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    While I don't think they're quite as nice as...

    While I don't think they're quite as nice as SmartWool, I've been very happy with the Lorpen socks I've picked up from the Clymb. On sale, the value proposition is pretty good, IMO, and the quality...
  2. Chest carry of a hard object while mountain...

    Chest carry of a hard object while mountain biking (or skiing) sounds like a good way to increase the chance of chest injury, IMO. I know it's all trade-offs, but unless I was riding DH or Moto with...
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    AT&T service is sometimes usable at state line....

    AT&T service is sometimes usable at state line. Verizon may have spots where you can pick up a signal, too, but I'm not exactly sure where.

    The Clay Butte lookout tower also has an AT&T signal...
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    The comment about tired dogs being well-behaved...

    The comment about tired dogs being well-behaved is generally true. Our pomsky does best with plenty of exercise (ski photo from before the world stopped turning in March, FWIW; been more Nordic bc...
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    Is there anywhere lower elevation in Montana...

    Is there anywhere lower elevation in Montana where you could camp for two weeks and meet the isolation requirement? That would solve the "can't go there" issue, hopefully with plenty of summer turns...
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    Gutless is a good thing for a kid's car. Being...

    Gutless is a good thing for a kid's car. Being able to get an underpowered vehicle around someone in a passing zone requires a lot of skills (planning ahead, usually downshifting, being smooth before...
  7. As usual, you're probably right. I'm wondering...

    As usual, you're probably right. I'm wondering about employee locker rooms; I've never seen any that were really big enough to begin with, let alone to allow any sort of social distancing (there may...
  8. I'd expect that to be part of the solution, but...

    I'd expect that to be part of the solution, but there's still a fair bit of effort necessary to put those commercial-sized all-weather tents up, especially if you're going to provide access to...
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    I think they're looking forward to their opening...

    I think they're looking forward to their opening weekend, when 212 will (presumably) be open all the way through.

    Slack-skiing (car assisted) is going to be a bit more challenging, I think.
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    If you have gas receipts, you're not...

    If you have gas receipts, you're not quarantining, because you've been at gas stations.

    No, it's not all that enforceable, at least without moderate effort on the part of law enforcement (search...
  11. IMO, mileage guidelines/restrictions are...

    IMO, mileage guidelines/restrictions are beneficial because they localize the impact of the idiots. I saw someone pull up at the grocery store yesterday with gloves already on, as an illustration. So...
  12. That's a bit of reductio ad aburdum, as you're...

    That's a bit of reductio ad aburdum, as you're comparing apples to horsecarts. The questions we should all be asking are pretty similar to travel in avalanche terrain:
    1. How much risk is this...
  13. I've gone 603 miles on a tank and still had about...

    I've gone 603 miles on a tank and still had about three gallons left with my F-150, so it's definitely doable. I'd also argue that's a bit far to be traveling for recreation/exercise in the midst of...
  14. Nobody cleans picnic areas regularly. Reputable...

    Nobody cleans picnic areas regularly. Reputable restaurants get cleaned regularly in normal times and even more so now (if they're opening again), not that I have any intention of eating in a dine-in...
  15. Based on the science as we understand it now, I...

    Based on the science as we understand it now, I believe you are correct.

    Based on the political situation and the number of people who can't manage to follow guidelines provided by scientific...
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    Montana is, Wyoming is not. If that's still the...

    Montana is, Wyoming is not. If that's still the case when the Pass opens, it becomes quite the can of worms--even the state line parking lot is actually in Wyoming, so it would seem you'd legally be...
  17. I don't see it being at all likely that bigger...

    I don't see it being at all likely that bigger resorts will throw in the towel on the season. Regardless of how we may feel about any particular decision the holding companies make, most of them know...
  18. Lodges are the biggest issue, IMO, at least from...

    Lodges are the biggest issue, IMO, at least from a theoretical standpoint. On a nice day, lower capacity, encouraging outside breaks, etc., would go a long way, but when it's a high of -10 F and the...
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    Related: Yellowstone reopening Wyoming entrances,...

    Related: Yellowstone reopening Wyoming entrances, southern portion of the Park
    (but not the north or northeast entrances)
    https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/news/20015.htm

    The NPS release notes that...
  20. It's a problem of scale. If one industry takes a...

    It's a problem of scale. If one industry takes a "normal" hit—market conditions change, maybe regulations or overseas competition have an impact as well, etc—you have a relatively small slice of the...
  21. In theory, the federal UI add-on should bring...

    In theory, the federal UI add-on should bring most people back to near 100% of their normal paycheck.

    There are some gaps in that in reality, especially for people in the non-trivial group whose...
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    As a previous owner of a less than reliable sled,...

    As a previous owner of a less than reliable sled, I'd suggest two mitigation techniques, beyond the obvious (i.e. consider your broken-sled plan when trip planning):
    1. always be prepared, at least...
  23. Allowing use without having sanitation facilities...

    Allowing use without having sanitation facilities open is a nonstarter, IMO. Even at 50% of normal traffic, there's no way the parks could handle the amount of human waste that would end up being...
  24. I think that's a rather large number for some...

    I think that's a rather large number for some parts of the country (and not a particularly big one for others). One thing I've been trying to figure out is what a reasonable metric is; Vermont's...
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    You want them stuck there? But if you're going...

    You want them stuck there?

