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***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread***

Posted By: 92122

***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 11/15/18 08:15 PM

Colorado getting a good start this season while the California resorts are still struggling to open.

This site seems to stay up on snow related news: https://snowbrains.com


Point forecast links for many of the western US resorts are below and update twice daily.

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Snow Summit - CA.

Mammoth - CA.

Squaw Valley - CA.

Mt. Rose - NV.

Sierra @ Tahoe - CA.

Lee Canyon - NV.

Brianhead - UT.

Park City - UT.

Loveland - CO.

Mt. Hood Meadows - OR.

Posted By: 92122

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 11/15/18 08:19 PM

Picked up our first Jones Snowboards last season and paired them with Union Bindings. The wife rode her Flagship more than anything and absolutely loves it. My Aviator only has a few days on it and is ready to go for this season. Also picked up some new 686 insulated pants and ThirtyTwo TMTwo XLT Boots which I am taking to REI to heat mold this weekend. Bring it.

Posted By: Kento

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 11/15/18 09:30 PM

Gonna be staying slopeside at Kirkwood this Xmas. Looking forward to it! jam_on
Posted By: frvcvs

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 11/15/18 09:44 PM

I have a new job thats gonna kill my season. toilet

Which probably means that there will be epic snow in the sierras. You're welcome cheers

Just in case I couldn't pass on a deal for Burton EST Genesis X Bindings to put on my skeleton key. Everything else this season is old.
Posted By: stu dog

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 11/15/18 09:55 PM

got my New Years trip booked at Mammoth. let's hope for some snow.

long shot, anyone have experience with Korua snowboards shrug when I got my Jones Flagship they didn't have the 165w out yet. i could use a little more surface area for powder. Looking at selling my 163w Flagship and getting a 164 Pencil
https://www.koruashapes.com/shop/korua-classic/pencil/7/pencil
Posted By: 92122

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 11/16/18 12:36 AM

Originally Posted By: stu dog
anyone have experience with Korua snowboards


No, but that thing looks pretty wide. 26.9 cm waist on the 164 (my Slayblade 163w is 26.3cm). Surprised they don't call it a "Wide".

https://www.evo.com/snowboards/korua-sha...9hoCKXwQAvD_BwE
Posted By: YeahNo

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 11/16/18 12:39 AM

Originally Posted By: 92122
... paired them with Union Bindings.


Do you ever have an issue with the straps coming loose? Union now has an updated hardware kit to correct this if you do. Just a heads up!
Posted By: stu dog

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 11/16/18 12:40 AM

Originally Posted By: 92122
Originally Posted By: stu dog
anyone have experience with Korua snowboards


No, but that thing looks pretty wide. 26.9 cm waist on the 164 (my Slayblade 163w is 26.3cm). Surprised they don't call it a "Wide".

https://www.evo.com/snowboards/korua-sha...9hoCKXwQAvD_BwE


was up in Seattle last week and stopped into Evo. they said all the Korua boards are built wide. specs yep, they're wide. got a 26.9 Neversummer "wide" so that's good for me. The nose is huge at 324. Was also looking at the Dart. wondering how their construction is. and weight. there were none at Evo when I went there.
Posted By: stu dog

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 11/16/18 12:42 AM

Originally Posted By: YeahNo
Originally Posted By: 92122
... paired them with Union Bindings.


Do you ever have an issue with the straps coming loose? Union now has an updated hardware kit to correct this if you do. Just a heads up!


got Union Force bindings. 3 years old i think now. quit the opposite. mine are getting stuck now. sometimes can't quick slide them open.
Posted By: frvcvs

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 11/16/18 01:40 AM

Originally Posted By: stu dog
got my New Years trip booked at Mammoth. let's hope for some snow.

long shot, anyone have experience with Korua snowboards shrug when I got my Jones Flagship they didn't have the 165w out yet. i could use a little more surface area for powder. Looking at selling my 163w Flagship and getting a 164 Pencil
https://www.koruashapes.com/shop/korua-classic/pencil/7/pencil


Never ridden one but I've been eyeing them for a while. Love their shapes, clean aesthetics and their vids are always my favorites. Let me know how it rides.
Posted By: laidback

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 11/16/18 03:50 AM

Are we calling it "Snow surfing" now?
Posted By: 92122

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 11/16/18 06:53 PM

Originally Posted By: stu dog
Originally Posted By: YeahNo
Originally Posted By: 92122
... paired them with Union Bindings.


Do you ever have an issue with the straps coming loose? Union now has an updated hardware kit to correct this if you do. Just a heads up!


got Union Force bindings. 3 years old i think now. quit the opposite. mine are getting stuck now. sometimes can't quick slide them open.


Like Stu said, my experience has been that they are solid. Don't think I care for the mini disk 4x2 as much as a standard 4x4 mount, but its supposed to allow the board to flex better underfoot..??..

Once on a really cold day I did have some ice pack into the toe strap where it meets the baseplate and couldn't push them forward enough to go over the cap of my boot.

Posted By: 92122

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 11/16/18 06:54 PM

Originally Posted By: laidback
Are we calling it "Snow surfing" now?


Only here so it's surfing related. cheers
Posted By: Bob

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 11/16/18 07:37 PM

Quote:
Gonna be staying slopeside at Kirkwood this Xmas. Looking forward to it! jam_on
_________________________


Friend from Logan has been visiting me to go surfing. Waiting for some snow for the return favor.
Friends from Solitude are doing well!
Been surfing a lot after acupuncture treatments for my shoulder.
Lot like fun! foreheadslap
Posted By: Fritzo

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 11/16/18 08:48 PM

Originally Posted By: stu dog
got my New Years trip booked at Mammoth. let's hope for some snow.

long shot, anyone have experience with Korua snowboards shrug when I got my Jones Flagship they didn't have the 165w out yet. i could use a little more surface area for powder. Looking at selling my 163w Flagship and getting a 164 Pencil
https://www.koruashapes.com/shop/korua-classic/pencil/7/pencil


How much do you want for the Flagship?

My resort board is a 162w Welcome to the West and my split is a Jones Explorer.

If the Flagship was a split I would be interested. Thinking maybe I need a stiffer split, and a more fun resort board to fill out the quiver. I also have a 158 Rome Agent but it's a 2006 so I mostly consider that a loaner board.
Posted By: stu dog

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 11/16/18 08:58 PM

Originally Posted By: Fritzo
Originally Posted By: stu dog
got my New Years trip booked at Mammoth. let's hope for some snow.

long shot, anyone have experience with Korua snowboards shrug when I got my Jones Flagship they didn't have the 165w out yet. i could use a little more surface area for powder. Looking at selling my 163w Flagship and getting a 164 Pencil
https://www.koruashapes.com/shop/korua-classic/pencil/7/pencil


How much do you want for the Flagship?

My resort board is a 162w Welcome to the West and my split is a Jones Explorer.

If the Flagship was a split I would be interested. Thinking maybe I need a stiffer split, and a more fun resort board to fill out the quiver. I also have a 158 Rome Agent but it's a 2006 so I mostly consider that a loaner board.


haven't thought of a price yet. Mine isn't a split. PM if interested. It's in pretty damn good condition. ridden no more than 10 days, if that.
Posted By: dl4060

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 11/20/18 04:11 PM

Supposedly something on tap for the Sierra over this week and weekend. I will be going up on Friday, skiing Friday and Saturday and maybe Sunday. I have to go up to open our ski lease, otherwise I might skip it. To anyone going up this weekend be VERY careful. It is going to be a couple of feet of pow on dirt and rocks. I'm going to stay pretty much on piste, I'll let everyone else pack the first base down. I've seen some nasty injuries on early season pow days. Last year a buddy of mine, who has lived in Tahoe for 20 years, blew out his knee skiing pow over a rock field at Squaw in November. Having lived there for 20 years, he really should know better.
Posted By: stu dog

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 11/20/18 05:12 PM

Originally Posted By: dl4060
Supposedly something on tap for the Sierra over this week and weekend. I will be going up on Friday, skiing Friday and Saturday and maybe Sunday. I have to go up to open our ski lease, otherwise I might skip it. To anyone going up this weekend be VERY careful. It is going to be a couple of feet of pow on dirt and rocks. I'm going to stay pretty much on piste, I'll let everyone else pack the first base down. I've seen some nasty injuries on early season pow days. Last year a buddy of mine, who has lived in Tahoe for 20 years, blew out his knee skiing pow over a rock field at Squaw in November. Having lived there for 20 years, he really should know better.


i would not recommend going off the groomers first snow storm of the year
Posted By: 92122

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 11/20/18 05:42 PM

I'm betting on 20"+ for Squaw Valley... Maybe 12"+ for Mammoth... We'll see how it stacks up.

Sunny weather moves in for California next week but is supposed to be short lives with more chance for storms coming off the Pacific around the end of the month.
Posted By: 92122

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 11/22/18 06:27 PM

And there it is...



...supposed to keep stacking through tomorrow night.
Posted By: Kento

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 11/28/18 01:39 AM

Originally Posted By: 92122
And there it is...



...supposed to keep stacking through tomorrow night.


I like this. jam_on

After owning the same Bonfire snowboard pants for the last 12 years or so (hands down the best article of clothing that I've owned, period), they're getting badly frayed in places. So I guess I have to bite the bullet and get a new pair. Stuff like that I don't want to buy online since want to try it on, get an idea of fit, warmth, flexibility, etc.

Now I probably should have asked this before Black Friday roflmao but anyone have suggestions on where to get cheap/reasonably priced, quality gear in Orange County area?

On another note, man it was a crying shame when that outlet store in Bishop across from the casino closed down.
Posted By: stu dog

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 11/28/18 01:54 AM

Originally Posted By: Kento

Now I probably should have asked this before Black Friday roflmao but anyone have suggestions on where to get cheap/reasonably priced, quality gear in Orange County area?

On another note, man it was a crying shame when that outlet store in Bishop across from the casino closed down.


https://www.steepandcheap.com/Store/catalog/search.jsp?q=snowboard%20pants&s=a

there was a sign all last year that the outlet shop in Bishop was going to move to a new location next to the bowling alley. not sure if they did or not. The Waverave outlet across the road from Mahogany Meats can have good deals
Posted By: silentbutdeadly

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 11/28/18 02:45 AM

Check the usual seshday steep and cheap stuff.

I was lucky enough to get a proform for patagucci and I love their pants.
Posted By: Bonzer5Fin

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 11/28/18 03:08 AM

...lost Libtech, Burton bindings, and boots. Stocked for the Euro season ahead.
Posted By: sd_101

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 11/28/18 03:20 AM

I keep saying Iíll update my bindings then find myself on the wrong side of February wondering if I should wait until next season to update my bindings.

Will be going onto a Jones Flagship.
Posted By: shiver_me_timbers

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 11/28/18 04:45 AM

Heading to Mt Hood this weekend. Looking good.

As for gear, Sierra Trading Post just opened a retail outlet 30 minutes north of us. Check their site for deals.
Posted By: frvcvs

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 11/28/18 05:32 AM

Originally Posted By: Bonzer5Fin
...lost Libtech, Burton bindings, and boots. Stocked for the Euro season ahead.


You get one of the matt meola lost shapes? Lots of good looking Lib outlines but lostly wretched graphics (though improving the past few seasons. Just wish they had more camber shapes
Posted By: Mr Doof

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 11/28/18 06:03 PM

Originally Posted By: shiver_me_timbers
Heading to Mt Hood this weekend. Looking good.

As for gear, Sierra Trading Post just opened a retail outlet 30 minutes north of us. Check their site for deals.


Why not stay in Washington? Snoqualmie Pass would be closest to Gig, yes? You ski there yet? Never got there myself.
Posted By: stu dog

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 11/28/18 06:04 PM

Originally Posted By: Mr Doof
Originally Posted By: shiver_me_timbers
Heading to Mt Hood this weekend. Looking good.

As for gear, Sierra Trading Post just opened a retail outlet 30 minutes north of us. Check their site for deals.


Why not stay in Washington? Snoqualmie Pass has lifts, yes?



my friend in Seattle calls it "Just Snoqualmie". he says the mountain ain't much.
Posted By: 92122

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 11/30/18 07:43 PM

It's on now!!

Storms supposed to keep rolling on and off over the next 2 weeks as well.

Posted By: Barracuda

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 11/30/18 08:39 PM

hitting the austrian alps next week, went there last year and was shocked by the lack of snowboarders in the area...
Posted By: dl4060

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 11/30/18 08:51 PM

I skied last weekend at Mammoth and had fun. The snow came in wet and really bonded onto the rocks. I skied groomers on Saturday morning then lapped Dropout 1 on Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday. It was really fun for this time of year, the rocks were easily avoided. Unfortunately I can't go up this weekend, this storm should really get things going.
Posted By: stu dog

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 11/30/18 09:02 PM

when's WH2 side open shrug
Posted By: sbsurfersb

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 11/30/18 10:35 PM

Originally Posted By: stu dog
when's WH2 side open shrug


All systems go December 8th according to Mammoth Snowman today. Schoolyard runs beginning this weekend but WH2 isnt open yet.
Posted By: crotchgrab

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 12/02/18 04:44 AM

I'm in the market for a new stick and thought I'd ask you boys. Looking for a one board quiver. Mostly East coast groomers/ice. But I do get out west every year for work. I've been on an old cambered board I've had for years that is finally being retired.
I primarily stay out of the park but do like to hit some jumps here and there. Mix in a little bit of switch but not enough to necessitate a full on twin.
I keep going back and forth between some of the hybrid rocker/camber and more camber boards.
I'm very intrigued by a few boards:
Jones (Flagship. Even more so with the Explorer, due to it's slightly more playful characteristics.)
Yes Pick Your Line
Nitro Woodcarver

...and I thought there were too many surfboard models...
Any insight would be appreciated as it's difficult to interpret snowboarders describe ride feel.

Also, I've been snowboarding since I was 11 and would say I'm intermediate-advanced.
Do I show my tits now or after?
Posted By: stu dog

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 12/02/18 04:01 PM

Originally Posted By: crotchgrab
I'm in the market for a new stick and thought I'd ask you boys. Looking for a one board quiver. Mostly East coast groomers/ice. But I do get out west every year for work. I've been on an old cambered board I've had for years that is finally being retired.
I primarily stay out of the park but do like to hit some jumps here and there. Mix in a little bit of switch but not enough to necessitate a full on twin.
I keep going back and forth between some of the hybrid rocker/camber and more camber boards.
I'm very intrigued by a few boards:
Jones (Flagship. Even more so with the Explorer, due to it's slightly more playful characteristics.)
Yes Pick Your Line
Nitro Woodcarver

...and I thought there were too many surfboard models...
Any insight would be appreciated as it's difficult to interpret snowboarders describe ride feel.

Also, I've been snowboarding since I was 11 and would say I'm intermediate-advanced.
Do I show my tits now or after?


i'd recommend the Flagship. It's as close to a one board quiver for more of a freerider type. has enough camber in the feet to have control on hard pack, but for weeks old hard pack I'll go all camber. will handle powder too easily. I like my Flagship, but they really didn't have a correct size for me out yet when I bought it so been riding something undersized a bit. It's a step down from my all camber Never Summer Heritage (circa 2011-ish) so it's a easy transition when the snow is softer. Personally I like the Directional Camber boards as they can hold when bombing groomers. Haven't tried a hybrid rocker/camber yet. just don't know if that will wash out at high speed, which I'm not wanting to try out.
Posted By: mtnsrf

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 12/02/18 04:31 PM

If looking into jones boards, your riding style sounds more suited for the mountain twin or ultra mountain twin. Jones himself calls the ultra mountain twin more versatile than the flagship. There are some good short clips comparing this years boards below. Flagship is a rad board though and really cant go wrong with it.

Flagship vs Ultra mountain twin
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEL23Po_H24

Mountain twin vs Ultra mountain twin
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2tdrNo-40U
Posted By: Cranston

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 12/02/18 04:51 PM

Selling my gear. Board/bindings/boots/bag.

https://sandiego.craigslist.org/csd/spo/d/k2-156cm-snowboard-package/6759289246.html
Posted By: crotchgrab

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 12/02/18 09:44 PM

Awesome. Thanks for the insight.
Posted By: bird.

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 12/03/18 07:33 PM

Originally Posted By: mtnsrf
If looking into jones boards, your riding style sounds more suited for the mountain twin or ultra mountain twin. Jones himself calls the ultra mountain twin more versatile than the flagship. There are some good short clips comparing this years boards below. Flagship is a rad board though and really cant go wrong with it.

Flagship vs Ultra mountain twin
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEL23Po_H24

Mountain twin vs Ultra mountain twin
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2tdrNo-40U


Agreed. Other boards you might check out:

Capita Mercury
Yes Typo
Burton Deep Thinker

Flagship/Explorer don't make sense to me if switch capability is at all important to you.

I switched from a 10 year old cambered board (Burton Uninc) to a Mercury late last season, and after riding in a bit of powder over the weekend, a little rocker in the tips is a game changer and it definitely DOES NOT wash out at high speed.
Posted By: stu dog

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 12/03/18 07:41 PM

Originally Posted By: bird.
Originally Posted By: mtnsrf
If looking into jones boards, your riding style sounds more suited for the mountain twin or ultra mountain twin. Jones himself calls the ultra mountain twin more versatile than the flagship. There are some good short clips comparing this years boards below. Flagship is a rad board though and really cant go wrong with it.

Flagship vs Ultra mountain twin
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEL23Po_H24

Mountain twin vs Ultra mountain twin
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2tdrNo-40U


Agreed. Other boards you might check out:

Capita Mercury
Yes Typo
Burton Deep Thinker

Flagship/Explorer don't make sense to me if switch capability is at all important to you.

I switched from a 10 year old cambered board (Burton Uninc) to a Mercury late last season, and after riding in a bit of powder over the weekend, a little rocker in the tips is a game changer and it definitely DOES NOT wash out at high speed.


the Capita Spring Break boards are pretty rad. https://www.capitasnowboarding.com/snowboards/spring-break-powder only got a chance to look at the 151 but it's a cool shape that the 161 could work for me. but the zero camber for Mammoth didn't sound fun once that place gets tracked out. Plus $700+ price range.

just ordered a Korua. with shipping board was $75 cheaper than buying from Evo in the states. Plus 3 day shipping from Germany!
Posted By: frvcvs

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 12/04/18 02:59 AM

Still waiting for that Korua ride report!
Posted By: 92122

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 12/04/18 09:17 PM

Originally Posted By: crotchgrab
I'm in the market for a new stick... Looking for a one board quiver....do like to hit some jumps...Mix in a little bit of switch


The K2 Manifest looks pretty nice. Directional Twin (same nose / tail specs, but 3/4" setback on the binding mounts). Mostly Camber with a bit of rocker at each end to loosen it up and give a bit more float.

I'd ride a Wide, but they make it standard width too.

https://www.k2snowboarding.com/en/mens/snowboards

Ive always thought K2 makes some of the coolest looking boards, if that sort of thing matters to you.
Posted By: 92122

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 12/04/18 09:22 PM

The K2 Standard has their old Flatline Tech, which I have on my K2 Slayblade and really like. Basically Flat Camber that doesn't curve up or down. Trying for a happy medium and IMO it works well. Looks like they added a tiny pit of rocker at the tips for good measure.

Again, Directional Twin, so same shape all around just set back 3/4" on the binding mounts. Lower price too.

https://www.k2snowboarding.com/en/mens/snowboards/k2-standard-wide-1819.html
Posted By: stu dog

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 12/04/18 10:22 PM

Originally Posted By: 92122

Ive always thought K2 makes some of the coolest looking boards, if that sort of thing matters to you.


with the short/wide trend K2 should bring back the Fat Bob. first board I every used (was a rental)
Posted By: Kento

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 12/04/18 10:56 PM

Originally Posted By: stu dog
Originally Posted By: 92122

Ive always thought K2 makes some of the coolest looking boards, if that sort of thing matters to you.


with the short/wide trend K2 should bring back the Fat Bob. first board I every used (was a rental)


That board was a lifesaver for those with adult-sized feet.

I think the board I'm riding is a Gnu. 163. I'm not sure. Bought it a while back and I've since forgotten. roflmao
Posted By: 92122

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 12/04/18 11:56 PM

Originally Posted By: stu dog


with the short/wide trend K2 should bring back the Fat Bob.


