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ChasingFlakes

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    Phoenixville, PA
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    Snowboarding, photography, ice hockey

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  1. ChasingFlakes

    E PA/NJ/DE Spring 2019 OBS Thread

    Right when I'm getting ready to leave! Squalls just passed through, very heavy rain and some thunder. Tornado warning issued for Chesco and surrounding counties. On WU it says it was issued at 3:33, but it looks like it was really issued 2 hours prior. Expires 7am.
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    E PA/NJ/DE Spring 2019 OBS Thread

    Pinging again up here just northeast of Kutztown. Now ots really really light white rain.
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    E PA/NJ/DE Spring 2019 OBS Thread

    Sleeting pretty good up by fogelsville. It was accumulating on the warm truck hood and you could see it blowing around, like dry snow does, on 476. I bet it's mostly snow along the Blue Mtn ridge above 1500ft.
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    The 2018-2019 Ski Season Thread

    Some footage of myself from last weekend March 23rd/24th and Magic Mountain and Jay Peak, respectively. It was interesting to see the difference in snow cover on the exposed rocks along the upper mountain ridge line at Jay. March 11-13th the ridgeline was completely snow covered with the rocks being covered in rime. On the 24th, at 830am as one of the first to reach the summit for the day, the exposed rocks were completely dry and it looked as if there was about 6” less snow as the week prior, despite receiving 24” both times. Rode for the last last time in PA for the season at Blue Mountain this past Thursday, March 28th. Nothing like riding through brown slush on certain trails, others were actually very nice with a lot of snow on them but the snow was super slow even with relatively fresh warm weather wax.
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    The 2018-2019 Ski Season Thread

    Rode Magic Saturday, I would have gone further north to sugarbush or Stowe but my buddy left his skis and boots in a locker at mount snow, so we had to grab them early in the morning. This is why I dont mind solo trips, stuff like that doesn't happen. Anyways, Magic was nice where there was a base previously or that had not been windblown. The trees held anywhere from 8-12" of fresh from bottom to top. It was definitely loud powder with a scraping hardback under the fresh snow in a lot of places. Sunday I somehow found myself at Jay Peak again, only 10 days after being there solo March 11-13th for 2 feet of dry upslope powder. Coming from the Philly area, I've put 2500+ miles on my car in two weeks. Anyways, the 2 feet they recieved this storm had turned heavy and almost hard packed by Sunday morning, although certain shaded zones or wind deposits stayed dry. This never happened the week before, where it managed to stay dry for at least a full day of bluebird conditions. We hiked the peak Sunday morning on first chair and got fresh tracks on the 'mellow' line skiers right along the shoulder and eventually off skiers left that opens into a steep snow field before entering the trees and a steep narrow chute. Here's a picture looking up the short snow field. You can tell I didnt dig deep into the snow at all. Also, I almost died. I was going fast, about 20-25mph through open trees where it was exposed to wind. Just skiers right of that roped wind exposed death patch of ice/grass under the flyer just before the lift flattens out and dips down up top. I hit a roller and grabbed indy, but when I landed my nose dug under the heavy windblown powder. I slid out onto my stomach at about 15mph, but because the windblown snow was harder at the top, I didnt break through. I slid superman style 15 feet, where there was a nice tree that greeted the back of my head/base of my neck. I was probably going about 10mph at impact. If I had not been wearing a helmet, I would probably be dead. My buckled helmet popped off and in the process gave me a nice bruise next to my eye. My neck and shoulders are a little sore in the muscles, but I was able to ride fine the whole rest of the day and even dropped a good 12 footer afterwards. Overall it was nice, but again, conditions didnt compare to either of the 3 days I was there the other week. Glad I made the journey though as I got more great footage and was able to show my friend a great mountain on a great day. I'll try to share more as soon as my buddy has a chance to dropbox them over to me.
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    The 2018-2019 Ski Season Thread

    Rode magic today, as usual some areas were nice, others were rocky ice-filled death chutes. Got some good footage, will upload later. Up in St. Albans right now, I'll be at Jay tomorrow. Supposed to work early Monday am so may have to bomb back to PA afterwards, or play hookie. Either way it should be another good day at Jay tomorrow as they fast approach 400".
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    March 22-23 Storm Thread: Cabins and Pony-Os?

