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  2. I saw in an Australian paper, the Victoria government encouraged them to open and Vail pulled the plug, but they could not rent equipment.
  3. My buddy next to me is a member of the cult. He grew up in CT, then moved south. He's an excellent skier and also still plays rec league hockey at age 60. BTW, that photo is from a few years ago at Timberline, WV, the place that was recently bought by Perfect North and is being resurrected this summer with new lifts, new snowmaking and lots of repairs after old owners went bust and did not open last winter. Pretty good mountain and fairly snowy for the Mid-Atlantic.
  4. The Hartford Whalers gear has a cult fallowing. I don’t think any other team has close to there success selling throwbacks gear
  5. Is the Victoria Government making this decision or Vail? We have a long way to go before we are in the same shape as Australia
  6. Last week
  7. Problems down under for Vail due to virus surges. Hope we aren't tied up the same! https://www.mthotham.com.au/discover/connect-with-us/latest-news/covid-19-update
  8. Well, warriors is the leading new name. The team has stated they would keep their colors but the Indian image would be gone. Not sure what the new logo would look like, don't think they have indicated anything. Even if you change the name to "Washington Powder Puffs" and change the colors to pink, long time fans will likely still show up in classic team gear/dress. Go-to a Carolina Hurricanes game, guarantee you will still see green Hartford Whalers sweaters amongst the crowd. Traditions die hard. If Washington is to scrub fans from dressing in now non-appropriate gear, they will have to not admit them or remove them if they change inside the gate.
  9. Can't we celebrate that the origin of these logos and names weren't to offend, but to admire? Hence why they're in there in sports. BLOOD! GUTS! WE AIN'T NO BITCH ASS TEAM NAMED AFTER A BIRD! WE'RE GODDAMNED GERINOMO!
  10. I mean the point of the name change would hopefully be to change behavior to stop mocking Native Americans. Thus, it'd be kind of silly to change the name to something and still have the fans do the same behavior. If you're going to do something, don't do it halfway. I personally would rather see it stay the same or changed to something that would stop all the behavior that some view as offensive. Otherwise this conversation just continues endlessly. A key example is the Cleveland Indians eliminating the logo but keeping the name a few years ago. People are still angry on both sides! I'd like to not have these arguments about our sports teams in 2025 or 2035.
  11. The Texas Rangers are also on the list for name changes due to their brutality in the past per another atricle. This country is screwed up.
  12. That is NOT a boneyard! That is the former components of the Sunbowl FGQ which are being stored and we're suppose.to be flipped to replace the North Peak Triple. Guess time will tell if Vail ever does that now.
  13. Read an editorial piece in USA today that wasn't even accepting of them changing the Skins to the Warriors. Main objection? White fans still might/would show up dressed in. Active American attire. Where will this all end? This country is on the verge of becoming quite boring and monochrome.
  14. I think the 2016 poll was conducted by the Wash Post, but cited in the 2020 Wash Examiner article. The Post is about as far left as the Examiner is far right. I take both of them with a grain of salt.
  15. That's the Washington Examiner, not the Washington Post, big difference. The Examiner is 15 years old, published by a homophobic, climate denying, antiabortion activist.
  16. I can see being offended by the term "Redskin", but those that don't like Indian team names seem to want all branding connected with Native American heritage eliminated? That seems a shame to me, but I guess they view it as exploitive or cartoonish? Sad. FYI: The Washington Post, which has argued that the Redskins name is a slur, found in a 2016 poll of Native Americans that only 9% of the Native American community polled found the name offensive. A less scientific poll from 2019 found that the most common emotion associated with the name was “pride.” That quote came from this article on the subject which suggests that all Indian team names will be gone soon: https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/the-renaming-wont-stop-with-the-washington-redskins
  17. Mark the Cleveland Indians down as the next sports franchise to consider changing their name. Will the KC Chiefs consider it too?