Get it.

https://www.ebay.com/i/233006941745?chn=ps
Posted By: stu dog

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 12/05/18 12:02 AM

Originally Posted By: 92122
Originally Posted By: stu dog


with the short/wide trend K2 should bring back the Fat Bob.


Get it.

https://www.ebay.com/i/233006941745?chn=ps


the one I rented must have been circa '92-ish. it was a directional board, not a twin tip
Posted By: crotchgrab

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 12/05/18 12:51 AM

Originally Posted By: 92122
Originally Posted By: crotchgrab
I'm in the market for a new stick... Looking for a one board quiver....do like to hit some jumps...Mix in a little bit of switch


The K2 Manifest looks pretty nice. Directional Twin (same nose / tail specs, but 3/4" setback on the binding mounts). Mostly Camber with a bit of rocker at each end to loosen it up and give a bit more float.

I'd ride a Wide, but they make it standard width too.

https://www.k2snowboarding.com/en/mens/snowboards

Ive always thought K2 makes some of the coolest looking boards, if that sort of thing matters to you.


That thing looks sick.
Posted By: 92122

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 12/08/18 05:18 AM

Kirkwood is claiming 100% of runs open by this weekend and Tahoe in general at 173% of seasonal average!

https://snowbrains.com/tahoe-resorts-kirkwood-open/

https://snowbrains.com/lake-tahoe-snowpack-at-173-of-average-right-now/


Mammoth claiming the deepest snowpack in the U.S. right now...

https://snowbrains.com/deepest-snowpacks-north-america/
Posted By: 92122

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 12/10/18 07:25 PM

Looks like we'll be riding KT22 this December.

https://squawalpine.com/skiing-riding/weather-conditions-webcams/lift-grooming-status

https://www.powder.com/videos/powder-tv/iconic-lifts-kt-22/
Posted By: Iceman

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 12/13/18 07:47 PM

Took a random trip to Portland last week and ended up getting a day at Timberline. Beautiful day, limited terrain, but super fun. Just got back from a couple fun groomer days at Kirkwood. Pretty much everything is open, though plenty of obstacles once you venture off piste. Finally got a chance to get the new board dialed. Thing carves like a mofo, and definitely a lot better holding the rail heelside than my old board ever could. Thanks Q_Surf, board rec was on point! Can't wait to get it into some deep stuff.

Posted By: bird.

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 12/13/18 07:49 PM

That rear binding angle shocked2
Posted By: stu dog

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 12/13/18 07:54 PM

Originally Posted By: bird.
That rear binding angle shocked2


that's some craving angle jam_on

heading up to Mammoth tomorrow dawn patrol. Giving the new 164cm Korua Pencil a test run. LOTS of camber in it. but the setback is much more than my Flagship.

Posted By: frvcvs

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 12/13/18 10:29 PM

Originally Posted By: stu dog
Originally Posted By: bird.
That rear binding angle shocked2


that's some craving angle jam_on

heading up to Mammoth tomorrow dawn patrol. Giving the new 164cm Korua Pencil a test run. LOTS of camber in it. but the setback is much more than my Flagship.



Thats a sexy bitch, eager for your ride report.
Posted By: Iceman

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 12/14/18 01:49 AM

Originally Posted By: frvcvs
Originally Posted By: stu dog
Originally Posted By: bird.
That rear binding angle shocked2


that's some craving angle jam_on

heading up to Mammoth tomorrow dawn patrol. Giving the new 164cm Korua Pencil a test run. LOTS of camber in it. but the setback is much more than my Flagship.



Thats a sexy bitch, eager for your ride report.


Ditto. Would love to try out any of the Koruas.
Posted By: stu dog

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 12/15/18 04:35 AM

Originally Posted By: Iceman
Originally Posted By: frvcvs
Originally Posted By: stu dog
Originally Posted By: bird.
That rear binding angle shocked2


that's some craving angle jam_on

heading up to Mammoth tomorrow dawn patrol. Giving the new 164cm Korua Pencil a test run. LOTS of camber in it. but the setback is much more than my Flagship.



Thats a sexy bitch, eager for your ride report.


Ditto. Would love to try out any of the Koruas.


All hard pack today. All that camber was perfect. Itís a medium weight board and stiff but not to stiff. Board is a rocket ship! Goes so fast. If you ainít careful itíll try to kill you. Not sure if itís the factory wax but it just glides like crazy. Doesnít want to stop
Posted By: dl4060

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 12/17/18 05:12 AM

Friday I skied Mammoth and hit mostly dropout 1. It was firm but edgable, with some fun pockets. The last two days have been a blast in Dave's, perfect Mammoth windbuff, lots of spray.
Posted By: bruddahkine

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 12/17/18 05:36 PM

Super sick Dirksen Derby weekend at Bachelor. My 13 year old managed to grab 3rd in the 14 and under grom division (he's wanted a podium in this event for years). Lots of super rippers shredding the course and the mountain (Jeremy Jones, Austen Sweetin etc.). Alex Lopez raced on a Lib snow skate. Always such a rad fun event that fully embodies what snowboarding should be. I was stoked to be up there on a board again after the 22 month odyssey I have had with my broken leg. Good times with great people in our amazing shred community raising money for great causes (Protect Our Winters, Oregon Adaptive Sports, etc.).

Our weather forecast looks wet and warm coming up so fingers crossed we get snow and not the alternative. Hope everyone here scores some pow over the holidays!
Posted By: bruddahkine

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 12/17/18 05:37 PM

Speaking of Austen Sweetin, if you haven't watched this, do it now. He's easily one of my favorite riders these days. Watch it all the way through.... there's a lot packed into 10 minutes..

Posted By: bruddahkine

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 12/17/18 05:41 PM

Originally Posted By: bruddahkine
Speaking of Austen Sweetin, if you haven't watched this, do it now. He's easily one of my favorite riders these days. Watch it all the way through.... there's a lot packed into 10 minutes..



The Phil Hansen (in the orange hat) clips at 6:13 are so mental... He's a pro skater for Lib Tech but maybe snowboards better than he skates.
Posted By: 92122

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 12/17/18 07:44 PM

People are scoring this morning at Squaw Valley!! Just saw a few rip some awesome lines as the camera pans / zooms to different zones.

https://squawalpine.com/skiing-riding/weather-conditions-webcams/lake-tahoe-webcams
Posted By: rice

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 12/18/18 05:33 PM

Originally Posted By: 92122
People are scoring this morning at Squaw Valley!! Just saw a few rip some awesome lines as the camera pans / zooms to different zones.

https://squawalpine.com/skiing-riding/weather-conditions-webcams/lake-tahoe-webcams


Going to Squaw in 2 weeks. Stocked.
Posted By: silentbutdeadly

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 12/21/18 06:01 AM

Rode Mammoth today. Couple days late but was up for work so I'll take what I can get. Good amount of snow for this time of year and the quality was pretty damn good in certain spots. Surprisingly empty too considering how close we are to Christmas.

Dave's run was the best but the traverse on a snowboard in the wind was a bitch so I only did it twice. Couple of surprisingly good windblown stuff by chair 9 but the lower parts had shit coverage.
Posted By: RemyXO

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 12/21/18 05:31 PM

Anyone have some good step-in binding rec's? I'd rather not drop $300+ on new bindings, I'm actually looking for a decent one less than $150. I see there's some in that price range, just not sure about their durability. Need a large size for my 12 boots, for all-mountain riding. Thanks in advance. cheers
Posted By: stu dog

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 12/21/18 05:35 PM

Originally Posted By: RemyXO
Anyone have some good step-in binding rec's? I'd rather not drop $300+ on new bindings, I'm actually looking for a decent one less than $150. I see there's some in that price range, just not sure about their durability. Need a large size for my 12 boots, for all-mountain riding. Thanks in advance. cheers


step in-s? there's really only Flow left and the new Burton step in's, but those require special boots
Posted By: RemyXO

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 12/21/18 06:54 PM

Originally Posted By: stu dog
Originally Posted By: RemyXO
Anyone have some good step-in binding rec's? I'd rather not drop $300+ on new bindings, I'm actually looking for a decent one less than $150. I see there's some in that price range, just not sure about their durability. Need a large size for my 12 boots, for all-mountain riding. Thanks in advance. cheers


step in-s? there's really only Flow left and the new Burton step in's, but those require special boots


Dang, meant to say strap ins. . foreheadslap Just your typical SB bindings. Yeah, not looking at replacing my boots either. Never had the toe cap strap, do you like those?
Posted By: stu dog

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 12/21/18 07:02 PM

Originally Posted By: RemyXO
Originally Posted By: stu dog
Originally Posted By: RemyXO
Anyone have some good step-in binding rec's? I'd rather not drop $300+ on new bindings, I'm actually looking for a decent one less than $150. I see there's some in that price range, just not sure about their durability. Need a large size for my 12 boots, for all-mountain riding. Thanks in advance. cheers


step in-s? there's really only Flow left and the new Burton step in's, but those require special boots


Dang, meant to say strap ins. . foreheadslap Just your typical SB bindings. Yeah, not looking at replacing my boots either. Never had the toe cap strap, do you like those?


the toe caps are pretty standard now. they do relieve pressure on the toes. also good for circulation. my front foot toes would sometimes go numb on the chair lift with over the boot strap fronts. It's peak season so finding something good on sale is kind of tough. maybe could score something on craigs'list? I've been using Union bindings and like them. Had a Ride set of bindings and they were pretty good.

these could be a decent buy
https://www.evo.com/outlet/snowboard-bindings/ride-lx-2018
Posted By: RemyXO

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 12/21/18 07:27 PM

Thanks Stu, I will look into those. I feel like I'm out of the loop on SB gear, as its been awhile since I've upgraded my equipment. My toes go numb too, hope the toe cap will help that. Always thought it was the boots.
Posted By: bird.

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 12/21/18 08:43 PM

I think Union bindings are probably the best bang for your buck these days.

Keep in mind that at the $150 price point you're going to get a relatively flexy binding regardless of brand. Not necessarily a bad thing, but something to keep in mind. If you can bump it up a hundred bucks, Union Force is a good all mountain binding and cheaper than direct competitors from Burton, Rome, etc. Union Flight if flexy sounds good to you.

I like having Burton bindings though since no matter where you are, the shop's likely to have replacement parts if you find yourself in a jam.
Posted By: Iceman

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 12/21/18 10:31 PM

I second the Union binding rec. I went for the Falcors and love them, though a bit more pricey.

My snowboarding trip calendar is filling up fast. Heading to Montana Jan 4-9 to get some action at Big Sky, and now planning to go to Japan the first week of February. Anybody been? Probably end up in the area of Rusutsu/Niseko.

Also want to get to Jackson Hole and Snowbird on separate trips by season's end.
Posted By: stu dog

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 12/21/18 10:32 PM

Originally Posted By: Iceman
I second the Union binding rec. I went for the Falcors and love them, though a bit more pricey.

My snowboarding trip calendar is filling up fast. Heading to Montana Jan 4-9 to get some action at Big Sky, and now planning to go to Japan the first week of February. Anybody been? Probably end up in the area of Rusutsu/Niseko.

Also want to get to Jackson Hole and Snowbird on separate trips by season's end.


post some Big Sky pics! thinking of going there this year since they're on the Ikon pass
Posted By: dl4060

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 12/23/18 06:37 PM

Originally Posted By: Iceman
I second the Union binding rec. I went for the Falcors and love them, though a bit more pricey.

My snowboarding trip calendar is filling up fast. Heading to Montana Jan 4-9 to get some action at Big Sky, and now planning to go to Japan the first week of February. Anybody been? Probably end up in the area of Rusutsu/Niseko.

Also want to get to Jackson Hole and Snowbird on separate trips by season's end.


Nice!! I have seen lots of video footage of Japan, but never been.

Big Sky is another place I have always wanted to go. Definitely some of the best terrain in North America, it is pretty under the radar. The people I know who have been there rave about it.

I ski Mammoth 2-3 weekends a month, which requires a ski lease. The ski lease costs us about 500 a month with utilities over a six month season, which leaves precious little for a travel budget. It is a shame with the Ikon pass having all these great locations I want to hit. I have an old friend from my ski bum days in Tahoe who lives in the bay but is in Tahoe almost every weekend, so I can stay with him and hit Squaw. My wife has a friend whose dad has a place in Utah, so I might be able to get in some Snowbird days, but I don't see a trip to Big Sky or Revelstoke or Jackson as likely. If only Mammoth was an hour away and I didn't need a ski lease! Actually, that would be a disaster, it is crowded enough as it is.

There was a couple who used to be in our ski lease before they bought their own place. They are both attorneys, but they have they, literally, hit Mammoth every weekend. They don't have kids, so they have money and freedom. Each winter they take a two week trip, driving up to the interior of British Columbia, hitting places on the way up and the way back. Some day I would love to do that. Both of them just retired in their early 50's, they still do some consulting on the side, mostly in the summer, but they have moved to Mammoth permanently. They said the two week trip will now last for a month. Needless to say they are pretty pumped on the Ikon pass.
Posted By: Kento

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 12/24/18 06:42 AM

I love the terrain at Mammoth but the mountain and lodging situation has made it kind of a pain in the ass. Something about it trying so hard to be a destination resort just really rubs me the wrong way. shrug

Kirkwood was fun today. Snow is still pretty packed but not too bad. Absolutely empty today. Walked on to every lift. Got my daughter situated with ski school in the morning with hopes being a year older would pay off a lot. After riding umpteen gullies (one of the things I love about Kirkwood) and snagging some sticky powder remnants in the trees for a couple hours, did a few runs with the wife as she is still learning, and then headed over to pick up my daughter.

Stocked! Everything clicked for her (night and day from Mammoth last year where her lesson was so bad she just trudged off the mountain before her lesson ended, never wanting to ski again) and she was up and riding lifts for first time. Had just enough time to get one last run in with her. I have been waiting for this moment a long time. Was awesome to have her ski with me for the first time. And she charged it! Pointed them straight, with exception of small speed checks, just fearlessly hauled ass to the bottom. jam_on
Posted By: shiver_me_timbers

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 12/24/18 06:15 PM

jam_on

we're taking our daughter up to the mtn this week for her first ski lesson. wink2
Posted By: stu dog

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 12/31/18 09:16 AM

Originally Posted By: stu dog
Originally Posted By: Iceman
Originally Posted By: frvcvs
Originally Posted By: stu dog
Originally Posted By: bird.
That rear binding angle shocked2


that's some craving angle jam_on

heading up to Mammoth tomorrow dawn patrol. Giving the new 164cm Korua Pencil a test run. LOTS of camber in it. but the setback is much more than my Flagship.



Thats a sexy bitch, eager for your ride report.


Ditto. Would love to try out any of the Koruas.


All hard pack today. All that camber was perfect. Itís a medium weight board and stiff but not to stiff. Board is a rocket ship! Goes so fast. If you ainít careful itíll try to kill you. Not sure if itís the factory wax but it just glides like crazy. Doesnít want to stop


Further update: holy fook! With softer snow the Korua Pencil is insane! Long carves but it can easily go rail to rail quickly. And soooo easy to kick out the tail. Any front side bank no matter the rut crud snow this thing smoothly powers thru with zero bumbs. Still need a powder day, but everything else this board owns and will destroy.
Posted By: 92122

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 01/03/19 12:29 AM

Got kind of skunked on the snow / conditions a couple weeks ago in Tahoe, but it was good to be in the mountains again. Misty and socked in clouds on the first day at Squaw, and then all that moisture mustve froze overnight because it was way too firm at Alpine Meadows the next day.

No driving hassles, and the wind was mild so overall a great trip with the family.
Posted By: dl4060

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 01/09/19 01:05 AM

Mammoth has gotten pounded with what should be good base snow. My condo mates who are up there now have rubbed it in. I'm leaving Thursday around 5 am for a four day trip. Hopefully a bit more on the way on top of what should by now be a good base. I have not been up since around Dec 20. The base was decent back then, it should be much better now.
Posted By: PPK96754

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 01/09/19 11:24 AM

Kento and Kirkwood both start with "k's"
Kirkwood is certainly more fun!
beer

Posted By: shiver_me_timbers

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 01/09/19 05:41 PM

After 20+ years I finally bought a new pair of OR mitts. Holy fook, they are plush now! If I get another 20 years out of these I'll be 65.

Heading to Whistler next week with wifey and kiddo, Mon-Sat. If anyone is around hit me up. beer
Posted By: rice

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 01/09/19 06:49 PM

Originally Posted By: 92122
Got kind of skunked on the snow / conditions a couple weeks ago in Tahoe, but it was good to be in the mountains again. Misty and socked in clouds on the first day at Squaw, and then all that moisture mustve froze overnight because it was way too firm at Alpine Meadows the next day.

No driving hassles, and the wind was mild so overall a great trip with the family.


Went a couple days after you. Killer weather, zero wind and snow was fine, but obviously not epic. Had a day at Homiewood and a day at Squaw. Forgot how fun it is to do turns on mountains.
Posted By: Kento

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 01/09/19 08:35 PM

Originally Posted By: PPK96754
Kento and Kirkwood both start with "k's"
Kirkwood is certainly more fun!
beer



roflmao

My daughter probably thinks so too!

Lagged a bit posting this video up. Christmas Eve was absolute hell. Whiteout conditions and the snow was so wet, it literally stuck to your goggles. Thought I was the only one who was suffering but conferring with others, I definitely wasn't. I didn't even get onto the mountain until 2 that day because if it's going to be cruddy, might as well wait until there was some snow accumulation. Got some decent powder but was absolutely soaked by the end.

Christmas Day was really good at Kirkwood; reward for the day before. Foot+ of fresh powder from the day/night before. Was staying slopeside and was on the 5th chair up The Wall that morning. I made sure to be fast with my bindings at top and passed about 12-15 people so dawdling. 2 or 3 others traversed, leaving me with first tracks down the main face. Very sweet - I don't get that very often. Rode for a few more hours with most of my lines in unmolested powder until most of it was tracked out. Still needed a lot more base so powder stashes were relatively limited compared to later in season.

After that, went with my daughter and wife to the bunny hill. My wife spent most the time practicing on her own while my daughter and I took run after run after run - at least 15. So much fun seeing how stocked (and fearless) she was. Tried to convince her to practice turns but she just wanted to point them and go straight, and of course to lead the way. Which gave me many heart attacks since she apparently likes to buzz people close going fast. She also heckled the people falling under the lift. I taught her none of this so obviously this is hereditary. monkey

Absolutely ranks as one of the top days boarding I've ever had. Fresh powder in the morning and then watching my daughter completely stocked. First time she'd ever skied outside of a lesson and she progressed huge since last season as she was able to ride lifts this trip.


VID_20181225_153117842 from KH on Vimeo.

Posted By: rice

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 01/09/19 09:03 PM

smile2
Posted By: frvcvs

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 01/09/19 10:41 PM

Finally made it up to Mammoth this past week. Met an old college friend who has a house in Tahoe. He said Mammoth conditions were far superior to squaw at the moment. This was prior to the most recent snows. It was good to get on the board again. Mostly stayed on piste. Headed up again on Friday, looking forward to better coverage.
Posted By: 92122

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 01/10/19 12:08 AM

Originally Posted By: Kento
Fresh powder in the morning and then watching my daughter...First time she'd ever skied outside of a lesson and she progressed huge since last season as she was able to ride lifts this trip.


I watched till the end just to be sure she knew how to stop. heh heh. She will improve exponentially from here I'm sure. Always cool to see.
Posted By: Kento

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 01/10/19 01:10 AM

Originally Posted By: 92122
Originally Posted By: Kento
Fresh powder in the morning and then watching my daughter...First time she'd ever skied outside of a lesson and she progressed huge since last season as she was able to ride lifts this trip.


I watched till the end just to be sure she knew how to stop. heh heh. She will improve exponentially from here I'm sure. Always cool to see.


On one of the runs, she almost skittered off that edge into the ski racks. Scared me almost as much as a previous run where she came within a couple feet of a 4 year old kid. I was already coming up with apologies in my head in anticipation of a collision. roflmao

Thanks. Can't do too many of those big trips as it's really pricey but looking at going to somewhere like Snow Valley a couple more times this season. Liftopia seems to have good deals. Any other suggestions where to get cheap tickets?
Posted By: silentbutdeadly

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 01/10/19 01:21 AM

That's funny Kento my daughter ran into a fence (not bad) at Brian Head last year. It was her first day. We went to snow valley last friday and it was perfect for where the family is at skill wise. My daughter and I closed down the mountain after my wife and son quit a little early. She loves it.

