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Old 02-13-2009, 11:36 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Dude, bring him with you! & the wife too! Bend's awesome!

My boys will keep him company!

Meet Jack & Bauer (Bauey's on the Left, Jackie's on the right)
Ah, my dog LOVES other dogs. The best way to get him around people is to take him to the dog park. He forgets that he hates humans and usually lets them pet him.

By the way, nice names for the dogs.
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Old 02-13-2009, 12:01 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Since you are living in Central Oregon I'm curious, what are your feelings towards POWDR Corp?
I could go on for days about why and how much they suck but I really don't have the time right now. (getting ready to head over the valley 4 the weekend)

I will say this, I hate to see the mountain go from locally owned to powder corp. It is disheartening to see the mountain I grew up riding become what it is today. The prices have nearly doubled. Most shuttles have been cancelled. They've done away with free-ski days. The lift maintenance sucks. The lines are ridiculous. They cater WAY more to the tourists who come here and spend the weekend than they ever do to the locals who know and love the mountain. It just has a totally different vibe up there now from what I'm used to.

With that said, banning the mountain is not an option for me. I LOVE Bachey and it's basically in my backyard... (well not literally but close!) I will continue to ride there and continue to hope for better managerial decisions, better policies, and for Powder Corp to take a little pride in the mountain and see what great things can be done up there.

However, I will not be giving my money to the bastards, that's for sure. I ride for free! I currently have an awesome hookup, someone who works for an affiliated hotel who gives me free passes. And if that deal expires, I'll just drive the extra 20 or so miles to Hoodoo, they have great deals, and from what I've heard their management isn't totally whacked.
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Ah, my dog LOVES other dogs. The best way to get him around people is to take him to the dog park. He forgets that he hates humans and usually lets them pet him.

By the way, nice names for the dogs.
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Old 02-14-2009, 11:04 PM   #24 (permalink)
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I could go on for days about why and how much they suck but I really don't have the time right now. (getting ready to head over the valley 4 the weekend)

I will say this, I hate to see the mountain go from locally owned to powder corp. It is disheartening to see the mountain I grew up riding become what it is today. The prices have nearly doubled. Most shuttles have been cancelled. They've done away with free-ski days. The lift maintenance sucks. The lines are ridiculous. They cater WAY more to the tourists who come here and spend the weekend than they ever do to the locals who know and love the mountain. It just has a totally different vibe up there now from what I'm used to.

With that said, banning the mountain is not an option for me. I LOVE Bachey and it's basically in my backyard... (well not literally but close!) I will continue to ride there and continue to hope for better managerial decisions, better policies, and for Powder Corp to take a little pride in the mountain and see what great things can be done up there.

However, I will not be giving my money to the bastards, that's for sure. I ride for free! I currently have an awesome hookup, someone who works for an affiliated hotel who gives me free passes. And if that deal expires, I'll just drive the extra 20 or so miles to Hoodoo, they have great deals, and from what I've heard their management isn't totally whacked.
Could not agree more with your review of the management. Used to make the trip from Salem to Bend growing up in the 80's and it used to cater so well to the locals and the die hard riders. Now, when my family and I visit, it's all about seeing Range Rovers and Benz's everywhere around town and sky high prices up at the mountain with a bunch of tools that don't even know how to ride. With that being said, I must admit that I still LOVE the mountain as a whole in terms of terrain and the quality snow and I dig Sun River as it caters so well to families (though you do pay for that luxury). Yes, I'm a walking contradiction but based on your review, I think you know my love/hate relationship.
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Old 02-15-2009, 11:03 PM   #25 (permalink)
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Last I checked, Hoodoo was family owned. They were originally from northern Wisconsin and that is where that Hodag mascot came from. I have always felt that smaller, family owned ski/ride areas treated the locals better.
I've been hearing good things about Hoodoo. Many families in the Bend area have given Batchy the finger and are spending their dollars at family friendly Hoodoo. Limited terrain and slow lifts but they have some steeps. I'm going to try and check it out this season.
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Problem is these companies know they have you trapped..what are you gonna do drive 4 hours from Bend/Sun River out to Mt Hood every time you want a good run or vice versa? We're stuck with them or the little piddly hill/tube parks ....
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I'm not too thrilled with Meadows' change in management either. The prices for my trips i take with my school are getting way out of hand.
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Old 02-16-2009, 10:14 PM   #28 (permalink)
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Problem is these companies know they have you trapped..what are you gonna do drive 4 hours from Bend/Sun River out to Mt Hood every time you want a good run or vice versa? We're stuck with them or the little piddly hill/tube parks ....
Trapped?Willamette Pass and Hoodoo are much closer to Bend/Sunriver than Hood and as I said above many Bendites have made the switch from Bach to Hoodoo.

If I lived in the Portland area and wanted a change of pace from Hood, Crystal would be the destination, not Mt Flatchelor.
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I'm not too thrilled with Meadows' change in management either. The prices for my trips i take with my school are getting way out of hand.
Did you buy a 2x2 or 3x3 pass? It save a ton of money in the long run.
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If I lived in the Portland area and wanted a change of pace from Hood, Crystal would be the destination, not Mt Flatchelor.
Don't forget Timberline! Cheaper, great terrain, and less of a crowd.
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