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  1. #226
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    2019/20 Aspen/Roaring Fork Thread

    All they would say is “our terrain way more gnar and you can’t compare 1A to Jackson’s tram,” which I guess is partially true, but I will taking living in the Aspen area over Jackson.


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    The pain is real. Respect. Vegas odds style.

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    Bridger and Pig Sty were griping a bit

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    Locals and Ikoneers alike seemed surprised that the gondola line wrapped around in the plaza yesterday, as if people wouldn’t rush out for a 7+” morning with all valley schools closed.

    As it was about a 10-15min wait, it’s incredible how out of touch many Aspen skiers are with the reality of other major resorts on a pow day


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    Yup. That "huge" line yesterday around 10:30am at the gondy took maybe 10 minutes. Every other chair I rode yesterday was pretty much ski on, other gondola laps later on there was no line or maybe 90 second wait. And I heard sooo much whining from people all over the place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JaytaeMoney View Post
    Yup. That "huge" line yesterday around 10:30am at the gondy took maybe 10 minutes. Every other chair I rode yesterday was pretty much ski on, other gondola laps later on there was no line or maybe 90 second wait. And I heard sooo much whining from people all over the place.

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    Where the hell do people park? Eagle?

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    I don't know man, I have seen plenty of "lol check out this lift line at <insert I-70 resort here>" pics posted over the years but the ones coming out of Vail this week are on a completely different level. Imagine being a tourist paying full boat: travel to Vail from out of state, shelling out whatever it is you have to pay for a week long ski trip (tickets, rentals, lodging, etc), and then dealing with that. There are people in that line who paid $209 for the privilege, on top of everything else. Unbelievable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JaytaeMoney View Post
    There are people in that line who paid $209 for the privilege, on top of everything else. Unbelievable.
    And they go to the bar afterwards with their new lift line friends and love the fuck out of it.

    Less time skiing means more time gramming. I can't tell you how many times I heard yesterday, "but that first run was unreal, I could barely move." Well, you can't really move, can you? Start to finish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JaytaeMoney View Post
    Yup. That "huge" line yesterday around 10:30am at the gondy took maybe 10 minutes. Every other chair I rode yesterday was pretty much ski on, other gondola laps later on there was no line or maybe 90 second wait. And I heard sooo much whining from people all over the place.

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    yeah i was at gondi t 8, on second bucket and then skied 1a till 11:30 when the "line" disappeared. First run face to 6 was heinous but by 1030, there was another 3 inches and the skiing really turned on.
    The people complaining about the crowds have no idea what they are talking about.

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    I didn’t get out, but today seemed like a pretty solid Monday pow day with 5” and light snow all day. End of the day at Ajax yesterday was nice and soft all around


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    Well, shit. Pilot couldn’t land the plane in aspen cause he’s amateur hour or whatevs, but glad to be in one piece. Took a luxury stretch bus to town from GCX and now it’s ‘on like Donkey Kong’ as I believe it is said in these lands.

    Ajax tomorrow I think. Who’s DMs do I slide in to (is that even correct nomenclature?) to get some fun laps in? I can’t remember what sides are good when the wind blows from where....


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    Well, yesterday sucked. This place is terrible. Forecast called for partly cloudy, I was pissed they got it wrong.
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    IKON is ruining your mountains. Crowds are unbearable.

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    Still free food at Bonnies after all these years. More ketchup needed, kept it low for aesthetics.

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    And of course the old ‘ski tips on traynors’ for my pals back home. >> HOT TIP: The top of the ridge is kinda thin cover with rocks and shit. Either hit T1 or T2 or wait for one more good dump of sticky-ish snow. Runs themselves had good coverage though. <<

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    Good day all-in-all. Snowmass today, perhaps?

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    Nice work. Yeah the ridge out to T6 is quite the mine field right now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulster2626 View Post
    Good day all-in-all. Snowmass today, perhaps?

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    Not a


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    Not a single Dump or Bell ?!?!

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    Glad to see you got out and had a good time. Lot's of sun this week. Enjoy Snowmass today, a little chillier then yesterday.

    Ikon is ruining the mountain...you are skiing during the week. It is pretty bad on the weekends. Alpine Springs was a shit show last Saturday, for example.
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    Alpine Springs has always been a shitshow though, in my experience at least.

    Nice surprise little powder day yesterday at highlands. Old companions are in too much pain to ski so they took a down day, which meant I could get out and have fun start to finish alone.

    There’s about a foot of fresh at the bottom 1/2 of the bowl and temerity, 3-6” on the rest of the mtn. Awesome day.

    Showed up at 8:50, 3rd chair up. Where is everyone!
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    The bowl taketh (my lungs), and giveth (great turns).
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    1:30pm in temerity, still finding this?
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    Too exhausted to continue, a new challenge awaits...
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    Warm and sunny today. Snowmass again, perhaps?

    If y’all see a guy in a blue coat and yellow mindbenders, smack me on the back of the head with your ski pole and say hello!


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    Well, another visit to the Roaring Fork Valley has ended. Somehow that town gets richer every time, but then the mountains are the great equalizer. New skis worked out great, the cool crowd in town was still cool, and even when things got busy on Saturday they still weren’t all that busy.

    Got a dump and bell lap in for you guys. Hopefully next time you’re not all intimidated by my shred skills and you come out and hang.

    Cheers y’all. You’re all lucky to live where you do. Until next time!!

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    Out here with the family, can't even ski (healing a bone), STILL mind-blown in this place. Never seen a nexus of mountain valleys like this. I'm in love.

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    2019/20 Aspen/Roaring Fork Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by biggins View Post
    Out here with the family, can't even ski (healing a bone), STILL mind-blown in this place. Never seen a nexus of mountain valleys like this. I'm in love.
    The Elks are an amazing place.

    Take a drive to Ashcroft down Castle Creek valley or the gondola to the top of Ajax.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The SnowShow View Post
    The Elks are an amazing place.

    Take a drive to Ashcroft down Castle Creek valley or the gondola to the top of Ajax.
    Thanks . My wife is in nor-dork heaven, so maybe I’ll try to talk her into a ski im Ashcroft.

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    We will be there this weekend for a few days. Be fun to run in to some of you mags. Unfortunately, nobody in the EWG clan is bringing the Hammer...

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    I'll be there as well on Fri/Sat. Did you son ever find his ski?

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    2019/20 Aspen/Roaring Fork Thread

    Nope. We know some trail crew there. Hoping for the spring thaw. Now buried under another foot of snow.

    Props to a great mag for shipping replacement a marksman set at a great price that already got here will be going in the props to thread shortly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulster2626 View Post

    The bowl taketh (my lungs), and giveth (great turns).
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    what a beaut

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