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Thanks david_z! That clears up a lot of misinformation I had about those hills. The Shell voucher offer is something I haven't heard of but will definitely check out. I'm stoked that I might be able to bring others for half-off lift tickets!
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I have a shell ticket if any of you feel like stopping by the Summit Sports office in Bloomfield Hills lol.

I just have to comment on my last experience at Alpine Valley. I was very upset to see that their park maintenance is poor now. I remember a few years ago, Alpine had a pristine park and the kickers were always very nice. Over the years, I've seen pictures and saw first hand last weekend the poor shape of the jumps. One of the smaller kickers had a jagged lip and you couldn't even see the blue markers anymore.

The rest of the slope looked like they gave up on snow-making while Holly and PK still churn out the snow nightly (weather allowing). Another thing that bothered me a lot was the lifties. They did not shovel or smooth out the lift area. My friend and I actually scraped the yellow marker ourselves so others can see where to stand so they don't end up sitting on the rail of the lift rather than the actual chair. Also, the crowd this past Sunday was horrible. I saw people being very dangerous on the kickers. Multiple times I saw two people hitting the same kicker and same lip at the same time. One kid would go and a skier would go up next to them and hit it. Very rude and dangerous!

Sorry, that was my rant. Needless to say, I have a bitter taste in my mouth in regards to Alpine. I left early that day out of disgust. Took all my energy not to approach the older people hitting the kickers right next to kids that were already hitting it.

Sorry Dave, strictly Holly or PK for me unless AP cleans up their act. I'm not good enough at jumps to be launching myself off shark toothed lips.


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rain is coming the next couple of days-goin to holly tonight!

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oh and speaking of park maintenance. i noticed out west that there were dudes hired just to maintain the lips/landings/boxes/etc. in the terrain parks. i think that job would be sweet considering they get to ride on downtime!

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yeah i was extremely disappointed with their park on Sunday. Their jumps have been meh all season real "kickers" not tables or anything relatively easy. Nobody ever hits them except the smaller ones near the lodge. But what I liked (so far) was their box & rail setup. Unfortunately they've taken those out so there's no reason for me to deal with the hassle of driving M-59 to Alpine when I can get to PK in half the time.


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Just hoping to go to holly or PK next tuesday..
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is the rain we are supposed to get this weekend the beginning of the end??
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is the rain we are supposed to get this weekend the beginning of the end??
I don't think so. Weather.com reports that the upper Midwest could get a small blizzard (3"-5") next week. Snowolf also has a weather guide posted somewhere around here as a sticky. It's really helpful.

Usually, we should be at the end of the season; however, the weather this year is behaving a bit differently. It's colder than normal.
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went to holly last night. conditions were still really good. the kickers and the groomers were getting icy in places but the terrain parks were in really good shape! hopefully this rain holds off for their rail jam and big air comp on saturday. weather forecast has actually changed most of the rain to snow this wknd! jay ill be at holly or pk next week so i'd be down for meeting up if ya want.

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is the rain we are supposed to get this weekend the beginning of the end??
No matter what happens it's gonna be the beginning of the end for PK/Holly/Alpine unless we get a massive late storm they will probably close on 3/20 if we get a lot of rain they will be forced to close earlier than that

Everyone up north is planning on 4/4 for closing date so there will be a few weekends left no matter what happens down in metro-Detroit. I'm always willing to drive up there to stay the night or even for a day-trip.


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