DSNS's 50th Birthday Bash

Discussion in 'United States' started by DidSurfNowSki, Mar 9, 2016.

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    Ozgirl

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    Kletterer

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    Hey bro got a new one for the wall.
     
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    Kletterer

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    Damn it i overrotated.
     
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    Kletterer

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    DidSurfNowSki

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    Well, another flight from Sydney to Canberra and I sat next to another cute girl who skis a lot. She had a countdown on her smartphone saying how many days it is to the ski season...

    She said it wasn't too early to get the ski gear out to check before the Alaskan trip:metun:

    One day I'll find one that is unattached...
     
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    DidSurfNowSki

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    4 weeks until wheels up :woohoo:
     
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    DidSurfNowSki

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    @Nozawaman conditions aren't great at PNH at the moment :(

    From fb...

    The past two weeks have been nothing short of challenging. Currently high winds are blasting the zone in the 60-80mph range with temps down around the -30F with the given wind chill. Things do change as we all know. The Chugach can litterally change over night. We just need it in the forecast. Current forecast has bluebird cold conditions with winds for another several days...stay tuned

    &

    Not skiable, not safe at the moment....Supposed to snow next week, fingers crossed...!

    Glad we're not up there at the moment.
     
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    chicski

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    The winds you'd be used to! Fingers crossed for snow, what's plan B?
     
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    DidSurfNowSki

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    chicski

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    Noooo! Isn't there another skiing option?
     
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    LMB

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    That is a real shame.
    Hoping for snow and quick DSNS.

    The crew in the other heli in Chile had some tales to tell of 0 day trips in a number of locations. PB and I felt bad for them just in the retelling, and these guys are doing at least one trip a year! I was so looking forward to this trip for you, be a damn shame if it doesn't come off :cry:
     
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    DPS Driver

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    Stay positive. You'll be fine.

    The DPS crew are further south in Haines at the moment and they're getting some decent runs in.

    Fingers crossed for you.
     
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    DidSurfNowSki

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    I'm not that worried, yeah nah says snow for most of next week. Still a fair way to go before I'm there.
     
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    DidSurfNowSki

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    LMB

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    DidSurfNowSki

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    First snowfall in ~3 weeks at PNH...

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    2 weeks until wheels up :woohoo:
     
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    cruisin along

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    Getting excited or what

    I would be about to burst
     
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    DidSurfNowSki

    DidSurfNowSki Dedicated Member Season Pass Gold

    Apprehensive, worried, happy, frightened, fearful, excited, confident, scared... take your pick.

    I think that once I get some skis strapped on I'll be right, but until then...
     
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    cruisin along

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    Totally waiting for the pics and the stories as I am never going heli skiing but have been to Alaska in summer time.
     
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2017
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    DidSurfNowSki

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    I picked up some American greenback today, all planning and preparations are done. Wheels up in 6 days.


    Just a little bit of Aldi gear going for a ride ;)
     
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    DPS Driver

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    Hi DSNS,

    Just me being anal, so feel free to tell me to shove it where the sun don't shine but you should always store your boots done up. It keeps the plastics in the correct shape and alignment.

    I'm jealous. Have a ball. I'm sure you will.
     
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    DidSurfNowSki

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    Oddly enough I tried that and found the complete opposite. Go figure.
     
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    DidSurfNowSki

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    Snowing at PNH

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    Kletterer

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    Much stoke in the DSNS house tonight. Safe travels buddy. Much respect for stepping up to the plate :thumbs:
     
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    Normo

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    Enjoy every minute!
    I know this trip will exceed all your expectations.... the only question will be " by how much?"
    :thumbs:
     
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    Nozawaman

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    See you Saturday !!!!!
     
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    hipo

    hipo Dedicated Member Season Pass Gold

    It won't beat walking the main range in summer but.....Aaah crap Yes it will:thumbs:
    Have a great trip, enjoy it all

     
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    chicski

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    Have fun! Stay safe! Post pics!
     
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    DidSurfNowSki

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    Someone forgot the beer fridge, he brought everything else on that trip :p
     
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    DidSurfNowSki

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    luvthabumps

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    Hopefully your timing will be perfect. One of the guys from our trip last year is there now with his daughter and another mate and they haven't flown at all. I spoke to him yesterday and they were thinking about bailing and heading back to Mt Hood, Oregon to at least get a couple of days in before he has to fly to NY on Sunday. Tough year for them up there - first the winds and now so much snow they can't get to the zone. As long as you get the windows there's going to be plenty out there next week.

