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  1. #2551
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpeLunker View Post
    I too am brand new to the PNW and am super stoked by these photos. Are there boot packed paths to walk up some of these snowfields? I don't have any touring gear.

    Actually, what sort of touring ski would you guys recommend for the area? I usually ski a 189 Cham 107 for reference. Help a new Seattle jong out!
    Most people around here use red ones.
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    And there will come a day when our ancestors look back...........

  2. #2552
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    Quote Originally Posted by PNWbrit View Post
    Most people around here use red ones.
    I have red ones and green ones.

  3. #2553
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    heard the fuher finger had moguls. imagine jong could find a boot pack.
    off your knees Louie

  4. #2554
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    I'm laughing at myself for even expecting a real response to that.

  5. #2555
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    Quote Originally Posted by PNWbrit View Post
    Most people around here use red ones.
    Beat me to it goddammit.
    Quote Originally Posted by Foggy_Goggles View Post
    If I lived in WA, Oft would be my realtor. Seriously.

  6. #2556
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    Well this place looks different

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    "Pay your nickel and take your chances"
    "they don't groom Alpental, they just move shit around."

  7. #2557
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    RIP CJN 1/18/20

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    RIP Dime 7/3/17

  8. #2558
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    Hey @Norseman! Nice eye. Those were my tracks at Paradise. I think I'm done for the season. A couple of laps on Koma Kulshan and the cups are getting big. Time to go hiking and search for swimming holes.

    By the way, I'm moving from Seattle to Bellingham so going to change from an Alpy to Baker local. I'm contemplating buying a pass but not so sure I'll get my money's worth with the whole COVID business going down plus a busy new job. Thoughts?

  9. #2559
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    Quote Originally Posted by kamtron View Post
    By the way, I'm moving from Seattle to Bellingham so going to change from an Alpy to Baker local.
    Pump the brakes. One does not simply move to Bellingham and become a Baker local. I've been here a while and some days I still don't feel like I'm a local.

    Welcome and buy the pass.

  10. #2560
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    Sorry to burst your bubble, but nobody living 50+ miles from any ski area qualifies as a local, even if that is the closest ski area.
    I remember a bottomless freedom...

  11. #2561
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    Snow in the PNW 2019-20

    So, when a ski area isnít in a town, there are no locals...got it

    PNW filled w/ em

  12. #2562
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    Local in the sense of... it's the most local ski area, so I will visit it.

  13. #2563
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    Only Dan in an uninsulated camper on the back of a 4cylinder pickup truck parked at Heather Meadows qualifies.

  14. #2564
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    Quote Originally Posted by kamtron View Post
    By the way, I'm moving from Seattle to Bellingham so going to change from an Alpy to Baker local. I'm contemplating buying a pass but not so sure I'll get my money's worth with the whole COVID business going down plus a busy new job. Thoughts?
    Bring me an assorted dozen from the Bagelry when you visit the shop!

  15. #2565
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    Quote Originally Posted by glademaster View Post
    Sorry to burst your bubble, but nobody living 50+ miles from any ski area qualifies as a local, even if that is the closest ski area.
    Quote Originally Posted by Sky_Shoe View Post
    Only Dan in an uninsulated camper on the back of a 4cylinder pickup truck parked at Heather Meadows qualifies.
    Heh, yeah.

    By that metric, the Howats aren't locals.

  16. #2566
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    I have some friends from high school in VT who work up there and have for years. They live in employee housing Winter and Summer. So they are the true locals.
    Anyway, I don't really care about your definition of local. Loaded word.

    Mostly I just am wondering about people's inclination to buy passes or not for the next season. I'd probably get my money's worth, although day passes at Baker are relatively cheap, whereas their season passes are relatively expensive. Then we've got the virus situation which I'm guessing will mean longer lift lines than usual for distancing (if it comes to that). And I'll have some but not infinite midweek days, so I'm not sure whether it's worth it for me. I'll be touring anyway.

  17. #2567
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    Man it's hard to guess what the scene will be 6mo from now.

    My opinion:

    If you have limited midweek days, I'd be inclined to skip the pass and only do tickets when friends are in town, etc.

    If you can grab the occasional 4 hour block of time midweek, then the pass makes sense from a flexibility stance, where you can ski hard for 2 hrs and not worry about the ticket being worth it, nor the approach for touring one lap.
    life ain't guaranteed, love your people while you can

  18. #2568
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    So youíre gonna hold off and save the money to buy a mini van?

  19. #2569
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    Van life at Baker would be pretty deluxe. Mostly we are saving up the buy a house at the moment, though. I realized last week while camping for the Squak that I can sleep half in the trunk of my Accord, so I could go full dirtbag and do that.

    Those 4 hr blocks are definitely a possibility, Scott.... shit I've got to consider.

  20. #2570
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    I've held off on buying my pass until I maaaaybe had a better idea what the season would realistically be like. Thinking this season could still go either way with how things are trending.
    In the past I've waited until the last week of Baker's price increase, usually late Sept. Will probably do the same again.

  21. #2571
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    Passes for Baker aren't even on sale yet. You've got time to see what develops...
    "Pay your nickel and take your chances"
    "they don't groom Alpental, they just move shit around."

  22. #2572
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    Some of y'all might recognize this gem, esp. those on the windier side of the crest

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    Short story long, met up with some bikepacking friends, one of whom hails from Levvy and has a family friend with a nice cabin up Derby Canyon they let em use over the weekend while they were out of town. Turns out the owner is a longtime Mission patroller. You better believe I smoked a doobie while basking in the sun on such a historical gem
    "Pay your nickel and take your chances"
    "they don't groom Alpental, they just move shit around."

  23. #2573
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    Quote Originally Posted by pipedream View Post
    Some of y'all might recognize this gem, esp. those on the windier side of the crest

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    Short story long, met up with some bikepacking friends, one of whom hails from Levvy and has a family friend with a nice cabin up Derby Canyon they let em use over the weekend while they were out of town. Turns out the owner is a longtime Mission patroller. You better believe I smoked a doobie while basking in the sun on such a historical gem
    Most excellent.
    Common sense. So rare today in America it's almost like having a superpower.

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