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  1. Jason215

    Meteorological Winter 2018 Banter

    A agree with your sentiment of wasting the cold with nothing to show for it, but if you are going to discount November, are you also going to discount any March snows we may potentially get? Last year we got I believe more than half our snowfall in March, even though March is not part of “meteorological” winter. We had a surprise snowstorm this Pastor November, why would we not count it? That being said, we still have about a month to make up for lost time, hoping we can make some lemonade out of this lemon!
  2. Jason215

    The 2018-2019 Ski Season Thread

    Nice list, good to know! Thanks
  3. Jason215

    The 2018-2019 Ski Season Thread

    Very cool! I was up at Timberline Lodge last July. There was still snow on the trail that ended just shy of the lodge. I saw skiers and riders coming down at the end of the day. The Lodge itself is a national landmark, beautiful place. Nice views of Mt. Jefferson to the South. Enjoy your trip to Mt Bachelor.
  4. Jason215

    The 2018-2019 Ski Season Thread

    I’ve skied Heavenly, Kirkwood and Sierra-at-Tahoe. Fun times! I haven’t hit Squaw or Alpine Meadows. I was looking for more cold smoke type snow and a region that I’ve yet to ski. But the Sierras got absolutely pummeled this year- Something to consider. Thanks!
  5. You know it’s a bad winter when Hawaii has gotten almost double the snow we have!
  6. I was in school the same years 1979 -1990. NYC public schools never closed even one time. Bliss of 1983 started about 2:30PM on Friday..school let out at normal time. By the time Monday rolled around, everything was cleaned up enough to open schools. Every KU storm we get nowadays is like payback for the 80’s.
  7. Jason215

    February 11 -12 Winter Storm Threat

    Woke up this morning and to my surprise my 1.5 inches (eyeballing it) of snow/sleet has condensed a bit, but at least the ground is still white here in Melville LI. I would have thought the overnight rain would wash everything bare, but that sleet is amazingly resilient. Question for you guys.. Have we ever been able to overcome a bad MJO index with a major snowstorm? I remember a few years ago (was it 2012?) were we had a terrible MJO which ruined the entire winter with a SE Ridge that we couldn’t kill. I’m not technical by any means and that’s why I predominanty lurk on here, but it seems that the state of the MJO trumps all other indices. it also seems rather difficult to predict the state of the MJO more than a few days out. Curious to know what is the largest snowfall ever with a MJO of 5 for NYC/LI? I believe 5 is the most hostile stage for snow, right? -Jason
  8. Amazing stats Liberty! Thanks for sharing. I learn something new here every day.
  9. Jason215

    The 2018-2019 Ski Season Thread

    I’ve been to Breckenridge back in Jan of 2013. I was surprised that they didn’t have that much snow. Vail was markedly better. Breck must of had a snow drought that season. I also got altitude sickness. Had to get to an oxygen bar twice. If I were to hit that region, I’d rather hit Vail again. Vail was beautiful and the snow was very good. But I’m sure Breck is one of the least likely places to get rain sitting at 9,600ft. That being said, I would rather try out a new mountain if things line up right. Here’s me getting “drunk st an oxygen bar at Breck!
  10. Jason215

    The 2018-2019 Ski Season Thread

    Totally jealous man! I can’t believe I’m excited about a 2-4 inch snowfall tomorrow. I’ve climbed down from my high horse of snow-snobbery of yesteryear. I’ve been expecting at least a blizzard every year. I’m still expecting one..just because.
  11. Jason215

    The 2018-2019 Ski Season Thread

    So sad to hear this awful news. Makes my heart sink.
  12. Jason215

    The 2018-2019 Ski Season Thread

    Steamboat for CO standards has a pretty low base altitude. I’m a bit more surprised to hear Big Sky Resort can rain being that it’s about 300 miles further north and a little higher base. Lake Tahoe area can have such wild swings in weather. Either prodigious snows or rain or severe drought. I guess no ski area is totally immune to rain then in the lower 48. You must have had some epic days since you’ve lived in ski country for years. I did ski Grand Targhee once (while on a Jackson Hole trip) and the snow was amazing. Like floating on a cloud!
  13. Jason215

    The 2018-2019 Ski Season Thread

    Well how about that!!! Now we just need a good foot plus of natural to cover up the ice. Not too much to ask for in VT in February.
  14. Jason215

    The 2018-2019 Ski Season Thread

    Okemo seems to be on top of their game re: grooming and snowmaking. They have quite a bit of water capacity to make snow. Killington for example- though they claim 75% of trails have snowmaking- if you follow their snow reports- they are only able to blow snow on 5-8 trails per night. It would take them well over a week to cover most of the mountain assuming they had an artic blast and it was sub 20 the entire time. A guy told me once they just don’t have the water pressure to blast large chucks of the mountain simultaneously (like Okemo does). Also, re:your experience at Okemo- you went on a Wednesday- the snow does not get skied off as quickly as a weekend day- (much less skier traffic) so the tilled snow is able to last most of..if not the entire day. Not too many mountains around here have south facing slopes, but I agree that would change my guidelines somewhat. Especially for March/April spring skiing. 37 on a sunny March day with a southern exposure would be enough to melt the ice into spring conditions. Okemo is a really good mountain, they make the best of whatever the weather throws at them. My gripe with them is they can get really crowded on weekends. Killington is so big, there are plenty of mid/upper mountain lifts where you can escape the crowds. They need to get that South Ridge lift moving already, that’s probably my favorite part of the mountain.
  15. Jason215

    The 2018-2019 Ski Season Thread

    I’ve skied Powder Mountain and Snowbasin, but would like to hit the Cottenwooods. Leaning towards Canada at the moment- with the favorable exchange rate- The thing that I like about Fernie and Big White is the accommodations and slope side village. But I’ve always wanted to ski Lake Louise/Sunshine. I love the Spectacular Scenery. When I skied Breckinridge and lodged there for a week, I got altitude sickness- I had to go to the oxygen bar twice. I didn’t have issues at Vail or Beaver Creek. For Telluride- staying at Mountain Village would give me issues, so yeah in town would be better. My favorite mountain thus far is Big Sky, beautiful place, no crowds- just friendly folk.