    As much as I really want to go back now I'm tempted to stick with the perfect memories I have from last year.

    Hope you guys have a blast - post lots of pics and make us all jealous as hell!:D
     
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    DidSurfNowSki

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    About to board. First stop Vancouver then onto Seattle.
     
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    Zimboo

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    1 year of prep.....................have fun, go get it!!!!
     
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    DidSurfNowSki

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    12500km and 15 hours later I find myself in Vancouver. I've got a bit of time to kill before my Seattle flight. The 'nice' lady at immigration thought it strange that I was just heading into town for a coffee, which I am currently enjoying.

    Might go and do some retail therapy at some ski shops as well.
     
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    Dave6

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    You are setting a very high bar for those of us approaching 50.
     
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    luvthabumps

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    I did exactly the same trip 12 months ago. It's going to become a prerequisite to remain on the Forums after 50 soon....:D
     
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    luvthabumps

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    I assume you're staying in Seattle tonight? Downtown? If you don't have set dinner plans and you like modern Vietnamese cuisine grab an Uber and see if you can get a table at Stateside . We also found a great bar close to the Westin called Suite 410 Cocktail Bar - have a couple of Keyser Soz├ęs (mezcal based) That'll get you in the right frame of mind.

    I just saw a post Insta from PNH - 6' of snow at Tour Camp this week. If you guys get the window, next week is going to be INSANE. Be careful out there! :thumbs:
     
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    DidSurfNowSki

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    That sounds rather tempting, but the allure of getting some sleep without people climbing over the top of you to get to the loo will probably win out.
     
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    LMB

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    Go get it DSNS - I hope you get the go Windows and have the time of your life!
     
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    DidSurfNowSki

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    A bit of an upgrade from sleeping in the back of the Honda Jazz. Been looking forward to this in the past day or so.

    Tomorrow it's onto Alaska :)
     
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    cruisin along

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    Love love love those giant beds
    Enjoy before you freeze and get very sore but exhilarated
     
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    Astro66

    Astro66 Still looking for a park in Thredbo

    SOFT !!!
     
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    Zimboo

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    Not if you saw the masseuse booked!
    And that aint a block of chocolate on the bed!!!!!!!
     
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    Marty_McSly

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    Threesome bed!
     
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    DidSurfNowSki

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    Might need that bed again, I've missed my flight...

    The Alaskan Airlines ticketing system is broken and only 1 person on the assistance desk. I'm in a huge line :(

    Unfortunately there's not too many options to get to Cordova. It's either Alaskan or charter plane.
     
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    DidSurfNowSki

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    Oh well, that was frustrating.

    The Alaskan Airlines kiosk didn't accept any of my details (and I tried every combination). This is pretty weird as I had reserved my seat on this particular aircraft while back in Australia, As the kiosk didn't accept my details, I got put in the back of a lengthy 2+ hour queue as there were a lot of people starting their spring break in the same predicament with their tickets. Needless to say I missed my flight by a considerable margin.

    The ticketing agent then had to take my itinerary into a back room and she came out 30 min or so later and said the best she could do was on a flight tomorrow. I did ask the charter company about their prices, they came back with $19,000 so that isn't an option.

    I'm now back where I started today.

    On a positive note, the pancakes I just had for breakfast were excellent.
     
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    Nozawaman

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    You are not missing much , we are socked in .
     
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    Marty_McSly

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    This is only anecdotal, but the tales of woe I heard from Alaskan Airlines passengers about ticketing glitches and luggage delayed upwards of 3 days, when I was in Canada, made Air Canada's service levels look really good.
     
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    Marty_McSly

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    A couple of hookers to fill that bed would be way cheaper. :D
     
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    DidSurfNowSki

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    A couple of weeks ago I was able to use their booking reference for a seat allocation online.
    Today their ticketing system didn't know me and it was the queue.
    Tomorrow I'm getting there 3 hours before the flight to avoid an Alaskan Airlines rinse and repeat.

    Bad Marty :nono:
     
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