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Everything posted by Cannonballer

  1. Planned to, but ended up skipping it for rides in North Conway and Kingdom Trails on Sat & Sun I was in Lincoln for the weekend though and it appeared that they got a decent turnout. Lots of riders at the coffee shop in the morning and lots of bikes on cars across town. I drove by Loon late afternoon Saturday and there were a good amount of cars in the lot.
  2. Oh man, that really sucks! Whoever told you that Chile is "safe by South American standards" was probably talking about violent crime and should have definitely mentioned the theft issue. When I've spent time working in Chile the most common question from locals/ friends/co-workers is "did you get robbed yet?". Very unlikely to get assualted, almost guaranteed to be stolen from.
  3. Since you're bailing on skiing early and have a car, consider heading out to Valparaiso. Really fun and interesting city, with much more character than Santiago. Only ~1:30 from Santiago.
  4. You're skiing. Which non of the rest of us can say.
  5. Think of a greasy one-star restraunt. Now imagine that the restraunt kicks their only keg (bud light).
  6. Oh man that stinks! Sounds like you are making the most of it though. I was there a few years ago at basically the same time of year (slightly earlier). It looked like this.
  7. Just added to Ikon:. Access to all of Matterhorn ski paradise, including Zermatt in Switzerland (Rothorn, Gornergrat and Schwarzsee-Matterhorn glacier paradise), plus Cervinia-Valtournenche in Italy.
  8. Hit up Green Woodlands again. So much fun!
  9. Put in some miles at KT today. What a perfect day for riding!
  10. Marshall Conservation land in North Conway. Some great mileage and amazing hand built trails! Kicked my ass
  11. Poor fat bike has been feeling neglected this summer. Just took her out to stretch her legs on the beach.
  12. Just finished a ride at Green Woodlands. Wow! Everything that @2manyhobbies said about this place is spot on. The down is an absolute blast! I only wish I had some decent DH skills to really do it justice. Next time I will ride flat pedals for sure. I was a little freaked being locked in for some the high speed berms. The climbs are extensive but they are so well built that they are relatively painless. The whole time riding I was trying to figure out what the deal is with the place. So much land, time, effort, and money has gone into it, but it's free to use? I came up with a million theories about what the real agenda must be. But then I got talking to some folks in the parking lot who know the landowner. Apparently he's just a guy who made a ton of cake in tech. He bought ~20,000 acres and decided to turn it into an outdoor playground for the community. Amazing! It doesn't quite have the aesthetic charm or vibe of Kingdom Trails, but they trail quality is definitely on par and it's way less crowded. I'll be back for sure...a lot.
  13. Planning to ride Green Woodlands tomorrow. Got any other useful beta (obviously you already recommended Norris)? Best climbing routes? Best parking? Local beer? Riding with the wife, who is a very solid rider but somewhat timid. So won't be crushing the whole place. But looking forward to the exploration!
  14. That's great, I've been dying to get over there. I've been kind of confused by the difference between Green woodlands and D Acres. Are they actually the same tail system? Or are they interconnected, or completely separate?
  15. A Basin just got added onto the Ikon Pass!
  16. Here's the rest of the math. You pretty much nailed it. https://www.forbes.com/sites/angelauyeung/2019/07/22/oxycontins-sackler-family-will-get-millions-from-a-ski-resort-operators-sale/
  17. All true. But I think WMSP and single-mountain passes only manage to hold up for people who don't have a choice. I.e. they live near, or have a 2nd home near those mountains, or some other factor that keeps them there (kids in a race program, etc). But for people who have the ability to shop around and choose their locations these big multi-passes will drawn them away. Myself as an example: I have a home in Lincoln, NH and I like to ski Cannon. So I'm kinda stuck buying a pass there. But as Ikon becomes an every more appealing pass based out of Loon, and as Epic takes over the MWV with Peak, I can easily imagine a scenario where one of them wins me over. If I didn't own in Lincoln and were making the drive from MA every weekend I'd probably make the switch this year to Epic.
  18. I'm really interested to see how the rest of the non-conglomerate ski areas respond to this. Full Epic Pass = $939, Epic Local = $699. Full Ikon = $1049, Ikon Base = $749. How can places like Waterville, Cannon, BW, or Jay justify their single mountain pass prices (approx $988, $829, $999, and $849 respectively)?? The small combo passes like White Mountain Superpass (>$1,000) and Jay/Burke ($1,009) are even worse . They are going to have to either drop their pass prices significantly, join a much larger combo-pass, come up with something else innovative, or get crushed! What's it going to be?
  19. I need to retire. With the holiday break I was able to ride 7 out of 10 days. 3 states, 6 different trail systems, 65 miles. Now it's back to the grind and I'll be lucky to get out at all in the next 2 weeks.
  20. Rode Pine Hills in Plymouth, MA today. A ton of fun, but far more technical than I was expecting. Unfortunately one of out group took a good spill onto some rocks and had to ride out with a broken nose! The place is a lot to bite off. 6.5 miles felt like a lot more. There are some trail builders doing some serious work in there.
  21. Nice! Seems like a lot of bears this year. I've seen 6-7 in the past month in NH.
  22. Had to do some fishing for work last week. We were targeting little white perch (~6"). Instead we landed a couple of monsters! First time I've even been fishing and caught something ~600x bigger than I hoped.
  23. 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.

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