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The 2016-17 Ski Season Thread

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On 2/2/2017 at 2:54 PM, Angus said:

Saddleback is a tough situation. The Berry family invests a ton a personal $$ with the best of intentions. The place is bleeding red I suspect and they don't want to invest anymore and then folks bash them. The mountain has outstanding terrain and great snow. I spent a day there a few years back with all the upper mountain lifts on windhold and just skied the T-bar and had a blast. The real problem is Sugarloaf. Sugarloaf is such a magnet, rightly or wrongly. The funny thing is that Rangeley is a true 4 season resort town with the lakes and mountain. The locals really liked Saddleback but they are day visitors and bring their lunches. For the mid-coasters, Sugarloaf is closer too. Really would love to see Saddleback reopen and be able to provide an alternative to Sugarloaf which I've been skiing sporadically since early 80's. & btw: any serious NE skier needs to go to the Loaf at least once. It's just big and burlier than any other NE mountain...but go in March and April because it's cold as hell up there from Dec thru Feb!

Back in the 90s we always went to the Reggae Fest at The Loaf in early April. Haven't been there in over a 15yrs. Big and Burly is a good way to put it. Excellent terrain at the Loaf. We always made it a 4 day weekend.   

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I have about 50 days in at Saddleback and was there for the last day they where opened before closing, April 19th, 2015. We usually did a day trip there from Sugarloaf or skied in April once snowmobiling was done and we could get a hotel/motel room in Rangeley.

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10 hours ago, sankaty said:

Probably driving up to ski Mt. Snow or Stratton Monday and Tuesday, but might postpone until Tuesday and Wednesday.

I'd prefer Monday/Tues, leaving early Monday morning.  I'm thinking the roads should be fine most of the way as the precip for the 91 corridor should have wound down by dawn on Monday, but concerned about residual travel issues, and also that high winds may lead to prolonged wind holds on Monday.

Any advice?  Thanks!

Berkshire East saves you a pretty significant amt of driving and is fun on a powder day.  Location allows you for a game-time decision based on snowfall/roads/etc.  They should generally do better in a wind hold situation vs. Stratton or Mt. Snow too.

 

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Nordic skied (skate) at Great Brook state Park yesterday. Very busy day with parking lot full from morning to close but trails didn't seem crowded. Only there 5th day open this season. Earlier in day had been out behind Walden Pond and again coverage and tracks (classic) were very good. Today/tomorrows snow will be good if we do go into a warm up next week. 

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5 hours ago, Redmorninglight said:

So, how are the conditions after the big storm?  Can't wait to come up to Killington for the long weekend.  Hoping for a decent refresher Wednesday night.

Snow on top of snow with no thaws even down here at 400'

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Berkshire East saves you a pretty significant amt of driving and is fun on a powder day.  Location allows you for a game-time decision based on snowfall/roads/etc.  They should generally do better in a wind hold situation vs. Stratton or Mt. Snow too.

 

Yup. Never wind holds with fixed grip chairs that top out at like 1600', although today was pretty breezy.

In fact, the area lost power due to winds around 2pm today. ...spent 45 minutes on the chair, but whatever. **** happens.

It's been amazing. Been out every day since Thursday. Was going to head to sugarbush tomorrow, but it's not needed. The wind has blown tons of snow into the woods and if you know where to go, while its not as deep as Mansfield, it's still pretty epic by massachusetts standards.

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2 hours ago, bobbutts said:

Snow on top of snow with no thaws even down here at 400'

Thanks Bob. I'd like to backcountry board a day with my snowshoes. Looks like conditions should give me some options. 

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Mount Snow was epic today.  Deep snow everywhere with totally silent turns.  Seems like just about all of New England has prime skiing right now.

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Not weather related but I've skied Berkshire East once and really enjoyed but never been back. I live in metrowest Boston where Crotched, Sunapee, Mt Snow and Gunstock and even WV are similar driving distance. They do nothing to promote themselves to the metro Boston market which is unfortunate IMO. I've spoken to the owner's son about this and my impression is they have given up  on the market. 

