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Old 04-10-2014, 11:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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How many of you plan your day out at a resort, not talking backcountry, based on aspect (not sure if I'm using the term correctly ie facing direction) with regards to sun exposure and/or wind? Do you use information like this to find better conditions, hunt pow, etc? I see it talked about here and on other sites but just wondering how many people put that much forethought into a day at a resort. Being a bit ocd with planning it's something that would appeal to, just not sure how helpful it would actually be.
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Old 04-10-2014, 11:31 AM   #2 (permalink)
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How many of you plan your day out at a resort, not talking backcountry, based on aspect (not sure if I'm using the term correctly ie facing direction) with regards to sun exposure and/or wind? Do you use information like this to find better conditions, hunt pow, etc? I see it talked about here and on other sites but just wondering how many people put that much forethought into a day at a resort. Being a bit ocd with planning it's something that would appeal to, just not sure how helpful it would actually be.
Absolutely. Stowe, Stratton, even Mt. Snow (all Vermont, of course, but it's the same anywhere) all have multiple faces that get sunlight at different times. Riding in the sun is always nicer, unless there is flat light and fresh powder, in which case it doesn't matter. But yeah, I definitely try to follow the sun around the mountains.

BTW, I can hardly plan dinner, but for some reason I try to watch where the sun is when I'm riding.
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No mapping...its about flow and where the most fun will be...due to crowd behavior, snow/vis/temp/wind/light/weather conditions and my energy level...all which is highly variable. Thus flow n fun aspect.
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Old 04-10-2014, 11:47 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I start planning on the lift, but seem to forget all about it once i hit the snow
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Old 04-10-2014, 11:58 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I start planning on the lift, but seem to forget all about it once i hit the snow
lol I do the same. Usually plan my day from home and that plan goes out the window when I hit the snow

despite my OCD, I'm more of a go with the flow type
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I usually start planning my run as I'm getting off the chairlift, in which case it's too late and I just go with the flow. Same goes for the whole day, wing it and see what happens unless there's been fresh snow and I want to hunt some stashes.
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On non pow days in the mid sized home resort: it's SOP to ride/eat acyclic from the crowds which gather for lunch at noon and start aprés at three. Which run depends on sight and temperature/sun exposure. No plan, on the flow.
On pow days: clear plan. Be first to ride the stashes obvious for everyone, when chewed up, go to the spots turists don't know.
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Old 04-10-2014, 01:03 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Funny, I'm a combination of most of the replies: I try to plan it out, mostly becomes avoiding crowds and just going with the flow. I'm going to try mapping it out and going with the flow on different days on my upcoming trip, as long as they're similar weather days though. What's going to be interesting for us is we have someone coming who prefers the stay out late get up late routine, while the rest of us are trying to ride as much as physically possible and let's face it I could've stayed in NYC and partied all week a lot cheaper. Hangovers and riding are not fun for me anymore. I hope his cell service works.
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Old 04-10-2014, 01:25 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I may have a general-ish plan to what runs/areas I want to hit, however I don't map out my entire day.

I plan where I'm going to park/upload and my first run of the day, then just do whatever I feel like.

That being said, I'm bad at reading maps. I learn the runs and where they are, more by memory.
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Old 04-10-2014, 02:35 PM   #10 (permalink)
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For even the tiny little resorts here, I'm discovering that a little knowlege of how the slopes are oriented and what that means for conditions is good to have.

2weeks ago, the front side of Highlands was really slow from sun melting. It hadn't changed over to corn or slush. It was just warming fresh that turned to velcro. Really sucked! At the same time, even tho temps were above freezing. The north (...back side) did not get the sun. The snow back there was amazing! Still hardpack fresh and fast! Stayed that way for the whole week.

Needless to say, I planned my days to start and finish back there. The flip side is if things have been warm all over during the day but cold at night? The backside will start very hard and icy, so I won't even bother to check it till mid day.

On the BIG mountain resorts? There are just sooo many variables and changing conditions due to micro climates. Windward, leeward, north facing, south, bowls, ridges, angle to sun, trees, you name it. I imagine you really have to know the place pretty intimately to make best use of the information and how it affects those varying condtions. (...short of just lucking into them that is.)


Oh and neni,... I'm with you! I love to be out n riding when the slope empties at lunch and dinner! . (...can't stand crowded bars and resturants anyway!)
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