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NNE Winter Thread II

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I believe his folks have a place in Belgrade Lakes. I ONLY use 225 now to get to Rangely as its so bad. If heading to Eustis we'll go the back way through Madison and come out in Kingfield by Annies.

Well, they did. Dad passed last winter and my mom sold the house. Any trips towards eustis, I'll take rt 4 through auburn. Riding should be good soon. Sure wish this rain were snow.

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Well, they did. Dad passed last winter and my mom sold the house. Any trips towards eustis, I'll take rt 4 through auburn. Riding should be good soon. Sure wish this rain were snow.

My sled left for Eustis this morning with a buddy. I am heading up tomorow morning to ride. I should have a trail report soon.

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A bit breezy on the top of Mansfield:

Data from atop Mount Mansfield, VT

Note: Wind speeds in mph

Date & Time are in UTC time. Subtract 4 hours for EDT, 5 hours for EST.

Date & Time Temperature Wind Direction Wind Speed Wind Gust 2012-12-21 17:05:00 30 105 85 118 2012-12-21 17:00:00 30 107 93 115 2012-12-21 16:55:00 30 108 84 125 2012-12-21 16:50:00 30 107 84 124 2012-12-21 16:45:00 30 109 86 116 2012-12-21 16:40:00 30 104 84 119 2012-12-21 16:35:00 30 106 86 120 2012-12-21 16:30:00 30 104 85 116 2012-12-21 16:25:00 30 107 86 114 2012-12-21 16:20:00 29 105 94 123 2012-12-21 16:15:00 29 106 87 125 2012-12-21 16:10:00 29 107 78 108 2012-12-21 16:05:00 29 104 89 116 2012-12-21 16:00:00 29 103 95 117 2012-12-21 15:55:00 29 106 70 98 2012-12-21 15:50:00 29 114 42 104 2012-12-21 15:45:00 29 122 55 122 2012-12-21 15:40:00 29 126 75 104 2012-12-21 15:35:00 29 112 75 125 2012-12-21 15:30:00 28 108 39 52 2012-12-21 15:25:00 28 107 39 54 2012-12-21 15:20:00 28 110 43 59 2012-12-21 15:15:00 28 110 47 62 2012-12-21 15:10:00 28 111 55 74 2012-12-21 15:05:00 28 110 61 82 2012-12-21 15:00:00 28 109 71 110 2012-12-21 14:55:00 28 111 85 118

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About an inch here on the western slopes until the downsloping kicked in. Numerous 50-70 mph wind gusts (125 mph on Mount Mansfield!) along the slopes with power outages, trees down, and minor damage to houses (siding, shingles ripped off). And the sun's been out a few times!

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In line with the 2.2” of new snow that I found at our place in the Winooski Valley this morning, Bolton Valley up above reported another 4” overnight in their snow report; that brings their 72-hour total to 10”, and their 7-day total to 19”, so it seemed like time to finally head up and see how things were skiing on the west slope. When I left the house (495’) it was a couple degrees above freezing and we were in that early morning precipitation lull, but by the time I hit Bolton Flats a couple miles to the west, the next wave was coming in, so I was hit with a barrage of wet snow and rain. Approaching the center of Bolton, there was essentially no snow on the ground at the base of the Bolton Valley Access Road (340’), but snowpack appears very quickly as you climb the road – just a couple hundred feet up from the valley bottom, a solid inch or two of snow was down on the ground. The base of the road is fairly protected, but as I got higher I could see that the winds were howling. With the strong winds I was keen to stay somewhat low, so my goal was to start a ski tour at the Timberline Base (1,500’) if the snow looked sufficient. The temperature at that elevation was right around the freezing mark, but snow was falling with plenty of intensity – when I had my skis out on the ground while I was getting ready, they were covered with a few tenths of an inch of snow in just a few minutes. The wind gusts were strong, certainly 20-30 MPH, and I actually had to head off into the trees a few dozen yards away when I realized that one of my gloves had been stolen and carted off by the wind. Indeed there’s plenty of snow down at Timberline now for earned turns; right behind the Timberline Lodge I measured depths anywhere from 5 to 18 inches depending on wind, with a couple inches of that being new. That bottom number seemed to increase a bit as I went higher in elevation. The snow was dense down at the Timberline Base, but it dried out as you increased in elevation – by the 1,700’ or 1,800’ elevation it was already noticeably drier. There’s definitely not enough base yet to open terrain to lift-served traffic down at that elevation, but it’s getting close. The snow that’s down there is dense, so one good dump with an inch or two of liquid equivalent would have it there. On that note, it’s not surprising that the upper mountain above 2,000’ does appear to have enough snow to open natural terrain, because I see that the resort has opened numerous natural snow trails now, including several black diamond runs on the upper mountain. That is a very good sign that snow depths are substantial up there.