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My favorite part of skiing yesterday was at the end of the day:  Skiing some untracked snow with our 11 year old daughter and I hear "Dad! I'm stuck."  Look back and all I see are goggles and the top of her helmet sticking out of the pile of powder that had built up in front of her and stopped her.

"Ski in my tracks."

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15 hours ago, Professional Lurker said:

Yup. Never wind holds with fixed grip chairs that top out at like 1600', although today was pretty breezy.

In fact, the area lost power due to winds around 2pm today. ...spent 45 minutes on the chair, but whatever. **** happens.

It's been amazing. Been out every day since Thursday. Was going to head to sugarbush tomorrow, but it's not needed. The wind has blown tons of snow into the woods and if you know where to go, while its not as deep as Mansfield, it's still pretty epic by massachusetts standards.

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Yesterday was one of the best days I've ever had at Berkshire East.  25000 vert by 1245pm and most all the turns were in powder, beautiful light chop, and wind strewn stuff in any troughs that formed.  Grooming occurred early and got a nice 1-2" of orographic fluff thereafter.    The entire mountain was open for business, and though I've seen more snow in the trees before, not sure I've ever seen the trails in better shape.  What a difference a week makes.

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32 minutes ago, j24vt said:

My favorite part of skiing yesterday was at the end of the day:  Skiing some untracked snow with our 11 year old daughter and I hear "Dad! I'm stuck."  Look back and all I see are goggles and the top of her helmet sticking out of the pile of powder that had built up in front of her and stopped her.

"Ski in my tracks."

It's getting dangerously deep on the mountain.  Western type hazards now.  

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1 hour ago, powderfreak said:

It's getting dangerously deep on the mountain.  Western type hazards now.  

absolutely true.  Tree wells are getting to be actually dangerous.  I've got some dumb friends without good skills who are venturing above treeline here in the Whites.  One of my friends who just got a split board actually asked if he could "borrow" my avvy gear.  He's young and impressionable, so I gave him a polite talk about why you never borrow someone's avvy gear when you have never used it or been trained to use it.  Unfortunately, it's only a matter of time before someone does something stupid without the right gear, knowledge, and plan.  In the wise words of the JH tram "if you don't know, DON'T GO!"

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Oh man, a 22 yr old from MA died after getting lost in the back country at Stowe. Reported missing at 330pm, found around 1130pm, died at the hospital.

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That's why I said it's getting scary deep.

Somber day.  Found upside down in the snow.  Couldn't get out.

Essentially like a tree well incident out west.

Ski and ride with a buddy when it gets like this.  

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2 hours ago, powderfreak said:

That's why I said it's getting scary deep.

Somber day.  Found upside down in the snow.  Couldn't get out.

Essentially like a tree well incident out west.

Ski and ride with a buddy when it gets like this.  

Oh man

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3 hours ago, powderfreak said:

That's why I said it's getting scary deep.

Somber day.  Found upside down in the snow.  Couldn't get out.

Essentially like a tree well incident out west.

Ski and ride with a buddy when it gets like this.  

Been in one upside down have no idea where you are luckily I was sking with someone else

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8 hours ago, powderfreak said:

It's getting dangerously deep on the mountain.  Western type hazards now.  

So sorry to hear about what happened. What a horrible situation.

 

On the brighter side, Monday at Loon was the best day I've had in the east since December 2012 at Whiteface. 18" of perfect density pow, comfortable temps, and winds held off enough to keep plenty of lifts spinning. A day for the record books for sure.

 

 

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1 hour ago, SR Airglow said:

A day for the record books for sure.

indeed.  The crappy woods at Attitash were skiing perfect madness with fresh lines til close.  Kid even lost his f'n slalom pole in a Jerry of the Day move on one of the lift lines.  He'll be looking for that til April.  And shoveling snow to pay for his replacement.  

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check the pics from today's avvy report at Mt Wash.  A beautiful sight to behold.  It's only February!  Crown line under Sluice, hello!  Hopefully those rocks to looker's left on the Lip can fill in a bit but even still, holy WOW!

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