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  1. Highly recommend! We flew Delta to Reno (with stop in SLC). We had Delta miles so it was an easy decision and we did not look at other options. So can't tell you if that's necessarily the best or not. Rented a car because it was actually cheaper and more convenient than most of the shuttle options. It also gave us the freedom to go to the lake and Truckee in the evenings. We were there in May so the roads were fine. Mid-winter might require chains? There was some signage to that effect. We stayed in an Airbnb right in Squaw Village, walk to lifts. Pretty much all of it is exactly how I'd do it again.
  2. Finally got up to Kingdom Trails for the first time of the season on Saturday. The weather was about as perfect as it gets: 55-65 degrees, light breeze, no humidity, not a cloud in the sky. The trails were almost as perfect. They still have a couple of trails closed for wet conditions (only about 5%) which is pretty impressive considering the winter and spring they had. It's a good testament to how well managed the place is that they keep people off trails rather than letting them get trashed. We typically ride KT on Sunday mornings, so being there midday on Saturday was a different world in terms of crowds. Tons of people in the parking lots and in town. But we never felt crowded on the trails. We did about 14 miles with a lot of climbing and felt great! We were pretty worked over the next morning, but really couldn't get enough. So we headed back over for a shorter ride on Sunday morning. Also have been wanting to check out some of the more northerly trail sections. Trails like Coronary and Coronary Bypass are more of the same great flowy, bermed single track descents and nice switchbacky climbs Did another ride on my local trails Monday morning. I was really missing all of that expert trail building and maintenance!
  3. Sounds sweet. And not a soul in those pics!
  4. I don't have any better advice than what you got above (or what you've already said). But I do have a lightly used rear shock. Fox Float EVOL RE:AKTIV. 2016 or 2017 I think. $125 (or make me an offer or trade). Can't promise it fits your Stumpy, you'd have to look into that.
  5. We'll connect up next season for sure! (We did actually ski together once. It was opening day at wildcat about 4-5 years ago. You, me, deadheadskier, and bradJ took some laps together). For next season I went with Cannon pass as usual. And also Ikon Base-pass. Ikon has already been worthwhile as we hit Squaw for 3 days last week.
  6. 'Elevate for Strava'. It's an extension (Chrome and Firefox) that pulls in Strava data and adds a ton of additional analysis and features. https://thomaschampagne.github.io/elevate/#/landing
  7. Got a few rides in this week so far. With the consistent rain I expected the bugs to be intolerable, but they haven't been bad at all. It's the pollen that's been the issue. Just clouds of it in the air...and in your lungs and eyes.
  8. Out in Tahoe right now. All the most expensive local brews on tap and in cans right now are "New England Style IPAs". My how times have changed! It wasn't long ago that "West Coast IPAs" dominated the premiere markets. Putting aside my subjectivity, I think this is the right move. I definitely prefer the NE IPAs.
  9. With the weather this spring it's been tough to get consistent rides in. Every time out feels like starting over and I've been getting frustrated. But then I just went back and compared this year to last. Now I'm feeling a lot better how the spring went. In 2018 I only had one, 4 mile ride under my belt by May 7th. This year I'm at about a dozen rides and 80 miles. Really looking forward to the meat of the season now.
  10. Nice! I have to get back there. Last time I was there was April 30, 2010. It was a freak 2 foot snowstorm at Cannon the night before. We skinned up in the blazing sun, drank a few beers, took a slushy run down, drank some more beers, then headed over to Franklin. We didn't have much left in the tank by then so I can't say I experienced the place. I'm looking forward to getting in there this season for some legit riding.
  11. I have some used snowboards if he wants to diversify. This is a coffee table I did a few years ago.
  12. That entire article was douche level 12!! But this one was especially clueless. There is freaking dirt everywhere in snow! And I have never gone through a season without at least 2 major grease-from-lift-tower incidents.
  13. I wash my gear as little as possible. That usually means once at the end of the season. All of my gear that I count on to be waterproof/breathable is Gore-Tex or other membranes. I've never had good success with any coatings or repellents. As mentioned above, Gore-Tex (membranes) actually like to be washed so that the pores aren't clogged with dirt. So I follow Gore-tex washing instructions which are pretty basic. Gear that uses coatings will definitely suffer from washing. Don't count on it to perform well after a few washings.
  14. Nice! I've always wanted to check that place out. Even more so now.
  15. Above average for me. Probably 2nd best in the past 10 years (coming in behind 2010-2011). Part off that had to do with my light work schedule. That let me take advantage of some of the best days of the season which seemed to be mostly mid-week this year. I know from reading other reports and forums that there were 2 important attributes of this season that impacted whether you got the goods or not: 1) there was a big difference from North to South. Southern areas had a crappy year, while north had above average snowpack all season. 2) mid-week snow followed by weekend rain or cold. If you couldn't get out mid-week you may not have loved the season. I wrote some of these observations on another forum earlier in the season. I'll plagiarize myself: Some of the earliest openings ever for places like Wildcat etc. Got the season off to special start. Powder for Thanksgiving weekend brought some of the biggest opening weekend crowds I can recall. Powder continued till Dec 1st. Hardpack in most places throughout December, but N.VT getting refreshers all month. Despite the lack of snow, the base held up pretty well throughout December. So when the powder days started right back up at the beginning of 2019 everything became accessible very quickly. This continued to be a trend all season. We really kept a lot of snow and just continued to pile up. Tree skiing got difficult because you were up in the untrimmed branches. Sunday of MLK weekend was one of the busiest days I have ever seen at both Cannon and Loon. Pictures from around the internet showed absolutely insane lift lines at most New England ski areas. The timing of the well-forecasted storm on Sunday meant that it was easy for people to plan to come up for the weekend. Mid through late January was excellent. Several big storms on Wednesdays. Wednesday 1/9 was incredible with >14" at most areas. Wednesday 1/30 was one of the best powder days in memory across all of Northern New England. Feb wasn't amazing but there were some decent days. March 23rd was 20"-30" across Northern NH, VT, and ME. Absolutely bonkers powder day. Followed by bluebird Sunday on 3/24. Now we've finally managed to finally get a few spring days. I expect more considering how deep the base is still.

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