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RRhighriderCan't help you much on the drive but I would want to bring my girl. Road trips are always better with company and even if she doesn't want to ski I bet she would enjoy exploring while you ski. What school are you going to be attending?
mirozI've driven across the country three times, it's definitely better with company. The midwest is bigggggg and boring. Plus, if you're from the east coast (PA lol), you should be stoked on exploring the insanely better terrain and snow out west. IMO I'd redo your list of resorts to focus on that regardless of pow or not, fuck park if you only have a few days.
FrostyWhere are you doing your semester in LA? I'm in my third year at UCLA.
I would say if your'e coming from the Colorado/Utah area you can either go more south and hit the Grand Canyon then Las Vegas/Hoover Dam. If you go more west, you can hit Lake Tahoe, San Francisco and then down the coast (Big Sur, etc.) or you can go more inland in California and go from Tahoe to Yosemite and then Mammoth.
Also, I would come up with a plan then talk with your GF about possible any possible concerns and basically let her decide. For me personally, traveling with someone, especially a significant other, would be a lot more fun then alone.
If you're in LA and need a spot to crash shoot me a PM. Also oddly enough, some of my best friends here are from Philly.
ICaryI currently attend Temple University as a sophomore right now, almost done this semester then ill be a Junior going into this. They have a "Study Away" program that is located in LA. Its operating out of Raleigh Studios in Hollywood. Ill be living at Oakwood Apartments. So its a semester program (16 weeks) I will be doing an internship out there as well as 2 classes. Haven't picked an internship yet. You're so lucky you're at UCLA, that was my dream school. (Think it is for any film kid)
As much as seeing the Grand Canyon seems fun, the more I think about it the more I don't see myself as a sight seeker lol. I was planning on skipping places in CA because ill be there the entire semester and have some time to enjoy CA while I'm there. Actually thought about buying a Bear pass but I'm not sure what kind of free time ill have with classes and the internship.
She actually wants to come with me 100% I'm the one who is a little skeptical. We have some time but want to be able to have everything set sooner rather than later.
I will definitely be hitting you up, gonna need some new riding friends, and people to show me around this amazing state. Crazy that you know some Philly peeps. Such a small world? Do you ski Bear? or make the drive to Mammoth?
ICaryThe longest drive I have ever tackled was 9 hours, but I don't think its going to be too bad. I can't believe that you have done the drive 3 times. The more I think about it, it would be nice to have a human to talk too instead of just bumping to music the entire time. I am 100% from the Ice Coast lol I have only had a couple true pow days while in VT but I completely didn't think of kind of chasing the Pow. Was so stoked on riding a crazy park out west. If snow seems to be in the future for that time where are my best chances of getting face shots at a mountain.