    I was in Granby, MA near Springfield last night after 9pm, it was dry the whole time despite radar showing moderate precip. So all this blew 10 miles east or something like that?
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    The 2018-2019 Ski Season Thread

    Funny thing is I had just met them the run before, I was hiking up to beat the tram line, a group of 4 had the same idea right behind me. We all took an awesome run together down the shoulder. Just so happened I met up with two of them at the top two runs later, I told them I had eyed this line from up top but needed to hike down to check it out. Suprisingly they were down for it. I guine pigged it, and Aiden followed suit as he tried to avoid my bomb hole which had uncovered a buried tree. I ended up skiing with them the rest of the day. They offered to let me crash in NH that night, which cut my drive back to PA the next day. Whenever I do a solo powder trip, I always end up meeting cool people that hook me the hell up! Same thing happened at mount snow and now I have friends that work at the mountain and have a house there. Hard to find good people to ride with coming from PA, so it is nice! Speaking of, I promised the clip of my buddy Aiden taking a nice yardsale in the zone the previous video was filmed. They drop just skiers right of the icefall I dropped. I'm looking back up the 'chute'. He tried to take a nice powder turn, but uncovered the other side of the icefall which had been covered with 1-3ft of dry snow. Unfortunately I wasnt in the best spot to capture his first tomahawk but I got the tail end, he went through a bush/over a small drop. Also thinking of driving up to maybe mount snow this weekend. I'll be done early tomorrow but have to be back for work 5am Monday so I dont think anything further than SVT is on the table, despite the forecast for another awesome right side up 2ft+ snowfall in NNE..
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    NNE Winter Thread

    Seems like every NW flow upslope event has overpreformed, compared to short term forecasts, this year.
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    The 2018-2019 Ski Season Thread

    Not sure on the name, right where the access to the shoulder is that has a sign. Is the pumphouse chute the obvious chute straight ahead of that when you climb over the rocks? If so, it's the next chute skiers right on the spine. Noone skied it fir 3 days as far as I could tell, you have to hike down to even see the landing and tell that it's not entirely a cliff. I have a video of a buddy tomahawking down the skiers right line in the chute, I'll upload it when I get back from the store. Here's a satellite screenshot, right below the marker.
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    NNE Winter Thread

    Three separate 1 hour+ drives I made throughout last week were through heavy 1.0-2.0+inch bands. The first was through the fronto band of the cutter Sunday morning driving from my buddies in Springfield, MA to Dover, VT. Then Sunday afternoon, driving from Dover to Jay(Montgomery Center), near montpelier the snow switched back from rain and the rates were easily 2+ once I got closer to Jay. We obviously got a lot up at Jay this week, they reported around 21-24" in 48 hours. I dont have screenshot of radar from Sunday night the 10th, but I took this one on Monday evening at 9pm. We picked up 4" in two hours between 8-10pm in Montgomery Center, and another 4-5" overnight. When I left Wednesday night to drive down to a friends cabin in Wilmot, NH, we drove through those 2.5"+ bands coming out of Jay and through Stowe and your hometown. The snow follows me.
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    E PA/NJ/DE Spring 2019 OBS Thread

    Nice breeze as the squall rolls in. Feels good!
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    Winter 2018-19 Banter Thread

    Reporting back from Jay Peak, it was all time. Here's me dropping a 15-20ft icefall on the face of Jay, into bottomless powder. This area on the mountain collected all the windblown snow so it took the 2 feet and turned it into 4.
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    The 2018-2019 Ski Season Thread

    Jay was awesome Monday through Wednesday. Here's a video of myself dropping a 15-20ft icefall into deep powder on Wednesday. Rode it out nice and clean. The angle its filmed from makes the drop look smaller than it is in reality, but the camera angle really made the landing look sweet!! Truly steep and deep, as this zone collected all the snow, making it about 3ft deep with fresh powder. Edit: reuploaded with better quality copy.
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    NNE Winter Thread

    Jay was prime yesterday, I've never gone that fast for that long in that much powder. Yeah I've ridden twice as deep blower before but being able to keep speed through the deep powder and lay out turns in the more open and steep trees just felt unreal. I definitely needed some windshield wipers or something. This picture does a good job showing the depth in some places on the mountain from the recent snowfall. It was scraped down to the icier base from earlier in the week here, exposing the recent snowpack.
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