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Only great thing that happened for me is I got the cost of each trip down to about $15 that is awesome trying to get some more slope time this year to even reduce the cost even more

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slyder, do you think Alpine will be open next weekend? I wasn't even thinking I would be getting out for a few more weeks but now I'm all amped to get out next weekend since I've discovered potential for being able to actually get on some snow. I saw Devilshead was going to try and be open Fri with half price lift tickets but that's a bit of a drive for limited runs being open.
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I cant imagine with this warmth we are having for the next few days that Alpine will actually be open next weekend but it would be cool!
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Yeah we look pretty screwed.... looks like it may hit 60 on Thursday but that's pretty far out in the forecast and that could change. It is too warm to support any kind of snow for sure though. Just have to wait and see what happenes
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slyder, do you think Alpine will be open next weekend? I wasn't even thinking I would be getting out for a few more weeks but now I'm all amped to get out next weekend since I've discovered potential for being able to actually get on some snow. I saw Devilshead was going to try and be open Fri with half price lift tickets but that's a bit of a drive for limited runs being open.
Looking at the forecast for all of us in Wisconsin, I don't know how AV could possibly open. I don't even see anyone being able to make snow until Thursday night at the earliest.

I don't see Granite Peak being open until the 1st of December. They have been making snow when they can, but basically stockpiling it to keep it from melting right away.
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I doubt Alpine will be open. If it gets cold enough with their new pipe and new guns they can cover the whole hill in 2 days. So I guess cross your fingers but don't hold your breath.

Tryol Basin has a small park and one chair running but the warm temps may also affect them. They have a 2 foot base so that is helpful.

If I hear any rumblings who else is open when I'll definitely post it up

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What is up with this?? I can't believe people pay this much for such lame terrain, which I agree is better than nothing, but still...
I have nothing to offer to the discussion nor any reason to complain but I beg the question.....























































WTF...why did you move?


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I have nothing to offer to the discussion nor any reason to complain but I beg the question.....

WTF...why did you move?
I'm a Chicagoan who took a contract gig in Seattle for 9 months which was easy to do as I stayed with my in-laws who live there.

I developed a crack-head like addiction to snowboarding after trying it and it's practically a new reason to live. Anytime I was not at work, I was at the mountain racking up more time on a board in one season than many people have in their entire lives, eventually becoming comfortable with double-blacks and back country terrain.

I dragged on snowboarding as long as I possibly could, but after Crystal closed (the final resort open into the Summer months), I came back to Chicago where my condo is. I still work for the company in Seattle and watch the snowfall like a nutcase every day, I will be visiting soon for sure. WA in the Winter is like Heaven on Earth for me now.

My goal now is to buy a place in WA, preferably around Snoqualmie or Crystal, to stay during the Winters, but I can still crash at the in-laws anytime. For all other seasons I still prefer Chicago.

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Chicago is a great place to live but definitely not a snowboarders paradise. $550 for a season pass at Wilmot is steep. But at least it is somewhere to get your fix. I only visit there once a season. The only hill I would visit with some regularity is Alpine Valley (3-4 times a season). At least they have 3 high speed lifts so I can get up the hill more often. I'd go crazy hitting the same terain over and over. Usually I hit multiple hills in WI and MI and I try to squeeze a trip out west if time and funds permit. A season pass for me is not worth it.
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Regarding ticket prices, I think it's a combination of supply/demand, the additional cost of snowmaking in the east and the tourist $$. Let's face it, there's not a lot of places (if any) in the east that you'd buy an airline ticket to visit. So there's not enough tourists paying $100 for a day pass to "subsidize" the locals, in fact they're probably "subsidizing" the snowmaking. Most independent places in the east are probably only two poor seasons away from bankruptcy.
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