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01-09-2012 11:40 PM
poutanen
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Originally Posted by Toecutter View Post
Ha! No girlfriend for me. I'm content with my wife, thanks.

I don't try to teach her (or my daughters) too much; it's too aggravating and I don't want to kill their joy. I've paid the ski school handsomely over the years.
Yeah my girlfriend learning to board was a turning point in our relationship. That's when I learned that sometimes it's better for me to be FAR FAR AWAY from her. Actually that's the great thing about snowboarding; She's in her second full season and doing great, spends most of her time on intermediate groomers, and I go hurl myself off a cliff and play in the powder filled forests. We meet up at the end of the day for hot tubs and wine lol

I just gotta meet up with some more extreme riders out in my new home town so I have somebody to watch my back in the glades. I'm pretty stupid riding some of the runs I do by myself.

She says she does like riding with me sometimes, she says I "push" her.
01-09-2012 11:30 PM
Toecutter
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Originally Posted by poutanen View Post
No girlfriend? lol Actually she's much better off with a teacher than with me...
Ha! No girlfriend for me. I'm content with my wife, thanks.

I don't try to teach her (or my daughters) too much; it's too aggravating and I don't want to kill their joy. I've paid the ski school handsomely over the years.
01-09-2012 11:29 PM
poutanen
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Originally Posted by mpdsnowman View Post
Its all about money. You see these resorts need our money. Unfortunately the snowmobiling,skiing, ice fishing industries are suffering right now. these conditions they say they have are the ONLY thing they have to get you to come out and ride their mountains...their is no snow anywhere. but they are going to make the best presentation possible.
Yeah that's the frustrating part (although the Alberta economy is one of the strongest in the world right now). It leaves a bad taste in my mouth when mountains don't report actual conditions. And in fact they have their VP of marketing create a "blog" about how great the conditions are at their 4 resorts. When in fact the resorts are bordering on icy at the moment.

When there's many other top class mountains within a reasonable drive, you'd think they'd want people to enjoy their day and keep coming back to them, and poor reporting of actual conditions doesn't help.

It's too bad because I'm one of the guys (plus my GF) that spends thousands and thousands every year on season passes, lodging, meals, etc. You think you'd want to keep me happy? I know the hill can't do much about the snow, I don't hold the conditions against them, just the lack of honest reporting. Anyway, guess there's no easy or quick solution at the moment. Lets see how these other options play out...
01-09-2012 11:09 PM
poutanen
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Originally Posted by Toecutter View Post
I leave teaching to the pros. I'm done teaching newbies.
No girlfriend? lol Actually she's much better off with a teacher than with me...

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I bring multiple pieces of equipment with me to the resort and switch out gear based on conditions.
I make my travel plans weeks to months in advance, so I go regardless of the conditions. For example, I'm going to Big Sky this week even though they're having the same meager snow as we are at home. I planned the trip in September and I'm going no matter what. I'll take my quiver, even though I expect nothing but groomers. I've booked a trip to Park City in March and I don't have any idea what it'll be like then. I'm going no matter what though.
Yeah I have some of those too, I usually book a few trips when they offer lodging deals for season pass holders early in the year (stayed at Fernie for $50 a night in December). And for those you take what you can get. But I'm also lucky enough to be able to take a few days off almost whenever I want, and so if I hear that a mountain is having a great day I might just see if I can get a last minute deal somewhere and stay. Or just take the day off to go to Lake Louise and head home.

Planning on heading to Revelstoke this year and probably adding Kicking Horse to my season pass next year, but they're 4.5 and 3 hours away so I don't want to spend the money if they're having an ice fest.

If I could afford it I'd just go cat boarding or heli-boarding, but I've got a $300k mortgage to pay off first!
01-09-2012 11:00 PM
Toecutter
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Originally Posted by poutanen View Post
To the people that say they'll go on any day if your a die hard boarder, you've never tried to teach somebody to snowboard. Taking a newbie on an icy day could get them hurt and turn them off the sport for good. I suppose that would make you happy though cause that's one less person that could show you up one day! I smell trolls.
I leave teaching to the pros. I'm done teaching newbies.

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What about the people with a quiver of boards? (I'm not one of them, I'm a one stick rider and big proponent of it) Wouldn't they want to know the conditions so they could choose which board(s) to bring?
I bring multiple pieces of equipment with me to the resort and switch out gear based on conditions.

