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The only things worse than no snow are manmade snow or avy chunder
 

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Made it on the snow. Indy pass includes Buck Hill and I'm in Minneapolis right now, so I zipped over for a couple hours.

Was good to shake out the cobwebs and remember what it feels like to ski but unless you are in the junior race program, Buck is pretty small.

People were doing well with covid stuff. Masks were worn and they had a straight "ride with your household" policy. No trying to put 2 singles in opposite sides of the chair or anything like that. I went early (and they may be restricting ticket sales), so there weren't many lines, but nobody ever tried to crowd on the lift with you or anything like that.

That's part of why I went there rather than another 30min across the border into WI to a slightly bigger area...WI is just a covid shit show and I didn't trust them to have or enforce rules.
 

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Kookwood looks like they're rolling chairs. Mighty quiet for a holiday fresh snow day
 

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Heard from my friend in Denver who decided to give his ikon pass it's first try yesterday at copper.

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And that's on a holiday!

Of course the resorts would never actually do that. All those day passes and extra season pass sales are necessary along with the restaurant/bar sales.

I figured reservations reducing crowding (once plenty of lifts are open) would be great, but I didn't think about the effect it would have on I70 traffic.
 

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Just booked days at Kookwood Thurs and Friday this week. Looks like a couple feet from tomorrow until Thursday morning. @otc already beat me to first turns of the year but I might just snag the first powder days.
 

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Hey, I had a whole 3-4 inches in the UP of michigan a couple days ago... Maybe even 6 in spots!

They aren't getting the big lake effect dumps yet... Place was only half open because they can blow snow for base and plow it around.

Mt Bohemia thinks they won't be open at all for another 2 weeks or so... They need something like 3-4 feet to fall before they spin lifts and it just hasn't been happening.
 

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Man...not quite 49 each way for me, but I'm seeing nonstops for $181 round trip from here.

If the end-of-february steep and deep camp had open spots, that'd almost be worth strapping on an N95 and goggles...
 

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Man...not quite 49 each way for me, but I'm seeing nonstops for $181 round trip from here.

If the end-of-february steep and deep camp had open spots, that'd almost be worth strapping on an N95 and goggles...
Totally worth it. Or hit the highway loop at the pass and avoid the lift lines at Jackson
 

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I wish I had a bunch of plans to travel this winter because I am suddenly super enamored of this travel backpack from Rocky Mountain Underground:
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Expands to 50L in an airplane-space-maximizing way, stowable straps if you need to check, has a real hip belt unlike my current duffel.
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Stowable mesh helmet carrier and room for ski boots inside.
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I can get one for like half price and I'm pretty tempted...but realistically I have too many backpacks/duffels

I wish it had was a elastic mesh water bottle holder on the side (which my current bag doesn't have either)...generally just something that is nice to have in the airport.
 

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I have far far too many backpacks and duffel bags - it's a running joke with my wife - but I have to say that one looks pretty cool and has me thinking twice about buying another one. I almost never travel by plane to ski so as a result the bootbags I have are extremely crappy. I suppose I could argue that this provides net new capability but it's a capability that I'm unlikely to need frequently and I have far too many new and unused bags to begin with. So 50% chance I buy it lol.
 

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Even without boots, the design gives off good rolling suitcase vibes without being a roller...and I've mostly preferred to fly with a backpack/duffel rather than a roller lately.

My only worry is that there are complaints about the straps.

1. since they use hooks and manual straps rather than plastic pinch clips, people say it is a pain to open and close (especially since it is a design where the compression straps cross the zipper, so you have to undo them even for a quick open).
2. the backpack straps supposedly like to slip while you wear it. I would normally take that with a grain of salt and assume the reviewer is an idiot, but multiple people said it and the company has a video on their website showing you how to roll up the straps just right so they don't slip...decent strap hardware shouldn't slide without you rolling up the excess just right.

Also, it sounds like a little bit of outside-accessible organization would be nice...but I also hate when companies overdo it and you end up with 5 different useless pockets taking up space.

I love my climbing pack for that:
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Big main duffel-style compartment that spreads open, stretch water bottle pockets, one zip pocket on the outside that is just big enough to hold a guidebook and a few other things, another zip pocket on the inside, and just enough straps to control the load and let you strap a rope to the outside if you need to.
 

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Nice relaxed upper body form Bern
 
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