USA 2012 - 2013 Trip Plans/Thoughts/Reviews Thread

Discussion in 'United States' started by skiflat, May 5, 2012.

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    smitty484

    smitty484 Old And Crusty

    [​IMG]
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    skiflat

    skiflat New Member

    Yes well you did already get a lecture about that event [​IMG]
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    Snorkler

    Snorkler Part of the Furniture

    Well appears that Smitty will be giving happy endings in Japan as well...
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    mx_boarder

    mx_boarder Part of the Furniture

    Bunch of guys....onsen....it's inevitable really.

    Our hot tubs were full of women on several occasions, but that's an inconvenient truth for the trolls [​IMG]
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    ODNT

    ODNT Part of the Furniture Season Pass Holder

    Got any pics
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    mx_boarder

    mx_boarder Part of the Furniture

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    Snorkler

    Snorkler Part of the Furniture

    This is a PG site, they would be too inappropriate.
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    luvthabumps

    luvthabumps Addicted Member

    i Love onsen - there's something infinitely more "zen" about onsen than an outdoor spa in Utah. [​IMG]
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    mx_boarder

    mx_boarder Part of the Furniture

    Agree!

    However, there would be nothing 'Zen' about an onsen with smitty and verm, brah.

    [​IMG]
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    Donza

    Donza Pool Room Season Pass Holder

    it depends on the hot tub and onsen...we had a hot tub in fernie that was sweet- its party time with peeps and cans..yet its really just a big over chlorinated bath...natural onsens are epic....all those minerals in the water . Its a fairly special way to end a day. Seaside onsen was great. I was frikken chilly and needed a warm up...
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    luvthabumps

    luvthabumps Addicted Member

    a hot tub in Fernie may be moar EPIC but it ain't moar "zen" than an onsen anywhere [​IMG]
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    Donza

    Donza Pool Room Season Pass Holder

    Its a Jacuzzi....sheesh....needs plastic cups and sorority chicks. Some onsens are ok....some are epic....for a view highland at hakuba can't be beaten. Needs to be 41 degrees or more
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    luvthabumps

    luvthabumps Addicted Member

    relax bro - it's all good.
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    Donza

    Donza Pool Room Season Pass Holder

    In my Jacuzzi? ....I'd like a log cabin near bachelor that smelt of mahogany and Winchester grease
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    luvthabumps

    luvthabumps Addicted Member

    ok - fair enough. I'd take that as well. In fact if you're interested I have 60 lots of land for sale with water views in WA state really not that far from Bachelor [​IMG]
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    mx_boarder

    mx_boarder Part of the Furniture

    donza u still m4d?
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    skiflat

    skiflat New Member

    Oh he m4d



    2022 - Seriously.... [​IMG]

    http://unofficialnetworks.com/squawalpin...caldwell-95587/

    We also spoke of how long it would take for Squaw and Alpine to be legitimately connected via ski lifts. Realistic permitting processes and construction had us looking a completion date somewhere around 2022.
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    mx_boarder

    mx_boarder Part of the Furniture

    Hmmm 2022

    Long time away but I think I'd be keen to book an epic Sunnyside crib the moment a successful Olympic bid is announced!
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    Hacski

    Hacski Dedicated Member

    ok an attempt to get back to plans etc rather than skidown's adventures in hot tubs with companions: Trying to balance timing with MrsH, Fastman etc and the Chicago ski club, plus wanting to revisit the PNW reminded me of MrsH's counsel last February that as a geriatric two shorter trips are better than one longer one so I might look at two weeks late Jan to early Feb and another two weeks from after President's Day weekend into March. I figure that will also spread the risk of hitting a bad patch of weather conditions,
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    McNads

    McNads Dedicated Member

    Plan A:

    Grand Targhee Friday 1st Feb - Tuesday 5th Feb.
    Big Sky Wednesday 6th Feb - Thursday 14th Feb.

    Plan B: Wherever it is at if the above is not looking so flash.