    But if you're going to do it, do it in style:
    https://www.worldwidecyclery.com/products/stans-no-tubes-presta-schrader-valve-core-remover

    (bonus points for leaving...
  26. Judging from what I'm seeing on Facebook, the...

    Judging from what I'm seeing on Facebook, the number of people who can't understand that skiing (or pick your choice of inherently risky form of exercise) can be done in a minimal-risk manner, in...
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    Parachuting into the thread from across the...

    Parachuting into the thread from across the country to say: take this shit seriously, because lots of places around here that had initially said, more or less, "be respectful, take care of yourself...
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    The insurance cost alone is a pretty good...

    The insurance cost alone is a pretty good motivator to register in Maine if you can legally do so. There are definitely oddball exceptions, like people with out of state company cars, military...
  29. Is it catching on the top of the ski? On my...

    Is it catching on the top of the ski? On my wife's skis, I had to take my Dremel to the brake plastic and bevel it a little so that it wouldn't get hung up if the brakes were deployed gently. That is...
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    Sunday River applied the ban hammer. Post-season...

    Sunday River applied the ban hammer. Post-season uphill travel had always been in violation of the posted policy, but I've never heard of anyone actually giving a damn. They've now updated the...
  31. Ironically, the Facebook post popping up in my...

    Ironically, the Facebook post popping up in my memory feed this morning was from my first time back out after breaking my tibia five years ago (a USFS road ski on fishscales and a three-pin setup)....
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    Have you not been to Killington on a weekend? The...

    Have you not been to Killington on a weekend? The only surprising thing is that it was only 400, and it's a bummer for the local skiers who have the skills and experience to ski mellower parts of the...
  33. I'm planning to keep skinning at one or both of...

    I'm planning to keep skinning at one or both of the ski areas that are within 15 minutes of home, but I'm also getting more and more nervous that other people being idiots is going to get them...
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    I'd add those who lay out buildings that don't...

    I'd add those who lay out buildings that don't shed snow at all to that list, unless they're engineered to handle a big winter's worth of snow/ice load on the roof. My wife thinks I'm nuts, but I...
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    I thought it was generally a bad idea to announce...

    I thought it was generally a bad idea to announce that you'll be needing to defend yourself online. Something about premeditation...
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    It's not an either/or: everyone should stay the...

    It's not an either/or: everyone should stay the fuck local. No, that doesn't mean you have to stay inside, and that definition will vary by location (there are places in Montana, and probably other...
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    If they won't stay home, I'd rather have them on...

    If they won't stay home, I'd rather have them on skins than booting the skintrack.

    I expect tomorrow to be a cluster, to the point where I'm planning to leave the dog at home because I don't trust...
  38. In hindsight, the correct answer for that 'last...

    In hindsight, the correct answer for that 'last weekend' was March 6-7. We screwed up by waiting until the following weekend to take this seriously on a widespread basis, and we're going to see the...
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    IME, as long as they claim it's a safety issue,...

    IME, as long as they claim it's a safety issue, they can shut pretty much anything down at will. I'm thinking in particular of a road near Red Lodge, MT, that is open to wheeled travel year-round on...
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    If an activity is illegal within a county, it...

    If an activity is illegal within a county, it would be illegal on federal land within that county, right? Same as a motorcycle helmet law--you can't pop your helmet off in a lid law state just...
  41. My experience, though anecdotal, doesn't agree,...

    My experience, though anecdotal, doesn't agree, unless we're operating on a different definition of "tour" (well, aside from the first point). I haven't owned a frame binding since the Naxo; I...
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    From Sunday; Saturday was even worse with most...

    From Sunday; Saturday was even worse with most lifts down and a ridiculous line-up for the T-Bar, which I can only assume led to some singles pairing up despite CDC (and resort) guidance advising...
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    I'll third that from Bethel.

    I'll third that from Bethel.
  44. Encouraging hordes of suddenly-remote-working...

    Encouraging hordes of suddenly-remote-working skiers from areas with significant outbreaks (e.g. Boston and Seattle, or apparently Italy if you've got enough cash) also fucks the locals, especially...
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    I'm surprised that coffee and beer aren't also...

    I'm surprised that coffee and beer aren't also getting wiped out. I guess beer can be a storage issue if you're trying not to let it get warm, but I wonder how many people are going to realize that...
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    Just a warning to anyone headed north this...

    Just a warning to anyone headed north this weekend: resort towns get the news, too, and you should probably plan on not being able to buy TP locally.

    The local grocery store was out of all but...
  47. I think the former is the elephant in the room,...

    I think the former is the elephant in the room, and I'm sure all the corporate risk-management types are considering it. A lot of service-industry gigs are inherently high-contact jobs, and there's...
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    No more USSA events (and some of the cancelled...

    No more USSA events (and some of the cancelled ones are big):

    https://usskiandsnowboard.org/news/us-ski-snowboard-coronavirus-covid-19-information
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    I'm hoping that part of that is a "we're going to...

    I'm hoping that part of that is a "we're going to stick to our normal content while we talk about this at the executive level and prepare to make hard decisions."

    As someone who lives in a resort...
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    ..because the problem is in Europe, and we don't...

    ..because the problem is in Europe, and we don't already have cases spreading via community transmission in the U.S., so discouraging some travel should be an effective step.

    I am wondering about...
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