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11-08-2012, 08:13 PM #1Minion
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Epic Skiing Road Trip - Advice Needed
I am currently planning an epic ski trip around the western part of the united states because a ski patrol job here in Washington fell through. During this trip, I am going to be looking at potential places to ski patrol at for next season. I am mainly interested in checking out: Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Montana, and Washington. I may stop through Tahoe area depending on what pass direction I end up going. This trip will probably take place from mid-January to early or mid April.
My main goal for this trip is to find somewhere where I want to be for the next few seasons. That said...I have a few major questions:
1) Where should I go?
I should probably include something about what I want to ski. I love pow, but who doesn't. Not super big into park. Love jumps and tricks, but looking to more natural features to huck off of. I like steeps and I love to charge. Steep groomers are a ball and I love to carve like a mad man. Trees are also my friends. Looking for places with good backcountry access as well.
2) Where should I go to keep lift ticket costs down?
Any good ski deals on tickets? Some deals I am considering: Vail Epic Pass (Unlimited access at Breckenridge, Keystone, Vail, Beaver Creek, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood and Arapahoe Basin) all for $699 and The Mountain Collective (2 Days at each: Aspen/Snowmass, Jackson Hole, Squaw, and Alta with 50% off tickets after that for $349). I will probably end up spending somewhere near 2K on tickets, but want to do a bunch of backcountry skiing as well. Just want to get the most skiing for my money.
3) Anyone have any advice on patrols to check out? I have patrolled for 2 seasons in Michigan and am current in everything. I am looking for a place that has a chill feel and is not too scene. Good terrain, good people, good snow, maybe small town. Little or no commute to the mountain from where I would live.
I am also looking at getting a new pair of skis for the winter. Check out my other thread here: (got to post first)
Just planning right now and feeling different options out. Any advice would be awesome. Thanks so much!
My main goal for this trip is to find somewhere where I want to be for the next few seasons
Last edited by twmagalu; 11-08-2012 at 08:41 PM.
11-08-2012, 09:21 PM #2
11-08-2012, 09:27 PM #3
East Coast is where its happening in the ski world right now.
I would suggest mega road trip from North Carolina up to Maine with the possibility of submitting story to Backcountry Magazine?Hugh Conway is my moral compass.
11-09-2012, 08:15 AM #4Registered User
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I think you'd be stoked to get on any of the Mountain collective patrols! I wouldn't want to work for VR and none of their mountains excite me that much.
You might want to pick up a Monarch pass instead. Lot's on nice little hills you could try first.
11-09-2012, 09:53 AM #5
11-09-2012, 10:10 AM #6Minion
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11-09-2012, 10:47 AM #7
AlpineZone, you crack me up every time
11-09-2012, 10:50 AM #8
11-09-2012, 10:54 AM #9
[Greg casts the line, bobber dancing on top of the ripples, waiting...waiting...]
11-09-2012, 03:39 PM #10
11-09-2012, 03:46 PM #11
Know what's epic. Greg's new thread deleting.
Start quoting that bastard.
Not cool, bro, not cool.No longer stuck.
11-09-2012, 04:27 PM #12
Yeah, I know, right? That's not the first time he's done that.
Greeeeg.....come out, come out, where ever you are....
11-09-2012, 09:05 PM #13
I would say do an "epic" rd trip to Mt Cain, Washington, Cypress, Hemlock, Baker, Crystal, Alpental, Hood Meadows, Bachelor, Shasta but it's already been done. And, you'd have to ski on man skis at Alpental LBD.
Although you could listen to Greg from AZ (who will no doubt have super advice for those amazing eastern groomers), you could also just be a vagabond. Following the storms throughout the continent, and using TGR as your canvas, painting amazing portraits of your coming of age journey across this great land.We own it!
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11-10-2012, 07:35 AM #14