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We dont need no stinkin passes????

Postby Bad Man From Bodie » Tue Nov 03, 2009 4:43 pm

I can’t wait for snow....I was just wondering where all you HST folks get your turns in? Do you prefer back country action, the resorts, or both? So... what’s the most popular ski resort amongst HSTers? I must say there are sooo many good deals on passes this year, I want one of each! What say everyone? Mammoth, the Wood, the Bowl, Squaw, June, or the Pine? Which do you prefer or do you prefer neither?



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Re: We dont need no stinkin passes????

Postby John Dittli » Tue Nov 03, 2009 5:53 pm

None of them.

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Re: We dont need no stinkin passes????

Postby copeg » Tue Nov 03, 2009 8:17 pm

Every year around this time I start contemplating biting the bullet and getting a season pass. And usually after long thought figure I'd rather spend the time in the backcountry. Perhaps not some of those intense lines John shows though (Dragon peak?!? Dang :eek: ). Being in the Bay Area, I do miss the Mammoth area from years past, but the drive is a pain. Usually opt for Kirkwood as its relatively close and has some nice lines
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Re: We dont need no stinkin passes????

Postby Bad Man From Bodie » Wed Nov 04, 2009 8:48 am

Ahhhh….John your secret spot is an all time favorite! What makes it even better is the new improvements Caltrans made to the location. For me the best part is I don’t even have to hike up there. Well maybe a little if I want to drop in where your pic was taken. I think Ive seen that pic on the MLC website, very cool spot indeed!

I guess I am a bit partial to the no pass thing. Snowmobiles get me a long way into the back county or at least to wilderness boundaries, then I don’t have to hike as much and spend the extra energy making turns. There are some GRRRREEEEEAAAAT lines just outside of Lee Vining or on Tioga which I just adore. Otherwise, I would have to say my first favorite resort would be June for sentimental reasons, then Kirkwood, SVR, then Alpine. I however didn’t buy a pass for any of these as Mt. Rose is just minutes from my house, and I can get suited and booted and on snow within 22 minutes from my driveway. Hard to beat that because I would much rather make turns than drive to something that gets tracked out in the first five minutes anyway.

John, those pics of you are very worthy….especially the one of you going up to Dragon… straight knarle, holy mackerel man!
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Re: We dont need no stinkin passes????

Postby oldranger » Wed Nov 04, 2009 10:16 am

I never bought a season pass but worked at 3 different ski areas for my passes over about 15 years. 5 years on pro patrol (4 at Bachelor). The best area I worked at was Mammoth (winters 80-spring of 83). Never went two weeks without skiing a new line. Never skied on weekends except for 1 run days down the S. side to Twin Lakes. Skied Hole-in-the Wall a few times when there was a person in the group who hadn't done it before. But the best run was to ski all the way down the avalanche path before cutting east to Twin Lakes.

The other fun run was to hike up the Sherwins from Twin Lakes and ski down to old mammoth in the spring. It was cool to look down on the top of Mammoth Mt. Once the corn snow was perfect from top to bottom. That was a day to remember.

Got rid of my Alpine Equipment in the mid 90s and now do x-country with an occasional teli turn on really easy slopes.

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