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Let's see...Sunday...

Temps start out below zero (cold enough to discourage many), but It will sunny.

2-3" new snow on Saturday will refresh slopes, but it's superbowl Sunday so many will not come out and play (it used to be better when they had the game earlier in the day).

Races will likely occupy Gandy and Blue Ruin, but that means that Spirit will be less likely to close for the cold weather like they did yesterday and today.

That sounds like a recipe for a good Minnesota carving day!:biggthump

 

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On 2/2/2018 at 1:33 PM, bigwavedave said:

Spirit will be less likely to close for the cold weather like they did yesterday and today.

Nevermind:mad:!

Yup, quoting myself.

Spirit reducing hours to 12-5 tomorrow!! The only ski area in the region to routinely shorten hours or close when it's cold?:confused: 

First "normal" winter in years too.

 

 

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Sunday, February 4

Another day of bitterly cold windchills but the sun was bright, the crowd was sparse, and the groom was firm and grippy and fast. The only downside was the Express Lift’s slower than normal speed (so the Fat Bikes could be unloaded). Ken says he smiled for this photo but you couldn’t prove it by me.

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1 minute ago, rwmaron said:

Bruin;

As of the first of the year I'm only working 4 days a week and had already scheduled next Friday off so will probably be able to join you then.

Russ

 

Slacker! :ices_ange

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Rode with Russ from opening and Ken showed up for a few runs. Another chilly (face masks and hand warmers) day with a bit of wind. We could use some new snow, the ice base has appeared under a surface groom!:ph34r: A little rough on the knees later in the day as things got scraped down, but it was nice early.

:biggthumpSome of the first tracks...

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On ‎2‎/‎8‎/‎2018 at 9:18 PM, rwmaron said:

Bruin;

As of the first of the year I'm only working 4 days a week and had already scheduled next Friday off so will probably be able to join you then.

Russ

 

Fantastic. Like the rest of us I'll be easy to spot.

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Ahhh, the dreaded "surface groom with an ice base" or just plain crusty hard groom most everywhere.:mad: Yet, we had a full complement of carvers on the chair today─4 riders riding mostly 4 pipe where the most carvable snow was found.  Sun with a brisk wind. Really need some snow and it looks like it's on it's way.:biggthump

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Lonbordin Dave convinced me to come ride Spirit Mountain.  I kept saying no, but he persisted.  Ok, not really; I just want to check out another hill and ride with some others!  

I'll be there to ride Mar 15-17, driving home Mar 18.  Anyone else around then?  If weather turns bad (warm), I can cancel up to 3 days in advance.  

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44 minutes ago, Corey said:

Lonbordin Dave convinced me to come ride Spirit Mountain.  I kept saying no, but he persisted.

I'm an a55h*le. :ices_ange I even insisted on him staying a hotel when he could've stayed with us.  

@bobble maybe some of those twin city studs can come up? Make Spirit all crowded, LOL!

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I can still call myself names, right? 😉

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3 minutes ago, bobble said:

@lonbordin i'll forward the message.

is everyone staying in canal park?

what's the snow situation in march? 

I'm staying down in a house with my family near the Spirit Lake Marina.

If I did this link right it should take you to March of last year... Gratuitous groom photo below.  The crowds are murder. :ices_ange

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Ha! After seeing your post about crappy snow at your local hill, I was wondering if you might think about coming down here! We've been having an almost "normal" winter with very little thawing and a large dose of cold. We are now in a snowy pattern for the next week and just had a foot of new snow across northern Minnesota. We currently have a better base of snow than recent years.

...And you guys should really consider a mid week excursion over to Indianhead in the U.P. @Algunderfoot's local hill, about 2 hrs east of Duluth. In my opinion the best carving slopes in the midwest and it's in the "lake effect" snow belt, so usually the best snow, and Cory can get his fix of carving wide open steeps there. Heck, Al might even let you demo that Thirst Superconductor!

I'm going up to Spirit tomorrow, and Giant's Ridge Friday with @rwmaron .

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Wednesday, February 21

Bright sun, generally sweet groom with a few soft spots, and the usual thin mid-week crowd (despite the fact that the local schools are off this week). khoward, Jolson, and patroller Don all made appearances as well. I predict that Thursday will be stellar.

 

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27 minutes ago, rwmaron said:

Wednesday, February 21

Bright sun, generally sweet groom with a few soft spots, and the usual thin mid-week crowd (despite the fact that the local schools are off this week). khoward, Jolson, and patroller Don all made appearances as well. I predict that Thursday will be stellar.

Man, I was hoping someone got after it today!:1luvu:

 ...and hopefully we won't see that ice base for a while:eek:.

Looking forward to tomorrow at Spirit:biggthump

...and then Thursday night snow to provide some fresh tracks for Friday at G.R.:eplus2:

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