    McNads is heading stateside for the first time!! Amusingly enough, people have asked "Are you going to see this and that?" i.e. Grand Canyon, Vegas, blah blah blah. Dude, I'm going there to board, I'm coming home, that is all.
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    Angus_McCrory

    Angus_McCrory Part of the Furniture

    IMO you will sell yourself short then. The US is the best country for a road trip. Two years ago on a three week trip managed to do a big chunk of Pacific Highway 1 north and south of San Francisco, San Simeon and Yosemite and still had time for some very decent skiing around Tahoe and Jackson Hole.
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    vet

    vet Dedicated Member

    But I already saw them sights on the Discovery Channel. [​IMG]
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    vet

    vet Dedicated Member

    good plan imo
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    Hacski

    Hacski Dedicated Member

    Yes I'm warming to a split trip. A mate from Tacoma suggested some skiing at Crystal, another couple of days at White Pass and they are having a weekender built near Bend where I could stay with them for a week, that would be late Feb into the first half of March I guess.
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    tr+h

    tr+h Dedicated Member

    Locked and loaded.

    Booked flights into LA a while back and quizzed everyone about a 2.25 hr lay over /connection to bc.

    Now booked it through to Kelowna. 8 days BC then Vegas for New Year. Will follow up with a 4 week road trip that will include Death Valley, Mammoth, Heavely/Tahoe, San Fran, LA, Tiguana and San Diego.
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    Snorkler

    Snorkler Part of the Furniture

    Sunnyside or Alpine Meadows for the Olympics?
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    mx_boarder

    mx_boarder Part of the Furniture

    Good arguments either way really. Alpine would be closer to the events, but Sunnyside is more central to town/other resorts, you've got the TART, and it's not isolated like Alpine is as night.
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    Hacski

    Hacski Dedicated Member

    Nice.
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    mx_boarder

    mx_boarder Part of the Furniture

    LAX
    SF- 3 days R&R
    Tahoe- 3 wks
    Mammoth- 3 days
    Vegas- 3 days
    Utah- 1 week
    Tahoe- A few more days if it's still rocking
    SF- Duration TBC
    LAX

    A loop that has been mooted...
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    skiflat

    skiflat New Member

    Needs MOAR Colorado and MORE Miles on the rental and MOAR days

    But I like what we are thinking [​IMG]





    Okay has anyone here skied both Kirkwood & Mammoth

    We are trying to toss up between them........

    Alternatively thoughts about Kirkwood ? Compared to saw Squaw or another resort
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    skiflat

    skiflat New Member

    Come to Tahoe

    Snorkler will warm you up
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    skiflat

    skiflat New Member

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    mjmmjm

    mjmmjm New Member

    I skiied at Heavenly, Kirkwood, and Squaw this year and although the snow wasnt great I certainly got the impression that on a good day Kirkwood would be the most epic. Only did 1 day at Squaw and the only impression I got from it was that it is really big. Spent most of my time at Heavenly (due to proximity) and had some really good tree skiing powder days. Spent several days at Kirkwood and it certainly seemed to have the most potential to be epic on a powder day (which unfortunately I did not get to experience).
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    skiflat

    skiflat New Member

    Well that's exactly the information I was looking for [​IMG]

    Thanks
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    mx_boarder

    mx_boarder Part of the Furniture

    With only one day under your belt that doesn't surprise me at all.
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    Angus_McCrory

    Angus_McCrory Part of the Furniture

    Squaw & Alpine are both great, Heavenly sucks (unless Motts is open) and Kirkwood is the pick of the Tahoe resorts. Only downside to Kirkwood is it is out the way (hour drive from Minden / South Lake) and the limited accomodation there is expensive.
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    sourmash

    sourmash Active Member

    That can be a benefit as it doesn't get the weekend crowds being on the southern back road, 88. Most traffic from San Fran goes North via Truckee as the road is a lot better. Only those coming from the south in good weather go via 88 to Tahoe area.
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    Born2ski

    Born2ski Part of the Furniture

    Kirkwood has similar steep terrain like Squaw but is smaller and also has a lot less people.
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    skiflat

    skiflat New Member

    Thanks!!! [​IMG]



    Yes Heavenly was average on the day I spent there this year, Motts was closed and well 1/2 the mountain was closed due to lack of snow... The groomers were and are average...

