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Old 03-19-2014, 08:46 PM   #5181 (permalink)
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I just realized I have ended every single snowboard season with either an MRI or CAT scan lol

I'm about to head into the MRI tube to see if I ended a second season in a row with a broken back. If the results are good I'm shredding this weekend and more next week. Wish me luck!
Got my fingers crossed for ya!!! Hope you make it up to Highlands. Got my bag packed and my gear ready to load into the car. Also getting my story details down for when I call in sick tomorrow n fri. -cough-cough-sniff!
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Old 03-19-2014, 08:48 PM   #5182 (permalink)
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Jeez, what happened, if you don't mind me asking.
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Old 03-19-2014, 09:36 PM   #5183 (permalink)
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Jeez, what happened, if you don't mind me asking.
This time, honestly no idea. It's weird.
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Heading up to Highlands right now to close them out with Chomps. Hit us up if you're there.
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Old 03-23-2014, 10:28 AM   #5185 (permalink)
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Quick and dirty report:

Left Clarkston around 10pm on Wednesday, arrived at Mt. Bohemia about 730am on Thursday. Tried to find some coffee, no dice. Napped in the car for a minute. Went back to the general store down the road and scored some coffee. Rode all day. Good conditions especially for spring; 4-5" of fresh snow. Sun was out, mid-30's by mid-afternoon so it was getting heavy and tracked. But it was a beautiful day and we had our pow in the AM as it was. Friday AM, real chunky the first few laps, but again sun came out and softened it up, so Saturday was more of a spring conditions with heavier wet snow, no big deal. A few more inches (hoping for 5-7" but got maybe 3") on Friday night which was just enough to stay for a few extra hours. Not perfect conditions but all things considered and for this time of year it was OK by me. The weather all three days was mostly sunny, good views from the summit, it's basically a 360 view and the mountain property covers all sides of the hill. Amazing views of Superior and Lac La Belle, and the mountain itself is also spectacular compared to anything else in the mitten.

Lives up to the hype. That mountain really is unlike anywhere else I've ridden. Hard to describe, it is probably the most challenging terrain overall (there may be individual trails in Jackson Hole, etc. that are more difficult, but on average, Bohemia is more challenging).

With only 2 chairlifts, every run is "top to bottom" and at about 800-900' per run, the trails are long enough to get a great workout. My guesstimate was about 30 runs and somewhere in the 22-25k vert range for the day. My GPS shit out on my when I ran in to a tree, and I lost half the day's tracks, but during the second half of the day it tallied 12 runs and 10k vertical feet so I think my guesstimate was on point.

Most of the "trails" are gladed areas. Of the 95 marked trails, they have maybe a dozen that I would consider "trails". In good or decent conditions, these would be accessible for most of you guys, but they tend to track out pretty quickly, and you'd probably be bored if you stuck only to these few trails. These are peppered with natural terrain variations like banks, some small drops, hairpins, etc., and you can always duck in to the woods just about anywhere, from just about any trail.

Some of the glades are fairly mellow and a little more navigable (I think this was Pirate Cove/Parrot/etc. but I'd have to check the trail map) but for the most part they are moderately to very steep.

There are cliffs and rock drops of various sizes from a few feet to probably a 30-footer we could see from the road but were not able to find (not that we would have hit it... ). They are not *everywhere* but there are enough of them and they are easy enough to find if you don't mind traversing some glades looking for them. We hit a few though and Joe actually did go off a pretty big one.

Overall, the drive there sucked but it was worth it for sure, and I would do it again. There is no doubt in my mind that nothing in the Midwest compares to this place, and like I said to be honest, if you want to be challenged by terrain, you won't be disappointed even compared to most Western resorts.
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Sounds pretty fun, can't beat getting sunshine and some powder. Did you guys have the place to yourself?
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Hey Dave, Glad to hear you had a good time up there. I was curious to know what you mean when you refer to most of the runs being "steep?" Can you guesstimate the degree of slope?