I could take or leave the whole snowboard thing living in SD but whole fam is pretty into it so I guess I'm taking it lol.
Posted By: Kento

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 01/11/19 05:21 PM

Originally Posted By: silentbutdeadly
That's funny Kento my daughter ran into a fence (not bad) at Brian Head last year. It was her first day. We went to snow valley last friday and it was perfect for where the family is at skill wise. My daughter and I closed down the mountain after my wife and son quit a little early. She loves it.

I could take or leave the whole snowboard thing living in SD but whole fam is pretty into it so I guess I'm taking it lol.


Funny, I'm the one dragging my family into skiing/snowboarding. roflmao

Good to know about Snow Valley. I went there once 30 years ago and it was pretty wretched. Overhyped powder day which was actually ice due to rain at end of the storm. And donkeys galore. Similar to Swamis on a hype swell day, I'd suppose. But if it's decent conditions on a relatively empty day, would be a lot of fun to go up there with just my daughter. Especially if I can get away with rentals and tickets run less than $100 for the day. Far cry from a weekend at Mammoth for family of 4, which will run you deep into the thousands of dollars, enough for a month (months?) in Nicaragua. rolleyes roflmao
Posted By: silentbutdeadly

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 01/11/19 05:42 PM

Oh trust me I would never go there on my own but I've been twice with the kids and have been pleasantly surprised. I mean what are you going to do at Bear/Summit with the kids that you can't do at SV?

I think the entire So Cal mountain scene is pretty ghetto so it doesn't make much difference to me.

My wife wants to do a June trip cause kids are free.
Posted By: stu dog

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 01/11/19 06:00 PM

Originally Posted By: silentbutdeadly

My wife wants to do a June trip cause kids are free.


grew up skiing June from about age 10 to 18. had a blast there as a kid. my dad use to ride up the face lift with skies, boots (on one of those old school trees handles) and a cooler with our lunch. was sketchy when he'd get off the lift, but he'd do it. last year went back for the first time in nearly 30 years. not much has changed. was a good line at the face lift, but once on the mountain the crowd disappeared quickly. was just lapping J7 and J4 getting wide open runs. the ride down the face is still nerve racking
Posted By: silentbutdeadly

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 01/11/19 06:04 PM

Cool, stu. My only experience was a pow day about ten years ago and they didn't have the whole mountain open so it was busy with wet snow. Definitely want to go back. Just texted my wife and she got all excited lol.

What's cool about the snow is it's something we can all do together which is pretty cool... well unless there's powder, then Mom is staying with the kids!
Posted By: Kento

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 01/11/19 06:13 PM

Originally Posted By: silentbutdeadly
Oh trust me I would never go there on my own but I've been twice with the kids and have been pleasantly surprised. I mean what are you going to do at Bear/Summit with the kids that you can't do at SV?

I think the entire So Cal mountain scene is pretty ghetto so it doesn't make much difference to me.

My wife wants to do a June trip cause kids are free.


In exchange for not dragging her to the mountain, my wife pretty much gave me a standing hall pass for when there is a good powder day at one of the other local mountains. jam_on

For farting around with the kids on the bunny slopes, there is literally no difference between Snow Valley and Aspen. Well, except the price and SV is less douchey.

June is chill. Only been there once a long time ago but it was fun. Good family-style resort. Hopefully it hasn't become the wannabe-destination resort Mammoth has become (no, I am not a fan at all of how much they sold out).
Posted By: 92122

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 01/11/19 08:17 PM

This thread needs more eye candy. computer

Never fully realized why this shot ended up being one of my favorites over the last few years until I realized that this was March 2017, nearing the end of a historic season for snowfall totals in the West. We set the snowiest January on record that season and got snowed into Mammoth in the process.

By March, the base depth had to be at its peak, and you can tell by how awesome the mountains in the background look here. Wife dropping an empty black run on a perfect Spring day. Just for fun, I wont name the spot. heh heh.

Posted By: sd_101

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 01/11/19 11:44 PM

Whatís the word on those Jones + CC boards? Anyone like them?

Have the flagship and itís great for bombing. Thinking about something with a bit more flex for carving the slower days on the groomers with a big group.
Posted By: stu dog

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 01/11/19 11:53 PM

Originally Posted By: sd_101
Whatís the word on those Jones + CC boards? Anyone like them?

Have the flagship and itís great for bombing. Thinking about something with a bit more flex for carving the slower days on the groomers with a big group.


those things are full powder boards. they're all rocker for float . want to carve, get a Korua
Posted By: sd_101

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 01/12/19 12:05 AM

Also, whatís the word on Union Atlas bindings? Those what I want?

Worried Falcor may be too sensitive. Want to soften up the ride a bit on the flagship. Day 3 chudder from last year is still on my mind.
Posted By: stu dog

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 01/12/19 12:13 AM

Originally Posted By: sd_101
Also, whatís the word on Union Atlas bindings? Those what I want?

Worried Falcor may be too sensitive. Want to soften up the ride a bit on the flagship. Day 3 chudder from last year is still on my mind.


the Falcor's are stiff! seen them at Evo, but they're light. even lighter are the Jones bindings that Now makes. Union Altas look to be a step up from the Forces which I have and worked plenty fine on my old flagship.
Posted By: sd_101

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 01/12/19 03:40 AM

I guess in the same vein how are the burton cartel bindings?

My old Burton CO2 bindings have quite a few days on them but the tech on them still seems above the $300 tier. How important is the hammock high back that burton uses? Iím used to that, for example but itís on their high end stuff only.

I feel like my current bindings have to be toast but at the same time I have no idea how to tell if they are.
Posted By: 92122

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 01/12/19 03:51 AM

Originally Posted By: stu dog
Originally Posted By: sd_101
Also, whatís the word on Union Atlas bindings? Those what I want?

Worried Falcor may be too sensitive. Want to soften up the ride a bit on the flagship. Day 3 chudder from last year is still on my mind.


the Falcor's are stiff! seen them at Evo, but they're light. even lighter are the Jones bindings that Now makes. Union Altas look to be a step up from the Forces which I have and worked plenty fine on my old flagship.


Have the Falcors on a Jones Aviator (first pic in this thread). I've always ridden stiff boots / bindings / boards, so it doesn't bother me... Plus I'd rather have the peace of mind knowing the hardware isn't the issue when I charge.

This works because my approach to Snowboarding is all Moto and no Skate. shrug
Posted By: 92122

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 01/12/19 03:59 AM

Originally Posted By: sd_101


I feel like my current bindings have to be toast but at the same time I have no idea how to tell if they are.


Bindings are funny. They can go so long, or break early.

If I see any signs of things coming apart... the fabric type materials shredding or peeling, or the hard / plastic parts cracking, it may be time to replace.

In general I'd say 100 days is a good amount of time to get out of any pair of boots / bindings, but I've seen hard goods fail at ~50 days, so ya never know.
Posted By: sd_101

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 01/12/19 05:24 AM

Yeah Iím right in that somewhere between 50-100days type use on the current set. Boots and board have been replaced while these chugged on. I donít remember them creaking this much in the past. But, the high backs never broke and I replaced the straps since one of the toe straps where I unclip for chairs was all chewed up.

May just pull the trigger on those Atlas bindings. Lots of 2018 stuff starting to get marked down already.

Hereís what Iím currently working with. https://thegoodride.com/snowboard-binding-reviews/burton-co2-review-and-buying-advice/
Posted By: silentbutdeadly

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 01/12/19 05:34 AM

My cartels are awesome and have held up extremely well. Boot are soft and worn out though, I just don't want to make purchase since I don't ride that much.
Posted By: Iceman

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 01/12/19 06:59 AM

Falcors are nice. Light and responsive.

Spent a couple days at Big Sky last week and had an awesome time. I actually crashed at Waterbaby and GD's place the first night and had a nice visit. They say hi!

Once my 4 coworkers landed, we headed off to the condo we rented about 15 minutes from the mountain. We had one hell of a tour guide with one of the guy's brother who works at the resort. Big Sky definitely needs more of a base, I put plenty of fresh scratches on my board but nothing serious. Overall it was an amazing mountain to explore.

Back in Pioneer for the evening and hitting up Kirkwood this weekend.


From the back door of the condo in MT.
Posted By: shiver_me_timbers

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 01/18/19 08:54 PM

Well, what's the report? I am on Blackcomb right now, been a fun week with the family up here. Supposed to dump overnight. Anyone else scoring?
Posted By: sd_101

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 01/18/19 09:03 PM

Got some trips lined up. I think Iíll just go falcors. Are union bindings actually made Italy? Starting to realize how over priced burton can be when going near the top of their lineup. Iíd rather be able to charge. Wonít be too vicious on the days where you know your skunked?

Itís too easy to just go to Utah, I have to say. Hoping I donít get skunked like last year. End of the day on the Flagship was rough in crap snow. Amazing board when on, however.

SMT - Spent 2 full days basically only doing 7th Heaven runs a couple years back. Near waist deep in some areas. Full send with no fear. Love that run when itís on.
Posted By: tsenn

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 01/18/19 09:07 PM

Any old school skiers here? Last week was fun in Tahoe...Hadn't been to Alpine Meadows in 25 years...as good as I remembered...
Posted By: bird.

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 01/18/19 09:43 PM

Originally Posted By: sd_101
Got some trips lined up. I think Iíll just go falcors. Are union bindings actually made Italy? Starting to realize how over priced burton can be when going near the top of their lineup. Iíd rather be able to charge. Wonít be too vicious on the days where you know your skunked?

Itís too easy to just go to Utah, I have to say. Hoping I donít get skunked like last year. End of the day on the Flagship was rough in crap snow. Amazing board when on, however.

SMT - Spent 2 full days basically only doing 7th Heaven runs a couple years back. Near waist deep in some areas. Full send with no fear. Love that run when itís on.


If you're bumping up your price range like that, you can't go wrong with Burton Cartels as an all arounder.
Posted By: sd_101

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 01/18/19 10:20 PM

Yeah. Iím in the $300 ballpark. Feels like Iím buying a stubby short board. So many options with subtle differences, all are the same price.
Posted By: stu dog

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 01/18/19 10:33 PM

Originally Posted By: sd_101
Yeah. Iím in the $300 ballpark. Feels like Iím buying a stubby short board. So many options with subtle differences, all are the same price.


at this point in the year, I'd say wait March-ish and buy on sale. if can make it a couple more months with what got. i'll probably be looking for end of season sales on Unions.
Posted By: frvcvs

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 01/18/19 11:00 PM

I got a deal on a pair of Burton Genesis X EST and they're a game changer. Perfect balance of stiffness and response while being comfy as all fvck. They're not cheap if you're paying full price but they're worth it if you can find them on sale. They make them in a re:flex model as well. The carbon suspension bed is like nothing else I've ever ridden. Cush as hell but responsive. Totally confidence inspiring. Just makes you wanna point the board downhill and lean forward and you can just trust them.
Posted By: rice

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 01/18/19 11:08 PM

One dead in avalanche at Taos.

https://abcnews.go.com/US/skiers-rescued-avalanche-mexico-ski-resort-officials/story?id=60453110
Posted By: shiver_me_timbers

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 01/19/19 04:17 AM

Tsenn, I ski more than I board. Actually sold both my snowboards a few years ago. I got some Blizzard Gunsmoke skis with Look pivot bindings and they do everything I need.

Sd101, we were on 7th Heaven two days ago, it was the only place we found any lift lines. And the lift was running on diesel backup power at 75% capacity. So we didn't stay long, but I got it good a while back.
Posted By: Leaverite

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 01/19/19 04:17 AM



That sucks. RIP.

Both of them were dug out but had serious injuries.

Taos is a rare bird. Along with Alta in Utah.

The two ski resorts that still restrict access to snowboarders.
Posted By: shiver_me_timbers

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 01/19/19 05:12 AM

So the chute was in bounds?
Posted By: sd_101

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 01/19/19 05:38 AM

False. I snowboarded Taos.

Itís mostly a skiers place tho. Not easy to get into the good stuff without large traverses. I donít remember which is K3 but Kachina is pretty accessible. Itís just a chair to the top but then you cross the ridge and drop in where you feel like it.

Youíre correct about Alta, however. Snowbird is good enough for me tho.
Posted By: Leaverite

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 01/19/19 05:58 AM

Times have changed since the last time I was there in 2004.

Its all good.
Posted By: Oceanslide

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 01/19/19 06:26 AM

Originally Posted By: tsenn
Any old school skiers here? Last week was fun in Tahoe...Hadn't been to Alpine Meadows in 25 years...as good as I remembered...


Spent almost every weekend for years skiing Tahoe on the early-mid 90ís. Boarded some after in SoCal, then hadnít
done either in over 15yrs before taking my groms for their first ski trip last year at Summit. Skipped any lesson
and just took them out (10 and 8) and they loved it! I went backwards almost all day with a huge smile.
Last weekend I went back to Tahoe with my high school buddies and within 2 runs was charging diamonds with
moguls and flying down the groomers with the boys like nothing had changed...except the burning quads after 6 hours. Think Iím hooked again.
Posted By: sd_101

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 01/19/19 06:43 AM

Originally Posted By: Leaverite
Times have changed since the last time I was there in 2004.

Its all good.


cheers

I think I was there in 2015. My memory of which year was which is not as good as it used to be.

Wouldnít recommend it for boarders. Def a ski mountain.
Posted By: mtnsrf

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 01/21/19 07:34 PM

Any tips from the pros on how to tune/hot wax a board?

I was gifted an iron, set of brushes, scraper, wax recently and figured it was time to give it a try.
Posted By: 92122

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 01/21/19 09:24 PM

Originally Posted By: mtnsrf
Any tips from the pros on how to tune/hot wax a board?

I was gifted an iron, set of brushes, scraper, wax recently and figured it was time to give it a try.


Just did 2 on Saturday night. Make sure its not rub on wax, and a dedicated wax iron (without the typical holes of a clothing iron) is what you want to use.

Don't put too many drops on the very tip / tail as excess wax will spread to those areas when you melt it all, and those parts of the base down take much of a beating. The outer 2-3 inches of the base along the entire effective edge takes the most beating and will be the first areas to show wear and look white / hazy, so drop the most wax there with some extra spots over the middle areas. Put drops all over the base first, and then go back and liquefy them all.

At that point you should have an even coat of wax over the entire base with no more dops / spots showing. Do your final passes (usually takes 3 depending on the width of the iron) slowly from tip to tail. Let it cool, and then scrape it all off. You'd be surprised how much wax you can keep getting off a board when you think you are close to done. Use different sides of the scraper (I have only had plastic ones) as they get dull and/or dont always strip the wax evenly. This step is a phucking mess so put the nose of the board resting on a rolled up towel on my work bench, and the tail of the board resting on a city trash can / recycle bin. You should always scrape from nose to tail and most of the wax shavings will go into the city bin, but have a ShopVac ready to clean up the rest that goes on the floor.

Remember that the wax is only to fill the pores or "structure" of the base. Dont leave anything significant behind or it will pick up dirt and / or get grabby at times. Ive heard that for dry powder a little bit of wax left behind on the base is good, but if the snow is slightly (or very) wet, wax left behind on a base will seal or adhere to the ligquid in the snow and grab. For most snow conditions you need to strip all the wax you can off so that the structure (texture) of the base is exposed as that texture breaks the bond with the liquid / snow.

If that isn't detailed enough there are plenty of online videos on it.
Posted By: sd_101

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 01/21/19 09:39 PM

Iíve both done it myself as well as paid to have it done. After years of self tunes I decided I canít get anywhere as good as a decent shop wax and structure job.

If you piece it together on the menu it shouldnít run you much. Itís going for the packages and grinding your base that add up the cost.

Maybe I just got lazy.
Posted By: stu dog

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 01/21/19 09:50 PM

Originally Posted By: mtnsrf
Any tips from the pros on how to tune/hot wax a board?

I was gifted an iron, set of brushes, scraper, wax recently and figured it was time to give it a try.


easy. make sure got covering for the floor and a good solid surface to put the board on, like saw horses. for waxing hold the iron at an angle when applying the wax to it. let the wax drip down one edge. i'm pretty generous with apply wax. i apply wax to 1/2 the board at time working nose to tail direction. once the wax is on lightly press the iron to the board as to spread melt it out. move the iron relatively fast, not keeping it on one spot of the board too long. wax should be semi-liquid when spreading out. don't have to wax up the nose or tail beyond the contact points of the board. after applying the wax let it cool down for about 15 minutes. Then scrap it off. good pressure but don't push down too hard. like scrapping wax off a surf board. after scrapping the surface of the board should be smooth. Next step is king of buffing it. I use a kitchen scotch paid. lightly rub that over the whole board. my test is should be able to push the scotch pad down the board and it slides by itself. clean up the work area and you're down. unless you want to tune the edges.
Posted By: sd_101

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 01/22/19 04:28 AM

Felt up some bindings today. I think I like the Malavita over the Cartel but only for the high back and the ratchet. Reviews say Malvita are stiffer for re:flex but burton is saying the other way around.
Posted By: shiver_me_timbers

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 01/22/19 08:15 AM

As a former ski tech, I'm cringing that no one has mentioned properly cleaning the bases with a good brush and wax remover.
Posted By: bruddahkine

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 01/22/19 07:43 PM

Epic day in our backyard yesterday. I snapped this shot of my 14 year old and Mt. Bachelor featured it in their social media (he's on their team):

https://scontent-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t...a1a&oe=5CF8D1BD
Posted By: frvcvs

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 01/22/19 07:55 PM

Originally Posted By: bruddahkine
Epic day in our backyard yesterday. I snapped this shot of my 14 year old and Mt. Bachelor featured it in their social media (he's on their team):

https://scontent-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t...amp;oe=5CF8D1BD


jam_on
Posted By: bruddahkine

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 01/22/19 07:58 PM

Anyone have any idea how to make the image show? It's a facebook image so is that a no go here?
Posted By: bruddahkine

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 01/22/19 08:09 PM

Originally Posted By: sd_101
Felt up some bindings today. I think I like the Malavita over the Cartel but only for the high back and the ratchet. Reviews say Malvita are stiffer for re:flex but burton is saying the other way around.


For whatever it's worth, my son and I, many of our friends and lots of the local pros around here all ride Malavitas. They are pretty similar to Cartels but with a slightly stiffer highback which helps with response and slightly better ratchets etc. My last bindings before the Malavits were some CO2's that lasted forever and when I finally switched a couple years ago I really liked the way the Malavita's felt.
Posted By: sd_101

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 01/22/19 10:57 PM

Originally Posted By: bruddahkine
Originally Posted By: sd_101
Felt up some bindings today. I think I like the Malavita over the Cartel but only for the high back and the ratchet. Reviews say Malvita are stiffer for re:flex but burton is saying the other way around.


For whatever it's worth, my son and I, many of our friends and lots of the local pros around here all ride Malavitas. They are pretty similar to Cartels but with a slightly stiffer highback which helps with response and slightly better ratchets etc. My last bindings before the Malavits were some CO2's that lasted forever and when I finally switched a couple years ago I really liked the way the Malavita's felt.


Thanks! Iíll be coming from an old set of CO2ís, so much appreciated.
Posted By: dl4060

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 01/28/19 03:20 PM

Mammoth was really fun this weekend. Despite the warm temps the top stayed wintery. The best I found was the skier's right part of Climax, under the Top of The World.
Posted By: 92122

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 01/28/19 08:13 PM

Originally Posted By: dl4060
Mammoth was really fun this weekend. Despite the warm temps the top stayed wintery. The best I found was the skier's right part of Climax, under the Top of The World.


Was there as well. No real powder left, but the trees were still doable. Overall, conditions were great. Grippy snow and great weather.

Finally dropped in at the very peak of Daves Run. Steeper than it looks in the photo, but Ive seen a meaner cornice on it before. In the past I'd slide down a ways riders right before cutting into the middle.

There are generally two loosely defined chutes going down Daves (split by a rock exposure about 2/3 of the way down) and I was able to do the one on riders left which was less chewed up and very fun for turns. You can see what I'm describing in the photo.

Posted By: bruddahkine

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 01/29/19 04:11 PM

Originally Posted By: 92122
Originally Posted By: dl4060
Mammoth was really fun this weekend. Despite the warm temps the top stayed wintery. The best I found was the skier's right part of Climax, under the Top of The World.


