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Old 04-01-2013, 08:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Last week, Mar. 20-24th, I was able to make a trip north to Boyne Highlands in MI. and arrive in time for some AWESOME conditions! I took some vacation days at the last minute hoping the weather channels forecast for a late season storm of 6-8 inches over Mon.-Tues. would pan out and lucked into an 18+ inch dump!!! I've been there for some 5-6 inch dumps over the course of a day or two and thought that was pretty great! (...and it was!) But this trip, this snow, was something else entirely!!!!

There were stashes where I was riding in shit THIGH deep! Absolutely the best snow I've ridden in the 2-1/2 seasons I've been riding!! Even with the sun out, It was cold as hell all week, day & night. Snow stayed light and fluffy. Totally mixed high clouds & "Bluebird Days" and yet the snow didn't warm up or crust over until the last day on Sun. Even the packed down & regroomed stuff Fri. & Sat. was REALLY good shredding snow! And absolutely the very best part of it all,..

...The place was practically Deserted all week!!! Even Sat. & Sun.!!!! Only a few dozen people on the whole hill all week. I got first tracks on a lot of the trails 2-3 days in a row!! Most mornings I would have entire trails almost all to myself for an hour or two!!!!

It was amazing!! I almost felt like I was learning how to ride all over again, but thought I got the hang of it pretty fast! 1st day on my first 1/2 mile run, I get down to the lift & couldn't believe how my back leg & thigh were burning something fierce!!

After only three hours of riding all that knee deep stuff & I felt like I usually do after riding HARD all day 1st to last chair!! It felt GREAT!!! Man!!! I just GOTTA get me some more of THAT!!!!!

[Last Minute Edit}
Oh yeah,.. and I logged my fasted speed this trip! 48.9mph!!! According to Alpine Replay & Ski Trax! Not bad considering I couldn't crack 30 mph all last season!!
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Old 04-01-2013, 08:46 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Now you know why people spend hundreds of dollars "chasing" storms. Congrats......you'll never be the same!
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Old 04-01-2013, 08:47 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Old 04-01-2013, 09:39 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Last week, Mar. 20-24th, I was able to make a trip north to Boyne Highlands in MI. and arrive in time for some AWESOME conditions! I took some vacation days at the last minute hoping the weather channels forecast for a late season storm of 6-8 inches over Mon.-Tues. would pan out and lucked into an 18+ inch dump!!! I've been there for some 5-6 inch dumps over the course of a day or two and thought that was pretty great! (...and it was!) But this trip, this snow, was something else entirely!!!!

There were stashes where I was riding in shit THIGH deep! Absolutely the best snow I've ridden in the 2-1/2 seasons I've been riding!! Even with the sun out, It was cold as hell all week, day & night. Snow stayed light and fluffy. Totally mixed high clouds & "Bluebird Days" and yet the snow didn't warm up or crust over until the last day on Sun. Even the packed down & regroomed stuff Fri. & Sat. was REALLY good shredding snow! And absolutely the very best part of it all,..

...The place was practically Deserted all week!!! Even Sat. & Sun.!!!! Only a few dozen people on the whole hill all week. I got first tracks on a lot of the trails 2-3 days in a row!! Most mornings I would have entire trails almost all to myself for an hour or two!!!!

It was amazing!! I almost felt like I was learning how to ride all over again, but thought I got the hang of it pretty fast! 1st day on my first 1/2 mile run, I get down to the lift & couldn't believe how my back leg & thigh were burning something fierce!!

After only three hours of riding all that knee deep stuff & I felt like I usually do after riding HARD all day 1st to last chair!! It felt GREAT!!! Man!!! I just GOTTA get me some more of THAT!!!!!

[Last Minute Edit}
Oh yeah,.. and I logged my fasted speed this trip! 48.9mph!!! According to Alpine Replay & Ski Trax! Not bad considering I couldn't crack 30 mph all last season!!
Wow, I am addicted just reading this post and I wasn't even there Congrats. My turn next. I am going to have to wait for next year. I have run out of time and money.
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after this moment, fingers will begin to tiggle each time you hear the words "heavy snowfall" in the forecast
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nice story...that's how it begins, next you'll be scheming how to move out West
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nice story...that's how it begins, next you'll be scheming how to move out West
Or at least adjust all travel plans to the snow season. - Best time to go to xy would be January-March? No way!
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Or at least adjust all travel plans to the snow season. - Best time to go to xy would be January-March? No way!
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Thanks, was a phantastic day took me quite an effort to convince husband to stop in the middle of this beautiful ridge of fresh to "take stupid damn pictures"
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