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Old 02-21-2012, 06:07 PM   #71 (permalink)
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we got 5" here, but some of the higher terrain in the range supposedly got 10" with another 1-2 in the way. looks like i'll be riding some powder tomorrow
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Old 02-21-2012, 06:39 PM   #72 (permalink)
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I just wish Granite Peak didn't groom everything, everyday. Obviously their parks are mainly why snowboarders go there, so those need to get handled daily. On days when they do get good snow and those are rare, they still groom the whole hill except the few half ass glades and a few things they call "chutes" they have, even the bottoms of the chutes are groomed. They should just do the parks and the lower half of the hill, and only groom 3-4 blacks on the eastern and western edges, and not go anywhere near the chutes or the glades. They just groom so damn much, they don't have an awful lot of ice problems, but it's around and their base is almost like concrete right now. Last Sunday it was really sketchy in the morning around 25, nice in the middle of the day it was like 31-33, and as it began to drop below freezing again it got kinda shitty again. Going to Mount Bohemia this weekend, I'm calling LES on thursday-saturday up there, could be the last chance for any real midwest "powder". Fingers crossed.
It's the only thing people in the midwest know... groomed runs that is. At my home resort at Trollhaugen in Dresser, WI, we get people who complain if it's not groomed (usually skiers); especially after an overnight snowfall. They simply don't know how to ride in "natural" snow. If we do happen to get 4+ inches or more during overnight snowfall, there are a few areas on the sides of runs that the groomer will leave open; but never an entire run (except for maybe 1 of them). It's just so sad. However, I do like me a good concrete (not icy... there's a difference) day every now and then; it's those days I sharpen the edges and get out and really crank on it.

A group of us instructors are heading to Blackjack / Indianhead / Whitecap in March. I hoping that one of those days we are blessed with some fresh overnight snow!

Have fun at Mount Bohemia!
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Old 02-21-2012, 06:44 PM   #73 (permalink)
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How is the snow out there this year?

This is my first year away from MN. Frankly, I feel underprepared for western mts after MN's black diamonds(still a good problem to have). As I was telling my buddy all it takes is turning down hill to deal with s$@%^y conditions in MN, 1-2 minutes later it is over.

I do miss the crappy, fun Troll pipe, Spirit's park and the fun of boarding in -20 conditions. Not joking either some of my favorite times boarding.
Trolls "pipe" (or stunt-ditch as it's also known as) is gone this season. They plowed down the right side of it and widened that hill out. They did leave the left side, which is kind of a 1/4 pipe now. I will say, the 1/4 pipe is groomed better than the "1/2 pipe" ever was.

Some of my best and most fun days out boarding have also been when the temps are between -10 and 5 above. I love those days. The snow conditions never change and are pretty much the same in the afternoon as they are in the morning.
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Old 02-21-2012, 07:01 PM   #74 (permalink)
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It's the only thing people in the midwest know... groomed runs that is. At my home resort at Trollhaugen in Dresser, WI, we get people who complain if it's not groomed (usually skiers); especially after an overnight snowfall. They simply don't know how to ride in "natural" snow. If we do happen to get 4+ inches or more during overnight snowfall, there are a few areas on the sides of runs that the groomer will leave open; but never an entire run (except for maybe 1 of them). It's just so sad. However, I do like me a good concrete (not icy... there's a difference) day every now and then; it's those days I sharpen the edges and get out and really crank on it.

A group of us instructors are heading to Blackjack / Indianhead / Whitecap in March. I hoping that one of those days we are blessed with some fresh overnight snow!

Have fun at Mount Bohemia!
I ride at granite peak and i could not agree more, it pisses me off that they groom every single run even after a good snowfall.
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Old 02-21-2012, 07:43 PM   #75 (permalink)
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I've always had pretty good luck at whitecap, but I've only been to indianhead once and it was okay, there just isn't enough there for me to really get into it and justify the drive.
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Old 02-22-2012, 09:54 AM   #76 (permalink)
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We got 5" here in Plymouth on Monday night. Seemed like a little bit less, maybe 3" at Afton when I rode last night. Was pretty crustified already, but there were a few stashes to be found. Sounds like another 1-2" overnight tonight and then the possibility (fingers crossed) for 6"+ on Sunday.

Anyone know how much Lutsen or Giants got? I'd like to take a weekend up there at some point, depending on the conditions.
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Old 02-22-2012, 11:46 PM   #77 (permalink)
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Lutsen pretty much got skunked but there was 9-10" fresh at giants this morning, I personally beat the shit out of the powder stashes but the conditions are suprisingly really good right now.
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Old 03-05-2012, 11:40 PM   #78 (permalink)
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Does anyone know how tall the pipe is at Buck??????
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Trolls "pipe" (or stunt-ditch as it's also known as) is gone this season. They plowed down the right side of it and widened that hill out. They did leave the left side, which is kind of a 1/4 pipe now. I will say, the 1/4 pipe is groomed better than the "1/2 pipe" ever was.

Some of my best and most fun days out boarding have also been when the temps are between -10 and 5 above. I love those days. The snow conditions never change and are pretty much the same in the afternoon as they are in the morning.
Ha stunt ditch... that is interesting that they plowed the right side off. Yeah the left "wall" is probably one of my top nostalgic snowboarding spots. They always had a few grooves cut in that side. Pulled my first ever 3 on the first groove. Embarrassing that it was ever thought of as a pipe but so much fun.
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And the disappointment continues. Looks like winter is pretty much over since this week is going to be in the mid 40s all week, even up north. Was supposed to have this weekend at Lutsen but Sat is going to be 45 and rain on Sunday. Welch is closing in 2 weeks according to their website

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