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And not to beat a dead horse, but to the people that say that info at the end of the day is too late, you probably have never had to make a several hundred dollar lodging reservation decision based on a hunch before. Having info even a couple days old is better than no info at all. Not sure about anybody else here but I don't have an infinite supply of money. If the conditions are questionable, I'm going to stay in town and drive an hour to my closest mountain or maybe two hours to lake louise. If conditions are great I'll take a few days off and book a room in Fernie and live the life for a couple days. I don't get how info could ever be seen as a bad thing? Unless you're the catholic church and the proof of the theory of evolution is putting you out of business.
I make my travel plans weeks to months in advance, so I go regardless of the conditions. For example, I'm going to Big Sky this week even though they're having the same meager snow as we are at home. I planned the trip in September and I'm going no matter what. I'll take my quiver, even though I expect nothing but groomers. I've booked a trip to Park City in March and I don't have any idea what it'll be like then. I'm going no matter what though.
01-09-2012 10:45 PM
Sick-Pow
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Originally Posted by Toecutter View Post
I don't want to harp on the idea too long, so I'll just say I don't think I would find it that helpful. I'm sure there are people who would, so let 'er rip!

Here's my personal algorithm:
  • If it snows, then I ride
  • If the conditions suck and I feel like riding, then I go ride
  • If the conditions suck and I don't feel like riding, then I don't go
  • If it's questionable and I feel like riding, I go ride
  • If it's questionable and I'm not sure if I feel like riding, I don't go
Yep. This year has followed that, without being anxious to get in x number of days, and I am somewhat satisfied .

I have a HEAVY 3 foot pow day under my belt so far this year, and a bunch of beautiful bluebird spring days in Oct and November. Last season was so fun, I was not worried about this year.
01-09-2012 10:45 PM
wrathfuldeity ^ that is why I live where I live...don't have to travel and if its not good here its probably not all that much better at the other 10-12 hills within 5-6 hour drive. And I get to bring the 4 board quiver.
01-09-2012 10:38 PM
poutanen
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Originally Posted by grafta View Post
I think you've gotta understand that this idea of "real conditions from real riders" is happening already. You just don't have it hooked up for yourself? It'd be a great place to start. Find out where it is happening and tap into that.

Or if you want to make money off your idea then I guess find where its happening, add a push stick/hole in the back or take the bindings off and call it a 'new invention'?
Maybe in Vancouver... Useless info for the mountains I go to on their FB pages. Onthesnow isn't much better...

Then what happens if you decide to go somewhere you don't normally go? Search all over the place to find the info? Take a chance? I like the idea of having it all in one place, it would take a LOT of work though.

To the people that say they'll go on any day if your a die hard boarder, you've never tried to teach somebody to snowboard. Taking a newbie on an icy day could get them hurt and turn them off the sport for good. I suppose that would make you happy though cause that's one less person that could show you up one day! I smell trolls.

What about the people with a quiver of boards? (I'm not one of them, I'm a one stick rider and big proponent of it) Wouldn't they want to know the conditions so they could choose which board(s) to bring?

And not to beat a dead horse, but to the people that say that info at the end of the day is too late, you probably have never had to make a several hundred dollar lodging reservation decision based on a hunch before. Having info even a couple days old is better than no info at all. Not sure about anybody else here but I don't have an infinite supply of money. If the conditions are questionable, I'm going to stay in town and drive an hour to my closest mountain or maybe two hours to lake louise. If conditions are great I'll take a few days off and book a room in Fernie and live the life for a couple days. I don't get how info could ever be seen as a bad thing? Unless you're the catholic church and the proof of the theory of evolution is putting you out of business.
01-09-2012 10:20 PM
Toecutter
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Originally Posted by johnnymac View Post
What do you not get about the fact that if you are not local there is NO WAY to find out about the conditions of a slope other than the false advertising on the resorts website?! Yes the weather will tell you if it is going to snow. Very good. I understand that too. Who is going to tell me when the slopes are or arent worth going to when the weather is questionable and the resorts website can not be depended on? Now do you see the point!?
I don't want to harp on the idea too long, so I'll just say I don't think I would find it that helpful. I'm sure there are people who would, so let 'er rip!

Here's my personal algorithm:
  • If it snows, then I ride
  • If the conditions suck and I feel like riding, then I go ride
  • If the conditions suck and I don't feel like riding, then I don't go
  • If it's questionable and I feel like riding, I go ride
  • If it's questionable and I'm not sure if I feel like riding, I don't go
01-09-2012 10:18 PM
wrathfuldeity
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Originally Posted by Toecutter View Post
I guess there are some folks who would find such real time info useful, but it seems like those folks would run a day late and a dollar short. By the time they get to the resort wouldn't it be afternoon? Some folks operate like that I suppose, but core riders/skiers quickly learn how to anticipate the conditions by the time they go to bed the night before based on weather patterns. Plus, if it's not exactly how they anticipated then they ride anyway.
Brings up a good point...you are either going to ride or not...and if your are addicted you are going to make the best of it...if icy-blast groomers, if slushy-park and switch practice, if packed and chop-moguls, if deep-steep, if raining-plastic garbage bags and/or beers.
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