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Mighty Yawgoo Valley RI a few pics and a TR.

post #1 of 17
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Made my first visit to my home town ski area today. Quite a few seasons I had boots on 70+ days at my little hill, I've tried to get back at least once a season.

 

Max and Patti dropped lift tix to $20 so with a day off in hand and my son unable to make the planned hookup with me at B-East or Catamount thought today would be a good day to take the 5 minute drive to RI's lone remaining lift served ski area.

 

Looking at lodge from parking lot:

 

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Heading to the summit and upper ledges was very busy!!!:

 

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post #2 of 17
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A few more pics:

 

The obligatory boot/ski shot whilst ascending to the summit!!

 

...and the trail sign that has struck terror in the hearts of skiers from RI and SE CT for decades!!

 

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post #3 of 17
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Above is a view looking East down the gnarly Downunder which is adjacent to the terrifying TNT!!

In good light you can see the Newport Bridge from here. The white expanse in the distance is some of South County's turf farms.

The pic below depicts a much different Yawgoo then the one I worked at throughout the 90's, opened up and much more skieable....a very nice piece of work by the owners here IMHO.

This is Lower Ledges which was a very narrow steepish (for Yawgoo anyway) corridor.

 

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The grooming today was impeccable but as the temps approached 55 the snow became variable and quite manky. The RX 8's had not been out of the basement in at least a couple of seasons and the wax job on the bottom was clearly my hard/cold snow formula // I battled the sticky as a result for most of the morning. TNT and Down Under received the mid morning rays last so I spent the bulk of the day over there.

 

Ski'd 2 hours,  had a nice chat with my former SSD and another of my all time best ski buds that I have sort of unfortunately lost touch with. It was fun to ride the goo for a couple of hours and to chat with some old friends.

 

I should have waxed up the i supershapes with warm snow wax and taken the day more seriously but I guess it was more about the quality hang and reliving the good old days for a couple hours then it was tearing up my old stomping grounds.

 

Fun day, when I get my new ski boots I'll head back over some night soon to break em in!

 

Thanks to Max and Patti D for all they do to keep RI skiing alive......very impressive job!! 

post #4 of 17

Thanks for the tour of your place.  It's great to see where other skiers call "home."

post #5 of 17
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Thanks!

 

OK I'll play tour guide and post a few more.....

 

Yellow Jacket lower, where I spent many nights applying Lito's one footed skiing drills.....yes this is a RI blue square, very steep as you can see:

 

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Upper Yellow Jacket to the right in this view, much much steeper, gnarly actually!! The lady in the pic was skiing some sweet tele, clearly had the right wax on her skis, unlike me.

 

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More Yellow Jacket, often the only trail open from the top, Jacket is the meat and potatoes of Yawgoo, spent many many hours skating down the entire length or just lapping her, doing drills and having fun!

 

The manky snow precluded me from doing any one footed tricks as the sticky grabbies might have launched me right out of the boot....two feet on the ground today, odd for me on Jacket. Yellow Jacket for me was always drill time!

 

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Another view of the Upper Ledges expansion, not the extended rope tow which goes at least 50 feet higher than before.....

 

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Left from the lift is the previously mentioned Down Under

 

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post #6 of 17

Hey HR! Cool that you went down today. Let's hit it some Saturday night for a couple of hours and a couple of beers!

 

I have to say that a mere 7 years ago, when I had only been on skis a few times, that 10-foot steep bit on TNT scared the crap out of me. And the newly opened up section near the rope tow is steep, no doubt about it. If it were more than 15 feet long it would be gnarly. :-)

 

post #7 of 17

Neat little place and nice report.  It looks like they do a great job of grooming, especially with the warm weather we've been having. 

post #8 of 17
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Hey HR! Cool that you went down today. Let's hit it some Saturday night for a couple of hours and a couple of beers!

 

I have to say that a mere 7 years ago, when I had only been on skis a few times, that 10-foot steep bit on TNT scared the crap out of me. And the newly opened up section near the rope tow is steep, no doubt about it. If it were more than 15 feet long it would be gnarly. :-)

 

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I used to take all my 5 week program kids down TNT one at a time on the final week of lessons.....and each kid received one of the little black diamond "ski with the pros" pins we used to give out back in the day.

 

They were all pretty excited to have conquered the steeps of the goo!!  Maybe I should give u one too LOL!!

 

New boots soon, need to break "em in. Plan on running some laps on the Jacket!  Might go Sunday nite if they are open "till 8 for vacation week....

 

Beer in the Max would be sweet too, I'm in!

post #9 of 17
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Things change here fast in the flatlands......frown.gif

 

Was hoping for the chairs to spin one more time so I could get a couple of hours in on my new ski boots.....first brand new pair in over 10 yrs....

 

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DATE OF REPORT                  Thursday March 10th, 2011

 

IS YAWGOO OPEN?                Closed (see special message below)

 

SKI AREA SNOFONE #            294-3802 ext. 4   office ext. 110

 

SPECIAL MESSAGE TODAY!      Closed for the season, thanks for a great winter. We’re now preparing for the Summer, new waterslides to be installed this Spring.

 

post #10 of 17

thanks

that looks like a fun place. too bad about early closing

post #11 of 17

Too bad, HR. My friend Jill will also be disappointed, she had been taking her son there trying to teach him how to turn. I'm hoping they go through April up north! RISkier and I are heading up for my spring break on the 19th.

post #12 of 17
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Just drove by the mighty goo and crew was lining up snow blowing machines and running a power test.

 

Should be skiing at Yawgoo Valley next week. Just an FYI for those that are chomping to attack the gnar!!

 

:ROTF

post #13 of 17

I remember going skateboarding @ Yawgoo a very LONG time ago....:eek

post #14 of 17
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Rossi tell the story! BTW skateboard park is long gone... Replaced with pool and water slide.

Had target golf for a while too...

Went by about an hour ago on the way to town dump and guns are still cranking tho it is super windy I think half the snow is going into the woods. Mid week rain will probably wipe it out but might be able to keep the rope tow area you see in my pics open.

Nice to see the effort appears could have the better part of a 48 hour window to blow snow....
post #15 of 17
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I expect YV will jump to 100% open tomorrow......

 

Rhody skiers, go get some Goo! 

post #16 of 17
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I figured with temps in 50's for foreseeable future I better get over to the Goo or risk missing skiing at "home".

 

Deep cover still on open trails, same manky snow caused by 50's and sunshine. Shaded areas ski'd awesome sunny spots were s l o w.

Stayed 2 1/2 got my fill and out.

 

$25 early week skiing, not bad deal. Maybe 20 peeps max on the hill.

 

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Place is so crowded nobody goes any more.....

 

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post #17 of 17
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My ticket is still good till 8 - might go back over later....

 

:)

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