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13 hours ago, Hitman said:

Sb reporting 23”.  Most lifts at Lincoln on windhold.  Mt Ellen looking good.

Ellen never spun chairs other than the park quad.  Skinned up to the summit, super windblown, very dense.  Deep in the woods.  Tough traveling at times.

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10 hours ago, radarman said:

Ellen never spun chairs other than the park quad.  Skinned up to the summit, super windblown, very dense.  Deep in the woods.  Tough traveling at times.

Everything was initially on hold yesterday at Bolton except the Mighty Mite, so we packed Tele and alpine gear and were all set to skin at Timberline until they started running things.  By mid-morning though, they were announcing openings of the Mid Mountain Chair and the Timberline Quad, so we’d be able to start lift-served skiing once we got there.  Unfortunately though, they were still plowing out the Timberline parking lot and asking people to park up at the main base.  This meant connection over to ski Timberline, but the Snowflake Chair, which is the best way to connect over, was down on maintenance.  This made for a big line at the Mid Mountain Chair, and that connection still requires a short hike anyway, so we made the hike up Villager to get over.  That did have the benefit that we got in some of our cardio even though we didn’t end up skinning.

In terms of the skiing, I’d say that the quantity of the new snow was absolutely there – it was a fantastic resurfacing and the groomed slopes were skiing as beautifully as one could imagine.  The powder skiing definitely left something to be desired relative to our typical off piste conditions from a storm though.  The snow was quite dense, and often windblown, just as you mentioned.  We found that the trees offered some protection from the winds, so we typically got our highest quality turns there, but it was still Sierra Cement/Cascade Concrete type stuff and it would toss you around easily if you weren’t on your game or as it became more chopped up.  It actually looked like a nice day to be on a board with the dense snow.  The skiing was still awesome of course, but it was just surprising that the backside champagne never developed enough to set the impressively right-side-up turns we’d anticipated.  Presumably the parameters for optimal snow growth didn’t come together everywhere as the storm was finishing up.

Some pictures from the day:

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The Mansfield Stake hit 124" yesterday on yesterday's evening report.  

That is 2nd highest for March 23rd since 1954. 

1969 was 128".

2001 was 120".  

Of course those winters had additional snowfall with 2001 maxing at 132" and 1969 at 149".

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47 minutes ago, J.Spin said:

Some pictures from the day:

 

Nice ones as always.  Here are few going up/down...

Inverness area is always pretty with open Birch forest.  Much less windblown through here too.  They should have spun the lift.

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Once at the top, the choice of sticking in the trees was obvious as you were saying.  Lighter and somewhat less windblown.  

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Exposed trails didn't hold that much snow in the face of the battering, but protected trails did.  But the mounds were whipped into big, slabby crests that were tough to navigate.  Could have used about 130s underfoot and just gone straight.

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2 hours ago, powderfreak said:

The Mansfield Stake hit 124" yesterday on yesterday's evening report.  

That is 2nd highest for March 23rd since 1954. 

1969 was 128".

2001 was 120".  

Of course those winters had additional snowfall with 2001 maxing at 132" and 1969 at 149".

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I was about to send along a post on the stake depth PF, but I see you’re all over it!  Indeed that 10-foot snowpack depth has been eclipsed at the stake after this latest storm:

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There’s a small system/frontal passage coming into the area tonight, and the models suggest that after there’s more potential coming down the pike as we head toward next weekend and on into April.  It’s too far out to know exactly how that’s going to go, but it never hurts to have that elevation in your pocket:

AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION

National Weather Service Burlington VT

735 AM EDT Sun Mar 24 2019

.LONG TERM /TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY/...

As of 321 AM EDT Sunday...The next chance for precipitation comes Friday night into Saturday as as a an upper level trough and associated front swing down through region. Models are still split on timing and on amounts of QPF, but right now temperature profiles suggest a rain-snow event with the valleys remaining rain while the higher elevations see a mix and the highest peaks seeing just snow. Things should come into better focus next week as we get closer to the event.

Storms like this last one are the type that can really boost the snowpack going into the spring though.  We picked up just shy of 2 inches of liquid equivalent here in the bottom of the valley with the snow from this last one, so I have to think the mountain got at least that much.

The snow from this storm definitely had real meat to it – here’s another shot from yesterday of E, and you can see how high in the powder she’s riding.  That’s 20 inches of snow and she’s just using the top few.  It certainly wasn't one of those storms to produce the "over-the-head" powder shots.

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It looks like snowfall associated with this next system started up around 10:30 P.M. or so with this shield of precipitation moving into the area:

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2 hours ago, borderwx said:

What is this heavy snow you speak of Jspin? :)

 

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Tale of two seasons at Burke this weekend

Pow feast yesterday and a Spring feast today

love March.

Hehe, nice.  Love March indeed.  March and April can be some of the best months of the year – deep snowpack, elevation storms, comfortable temperatures for being on the hill, etc.  More regionally though, the greatness of this time of year can be kind of drowned out by the bitching and moaning about the weather during these months.

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Event totals: 0.6” Snow/0.03” L.E.

 

Details from the 12:00 A.M. Waterbury observations:

New Snow: 0.6 inches

New Liquid: 0.03 inches

Snow/Water Ratio: 20.0

Snow Density: 5.0% H2O

Temperature: 32.0 F

Sky:  Snow (4 to 12 mm flakes)

Snow at the stake: 25.0 inches

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