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The 2020-2021 Ski season thread

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53 minutes ago, PowderBeard said:

Oh that is fantastic to hear. Was bummed to see those reports from Greylock area. Might have to give it a go ASAP.

If it didn't blow off I'd guess upwards of 36" at the top of Greylock.  Thunderbolt should pretty pretty skiable.  

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46 minutes ago, GCWarrior said:

No snow days for my district this year.  Covid can go &*$%^$ itself.  I have the day off tomorrow.  Will there be any thing left for me at berkshire east?  Woods? I'm also on 110 waisted skis. 

I didn't see anyone venture into the woods today, but I was gone by 1230.  Maybe some late arriving powder hounds might have been lured in, but it was a bridge too far for me personally.... plus we'd had plenty of untracked already.  So it'll be powdery in there, but I'd be pretty careful.  On trail I think you'd get powder on Hemlock, but you may have to hike it out.  That whole side was closed and I didn't see any tracks in that direction. 

My guess is they'll definitely groom Big Chief and lower Comp, maybe War Dance, and *possibly* even Flying Cloud??  And there will be some nice cord early on.   But if you want pow head to Catamount or run the gauntlet up north.

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Yeah, be careful with this.  Can be hazards hiding under the snow surface.  No big base for this to fall on top of.

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Was at the Mtn Ops office here at Stowe around 5am this morning for work, grabbed a shot of a groomer passing by on his way to the gas pumps.

I love the early morning energy of operations before a ski day.

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Got in the range today after reading the Thunderbolt Runner's FB page this morning. About 10-12" of coverage, did 2 laps down some intermediate open trees and once trip down a switchback fire road. Both are pretty rock and room/stump free. Forgot how hard it was trekking up in fresh. Been cold enough it is still super soft. If there are any Kinco's fans, their new "ski glove" is way too warm. I'll stick to my others until it's about -50 lol

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Berkshire East was very busy, so we decided to forego the lift and skin up the Wilderness side , which was quiet and beautiful.  Perfect temps, no wind and light snow. But afterward we rode the lift a few times and found that the handful of groomers were chalky PP and really super good, somewhat to our surprise.

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Enjoyed a week at Sugarloaf, looking forward to returning when the entire mountain is open! Monday was hard frozen granular because of the Sunday drizzle and overnight freeze, making for some challenging first day of the season. Tuesday was very cold and very windy and first runs were good, but then it was difficult because of the overall conditions. Wednesday was really good, the snow had dried out, the sun returned, and the wind was calmer. I could envision the expanse of the entire mountain and successfully skied from the top to the bottom without a stop! Thursday was an improved repeat of Wednesday along with 1-2 inches of natural snow. Friday was very enjoyable. The entire mountain staff was very helpful, I somehow broke my pass and they replaced it. Snow making was in full effect, but guns were never pointed at lifts or interfering with main runs. Crowds were minor, besides a brief delay on day one, there was never a lift line. Social distancing inside building was plentiful, attributed to low head count of mid-week activities. --- I drove up on Sunday and didn't see any snow until I got within 50 miles of the mountain. The drive home today will be quite different and aiming to take the longer path to check out the 3+ feet swath in New Hampshire, just seeing snow drifts on the highway gets a sense of being part of it! Onward for the 2020-2021 mountain season!

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19 hours ago, radarman said:

Berkshire East was very busy, so we decided to forego the lift and skin up the Wilderness side , which was quiet and beautiful.  Perfect temps, no wind and light snow. But afterward we rode the lift a few times and found that the handful of groomers were chalky PP and really super good, somewhat to our surprise.

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Is this the back past the zip lines? Did that once before. Was unaware of the walk back down E and East Hawley Rds. 

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10 minutes ago, PowderBeard said:

Is this the back past the zip lines? Did that once before. Was unaware of the walk back down E and East Hawley Rds. 

The big zip lines are a little further ahead in that picture, but yes.  It's actually the Roundabout trail.   The woods on the right are all pretty darn good, but as you mention you have to walk/ski down the road to where you can cut back into the resort.  Later in the winter when there are some old snowbanks from plowing you can pretty often find a ski track on top to keep sliding rather than hoof it.

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1 hour ago, radarman said:

The big zip lines are a little further ahead in that picture, but yes.  It's actually the Roundabout trail.   The woods on the right are all pretty darn good, but as you mention you have to walk/ski down the road to where you can cut back into the resort.  Later in the winter when there are some old snowbanks from plowing you can pretty often find a ski track on top to keep sliding rather than hoof it.

