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TOFF

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Knee to waist deep at Grand Targhee.
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We love Kirkwood too.

Was wondering if we should do a sneaky day at Northstar (requires a trek though. although we could move hotels too make the trip back to SF a tiny bit easier) So its mellow? Other friends have loved it but i think they just liked the parks?? (they were snowboarders)
From what I remember of your MCP safari, not too much point to make the effort to check out Northstar for the skiing. Unless you just want to look at the lake from the north side. The main advantage for people in north Tahoe is that Northstar rarely has the wind holds that happen at Squaw/Alpine. I liked Northstar, but skied there either an intermediate (1990s) or just starting to ski easy trees (2010). Also thought it's a great place for families with younger kids to stay slope side. Haven't felt the inclination to return to Tahoe in general now that I'm skiing more challenging terrain at MCP resorts like Taos or Alta/Snowbird.
 
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TOFF

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Amazing powder day.

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TOFF

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Boot to knee deep at Jackson Hole and snowed all day.
Was blowy up top which meant corbets was closed again. I have to come back as I didn’t get to look down.
 
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What are your thoughts on the place more generally?
Town of Jackson is fabulous with a large choice of restaurants and bars at almost every price point. Town has a great vibe with both locals and tourists being very friendly and all enjoying the Aussie accent.
Jackson Hole is the biggest mountain I have ski'd in America (whistler is Canadian) and is a serious skiers mountain. The terrain is as good as almost anything I've been too with only St Anton having a bigger pucker factor. Had all weather from bluebird on day 1, to freshies but limited vis on last day.
Food and eateries on mountain as expected with Mangy Moose clear winner with Nachos, beer and a cracking atmosphere post ski.
Noticed a slight Jackson attitude from all staff and lifties which highlighted the 'serious skiers mountain'.
Overall, a great place to spend a week. 8.5/10 on the Toffometre.
 

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Town of Jackson is fabulous with a large choice of restaurants and bars at almost every price point. Town has a great vibe with both locals and tourists being very friendly and all enjoying the Aussie accent.
Jackson Hole is the biggest mountain I have ski'd in America (whistler is Canadian) and is a serious skiers mountain. The terrain is as good as almost anything I've been too with only St Anton having a bigger pucker factor. Had all weather from bluebird on day 1, to freshies but limited vis on last day.
Food and eateries on mountain as expected with Mangy Moose clear winner with Nachos, beer and a cracking atmosphere post ski.
Noticed a slight Jackson attitude from all staff and lifties which highlighted the 'serious skiers mountain'.
Overall, a great place to spend a week. 8.5/10 on the Toffometre.
I really must get there one day.
 
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You will not be disappointed and even though there is some steep and long terrain, plenty of nice cruisers for those that need them.
Have the 15 yr old niece there doing a training program. Did well in a race so off to Alaska . When she gets back she’ll go straight to western NSW for us all to move sheep . Whata change . Thanks the reports lads .
 
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Agree with everything toff says!

Although never encountered any 'tude.

Grand Targhee was pretty awesome too!
 

rime noreason

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Wow thats snow is low! Thats down into the Nevada valley yeah?
Yes that is the Carson valley Nevada side @Ozgirl. There is still some snow there 3 days later. The temperature is warming up over the next couple of days though so it won't last the long

They're forecasting colder temperatures from Thursday and maybe a dusting from SundY To Monday




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rime noreason

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Moguls up to my armpits and a vert that photos can’t do justice to but YOLO, so I finally skied The Wall at Kirkwood. So much amazing terrain on this mountain, I’ve barely skied a fraction of it.

Beautiful day that looked like it might snow early on but the sun came out mid morning. The snow is firm but wind had blown a thin layer of soft over The Wall bowl and the sun had softened it to ski very nicely by mid morning. The back bowls skied well too but summit areas were blowing a gale, or if you’re a Vail reporter, it was a little breezy;)


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Have only done the one day of bc this trip. Friend who i am road tripping with is resort only.

Has been good to get back to resort life I suppose - however not wearing a helmet; crashes in Japan last season, and not wanting to do injuries before oz skiing have slowed me down compared to previous o/s resort trips - not shredding as fast or hard. I miss that part of resort skiing.

