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    Cypress Diaries 2011-12

    Welcome to our annual thread!
    This is the earliest opening day, ever!

    I believe Cousin of Beagle is there today. Roy and me might go tomorrow and on the weekend.

    There might be some very good news re. alpine – stay tuned…

    We wish you a lot of days like this:
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    Opening Day - Tuesday November 8

    Rock star parking at 9:30. First chair just after 10:00.

    Upper Maelle Ricker to mid and lower JJ was the only run open.

    Snow is mostly from guns. Off trail, the natural snow is sparse.

    Spring conditions. Good coverage. No rocks at all on-piste. Flat light. Slightly drizzly.
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    The hill is looking GOOD... let's keep our fingers crossed that the temperatures stay cold for the rest of the week.



    Geo
    A carver's haiku-

    My board's a scalpel,
    To carve deep ruts in the snow,
    Is my destiny.

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    A Bit Crowded

    Only one run was open, so meat-gates were aplenty.

    Think: the Whistler ski-out at the end of the day.
    Last edited by Cousin of Beagle; November 9th, 2011 at 12:31 PM. Reason: day #1! Woo-hoo!!

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    subscribed! might head up sunday morning to blow off the cobwebs if the weather doesn't look too crappy...

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    Opening Day Video

    Yours truly at 0:32. Flashing the shaka!

    Last edited by Cousin of Beagle; November 11th, 2011 at 12:40 PM. Reason: Woo Hoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Tue Nov. 22

    9:00 to 2:00

    Overcast. Light was flat, but corduroy, pits, and bumps made the snow easy to read.

    There was about 12" of fresh wet snow at the sides of Jasey-Jay. Otherwise it was corded groomers.

    In the morning, the snow was mostly moisture-laden and compacted. Softened to semi-mush in the afternoon.

    Eagle side grooming was better than Collins on the Lions side.

    At 2:00, the fog and rain arrived, so it was time to leave.

    Good coverage. Saw a couple of rocks at the entrance to Collins.

    Weapon of the day: Dynastar 3800 - 163 cm with Burton P1 bindings.
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    Friday 25th

    Hey All,

    Looks like the weather will be good on Friday so my plan is to come out and try and carve off the rust, the plan is to be there for first tracks.

    First time in the new shells and bindings so we will see how they feel.

    Deeluxe 700T and TD3SI. BlueB are you around Friday to get some feedback on the setup I currently have?
    Nothing better than crisp fresh corduroy in the morning :)

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    More likely tomorrow then Friday.
    However, I just head another project requested for the morning, not even sure that I'll make it to the hill
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    went up for the first night of the season. pretty quiet up there. snow was hardening up as temps dropped. humpty to horizon now open & general coverage is looking good - ie, people were hitting rainbow & bowen during the day (was closed when i was there). things are shaping up.

    heading to whistler tonight for a couple days...

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    Thu, Nov 24

    I was expecting a bit of snow over groomed and brought Highlander and Proto... However it turned out it's a real blizzard up there... Ended up riding the Proto all day.
    It's snowing even below the viewpoint - nice and cold, windy though. Visibility was medium, no crowd. By 1:30 when I left, it was feeling as a real pow day and the tracks were filling quicker then we could make them. Looking good, Rainbow and Bowen filling in, Humpty great, part of the Cat Track/Glades open, some ice still exposed on steeper part of Horizon... Eagle mountain was way too windy, so I did only 2 runs down JJA.

    I ran into Kaz and we carried on together. His Ogasaka SL performed really good in the miged conditions! Very nice modern shape, rounded tail, metal... Kaz rides with really clean race inspired technique - right on buddy!

    Tomorrow should be sunny, should be hero after all this snow! I need to see if I can finish my stuff quickly in the morning...
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    Friday January 6

    Snow was pretty good.
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    Cypress Jan 6 & 7, 2012

    Great days, I've been riding 9 hours that 2 days.

    John"Eastcoastcarver", Mike"SaKa" was nice meeting you.
    John - hard to catch up and Mike keep the good work, wow 3 days and you're trenchin!!

    Geo, sorry I wish I can stay longer. After chicken wings & Honey Lager my legs turn jell-o , I guess 5 hours on the slope the day b4 took alot of my legs...I sudn't step-in to Raven cave; Blame it on Rod"Edgy"
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    Missing on Saturday was LeSnowman???

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    Cypress Jan 12 2012

    Today was great. I think tomorrow is gonna be good too.


    I saw 2 accidents up there. One was at the new snow-park (a guy got a concussion). And the other was at middle of JJA.

    Watch out!
    I'm a Snowboarding Monk. MSLM

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    Jan 13th

    Plan is to bring out the GS board for some faster deeper trenches.

    Will be there in the morning to mid afternoon.
    Nothing better than crisp fresh corduroy in the morning :)

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    Scoob and me will be there 10am to 1:30pm.

    This new "green" park sucks. Totally insane to extand it that wide...
    "Red" park will not be much of a problem for now. However, we are in for trouble once the lower park by the Lodge is up and running, as everyone would be bombning from "red" park to "lodge" park, right across a very busy area that's a merger of 4 runs
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    Races Next Week

    On Thursday February 9, there will be snowboard races on Midway.

    http://cypressmountain.com/events/cs...y-feb-9th-2012

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    Fri, Feb 03

    I made it to the hill!
    Not as great snow as yesterday (warmer), but still good!
    Crew: Scoob, Rod, Boris, Tony (somwhere on his own) + 2 other unknown hardbooters spotted.
    We did Midway, Rainbow, First Sun (mistake, should have gone straight to First Sun before it softened/chopped), then Rainbow, Midway, JJA, park...
    Best snow was again on JJA. I took the Kessler BX over the big jumps, was nervous about titanal composite, but it sailed smoothly. Carves switch really good, the little Kes... My other board for the day was big bad Tomahawk classic construction/shape - really sweet board, handled the chop with ease and ECed good too.

    Tomorrow, skiing with Luka; Roy and Rod trenching.
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    Sat, Feb 04

    Very sunny, very slushy later. Few people without t-shirts... Spring in February...
    Trenching crew: Scoob, Pierre, Rod
    Skiing crew: Luka, BlueB
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    Monday - February 6

    Afternoon.

    Sunny. Soft snow.

    Layed one out at the ticket gate, near the lodge. The pic was taken 30 minutes afterward!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cousin of Beagle View Post
    On Thursday February 9, there will be snowboard races on Midway.

    http://cypressmountain.com/events/cs...y-feb-9th-2012
    If I can find my friend to replace my snow school training at Grouse that night, I will come over to do the race.

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    Lots of rain on forecast, I will not bother...
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    Tue, Feb 07

    Sunny, no crowds. Pack held better then expected but still slushed up later. Kaz was there early and said less icy in the morning then expected.
    First Sun and Rainbow not groomed. JJA and Midway pretty decent...
    Crew: Kaz, Scoob, BlueB
    Toys: Ogasaka 162, WCRM 173w, Chubby 177, Proto 167

    Completed few carved circles at merger of Midway and Colins, with minimal cheating. Scoob might have a video...
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    Sat, Feb 11

    Warm and a bit foggy, but dry. Rain waterloaded the snowpack over last few days, so it was holding better then expected, without turning into total pulp... Not to bad crowd. Huge water damage on the Raven side, other runs holding fine.

    I had 3 hour lesson with Mark, Luka skied with Roy...
    Good work Mark!
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