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Old 09-05-2013, 12:53 PM   #3881 (permalink)
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I saw a guy go down once, at the time I thought it was an accident. Maybe it wasn't?
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Old 09-05-2013, 07:54 PM   #3882 (permalink)
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Yeah people ride it now, I've gone down it a couple times when there is a ton a snow. If you get good speed is not that bad of a hike. What you can also do is follow smiling Irishmen and stay right to where it turns into Shelter and there is a big hill on the side of the run that most people just go up and then down, but you can go over it and ride through some trees where it's actually pretty nice. If you stay higher on the hill as you ride through the trees you will have enough speed to make it back to the Shelter chair.

I remember this video a while back where they go down the run they now "opened up" If my link doesn't work right, start watching at the 3:30ish mark.
http://youtu.be/EAIcR2t4VqQ?t=3m26s

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Old 09-22-2013, 06:03 PM   #3883 (permalink)
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Well guys im back! i have become insane from not snowboarding i litterally dream snowboarding every night for the past two weeks... Any ways a season pass wasnt worth it for me last year due to getting bored of going on the same runs over and over again. Can you guys recommend some places in south east michigan that are big and have decent snow for michigan? thanks hopefully we can get through this struggle together.
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You Michigan guys should all split the cost of a van and gas then head west.
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Old 09-22-2013, 07:13 PM   #3885 (permalink)
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You Michigan guys should all split the cost of a van and gas then head west.
Agree!! But I fly! Haha.

At least 2 weeks out of the year me and some buddies both from MI and some from Colorado Springs, CO head to Jackson hole for 7 days....then a week somewhere else in Colorado....might hit whistler this year.

Only part that sucks is coming back to MI and realizing how small the hills are here! Lol.
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Old 09-22-2013, 08:42 PM   #3886 (permalink)
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Well guys im back! i have become insane from not snowboarding i litterally dream snowboarding every night for the past two weeks... Any ways a season pass wasnt worth it for me last year due to getting bored of going on the same runs over and over again. Can you guys recommend some places in south east michigan that are big and have decent snow for michigan? thanks hopefully we can get through this struggle together.
You've got 4 options, maybe 5 depending on what you consider to be "Southeast".
  • Alpine Valley; this one is alright and actually seems to be not as crowded as the others. They usually have a decently fun beginner park, but the rest of their park area is fairly advanced/ bigger features & jumps. The big park lacks any semblance of "flow". The terrain is what it is; 300 vertical feet doesn't get you much, but it is split up over 2 or 3 peak areas, which is nice. The bar has a great view of the mini park.
  • Pine Knob; probably the most crowded on account of being the most central to Oakland County/etc. They do good parks for the most part but jumps can be sketchy. The terrain is small and sometimes feels even smaller than it actually is. I really only go here if I plan on riding park, or if I'm crunched for time and riding solo since it's closest to my house.
  • Mt. Holly; the larger of these areas I think, although they're all about the same vert, Mt. Holly makes better use of their acreage and spreads the terrain out nicely. Also, there are fun side hits and banks and what not if you know where to look. Their park is somewhat lacking, but they have had the best jumps consistently the last few years, of all sizes & shapes & skill levels from 2-footers to maybe 25 footers.
  • Mt. Brighton; ordinarily this is an "also-ran" but on account of being acquired by Vail Resorts this year, I'm really looking forward to a new Mt. Brighton. Vail is pumping $10MM into the place, new lift towers, re-graded terrain, awesome looking auto-cad drawings of their terrain parks, refurbished lodge/bar facilities/etc.
  • Hawk Island; this is pretty much only a terrain park. There is also a tubing hill, and a walking trail, and stuff like that but as far as terrain goes it's just one run, and all covered with park features. If you want to ride a lot of park and get good in a hurry, this is the place to go. If you don't ride park, even though it is only like $9 for a lift ticket, you won't have any fun here. But if you do ride park, you have to go here. Technically this is not "southeast" Michigan since it's in Lansing, it's more "central".