We’ve actually got lots of blue sky here in Burlington right now, as we appear to be in a hole in the precipitation shield:

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4-6" on Mansfield and has switched to rain at the base and freezing rain at summit. Never experienced winds that strong before...to the point of having trouble breathing if you faced it head on. I've never seen locals here head for cover but some of those gusts above 3500ft were knocking folks back.

Easily 80mph or higher. I'll remember today...lifts are running due to sheltered on the east side but any terrain exposed to the south seemed to be getting sustained hurricane force wind.

Drifts to like 5 feet in spots from 4-6" of snow, lol. Almost two feet above 2500ft this week and we opened like 30 trails today. Up to 71 now, half of them on natural snow.

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About an inch here on the western slopes until the downsloping kicked in. Numerous 50-70 mph wind gusts (125 mph on Mount Mansfield!) along the slopes with power outages, trees down, and minor damage to houses (siding, shingles ripped off). And the sun's been out a few times!

Sweet! Yeah that 125mph on Mansfield seems in line with winds practically knocking over adult humans, lol. Watch out for flying rime ice.

I used to lose power in Jonesville everytime we got a SE flow storm...hated that part but loved the high winds.

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yes, same road. We'd usually take that from our place in belgrade lakes towards norridgwock, but eventually just took 27 all the way to rt 2 then went east.

That makes sense - I hadn't considered a starting point near Belgrade Village.

Windblown rain and mid 40s now in AUG. Still snow under the pines across Hospital Street, but the lawns here are bare, except for puddles. Can't wait to see the 4-5" of slush masquerading as my driveway, some from this morning's snowburst but most being what the snowblower couldn't scrape up.

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Winter Weather Advisory now up for upslope snowfall this weekend... liking this very much, haha.

EASTERN ADDISON-EASTERN RUTLAND-

INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...NEWPORT...JOHNSON...STOWE...

MONTPELIER...ENOSBURG FALLS...RICHFORD...UNDERHILL...BRISTOL...

RIPTON...EAST WALLINGFORD...KILLINGTON

317 PM EST FRI DEC 21 2012

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 7 AM SATURDAY TO 7 AM

EST SUNDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BURLINGTON HAS ISSUED A WINTER

WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM

7 AM SATURDAY TO 7 AM EST SUNDAY.

* LOCATIONS...WESTERN SLOPES OF THE GREEN MOUNTAINS IN VERMONT.

* HAZARD TYPES...SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW.

* ACCUMULATIONS...3 TO 7 INCHES OF SNOW WITH LOCALIZED HIGHER

AMOUNTS FROM JAY PEAK TO STOWE.

* TIMING...OCCASIONAL SNOW SHOWERS WILL DEVELOP BY EARLY SATURDAY

MORNING AND BECOMING HEAVY AT TIMES ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON AND

EVENING...BEFORE DISSIPATING BY SUNDAY MORNING.

* IMPACTS...HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS IN SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW

CAN BE EXPECTED.

* WINDS...WEST 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 35 MPH.

* TEMPERATURES...LOWS IN THE 20S TONIGHT AND HIGHS TEMPERATURES FALLING

INTO THE TEENS ON SATURDAY.

* VISIBILITIES...BELOW ONE MILE AT TIMES.

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Had some gusts in the 50's in Williston (A porta-john close by was a casualty). After hearing of 70 mph gusts in Jericho we drove there and caught a double rainbow as skies cleared out for a bit. Rain and precip was being blown well out from the clouds to the south and west. When we got to Jericho the winds were not nearly that strong at the point. However near Essex and Essex Jct. there were some 50-60 gusts.

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Sweet pic!

I'm back in SNE. Be back in Plymouth 1/27, lets route for an epic February ;)

Thank you! I am only here until Jan 3rd. Need to get a decent snow before then. I have pretty much ruled out a White Christmas in the CPV.

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Some photos from today...

Had 3.3" on the snow board at 1,500ft at 5:30am. Here's a view of Mtn Ops...

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Plowing...

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21" measured in the last 6 days at 3,000ft... looks like winter up there.

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My bootpack to the snow stake has been filling in daily... I like this pattern :)

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Looks like winter in the hills...

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