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    Finally got around to riding a resort today, 11"...

    Finally got around to riding a resort today, 11" new at Bluewood wasn't bad...
  2. Thread: Billie Eilish

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    I think there's a 10% chance she is relevant in 2...

    I think there's a 10% chance she is relevant in 2 years and keeps the unique music style. 45% she sells out and uses her good voice and a mainstream producer to sell some real big hits for a few...
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    Status Pass existed for a couple decades as rope...

    Status Pass existed for a couple decades as rope tows. Snow Problem there as well.
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    Wait why?? And the rez would be easier to work...

    Wait why?? And the rez would be easier to work with, it's a % of the profit to bribe the council vs unknown upfront investment to get past the legalese.

    Nice short story @Leavenworth!
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    200" seasons from middle of Rainier shadow? I...

    200" seasons from middle of Rainier shadow? I think the FS is a bigger obstacle than the roads imo.
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    It really is the only realistic option. Every...

    It really is the only realistic option. Every other option is a billion dollar investment when all said and done. Requires selling condos to the east coast. To make that feasible I think that's a...
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    That's a Stevens Pass expansion :fmicon:

    That's a Stevens Pass expansion :fmicon:
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    If you stick to the 2 hour requirement I think...

    If you stick to the 2 hour requirement I think the only undeveloped area that meets the criteria(besides FS land which is basically everywhere), you're only left with eastern Olympics, which is 2...
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    Too steep and cliffy to be practical as even...

    Too steep and cliffy to be practical as even another Alpental. I opened it up in Hillman and there are multiple lines of 45+ pitches(implying big cliffs). It seems like there are only two areas that...
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    4 weeks -> 4 months

    4 weeks -> 4 months
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    Quick question: Have lots ever been completely...

    Quick question: Have lots ever been completely full in Snoqualmie?

    Like to the point where they couldn't even shuttle the excess Hyak/Alpy capacity to the main areas? I understand that the...
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    :fmicon:

    :fmicon:
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    It was bad when I went to school('10-'14), I...

    It was bad when I went to school('10-'14), I think i had a season pass for '11-'12 or '12-'13 and the lots filled up just before or after the lifts spun @ Stevens on big weekend pow days. That was...
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    Pretty insane that Crystal got the Stevens...

    Pretty insane that Crystal got the Stevens problem but made it worse. I would have thought with a better road, and lack of 2 way traffic they would be able to manage for a little while longer.
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    It's 250" a year iirc. Snowbowl claims 300" and...

    It's 250" a year iirc. Snowbowl claims 300" and it's only good in above average years. I'd say 350-400" is the minimum for a proper destination place, excluding Sun Valley rich gaper's paradise.
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    Snowfall too low. Access too remote(2 hrs to...

    Snowfall too low. Access too remote(2 hrs to missoula). Would require a massive parking lot and condo/hotel development at the base.

    @ Leavenworth skier - all of those proposals have one thing in...
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    What a fucking story. So they expect people to...

    What a fucking story. So they expect people to work for less than minimum wage(60 hours with preferred pass rates being under $600) and they give their workers shit for it as well?
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    It's easier to expand into FS land for an...

    It's easier to expand into FS land for an existing area than it is to build a new one. See lookout's st. regis expansion(which probably moves the terrain available above that of snowbowl, now that...
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    # of available steep tracks/chairlift capacity is...

    # of available steep tracks/chairlift capacity is the only one i can think of objectively, but it could be higher and in better snow if Snowbowl had its shit together and got a chairlift into Jenny...
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    Re-open Pilchuck(with higher base area, or more...

    Re-open Pilchuck(with higher base area, or more east).

    edit: well maybe with just a higher base area, seems like you can't build a ski area more east stuff seems to steep to setup a base.
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    Fatality rate of less than 1/million ski days is...

    Fatality rate of less than 1/million ski days is a safe activity imo. Less than .5% of skiers will die even assuming very generous 50 resort days a winter over their skiing career and more risk...
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    It really fucking sucks and is txtremely sad that...

    It really fucking sucks and is txtremely sad that multiple people have died last week. Particularly those that died (2?) inbounds, that definitely leads folks to question the idea that skiing is...
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    Try the biker's "on your left", or "on your...

    Try the biker's "on your left", or "on your right".
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    It's first year I didn't buy a pass since moving...