Was there as well. No real powder left, but the trees were still doable. Overall, conditions were great. Grippy snow and great weather.

Finally dropped in at the very peak of Daves Run. Steeper than it looks in the photo, but Ive seen a meaner cornice on it before. In the past I'd slide down a ways riders right before cutting into the middle.

There are generally two loosely defined chutes going down Daves (split by a rock exposure about 2/3 of the way down) and I was able to do the one on riders left which was less chewed up and very fun for turns. You can see what I'm describing in the photo.



It's been a long time since I've been to Mammoth. We had season passes and went a couple weekends a month for years back in the early 00's. I miss it for sure. Looks like you had a great day up there! There's a very slight chance we might come down in a couple weeks so my kids can train and compete in the superpipe but it's looking like that plan might be scrapped in favor of a Colorado training trip for the older kid. I'd love to get Mammoth on a pow day again but at this point it's rarely about me anymore. shrug
Posted By: bruddahkine

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 01/29/19 04:12 PM

Here's a little edit I made of my groms riding our hill on MLK Day:


Mt. Bachelor MLK Day Pow Day from koalani on Vimeo.

Posted By: silentbutdeadly

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 01/29/19 05:26 PM

I love watching your IG feed bruddha cheers
Posted By: Boneroni

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 01/29/19 05:59 PM

Dang bruddah, that looks so fun and your groms have some serious style cheers
Posted By: Iceman

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 01/29/19 06:26 PM

Originally Posted By: bruddahkine
Here's a little edit I made of my groms riding our hill on MLK Day:

<iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/314023124" width="640" height="360" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe>
<p><a href="https://vimeo.com/314023124">Mt. Bachelor MLK Day Pow Day</a> from <a href="https://vimeo.com/dkoalani">koalani</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>




Yeeeeew! Sweet little vid.

I'm leaving for Japan on Thursday and am frothing hard! jam_on
Posted By: 92122

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/04/19 07:12 PM

Been snowing since Friday all over California. Another 2'-3'+ expected through Tuesday.




Will be on Squaw Valley this Saturday if all goes well.
Posted By: frvcvs

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/04/19 07:17 PM

And I'm stuck at work. banghead

Tomorrow or Wed when the top pops at Mammoth is gonna be all-time. Trying to get up this coming weekend but it seems like the price of accommodations has skyrocketed this season. Can't seem to find anything for less than $300/night anymore. Which isn't terrible when you're going up with the boys and splitting it 4 ways. But when I want to go up with my GF that becomes a really expensive weekend. I need an RV like Q.
Posted By: Kento

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/04/19 07:30 PM

Originally Posted By: frvcvs
And I'm stuck at work. banghead

Tomorrow or Wed when the top pops at Mammoth is gonna be all-time. Trying to get up this coming weekend but it seems like the price of accommodations has skyrocketed this season. Can't seem to find anything for less than $300/night anymore. Which isn't terrible when you're going up with the boys and splitting it 4 ways. But when I want to go up with my GF that becomes a really expensive weekend.


Yep.

Mammoth can get f*cked for going from a SoCal "local" mountain to a destination resort like Deer Valley or Aspen. Totally different vibe than 25 years ago and extremely overcrowded/overpriced. I'm shocked Chair 22 hasn't turned into a high speed 6-seater with an espresso machine.

Waiting for a particular local mountain to get a few more feet of snow so they can open. At drastically lower prices, powder that stays untracked for more than 45 minutes, and 1/100th the number of people. hat
Posted By: frvcvs

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/04/19 07:54 PM

Originally Posted By: Kento
Originally Posted By: frvcvs
And I'm stuck at work. banghead

Tomorrow or Wed when the top pops at Mammoth is gonna be all-time. Trying to get up this coming weekend but it seems like the price of accommodations has skyrocketed this season. Can't seem to find anything for less than $300/night anymore. Which isn't terrible when you're going up with the boys and splitting it 4 ways. But when I want to go up with my GF that becomes a really expensive weekend.


Yep.

Mammoth can get f*cked for going from a SoCal "local" mountain to a destination resort like Deer Valley or Aspen. Totally different vibe than 25 years ago and extremely overcrowded/overpriced. I'm shocked Chair 22 hasn't turned into a high speed 6-seater with an espresso machine.

Waiting for a particular local mountain to get a few more feet of snow so they can open. At drastically lower prices, powder that stays untracked for more than 45 minutes, and 1/100th the number of people. hat


PM me if you're ever interested in making a surgical strike to this mountain. If we're thinking about the same place they just got 21" of new snow and counting and they're currently on weather hold due to high winds.

Give it some time for Chair 22 to have espresso machines on it. The ikon pass is royally fvcking things up. I hear the mountain is dead on blackout days and the weekends before and after them are swamped. They're going to have to adjust. My friends and I are talking about skipping mammoth all together next season and just planning a couple 2 and 3 day cat trips instead. It could be cost neutral if we do it right.
Posted By: stu dog

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/04/19 08:02 PM

Originally Posted By: frvcvs
Originally Posted By: Kento
Originally Posted By: frvcvs
And I'm stuck at work. banghead

Tomorrow or Wed when the top pops at Mammoth is gonna be all-time. Trying to get up this coming weekend but it seems like the price of accommodations has skyrocketed this season. Can't seem to find anything for less than $300/night anymore. Which isn't terrible when you're going up with the boys and splitting it 4 ways. But when I want to go up with my GF that becomes a really expensive weekend.


Yep.

Mammoth can get f*cked for going from a SoCal "local" mountain to a destination resort like Deer Valley or Aspen. Totally different vibe than 25 years ago and extremely overcrowded/overpriced. I'm shocked Chair 22 hasn't turned into a high speed 6-seater with an espresso machine.

Waiting for a particular local mountain to get a few more feet of snow so they can open. At drastically lower prices, powder that stays untracked for more than 45 minutes, and 1/100th the number of people. hat


PM me if you're ever interested in making a surgical strike to this mountain. If we're thinking about the same place they just got 21" of new snow and counting and they're currently on weather hold due to high winds.

Give it some time for Chair 22 to have espresso machines on it. The ikon pass is royally fvcking things up. I hear the mountain is dead on blackout days and the weekends before and after them are swamped. They're going to have to adjust. My friends and I are talking about skipping mammoth all together next season and just planning a couple 2 and 3 day cat trips instead. It could be cost neutral if we do it right.


heading up this weekend. also might do a strike mission to Niseko next weekend since it's on the Ikon pass and my brother will be out there. I don't think it's the Ikon pass royalty fooking things up. I'd say it's more the price of regular tickets. $170-ish per day? HOLY fook. They're pricing out even more so now non-passholders. What I've noticed is a lot more families hanging around the lodges not skiing/snowboarding in regular clothes waiting for maybe one person in their group to come off the mountain.

impulse purchased and ordered a set of Union Atlas. they better get here ASAP like backcountry claimed so I can use them this weekend.
Posted By: Kento

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/04/19 08:14 PM

Originally Posted By: frvcvs
Originally Posted By: Kento
Originally Posted By: frvcvs
And I'm stuck at work. banghead

Tomorrow or Wed when the top pops at Mammoth is gonna be all-time. Trying to get up this coming weekend but it seems like the price of accommodations has skyrocketed this season. Can't seem to find anything for less than $300/night anymore. Which isn't terrible when you're going up with the boys and splitting it 4 ways. But when I want to go up with my GF that becomes a really expensive weekend.


Yep.

Mammoth can get f*cked for going from a SoCal "local" mountain to a destination resort like Deer Valley or Aspen. Totally different vibe than 25 years ago and extremely overcrowded/overpriced. I'm shocked Chair 22 hasn't turned into a high speed 6-seater with an espresso machine.

Waiting for a particular local mountain to get a few more feet of snow so they can open. At drastically lower prices, powder that stays untracked for more than 45 minutes, and 1/100th the number of people. hat


PM me if you're ever interested in making a surgical strike to this mountain. If we're thinking about the same place they just got 21" of new snow and counting and they're currently on weather hold due to high winds.

Give it some time for Chair 22 to have espresso machines on it. The ikon pass is royally fvcking things up. I hear the mountain is dead on blackout days and the weekends before and after them are swamped. They're going to have to adjust. My friends and I are talking about skipping mammoth all together next season and just planning a couple 2 and 3 day cat trips instead. It could be cost neutral if we do it right.


Will do. Might be different mountain than you're thinking of but is far and away best in SoCal but more for backcountry access. I may have said too much already. computer

The pricing is very demoralizing. Easily costs well into the thousands of dollars for a family of 4 to go for a weekend and that is absurd IMO. The straw that broke the camel's back for me was how piss-poor their children's ski school was and how amazingly disorganized their staff is, never mind the hour+ lit lines. Maybe if they focused purely on the mountain and direct services instead of all the vapid periphery (microcosm of America), things wouldn't have gotten as out of control. Nothing they have done is an improvement in my opinion (well, aside from sidestepping up that hill to get on to Chair 1). While I am not a fan of Vail buying out Kirkwood, at least they have their shit together.

Probably would be cost-neutral. Hell, a 3 month trip to Central America would probably be cost-neutral compared to a couple holiday weekends at Mammoth. crazy2
Posted By: Kento

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/04/19 08:32 PM

Originally Posted By: stu dog
I'd say it's more the price of regular tickets. $170-ish per day? HOLY fook. They're pricing out even more so now non-passholders. What I've noticed is a lot more families hanging around the lodges not skiing/snowboarding in regular clothes waiting for maybe one person in their group to come off the mountain.


I noticed that too - the majority of people traveling up there are not there to ski or snowboard. Which further clogs up the lodging and restaurants.

Yep, they have priced me out. I bought the pass that one year in light of the lift tickets but still was not worth it whatsoever when combined with lodging, daycare, kids rentals (which can take an hour+ on their own due to gross incompetence and understaffing), food, etc. Used to be a family resort and it isn't anymore. Been going there a long time and it makes me a bit bitter how badly they've sold out. They turned into Aspen.

Going forward, it will be day trips to local mountains and occasional forays to Utah, which is much cheaper.
Posted By: littlewave

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/04/19 10:57 PM

Originally Posted By: Kento
Originally Posted By: stu dog
I'd say it's more the price of regular tickets. $170-ish per day? HOLY fook. They're pricing out even more so now non-passholders. What I've noticed is a lot more families hanging around the lodges not skiing/snowboarding in regular clothes waiting for maybe one person in their group to come off the mountain.


I noticed that too - the majority of people traveling up there are not there to ski or snowboard. Which further clogs up the lodging and restaurants.

Yep, they have priced me out. I bought the pass that one year in light of the lift tickets but still was not worth it whatsoever when combined with lodging, daycare, kids rentals (which can take an hour+ on their own due to gross incompetence and understaffing), food, etc. Used to be a family resort and it isn't anymore. Been going there a long time and it makes me a bit bitter how badly they've sold out. They turned into Aspen.

Going forward, it will be day trips to local mountains and occasional forays to Utah, which is much cheaper.

If my family didn't have a place up there, I'd be singing the same tune. I'm locked in to Mammoth unless/until the family spot disappears.

On a related note, I need a new jacket, and I'm waffling between a hardshell or soft shell. Pretty much only used at Mammoth, for whatever that's worth. Anyone want to throw out some suggestions?
Posted By: stu dog

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/04/19 11:00 PM

Originally Posted By: littlewave

On a related note, I need a new jacket, and I'm waffling between a hardshell or soft shell. Pretty much only used at Mammoth, for whatever that's worth. Anyone want to throw out some suggestions?


Patagonia Powder Bowl non-insulated. Goretex and not too heavy. I've used it on both hot and cold days. got mine on sale two seasons ago. love it. on a cold day I wear a Nano air puff and am totally fine. high collar to block the wind from your face. hood will go over a helmet. a spring type of day just long sleeve undershirt + t-shirt and not overheating too much.
Posted By: littlewave

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/04/19 11:18 PM

Yeah, that jacket is up there on the list. I run hot and sweaty, so I usually have to layer well and vent pretty heavily to dump heat.
Posted By: frvcvs

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/05/19 12:12 AM

I've always been a fan of Burton's AK line. Can be a bit pricy, along the same lines as Patagucci. You can poach sales for last season's models 30-40% off and they comes with a lifetime warranty. I have the AK Hover jacket and love it. Keeps me dry and is nice and light. Pair it up with a fleece or a nano air vest or just a t-shirt depending on weather and it keeps me covered. IMHO Gore-tex is a must. There's nothing better than when your gear works for you. You're warm and dry but not overheating and your goggles aren't fogged up. I'd pay a premium for that any day.

That said, with all the pricey gore-tex gear I got curious seeing all the patrolman and lifties using the cheap kinco gloves and decided to give them a try. Picked up a pair of mittens and some snow seal on Amazon for around $20 and haven't looked back. No more $100 gloves for me. These things simply work. And like a baseball mitt seem to get better over time.


Posted By: dl4060

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/05/19 07:09 PM

Mammoth has gotten crushed with this storm. Be safe anyone who is up there. I will be heading up Friday at 4 am along with the rest of socal.

As far as Mammoth as a destination resort, it has frustrated me too. I went to UCSB, where I was on the ski team. We had a house that we rented every year, so you could join the team and go up 2-3 weekends a month an spend vacations there. Usually there would be 20 people crashed in sleeping bags, but it was college, so no big deal. I first skied Mammoth in January of 1994, and I loved it. I grew up in the east skiing bumps, and the places out west I had skied were Vail, Sun Valley, Park CIty, Squaw and Aspen. I had also been to Copper and Abasin on the all-Cal ski trip. The only one of those places I liked better than Mammoth was Squaw, Mammoth is steeper than any of those places except MAYBE Abasin, and Abasin is not nearly as big as Mammoth. I don't think socal people realize how great this mountain is, it is truly one of the best in the country. But as a destination resort, I don't think it really makes sense for a family from, say, Chicago. If you like steep terrain, Mammoth is awesome, much better than Vail. But for a family of intermediate to advanced intermediate skiers/boarders, what does Mammoth have that Vail does not? Those people are not dropping cliffs or skiing Philippe's any time soon. The noids and hangman's are also probably a bit steep for them, so why would they fly into Mammoth, a sketchy flight, when they could more easily go into Park City, Vail or Aspen? I don't think the village will ever work the way they think it will, from what I have heard they have never really courted the local community very well. I know the powers that be WANT to make Mammoth a destination resort, like Vail, but I don't think it will really work. My dad flew in there a couple of years ago, and he said it was the worst flight of his life. Flights get canceled in and out of that airport all the time. If I was Mammoth I would never have spent all that money trying to compete with Vail/Aspen. You have a great mountain, and a built-in customer base that can drive up for weekends. Tahoe is similar, but Reno is a much easier place to fly into. Also, Tahoe has lots of resorts, Mammoth only has Mammoth and June, which means that there is nowhere for the crowds to spread to. I don't think that in the long term things with the village will work out well. I would expect to see more people from Ikon pass places, Denver people who regularly ski Winter Park and folks from Seattle who regularly ski Crystal for instance. You will also get more people from Tahoe and Reno coming. Among serious skiers/boarders, Mammoth has always been known as one of the best mountains in the country, but I don't think they are every going to get the intermediate/midwest vacation crowd. That is who they are going for, and I don't know if it will work. I hope it does not, Mammoth is crowded enough. I'm just really glad that the yellow line goes right by our condo, Mammoth had a parking problem back in 1994, now it is much worse.

The ski industry is eventually going to have a problem. My parents skied a little bit, but they were not all that serious. Growing up in the mid-hudson valley I had places like Belleayre that were 1.5 hours away and cost 20 dollars for a lift ticket. I started when I was 9, and got pretty into, but people could be casual skiers and ski 5 days a year and it was not absurdly expensive. It actually costs far less to be a serious skier these days, for 900 bucks your tickets are essentially covered, back when I lived in Tahoe, I left in 04, a season pass at Squaw was 1600. But it has become extremely expensive to be someone who skis a few days a year. A family of four that wants to do a three day weekend at Mammoth you are talking about AT LEAST 600 a day on lift tickets. Then you have to pay for food. Then lodging. You might also have to rent gear. If the industry is not careful, it will get to the point where the ONLY people who can ski casually are those who are lower upper class and above. You will price out even the upper middle class. Serious skiers will still be able to afford it, because they will get Ikon/Epic passes, but the casual skier will disappear, unless they are very wealthy. My parents were of reasonable means, but if skiing was as expensive then (present valuing what it costs now and going back to the mid-80's) as it is now I might never have gotten into it. This COULD actually be a good thing for mom and pop places. They have the opportunity to charge less for a day ticket, and possibly get those casual skiers.
Posted By: RemyXO

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/05/19 07:22 PM

Stocked. Going to Sugar Bowl this weekend. Dumping up there, as they've gotten 6'+ the past week, with 2'+ forecasted this weekend. Hope the roads stay open.
Posted By: frvcvs

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/05/19 07:40 PM

I have mammoth booked for this weekend with my GF. Motel Sex 6 for us. dancing I'll be up early for surgical strikes and will hope to be off the mountain and hanging with her late in the day since I'll be riding solo. Maybe get into some cross country with her since thats more her speed. Looks like more snow headed their way on sat and sun and things seem to be setting up for some Atmospheric River action. jam_on
Posted By: frvcvs

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/05/19 07:43 PM

Originally Posted By: dl4060
Mammoth has gotten crushed with this storm. Be safe anyone who is up there. I will be heading up Friday at 4 am along with the rest of socal.

As far as Mammoth as a destination resort, it has frustrated me too. I went to UCSB, where I was on the ski team. We had a house that we rented every year, so you could join the team and go up 2-3 weekends a month an spend vacations there. Usually there would be 20 people crashed in sleeping bags, but it was college, so no big deal. I first skied Mammoth in January of 1994, and I loved it. I grew up in the east skiing bumps, and the places out west I had skied were Vail, Sun Valley, Park CIty, Squaw and Aspen. I had also been to Copper and Abasin on the all-Cal ski trip. The only one of those places I liked better than Mammoth was Squaw, Mammoth is steeper than any of those places except MAYBE Abasin, and Abasin is not nearly as big as Mammoth. I don't think socal people realize how great this mountain is, it is truly one of the best in the country. But as a destination resort, I don't think it really makes sense for a family from, say, Chicago. If you like steep terrain, Mammoth is awesome, much better than Vail. But for a family of intermediate to advanced intermediate skiers/boarders, what does Mammoth have that Vail does not? Those people are not dropping cliffs or skiing Philippe's any time soon. The noids and hangman's are also probably a bit steep for them, so why would they fly into Mammoth, a sketchy flight, when they could more easily go into Park City, Vail or Aspen? I don't think the village will ever work the way they think it will, from what I have heard they have never really courted the local community very well. I know the powers that be WANT to make Mammoth a destination resort, like Vail, but I don't think it will really work. My dad flew in there a couple of years ago, and he said it was the worst flight of his life. Flights get canceled in and out of that airport all the time. If I was Mammoth I would never have spent all that money trying to compete with Vail/Aspen. You have a great mountain, and a built-in customer base that can drive up for weekends. Tahoe is similar, but Reno is a much easier place to fly into. Also, Tahoe has lots of resorts, Mammoth only has Mammoth and June, which means that there is nowhere for the crowds to spread to. I don't think that in the long term things with the village will work out well. I would expect to see more people from Ikon pass places, Denver people who regularly ski Winter Park and folks from Seattle who regularly ski Crystal for instance. You will also get more people from Tahoe and Reno coming. Among serious skiers/boarders, Mammoth has always been known as one of the best mountains in the country, but I don't think they are every going to get the intermediate/midwest vacation crowd. That is who they are going for, and I don't know if it will work. I hope it does not, Mammoth is crowded enough. I'm just really glad that the yellow line goes right by our condo, Mammoth had a parking problem back in 1994, now it is much worse.