On the plus side my backcountry gear e.g. sunnies and backpack seem to be a hit! Although my heart still yearns for the snowgum solitude.

Some days on resort gear and most on the AT gear (in resort) - forces you to ski "instructor mode" and with perfect technique which is good practice

Slower controlled consistent radius keeping as stable and possible and reducing forces through skis and yourself - dont want the same fate for the speed 90s as the movements saw last season.

It's great with the length of runs here and consistent steep pitches; can really nail the turns
 

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I'm getting sad and reflective. Fly back to aus on Thursday night. My trip has gone so quickly already, 3 weeks flies when you are having fun.

Have skiied 10 different resorts!

Driving south 6 hrs to mt bachelor. Final day of riding there tomorrow for the trip then head south via the coast and San fran
 

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I'm getting sad and reflective. Fly back to aus on Thursday night. My trip has gone so quickly already, 3 weeks flies when you are having fun.

Have skiied 10 different resorts!

Driving south 6 hrs to mt bachelor. Final day of riding there tomorrow for the trip then head south via the coast and San fran
When you’ve got some downtime at the airport, it would be great if you could post a quick summary of your final itinerary.
 

rime noreason

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I am feeling your sense of sadness at having to leave @hongomania. Tomorrow is my last ski day. I leave Wednesday morning just as another foot or two will begin to fall over the next few days. It’s going to be hard driving out and leaving that behind.

We could receive a dusting before I leave but even if not I’ll be leaving with a smile on my face after the couple of really good falls and then the blizzard we had over the last 3 weeks. It was the coldest, lightest fluffiest powder I’ve ever skied. I’m taking home plenty of souvenirs in the form of memorable days and terrific skiing.

I’m not looking forward to going from -18C to highs of 35C back home. I was hoping autumn would have set in by now.


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@Doonks & @TOFF I think Captain America left Jackson Hole and came to Tahoe.

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rime noreason

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@TOFF was going to offer Capt America $1000USD for the suit. He wanted it's power

There couldn’t be any better value for money.

Lifts on windhold from lunchtime yesterday. Seeing the storm clouds coming over the Sierras in the morning and knowing I had to leave early today is killing me. Snow was falling heavily outside my window from later afternoon yesterday, just as forecast. There were weather, road, and chain warnings. I was keeping my fingers crossed that flights would be cancelled and I’d be snowed in. No such luck although chains were required over the pass to Reno.

No view of the Sierras from either side of the plane today due to a thick blanket of cloud all the way to LA. I’m sure the mountains look much better than a few weeks ago. I’m now at the airport in LA trying to comfort myself with the idea the 12 inches of fresh were wet and heavy

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TOFF

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There couldn’t be any better value for money.

Lifts on windhold from lunchtime yesterday. Seeing the storm clouds coming over the Sierras in the morning and knowing I had to leave early today is killing me. Snow was falling heavily outside my window from later afternoon yesterday, just as forecast. There were weather, road, and chain warnings. I was keeping my fingers crossed that flights would be cancelled and I’d be snowed in. No such luck although chains were required over the pass to Reno.

No view of the Sierras from either side of the plane today due to a thick blanket of cloud all the way to LA. I’m sure the mountains look much better than a few weeks ago. I’m now at the airport in LA trying to comfort myself with the idea the 12 inches of fresh were wet and heavy

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Great pics and updates.
Glad you ended with good snow.
Being at home sux
 
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Ozgirl

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Sadly it looks like although there are some good storms (but not as goo as the last week or so) next week that the week we are there there wont be much fresh.

Oh well. Better to get some now than not!
 

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I'd be extremely happy with the unusual March 2018 snowfall in Tahoe. Snowpack has gone from abysmal to ok.

http://www.rgj.com/story/life/outdo...le-march-level-but-month-isnt-over/432926002/
The latest round of winter weather lifted the Lake Tahoe basin further from the near-record dryness the region had been enduring and one step closer to a March ‘miracle.’
From March 1 through 11:59 p.m. Thursday the basin snowpack grew from 28 to 52% of the normal peak, with more snow yet to be recorded.
 

Ozgirl

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Don’t know but I’d reckon Cali base.
I reckon you are right!

That's where it was when I worked their. And apparently lost and found and other guest services are there.

We are staying at the gondola base. So not really a hardship to try both.
 
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