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The 2018-2019 Ski Season Thread

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Just got back to SEPA from a CT work trip early this am.  Going to head to mount snow this evening, meet up with buddies and ride there tomorrow. 

After that smuggs/Jay are on the table for mon/Tues.  Should be a nice trip, not the 3+ feet of blower like last time I was in NNE, 1/8-11, but fresh snow is always nice and those northern mountains always ski so much deeper with the wind.  

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Hit Greylock/Thunderbolt with the wife and dog today. Definitely has some character and woods are cleared all over. Boot deep fluff still in a lot of places. Never seemed to consolidate or thaw-freeze. Was almost a spring corn harvest on the Thunderbolt given the mid-30s and traffic. Below 2k there was maybe 6-8" of packed base. Up high it was probably 14-18". 

 

 

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RIP to the skier who died in the collision at Cannon yesterday (no helmet).  Report says other skier suffered serious injuries too but will survive.

https://www.unionleader.com/news/safety/police-identify-skier-who-died-in-cannon-mountain-accident/article_7e092b19-df5a-5f27-87e0-3f322f581d29.html?fbclid=IwAR3urrt8vTsagSxqSsASMUVTL7Kp4cyYUhcQmCJotQ5SibkfgoxbiAn69G0

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30 minutes ago, Sugarloaf1989 said:

Bought tickets for Mount Snow for Wednesday. Should be a bluebird day with firm groomer.

Should be excellent with the dense snow that fell yesterday. Great weekend with something for everyone. Blue bird Saturday with firm groomers and almost a powder day Sunday, just a little too dense to be considered real powder.

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27 minutes ago, ChasingFlakes said:

Been snowing hard off and on all day at Jay.  Tram was closed. Hiked up there, rode the face chutes skisrs right of the tram.  It was icy until I got into the tree and scree below the steep exposed section.  Would have rather not taken the whole ridge up and gone down earlier skiers right of the tram.  I think the snow would have held better there.  Solo so didnt mess with the dip or big Jay.  

 

Hard to tell how much they recieved since last evening but probably another 6-7 on top of yesterdsys ~4".  Made for really fast powder.

 

Picture: Big Jay from top of tram around 3pm.  Snowing hard again, it had cleared out slightly when I reached the summit of Jay which was nice.  Winds were ripping at 3900'. 

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Good day at Jay! Still coming down nicely.

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On 3/10/2019 at 10:07 PM, powderfreak said:

RIP to the skier who died in the collision at Cannon yesterday (no helmet).  Report says other skier suffered serious injuries too but will survive.

https://www.unionleader.com/news/safety/police-identify-skier-who-died-in-cannon-mountain-accident/article_7e092b19-df5a-5f27-87e0-3f322f581d29.html?fbclid=IwAR3urrt8vTsagSxqSsASMUVTL7Kp4cyYUhcQmCJotQ5SibkfgoxbiAn69G0

Profile's a great run when it's bumped up, but last time I was there a few weeks ago it was groomed, fast and furious. That trail is pretty exposed to the wind, so mix that with Cannon's legendary ice and you got potential for a fallen skier to actually pick up speed. I'm guessing he had to be going at least 25-30 mph. Scary, yeah, I tend to stay away from those trails these days, at least in those conditions. 

 

 

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Skied last Sunday March 3rd at Plattekill. Conditions were great. Then took off work this past Friday (March 8th) and hit Platty again. Friday was excellent! Got 25 runs in 5 hrs as you could just ski onto each lift without anyone in front of you. 

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31 minutes ago, LongBeachSurfFreak said:

Thoughts on this weekend in Vermont? The rain tomorrow looks to be fairly minor and I would think it will not screw things up too much. 

I almost balled the last weekend in February because of that horrendous wind storm that was pushing 80 mph at the ridge tops and resulted in a 74 mph gust in Waitsfield, it wound up to be a great Sunday/Monday with minimal lift disruption at Sugarbush. Trying my luck again this weekend thinking that was long as there isn't a flash freeze, Saturday won't be bad and Sunday will be firm early,  but sunny with things softening up later. 

