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The 2020-2021 Ski season thread

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1 hour ago, Angus said:

I have two reservations this week, Sunapee and wildcat and went to buy a youth ticket for my 10 year old nephew and there are no tickets available. I then went to other Vail resorts and this seems to be the rule. On one hand, irritated (at myself) which is outweighed by happy to see them limiting sales for safety reasons. I meant to add on my quick summary of my visit last Thursday to Stowe that mask wearing was excellent!

Let us know how Wildcat is looking. 

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1 hour ago, powderfreak said:

Unfortunately you just have to pound the refresh button on the reservation page.  They won't be releasing more spots, but people do cancel.  I know folks who have been able to get one during the holiday weekends so far by checking religiously.  Unfortunately the most likely time to find an opening is usually the morning of, almost like going to a sold out sporting event but waiting outside the gates to scalp a ticket. 

It's been a weird winter and as someone who has access to and reads as many guest surveys as possible (the written comments are telling), I know that whenever you hit capacity/sell out (Christmas holiday period, MLK, powder Saturday's this last month and now President's weekend) there are people angry that the capacity limit isn't lower... and there are people very unhappy that they can't ski.  It's one or the other depending on the person's experience.

You are right, that unfortunately President's Weekend can often be the #1 weekend of the season for visitation... depending on how MLK weekend or the Christmas period went.  This year the snow is definitely the best it's been all winter long and heading into one of the big three weekends.  Good luck dude, I wish I could help ya out more.

 

Good insight, thank you. I'll make it happen.

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SR now using RFID. I like them, but is it possible to buy discounted tix from other people anymore? I used to fish craiglist middle to end of season to get some good tix from people that couldn't use their vouchers, but that doesn't seem possible with RFID cards that you have to put more money onto to buy more tix.

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Cancelled my Sunapee/Wildcat tickets and now plan to ski BW and Ragged where I could get tickets.

Noticed that both Sugarloaf and Cannon reporting active snowmaking over last two days.

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Yeah epic pass still rules but it takes some planning and screen time. Refresh refresh.

My crew just returned from okemo. Basically it was epic. Lol The fresh powder was well timed.


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 It's amazing to see how every other Vail resort mountain on the East coast has availability except for Stowe which right now only has Thursday available to reserve next week.@powderfreak. Definitely the crown jewel of Northeast ski areas.

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15 minutes ago, dmconno said:

 It's amazing to see how every other Vail resort mountain on the East coast has availability except for Stowe which right now only has Thursday available to reserve next week.@powderfreak. Definitely the crown jewel of Northeast ski areas.

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Peak ski week, limited capacity and best conditions in a couple years.  Not surprising...hunter is similar.

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9 hours ago, dmconno said:

 It's amazing to see how every other Vail resort mountain on the East coast has availability except for Stowe which right now only has Thursday available to reserve next week.@powderfreak. Definitely the crown jewel of Northeast ski areas.

 

We have a much lower capacity than the others.  Only a few main lifts, limited parking, etc.  It has also felt like the cap was fairly well positioned without getting totally out of control.  But we’ll see, may be eating those words, ha.  This is definitely a “destination” ski area that sees longer term stays vs day trips.

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It's really good at the loaf!

33 minutes ago, amarshall said:

Loaf 11/10. Cold. No wind. No lines. Not an ounce of ice. As good as it gets. 2941714ddc3c13ed8ebb4e63cc5f28c4.jpg

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And the Avalanche calamity continues, pretty much at a loss for words. East facing slope which is exactly what the highest danger was on the rose, and riding alone. WTF is it going to take...and it wasn’t even the only avalanche fatality in CO today. Some very close friends have pretty much hung up there backcountry gear until spring out in CO.

Edit: I want to point out I don’t think this rider was actually riding the slope that slid, it probably came down on top of him, and with it being a partial critical bury it was possibly survivable with a partner present.  

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A nice day at BW on Saturday. Primarily stuck to West chair and Stickney tbar to minimize wait times. At ragged yesterday and was very impressed by their operation. They have made lots of snow and whole mountain was open but could certainly use snow in woods and non-snowmaking trails. My nephew made great strides this weekend, he's a typical 10 year old, won't acknowledge any advice regarding skiing (or anything) but is quietly listening. I just started taking him down the most advance terrain both mountains had - steeps, bumps, and trees and all of sudden it clicks!

Also, he thought walking out onto the lake was a hoot and was very curious about the fishing houses on the lake. Meredith Bay was a small city given the fishing tournament.

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2 minutes ago, Angus said:

A nice day at BW on Saturday. Primarily stuck to West chair and Stickney tbar to minimize wait times. At ragged yesterday and was very impressed by their operation. They have made lots of snow and whole mountain was open but could certainly use snow in woods and non-snowmaking trails. My nephew made great strides this weekend, he's a typical 10 year old, won't acknowledge any advice regarding skiing (or anything) but is quietly listening. I just started taking him down the most advance terrain both mountains had - steeps, bumps, and trees and all of sudden it clicks!

