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Old 03-13-2014, 10:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Spring has sprung: spring riding and pics

yesterday was the second sunny day in a row, and spring was def in the air...

gotta get used to those variable conditions, and timing the sunshine to nail those faces at just the right moment. found myself on a rubblefield face yesterday, giant deathcookies still frozen from the day before, that was a challenge! 3 runs later it was fast corny slush that dreams are made of...

entrance to NBC



valley view looking south



1000 Turns run, one of my favs for warmup and cooldown...1/2 mile of frontside hits that stay soft and powdery in the shade

looking uphilll



...and downhill, just goes on and on.

they don't always screw it up with that berm, when it's fresh its just a smooth tranny 10-15ft high, a snowwave extrordinaire

summit view of Glacier never gets old..



i guess we just got voted in the top 5 for spring riding in the US, i can understand that, though the season gets cut short by the USFS there is always still plenty of hiking to do after Apr 7. feeling like it's time to hit some other mountains, i'll always be here but just to get challenged with some new terrain. talking to a bud about a Bachelor snow/skate roadtrip in May, we'll see..

also...if anyone in forumland is headed this way, hit me up i have 6 $40 fullday tickets that are going to be unused...

got some spring shots or tales? lets see it!
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Old 03-13-2014, 04:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What? spring? we just had a blizzard here yesterday.
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If you come down this way drop me a line. Been spring slush shredding here too. I love surfing slush.
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I was out at Laax today and Spring had definitely sprung. I didn't even bother with much off piste because the way the snow was holding the water. We're expecting some snow this weekend, but not much. I hate this time of year.
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the season gets cut short by the USFS
Very seriously doubt that. The CO resorts always try to feed that line too, but it's not true. Hence why A-Basin's closing date is always a moving target. Multiple game wardens have told me the same as well. The resorts set the closing day, not the USFS.
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Very seriously doubt that. The CO resorts always try to feed that line too, but it's not true. Hence why A-Basin's closing date is always a moving target. Multiple game wardens have told me the same as well. The resorts set the closing day, not the USFS.
As soon as they stop breaking even, things shut down.
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As soon as they stop breaking even, things shut down.
Yep. I don't expect any business to operate at a loss when they don't have to, but at least sack up and be honest about it.
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could very well be true that it's the mountain's choice to close, not totally sure and i do know they are some moneygrubbing a-holz...i do know it's true that there are about 12 griz dens on the valley on the backside of the mountain, that is the supposed reason given for closing Apr7. it has been that exact date for at least 20yrs . anyway i don't mind so much, we always get some great storms at the end, right after things close and it's a party of ppl hiking up, building dumb jumps and hanging out.

i'll surely look you up if we go to Bend ridinbend, thanks. i spent my first summer out west at bachelor, camping out on that long road to the mountain and cooking at Deschutes Brewery. pretty rad summer, i hardly remember the mountain though, or anything, haha. all a blurrrrr

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could very well be true that it's the mountain's choice to close, not totally sure and i do know they are some moneygrubbing a-holz...i do know it's true though that there are about 12 griz dens on the valley on the backside of the mountain, that is the supposed reason given for closing Apr7. it has been that exact date for at least 20yrs though. anyway i don't mind so much, we always get some great storms at the end, right after things close and it's a party of ppl hiking up, building dumb jumps and hanging out.

i'll surely look you up if we go to Bend ridinbend, thanks. i spent my first summer out west at bachelor, camping out on that long road to the mountain and cooking at Deschutes Brewery. pretty rad summer, i hardly remember the mountain though, or anything, haha. all a blurrrrr
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oh yeh, it was probably the most carefree time of my life. went and rode 3 Sisters that summer too. 3 days of volcano riding on the total junk gnu board, ha. passed thru Bend maybe 4 years ago and i didn't recognize anything
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