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Discussion in 'United States' started by skiflat, May 5, 2012.
Yes well you did already get a lecture about that event
Well appears that Smitty will be giving happy endings in Japan as well...
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
Got any pics
This is a PG site, they would be too inappropriate.
i Love onsen - there's something infinitely more "zen" about onsen than an outdoor spa in Utah.
However, there would be nothing 'Zen' about an onsen with smitty and verm, brah.
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...
a hot tub in Fernie may be moar EPIC but it ain't moar "zen" than an onsen anywhere
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
relax bro - it's all good.
In my Jacuzzi? ....I'd like a log cabin near bachelor that smelt of mahogany and Winchester grease
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
donza u still m4d?
Oh he m4d
2022 - Seriously....
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.
Long time away but I think I'd be keen to book an epic Sunnyside crib the moment a successful Olympic bid is announced!
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,
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.
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.
But I already saw them sights on the Discovery Channel.
good plan imo
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.
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.
Sunnyside or Alpine Meadows for the Olympics?
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.
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
A loop that has been mooted...
Needs MOAR Colorado and MORE Miles on the rental and MOAR days
But I like what we are thinking
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
Come to Tahoe
Snorkler will warm you up
Purchase date EXTENDED AGAIN to May 28th
$49 down rest later
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).
Well that's exactly the information I was looking for
With only one day under your belt that doesn't surprise me at all.
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.
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.
Kirkwood has similar steep terrain like Squaw but is smaller and also has a lot less people.
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.
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.
So many great options isn't there!!!!!
It's funny as I do remember saying to the boys and girl 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
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...
Heavenly hides its good stuff in the trees. Spend two months there and you'll know where to find it.
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.
This year it was pretty much groomers only, at best, until Mid March but then we enjoyed Squaw and Alpine etc
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
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'.
I'll be in the right fram of mind right after my morning Yoga session and Hot Tub.
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
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
11:30am - Always on time arriving to the Forums aren't we
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