  18. I took a 4th of July road trip from the Salt Lake City (SLC) area to Mirror Lake, UT with my wife and son. Mirror Lake is normally about 80 or 90 miles east of SLC, but we took a really cool, if slightly longer route to get there; cool in more ways than one. Up around Mirror Lake, elevation 10,050' it was 66 degs at 2 PM. When we returned to the SLC area at 5 PM it was 95 degs!From the Cottonwood Heights/Holladay area we took Rt 190 up Big Cottonwood Canyon, then just before arriving at Brighton Ski Area we took a left onto Guardsman Pass Rd (only open in summer) to climb over the Wasatch Front. This is the view of Brighton's Millicent Lift ski terrain from Guardsman Pass Rd. The area they call Scree Slope on the trail map is that big rock pile in the upper center. My son is standing at Guardsman Pass, elev 9717'. Some of Deer Valley's upper lift terminals are in the left background. This view is looking towards the east and Mirror Lake is about 60 more miles out in the distance. This is few miles east of Guardsman Pass on a very steep and curvy road (open in summer only) descending to Heber City. We dropped a huge vertical, maybe 4000', in a much shorter distance than we'd climbed up Rt 190 in Big Cottonwood Canyon to get to the pass. Same area, we caught a peek of Mt. Timpanogos to the south, elev 11,752'. This is where we came from looking back west up towards Guardsman Pass from the Heber City area. Somebody's flying Old Glory for the 4th of July. We made an obligatory stop at the nearby Heber Valley Creamery for some fresh ice cream. Nice view of Timp from the creamery. Skipping forward about 50 miles this is a scenic overlook on Rt 150 about five miles west of Mirror Lake. We broke out our camp chairs and had a picnic here. The temperature was 66 degs. We probably picked the busiest day of the year to take this scenic drive, but up here social distancing was easy and beautiful. This is a panoramic shot, if you click on it, it will enlarge. Same spot, this view is to the west, we are probably at about 10,500' elevation. If you think the above views are nice, we also had Bald Mtn (left), elev 11,942', right behind us to the east. This is one of the many smaller lakes on the approach to Mirror Lake. It was an unbelievably gorgeous place and day for a drive. Another picturesque lake along Rt 150. This is the elusive Mirror Lake. We went down by its shoreline, but it was anticlimactic. It was so crowded there that we left without getting out of the car. This trip was about the journey, not the destination, anyway. Hayden Peak (elev 12,479') is in the left background. On the return trip we took a slightly different way home and instead of climbing back up Guardsman Pass we went past the Jordanelle Reservoir. I think that's Deer Valley's Bald Mtn to the right. I went swimming briefly in the reservoir at this spot where temps were about 85 degs, water maybe a brisk 72. Nice! This is back in the Holladay, UT area. That is Old Mill Golf Course. Temps were 95 degs at 5 PM. We had a nice drive and successfully escaped the heat. Total distance traveled about 220 miles. Later in the evening we watched a chaotic, but fun display of miscellaneous fireworks popping off throughout the Salt Lake Valley:
  19. Superpass again for me this season, from Cannon with the Pass Assurance ! Hopefully we dont need the stinkin Assurance !!!!
  20. I wish i wasn't so impulsive but bought my Epic NE pass two days after it was released. Turned out to be a week or so before the world fell apart. I wou l d have waited until November to see what happened. Or I would have gotten a Ragged pass with Icon once we knew what the season was going to look like. Oh well, at leased I'm getting credits for pass protection and 20 off from last season. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
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  22. Interesting, looks like Redskins might now change their name. After years of resisting the change the team owner just signaled today, 3 July 20, that they are taking a hard look at it. Some of their big sponsors like FEDEX and NIKE have requested a change - or else. I just googled the large list of other sports teams that had Indian-related names and what happened to them. Not only have most changed the sports teams nicknames away from Indian, Brave, Chief, etc., but many of these teams/schools have also dropped logos that depicted Native Americans in any way. I'm ok with dropping the term Redskin, but that last part is kind of sad to me because I always thought the Redskins had a noble, strong and inspiring Indian logo that I hope they can keep: Maybe change team name to Washington Warriors and keep everything else the same, or would that still be objectionable??? Question, is wearing this old jersey now the equivalent of flying a Confederate flag outside your house I really don't want to be targeted as a racist.
  23. Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows should be linked soon with a new base to base gondola, so just call the whole thing Alpine Meadows Olympic Valley and be done with it. Or maybe Tahoe Olympic Valleys.
  24. This is probably a preview of what Loon will get for their DH bike park once the Kanc8 is in. Pretty rad bike carrier system!
  25. I think I will be heading East in a week or two. Drove West on Jan 25, 2020. Time to go home. The current plan is to camp for three nights with my wife along the drive across the country and stay self-contained. Meanwhile, here are some Utah photos from the last half of June. This is on the Big Cottonwood Canyon access road about 4 miles up from the mouth of the canyon where the road gets pinched by cliffs. Took this photo while biking up there. No place for a car to stop here. Passed a cute little doggie-biker on the Jordan River Trail near Draper, UT. At a cemetery in Cottonwood Heights there are two interesting and heartwarming grave markers of twin brothers hanging out for eternity as best buds. They died about ten years ago just two months apart at age 64. Discovered this cute micro-park near mouth of BCC one day while biking. Went back later with wife to watch a pretty sunset here. Goat farm beside the Jordan River Bike Trail. That one little fella is playing on a skateboard ramp:-) Some nearby wildfires made for a very smoky day over the Wasatch on 28 June. Much clearer view from Ferguson Canyon water tower. The Great Salt Lake is about 25 miles to the west in the far center background. Pretty steep little bike ride to get up here. Finally got my picture taken with a really popular guy out here. They have his statue all over the place and nobody's messed with him as far as I know - the Sinclair Dino. We could both use a good face washing. Overview of the Old Mill Public Golf Course. Played it once, might try it one more time before I leave Utah. The golf course was named after this nearby historic mill, now abandoned.
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