alex

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  1. Holy cow it’s a whiteout out there
  2. Snowing moderately, and surprisingly it’s sticking even though it’s 35. The 18F dew point is probably helping
  3. It was super windy here too. Gondola shut down around 11
  4. It's balmy here at the moment (35 or so)
  5. We got a few downpours with parachutes mixing in in the past half hour or so
  6. Thanks PF! Never thought of the fact that you can downslope in the mid levels and not at the surface. Good stuff! But yeah, can we get a regular old fashioned storm? Haven't had a good one since October lol. Thank God for upslope
  7. I find it a bit bizarre that he's raining at 31 and I'm snowing at 34. I assume it's topo induced but not sure how you explain it
  8. This area (and Phins) generally sits in a good spot to get both upslope and decent synoptic. This year the synoptic has sucked - for us even more than Phin, which explains the much wider than usual margin in recorded snowfall between us and you. Normally you do better in upslope and we catch up with coastals. This year the coastals just haven't worked out for us. But as you say, we can still work our way to a very decent winter season without coastals.
  9. Nice dumpage here today. Between snow and wind you essentially got first track every run. About 2-3" of heavy sugary snow. Brightened up now but still snowing, temp up to 33 though.
  10. I probably haven't found the right towns lol. It seemed to me that the character and picturesque nature started in SVT. There it was beautiful little town after beautiful little town. The Berks seemed more like run of the mill rural towns, not particularly different from Central Mass where I lived for a while and certainly not as charming as places like Salem MA or Concord MA
  11. To put it in perspective, I have a 4 year old and a 6 year old. They don't give a rats ass about the town vibe lol. But also, once again, it's probably a Covid thing. The town vibes were depressing with everything shut down. It seems like it would be a much better destination in the summer.
  12. Back from the Berks! I have to say, it reminded me how lucky we are to live up here. We drove around the scenic routes and (no offense to anyone from around there), there is just no comparison to the scenery here. Crossing from VT into Littleton NH we were greeted by the massive white silhouette of Mt Washington standing tall in the bright blue sky... It gave me goosebumps. It's good to be reminded of what we have and so often give for granted. Another thing that made me happy was to come back to a place where the pandemic feels much less burdensome. So much down there was still shut down, it was actually a bit depressing.
  13. Nothing that a good grooming team couldn't fix though. Instead of going by what makes sense, they groom by the time of the day. Oh - it's 5 pm, temp is 42 and I should probably wait until it goes below freezing to groom but since I'm supposed to do it at 5, I'm doing it. If they had groomed this morning it would have been a different world. It takes flexibility and sensibility and not every resort is willing to do that. For all their faults, it's one thing that Bretton Woods does seem to get right
  14. Granular would be great compared to this. It was literally a glacial sheet. Tricky too because it looks like corduroy, but it's petrified lol
  15. Haha true. I still enjoying exploring new places. And it helps appreciate what you have!
  16. I’m down in the Berkshires. Skied Jiminy Peak today - skiing is a bit of a stretch, as it is more of an ice skating experience than skiing. Absolutely awful. Talked to a ski patrol guy - “it’s just New England skiing.” Hmm, no, it isn’t lol. Never in 5 years have I seen conditions this bad in Bretton Woods.
  17. It seems that this storm had a somewhat extreme downslope component. The difference between my area and just a few miles away was fascinating
  18. Interesting. I guess it’s a good point, upslope takes many forms. The mountains definitely played a role; it was very windy in BW where it was also snowing very hard, but not a breath of wind just a few miles away (and barely any snow). Kinda funny to be leaving the Whites to go skiing the Berkshires lol. But I had a free week to use so whatever. It’s always fun to be away
  19. Driving west towards 91 and the local weather is just bizarre. It was like whiteout in Bretton Woods with moderate to heavy snow and wind; it’s barely a dusting just 5 miles west. Pretty amazing considering this isn’t upslope
  20. Snowing a lot harder here than I thought it would. Leaving for the Berks in a few! It’ll be a fun drive in this lol
  21. 3” of pure fluff here. No water content whatsoever but it’s pretty
  22. Yes that’s very true. I remember a few times in my Wildcat days when I had to choose between Wildcat and Attitash and I’d leave Attitash to go to Wildcat based on their snow report, only to get there and find out they had received 1/3 the snow of Attitash even though their report said the opposite. It was very frustrating! It does seem like Stowe does a good job, but it’s really hard to put Bretton Woods in the same category. It’s got great terrain, unbeatable views and awesome conditions but management just does not compare to other ski areas. I mean, hell, we still have paper ski passes lol!