    It's first year I didn't buy a pass since moving to Missoula(but I'll be moving away in a couple weeks). Looks like I picked a good one!

    Also do we have a weekend noon parking lot report yet?
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    Don't buy it

    Don't buy it
  26. That's probably a good thing. I think the near...

    That's probably a good thing. I think the near complete(75-80 to 90%+) health insurance coverage helps as well, there's less to sue for an injured party.
  27. 4 weeks is a pretty high bar for our hill

    4 weeks is a pretty high bar for our hill
  28. Yes. Other factor I can think about is the...

    Yes. Other factor I can think about is the squeeze from the big passes being sold. The local hill steps up their game, they have to consistently open early and absolutely serve some kind of product...
  29. Anybody notice more marginal openings on small/medium hills?

    It seems like with the turnover of managers/owners a lot of the smaller hills across the Northwest are doing limited openings with 12-18" base, when a decade ago an opening with less than 24" was...
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    I have a feeling that the wages in the area won't...

    I have a feeling that the wages in the area won't be able to support the in-town strategy.
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    It's probably loaned money? Given that interest...

    It's probably loaned money? Given that interest rates are low atm it's probably not a big deal though.
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    Financially, snowbowl might be moving in that...

    Financially, snowbowl might be moving in that direction.
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    They'll fix it when it stops snowing?

    They'll fix it when it stops snowing?
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    https://missoulian.com/news/local/update-condition...

    https://missoulian.com/news/local/update-conditions-worsen-as-crews-search-for-snowmobilers-buried-in/article_38ccbae0-d77b-5307-9e64-91708c2add02.html#tracking-source=home-top-story-1

    Looks like...
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    I see we have continued the tradition. Is there...

    I see we have continued the tradition. Is there any public information on revenue in the dry '14-'15 season? I think we could definitely dip below that given the team that we're working with here.
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    At the moment only 2 runs are open on Griz.. I'm...

    At the moment only 2 runs are open on Griz.. I'm sure they can open a couple more with the snowfall but I don't think they would sell that many full priced tickets with half the low mountain open...
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    Snowbowl owner neglecting to invest into...

    Snowbowl owner neglecting to invest into maintenance is the most likely culprit(Occam's razor).
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    What will the lift tix prices be w/o lavelle?...

    What will the lift tix prices be w/o lavelle? Might actually be worth it to buy one or two to hike the bowls if we can get reasonable stability a day or two after the storm.
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    Car keys in the pocket on the inside of the pack,...

    Car keys in the pocket on the inside of the pack, even when riding resort. Just water(1.5L camelback) to keep the pack stable and keys on me at all times, if I don't need anything else. I have...
  40. I mean their open hours are advertised as 9am on...

    I mean their open hours are advertised as 9am on weekdays now, when/if they open. I remember them being the only resort in NA that started with afternoon/night skiing on a few weekdays which was...
  41. What happened to Skibowl hours? Didn't they used...

    What happened to Skibowl hours? Didn't they used to open in the afternoons on weekdays for night skiing?
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    Long-range forecast models depict several other...

    Long-range forecast models depict several other weak storm systems
    moving over the Northern Rockies throughout much of next week,
    however most of these systems lack the Pacific Jet Stream to ...
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    Nice Spring day out!

    Nice Spring day out!
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    LT has better lift-accessed touring terrain....

    LT has better lift-accessed touring terrain. Highly recommend touring the bowl there and the big chute seen from the ski area. I can't imagine bowl giving a discount for a one ride ticket, that's...
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    I would pay $5 bucks to see this exchange in...

    I would pay $5 bucks to see this exchange in person. Two bigly personalities.
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    Snowbowl is past their projected opening date, so...

    Snowbowl is past their projected opening date, so Pat is sweating with the early opening. I wonder if they'll survive the ridge this week.
  47. I see that ski resorts are really stretching the...

    I see that ski resorts are really stretching the intent of the J-1 program, the proper avenue for such employment is the capped non-agricultural cousin of h2a.
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    It's crazy how we're calling slightly above...

    It's crazy how we're calling slightly above average weather an "indian summer" now
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    It's not often when first tracks of NA go to...

    It's not often when first tracks of NA go to Mission ridge...
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    It needs to be a commercially viable product, you...

    It needs to be a commercially viable product, you sign your rights away for distribution of the footage when you pay for the reduced pass rate.
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