Also, he thought walking out onto the lake was a hoot and was very curious about the fishing houses on the lake. Meredith Bay was a small city given the fishing tournament.

LOL at the skiing advice bit.

Same issue here. My wife tried to teach our kids how to ski by starting with long lectures on the bunny hill about proper form, how to get up after a fall, how to walk sideways back up the hill, how to take off your skis and walk down when scared... zero progress. If she could have wheeled a chalkboard out onto the hill to diagram some skiing equations she would have done so.

I decided to try my way. I took each one up the lift and dropped them off at the top and we made our way down with zero communication; they knew they had to sink or swim here. I just told them to watch me and emulate. It instantly clicked into place and now they are skiing the entire mountain. Kids are sponges and they learn via experience and observation. 

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Looks like some sleet will make it's way into the VT ski areas.  Any thoughts on how it will affect surface conditions?  My sense it that mixed in with new snow, it will be dense, but most surfaces will stay soft.  Sound right?

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10 minutes ago, sankaty said:

Looks like some sleet will make it's way into the VT ski areas.  Any thoughts on how it will affect surface conditions?  My sense it that mixed in with new snow, it will be dense, but most surfaces will stay soft.  Sound right?

Sleet is a great surface.  Smooth and dense.  The freezing rain is when it changes drastically.

I personally love 6” of snow and sleet for skiing. It can ski really smooth and easily mask any previous surface.

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Think Killington northward avoids any ZR?  With the warming so high up, thinking precip will have plenty of time to refreeze on the way down for most of VT except maybe far southern areas.

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Spent 4 days skiing Jay and touring the surrounding area last week. Pretty incredible snow given the complete lack of thaws the past month or so. Definitely had that bottomless feel that you crave. First time skiing Big Jay from the top as well. That and the Mansfield chin are truly the definition of "steep and deep" in the region. 

 

 

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Think I've answered my own question about the northward limit of freezing rain tomorrow.  Latest Euro has ticked warmer again.  Seems like the Killington region could be in danger of receiving some ZR or even some plain drizzle.  With the way this keeps ticking north, not sure even the Sugarbush/Stowe areas are totally out of the woods.  Will hope for the best.  Conditions have been amazing the past several weeks.  Hopefully, the upcoming storm will verify a little further south, or at least Friday's storm will give a good refresh.

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23 minutes ago, MRVexpat said:

Spent 4 days skiing Jay and touring the surrounding area last week. Pretty incredible snow given the complete lack of thaws the past month or so. Definitely had that bottomless feel that you crave. First time skiing Big Jay from the top as well. That and the Mansfield chin are truly the definition of "steep and deep" in the region. 

 

 

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Been a great stretch...no liquid or thaw/freeze has kept it fresh and any crust out of it.  Def flirting with the end of the streak tmrw, but should recover quick with the famous J-spin upslope insurance policy later in the week after the Friday Storm.  No Snorkel storms, but just good quality, consistent skiing.

 I haven't made it to big jay, but it's on my list (need someone experienced who knows it)…did you go up from the 242 parking lot or from that spot off Northway?

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1 hour ago, bwt3650 said:

Been a great stretch...no liquid or thaw/freeze has kept it fresh and any crust out of it.  Def flirting with the end of the streak tmrw, but should recover quick with the famous J-spin upslope insurance policy later in the week after the Friday Storm.  No Snorkel storms, but just good quality, consistent skiing.

 I haven't made it to big jay, but it's on my list (need someone experienced who knows it)…did you go up from the 242 parking lot or from that spot off Northway?

We went off of northway. It was pretty damn obvious where to go but the key is definitely to keep heading skiers right where possible once you drop in because it can be a long slog out of the bottom drainage to the road if you go too far; the boarder in our group definitely struggled and we were still conscious of this. 

Little Jay is a more accessible and fun skin from 242, some awesome lines in there. 

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I would assume PF knows more but regardless say to hear about this. Far to many lives lost in the mountains around the country this year. 
 

I love the woods, but can’t help but think of how easy this would be to happen. 

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On 2/15/2021 at 9:52 AM, Angus said:

A nice day at BW on Saturday. Primarily stuck to West chair and Stickney tbar to minimize wait times. At ragged yesterday and was very impressed by their operation. They have made lots of snow and whole mountain was open but could certainly use snow in woods and non-snowmaking trails. My nephew made great strides this weekend, he's a typical 10 year old, won't acknowledge any advice regarding skiing (or anything) but is quietly listening. I just started taking him down the most advance terrain both mountains had - steeps, bumps, and trees and all of sudden it clicks!

Also, he thought walking out onto the lake was a hoot and was very curious about the fishing houses on the lake. Meredith Bay was a small city given the fishing tournament.

Ragged is a good little hill.  Base lodge is kinda funky but we enjoyed it

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