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#21 Kolockum

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Posted 03 November 2020 - 02:36 AM

I've skied Mission Ridge 8-10 times but have yet to be there when the snow was really good. Rumor is that when the snow is good it is a really fun place.

Those rumors are correct!

 

 

We've a friend who has the 2K Honda and she really likes it. Not real noisy but it is a generator. She has a chain and locks it to the truck when away. Generally only has to run it for a couple of hours each day. We're going to do our best to avoid a generator, time will tell.

A little Honda generator with a snow wall around it is surprisingly quiet. I have yet to need one though. 


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Posted 03 November 2020 - 03:47 AM

Those rumors are correct!

 

 

A little Honda generator with a snow wall around it is surprisingly quiet. I have yet to need one though. 

 

 

How do I know if Mission Ridge has 'good snow'?  What should I look for and where?

 

Friend said he has an older Honda 2200 he will loan me for the trip...good way see if it fills a niche!  He is on my to White Pass; perfect.


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#23 Wango

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Posted 03 November 2020 - 12:00 PM

If and it's a big if, i run my Honda 2k, it is only when we are out of sight and sound of other people. 

Pretty obtrusive to me to have to listen to one. A ski area parking lot during the day/early evening would most likely be ok as most people around you are out and about.

Going to be a strange winter here at Big Sky, and all over i guess. Will wait and see. Frankly, it can get so crazy that i just leave and go sliding around in the forrest/yellowstone just to get away from the crowds.

Love the smaller ski areas, we used to go check them out a fair amount. 

If you come through this way, reach out to me and i'll buy you a beer(or hot chocolate)

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Posted 03 November 2020 - 08:08 PM

Wow, this is crazy, I'd be really freaked on by the loud sirens too.



Mel...

 

Thanks again for info...very valuable....still sorting out where I can simply walk up and buy tickets when I arrive at a ski area and not be forced into buying tickets on-line, if available...virus panic is in full bloom at ski areas and no end in sight...

 

Let me explain if I can my comments about last year’s negative contacts at Canadian borders.  I have traveled in Canada many times over the years and these were the first negative crossings.  Our cranky RCMP contacts were indeed an anomaly.

 

Going in [Porthill] RCMP Bardal [his actual name..like the oil supplement] kept telling me that I did not need a shotgun for bear protection in the interior since there were rangers there to protect us [I had the requisite permit]...I patiently explained we were off-roading it in non-park areas with no rangers within hundreds of miles, especially at O-Dark-Thirty... told him we had no way to escape the Hawk camper if a pissed off [early Spring..]Grizzly wanted in while we were inside; bear spray inside the Hawk would not be prudent...he advised us to take it back some 30 miles into USA and put it in a storage locker..but we were not coming back to that border crossing on our return.. on and on and on... I finally slid my completed RCMP required firearm permit and $$$ across the counter and stood there until he accepted it...30 mins of goofy-ness.

 

Next negative event for me was after we crossed into Alaska at Hyder. No USA border station going in. Those that don't know, that Hyder 'road' [dirt] is a dead end near a famous glacier...we encountered mud slides and then 2+ feet of heavy old snow across the road after many beautiful miles up that cliff side road...back we go to cross back into Stewart Canada...honestly, we did not see anyone living in Hyder going in or coming out, Stewart and Hyder are cool places, but talk about isolated! So as we approach the Canadian border and there is a very 'rustic' shack [weather beaten does not start to describe it] on passenger’s side with a stop sign and a window perhaps 6 feet above the road...I assume it is the border station...but do not see anyone in the window; waited briefly then pulled slowly forward:  Siren!  I mean big, frickin’, loud Siren!  I jam on brakes and backup to find an RCMP [female] at my driver’s window; I lower the window...she shouts at me in her best enforcement scolding scream:  "I don't know what 'stop' means in Oregon but here it means stop!"  I say I did stop, she says “No you didn't and 'we' [ a fellow RCMP then appears in the window of the shack; he is very sheepish looking] were going to go in pursuit of you and that would have been a $2,000 fine”...wife, nudges me and I stop talking, except to answer her questions, all the while wondering if she would take a check..I was in law enforcement and can sympathize with her being stuck at a meaningless, clapped out, BFE border crossing; she must have really pissed someone in RCMP off to get assigned there; or she is in their witness protection program...her igniting and transforming into a living, fire-breathing Valkyrie was a real shock; it took me several days to de-stress. Funny now but not then...Did find out that Stewart RCMPs are not happy with residents of Hyder since RCMP does not have any jurisdiction in that corner of Alaska and Hyder folks get bounced often when they enter or pass through Stewart for supplies.  Not a border war, but no love lost either.   

 

Mel, did not know border was closed...more insanity, seems to be the new norm.

 

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#25 yovik

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Posted 21 November 2020 - 06:49 PM

I really appreciate this thread, and have it bookmarked.

I came across this link today:
https://www.outsideo...s-rv-lots#close

Hopefully this is helpful!
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Posted 23 November 2020 - 03:09 PM

How do I know if Mission Ridge has 'good snow'?  What should I look for and where?

 

Friend said he has an older Honda 2200 he will loan me for the trip...good way see if it fills a niche!  He is on my to White Pass; perfect.

  we pack a honda gen for a back up,  and do pretty well w/o  running it.  they are quiet and durable.  


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#27 Kolockum

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Posted 23 November 2020 - 04:30 PM

How do I know if Mission Ridge has 'good snow'?  What should I look for and where?

 

Sorry I didn't see you question earlier. I look on their web site or weather.gov and see what has been going on and what the current the trend is. 


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Posted 27 November 2020 - 12:57 AM

Wallowa, as someone mentioned earlier check their website for recent snow.

 

Mission tends to get a lot of wind, especially at the top, which blows the snow off the upper mountain runs. This also makes for icy conditions if there has not been fairly recent snowfall. They do make snow on the lower hill.

 

How do I know if Mission Ridge has 'good snow'?  What should I look for and where?

 

Friend said he has an older Honda 2200 he will loan me for the trip...good way see if it fills a niche!  He is on my to White Pass; perfect.


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#29 Wallowa

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Posted 27 November 2020 - 01:06 AM

Mel, Thanks appreciate that insight...trying to time the weather and snow will be impossible once I go on the road [February] but of course I will be checking out the sites everyday and since I am not on any schedule I can delay as long as my little heart desires!

 

Adventures must have unknowns or they don't deserve the name...  B)

 

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Posted 27 November 2020 - 06:26 AM

Keep those edges sharp!

 

 



Mel, Thanks appreciate that insight...trying to time the weather and snow will be impossible once I go on the road [February] but of course I will be checking out the sites everyday and since I am not on any schedule I can delay as long as my little heart desires!

 

Adventures must have unknowns or they don't deserve the name...  B)

 

Phil


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