The ski industry is eventually going to have a problem. My parents skied a little bit, but they were not all that serious. Growing up in the mid-hudson valley I had places like Belleayre that were 1.5 hours away and cost 20 dollars for a lift ticket. I started when I was 9, and got pretty into, but people could be casual skiers and ski 5 days a year and it was not absurdly expensive. It actually costs far less to be a serious skier these days, for 900 bucks your tickets are essentially covered, back when I lived in Tahoe, I left in 04, a season pass at Squaw was 1600. But it has become extremely expensive to be someone who skis a few days a year. A family of four that wants to do a three day weekend at Mammoth you are talking about AT LEAST 600 a day on lift tickets. Then you have to pay for food. Then lodging. You might also have to rent gear. If the industry is not careful, it will get to the point where the ONLY people who can ski casually are those who are lower upper class and above. You will price out even the upper middle class. Serious skiers will still be able to afford it, because they will get Ikon/Epic passes, but the casual skier will disappear, unless they are very wealthy. My parents were of reasonable means, but if skiing was as expensive then (present valuing what it costs now and going back to the mid-80's) as it is now I might never have gotten into it. This COULD actually be a good thing for mom and pop places. They have the opportunity to charge less for a day ticket, and possibly get those casual skiers.


Yeah even when people suggest flying to Mammoth from LA I have a hard time considering that. When you factor the amount of time it takes to get to LAX, check luggage, navigate security, etc only for a flight that is a high risk of being cancelled when there is weather, and you want weather it makes no sense. Once I'm getting on a plane I'd rather fly to Utah or Whistler. Both are doable for a weekend or long weekend and these days cost around the same. I would never fly to mammoth.
Posted By: Kento

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/05/19 08:08 PM

Great writeup, dl4060.

I fully agree with a lot of what you said there. I used to go to Mammoth with family almost every weekend in late 80s/early 90s and it was really manageable. That was when the nightlife in town consisted of Grumpy's/Whiskey Creek and renting movies on VHS to bring back to hotel/condo. You could also drive up on a Friday and get a room no problem - that lasted until the early 2000s, I would say. However, I would say starting around 1996, I would skip Mammoth altogether, stay in South Lake Tahoe and go to Kirkwood. Even though it was a longer drive, just everything about it was better. Cheap lodging in town and the casinos (Harvey's in particular) would usually bankroll my trip. Couple exceptions where I heavily bankrolled them. roflmao Was up there every weekend, would play Pai Gow til 2 (or 5) in the morning, get to the mountain at 9:30/10 (unless it was a powder day), buy a lift ticket off an early riser in the parking lot for $10 (or trade the liftie on The Wall a nug to ride that lift all day, no questions asked), barbecue some burgers/hot dogs in the parking lot for lunch, board the rest of the day, sell the previously scalped lift ticket for $15 to someone rolling up around 2:30 or 3, rinse, repeat. Would get 30 to 40 days a year in. I recently questioned why I didn't buy a season pass back then but then but I still got a better deal the way I did it, especially once I started making friends with a lot of the people who worked there and rarely paid for anything after that.

Those were the days. Before responsibilities.

Now, with family of my own, it's a lot tougher (especially on single-income). I am not getting up there enough to justify a season pass, whether single or multi-mountain. It's a lot to mobilize. My wife is only semi-into it and my son isn't quite ready for the slopes. At 4, he's physically able but his speech and language are a bit behind so likely needs another year. I think it really clicks anyways around 5 or 6. My daughter is fired up about skiing so that is definitely cool and I want to keep her going with it.

So, always looking for options for deals. And it's a shame that Mammoth is out of reach financially. I wouldn't be so bitter towards that mountain if I didn't love it so much. Even in the Kirkwood-dominant days, I'd still get a handful of days there every season. End of an era, I suppose.

Gonna miss this storm up there but hoping to grab something locally here soon. If Baldy is holding mid-week once they have enough base, cough cough might be a sick day coming. hat
Posted By: stu dog

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/05/19 11:34 PM

Originally Posted By: frvcvs
I have mammoth booked for this weekend with my GF. Motel Sex 6 for us. dancing I'll be up early for surgical strikes and will hope to be off the mountain and hanging with her late in the day since I'll be riding solo. Maybe get into some cross country with her since thats more her speed. Looks like more snow headed their way on sat and sun and things seem to be setting up for some Atmospheric River action. jam_on


heading up Thursday after work. Looks like another smaller storm Friday night, lingering into Saturday, and more on Sunday. Whole mountain was shut down today, except 8,
Posted By: dl4060

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/07/19 03:38 PM

Originally Posted By: frvcvs
Originally Posted By: dl4060
Mammoth has gotten crushed with this storm. Be safe anyone who is up there. I will be heading up Friday at 4 am along with the rest of socal.

As far as Mammoth as a destination resort, it has frustrated me too. I went to UCSB, where I was on the ski team. We had a house that we rented every year, so you could join the team and go up 2-3 weekends a month an spend vacations there. Usually there would be 20 people crashed in sleeping bags, but it was college, so no big deal. I first skied Mammoth in January of 1994, and I loved it. I grew up in the east skiing bumps, and the places out west I had skied were Vail, Sun Valley, Park CIty, Squaw and Aspen. I had also been to Copper and Abasin on the all-Cal ski trip. The only one of those places I liked better than Mammoth was Squaw, Mammoth is steeper than any of those places except MAYBE Abasin, and Abasin is not nearly as big as Mammoth. I don't think socal people realize how great this mountain is, it is truly one of the best in the country. But as a destination resort, I don't think it really makes sense for a family from, say, Chicago. If you like steep terrain, Mammoth is awesome, much better than Vail. But for a family of intermediate to advanced intermediate skiers/boarders, what does Mammoth have that Vail does not? Those people are not dropping cliffs or skiing Philippe's any time soon. The noids and hangman's are also probably a bit steep for them, so why would they fly into Mammoth, a sketchy flight, when they could more easily go into Park City, Vail or Aspen? I don't think the village will ever work the way they think it will, from what I have heard they have never really courted the local community very well. I know the powers that be WANT to make Mammoth a destination resort, like Vail, but I don't think it will really work. My dad flew in there a couple of years ago, and he said it was the worst flight of his life. Flights get canceled in and out of that airport all the time. If I was Mammoth I would never have spent all that money trying to compete with Vail/Aspen. You have a great mountain, and a built-in customer base that can drive up for weekends. Tahoe is similar, but Reno is a much easier place to fly into. Also, Tahoe has lots of resorts, Mammoth only has Mammoth and June, which means that there is nowhere for the crowds to spread to. I don't think that in the long term things with the village will work out well. I would expect to see more people from Ikon pass places, Denver people who regularly ski Winter Park and folks from Seattle who regularly ski Crystal for instance. You will also get more people from Tahoe and Reno coming. Among serious skiers/boarders, Mammoth has always been known as one of the best mountains in the country, but I don't think they are every going to get the intermediate/midwest vacation crowd. That is who they are going for, and I don't know if it will work. I hope it does not, Mammoth is crowded enough. I'm just really glad that the yellow line goes right by our condo, Mammoth had a parking problem back in 1994, now it is much worse.

The ski industry is eventually going to have a problem. My parents skied a little bit, but they were not all that serious. Growing up in the mid-hudson valley I had places like Belleayre that were 1.5 hours away and cost 20 dollars for a lift ticket. I started when I was 9, and got pretty into, but people could be casual skiers and ski 5 days a year and it was not absurdly expensive. It actually costs far less to be a serious skier these days, for 900 bucks your tickets are essentially covered, back when I lived in Tahoe, I left in 04, a season pass at Squaw was 1600. But it has become extremely expensive to be someone who skis a few days a year. A family of four that wants to do a three day weekend at Mammoth you are talking about AT LEAST 600 a day on lift tickets. Then you have to pay for food. Then lodging. You might also have to rent gear. If the industry is not careful, it will get to the point where the ONLY people who can ski casually are those who are lower upper class and above. You will price out even the upper middle class. Serious skiers will still be able to afford it, because they will get Ikon/Epic passes, but the casual skier will disappear, unless they are very wealthy. My parents were of reasonable means, but if skiing was as expensive then (present valuing what it costs now and going back to the mid-80's) as it is now I might never have gotten into it. This COULD actually be a good thing for mom and pop places. They have the opportunity to charge less for a day ticket, and possibly get those casual skiers.


Yeah even when people suggest flying to Mammoth from LA I have a hard time considering that. When you factor the amount of time it takes to get to LAX, check luggage, navigate security, etc only for a flight that is a high risk of being cancelled when there is weather, and you want weather it makes no sense. Once I'm getting on a plane I'd rather fly to Utah or Whistler. Both are doable for a weekend or long weekend and these days cost around the same. I would never fly to mammoth.


In the winter of 10/11, an epic one, I was skiing laps at Baldy one weekend. On the lift I met a guy who said that he has things set up so that he flies to Utah every other weekend for a 3-day weekend. He was an attorney in, probably, his early50's, and he told me that for years he did the Mammoth thing too, but then he got sick of the drive. I mentioned that it would cost a lot to do all that flying, he said yes, but if you book early tickets are usally not THAT bad. He said his wife goes up about half the time, so usually he just has to buy one ticket. He also pointed out that his condo in Salt Lake was 120k, when a similar one in Mammoth would be 400k.

One of my old ski lease mates had a plane for a little while. He would ask me if I wanted to fly up, and I always declined, usually making up an excuse about timing. I'm not a fan of small planes, I also would not want to fly into an airport like Mammoth with a pilot who is not a pro. My buddy is a smart and sensible guy, he is the type of person I would fly in that type of plane with if I had to, but that is one sketchy airport. Like I said though, I really don't like small planes. Even so, even if little planes did not bother me I don't think I would want to fly in one going to Mammoth.
Posted By: dl4060

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/07/19 03:53 PM

I actually might jump on this. I'm going to call to make sure the pass is good for the rest of this year as well as next, but that appears to be what it says. The base should be pretty well set up at Baldy for the rest of the year.

https://fareharbor.com/mtbaldyskilifts/items/126837/
Posted By: GeoPac

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/07/19 04:57 PM

I'm driving up to Mammoth Saturday from San Diego with the GF who doesn't ski/board, she will probably just chill in the village all weekend while I ride. If anybody's down for linking up lemme know. Also if anybody knows of any good options for lodging reach out. Everything is pretty much booked solid Saturday night so looking for something as of now.
Posted By: stu dog

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/07/19 05:52 PM

got my Union Altas bindings in the mail yesterday. mounted they feel pretty damn fooking' solid. slightly lighter then the Union Forces. The plastic ankle straps feel lot more secure. The mesh style top caps fit stretch over the toe of the boot better than the straps on the Forces. Ride report to come after this weekend.
Posted By: npsp

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/09/19 10:40 PM

Wednesday was one for the books! Pulled the trigger on Tues morning and booked a room at the Westin on points (So stocked the Marriott bought Starwood!!). Woke to cold blue skies, light wind and small crowds. Great conditions all day. Demo'd a Never Summer Big Gun 165 and it just flew through everything. Had so much fun on it, wifey insisted I buy it when I went to return it on Friday.
Great trip!!
Stocked for you all that are up there now as it must be epic.
Posted By: sd_101

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/11/19 04:22 AM

Got the malavitas. Felt true to their review in the taste I got this weekend. Happy customer.

Canít say the new bling straps were night and day better but I appreciated the shock absorbsion and canted footbed. No cramps at the end of the day. Highback hammock is pretty cool feeling.

On sale on evo and no tax/shipping. Stocked for some upcoming trips later this month.

Posted By: sushipop

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/11/19 05:25 AM

Doing a last minute, midweek run up to June with the fam. Any recs on a good place to stay up there? Sorry if I shouldíve posted this in the travel forum.
Posted By: frvcvs

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/11/19 05:42 AM

Just got back from mammoth. Total foolking shit show on Saturday. Only the lower mountain opened due to weather holds. Managed to score some fresh tracks despite the zoo. Last night delivered the goods and the previous days circus and weather seemed to scare off the crowds. Highest I made it on the mountain due to weather holds was traversing to lower Lincoln off of 16. Got it 3rd chair. Was a short run but the snow quality was as good as Iíve seen it at mammoth and weíll over thigh deep in spots. Canít complain. Those lucky enough to stick around another day are going to score big time tomorrow. 80% of the mountain is untracked. Itís gonna be all time.
Posted By: stu dog

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/11/19 05:26 PM

Originally Posted By: frvcvs
Just got back from mammoth. Total foolking shit show on Saturday. Only the lower mountain opened due to weather holds. Managed to score some fresh tracks despite the zoo. Last night delivered the goods and the previous days circus and weather seemed to scare off the crowds. Highest I made it on the mountain due to weather holds was traversing to lower Lincoln off of 16. Got it 3rd chair. Was a short run but the snow quality was as good as Iíve seen it at mammoth and weíll over thigh deep in spots. Canít complain. Those lucky enough to stick around another day are going to score big time tomorrow. 80% of the mountain is untracked. Itís gonna be all time.


can attest to the shitshow saturday. only took 3 runs before calling it. went up Rollercoaster and the visibility looking down toward 5 was near white out. new that side wasn't going open until later afternoon and was tired of standing in line for a hour. was pretty damn cold too. Negative 5 degrees on the drive up Thursday night. Didn't ride yesterday as the wind looked even worse where we stayed up near WH2. Took 2 hrs to drive to Bishop (35-ish miles).

one day review of the Union Altas....great binding! get them if you're considering them
Posted By: SBSteve

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/11/19 07:13 PM

Wonder if MM is going to tie or beat the 600+ mark set 2 seasons ago?
Another major dump on the way.
Got another trip coming up first week of March, can't wait.
Posted By: frvcvs

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/11/19 08:01 PM

Originally Posted By: SBSteve
Wonder if MM is going to tie or beat the 600+ mark set 2 seasons ago?
Another major dump on the way.
Got another trip coming up first week of March, can't wait.


Still a long way to go. It's possible but I wouldn't bet on it. This last storm dumped a lot but the ratio was high, in sheer water content 2yrs ago was insane.
Posted By: stu dog

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/11/19 08:13 PM

Originally Posted By: frvcvs
Originally Posted By: SBSteve
Wonder if MM is going to tie or beat the 600+ mark set 2 seasons ago?
Another major dump on the way.
Got another trip coming up first week of March, can't wait.


Still a long way to go. It's possible but I wouldn't bet on it. This last storm dumped a lot but the ratio was high, in sheer water content 2yrs ago was insane.


they'll need March to be a big month too. That record year 2016, February was like this year. had a major dumb before President's day. then there was a major storm in March too. This week's storm I haven't seen the snow there that light in a LONG time. weather was cold to get the new snow light and not sierra cement.
Posted By: Belchfire1

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/11/19 09:58 PM

Was up at Mammoth last week Wed-Fri. Stayed in the village with a group from work, annual trip that we have gotten skunked on it the past, but scored this year. Low crowds, deep snow, bluebird skies. Best snow in years for me. Hope everyone has a great winter.

Belch
Posted By: 92122

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/13/19 12:09 AM

We made the national news!! ...well, not really, but Squaw Valley did with 50" of accumulation in 24-hours. Against our better judgement, we went for it this weekend despite an official red status winter storm warning, and highway closures imminent. This may have been the trip that broke me on choosing to get out there and soldier through these types of conditions (sorry, no pics of us sliding completely sideways downhill while in 4wd...lol). I can see why many older / wiser snow lovers simply avoid such conditions. Pure luck we made our Sunday evening flight home. Highway 80 didn't open until ~3;45pm Sunday and it was still snowing on the way down the hill.






Posted By: 92122

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/13/19 12:09 AM





Posted By: GeoPac

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/13/19 09:07 PM

Man I feel bad for those who didn't stick around for Mondays Bluebird cause it truly was a special day! Entire mountain opened up and nothing but light fluffy powder, blue skies, light winds and the icing on the cake was extremely light crowds. Many Mammoth locals and lift operators claiming it day of the year. My legs are still sore 2 days later. Needless to say I was super stocked to experience such a magical day!

A few pics I snapped throughout the day.





Posted By: GeoPac

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/13/19 09:07 PM


Posted By: dl4060

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/13/19 09:10 PM

Originally Posted By: frvcvs
Just got back from mammoth. Total foolking shit show on Saturday. Only the lower mountain opened due to weather holds. Managed to score some fresh tracks despite the zoo. Last night delivered the goods and the previous days circus and weather seemed to scare off the crowds. Highest I made it on the mountain due to weather holds was traversing to lower Lincoln off of 16. Got it 3rd chair. Was a short run but the snow quality was as good as Iíve seen it at mammoth and weíll over thigh deep in spots. Canít complain. Those lucky enough to stick around another day are going to score big time tomorrow. 80% of the mountain is untracked. Itís gonna be all time.


I was lucky enough to be around Monday. I had fun on Saturday, despite the zoo. I waited in line and got a very fresh line down avi 2 on 22, then waited in line for 25 and got a great line there too. After that they shut down 22 and 25. Sunday I lapped roller coaster, usually cutting under Lincoln peak for a fresh line. People were waiting for Canyon express to open instead of using Rollercoaster which amazed me. It was VERY deep and light, some of the best snow I have ever seen at Mammoth. Monday...WOW!!! I left Tahoe in 2004 for weekend warrior status at Mammoth, I get 30-40 days a year, mostly at Mammoth, so I have had lots of Mammoth powder days...But Monday just might have been the best Mammoth top powder day I have ever had. I started out with two laps on chair 5. I assumed 5 would be wind affected, but it really was not. Super deep and light, absolutely awesome. Then I went and waited in line for 23. I assumed 23 would be wind affected, it usually is, but Monday it was pretty much not affected by the wind, at least where I went. You just never get blower powder on the top at Mammoth, it usually slides if it is too light, but despite 4.5 FEET of light fresh, the Paraniods did not slide at all, which does not even seem possible. My first line was in Paranoid 1, and I crossed maybe one track. It was almost waist deep, and VERY light, maybe the best line I have EVER had in the noids. I went back for another round and it was still spectacular, some tracks but still VERY deep and light. I went back again and did a P4 into Philppe's, which was awesome. On the chair ride up for my first lap I saw a guy come rocketing out of Kiwi Flat, launching the cliff instead of wiggling through the choke. After Philippe's I skied a couple of Hangman's laps, which were cut up but beautiful. Hangman's is wide enough that hopefully the usual traverse rut from the skier's right won't develop, you can really ski the choke smoothly. I took a quick break, then took the gondola up and went out to the Dragon's Back for a long line all the way back to Eagle. I took the bus back to the condo, shoveled my car out and drove back home on a high. I'm not positive that was my best day ever at Mammoth, but I don't know if I have ever seen the top that deep, that light, and that stable. I'm still buzzing a few days later. I don't think I will go back up this weekend, but you never know. I'm really glad I was able to stay Monday. I won't ever forget that day. Waist deep, blower hero snow off the top of Mammoth with perfect stability. That just does not happen.


Be VERY careful driving around town. The snow banks are huge and people have to inch out to see if they can pull out. I would encourage everyone to use the shuttle bus system if possible. Mammoth Snowman's weather guy is predicting 60-83 inches at Main Lodge by Monday, it will be more up top. Have fun and stay safe for all who go.

https://www.mammothsnowman.com/
Posted By: GeoPac

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/13/19 09:11 PM

A great edit of local pro Gabe Taylor shredding the Mountain Monday

https://www.facebook.com/MammothMountain/videos/383444889106779/
Posted By: dl4060

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/13/19 09:13 PM

I should add that even when I left on Monday afternoon Main Street was still only one lane in each direction. The snow banks are nuts.
Posted By: dl4060

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/13/19 09:22 PM

Originally Posted By: GeoPac
A great edit of local pro Gabe Taylor shredding the Mountain Monday

https://www.facebook.com/MammothMountain/videos/383444889106779/


That is sick!

The one thing I wish I would have done would have been to hike Hemlock. Looks like Gabe got at least one great line down Hemlock.
Posted By: Kento

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/13/19 09:36 PM

Originally Posted By: dl4060
Originally Posted By: GeoPac
A great edit of local pro Gabe Taylor shredding the Mountain Monday

https://www.facebook.com/MammothMountain/videos/383444889106779/


That is sick!

The one thing I wish I would have done would have been to hike Hemlock. Looks like Gabe got at least one great line down Hemlock.


