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  1. uncletim

    NNE Winter Thread

    Love it - thanks!
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    NNE Winter Thread

    Don't see a link here - I only point it out because I enjoy your videos so much!
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    The 2017-18 Ski Season Thread

    All very true. Even assuming Majella is on the level, it's hard to see how they pull it off.
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    The 2017-18 Ski Season Thread

    This may be true, but it's also possible that the quotes on the news story were cherry picked to give the worst possible slant. Chris Farmer (Farmboy), who is associated with the current owners and is involved in the negotiations posted a response on a 'Loaf discussion thread. The fact that he is still committed to the sale gives me at least a little hope. Regardless, the optics are horrible, and have been for months. Link: http://www.sugarloaftoday.com/chat/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=8317&sid=84172090e177f77937a069e2f9d84cca&start=210
  5. I join everyone in welcoming back the estimable HM. Now, if we can get Wes in on this, then we'll really be rocking. I also join in complaining about brining the roads when it isn't going to snow. Beltway and 270 in MD were brine striped for about the 23rd time this season a few days ago. Drives me nuts.
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    March 1-2 wind event

    Saw 3 parked cars today with shattered back windows. None showed any obvious tree or other impacts, and in one case there was no tree anywhere close. What would cause this? My best theory was that a sudden massive gust might cause a vacuum in the car and the back window might implode. Any thoughts? Also, a tree fell on the road in front of me and I got rear-ended when I stopped. Not a good day for cars, and I'm a little worried about the big pines behind my house...
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    NNE Winter Thread

    Absolutely. It's always fun to watch the thermometer on the trip down the valley.
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    NNE Winter Thread

    One of the fun things about NNE in general is that it abounds in these kinds of lines where the climate seems to change more than a casual assessment of the latitude and altitude might suggest. This one on 93 is familiar, and in Maine, I think most people who drive up the coast know that the Bath bridge is a link between different worlds in the summer. Our summer home in Rangeley is completely different from Farmington, both in summer and winter. The contrast seems much more dramatic than the 1000 ft altitude differential would indicate. In the mid-Atlantic, where I've lived most of my life we have nothing like this - you can go up 2 or 3 thousand feet, and it might be a smidge cooler, but it doesn't feel like a fundamentally different climate.
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    Space Weather Discussion

    Just grabbed this pic off the webcam for Bald Mtn Camps in Rangeley. Aurora or just a camera effect? Her's the link: https://www.rangeleymaine.com/rangeley/webcams
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    December Discobs Thread

    Your memory is correct about those years. My father's office complex in Springfield had a small pond where the employees' and their families had evening skating parties. My father was the chair of the skating club and it was his responsibility to check the ice and post a flag indicating that ice was thick enough. We all had skates and there was nearly always a period of a 2-3 weeks during the winter when the flag was up. Times have changed, both in terms of climate and liability!
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    NNE Spring Thread

    I've seen a great example of this along the Arethusa Falls trail in the Whites. Stream ravine runs almost due east-west with the trail slabbing the north side of the ravine until just before the falls. There was one winter back in the 90s when March was very snowy and then the switch flipped in April to sunny, very warm and dry. We hiked to the falls in early May on a hot (mid-80s!) day with trees just starting to leaf out, and the trail was actually dusty for most of the way, but as soon as it crossed to the south side of the stream, we were walking through about a 2 foot snow pack - fortunately earlier hikers had compacted a path to the falls. Just a few days earlier we might not have made it. I've always remembered it because the hike had a very "western" feel to it as Wxeye describes.
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    Spring Banter & General Discussion/Observations

    We are Rangeley "summer people" now, but used to be Boothbay regulars and tamarack's recs are spot on about places to go. Don't bother with a Maine crab roll - the lobster rolls are too good, and I've had a "bad" crab roll more than once in Maine. I think they don't move as much and who knows where the crab itself really comes from. If you do head down to Boothbay, you could check out the Trevett Store for lobster rolls. It's off the beaten path, so you don't get the crowds of the harbor, but a beautiful bucolic waterfront spot. In the same area the Oven's Mouth Preserve is a great place for a walk, with amazing tidal rushes, and like Dodge Point, less crowded than the State Parks. By the way, I'm not a frequent poster, but I always read and rely on your snow analysis - among the best in the Mid-A forum. Please keep up the great work!
  13. This is why so many of us are here in these forums. Thank you, Wes!
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    The 2016-17 Ski Season Thread

    I'm certainly not intending to be disagreeable here, but I do live in Rangeley in the summer and have been up and down the Saddleback road many times. It is paved up to the point within a few hundred yards of the base lodge where parking starts. Don't want to do a silly online argument, so that's my last word on it. I would not be in favor of any huge development at Saddleback, but I do feel it needs more buildup to obtain critical mass so that the value of the operation remains even if an individual ownership is not turning sufficient profit. It seems these days that the larger areas change ownership groups from time to time, but there is never a question whether they will operate. Saddleback needs to have enough inherent value to reach that status. But I agree, it's a tricky balance.
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    The 2016-17 Ski Season Thread

    Saddleback is a ways up there, but I think the perception that it's hard to get to is a bit exaggerated. The access to the ski area has been paved for at at least 10 years, since shortly after the Berrys purchased it. It is no more difficult to get to than the 'loaf. Obviously there is much more to do at the base of SL. If anyone buys Saddleback, one of the priorities certainly needs to be establishing more of a diverse base area with at least a hotel and a real restaurant. But I don't have high hopes. Tremendously sad to lose it. Skiing there was a special experience.