Got it, thanks.

 

Did you get to Catamount? Kind of curious about those new trails. I remember Off Stage being a pretty fun little bump run to finish off your legs.

 

Reminded me of these. I was probably 12 in these pics, was after a 2-3' dump in the early 2000s. Some amazing memories with @MBRI

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In the process of sliding 100' down Catapult and ending at the old fence that was at the top of Catamount Chair. 

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21 minutes ago, PowderBeard said:

Got it, thanks.

 

Did you get to Catamount? Kind of curious about those new trails. I remember Off Stage being a pretty fun little bump run to finish off your legs.

 

Reminded me of these. I was probably 12 in these pics, was after a 2-3' dump in the early 2000s. Some amazing memories with @MBRI

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In the process of sliding 100' down Catapult and ending at the old fence that was at the top of Catamount Chair. 

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LOL nice

Catamount is known to be a little stricter about sign enforcement, although TBD I guess with the new general manager.   And with not much officially open, we decided to pass.   We'll definitely head on over there later winter.  The  new trails are straight down the fall line,  maybe the steepest cut trails in MA.  Just needs snow.

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35 minutes ago, radarman said:

LOL nice

.   And with not much officially open, we decided to pass.   

Is BEast trail report legit? I know you and many others mentioned skiing just about everything but this morning they had 7 trails open. They have always had that issue though lol

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23 hours ago, powderfreak said:

Was at the Mtn Ops office here at Stowe around 5am this morning for work, grabbed a shot of a groomer passing by on his way to the gas pumps.

I love the early morning energy of operations before a ski day.

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That belongs hanging on a wall somewhere..great shot.

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59 minutes ago, PhineasC said:

PF takes amazing pictures. Hope he gets Stowe to pay him for those. 

Over a decade now I’ve been a paid photog... my stuff is everywhere.  Brochures, trail map covers, now in Vail Resorts media. Magazines. Coffee table book on the greatest ski runs in the world.  If you see a Stowe shot, there’s a chance I took it lol.

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3 minutes ago, powderfreak said:

Over a decade now I’ve been a paid photog... my stuff is everywhere.  Brochures, trail map covers, now in Vail Resorts media. Magazines. Coffee table book on the greatest ski runs in the world.  If you see a Stowe shot, there’s a chance I took it lol.

Ok, good. :)  
 

Your shots all give me a “mountain life” vibe, capturing the manic energy of running a ski resort mixed with the serene natural beauty and quiet up high. 

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10 hours ago, powderfreak said:

Over a decade now I’ve been a paid photog... my stuff is everywhere.  Brochures, trail map covers, now in Vail Resorts media. Magazines. Coffee table book on the greatest ski runs in the world.  If you see a Stowe shot, there’s a chance I took it lol.

You are amazing Scott

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12 hours ago, PowderBeard said:

Is BEast trail report legit? I know you and many others mentioned skiing just about everything but this morning they had 7 trails open. They have always had that issue though lol

Beast did only have 7 trails open.  Everything else was “skiable.”  Best was the lower angle stuff.  Fat skis helped a lot too.  I did not ski lift line.  Jug was a blast. Honestly, Berkshire east is never fully game on, maybe once every few years for like three days. There is always rocks and stumps to hit in the woods.  

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3 hours ago, GCWarrior said:

Beast did only have 7 trails open.  Everything else was “skiable.”  Best was the lower angle stuff.  Fat skis helped a lot too.  I did not ski lift line.  Jug was a blast. Honestly, Berkshire east is never fully game on, maybe once every few years for like three days. There is always rocks and stumps to hit in the woods.  

There is one stump towards skier's left on Jug that gets me and made me a Marker binding fan. Twice I smoked it, ski got stuck, and released. And that was on a front DIN of 11, lucky both times. I ski on the right side now lol. 

 

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Santa must really hate snow!  Who doesn't love a torch cutter on Christmas?  This will not be good for the Christmas week.  I think it's time for mounting more skis and breaking in my new ski boots. Maybe it's time to get out and cut some more glades!  

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54 minutes ago, MRVexpat said:

Cardigan Saturday and Ascutney yesterday. Probably settled depths of 18" and 28" respectively so the reported measurements Thursday are to be believed! Snow was still remarkably dry and powdery. 

 

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Cardigan is a great time!  

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