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  • Great story. I guess baseball still has "characters" these days, but there is not the same innocence as the old days. A lot of us baby boomers grew up playing little league baseball, collecting baseball cards, and following the local MLB team in t…
  • If any one gets to Utah in the spring and wants to meet for a few turns - let me know. I hope to spend an extended period out there in March and April, mostly skiing Snowbird, but will also have ltd access to Alta, Solitude, Deer Valley and possibl…
  • We have no bar, no night skiing, no housing. We’re just a family-friendly ski area that hosts high-quality racing events and tries to remain affordable to the local community, in the hopes that they can enjoy this life-long sport,” Mackey said. WEL…
  • Oops. Just realized Wheeling doesn't fit the definition of 100k city per OP. The MSA (metro statistical area) of Wheeling is ~150k, but that opens another can of worms about cities.
  • Inside city limits: Did anyone mention Wheeling, WV - Oglebay Park ski area? This is a small (168' vertical), but legit area with a triple chair and snowmaking. Not US, but Calgary, AB - Canada Olympic Park (significant suburban ski area with m…
  • I've skied Park City before and after Vail. It's a fun area. As a tourist I think it was looking pretty shabby before and a lot better after Vail took over (new lifts, lodges). The biggest complaint I heard from locals was they dropped a lot of l…
  • Had trouble getting new password. It said I failed, but then I saw that I was logged in?? PS: just tried signing on from different computer and new PW worked, so all is good. Edit function worked too for this PS.
    in Problems Comment by JimK June 4
  • Thanks.  Meant masochist, but respectfully :-)
  • This guy must be a little bit of a sadist. I wouldn't want to do it, but I am about the same age and physically what he is doing is very impressive. He must be one tough mudder to relentlessly keep racking up the massive miles/hours of ski time an…
  • The State, the condo owners, local businesses, and the coop group need to get together and hammer out a creative solution. Saddleback is a beautiful place with distinctive skiing. I really believe some day it will reopen.
  • Nice to see the group photo.  One thing I observed a long time ago is that when members of an online forum actually start meeting in real life (or are even just open to that possibility) the quality and friendliness of the forum only gets better.  N…
  • I got in 32 ski days.  Also snowshoed 4 or 5 times, most memorably across a frozen Lake Louise in Canada with my wife.  We took a 7000 mile road trip in March driving from VA to UT, up to Banff, and back to VA that lasted 26 days.  I got to eight ex…
    in skier days Comment by JimK April 19
  • Wow, all these Northeastern April trip reports with good snow are blowing my mind.  It's going to be 75-80 the next four days here in Wash DC area.  I am going to play golf today and the question is whether I wear shorts or not? Maybe a topic for …
  • This article may explain more about the Park City skiers subway/elevator operation in its early days around 1964:  http://mountainexpressmagazine.com/skiers-subway/
  • So white for April!!  Thanks for sharing.
  • The back bowls of Vail get all the press, but those high, north facing bowls at Breck are very fun and have good snow preservation.
  • Jaytrem is correct on all three guesses.  That chair at Norquay is really unusual!  Set up in a pulse mode, where four chairs come to loading platform in close succession, then there is a big 200 yard gap until the next four.  The chairs slow down a…
  • #2 Alta Correct.  I rode this chair, Albion center pole double by Yan, in March at Alta.  It has about 950' vertical and took a nearly intolerable 20 mins to get to the top.  They have it set on a really slow speed, which normally I am cool with a…
  • Ski it if you can is one of the great calls to action in skidom. Like several have said, I think it's a challenge thing first, but once you've been there and seen the friendly and historic side of MRG it becomes the second interpretation. At thi…
  • Thanks for sharing. I finally got around to reading this. I was doing a safari at the same time. Fresh snow is a double edged sword when doing ambitious western ski road trips. You want good ski conditions, but you need decent road conditions to…
  • Hopefully, the coop group can re-emerge as a steward to restore and reopen this beautiful ski area.
  • Mentioned elsewhere, at Alta you can get a $10 ticket for the Sunnyside triple (800+ vertical), good any day for 3-4:30 PM only.  You can get a season pass for that lift/time for $35!
  • The US women winning the XC sprint relay was incredible, as was the fact that EVERY one of their competitors hugged them and looked very happy for them. Great show of class and spirit. Close second was the look on the women's SG winner's face- com…
  • I've done it all, from day tripper, to child/young adult of ski vacation property owners, to infrequent ski vacation dad, to frequent traveler to western ski destinations several times per winter.  When you are young, energetic, and motivated all of…
  • I did an interesting 75 minute ski session at Alta last Saturday that was one of my shortest "ski days" in recent memory.  Alta (God bless them) has a neat offering where they allow you to purchase a $10 lift ticket to ski their Sunnyside beginner t…
  • RIP. One of our kids gave us a roku thingy for Christmas to watch shows from internet on our tv.  it opened up a whole bunch of free ski flicks (actually roku costs ~$7 per month IIRC).  I was actually watching a WM flick from 1971 yesterday.
  • Thanks for the recap.  Ten years ago I took my family on our one and only ski trip to Quebec.  Had a great time at MSA and Le Massif.  On the day we drove back south we stopped for a snack at a little no-name bakery in downtown Sherbrooke before re-…
  • I got a touch of frostbite on one ear lobe even down here by the Mason Dixon line skiing on Jan 3.  I'm heading to UT in three days.  It's turned around a bit out there just in time to be subpar rather than disastrous.  Last year out there at this t…
  • Sorry to hear, but it sounds like Darwin's Law was in effect, maybe John Barleycorn too.    My folks owned a vacation home in the mtns near Blue Knob ski area in Western PA back in the 70s and 80s.  We used to take a wooden toboggan out on a …
  • Those photos look like a time warp back to 1965, uncrowded ski trails with deep-rural looking landscapes.  Very neat, but also a little spooky.  I say 1965, because even when I started skiing in 1967 the areas didn't look as remote and empty as your…