Also, I gotta say from the couple of pics you posted, The trees don't look so tight that I feel like I wouldn't be able to navigate my way around them. (Might just be my ego is far exceeded by my skills, but still,.. ) Except for the rock and cliff drops, what you posted doesn't look too god awful gnarly!

I know there are probably lots of areas where the tree runs aren't thinned or are left pretty much as is for the experts to play in, but on the whole,... How well thinned are the average marked glades? I imagine some are some a lot tighter than others.

Just trying to get a good idea if this is someplace I want to plan on getting to next season. I'm obviously no expert, but I'm also not a complete beginner! The double blacks are likely way beyond me, but what is your opinion on the single black diamonds?



....on a totally bummer side note! PK is closed during the week now! The complete and utter end of the riding season is certainly in sight now! I probably won't be able to do more than two or 3 trips to Boyne Mt. between now and when they close. cracking 50 days is not looking possible at this point. Hell, I may not even match last years total! Fuck! Jacking up back, really screwed me! I don't think I've even gotten my monies worth for the PK/Holly pass yet!

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Hey Dave, Glad to hear you had a good time up there. I was curious to know what you mean when you refer to most of the runs being "steep?" Can you guesstimate the degree of slope?
dunno. Ordinary black diamond-ish mostly, maybe a little steeper. With sections probably approaching 50ish or steeper, but those would not be the norm.


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Also, I gotta say from the couple of pics you posted, The trees don't look so tight that I feel like I wouldn't be able to navigate my way around them. ...

I know there are probably lots of areas where the tree runs aren't thinned or are left pretty much as is for the experts to play in, but on the whole,... How well thinned are the average marked glades? I imagine some are some a lot tighter than others.
Plenty of the gladed sections are thinned out fairly well, navigable enough you can make long traverse cuts and/or uphill turns to check speed if needed.

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Just trying to get a good idea if this is someplace I want to plan on getting to next season. I'm obviously no expert, but I'm also not a complete beginner! The double blacks are likely way beyond me, but what is your opinion on the single black diamonds?
Marked trails black, probably not an issue unless the conditions are choppy. Doubles are glades. Like I said I think a lot of the glades are fairly accessible, you just need to be comfortable riding between the trees and a lot of people aren't. If you ride trees at Boyne/Crystal/Nub's/etc., then it is just the same thing but longer and a little steeper.

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....on a totally bummer side note! PK is closed during the week now! The complete and utter end of the riding season is certainly in sight now!
Yep, so is Pine Knob. Bummer because I wanted to hit that park again. Mt. Brighton is open afternoons all week, for whatever that's worth, although it's not on your pass... I probably can't make the afternoon session any day, since it starts so late at 330pm.

Keep an eye on the weather, as of right now the weekend looks tolerable especially Saturday.

If the weather cooperates I'd like to ride Friday afternoon to free up my weekend for some other stuff I have to take care of, but if not, then maybe I get out Saturday morning somewhere.
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Great to read about the Beast Dave, thanks for the info.

I still maintain that many of us (me included) are not at the point where we'd make the most of Bohemia enough to make it worth it. I'm not a noob and can handle a lot of individual terrain features but not all of them at the same time.

But if you guys are still hellbent on going up there I'd love to read your *honest* accounts on how it went

On to milder hills; I'm going up to Crystal tomorrow. I'm taking the day off work and meeting Leo up there. Trapper if you wanna hitch a ride, you're welcome to. I know you're close. I'm tentatively planning on taking my little Saturn to save gas costs but I can talk the wife into letting me take the truck if I'm splitting gas with a couple guys.

If anyone else can swing it, sweet.
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Gahhh wish I could, but no. I'm done up north until April 11. That's still on the table. Not sure if Boyne Mountain or Crystal Mountain. I could do either really. Probably Boyne. Stay for cheap in Gaylord.

Dying here... could ride Thursday day but nothing open (and it's supposed to rain). Could ride Friday, but supposed to rain. Saturday is possible but it's going to be a struggle and probably means I have to take Friday off to take care of some shit around the house.
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