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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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19 hours ago, LongBeachSurfFreak said:

Thoughts on this weekend in Vermont? The rain tomorrow looks to be fairly minor and I would think it will not screw things up too much. 

Saturday
Here's the forecast for Whiteface.  If it's only 17 and windy I bet it doesn't soften up too much.....even in the March sun?
 
Saturday: A 50 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 26. Wind chill values as low as -4. Very windy, with a west wind 41 to 50 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Saturday Night
Sat Night: A 50 percent chance of snow showers before 3am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 4. Wind chill values as low as -21. Very windy, with a west wind 39 to 44 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Sunday
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 17. Windy, with a west wind 29 to 36 mph.

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We love skiing Platty for St. Patrick's Day because they have fun activities for the kids, plus good corned beef and cabbage.

But I'm passing this year.  I think what's left of the snow is going to freeze to a brick overnight tonight.

At best a few snow showers could make it dust on crust.

 

 

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It was pretty bad today at Stratton  for anyone that was on the fence and decided not to go. Super icy and I took a good fall on some boiler plate. I assume it was the same situation most places as a friend of mine broke her wrist at Loon. 

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3 hours ago, LongBeachSurfFreak said:

It was pretty bad today at Stratton  for anyone that was on the fence and decided not to go. Super icy and I took a good fall on some boiler plate. I assume it was the same situation most places as a friend of mine broke her wrist at Loon. 

It was bad up here too.  The freeze happened at just the wrong time around the time-of-opening.  Nothing the mountain operations teams can do with that region-wide.

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Probably my last day nordic skiing today. Between the Weston ski track and Great Brook Ski Center, I got in 50+ days. Majority on the snow making loops at Weston. Now we turn our attention to skiing corn bumps and hopefully an early trip to Tuckerman's. 

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On 3/9/2019 at 7:44 PM, PowderBeard said:

Hit Greylock/Thunderbolt with the wife and dog today. Definitely has some character and woods are cleared all over. Boot deep fluff still in a lot of places. Never seemed to consolidate or thaw-freeze. Was almost a spring corn harvest on the Thunderbolt given the mid-30s and traffic. Below 2k there was maybe 6-8" of packed base. Up high it was probably 14-18". 

 

 

I wonder what's left up there after the r**n and mixed temps recently.

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I noticed Wildcat closed some terrain after the rain. Assume it was due to ice. I love skiing Wildcat in the Spring - combination of the views, their liberal open terrain policy, and how they let stuff bump up all over the mountain, it's fun.

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18 minutes ago, Angus said:

I noticed Wildcat closed some terrain after the rain. Assume it was due to ice. I love skiing Wildcat in the Spring - combination of the views, their liberal open terrain policy, and how they let stuff bump up all over the mountain, it's fun.

Yeah a few runs are closed, and some others are ungroomed. But most of the mountain is open and groomed. Conditions were much better than yesterday.

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1 hour ago, Angus said:

I noticed Wildcat closed some terrain after the rain. Assume it was due to ice. I love skiing Wildcat in the Spring - combination of the views, their liberal open terrain policy, and how they let stuff bump up all over the mountain, it's fun.

Yeah, after any thaw/freeze you'll usually see steeper ungroomed terrain reduced...this time of year all mountains have plenty of snow so any closures are due to snow surfaces.

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Well I did it again (my collarbone is finally healed) This time it’s a broken radious, actually shattered. Have to get surgery so that’s the end of my season at 18 days. Lost control on the ice at Stratton and put my left hand down (luckily right handed). I’ll still get up to Vermont for some hiking. Next season I’ll be sitting out icy days...

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On ‎3‎/‎15‎/‎2019 at 10:05 PM, Sugarloaf1989 said:

Hope it works out this time - great mountain, NW aspect for upslope, great winter culture in the Rangeley area would just get better.

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2 hours ago, LongBeachSurfFreak said:

Well I did it again (my collarbone is finally healed) This time it’s a broken radious, actually shattered. Have to get surgery so that’s the end of my season at 18 days. Lost control on the ice at Stratton and put my left hand down (luckily right handed). I’ll still get up to Vermont for some hiking. Next season I’ll be sitting out icy days...

Damn...   Sorry to hear that.

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