I broke trail on Hemlock once after a substantial (5'+) dump. It was closer to swimming breaststroke uphill than hiking. Well worth it in the end but that hike took 45 minutes. drowning That was a prime day though. Got in massive trouble for ditching my family and friends completely (prior to cell phones) showing up at the condo at 5. They all thought I was dead. roflmao

Hemlock is one of my favorite runs at Mammoth. Especially on windy spring days when your tracks get filled in every half hour or so. My record still stands at hiking it 13 times in one day. smile2
Posted By: stu dog

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/13/19 09:54 PM

Originally Posted By: dl4060
I should add that even when I left on Monday afternoon Main Street was still only one lane in each direction. The snow banks are nuts.


was like that Thursday night when I drove up. person we stayed with who has a house in Mammoth was saying the city hasn't made a dump run yet taking all snow and off loading it down the hill. guess they're waiting for all the storms to clear as it costs the city some decent $'s to dump the snow out of town. crazy they're letting the snow banks eat up a lane of traffic on both sides the street.
Posted By: dl4060

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/13/19 10:38 PM

Originally Posted By: Kento
Originally Posted By: dl4060
Originally Posted By: GeoPac
A great edit of local pro Gabe Taylor shredding the Mountain Monday

https://www.facebook.com/MammothMountain/videos/383444889106779/


That is sick!

The one thing I wish I would have done would have been to hike Hemlock. Looks like Gabe got at least one great line down Hemlock.


I broke trail on Hemlock once after a substantial (5'+) dump. It was closer to swimming breaststroke uphill than hiking. Well worth it in the end but that hike took 45 minutes. drowning That was a prime day though. Got in massive trouble for ditching my family and friends completely (prior to cell phones) showing up at the condo at 5. They all thought I was dead. roflmao

Hemlock is one of my favorite runs at Mammoth. Especially on windy spring days when your tracks get filled in every half hour or so. My record still stands at hiking it 13 times in one day. smile2


I did my ski bum years in Squaw, and the rule on pow days for hiking was that you wanted to be maybe 10th up a line like Granite Peak. If you are the one breaking trail you will be exhausted and get to watch the people following you get the goods.

13 times!!! That's nuts!! Way to earn it.
Posted By: GeoPac

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/13/19 10:57 PM

Originally Posted By: stu dog
Originally Posted By: dl4060
I should add that even when I left on Monday afternoon Main Street was still only one lane in each direction. The snow banks are nuts.


was like that Thursday night when I drove up. person we stayed with who has a house in Mammoth was saying the city hasn't made a dump run yet taking all snow and off loading it down the hill. guess they're waiting for all the storms to clear as it costs the city some decent $'s to dump the snow out of town. crazy they're letting the snow banks eat up a lane of traffic on both sides the street.


Snow dump runs started yesterday morning as I was leaving town. There must have been 15 dump trucks full of snow heading out of town towards the 395. Cal-Trans brought in a convoy of plows and heavy equipment at Mammoth Lakes request to clear as much snow as possible before the next atmospheric river returns today. I saw crews up and down every street throughout town digging out fire hydrants and clearing snow off roofs. Mammoth is on the verge of a snow emergency and this next storm is forecasting extremely heavy wet snow (Sierra cement) due to the warmer air mass associated with the storm. A few more feet will most likely put them over the top and possibly cripple the town but crews were hard at work yesterday preparing for it.
Posted By: frvcvs

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/13/19 11:08 PM

Originally Posted By: GeoPac
Man I feel bad for those who didn't stick around for Mondays Bluebird cause it truly was a special day! Entire mountain opened up and nothing but light fluffy powder, blue skies, light winds and the icing on the cake was extremely light crowds. Many Mammoth locals and lift operators claiming it day of the year. My legs are still sore 2 days later. Needless to say I was super stocked to experience such a magical day!

A few pics I snapped throughout the day.








It pained me to leave on sunday afternoon. Hard to complain about the low-angle storm riding I got in but I knew what I was gonna be missing. Glad one of us got on it! cheers jam_on
Posted By: Kento

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/13/19 11:13 PM

Originally Posted By: dl4060
Originally Posted By: Kento
Originally Posted By: dl4060
Originally Posted By: GeoPac
A great edit of local pro Gabe Taylor shredding the Mountain Monday

https://www.facebook.com/MammothMountain/videos/383444889106779/


That is sick!

The one thing I wish I would have done would have been to hike Hemlock. Looks like Gabe got at least one great line down Hemlock.


I broke trail on Hemlock once after a substantial (5'+) dump. It was closer to swimming breaststroke uphill than hiking. Well worth it in the end but that hike took 45 minutes. drowning That was a prime day though. Got in massive trouble for ditching my family and friends completely (prior to cell phones) showing up at the condo at 5. They all thought I was dead. roflmao

Hemlock is one of my favorite runs at Mammoth. Especially on windy spring days when your tracks get filled in every half hour or so. My record still stands at hiking it 13 times in one day. smile2


I did my ski bum years in Squaw, and the rule on pow days for hiking was that you wanted to be maybe 10th up a line like Granite Peak. If you are the one breaking trail you will be exhausted and get to watch the people following you get the goods.

13 times!!! That's nuts!! Way to earn it.


In hindsight, it wasn't a great idea. Total magic day. I somehow got first tracks on everything as lifts progressively opened up.

With the 13 laps up Hemlock, I was practically running up there in 5-7 minutes each time. roflmao
Posted By: NinjaPete

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/13/19 11:18 PM

I was up at Heavenly Stagecoach lodge north bowl area last week. Epic, better than Colorado snowboarding. Best ever!
Posted By: Iceman

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/14/19 04:49 AM

Was in Japan all last week. Saturday Feb 2nd through Friday the 8th, seven days in a row, all powder days. The best quality snow I've ever experienced in my life. My coworker and I learned the stashes at Rusutsu pretty well, and could find empty lines even at the end of the day. It's as if angels cried and their frozen tears filled the nooks and crannies of the mountain. Truly beautiful. Did a snow cat tour at Iwanai. fooking epic.

After flying home all day on Saturday, I drove up to the cabin in Pioneer on Sunday evening. Then drove all the way around the long way down to Jackson, up 49 to Placerville, up 50 to Myers, then down Carson Pass to make it to Kirkwood on Monday. Damn you Carson Spur. But the reward was an uncrowded day and a freshly opened backside which hadn't been open for a few days. Bluebird. Fresh lines. I'm exhausted. Never put more than 3 day in a row on the mountain before. Now I have 7 in a row and 8 in 10 days.

Next trip - Jackson Hole Feb 28-March 3.
Posted By: 92122

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/14/19 06:03 AM

Originally Posted By: Iceman
I drove up to the cabin in Pioneer on Sunday evening. Then drove all the way around the long way down to Jackson, up 49 to Placerville, up 50 to Myers, then down Carson Pass to make it to Kirkwood on Monday.


Holy smokes, so the southern portion of highway 88 was closed forcing you to drive that huge loop to hit 89 to the northern part of 88!?
Posted By: Iceman

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/14/19 07:02 AM

Originally Posted By: 92122
Originally Posted By: Iceman
I drove up to the cabin in Pioneer on Sunday evening. Then drove all the way around the long way down to Jackson, up 49 to Placerville, up 50 to Myers, then down Carson Pass to make it to Kirkwood on Monday.


Holy smokes, so the southern portion of highway 88 was closed forcing you to drive that huge loop to hit 89 to the northern part of 88!?


Yep. So instead of a 45-60 minute drive from Pioneer it took about 3 hours. Worth it!

Carson Spur is only a mile South from Kirkwood but closes due to avalanche danger quite a bit. Always a gamble during a big storm if it's going to open or not. On Sunday, you couldn't get to Kirkwood at all, as Carson Pass was closed from South Lake. So everybody that was trapped at Kirkwood got the freshest of fresh snow all to themselves.
Posted By: Iceman

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/14/19 07:19 AM

Japan pics













Posted By: Iceman

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/14/19 07:21 AM



Posted By: Iceman

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/14/19 07:26 AM

And Kirkwood on Monday







Posted By: JBerry

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/14/19 05:02 PM

ICE bringing the Goods! Sick shots congrats on the run! brings back a lot of memories, before kids lol!

been checking this guys link on occasion, should make it interesting up in tahoe/mammoth areas with all of the wet snow on top of last weeks major dumpo.

https://www.mammothsnowman.com/

Anybody ride standard with an avalanche beacon?
Posted By: stu dog

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/14/19 05:14 PM

Originally Posted By: JBerry
ICE bringing the Goods! Sick shots congrats on the run! brings back a lot of memories, before kids lol!

been checking this guys link on occasion, should make it interesting up in tahoe/mammoth areas with all of the wet snow on top of last weeks major dumpo.

https://www.mammothsnowman.com/

Anybody ride standard with an avalanche beacon?


Mammoth whole mountain is on weather hold today. 31 degrees right now. Pretty warm for a snow storm. Major avalanche risk. I wonder if it's one of those that the slide could happen like a week later shrug
Posted By: 92122

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/14/19 06:22 PM

Originally Posted By: Iceman
Originally Posted By: 92122
Originally Posted By: Iceman
I drove up to the cabin in Pioneer on Sunday evening. Then drove all the way around the long way down to Jackson, up 49 to Placerville, up 50 to Myers, then down Carson Pass to make it to Kirkwood on Monday.


Holy smokes, so the southern portion of highway 88 was closed forcing you to drive that huge loop to hit 89 to the northern part of 88!?


Yep. So instead of a 45-60 minute drive from Pioneer it took about 3 hours. Worth it!


Sierra at Tahoe? shrug
Posted By: 92122

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/14/19 06:24 PM

Originally Posted By: stu dog
Originally Posted By: JBerry
ICE bringing the Goods! Sick shots congrats on the run! brings back a lot of memories, before kids lol!

been checking this guys link on occasion, should make it interesting up in tahoe/mammoth areas with all of the wet snow on top of last weeks major dumpo.

https://www.mammothsnowman.com/

Anybody ride standard with an avalanche beacon?


Mammoth whole mountain is on weather hold today. 31 degrees right now. Pretty warm for a snow storm. Major avalanche risk. I wonder if it's one of those that the slide could happen like a week later shrug


Duffy is there and got out yesterday morning before it started raining and he called it in. He knew it was gonna be mostly shut down the next couple days but he's riding it out in the Village and trying to get the goods on the lower mountain when they can.
Posted By: frvcvs

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/14/19 06:52 PM

I thought Duffy was just a troll.
Posted By: RemyXO

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/14/19 08:04 PM

164 mph wind gust this morning at the MM summit.
NWS Hanford
Posted By: Ch-ch-ch-cheeeeeto

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/15/19 07:37 AM

I'm much, much worse on a snowboard than a surfboard, so fresh untracked powder is kind of a waste on me, but I just got back from repeatedly falling down an empty, deep powder mountain in Utah yesterday. A lot of fun, and much better quality snow than the last time I went up to Tahoe.
Posted By: Leaverite

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/15/19 07:44 AM

Watching the weather today.

A little tidbit. Top of Mammoth Mountain, today, had recorded gusts of of wind up to 164 MPH

38' of annual snowfall to date.

Winter is Here.
Posted By: scdad

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/16/19 09:16 PM

Any of you guys who go to Mammoth have a recommended shop for demo snowboard rentals? I can't believe the mountain wants over $100 a day, that's more than I spent in Jackson Hole.
Posted By: frvcvs

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/16/19 09:32 PM

Originally Posted By: scdad
Any of you guys who go to Mammoth have a recommended shop for demo snowboard rentals? I can't believe the mountain wants over $100 a day, that's more than I spent in Jackson Hole.


No idea the cost for a demo but wave rave is a solid shop with a solid selection of boards. You can demo Gentemstiicks there.
Posted By: silentbutdeadly

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/16/19 09:58 PM


i've rented from K2 and at the time had a great selection of models to choose from
Posted By: Leaverite

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/17/19 02:58 AM

Saw a pic from Squaw Valley last week. My brother and I have a friend with a condo down in the Village. Right next to the tram station.

Chairlifts buried up to only the tops of the towers are exposed. Chairs are buried underneath the snowpack.

Global Warming. We are s blemish.
Posted By: 92122

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/17/19 06:35 PM

Originally Posted By: scdad
Any of you guys who go to Mammoth have a recommended shop for demo snowboard rentals? I can't believe the mountain wants over $100 a day, that's more than I spent in Jackson Hole.


Wow, I remember demoíing premium board from Canyon lodge back in 2010 and it was $60 if I remember correct. I used my own bindings and they let me take it out the last 2 hours of the first day and keep it the entire 2nd day. Might be worth asking about that to max your demo time.

As much as I hate the name, Wave Rave in Mammoth seems to stock some high end stuff (checked out a Carbon Flagship there) but not sure if they demo.
Posted By: casa_mugrienta

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/17/19 08:26 PM

"just please stay home"

https://weather.com/news/news/2019-02-17-skiers-ski-resorts-too-much-snow
Posted By: silentbutdeadly

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/18/19 04:55 PM

Well that hurts. Just cancelled my reservation for my Mammoth trip next week. Knee is slowly getting better but definitely not good enough to test it on the mountain ;(

The worst is I still have to go up to the area for work so I'll get a nice glimpse of what I'll be missing.
Posted By: SBSteve

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/18/19 06:07 PM

Originally Posted By: scdad
Any of you guys who go to Mammoth have a recommended shop for demo snowboard rentals? I can't believe the mountain wants over $100 a day, that's more than I spent in Jackson Hole.


Check out Black Tie, they come to your Cabin/Condo-drop off/pick up.
A little extra you can get top tier demo's.
Posted By: stu dog

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/18/19 06:41 PM

Originally Posted By: SBSteve
Originally Posted By: scdad
Any of you guys who go to Mammoth have a recommended shop for demo snowboard rentals? I can't believe the mountain wants over $100 a day, that's more than I spent in Jackson Hole.


Check out Black Tie, they come to your Cabin/Condo-drop off/pick up.
A little extra you can get top tier demo's.


P3. $60/Per Day
https://rentals.p3mammoth.com/rent/snowboard-rentals
Posted By: 92122

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/18/19 07:34 PM

Originally Posted By: casa_mugrienta


I-15 closed through CA/NV stateline today!? shocked

https://abc7.com/traffic/i-15-at-nevada-...L9_OLgYblVNd40U
Posted By: GeoPac

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/19/19 06:17 PM

Originally Posted By: scdad
Any of you guys who go to Mammoth have a recommended shop for demo snowboard rentals? I can't believe the mountain wants over $100 a day, that's more than I spent in Jackson Hole.


I rented a Burton Flight attendant 159W from Wave Rave for $50/day last weekend. SICKEST board I have ever ridden. Riding it through deep Pow was like a hot knife through butter, felt great under my feet.
Posted By: stu dog

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/19/19 06:56 PM

Originally Posted By: GeoPac
Originally Posted By: scdad
Any of you guys who go to Mammoth have a recommended shop for demo snowboard rentals? I can't believe the mountain wants over $100 a day, that's more than I spent in Jackson Hole.


I rented a Burton Flight attendant 159W from Wave Rave for $50/day last weekend. SICKEST board I have ever ridden. Riding it through deep Pow was like a hot knife through butter, felt great under my feet.


if you can find it, try the Stun Gun. friend he's a burton nut raves about that as being the board.
Posted By: scdad

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/19/19 07:22 PM

Awesome! Thanks everyone. My boys will be stoked.
Posted By: GeoPac

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/19/19 10:24 PM

Eyeing a surgical pow strike to Baldy Thursday. It will be my first time and curious to get some feedback from those familiar with the place. Most importantly will the lifts be running if its puking snow? Looks like Friday will be Blue Bird but can foresee all of Southern California heading up then. It appears they reopened the road in yesterday. Driving up solo from San Diego so if anybody wants to join in on a strike mission PM me.
Posted By: stu dog

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/20/19 12:04 AM

Originally Posted By: GeoPac
Eyeing a surgical pow strike to Baldy Thursday. It will be my first time and curious to get some feedback from those familiar with the place. Most importantly will the lifts be running if its puking snow? Looks like Friday will be Blue Bird but can foresee all of Southern California heading up then. It appears they reopened the road in yesterday. Driving up solo from San Diego so if anybody wants to join in on a strike mission PM me.


road up to Big Bear is closed for 2 weeks

http://www.bigbeargrizzly.net/news/caltr...3ff801af93.html
Posted By: GeoPac

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/20/19 12:23 AM

Originally Posted By: stu dog
Originally Posted By: GeoPac
Eyeing a surgical pow strike to Baldy Thursday. It will be my first time and curious to get some feedback from those familiar with the place. Most importantly will the lifts be running if its puking snow? Looks like Friday will be Blue Bird but can foresee all of Southern California heading up then. It appears they reopened the road in yesterday. Driving up solo from San Diego so if anybody wants to join in on a strike mission PM me.


road up to Big Bear is closed for 2 weeks

http://www.bigbeargrizzly.net/news/caltr...3ff801af93.html


Fortunately Baldy isn't in the Big Bear Lake area.
Posted By: 92122

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/20/19 01:51 AM

Originally Posted By: GeoPac
Eyeing a surgical pow strike to Baldy Thursday. It will be my first time and curious to get some feedback from those familiar with the place. Most importantly will the lifts be running if its puking snow? Looks like Friday will be Blue Bird but can foresee all of Southern California heading up then. It appears they reopened the road in yesterday. Driving up solo from San Diego so if anybody wants to join in on a strike mission PM me.


In S.D. and would love to go but am cutting out early on Friday for another trip so cant pull Baldy.

Usually they'll open on a snow day but often take longer to de-ice the lifts, etc. since they're so old. Formal Winter Storm Warning in effect with 3-5 inches Wednesday night and another few Thursday. Good luck yo!


Point forecast for the Baldy Notch area (6 Miles S Wrightwood CA) is below...

https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.ph...04#.XGyyCFxKguV
Posted By: 92122

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/21/19 12:58 AM

Travis Rice is finally wearing a helmet...

Posted By: dl4060

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/21/19 02:08 PM

Originally Posted By: GeoPac
Eyeing a surgical pow strike to Baldy Thursday. It will be my first time and curious to get some feedback from those familiar with the place. Most importantly will the lifts be running if its puking snow? Looks like Friday will be Blue Bird but can foresee all of Southern California heading up then. It appears they reopened the road in yesterday. Driving up solo from San Diego so if anybody wants to join in on a strike mission PM me.


The road to Baldy can be very interesting. Very steep with lots of switchbacks. I would do some research before you go. Baldy has terrain that Will make you amazed you are in socal though.

One of the roads to Big Bear is closed, but you can take other routes in. Go to the snow summit website and you can see the open routes.
Posted By: HarryLopez

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/25/19 03:48 PM

Fresh 18"+ on my deck, roof, driveway = schools clsoed, shovels, snowblowers, roofrakes. cheers bawling

And its still coming down. Freshie refills going down oer hea!
Posted By: littlewave

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 02/26/19 04:33 PM

Mammoth last week. Probably best snow I've ever had there. Temps barely got to 20, and were - at night, so snow was light. Also the most snow I've ever seen up there.
Posted By: Iceman

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 03/04/19 04:59 AM

Originally Posted By: 92122
Travis Rice is finally wearing a helmet...




Just got back from Jackson Hole. Got on the mountain pretty much all day Friday and most of the day Saturday. First tram both days. I didn't quite send it that huge, but I took a drop into Corbet's on Saturday morning. Got off balance on the transition/hard right turn, slid on my back for a second, but recovered and made it out on my feet.

JH was awesome. It snowed all week and Friday was the first time the sun came out in a while. It got warm in the afternoon so it got a little chunky, but I found a bunch of pretty steep chutes and bowls that stayed good in the afternoon. It snowed about an inch overnight and stayed cooler most of the day Saturday, so it was still plenty fun. My boots are toast so my ankles are a little sore, but it was a damn good time.





Posted By: SBSteve

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 03/04/19 02:55 PM

Looks like MM popped the 600" cherry over the weekend.
Headed up tomorrow-Friday, looking like another good dump on the way, just hope the wind isn't a factor.
Posted By: 92122

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 03/05/19 12:49 AM

Thats nuts, I dont know how people drop into something that vertical. bowdown

Originally Posted By: Iceman




Posted By: Random Guy

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 03/05/19 02:58 AM

Originally Posted By: Iceman




Just got back from Jackson Hole. Got on the mountain pretty much all day Friday and most of the day Saturday. First tram both days. I didn't quite send it that huge, but I took a drop into Corbet's on Saturday morning. Got off balance on the transition/hard right turn, slid on my back for a second, but recovered and made it out on my feet.

