch to airplane mode and your batteries won't drain. I use mine as an mp3 player. If it is really cold, put a handwarmer packet in the same pocket as your phone and it will help the battery not get killed.

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