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Old 10-04-2013, 09:04 AM   #21 (permalink)
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I have a feeling that most of the folks that might do this are the sort that "need" a free pass the least... so definitely make sure you can win if you give it a go!
I don't think this is true... The people that are eligible already have epic passes, and have the means to pull this off. I suspect most of the winners are going to be people with a fair amount of disposable income already...
Read it again - that is exactly what he was saying.
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That's what I meant by needing a free pass the least... Some dude with a ton of cash and a lot of free time can bang this out super quick just for the experience.
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I was poor for most of my life. I have no problem eating on $50/day for 3 people total. Water, A loaf of bread and peanut butter is no problem.

I'll let you know if I manage to do it. I'm not rich by any means and I'm not a poor college student or mountain worker either. $5000 is still a lot of money in my book but $2000 a year x the rest of our life for our passes is a lot more. If I see that no one is doing it then I'm going for Europe. Until then I'll spend the gas money to see the canyons and go back to Tahoe in early December.

Our lives pretty much revolve a around snowboarding so this is an acceptable expense. We travel a shit load and are pretty good doing it on the low $ end.
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That's what I meant by needing a free pass the least... Some dude with a ton of cash and a lot of free time can bang this out super quick just for the experience.
Also, it is a huge time constraint since you are limited to one US resort a day, two euro resorts. It will be awesome to do it though....
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I think you should fly out to europe on the first day of the competition.
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You need to do your resorts 1st that is for sure, as i believe they open ahead of the EU resorts, but planned correctly and flying into the correct place in Europe would be the key i think, the opening dates should all be available soon, so that will help, but you could in theory of completed all 26 before xmas...

If you need any help with planning routes finding info on dates etc for Europe give us a shout, sure we can be some help this end with more info...

Between 3 of you if all can drive, then you could be driving through the night and sleeping between resorts, so sleeping bags in the back would work...

HOWEVER, be careful with some of the strange laws we have over this way, the french can be particularly brutal on drivers...!!! So i would suggest hiring in France, and driving from there as the vehicle should be better equipped, and flying into Paris would be cheaper than flying into Austria or Switzerland as an example... Motorways are really good here and you could do from Paris to Switzerland in under 12 hours, so literally start the same day you land almost...!

Hiring would involve all of you declaring your licenses so you can all drive, and you would need to agree with the hire company in advance for EU use and not country limited...!!!
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Thanks for the info Kevin. The EU inclusive is something I would not think about for sure.

I was thinking that the EU resorts opened in early Dec. It will be easier for me to do Europe than Michigan. More personal reward for going to EU.
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Read it again - that is exactly what he was saying.
Dammit. My bad. Lol
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I was poor for most of my life. I have no problem eating on $50/day for 3 people total. Water, A loaf of bread and peanut butter is no problem
It's not that you have a problem doing it, just that it's not entirely possible. Your budget of $5000 is unrealistic. If you really want to pull this off, make another 5 grand available to you. If it turns out you won't need it -great, but you don't want to find your family stranded on another continent and cut your trip short because you're not really making it on bread and water in alpine winter.
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I've done 20,000 KM in like 20 days in an old van, gooning around all my own gear, playing gigs for next to nothing, sleeping on floors and in the van, eating garbage...

So you, whoever the prospective you maybe be - can definitely do this!
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