JH was awesome. It snowed all week and Friday was the first time the sun came out in a while. It got warm in the afternoon so it got a little chunky, but I found a bunch of pretty steep chutes and bowls that stayed good in the afternoon. It snowed about an inch overnight and stayed cooler most of the day Saturday, so it was still plenty fun. My boots are toast so my ankles are a little sore, but it was a damn good time.







Holy sh*t
F*ckin badass, iceman
cowabunga
rg
Posted By: silentbutdeadly

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 03/08/19 10:12 PM

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Posted By: SBSteve

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 03/10/19 07:20 PM

Just got back from MM
In all of the years I have been going, I have never seen so much snow, including '83 and 2010-11. Over 630" as of yesterday at the summit and counting.
Anyways, I got clocked by an out of control gal that was buzzed on brownies (by her own admission) and ended up with bruised ribs and couldn't ski the rest of the trip (total yard sale in front of Canyon Lodge).
Sooo....
I have 3 tickets left that I bought at Costco that are good for the rest of the season, and paid $107 a day.
I'll sell them for $80 each (all three) $240 bucks.
PM if you are interested.
BTW, if you want to see, and ski/board some of the most epic conditions you will probably ever experience in your life at MM... GO!
C-Ya!
Eight-O-five/684-one-four-one-five
Posted By: Iceman

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 03/12/19 05:55 AM

Went up to the mountain house Wednesday night with the intention of hitting Kirkwood on Thursday and Friday. Stormed a bunch that night and the road was closed so decided to take a rest day for a change. Glad I did, because Friday was really fun and I had energy to go hard all day. Uncrowded, not super deep powder, but powder none the less, and pretty windy all day which filled in some cracks at the end of the day. There are nooks and crannies that I have never seen so filled up with snow. Even dropped "Once is Enough" for the second time ever. Really fun day.





Posted By: stu dog

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 03/13/19 06:46 PM

Originally Posted By: SBSteve
Just got back from MM
In all of the years I have been going, I have never seen so much snow, including '83 and 2010-11. Over 630" as of yesterday at the summit and counting.
Anyways, I got clocked by an out of control gal that was buzzed on brownies (by her own admission) and ended up with bruised ribs and couldn't ski the rest of the trip (total yard sale in front of Canyon Lodge).
Sooo....
I have 3 tickets left that I bought at Costco that are good for the rest of the season, and paid $107 a day.
I'll sell them for $80 each (all three) $240 bucks.
PM if you are interested.
BTW, if you want to see, and ski/board some of the most epic conditions you will probably ever experience in your life at MM... GO!
C-Ya!
Eight-O-five/684-one-four-one-five


just got back from MM yesterday. tried chasing a storm that never really materialized. was supposed to snow Sunday afternoon, but never really hit until partly Monday. snowed overnight Saturday so Sunday was pretty darn epic blue bird + powder. Still, I don't think they've got as much as winter of 2016 yet. That year they had to plow under tops of lifts to cut out space for the chairs to run. All the wind this year also has made Chair9 side super icy hard. looks so deceiving over there being powder, but it's rock hard. Chair 14 & 12 as usual had the best snow throughout as that stuff stayed cold and fluffy. still some good powder stashes over there. The snow berms in town are crazy with one whole lane of the two lane road is taken up with the snow pilled up. Ski patrol at MM must be doing a HELL OF A JOB this year. no avalanches will this amount of snow.
Posted By: Aruka

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 03/14/19 04:44 AM

Drove up to Willamette last night and shredded all day today. 16" of fresh which was about 3x what I was expecting. Amazingly fun day with patches blue sky making for good visibility, cold temps, minimal crowds and chill vibes as usual. Glad to get a good powder day before the seasons change.
Posted By: 92122

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 03/14/19 06:10 AM

I'm claiming it right now... Iceman wins with best pics of the snow season... This is under Kirkwood Cornice Express Chair if I remember correct, near the bottom. Ive had this natural halfpipe pretty good, but never looking like that. cool

And if that was actually Iceman dropping the cliff at the top of Jackson on the earlier post, just quit ya'all, he owns the erBB Snowboard crowd... For sure.

Originally Posted By: Iceman
Went up to... Kirkwood on Thursday and Friday. ...Really fun day.


Posted By: bruddahkine

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 03/14/19 03:17 PM

Originally Posted By: Aruka
Drove up to Willamette last night and shredded all day today. 16" of fresh which was about 3x what I was expecting. Amazingly fun day with patches blue sky making for good visibility, cold temps, minimal crowds and chill vibes as usual. Glad to get a good powder day before the seasons change.



Jealous. Willy P on a cold deep pow day is as fun as it gets. Stoked you scored!
Posted By: bruddahkine

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 03/14/19 03:18 PM

Originally Posted By: 92122
I'm claiming it right now... Iceman wins with best pics of the snow season... This is under Kirkwood Cornice Express Chair if I remember correct, near the bottom. Ive had this natural halfpipe pretty good, but never looking like that. cool

And if that was actually Iceman dropping the cliff at the top of Jackson on the earlier post, just quit ya'all, he owns the erBB Snowboard crowd... For sure.

Originally Posted By: Iceman
Went up to... Kirkwood on Thursday and Friday. ...Really fun day.




For sure. charging Corbett's like that is hard core! You're the man Ice!
Posted By: Aruka

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 03/14/19 04:32 PM

Originally Posted By: bruddahkine
Originally Posted By: Aruka
Drove up to Willamette last night and shredded all day today. 16" of fresh which was about 3x what I was expecting. Amazingly fun day with patches blue sky making for good visibility, cold temps, minimal crowds and chill vibes as usual. Glad to get a good powder day before the seasons change.



Jealous. Willy P on a cold deep pow day is as fun as it gets. Stoked you scored!


Willy P, I like that. I always have fun up there. It's definitely not as expansive as the bigger Oregon resorts but it's a couple hours closer to me and just such a mellow scene compared to Bach or Hood.
Posted By: 92122

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 03/14/19 08:09 PM

Not gonna go naming spots, but I'm claiming day of the season (any season) at my wife's childhood local here...







Dropping...
Posted By: bruddahkine

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 03/14/19 09:18 PM

Originally Posted By: 92122
I'm claiming it right now... Iceman wins with best pics of the snow season...

...I'm claiming day of the season (any season) at my wife's childhood local here...


That's a lot of claiming! Are you Brazilian? grin cheers
Posted By: 92122

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 03/15/19 08:11 PM

Originally Posted By: bruddahkine
Originally Posted By: 92122
I'm claiming it right now... Iceman wins with best pics of the snow season...

...I'm claiming day of the season (any season) at my wife's childhood local here...


That's a lot of claiming! Are you Brazilian? grin cheers


Sorry. I cant claim much while I'm actually surfing, so... bomb
Posted By: 92122

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 03/15/19 08:15 PM

Probably the best Ski In / Ski Out experience I've ever had at Squaw Valley last weekend. cool

View from our room...




The girls, getting some... Pretty much A+/- conditions...




Saturday night in the Village...

Posted By: dl4060

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 03/25/19 04:06 PM

Nice shots 92122! Is that the Squaw Creek? We used to go to the bar there when I lived in Olympic Valley. The Squaw Creek lift actually has some great trees on storm day. It has some fun terrain that rarely gets skied.

Great shots Iceman! I would love to hit Corbets. Someday I will make it to Jackson. And Once is Enough is great. One of my regrets about my time in Tahoe is that I never got a truly great day at Kirkwood. Kirkwood is a great mountain, I just never got a powder day there.

The last four days at Mammoth have been pretty awesome. Thursday afternoon the top popped with about 10 inches of light snow. You would hit the crust underneath from time to time, but it was still fun. I got a fun Climax line and a couple of fun Paranoids lines before they shut it down. I saw a guy straightline Serbe's in the Top of the World which was INSANE!! The guy had some skills and made it look good. Friday was fun, with cutup pow all over the place. There were good and bad turns, plenty of crust underneath to hit, but still lots of fun. I skied some Paranoids laps and lots of Hangman's laps. Hangman's was fun but interesting, you would get a couple of good turns and a couple of bad turns in the chute, but the snow underneath was awesome. The wipeouts had some nice windbuff. Saturday was a storm day, by late in the day the new snow made for some nice pockets of fresh if you were in the right spot.

Sunday was a blast. The top felt like it had about a foot of snow between the stuff that was there and the stuff that fell on Saturday and Saturday night. You would still hit bottom from time to time, but there were some great turns, I even got a couple of faceshots in Paranoid 1. I was pretty much doing Hangman's and Paranoids laps. Hangman's was REALLY fun, maybe the best I have ever gotten it. Hangers was soft and super edgable up in the chute, then super soft underneath with pillows of powder. You could REALLY rail some powerful turns in the chute, so soft edgable and forgiving. I did a Philippe's lap which was interesting. By the time I got there the whole chute was scoured, it had either been scraped off or slid. The part of the chute above the rock/rollover section has firm bumps that are ledgy and weird. It is hard to get a fluid line going. After the rock/rollover section there were no more bumps, but it was still very firm, edgable but firm. It was a fun place to get some technical turns in. Below the chute was where all the snow had slid to form some beautiful powder pillows. That pow beneath was definitely worth the firm and technical turns above. The crowds were not THAT bad on Sunday. Some lines for the gondola, but really nothing terrible considering what I have seen this year. All in all it was a spectacular day.

If any of you are thinking about Mammoth I highly recommend it. They will be open until July 4th and the coverage is awesome. It really should be a great spring. With so much snow the slushy steeps will be a blast in May.
Posted By: frvcvs

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 03/26/19 01:13 AM

Originally Posted By: stu dog
Originally Posted By: GeoPac
Originally Posted By: scdad
Any of you guys who go to Mammoth have a recommended shop for demo snowboard rentals? I can't believe the mountain wants over $100 a day, that's more than I spent in Jackson Hole.


I rented a Burton Flight attendant 159W from Wave Rave for $50/day last weekend. SICKEST board I have ever ridden. Riding it through deep Pow was like a hot knife through butter, felt great under my feet.


if you can find it, try the Stun Gun. friend he's a burton nut raves about that as being the board.


I have a new in plastic Keith Haring x Deep Thinker 157 that I'm about to trade for a Stun Gun. jam_on

That stun gun shape just speaks to me.
Posted By: 92122

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 03/26/19 07:56 PM

Originally Posted By: dl4060
Nice shots 92122! Is that the Squaw Creek? We used to go to the bar there when I lived in Olympic Valley. The Squaw Creek lift actually has some great trees on storm day. It has some fun terrain that rarely gets skied.


Yes, Resort at Squaw Creek. The trees down below the Squaw Creek and Red Dog lift can be tight and pretty aggressive slope wise, but my main concern is where you end up. If you dont make the Red Dog or Far East Express Base, it is real easy to bottom out in a bad spot. Trying to hit the trees going down to Squaw Creek is questionable as the slope is working against you there and you better know where to keep your speed and traverse to make it back up high enough before the end or you'll be stuck.
Posted By: Bob

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 03/26/19 09:25 PM

A great run. Ask Kento.
https://video.search.yahoo.com/search/vi...mp;action=click
Posted By: Kento

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 03/26/19 10:20 PM

Originally Posted By: Bob


Yes! jam_on jam_on

Best run on the planet by far. If I'm at Canyons, I have to save this run towards middle/end of the day because once I have a taste, I won't want any other run the rest of the day. beer
Posted By: sd_101

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 03/27/19 05:45 AM

Was also in mammoth over the weekend. Report is pretty spot on. Forgot how windy it can get up there (saturday) and how quickly the fresh stuff gets heavy (sunday afternoon). Hadnít been in years.

Malvita bindings are working out great. I donít quite get the gimmick with the straps though. Toe ratchet seemed to freeze up on bottom side and actually released on a run. To be fair, I should have cleared the ice before dropping in. Hammock on the high back catches the boot a little funny when stepping out but seems to provide added feedback. Plenty sensitive for the most reckless tree runs. Stocked.

Posted By: Leaverite

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 03/29/19 04:18 AM

A winter for the modern record books.

You don't surf. But this a winter to make up for it.

Hoping to go to my favorite fishing spot this summer. Plumas County above Tahoe. The lakes basin.

15' of snow on the ground right now there. Gold Lake, the biggest lake is frozen solid.
Posted By: Iceman

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 04/04/19 06:36 PM

Went up to Kirkwood on Monday and had a great time. It was warm, so warm this it actually rained a little bit in the afternoon. But the snow was a nice texture and softness, so it was still really fun and carvable. Everything was groomed in the morning and there were barely any people on the mountain, so it stayed fun all day.

Looks like the forecasts are showing more snow the next couple weeks. Might squeeze in a couple more days at Kirkwood before venturing off to Squaw and Mammoth for the late spring/early summer stuff. Considering doing some backcountry stuff as well. Need to get a couple more pieces of gear.

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Posted By: Iceman

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 04/04/19 06:49 PM

Also had a decent dust-on-crust day a couple weeks ago. Was feeling a cold coming on, and didn't get much sleep, and had too much Kava the night before (new Kava bar in Santa Cruz, not a good idea). Ended up getting sick for the next week. Buuuuuut hiked around, didn't see many people, and got a lot of fresh lines.

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Posted By: 92122

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 04/04/19 09:33 PM

The stoke is high this season!! A buddy of mine is so pumped on skiing this season he went and bought his first AWD SUV (Range Rover) and just booked a solo strike mission to SLC to hit Alta & Snowbird Friday & Saturday.


So whats going on here? Crawled in a little cave did ya!?

Originally Posted by Iceman


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Posted By: 92122

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 04/10/19 07:14 PM

Scoring in Aspen!!

Stayed in a friends condo on the lower right that is touching the run at the bottom of Aspen Mtn. We arrived Thursday and were taking runs by 2:30pm, then happy hour at the Sundeck Lodge.

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Hadn't planned on hitting Aspen Highlands, but chose to take a lap on Aspen Mtn. Friday morning before taking the city bus the couple miles over to Highlands. Glad we did because it snowed most of the day, with minimal wind, and surface conditions were absolute A+ without being too deep. Lots of interesting history with Highlands as well and how they earned their rightful place alongside Aspen Mtn. Just look up video for "Cloud 9 Aspen Highlands" or their season ender party. Ridiculous.

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The town and base of Aspen Mtn. were buzzing on Friday night with a big air contest happening under the lights. I didn't know how I was going to take to Aspen Mtn. compared to the other hills, but have seen the light now. There's nothing quite like it in that its base area IS the town of Aspen, not just some ski area village.

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That said, if I had to choose only one hill to ride on for a long day it'd be Aspen Snowmass, about 8 miles out of downtown Aspen. A bit of poor visibility up top led to some absolutely perfect conditions at various points on the hill.

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Made it a point to exit Snowmass by 2pm and get back to Aspen Mtn. for the ender since we were ski in ski out. Stayed at the Sundeck past last call until Ski Patrol pretty much kicked us out and we walked outside to find no one around and 3000' of vertical left all to ourselves for the final run of the trip. The sun came out to play and tears of joy came to mind...lol... kidding... sort of. cool

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In short, I thought Aspen was something I'd do once and be over it with the additional cost involved for no better ski / ride experience, but I'm already planning to go back next year. That says something, as I'm no snow snob. shrug


I will say that we got plenty of fresh snow falling throughout the trip and it was no different than what I experience in California on a regular basis. People who talk sh*t about our "Sierra Cement" are idiots, and only right some of the time. The storms and moisture vary a lot in Colorado as well.
Posted By: 000

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 04/10/19 08:19 PM

went to tahoe, northstar. and it was awesome. not cheap. mostly empty. good snow.
Posted By: dl4060

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 04/23/19 12:12 AM

Originally Posted by 000
went to tahoe, northstar. and it was awesome. not cheap. mostly empty. good snow.


Most of these places are not going to be cheap anymore. If you want to buy an Epic or Ikon pass, then you get lots for your money, but the ski/board industry is pricing out the casual user. That could be a problem in the future. Season passes are getting more and more affordable, but day tickets are just insane.

Last weekend I hit Mammoth, which was fun. The top took a little while to loosen up, and it never got really slushy, but it was really fun. IT was firm early. Sunday morning I skied chair 9 while the top softened, and it was a blast. The coverage is great, it should be a good spring on the upper mountain.

This weekend I hit Baldy on Saturday, which had some fun turns as things melted out. I almost went back on Sunday after surfing south HB pier in the morning, but I lost motivation.

If anyone is interested, I will post some snow data for Mammoth. So far this year they have gotten 460 inches at the site where they measure, which is at Main Lodge. On the top of the mountain they have gotten 681. 460 is WELL above average.

From their site, which contains data going back to the 69/70 season. The totals are for the Main Lodge snowfall site, not the top.

Average total snowfall: 352.998. Standard deviation: 130.7124

Monthly averages: Pre-Oct Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb March April May June July
6.64 6.242 28.31 64.684 70.21 72.502 61.976 37.388 7.672 0.206 0

The other months have tiny averages. Interestingly enough, July did not have any recorded snowfall at all at Main Lodge.

I will be back up this weekend, leaving Friday morning at 430 am if I can finish everything. I have at least two trips left, maybe three. I'm getting sick of the drive.
Posted By: npsp

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 04/23/19 03:32 AM

In Bishop right now. I have to be at Harvey's in So. Lake Tahoe tomorrow evening around 6:30. I have a left over Costco pass for Mammoth (that will go bad if I don't use it) I can also expense a ticket for any of the So. LT resorts. I have never been to Heavenly but I love Mammoth. If I left Bishop around 5:00am I should have no problem making it to So. LT in 2-3 hours ride all day and not be rushed to get to my end destination. On the other hand, I could also in get some work in the early AM, I'll be up anyhow, and ride most of the day and then rush to So. LT.
What's the call and why?
Posted By: dl4060

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 04/23/19 04:01 AM

Originally Posted by npsp
In Bishop right now. I have to be at Harvey's in So. Lake Tahoe tomorrow evening around 6:30. I have a left over Costco pass for Mammoth (that will go bad if I don't use it) I can also expense a ticket for any of the So. LT resorts. I have never been to Heavenly but I love Mammoth. If I left Bishop around 5:00am I should have no problem making it to So. LT in 2-3 hours ride all day and not be rushed to get to my end destination. On the other hand, I could also in get some work in the early AM, I'll be up anyhow, and ride most of the day and then rush to So. LT.
What's the call and why?


I am a huge Mammoth fan, I'm really not a big fan of Heavenly. How much time do you need when you get to SLT? I would check road conditions and figure out the timing. You could hit Mammoth from 830-130 or 2 and still have plenty of time. When I lived in Tahoe I did several Mammoth trips, I remember it being around 3.5 hours from Tahoe City with good roads, but that is on the north side. It really should only take you about 3 hours to get to SLT. I would probably work in the morning, hit Mammoth until about 2, then make the drive. But like I said, it depends on how much time you need in SLT. Mammoth is simply a much better mountain than Heavenly, having said that, I don't know how early things are softening up. This time of year the early morning can be very firm, before things get soft. If you do ski Mammoth I would start at Eagle and hit up chair 9 until the rest of the mountain gets soft. Chair 9 tends to get fun and slushy early. If Kirkwood was still open, and was maybe a little closer to SLT I would advise that, but they closed yesterday for the season. They are also a bit out of the way, but being closed it is a moot point.

So I would probably hit Mammoth until about 2. That being said I would not blame you for being safe and heading to SLT and Heavenly.
Posted By: 92122

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 04/23/19 08:28 PM

FYI... Mammoth Canyon and Eagle Lodges last day of operations will be Sunday, 4/28.
Posted By: dl4060

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 04/23/19 10:57 PM

Originally Posted by 92122
FYI... Mammoth Canyon and Eagle Lodges last day of operations will be Sunday, 4/28.