    You want groomers you go to Northstar, seriously they are EPIC there

    Kirkwood - Yes the accomodation is $$$$$$$ so we are looking at staying at South Lake/Heavenly area...... But then the 1hr + drive is a PITA and worse if it's a snow day, which is why/when you want to be in Kirkwood anyway.
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    Angus_McCrory

    Angus_McCrory Part of the Furniture

    Kirkwood is my favourite Tahoe resord, but Alpine Meadows is also a top destination. Mind you, Squaw mid week in snow storm is hard to beat.
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    skiflat

    skiflat New Member

    So many great options isn't there!!!!!

    It's funny as I do remember saying to the boys and girl [​IMG] after my first day at Squaw that "Squaw is shit, I am over it"

    My first run there was a solid ice black "groomer" then a shit traverse avoiding branches/trees/rocks and a couple of shitty groomer runs.....

    Then towards the end of the trip (once it snowed) that it was EPIC

    Alpine though is great, the crowds stay away and all head to Squaw...... I ventured out to Sherwood Express on the first day it opened for the season, word on the moutain spread fast once it opened so I headed across as fast as I could (which is slow as I went up Scott Chair) which is a slow lift

    I was rewarded with 3 EPIC runs down South Face with only a slight traverse needed, and it was knee-thigh deep powder snow!!!

    As the only way to really access South Face is with one chair it stayed MINT for hours [​IMG]


    Kirkwood - Well I think it really needs a visit, but we'd like to be based around Tahoe City, and heading down to Kirkwood for say 5-7 days is not guaranteed of a powder day...
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    Born2ski

    Born2ski Part of the Furniture

    Heavenly hides its good stuff in the trees. Spend two months there and you'll know where to find it. [​IMG]
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    mx_boarder

    mx_boarder Part of the Furniture

    This.

    From what I hear about Kirkwood I would love to check it out! The problem is it's a logistical challenge unless you stay there. Even from South Lake it's a PITA especially if it's snowing. The further issue is that if you're only there 3 or 4 days, unless you get there during a storm, that's a small window in which to pray for a dump as you point out.

    I guess late in the season with fewer crowds you could go following a dump as soon as the road is cleared. Bit of a hike but doable, even from Sunnyside/Tahoe.
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    skiflat

    skiflat New Member

    This year it was pretty much groomers only, at best, until Mid March but then we enjoyed Squaw and Alpine etc [​IMG]
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    skiflat

    skiflat New Member

    Indeed, but I guess if we actually get up early and have the SUV packed for us and breakfast waiting we can make an early drive down there, from South Lake

    [​IMG]
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    CarveMan

    CarveMan aussieskier.com Moderator Commercial Member

    Driving from South Lake to Kirkwood is fine. But the problem with getting there from Squaw is that the road around the west shore of the lake often closes due to avalanche danger, which is pretty much guaranteed on the kind of day you would be wanting to go to Kirkwood.

    It's just a shame that the best skiing in Tahoe is at either end of the lake, there's nowhere really that suits both Squaw/Alpine and Kirkwood.

    But if you were in the area for an extended period you could watch the storms and pick a window to head South for a few days. Maybe a cheap casino room in South Lake is the best option. The drive isn't something the GL can't handle.

    But you really do need to check it out, it's excellent, and it's a place that I think Vail ownership will actually improve. The terrain and snowfall are epic but the resort side of things was, to put it politely, 'quirky'.
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    Snorkler

    Snorkler Part of the Furniture

    I'll be in the right fram of mind right after my morning Yoga session and Hot Tub.
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    skiflat

    skiflat New Member

    CM - Yep

    I am thinking we don't plan to actually go to South Lake as in book anything in advance (Power Bible style) again [​IMG]

    Base ourselves around Tahoe City/Sunnyside as you have Squaw/Alpine for first preference, then Mt Rose, Homewood, and Northstar finally for groomer wanchor lap days

    When epic snow is forecast, we simply find something down South Lake and/or even in Kirkwood, I have no problems with Snorkler and MX sharing one bed, while I have the other [​IMG]
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    skiflat

    skiflat New Member

    [​IMG]

    11:30am - Always on time arriving to the Forums aren't we
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    Snorkler

    Snorkler Part of the Furniture

    I've had breakfast and done yoga this morning.

    Though spending a few hours at the office like you on ski.com.au can't be called very productive [​IMG]
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