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  1. #26
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    So... umm, anyone want to show this beater around some zones on Mt Hood? I've been back five years and save for a few resortcountry laps, I've done little in the way of touring around here. Plenty of experience in Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho. I have all the requisite gear and knowledge. I'll bring beer if I can tag along. #grindrforskiing

  2. #27
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    Damn. Strong start to the year here.

  3. #28
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    Just saw this in the New York Times:
    When you love to snowboard as much as Rocky Freudenberg, the winter season ahead looked rather worrisome. Snow is always a gamble, but maybe less this year, a La NiŮa year, which could mean more powder-dumping storms for the northern Rockies and Cascades, where Mr. Freudenberg lives in Oregon. His worry hinged on the pandemic. Now, for the first time, many ski resorts big and small will require a reservation to ride the lifts — sometimes even if you own a season pass.

    So, with Covid-19 concerns high on his mind, Mr. Freudenberg, who is 47 and single with flexible work hours, hatched a plan. Instead of buying a season pass to his local ski area, he spent about $1,000 on an Ikon Pass, which gives him seven days or more of lift tickets at each of the pass’s 44 participating resorts in North America and abroad.

    Then he spent another $16,000 on a used motor home, a Gulf Stream, to which he added a waxing station and snowboard racks. Come January, he plans to take a 15-week, road-trip snow safari, bouncing between places like Crystal, Wash., and Mammoth Mountain, Calif., on a quest to log his usual 40-plus days of riding.

    “I’ve always wanted to chase powder,” he says. “Now I’m also chasing what’s available.”
    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/18/t...nds-virus.html

  4. #29
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    ^^^Sounds like a plan. An expensive one....
    "We don't beat the reaper by living longer, we beat the reaper by living well and living fully." - Randy Pausch

  5. #30
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    Sounds good if you've got the time and the money...

  6. #31
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    Quote Originally Posted by The AD View Post
    Just saw this in the New York Times:


    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/18/t...nds-virus.html
    I think I'll shoot a note to my boss at work, and at home, and see if I can do the same...

  7. #32
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    live cams at mhm showing it's back to pounding snow

  8. #33
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    Live cams at Bachy show a bunch of people in the tubing zone. Looks like blowing snow.
    "We don't beat the reaper by living longer, we beat the reaper by living well and living fully." - Randy Pausch

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  10. #35
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    Any ideas how the parking reservation system doles out slots? I checked every weekend for Dec-Jan-Feb and no free parking available. Then I tried a dozen random weekdays in Jan-Feb and found no free parking. First day I found was first weekend in March.

    Seriously thinking of just taking the refund before Nov 20th and say I won't ski this year rather than get stuck with a pass I can't use even one day let alone the 5 I am credited with.

    Bachelor hasn't really indicated what % they have allocated per day yet.



    EDIT: I have a worry because I took a week vacation to Glacier/Yellowstone in early October expecting it to be empty as it usually is...and well....both were PACKED with families and KIDS....so I am thinking with WFH and Home schooling and the lack standards for attendance....even the weekdays will be packed with skiers and no...parking.
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  11. #36
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    Quote Originally Posted by sirbumpsalot View Post
    Any ideas how the parking reservation system doles out slots? I checked every weekend for Dec-Jan-Feb and no free parking available. Then I tried a dozen random weekdays in Jan-Feb and found no free parking. First day I found was first weekend in March.

    Seriously thinking of just taking the refund before Nov 20th and say I won't ski this year rather than get stuck with a pass I can't use even one day let alone the 5 I am credited with.

    Bachelor hasn't really indicated what % they have allocated per day yet.
    I tried a few weekdays and some had free parking available, but others only had the $40 paid parking available. I also tried some midwinter Saturdayís, and found no parking available.

    That sucks for you as a Bachelor pass holder, thatís some BS. Not being able to make reservations now, or having to pay $40 to park some days is crazy. I kind of hate this parking reservation system compared to the Epic/Ikon systems, which I think are reasonable given the unique circumstances that we are in (donít get me wrong, Iím no fan of them, but if itís what makes the season happen, so be it).

    Iíll be honest, I have an Ikon Pass, and plan on using all 5 of my Bachelor days - in my defense, I was prepared to buy a quad pack until it jumped onto the Ikon bandwagon. Anyway, the day that Bachelor parking reservations became available, I made the maximum number of reservations, all for weekends in late Feb through mid-March. I probably wonít use them all, in fact Iíll probably save a couple of my days for some glorious late April or May spring skiing, but I figured I had to make the reservations when I did in case they ran out (thereís some game theory shit we could dig into). What I canít believe is that ANYONE could make parking reservations, it didnít matter if you had a season pass, an Ikon, a quad pack, or nothing. Iím shocked that they didnít give priority in making reservations to season pass holders, then Ikon, and so on. It feels like Bachelor gave a big middle finger to their most loyal customers.
    Last edited by jayx; 11-18-2020 at 08:27 PM. Reason: Published before I finished typing

  12. #37
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    Quote Originally Posted by jayx View Post
    I tried a few weekdays and some had free parking available, but others only had the $40 paid parking available. I also tried some midwinter Saturday’s, and found no parking available.

    That sucks for you as a Bachelor pass holder, that’s some BS. Not being able to make reservations now, or having to pay $40 to park some days is crazy. I kind of hate this parking reservation system compared to the Epic/Ikon systems, which I think are reasonable given the unique circumstances that we are in (don’t get me wrong, I’m no fan of them, but if it’s what makes the season happen, so be it).

