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Good Morning,

Thanksgiving is in the rear view mirror and Christmas is coming in hot. As the days tick away in December, more of us are getting closer to ski season. Many riders in the west, and some lucky east coasters are starting to get after it. It finally snowed in the midwest which means now everyone is thinking about ski season.

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UTAH:

Our friends over at SkiUtah.com have put together some great info. If you are planning on heading to, or live in, Utah we have some good info for you.

If you are planning on heading to Alta, road conditions and parking status updates can be found here. Season pass holders (including Ikon and Mountain Collective) will be able to head straight to the lifts this season. No need to check in at the ticket window.

Heading over to Brighton Resort? Day tickets must be purchased in advance and Ikon pass holders must make reservations. If you are on the Brighton season pass or the Go Card, reservations are not required. Brighton advises that you check out the parking lot status via twitter, or the new live parking lot cams on their website.

Deer Valley plans to operate with a limited capacity. If you hold a season pass there is no need to make reservations, but day passes must be purchased in advance.

As you know, Park City requires reservations through the Epic reservation system. The priority period ends on December 7th so get after it if you haven’t. Day tickets go on sale December 8th.

All Snowbird skiers are required to make reservations through the parking system. Parking will be free but Snowbird is using parking to manage the crowds.

CALIFORNIA:

The State of California released guidance designed to address the upcoming season. You can find the full report here. Major highlights below:

  • Ski area operators must limit capacity and access to base areas and all other outdoor recreation areas.

  • All skiers/riders will be required to have a valid, pre-purchased lift ticket or season pass to access the base area. This means no day of ticket sales.

  • Chair lift occupancy will be limited to a single household; exceptions will be made for chairlift rides less than 15 minutes.

We will keep you updated as the ski areas start to roll out their updated plans for the season.

COLORADO…

is open for business. Those resorts that are lagging behind are slated to open soon.

GEAR PREP:

Local ski area opening soon? Still a month out but too stoked to wait any longer? Now is a good time to get your gear ready for the season.

Waxing your skis: Clearing off old wax will help prevent oxidation and any other damage to the ski base. Drop em off at your local shop for a tune up, or if you do it yourself grab a case of beer, and throw on one of our featured videos below.

Check your gear: wear and tear can cause failures during the season which will lead to injury. It is always good to give your skis, bindings, and boots a once over before you head out. If you have any questions, head on over to your local shop just to be safe.

Outerwear: Finally, check out all your outerwear. If you are lucky, Santa is going to bring you some awesome new gear. If not, you’ll want to check out your gloves and snow pants for leaks, your helmet for any cracks or wear, and your jacket pockets for any leftover cookies.

AN ODE TO THE PARENTS:

For most of us, our parents are what got us into skiing. Endless days on the bunny hills, trips in for hot chocolate and curly fries, and eventually days spent sending Gentleman’s Ridge with your mom. They are the reason why we are so invested in the sport.

SkiMag dropped an article last week called Ski and Enjoy, where Drew Petersen highlighted the joy of skiing with his parents. As a fellow Michigander, and one who spends a lot of time skiing with his parents, it is worth a read.

A Sad Day for Liftopia Fans:

The Aspen Times reported that Liftopia will sell its assets to settle the $2.4 million dollar debt it owes to Aspen Skiing Co. Liftopia was deep in debt, owing money to Aspen, nearly $400k to Cypress Bowl Recreations, $64k to Alterra and $175,000 to Arapahoe Basin. Liftopia was home to some awesome deals. One of our favorites was the free bacon Bloody Mary that came with our Arapahoe Basin day pass.

FILM TIME

We featured it on our Twitter but we wanted to share it here. Silver Linings is our favorite film of 2020.

FOLLOW THE FORECAST chronicles THE BLANK COLLECTIVES winter adventures - from their deepest days to date, to first time mountaineering experiences, to rolling the dice on new locations, each objective is documented with classic brother and sister banter.

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Tips up,

Bob.