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Old 11-07-2011, 01:48 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Moose Mountain is on schedule to open the day after Thanksgiving... they've been getting steady snow. Don't know about Mt.Aurora... if anyone is down to hit Moose Mtn opening day ... let me know. I don't shop on Black Friday ... why not shred instead?

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Old 11-07-2011, 11:00 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hey, I am going to be in Fairbanks Feb 23-27 this year and wanted to bring my board to try and get to Mt. Aurora on Sunday. I didn't know about Moose Mtn, I'ven never been to Fairbanks so I don't much about anything up there, hence the post. So it looks like I will be done work at noon on Saturday in downtown Fairbanks. How much daylight is there at the end of February? Think I can get some turns in that day? I see that both Moose and Aurora are only open on the weekends, so being that I have one full day to ride (Sunday)conditions being similar which place would you spend the day? Is one much better than the other? Aurora has lifts, Moose has buses.........which resort would you ride if you only had one day to do so?

I am thinking I will rent a car, but would prefer not to. Is it possible to get to either without a car?

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If you go with someone around here (like me), you can ride along. Mt.Aurora is 30 miles outside of town so its the farthest of the three. This is my first season here, so I'll have to keep you updated on what I end up liking the most this season. Both are going to be open the same amount of time. I'm not sure if Birch Hill has night riding.

Whats your travel look like? Are you headed home Sunday/Monday?
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Yep, haven't booked the flight yet but am planning on heading home Monday I think. I definitely am planning on staying and getting one full day of riding in if I can, but if its like Planet Hoth up there and only 4 hours of daylight I'm not sure it will be worth it and would then probably just try to get some runs in Saturday afternoon and skip out Sunday. Ideally you would tell me its like a winter wonderland up there with cold temps, deep dry powder, and Bluebird skies for days

I definitely would take you up on a lift to the slopes and some local trail knowledge, maybe you'll know where the stashes are by then?

If you don't mind, I'll probably ping you via PM in February to ask a few questions.
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That late in Feb you should have about 6 hours of daylight
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That late in Feb you should have about 6 hours of daylight
yep. 6-7 hours... about the same we have in October, so really you also have some dusk time too. However, I'll warn you that February is part of the coldest part of the year. It's a shame you wouldnt have a couple days to go down to Alyeska.. it'll be warmer there with more daylight. But hey - doesnt hurt to try... bring your gear and by then I'll know my way around. I'll look into Birch Hill for you - I keep thinking they have night boarding so maybe you could hit up two places.

If you come next year, I'll for sure have a snow machine. haha
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I've been to Alyeska a couple of times already, its nice for sure though both times I went the conditions weren't ideal. Lots of ice up top and Slurpee type of ice slush down low.....I have never seen the "backside" open that Snowolf shreds all the time, would love to sample that side of the mountain since all I did on the tram ride up is pick out lines. Definitely a nice place. I've also been to Eaglecrest down in Juneau. Love the terrain there and all the side country stuff they offer, and conditions were ideal both days I went. One day it was snowed 12", the next day was Bluebird

So I am planning on riding in Fairbanks, will travel with gear!
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I've been to Alyeska a couple of times already, its nice for sure though both times I went the conditions weren't ideal. Lots of ice up top and Slurpee type of ice slush down low.....I have never seen the "backside" open that Snowolf shreds all the time, would love to sample that side of the mountain since all I did on the tram ride up is pick out lines. Definitely a nice place. I've also been to Eaglecrest down in Juneau. Love the terrain there and all the side country stuff they offer, and conditions were ideal both days I went. One day it was snowed 12", the next day was Bluebird

So I am planning on riding in Fairbanks, will travel with gear!
Right on! PM me when the time gets closer. I am going to Colorado the week before and get back on the 19th - so as you can see, I'm getting out of here during the coldest weather to board elsewhere! You'll find something to shred... just hope for warmER weather.
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Bump.

Moose Mtn is still on schedule to open this Friday... it's been -15 for lows lately... so it should be above 0.

Anybody want to get together and ride Friday and/or Saturday?
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Hey! I *may* be taking a job up on the North Slope driving semi the Dalton Highway 3 weeks on 3 weeks off.....
Geez dude, you really are hardcore. Getting bored with the PNW, huh ... more power to ya
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