    I’ll be honest, I have an Ikon Pass, and plan on using all 5 of my Bachelor days - in my defense, I was prepared to buy a quad pack until it jumped onto the Ikon bandwagon. Anyway, the day that Bachelor parking reservations became available, I made the maximum number of reservations, all for weekends in late Feb through mid-March. I probably won’t use them all, in fact I’ll probably save a couple of my days for some glorious late April or May spring skiing, but I figured I had to make the reservations when I did in case they ran out (there’s some game theory shit we could dig into). What I can’t believe is that ANYONE could make parking reservations, it didn’t matter if you had a season pass, an Ikon, a quad pack, or nothing. I’m shocked that they didn’t give priority in making reservations to season pass holders, then Ikon, and so on. It feels like Bachelor gave a big middle finger to their most loyal customers.
    Thanks....Given it might be the best they can do....If everyone has 7 days they can use....and they are all employed at all times...only being given up the night before....and you come from out of town...you probably will have stress and trouble trying to get a reservation every day you come until 1am the night before....Am I wrong in the gaming of this cluster?

    I am mainly interested in the % given out now and % to be held in reserve for later. If 75-80% are given out now....I am screwed I think.

  13. #38
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    Quote Originally Posted by sirbumpsalot View Post
    EDIT: I have a worry because I took a week vacation to Glacier/Yellowstone in early October expecting it to be empty as it usually is...and well....both were PACKED with families and KIDS....so I am thinking with WFH and Home schooling and the lack standards for attendance....even the weekdays will be packed with skiers and no...parking.
    The Parks Service, Forest Service, etc. have reported crazy visitation numbers for our national parks and forests this summer. Way busier than usual. It kind of makes sense - people canít do a lot of what they normally can do, but hiking/backpacking/biking/etc. could all be done relatively normally.

    I agree with you, I am guessing that midweek skiing will be up this season. Iím part of the problem. Normally Iím a weekend warrior, but I got laid off from my 9-5, M-F job along with a lot of other people in my company. Lack of demand during COVID, existing clients cancelling contracts. Iím doing some part-time work right now, but Iím taking advantage of temporarily being out of the grind to do some midweek skiing.

    That said, even if midweek skiing is up this season, imagine the crush of people who will be wanting to ski on the weekends this season! Even though I donít like reservation systems, I hope that they can help a bit with weekends. Iím also happy that places like Meadows and Crystal arenít doing walk-up tickets, although I still imagine theyíll be packed on weekends.

  14. #39
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    Quote Originally Posted by jayx View Post
    I tried a few weekdays and some had free parking available, but others only had the $40 paid parking available.
    $40 parking? Are they out of their fucking minds?

  15. #40
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    Quote Originally Posted by jayx View Post
    The Parks Service, Forest Service, etc. have reported crazy visitation numbers for our national parks and forests this summer. Way busier than usual. It kind of makes sense - people can’t do a lot of what they normally can do, but hiking/backpacking/biking/etc. could all be done relatively normally.

    I agree with you, I am guessing that midweek skiing will be up this season. I’m part of the problem. Normally I’m a weekend warrior, but I got laid off from my 9-5, M-F job along with a lot of other people in my company. Lack of demand during COVID, existing clients cancelling contracts. I’m doing some part-time work right now, but I’m taking advantage of temporarily being out of the grind to do some midweek skiing.

    That said, even if midweek skiing is up this season, imagine the crush of people who will be wanting to ski on the weekends this season! Even though I don’t like reservation systems, I hope that they can help a bit with weekends. I’m also happy that places like Meadows and Crystal aren’t doing walk-up tickets, although I still imagine they’ll be packed on weekends.

    I prefer midweek skiing....just worried about getting a reservation for more than one day at a time since I live 3hrs away.

    I did however notice this from just now on FB:

    The Passholder Promise provides a no questions asked refund — for any unused 2020/21 pass — and is now extended to 12/15/20 (previously 11/20).

  16. #41
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    I know itís not the same, but what about getting a pass at Hoodoo? I doubt that theyíre doing reservations.

  17. #42
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    Quote Originally Posted by The AD View Post
    $40 parking? Are they out of their fucking minds?
    4 people to a vehicle = $10. Just pick up random strangers at the SW Mt Washington - Century Drive traffic circle and charge them $10. And then, if they want to get a ride back, charge them $20. Problem solved.
    "We don't beat the reaper by living longer, we beat the reaper by living well and living fully." - Randy Pausch

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    No reservations, first come @ Hoodoo. Limit capacity per lodge.
    yepper

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    Pre-dawn assault on the Red Chair this morning.

    She tasks me!


    Ended up a successful assault of the ramparts to the Red Chair and made my way over to Pine to see what kind of damage I could inflict.


    About 5" or so of nice shin deep, light pow to dance in.


    Like minded souls were earning their turns, but well worth the effort!


    Was snowing lightly the whole time with a bit of wind loading on the ridges. Made for some really great November conditions
    "We don't beat the reaper by living longer, we beat the reaper by living well and living fully." - Randy Pausch

  20. #45
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    Mhm opening 11/30

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    That's ok Bachelor, no need to step up for the locals. Just stick your ass in Bends face as usual.
    yepper

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    Bachelor is probably not wanting to spend the money to open early. Less days open = more money for the corporate overlords.
    "We don't beat the reaper by living longer, we beat the reaper by living well and living fully." - Randy Pausch

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    Kinda a bummer, but at least they're allowing uphill and can generally keep lifts spinning, unlike certain neighbors to the north.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toadman View Post
    Bachelor is probably not wanting to spend the money to open early. Less days open = more money for the corporate overlords.
    Ditto
    yepper

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    Stellar conditions out there in the Mt Bachelor vicinity today.

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