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02-19-2013 02:07 PM
Deimus85
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Originally Posted by SnowBored View Post
You could check out Mt. Baldy. It's only about 2 hours or so away from San Diego. It's nice to go to on like a weekend and it's less crowded with fewer lines than Big Bear. The runs are good and definitely not boring.
And if you want cheap tickets, try Skiforfree.com. That's where I bought my tickets last time. They generally have like huge discounts (like 50-60%) on tickets for a couple different resorts in California. Who doesn't like discounts right? The promo code I had to use to buy the tickets was MB1. Hope this helps.
Thanks for the heads up!
02-19-2013 02:05 PM
SnowBored You could check out Mt. Baldy. It's only about 2 hours or so away from San Diego. It's nice to go to on like a weekend and it's less crowded with fewer lines than Big Bear. The runs are good and definitely not boring.
And if you want cheap tickets, try Skiforfree.com. That's where I bought my tickets last time. They generally have like huge discounts (like 50-60%) on tickets for a couple different resorts in California. Who doesn't like discounts right? The promo code I had to use to buy the tickets was MB1. Hope this helps.
01-14-2013 02:50 PM
tpanfil I'm with Mixie, Mt. High is great because it is close.
01-07-2013 03:12 PM
Deimus85
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It's not that you will complain about bad conditions it's just that for what it costs in drive time and gas it just becomes not worth it to ride icy man made groomers. There's so much other cool shit to do in SoCal. Seriously. I can ride my road bike, mountain bike, go to the beach, hike up to 10k feet. Joshua Tree, Palm Springs, the desert in general. Vegas is a 4-5 hour drive as is the Grand Canyon.


Im also a bit of an art museum geek...don't get me started on the Norton Simon, the Getty, LACMA....etc....tho those are all a long drive for you in San Diego...I personally find it a bit to republican/white bread/lacking in culture down there but it's gorgeous fo sho! I have a love/hate relationship with LA!


Can you swim? If so, go swim in La Jolla ( La Hoy-A don't sound like a tourist!) Cove. Get over the fear of sharks it will be one of the most amazing things you do.
I drove up to JFBB opening day (2 hours) to ride the only trail open, Freedom Park. 3 days later I drove up again and they had 3 more trails open. Granted, they were offering pretty steep discounts for the lack of trails open, and I wanted to knock the rust off early. I don't really mind taking a drive to get some turns in.

I think I am going to try to hit up Mammoth in the next few weekends if anyone is down to shred!
01-07-2013 12:46 PM
mixie
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Originally Posted by jdang307 View Post
Be warned, San Diego/So Cal water is cold almost year round. It's not warm like it is in Florida etc.


blah! swimming in Florida is like taking a bath!!!! And you never get past chest deep. And they don't got no surf.

Now where is the fun in that!

Wet suit it up and you will be fine!
01-07-2013 12:38 PM
jdang307 Be warned, San Diego/So Cal water is cold almost year round. It's not warm like it is in Florida etc.
01-07-2013 12:36 PM
mixie
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Originally Posted by Deimus85 View Post
I am not one of those people who complain about first world problems like snow conditions.

And haha surfing, no thanks. My first cinematic experience was Jaws, and I only wade into the ocean haha.


It's not that you will complain about bad conditions it's just that for what it costs in drive time and gas it just becomes not worth it to ride icy man made groomers. There's so much other cool shit to do in SoCal. Seriously. I can ride my road bike, mountain bike, go to the beach, hike up to 10k feet. Joshua Tree, Palm Springs, the desert in general. Vegas is a 4-5 hour drive as is the Grand Canyon.


Im also a bit of an art museum geek...don't get me started on the Norton Simon, the Getty, LACMA....etc....tho those are all a long drive for you in San Diego...I personally find it a bit to republican/white bread/lacking in culture down there but it's gorgeous fo sho! I have a love/hate relationship with LA!


Can you swim? If so, go swim in La Jolla ( La Hoy-A don't sound like a tourist!) Cove. Get over the fear of sharks it will be one of the most amazing things you do.
01-05-2013 09:24 PM
Deimus85
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Originally Posted by mixie View Post
What resorts do you ride now? Tht might help us some. I have a feeling you're gonna want to skip the so cal resorts and stick to mammoth. Or take up surfing.


