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Old 02-13-2008, 11:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So the ice coasters are having their fun this year why not us? With southwest Colorado, Hood, Tahoe and others getting blasted like crazy every spring, why are we not having a meet? I say we start planning now for next years late february/march and see what we can arise. I think it'd be sick if we could get the east coast meet out here as well and get a SLAMMIN group ticket discount for 50+ people. Im partial to Colorado (wolf creek, monarch, purgatory etc.) because we have some sick UNBUSY beautiful terrain that is not too expensive, not hyped and fawked like Breck, and guarenteed good conditions in the spring. I am definitely open to new resorts as long as we have a guide of some sort. Ideas, anyone in? Ice coast invades West Coast meet? West coast get together and take a bunch of pics of sick pow meet?

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Old 02-14-2008, 08:48 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 02-14-2008, 09:07 AM   #3 (permalink)
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You don't have one becasue you don't need one everyday out there is epic so its nothing new to you. Sorry for your misfortune of huge mountains and great snow.
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Old 02-14-2008, 09:17 AM   #4 (permalink)
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You don't have one becasue you don't need one everyday out there is epic so its nothing new to you. Sorry for your misfortune of huge mountains and great snow.
Yeah it sucks to be us.

In all I would be totally down for a Wolf Creek meet. It's pretty cheap for lift tickets, and you can certainly get a good deal on a big rental in either South Fork (better if it's snowing they generally keep the pass open to the resort) or Pagosa Springs (better for nightlife, eating, and just about everything else). Plus the area looks fun (never ridden it) and the backcountry is off the freakin' hook there (ridden it tons).

Monarch would be fun, but not so sure it would entertain everyone quite long enough.

The pain with Wolf Creek is that it is far from any major airport. Minimum 4 hour drive from Colorado Springs. At least 5 from Denver.

Jackson would be fun but expensive.

In all, I would say Utah, specifically up by Ogden (Powder Mountain/Snobasin) is a great value. I don't think we paid more than $59 a day at Snobasin and it was a lot less at Pow Mow. The backcountry on the nearby peak is insane. 4,000 vertical foot drops. Of course you also have to hike that. I really liked it. The slackcountry is really really good out of Snobasin too.
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I would be down with any of those places. I ski's all over Utah when I was a kid because I had a lot of family out in Holliday (just outside SLC) and loved it. I would definitely want to stay away from Park City as I remember it being kind of yuppie. If we do Wolf Creek I know a few people down there as I used to live in Pagosa Springs and I might be able to get a good deal on a 4+ bedroom place. I guess I'll see what areas everyone might be interested in and we'll go from there. Also if I remember right there is an airport near Durango just on the other side of the New Mexico border which I believe puts people at a 2 hour drive from an airport but I'll research it and see what I come up with. I'm thinking pretty much exactly a year from now which seems like a long time, but I drink and sleep so much in the summer that October rolls back around real fast . Anybody that might even consider being in just post up here and give your opinion on resorts. If we hit Wolf Creek on local appreciation day you get a $24 ticket, anyone know of other places that do deals like that? I'm open to all suggestions, I'm going to start saving my money now.

I know we have big mountains and great snow out here but it would be cool to put a face and a few days of riding with all the people I talk to/bicker with on here every day

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Old 02-14-2008, 12:21 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Wolf Creek would be an easy one to do for sure. Such a great place without a doubt. Not a mega resort but plenty of fun. I am just not so sure the airport near Durango would be considered a major. Flying can be expensive and I bet that airport is one of the more pricey to get to. Anyway, setting up something for next year is a good idea. I know MPD would probably make the haul. Ale is usually down for a Colorado trip. So yeah, we should start thinking about a 4day-week long trip somewhere...
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with a years notice i think i could swing something as long as rates are reasonable. I guess i'll have to put off my trip to jackson to visit dpk (from tos) for another year. it would be worth it just ride with ale AND kc on the same trip.

what about steamboat? i've never been there so i have no idea, just throwing that out there.

Hrm, nevermind. MDP, shay and EL in the same town wouldnt be too pretty.
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if it is at a reasonably priced place i'd be in. out west would not be much more expensive than doing Jay is. $120 round trip in fuel to drive to jay vs. plane tick and carpool or bus from airport. as long as its not during a peak travel time. would love to log some serious hours out west.
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Next year?... doesn't the season last well into April out there? If so, and someone could get a hook up, I would totally be down for flying out to experience some REAL pow, for atleast a couple days.

I'm planning a trip to Banff (well, calgary, but its an hour away) near the end of March, but I think that's as close to the Rockies as I'll get this year
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Old 02-14-2008, 01:14 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Kr$shan, just let me know if you plan a trip out to Colorado this year. Otherwise, it's just a little too short of notice to make this thing happen in a big fashion.

Steamboat is a fun mountain, but the snow can really be hit or miss there, especially when compared to Wolf Creek. The lower altitude makes it more susceptible to melting, rain, and such. The base sits at just under 7000 feet. Most Colorado resorts start at 8 or 9k ft. Then again when it snows there it gets after it like this season. The other thing is Steamboat is expensive. Probably $80 a day for lift tickets this year, and there are basically no deals for the 'Boat. On the flip side, the backcountry on Buffalo Pass has rather good access, and the town is one of the best ski towns out there. If you can't have fun going out in Steamboat, then you really aren't into the ski town vibe.

Wolf Creek sounds like a great idea, getting away from the mega resorts and hitting up a locally owned place is always better. I have rarely heard a bad word about the Wolf. I can attest to the fact that the pass is bad ass.
Some of the deepest steepest snow I have ridden in Colorado is back there.


The resort looks to get plenty of the same. Mid week, it is dead there.

Utah is the other idea I like a lot. You get a lot of bang for your traveling buck. All the resorts are close to SLC Airport. You just need to import your booze. Not a problem for those of us who would drive. As I mentioned I dig Pow Mow, Snobasin, and the surrounding bc there. Lot's of possibilities.
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