There's a place called Apple Mountain up near Saginaw or somewhere up there a short hop off of I-75 but that's well beyond what I'd consider "southeast" and even Mt. Holly is pushing the limits of being "southeast". I've never been to Apple, but I expect it to be similar to Pine Knob.
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Boyne Mountain - 2
Pine Knob - 2
Crystal Mountain - 2
Treetops - 2
Alpine Valley - 2
Caberfae Peaks - 2
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Old 09-22-2013, 09:38 PM   #3887 (permalink)
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[QUOTE=david_z;1100321]You've got 4 options, maybe 5 depending on what you consider to be "Southeast".
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  • Mt. Holly; the larger of these areas I think, although they're all about the same vert, Mt. Holly makes better use of their acreage and spreads the terrain out nicely. Also, there are fun side hits and banks and what not if you know where to look. Their park is somewhat lacking, but they have had the best jumps consistently the last few years, of all sizes & shapes & skill levels from 2-footers to maybe 25 footers.
  • Mt. Brighton; ordinarily this is an "also-ran" but on account of being acquired by Vail Resorts this year, I'm really looking forward to a new Mt. Brighton. Vail is pumping $10MM into the place, new lift towers, re-graded terrain, awesome looking auto-cad drawings of their terrain parks, refurbished lodge/bar facilities/etc.
  • Hawk Island; this is pretty much only a terrain park. There is also a tubing hill, and a walking trail, and stuff like that but as far as terrain goes it's just one run, and all covered with park features. If you want to ride a lot of park and get good in a hurry, this is the place to go. If you don't ride park, even though it is only like $9 for a lift ticket, you won't have any fun here. But if you do ride park, you have to go here. Technically this is not "southeast" Michigan since it's in Lansing, it's more "central".
thank you im considering those three i know mt.holly is pretty nice and hawk sounds like fun both about a 45 min drive... alpine is okay imo thats where i had my season pass last year they rarley took care of there park and it got boring vary fast there.
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thank you im considering those three i know mt.holly is pretty nice and hawk sounds like fun both about a 45 min drive... alpine is okay imo thats where i had my season pass last year they rarley took care of there park and it got boring vary fast there.
Well if you do ride park or are interested in riding more park, I'd get a pass to Hawk Island to supplement whatever else you decide to do. The Hawk season pass is only like $100 which pays for itself after a few days.

My personal preference would probably be Mt. Holly, I'm stoked that Vail is putting $$ in to Brighton, but I'm going to be a skeptic until I see it materialize. I know they are putting money in to the terrain, now $10MM is a lot of money to me, but it's not that much when you start talking about lift towers and re-grading hills, refurbishing 10,000sf of facilities, and buying several hundred new sets of rental gear, etc.

I think it will be a better hill than it is/was, and I think their parks are likely to be on point from now on. But I still think I'll prefer to ride Mt. Holly's terrain.
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Mt. Brighton - 13
Hawk Island - 6
Mt. Holly - 5
Mt. Bohemia - 3
Mt. Tolle - 3
Boyne Mountain - 2
Pine Knob - 2
Crystal Mountain - 2
Treetops - 2
Alpine Valley - 2
Caberfae Peaks - 2
Cannonsburg - 1
Urban - 1
Slackcountry - 1
Nub's Nob - 1
Sugar Mountain, NC - 1
Beech Mountain, NC - 1
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You Michigan guys should all split the cost of a van and gas then head west.
Southwest is flying non-stop to Denver out of Grand Rapids now. I looked a week or so ago for Feb and tickets were around $230 (out-the-door), which I think is a pretty good deal.

EDIT: Price is currently $280 for pretty much any day.

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Old 09-23-2013, 01:47 PM   #3890 (permalink)
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Southwest is flying non-stop to Denver out of Grand Rapids now. I looked a week or so ago for Feb and tickets were around $230 (out-the-door), which I think is a pretty good deal.

EDIT: Price is currently $280 for pretty much any day.
Nice. I've been able to get fares to DEN from DTW for about $220 usually.
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Mt. Brighton - 13
Hawk Island - 6
Mt. Holly - 5
Mt. Bohemia - 3
Mt. Tolle - 3
Boyne Mountain - 2
Pine Knob - 2
Crystal Mountain - 2
Treetops - 2
Alpine Valley - 2
Caberfae Peaks - 2
Cannonsburg - 1
Urban - 1
Slackcountry - 1
Nub's Nob - 1
Sugar Mountain, NC - 1
Beech Mountain, NC - 1
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