Yeah, this will be the last weekend for the yellow line, which sucks. Our ski lease is about a 3 minute walk from one of the stops, and you either go to Eagle in one direction or the village in the other. Either way you don't have to wait more than 10 minutes for a shuttle, and once on the shuttle it is about 5 minutes to either the village or Eagle. Our location is very convenient, I don't think I have driven to the mountain since early December. It is always a shame to see chairs 9 and 22 shut down. Having said that, it has been a fun year. I skied far more pow than any weekender has a right to expect, so I have nothing to complain about. With the coverage on the upper mountain May should be fun.
Posted By: stu dog

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 04/24/19 12:32 AM

Originally Posted by 92122
FYI... Mammoth Canyon and Eagle Lodges last day of operations will be Sunday, 4/28.


pretty fun this weekend. got a late start Saturday. by the time we got on the hill was starting to get warm and sticky around 10am-ish. did a couple runs over off 25 and into WH2 area. Then checked out Holy Bowly. Pretty hectic on Saturday as that's where ALL the crowd was. pretty fun hitting those banks. Then chilled at the Mill when the lighting strike hit. Bartender at the Mill said it was right above Mid Chalet. Now that was a first experience for me....lighting at Mammoth. took about an hour for them to clear the lifts and then restart it. we chilled for a bit while the whole crowd went for the bus line. at that point we figured to wait it out to see if they'd open again while having another drink. They did. by that point it was about 2pm so figured we'd start making our way in. The snow coming down was HARD almost hail + the wind, that was a good face burn riding up the lift. Sunday total blue bird skies. They groomed everything so no powder from Saturday's storm. surprising the best snow was going off 8 to 15. it was just soft enough before becoming too sticky that could bank up on the hills and still get some good slashes in. Been a pretty rad season! Might get one more trip in, just to do a few runs + drinking
Posted By: Leaverite

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 04/24/19 03:20 AM

My brother and oldest nephew are heading up to Squaw this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Staying at the Squaw Valley Lodge, next to the big tram. Multiple day discount on Spring Season lift tickets. $75/day if you buy three or more days. There still is a ton of snow.
Posted By: npsp

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 04/24/19 05:18 AM

Originally Posted by dl4060
Originally Posted by npsp
In Bishop right now. I have to be at Harvey's in So. Lake Tahoe tomorrow evening around 6:30. I have a left over Costco pass for Mammoth (that will go bad if I don't use it) I can also expense a ticket for any of the So. LT resorts. I have never been to Heavenly but I love Mammoth. If I left Bishop around 5:00am I should have no problem making it to So. LT in 2-3 hours ride all day and not be rushed to get to my end destination. On the other hand, I could also in get some work in the early AM, I'll be up anyhow, and ride most of the day and then rush to So. LT.
What's the call and why?


I am a huge Mammoth fan, I'm really not a big fan of Heavenly. How much time do you need when you get to SLT? I would check road conditions and figure out the timing. You could hit Mammoth from 830-130 or 2 and still have plenty of time. When I lived in Tahoe I did several Mammoth trips, I remember it being around 3.5 hours from Tahoe City with good roads, but that is on the north side. It really should only take you about 3 hours to get to SLT. I would probably work in the morning, hit Mammoth until about 2, then make the drive. But like I said, it depends on how much time you need in SLT. Mammoth is simply a much better mountain than Heavenly, having said that, I don't know how early things are softening up. This time of year the early morning can be very firm, before things get soft. If you do ski Mammoth I would start at Eagle and hit up chair 9 until the rest of the mountain gets soft. Chair 9 tends to get fun and slushy early. If Kirkwood was still open, and was maybe a little closer to SLT I would advise that, but they closed yesterday for the season. They are also a bit out of the way, but being closed it is a moot point.

So I would probably hit Mammoth until about 2. That being said I would not blame you for being safe and heading to SLT and Heavenly.


Took the Mammoth option. Very stocked on my choice. Great day mostly cruising 9 and 25. No lines at all and empty slopes. Definitely worth another visit before they limit you to main.
Posted By: Leaverite

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 04/24/19 05:26 AM

Good call. Heavenly can be tricky for somebody new. A lot of runs on both sides of the mountain. Mid mountain the best for groomers. The lower runs on the Califonia side like Gunbarrel are all black diamonds. Not groomed. Sparser coverage.Probably huge, icy bumps.




Posted By: dl4060

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 04/29/19 04:30 PM

Fun weekend at Mammoth. I would start the morning with chair 9 groomers, then by the afternoon the Paranoids had softened up. I love the noids in spring slush. I ended up doing a lap where we would hit sign line on Climax, then go to chair 23, hit the Paranoids to the bottom, then take the upper gondola up and do it over again. I really love spring days like this. Canyon and Eagle are now closed for the season, but the upper mountain should be great in May and June. Our ski lease ends on May 20, so I have to go up that weekend. I might try to get an additional weekend, but I'm sick of the drive and I think I only have one more in me.

If any of you are thinking of a Mammoth trip I would highly recommend it. The upper mountain steeps in spring slush are a blast.
Posted By: frvcvs

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 04/29/19 05:24 PM

Originally Posted by dl4060
Fun weekend at Mammoth. I would start the morning with chair 9 groomers, then by the afternoon the Paranoids had softened up. I love the noids in spring slush. I ended up doing a lap where we would hit sign line on Climax, then go to chair 23, hit the Paranoids to the bottom, then take the upper gondola up and do it over again. I really love spring days like this. Canyon and Eagle are now closed for the season, but the upper mountain should be great in May and June. Our ski lease ends on May 20, so I have to go up that weekend. I might try to get an additional weekend, but I'm sick of the drive and I think I only have one more in me.

If any of you are thinking of a Mammoth trip I would highly recommend it. The upper mountain steeps in spring slush are a blast.



Headed up on Fri. How's the coverage, thin in spots? I have a new board I acquired and I'm trying to resist riding her until next season but temptation.
Posted By: dl4060

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 04/29/19 05:44 PM

Originally Posted by frvcvs
Originally Posted by dl4060
Fun weekend at Mammoth. I would start the morning with chair 9 groomers, then by the afternoon the Paranoids had softened up. I love the noids in spring slush. I ended up doing a lap where we would hit sign line on Climax, then go to chair 23, hit the Paranoids to the bottom, then take the upper gondola up and do it over again. I really love spring days like this. Canyon and Eagle are now closed for the season, but the upper mountain should be great in May and June. Our ski lease ends on May 20, so I have to go up that weekend. I might try to get an additional weekend, but I'm sick of the drive and I think I only have one more in me.

If any of you are thinking of a Mammoth trip I would highly recommend it. The upper mountain steeps in spring slush are a blast.



Headed up on Fri. How's the coverage, thin in spots? I have a new board I acquired and I'm trying to resist riding her until next season but temptation.


The coverage is actually great. The upper mountain stuff that I was hitting, Climax, noids, a couple of slush groomers on Cornice and Scottie's, has awesome coverage. That does not mean you can't hit a rock, but you would be very unlucky. The Paranoids are just bomber, and the entrances in are very easy. Hangman's has great coverage, but it seemed firm so I did not venture in, besides I was having too much fun in the noids. I would worry less about hitting rocks right now than in a normal season mid-season. Obviously you can always get unlucky, but I would ride the new board. If you want to get an idea of how good the coverage on the upper mountain is go to MammothSnowman.com and look at his recent photos. They are from a long way away, but it will give you a feeling of how much snow they have. Honestly I would worry more about grabby slush in the flats than rocks. The base is just awesome right now.
Posted By: stu dog

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 04/29/19 06:03 PM

Originally Posted by dl4060
Originally Posted by frvcvs
Originally Posted by dl4060
Fun weekend at Mammoth. I would start the morning with chair 9 groomers, then by the afternoon the Paranoids had softened up. I love the noids in spring slush. I ended up doing a lap where we would hit sign line on Climax, then go to chair 23, hit the Paranoids to the bottom, then take the upper gondola up and do it over again. I really love spring days like this. Canyon and Eagle are now closed for the season, but the upper mountain should be great in May and June. Our ski lease ends on May 20, so I have to go up that weekend. I might try to get an additional weekend, but I'm sick of the drive and I think I only have one more in me.

If any of you are thinking of a Mammoth trip I would highly recommend it. The upper mountain steeps in spring slush are a blast.



Headed up on Fri. How's the coverage, thin in spots? I have a new board I acquired and I'm trying to resist riding her until next season but temptation.


The coverage is actually great. The upper mountain stuff that I was hitting, Climax, noids, a couple of slush groomers on Cornice and Scottie's, has awesome coverage. That does not mean you can't hit a rock, but you would be very unlucky. The Paranoids are just bomber, and the entrances in are very easy. Hangman's has great coverage, but it seemed firm so I did not venture in, besides I was having too much fun in the noids. I would worry less about hitting rocks right now than in a normal season mid-season. Obviously you can always get unlucky, but I would ride the new board. If you want to get an idea of how good the coverage on the upper mountain is go to MammothSnowman.com and look at his recent photos. They are from a long way away, but it will give you a feeling of how much snow they have. Honestly I would worry more about grabby slush in the flats than rocks. The base is just awesome right now.


12 side still had lots of snow two weeks ago. 14 I'm sure is good. there's no brown spots from Stump across that way. just will get chunky in the late afternoon. be sure to warm wax
Posted By: littlewave

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 04/29/19 06:28 PM

Lots of melting in the past two weeks, but there was still SO much snow this past weekend. Top was very fun. Spent most of my time on 23/3 just doing laps. Wouldn't worry too much about snow coverage, be awhile before there will be too many rocks up top.
Posted By: Iceman

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 04/29/19 08:24 PM

Probably be at Mammoth May 18-19
Posted By: dl4060

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 05/13/19 06:41 PM

Mammoth was really fun this weekend. Saturday was not TOO warm, so we hit groomers all morning waiting for the top to soften. In the afternoon the Paranoids were a blast, fun and slushy, great turns. I was also skiing MJB's, which did not really soften up, and Climax, which did. Sunday things got warm a bit earlier, we hit the top earlier and it was really fun. The noids were great again, this time MJB's and Hangman's did soften up, classic spring skiing.

The coverage is still fantastic. If anyone is thinking about a trip I would highly recommend it. Canyon and Eagle are done, but the coverage up high is great and it is not crowded at all. Down low it can get pretty sticky later in the morning, but the steeps off the top are slushy and fun. I am done for the year, our ski lease ends on May 20 and I am busy this weekend, but it has been a great season. After 12 trips this year I am happy to be done with the drive.
Posted By: 92122

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 05/13/19 06:51 PM

Originally Posted by dl4060
a lap where we would hit sign line on Climax, then go to chair 23, hit the Paranoids to the bottom, then take the upper gondola up and do it over again.


This is the plan for Memorial weekend. jam_on
Posted By: Mr Doof

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 05/13/19 09:34 PM

Originally Posted by Iceman
... had too much Kava the night before (new Kava bar in Santa Cruz, not a good idea).


I thought that stuff makes you relaxed and a little spacey with some numbness at the extremities, which to me, sounds like a recipe for sleep.

How would you describe the sensoria alteration?
Posted By: bruddahkine

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 05/14/19 12:46 AM

The season continues! When does Mammoth close? We might send our older grom down with his team to do some training camp on airbags and huge jumps mid june but I think that's independent of the normal operations. There's a small chance I go too and would be stoked to take some laps if lifts are still spinning.

We've got about 2 more weeks at Bachelor. Still lots of nice snow up top but it's getting dirty and sticky down low. Just super fun spring days. I just went up for 6 laps on the snow skate (new addiction - every surfer and skater should get one) at lunch today.

We've had one hell of a season. I keep meaning to post photos and videos of all the different competitions and pow days but I'm lazy and busy and never get around to it. I'll try and share a few things in the next few weeks.

Hope everyone's having a rad spring!
Posted By: Leaverite

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 05/14/19 03:54 AM

My brother and nephew did Squaw two weeks ago. Lower mountain now closed but still a ton of snow on the upper mountain. Spring skiing. $75/day pass.

My brother said a lot of people were hiking/skiing the lower bowls even though they were closed.

Was hoping to get up to Gold Lake in the Plumas Ntl Forest north of Truckee again this year. We went 1st week of June last year. Still 6'+ feet of snow on the ground there right now. Estimate is late June/early July before the campgrounds open up.

Granite Chief in May. That is awesome!

Posted By: stu dog

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 05/14/19 04:16 PM

Originally Posted by dl4060
Mammoth was really fun this weekend. Saturday was not TOO warm, so we hit groomers all morning waiting for the top to soften. In the afternoon the Paranoids were a blast, fun and slushy, great turns. I was also skiing MJB's, which did not really soften up, and Climax, which did. Sunday things got warm a bit earlier, we hit the top earlier and it was really fun. The noids were great again, this time MJB's and Hangman's did soften up, classic spring skiing.

The coverage is still fantastic. If anyone is thinking about a trip I would highly recommend it. Canyon and Eagle are done, but the coverage up high is great and it is not crowded at all. Down low it can get pretty sticky later in the morning, but the steeps off the top are slushy and fun. I am done for the year, our ski lease ends on May 20 and I am busy this weekend, but it has been a great season. After 12 trips this year I am happy to be done with the drive.


supposed to snow again Sunday to Thursday shocked socrazy
Posted By: dl4060

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 05/15/19 01:45 AM

Originally Posted by Leaverite
My brother and nephew did Squaw two weeks ago. Lower mountain now closed but still a ton of snow on the upper mountain. Spring skiing. $75/day pass.

My brother said a lot of people were hiking/skiing the lower bowls even though they were closed.

Was hoping to get up to Gold Lake in the Plumas Ntl Forest north of Truckee again this year. We went 1st week of June last year. Still 6'+ feet of snow on the ground there right now. Estimate is late June/early July before the campgrounds open up.

Granite Chief in May. That is awesome!



When I lived in Tahoe I used to love May. They would cut down to just the tram, High Camp, Shirley Lake and Granite Chief. I would start the day by doing 4-5 Granite Peak hikes, skiing Direct Chute. I love Direct Chute, so steep and so much fun in slush. Then I would hit the Corkscrew area for a few laps, it faces north so it takes more time to soften up. Then I would take Shirley up and either head to the pool at high camp for a margarita or hike the Palisades. May was a blast. My guess is that with all the snow they have more upper mountain lifts open, in big years they would keep more lifts open later.

Mammoth is reporting they will be open until July 7.
Posted By: dl4060

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 05/15/19 01:46 AM

Originally Posted by stu dog
Originally Posted by dl4060
Mammoth was really fun this weekend. Saturday was not TOO warm, so we hit groomers all morning waiting for the top to soften. In the afternoon the Paranoids were a blast, fun and slushy, great turns. I was also skiing MJB's, which did not really soften up, and Climax, which did. Sunday things got warm a bit earlier, we hit the top earlier and it was really fun. The noids were great again, this time MJB's and Hangman's did soften up, classic spring skiing.

The coverage is still fantastic. If anyone is thinking about a trip I would highly recommend it. Canyon and Eagle are done, but the coverage up high is great and it is not crowded at all. Down low it can get pretty sticky later in the morning, but the steeps off the top are slushy and fun. I am done for the year, our ski lease ends on May 20 and I am busy this weekend, but it has been a great season. After 12 trips this year I am happy to be done with the drive.


supposed to snow again Sunday to Thursday shocked socrazy


It is a busy week for me, and I don't think I have another trip in me, but some of our ski lease mates are going up.

Here is the snowman's report

https://www.mammothsnowman.com/


Hope some of you guys make it up. It should be fun.
Posted By: 92122

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 05/16/19 10:56 PM

Reports of boot deep fresh on Mammoth today... They closed the mountain by mid-day due to wind / poor visibility.

Hoping it lays down even more and doesn't start warming up until next week when we arrive.
Posted By: stu dog

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 05/17/19 12:41 AM

Originally Posted by 92122
Reports of boot deep fresh on Mammoth today... They closed the mountain by mid-day due to wind / poor visibility.

Hoping it lays down even more and doesn't start warming up until next week when we arrive.


foot of snow fell today. forecasting another foot Sunday to Monday. and then more possibility on tuesday. gust today were in the 60mph range. may try to rally the troops for memorial day (surf swell pending)
Posted By: littlewave

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 05/17/19 03:47 PM

Damn I wish I could take a trip up this weekend.
Posted By: SBSteve

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 05/17/19 06:09 PM

Originally Posted by stu dog
Originally Posted by 92122
Reports of boot deep fresh on Mammoth today... They closed the mountain by mid-day due to wind / poor visibility.

Hoping it lays down even more and doesn't start warming up until next week when we arrive.


foot of snow fell today. forecasting another foot Sunday to Monday. and then more possibility on tuesday. gust today were in the 60mph range. may try to rally the troops for memorial day (surf swell pending)


Wow, looks like it's going to punch through the 700" season total for the top.
That's insane!
Posted By: stu dog

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 05/17/19 06:23 PM

Originally Posted by SBSteve
Originally Posted by stu dog
Originally Posted by 92122
Reports of boot deep fresh on Mammoth today... They closed the mountain by mid-day due to wind / poor visibility.

Hoping it lays down even more and doesn't start warming up until next week when we arrive.


foot of snow fell today. forecasting another foot Sunday to Monday. and then more possibility on tuesday. gust today were in the 60mph range. may try to rally the troops for memorial day (surf swell pending)


Wow, looks like it's going to punch through the 700" season total for the top.
That's insane!



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Posted By: Iceman

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 06/07/19 04:17 AM

Make no mistake, the snow season is not over.

Went from doing this at the beginning of the May....
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...to this at the end of the May. Had a blast bombing runs with my pops. Hooting and laughing mid-run and at the bottom of the lifts after top to bottom ripping. The old man can still turn and burn.

Higher peaks looking good on the way in.
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Perfect springy day
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Afternoon thunderstorm closed the mountain early on the second day, but we had so many fun runs leading up to it, we didn't care.
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Posted By: Iceman

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 06/07/19 04:21 AM

On the way back home, I stopped in to stay with some friends at Kirkwood, and we did a little backcountry tour. Tried out my new splitboarding gear. I'm hooked.

Scoping out a future line.
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Skin it to win it.
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Posted By: 92122

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 06/07/19 07:09 PM

Again, Iceman for the win. cool
Posted By: 92122

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 06/07/19 07:31 PM

A few from Memorial Weekend on Mammoth Mtn...


So filled in at the end of May, areas are way flatter than normal... Dry Creek > Triangle runs in the chair 5 area.

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Climax... had fun dropping into the far side a couple times...

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They left a bit of a Cornice on Cornice Bowl and I picked the steepest line I could going in. I've always been a baby when it comes to steeps, so this season felt good scraping into some solid Double Blacks...

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Finally hiked White Bark Ride to White Bark Bowl... Some peeps were going all the way up to Start Chute, but we chose to drop early and hit the fresh panel we saw lower down...

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They opened more lifts Saturday 5/25 and we were able to get on the hill from Chair 17 / Canyon Lodge... Made a point to traverse across Lincoln Mtn. on our way back as I knew the run next to Chair 8 would be untracked, and sure enough we scored... Spring Freshies for our final run of the season. applause2 jam_on cool

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Until next year friends. violin It was truly a historic season with the most snowfall ever recorded in CA. at 715"++. Some areas of Colorado at 1000%+ of average, and CO. as a whole at 500%+ of average (or so I read). Crazy.
Posted By: Leaverite

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 06/09/19 05:26 AM

715++ inches. The highest recorded snowfall in the Sierra's since people started keeping snowfall records. My Sierra fishing trip this summer is cancelled. Still 5'+ feet of snow on the ground in June. The lake is still frozen.
Posted By: dl4060

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 06/11/19 05:27 AM

Originally Posted by Leaverite
715++ inches. The highest recorded snowfall in the Sierra's since people started keeping snowfall records.



What is this based on? Mammoth measures there snowfall at Main, that is what they report. They also measure at the top, but the snowfall they report for the season is the Main snowfall, not the snowfall at the top. 10/11 and 16/17 were bigger than this, there have been some other years which were bigger. Mammoth got 668.5 inches at Main in 10/11 and 617 in 16/17. Squaw reported something like 810 in 10/11, which is nuts.

Here is a link to Mammoth's snow fall history. 492 is what they have so far this year, which is awesome. They average about 350, so getting close to 500 is pretty awesome.

https://www.mammothmountain.com/winter/mountain-information/mountain-information

Just click on extended snowfall history. It goes back to 1968 or so.
Posted By: PacoR

Re: ***Official Snow Surfing 2018 - 2019 Thread*** - 06/11/19 12:27 PM

Originally Posted by Leaverite
715++ inches. The highest recorded snowfall in the Sierra's since people started keeping snowfall records. My Sierra fishing trip this summer is cancelled. Still 5'+ feet of snow on the ground in June. The lake is still frozen.


Once AOC's new green deal goes into affect, we can expect no more than 100in/year. Climate change will be a thing of the past.
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