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NNE Winter Thread

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27 minutes ago, Ginx snewx said:

WTF with the decapitated bear head? 

The only thing we can think of is it must've died last fall or during the winter and some scavenger dragged it out onto the ski trail? Found amid the moguls on the famed Goat trail.  

Weirdest nature thing I've ever heard of at Stowe, that's weirder than the moose that fell off the Kitchen Wall, landed upside down on his back in the deep snow and then died, while skiers on the traverse just saw hooves sticking up out of the snow.

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1 hour ago, powderfreak said:

The only thing we can think of is it must've died last fall or during the winter and some scavenger dragged it out onto the ski trail? Found amid the moguls on the famed Goat trail.  

Weirdest nature thing I've ever heard of at Stowe, that's weirder than the moose that fell off the Kitchen Wall, landed upside down on his back in the deep snow and then died, while skiers on the traverse just saw hooves sticking up out of the snow.

What kind of scavenger is big enough to drag that thing?

must be aliens or white walkers.

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7 hours ago, tamarack said:

We're getting into "scruffy season" when moose begin shedding winter hair ahead of the thinner summer coat.  Have not seen this process on the deer yet.  In some better news about winter ticks on moose, the survival of radio-collared calves in Maine is much improved in the past year-plus compared to the unsustainable 60% mortality a couple years back.

Yes it looked like it was just shedding to me

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5 hours ago, powderfreak said:

Mud Season.  A friend's photo on Facebook of his Jeep on his road.

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What you don't see is the Prius that's buried underneath a la Pompei. 

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2 hours ago, Hitman said:

What kind of scavenger is big enough to drag that thing?

must be aliens or white walkers.

Stowe has a Yeti. Her name is Betty

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10 hours ago, Hoth said:

What you don't see is the Prius that's buried underneath a la Pompei. 

There's a mud-season tale about a fellow on his front porch watching a hat go past, stop, and return.  The hat raised up a bit and the man wearing it said, "Good morning." 
Guy on the porch replied, "Tough walking in that mud, ain't it?"
"Who's walking?  I'm on horseback!"

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4 hours ago, CoastalWx said:

Ice out on my Winni. Only 2 days earlier than last year despite the warmer April. 

Emerson Aviation calls ice out on Lake Winni and West Shore Marine calls it for Newfound.  Normally they go out within a few days of each other.  This morning Emerson called Lake Winni out at 524am and West Shore Marine called Newfound out at 525am.   Guess someone got up  a bit earlier at daybreak than the other.

Cold feeling and cloudy day up here.  Per usual after systems pass with my south horizon view I see sunny skies as downslope clouds dissipate over the flatlands.  

First forsythia opened today!

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4 hours ago, powderfreak said:

Visible fresh white above 3,000ft.

It looks like the next potential shot of snow is Saturday night:

.SHORT TERM /SATURDAY THROUGH SUNDAY/...

As of 315 PM EDT Thursday...Deep occluded low pressure system (982mb) departs slowly enewd across srn Quebec on Saturday. With cold pool in place aloft, looking at cloudy and cool conditions areawide, with westerly winds 10-20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph possible. Lingering precipitation will be showery in nature, and generally becoming increasingly orographic through the day. Thermal profiles support snow showers across the higher terrain (above 1500` ft in nrn NY, and above 2000` in VT), with scattered rain showers for valley locations. The shower activity in west/northwesterly flow gradually winds down Saturday night with snow showers increasingly confined to the northern Greens into northeastern VT. Snow accumulations at summit level Saturday into Saturday night should range from 1-3", especially across the nrn Adirondacks and nrn Greens.

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did one last day at jay peak today to close out the season.  Fog was crazy thick at the summit but snow and trail count was decent for late April. Crazy how some trails that were listed as open just 7 days ago are now completely bare with dirt and rocks.  It’s disappearing quickly. 

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Been snowing in the Stowe base area for the past 30-60 minutes.  No accums yet, but high winds too.  Stormy out there.

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7 minutes ago, powderfreak said:

Snowing steadily now at the base of Stowe.  Doing some Saturday office work watching it snow.

Decent flakes at times too.

I checked the Sugarbush 3,900’ web cam, and it looks like it switched over to snow this morning around 5:00 A.M.  There’s 2 to 3 inches of new snow up there now, and temperatures don’t really look like they’re going above freezing at elevation, so it should be pretty much snow from here on out.

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I haven’t seen any snow down here at our place yet, but we’re down into the 30s F and the snow is certainly failing well down below the 2,000’ level.  You can definitely see snowfall and fresh accumulations on the Bolton Valley Web cam at around 2,100’.

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Euro stil looking like somewhat of a redux of 4/26/16 on May 2nd this year. I’m all for it.

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After watching it snow all morning on the Bolton Valley Web cam, I decided to head up for a ski tour around midday, so I can pass along some snow observations.  There’s obviously no snow at the base of the road, but climbing up the road, I encountered residual winter snowpack starting at ~1,400’.  The rain changed over to snowfall right after that, around the Timberline Base at 1,500’.  Here’s the new snow depth profile with respect to elevation based on my observations from today’s tour:

340’:  0”

1,000’:  0”

1,500’:  T-1”

2,000’:  2”

2,500’:  3”

3,000’:  4-6”

I noticed a bit of a jump in depths when I hit the 2,600’ to 2,700’ range, so that seemed to be a threshold of sorts.  The temperature up top in the 3,000’ range was roughly 30 to 31 F.

On the ascent I was a bit worried that the snow was going to be sticky with respect to turns, but I only found that to be an issue during the final couple hundred feet of descent to the main base area at 2,100’.  Not surprisingly, the snow was dense, so there were actually plenty of nice bottomless turns available out there.

The models and forecasts suggest that after a lull this afternoon, there’s a chance for more snow tonight into tomorrow as the back side of the system comes through.

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I went for a skin on Mansfield and found amounts similar to what JSpin had.  There seemed to be two accumulation jumps...First around 2,000-2,300ft, then another bump around 3,000ft.  Wind was honking so it was more like 3-6" above 3kft.  Hard to get a good even blanket to make a true determination but I felt like it was closer to say 4" then 6".

On another note, I skinned and skied Chin Clip, a fully natural snow trail and was able to go top to bottom on that on April 27th...not bad to ski natural snow to the Midway parking lots this time of year.

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4 hours ago, Arnold214 said:

Euro stil looking like somewhat of a redux of 4/26/16 on May 2nd this year. I’m all for it.

Oh great. Let’s start building next winters snowpack :lol:

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3 hours ago, powderfreak said:

I went for a skin on Mansfield and found amounts similar to what JSpin had.  There seemed to be two accumulation jumps...First around 2,000-2,300ft, then another bump around 3,000ft.  Wind was honking so it was more like 3-6" above 3kft.  Hard to get a good even blanket to make a true determination but I felt like it was closer to say 4" then 6".

On another note, I skinned and skied Chin Clip, a fully natural snow trail and was able to go top to bottom on that on April 27th...not bad to ski natural snow to the Midway parking lots this time of year.

I agree, 4” was a more consistent call for what I saw at Bolton as well, but my measurements were hitting 6” enough that it felt like a reasonable upper number to go with.

We’re actually up here at Spruce at the Lodge this evening, and since the afternoon lull, snowfall has definitely picked up this evening.  It’s been gusty at times, making it look like a blizzard with all that snow blowing around.  You can see that things have shifted around to a more westerly/northwesterly flow now on the radar, so hopefully we’ll have a bit more to tack on to the accumulations overnight:

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