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Old 03-19-2013, 08:03 PM   #3601 (permalink)
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Old 03-20-2013, 09:18 AM   #3602 (permalink)
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Crystal is official for me Sunday, so no Hawk Island. Sorry Dave. If you and/or Leo want to ride up with us, we're leaving my place at 7am sharp. There are only two of us right now, but there may be a 3rd so let me know.

My mom said they got a foot and a half of snow at her place yesterday and last night.
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Old 03-20-2013, 09:43 AM   #3603 (permalink)
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This is crazy. I know I just started riding but I've been in Michigan since childhood and I don't remember winter holding on this long.
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Old 03-20-2013, 09:58 AM   #3604 (permalink)
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This is crazy. I know I just started riding but I've been in Michigan since childhood and I don't remember winter holding on this long.
I grew up 15 miles from Lake Michigan so it's not quite as unusual for me. It's amazing how comparatively mild the winters down here are compared to up there with it only a few hours' drive away. Despite the unseasonably warm weather last March I seem to remember a pretty big 15 inch overnight dump we got late last year up there; we went to Caberfae that Sunday to take advantage of it. I don't remember exactly which weekend that was though.

My mom still tells stories of how when I was a kid and we lived near Arcadia (just west of Crystal Mountain, actually) there were winters where we had to actually park a mile down the road and walk to the house because the plows couldn't keep up with all the snow. She has pictures of plow piles on the sides of the roads (not in big parking lots) that were 8-10 feet high. And no, these photos were not photoshopped!

Still, having said all of that, compared to the recent winters we've had I'll have to agree with you.
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Old 03-20-2013, 10:01 AM   #3605 (permalink)
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Boyne reported an additional 8" overnight. This shit is insane.

It's not unheard of, but it's especially welcome given how bad last year was and how shitty this season started out.

At this point, I think my travel is pretty much limited to Hawk Island as long as they can hold out.

If anyone is still open on 4/13 (Saturday) I might be able to swing that, but next weekend is Easter and the following is Zoey's first birthday, so I'm definitely on lockdown until after that.

As for 4/13, I will keep my eye on the weather and resort news because those places out in NY about 5 or 6 hours from here have been getting hit with a lot of snow, too. I'd possibly be game to drive out there for a day if they're still open.
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Old 03-20-2013, 08:01 PM   #3606 (permalink)
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Boyne reported an additional 8" overnight. This shit is insane.

It's not unheard of, but it's especially welcome given how bad last year was and how shitty this season started out.
They may be reporting they got another 8", but what they've actually gotten is about 18" or so!!! They have got some AWESOME fucking snow here!!!
Deepest shit I've ridden since I started 2 years ago!! I'm finding I have to learn how to ride all over!!! IT's GREAT!!!!

Here's how I looked the first time I fell,.. beard froze solid and I had to ride like that for an hour or so!!
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Best of all,.. It been puking snow since about 3:30! ...and tomorrow they are going to open back up the North Side via "Interconnect!!" Nobody's been riding there all week! It will have almost TWO FEET of UNTOUCHED POWDER!!!!

I CAN'T WAIT!!! I'm doing stuff and making moves I never thought I could at this stage of my riding!!! I look like a pro running down the narrow chair lift gully winding in & out, up the sides and staying on my feet with all the bumps & moguls piled up in it!! I've even done a 7-8 small "Pop's" off some little features! Not much height, but I managed to cover 8-10 ft between liftoff & touchdown!!! I even nailed it switch at least three times!!!!

I LOVE THIS!! (Leo,.. the NS is AWESOME in this shit!!!)
(...sorry Dave! Come sunday I'll be at 43 days riding for the season!)
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Dude enjoy it days like that are few and verrrrry far between. Must people in the Midwest have to drop a grip to fly out west to get a day like you just got and even that is a gamble. Shred till your legs fall off man!
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Old 03-20-2013, 11:38 PM   #3608 (permalink)
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Grats Chomps! Stoked you got this in Michigan only 2 seasons into your riding. I've never gotten a chance to ride conditions like that in Michigan ever.

I second what Dave said. Ride until your legs are no more. Glad the Proto is still bringing new joys to you!
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Hawk Island is blowing snow again tonight.

They plan on staying open through April 7.

I don't think I can make it out tomorrow. Friday and Sunday both seem likely for me at this point. MTH on Friday, possibly Hawk on Sunday, or MTH/PK.

I do want to get to Hawk again before this season ends but if they're open through 4/7 I can probably squeeze in a night session next week.
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I'm glad you're making up for the crap you had to put up with early season Chomps. Get it!
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