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Old 08-28-2020, 10:14 AM   #1
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What’s everyone's plans?

Mountain Collective for me.

Louise has replaced the iconic, platter with a HSQ. This opens up West Bowl to the masses, and facilitated a 2km ski out.. (no more bushwhacking Star Wars)

https://www.skilouise.com/things-to-...020-21-season/
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Old 08-28-2020, 10:28 AM   #2
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Any idea what the ski hills are going to look like with COVID? Hard to commit IMO before knowing that.
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Old 08-28-2020, 10:33 AM   #3
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What’s everyone's plans?

Mountain Collective for me.

Louise has replaced the iconic, platter with a HSQ. This opens up West Bowl to the masses, and facilitated a 2km ski out.. (no more bushwhacking Star Wars)

https://www.skilouise.com/things-to-...020-21-season/
That's so awesome. At 43, I don't even do Star Wars anymore. Just feels like I can't react as fast as I used to and if you fall once it can be a nightmare getting out with your momentum gone. Most epic run of all time, though.

My kids are in a snowboard club and go three times per week. I'm really hoping that goes ahead with COVID. Decision hasn't been made yet.

I think I'm just going to get Louise cards for the family. Pretty versatile and good savings. Low financial risk, too, if COVID bogarts the season again.
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Old 08-28-2020, 10:36 AM   #4
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Last time I did Star Wars I wrapped myself around a tree, so ya, I'm to old.


Watching the video I'm not sure I understand the chair. It looks like it goes from Top of the World to the top of Whithorn? Does that mean they leave the platter as well?
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Ah, this map shows it.


https://s3.ca-central-1.amazonaws.co...jpg?1554151462


I like it.
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Will I get any credit for my Sunshine and Louise cards that I only got partial use out of last year?
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I was down in Colorado for work a bunch last year so did a Mountain Collective. Got really good value out of it and really it only takes a single international trip to justify it over the local discount cards.

That said I'm sticking with the Louise/RCR cards this year though just because I imagine there will be more days close to home. Plus more flexibility if the season gets cancelled, if things become a gong show with reservations, etc etc.
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Old 08-28-2020, 11:49 AM   #8
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I shared this in the gear grinder, but likely my pals and I will do just do a single night a week again, Taco Tuesday.

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WRGMG, is that COP/Winsport.

They increased their season pass, while nominally to $359.. BUT, what they also did was reduce their operating hours. Weekdays are now open, 4pm to 9pm.
They used to open at 9am.

Of course, less busy, which I appreciate — no waiting to drop into the ramp farm, and stunt ditch.

But more money for less ? GMG.
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Old 08-28-2020, 11:51 AM   #9
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I always pass at Louise, and especially given that they're giving a discount to last year's season pass holders due to covid, I'll be doing that again. They didn't even have to do that, it wasn't their fault they got shut down.
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There are a lot of rumblings down at Fernie regarding covid protocols. Basically it's going to be very similar to this from what I hear.

https://www.powder.com/stories/news/...perating-plan/

I know season passes are already selling at 20% higher than last year. And that we should expect a run on gear as soon as it comes out, so if you intend on getting anything new do it in October. I wouldn't be surprised if ski and board gear goes the same way of bikes and camping gear.
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More like get it now... I just ordered a helmet. Luckily most of my stuff is less than 3 years old.
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What’s everyone's plans?

Mountain Collective for me.

Louise has replaced the iconic, platter with a HSQ. This opens up West Bowl to the masses, and facilitated a 2km ski out.. (no more bushwhacking Star Wars)

https://www.skilouise.com/things-to-...020-21-season/
That’s a shame, the platter/poma filtered out the crowds and the WH chutes were like skiing back country. Glad I skied the hell out of it in its prime. The west bowl was fun but the snow was always better over the back.
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That’s a shame, the platter/poma filtered out the crowds and the WH chutes were like skiing back country. Glad I skied the hell out of it in its prime. The west bowl was fun but the snow was always better over the back.
Yep, like launching North Cornice in late 90's. Had a couple good friends, get TWS & Snowboarder snaps back there.


Just gotta go further west. There'll be more slack country being made available.
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Is it actually an HSQ? a rickety old double or triple would be more than sufficient.

Mixed feelings, but I guess it'll make it easier to get my little ripper up there sooner.
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Is it actually an HSQ? a rickety old double or triple would be more than sufficient.

Mixed feelings, but I guess it'll make it easier to get my little ripper up there sooner.
eee, I may be mistaken & you may be right. I just read Quad and made the leap.
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eee, I may be mistaken & you may be right. I just read Quad and made the leap.
If I'm an expert on anything it's skiing. and cocaine.
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Where does Charlie draw the lift, to redeploy from?

Doesn’t have RCR assets anymore, of course. California again, seems unlikely.
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I haven't done much snowboarding in the last 3-4 years, but I just moved to Vernon. Silver Star is only about a 45 minute drive, so hopefully I can get a lot more in.
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Where does Charlie draw the lift, to redeploy from?

Doesn’t have RCR assets anymore, of course. California again, seems unlikely.
I dunno; they don't look particularly rickety in this image, so probably new.
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And it looks like it will be a quad (probably makes the most sense from a wind perspective anyways):
https://www.skiresort.info/ski-resor...lifts/l108632/

Increasing capacity from 900/hr to 2400 and reducing the effort required for Boomerang side. Backside laps will be a bit faster, but at least west bowl will be a slow loop. Will be interesting to see how it plays out. I'm kind of sad that I've ridden my last platter without even knowing it.

(summit platter details: https://www.skiresort.info/ski-resor...-lifts/l87900/)



The long term plan also calls for a hut between TOW and this new lift...that would be really nice as my main gripe w/ Louise is how long/far it is from any warmth to the best skiing. I think their higher priority is building a lodge at the top of the gondola, though.

Interestingly, the summit lift was listed as phase 3 of the LRP (of 8 proposed phases, some of which are pipe dreams). Since it's essentially a replacement and all above tree-line, it makes sense that it was easiest to get approval for. Nice for marketing, too.

Flipping through the LRP I see that the Juniper Warming Hut I mentioned above is in phase 7, along with the Upper Juniper Lift (that would expedite west bowl laps). They do mention that the hut would be useful for the world cup events, so maybe it gets bumped up the priority list now, too.
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Sunshine announced their plans.

https://www.skibanff.com/explore/new...-winter-season

- No cap on people per day
- face coverings for lineups and on lifts
- will be filling gondolas to 8 as usual on busy days
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