Mammoth is nice today. About to take a beacon search class with esac
I ride JFBB, Blue Mountain, Bear Creek, Shawnee and Camelback all in PA. I also ride Vermont once a year at least (Stratton, Sugarbush, Okemo, Smuggler's Notch). I have ridden at Windham and Hunter in NY, and Jiminy Peak in MA.

I am going to say that I have ridden MAYBE 5 true powder days in my lifetime that I can remember. I am mostly used to packed "Pocono Powder" (man-made icy granular slush). So man-made snow doesn't bother me. In fact, I always say that I would rather ride once a week on what some would consider "garbage" snow, than once a year on a sick powder covered mountain. I am not one of those people who complain about first world problems like snow conditions.

And haha surfing, no thanks. My first cinematic experience was Jaws, and I only wade into the ocean haha.

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"mtn. high and bear are good to go" - lol

you won't be doing much riding through the woods in socal. The jetstream rarely bring snow storms down that far, so expect fake snow and ice...heavy traffic, crowds, etc. You will be hanging out in the park all day...because that's basically all those resorts are. The one thing they do have is sun.

mammoth, on the other hand, is one of the best resorts on earth. Tons of real snow, frequent knee deep+ pow days, kick ass/wide open glades, everything. Haven't been there in a while, but wouldn't be surprised if they get rid of the snow guns entirely early december.
Don't mind the park, and I am totally stoked to ride Mammoth. Seems like it is SoCal's version of Vermont for New Jerseyans, but times ten.

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Originally Posted by onthefence View Post
You want Bear/summit over Mt High for sure... They satisfy all the needs you listed, to an extent. Mt High you will find lacking and I'd avoid it completely in Your case. Never been to Mammoth so I can't say how it compares
Thanks for the heads up on Mt. High. I wouldn't mind checking it out at least once.

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There is no comparison. Mammoth is in a different class than bear/summit.
Completely worth it
Yea, again, like what we have out here when we compare the Poconos to Vermont.

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the other good thing about mammoth is its really not a major destination resort. The airport is very small and runs very limited flights. It's 5 hours away from any major city with a major airport (LAX, SFO). Actually Reno isn't that far but anyone flying into Reno is going to ski at Tahoe. Ive talked to a lot of people on the gondi (hell, I talk to anyone) and the ones Ive met from out of state say they love mammoth because it's less crowded then any of the CO/UT or Tahoe resorts.

The other benefit it people in SoCal HATE the cold and forget about skiing much past Feb. They move on to summer sports when it warms up even tho they keep the lifts spinning until the snow is gone or the mountain bikers start to protest.

Ive had powder days in April and May and been the only one on the mountain, even on weekends. The spring riding is fucking amazing on a good snow year. That's how I got hooked on snowboarding, I had time off work and rented a sleazy motel room for the month of May. Rode every single day for a month and had the mountain pretty much to myself minus the locals and retirees. I should have never left One of these days Im just not going to go home. I swear.
This helps a lot. I can't wait to get pow runs in April....
01-05-2013 07:24 PM
jdang307 Yeah by March nobody in So Cal is thinking of snow anymore. I am though, so that's fine with me. Might have to do some late season runs to Mammoth it seems. Two years ago they were open until July 4
01-05-2013 06:51 PM
mixie
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Originally Posted by extra0 View Post

mammoth, on the other hand, is one of the best resorts on earth. Tons of real snow, frequent knee deep+ pow days, kick ass/wide open glades, everything. Haven't been there in a while, but wouldn't be surprised if they get rid of the snow guns entirely early december.


the other good thing about mammoth is its really not a major destination resort. The airport is very small and runs very limited flights. It's 5 hours away from any major city with a major airport (LAX, SFO). Actually Reno isn't that far but anyone flying into Reno is going to ski at Tahoe. Ive talked to a lot of people on the gondi (hell, I talk to anyone) and the ones Ive met from out of state say they love mammoth because it's less crowded then any of the CO/UT or Tahoe resorts.

The other benefit it people in SoCal HATE the cold and forget about skiing much past Feb. They move on to summer sports when it warms up even tho they keep the lifts spinning until the snow is gone or the mountain bikers start to protest.

Ive had powder days in April and May and been the only one on the mountain, even on weekends. The spring riding is fucking amazing on a good snow year. That's how I got hooked on snowboarding, I had time off work and rented a sleazy motel room for the month of May. Rode every single day for a month and had the mountain pretty much to myself minus the locals and retirees. I should have never left One of these days Im just not going to go home. I swear.
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