[quote=threej21;427539]thanks for the info everyone...and specifically in reply to readi:
we have rented an suv, will call and double check that it is 4wd, just figured they all were out there....2 hrs is more than i thought i had heard, so thats good to know...coors sounds like a great idea, but i wanna hit the freakin mtns so no detours en route for me...
how far and bad is the drive to breck or a basin from keystone?
we didnt get one of the ski in condos, but we are staying at River Run Condos which is understand is one of the ones within walking distance to the slopes and supposedly very nice place...
know the looch isnt very big and all, but i cant stand not riding!!! i have to get at least a day on the hill a week to stay sane...so with it being close, and the terrain park getting better and better, it keeps me sane...i like freestyle riding the most, so dont mind being forced into the park so much, prolly will rarely hit park out west just to spend more time enjoying the huge mtns, and some tree runs, sidecountry, bowl riding...ya know....
no offense to anyone that does this, but i completly dont understand people that only snowboard like 10 days or so a year...understand it might be there only option, but im way to addicted to anything i do to do it that rarely...i fiend from the drive home till the drive up each week to strap on my board
In Atlanta here. I only ride about 10 days a year. Even though I do enjoy snowboarding, I don't love it enough to rearrange the rest of my life around it, which is what I would have to do if I wanted to put in more than 30 days a year. I like soccer too, but when I am playing in a league, it is only ~ 10 games per season and one hour a game. So if I do 4 seasons a year then that is still only 40 hours of playing soccer, which is less than the ~50 hours a year I snowboard.
no, never been to sugar, went to snowshoe last year for a week but mainly ride the 'looch aka Cataloochee...sugar and snowshoe are a little far to go on the regular at a 5 1/2 hour drive, however looch is only 3 hrs away. we have season passes there this year (as well as a summit value pass, lol) and take day trips every wed and/or thurs...and stay the night on weds few times a year to ride both days....its also me and the wifee, and a buddy and his girl that go all the time, with a few other boardin buddies that tag a long a decent bit too...but always enjoy meeting and riding with new folks, just not sure ill make a trip out to sugar this year, with one CO trip already booked, possibly a second smaller trip to get value outta my summit pass, and of course my season pass to the looch....not sure the funds will be there to make it up to sugar as id def have to stay at least one night with a drive like that
I've never been to Cataloochee, but a 740 ft drop and longest run of 1900 ft and no powder is not worth 7 hours in the car or vacation days from work to me. Even if I only ride at 10-15 mph, I would finish that longest run in 4-6 minutes.
I went to Sugar when I was skill a kid. The snow was either completely iced out or melting in the sun. Nothing in between. Then there are the crowds and $70 lift tickets. (Those of you out west complaining about the random person stopping in the middle of the run have no idea).
Yeah, those places are better than nothing at all, but are very much a case of diminishing returns when you have to spend more than 3 hours and $50 bucks to ride there. I solve this problem by having other hobbies, and so do the kids around here. There are a couple of free skate parks (bowls, really... the city doesn't want to pay the insurance/maintenance on ramps, so you have to go to a commercial place for those) and there are leagues or facilities for just around any sport if you know where to look. Rugby, lacrosse, squash, etc.
I'm not ragging on people who ride NC. I would ride Sugar/'Looch if I lived closer than I do.... but as things stand, I would rather spend a bunch of money for a flight + hotel and maximize my enjoyment when I do ride.
P.S. The looch is good for exposing newbies to riding once or twice before they take a big trip out west. I might take my nephew this season since he is old enough to be away from mama for a day or two.