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Where to ski in New England, Friday 2/25

post #1 of 26
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Hi,

 

Planning on heading north to catch a day this coming Friday.  Given that it is school vacation week was looking if anyone could suggest some place that may not be completely nuts...  I'm in Boston, but have no problem driving to Sunday River or Jay.

 

Any place with really solid on mountain demo options would be a big plus too - really want to try out something with some rocker in it....

 

 

Thanks for the help!!!

post #2 of 26

You are aware that the mountains are frozen up solid right now from last week's 50-degree temps, right?  This isn't exactly what I'd be thinking is the ideal conditions for a rockered ski.

post #3 of 26
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Yeah... I've been doing a lot of reading and didn't realize how bad it had gotten up north....

 

Really re-considering whether or not to head up at all this weekend as it sounds like the trees are pretty brutal no matter where you go.

 

I'm not sure if rocker is what I really meant - I get rocker/early rise/etc/etc confused.  My buddy is on a new pair of S3s and completely loves them, so I'd like to try them and anything else that is similar (good luck finding a pair of S3s to demo though, they seem pretty much sold out).  Looking for something to replace my Atomic Crimson Ti as the edge is has had one major hit and is unlikely to hold together too much longer. Long story short, rethinking my weekend plans...

 

Appreciate the input very much.

post #4 of 26

This report on Burke Mountain is encouraging:  http://www.forums.alpinezone.com/showthread.php?t=91385

post #5 of 26

Was at Cannon in NH yesterday.  Top was very icy.  A lot of trails were not fit for skiing and the back country area was closed.  That said, the lower portions of the mountain were excellent and lift lines were short.

post #6 of 26

Skied Killington this past weekend and it was an icy mess, even the edges of the trails were like skating on a hockey rink. Most of the glades were closed and the few glades I did hit were way too icy to enjoy

post #7 of 26

http://www.famousinternetskiers.com/dust-on-crust/ ski where these guys were skiing, I bet a rockered ski would do just fine! I so wish I had a day off to ski it personally. other than that we are starting to get some soft snow back but I am skiing cambered skis this week

post #8 of 26
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Skied Killington this past weekend and it was an icy mess, even the edges of the trails were like skating on a hockey rink. Most of the glades were closed and the few glades I did hit were way too icy to enjoy


Shame to here that. Thursday the whole mountain was soft, open & beautiful.

 

They did have a good bit of rain Fri. morning besides it being 50 degrees both Thurs. & Friday.

 

Then everything froze for the weekend masses.

post #9 of 26
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http://www.famousinternetskiers.com/dust-on-crust/ ski where these guys were skiing, I bet a rockered ski would do just fine! I so wish I had a day off to ski it personally. other than that we are starting to get some soft snow back but I am skiing cambered skis this week


Josh , you don't have a kids group you can ski with in some low angle glades? The snow is pretty good where I'm finding it at the Bowl. I'm lucky this year , for the holiday week I have a very good group of kids that are really into looking for the good stuff and have the skills to back it up.

post #10 of 26
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Hmmm... looks like I need to get out skiing with the FIS crew.  Somehow though, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't be able to keep up, especially on the hike up....

 

Appreciate the input from everyone.  Looks like things are going to be very, very cold overnight at Sunday River and Jay for the week, which doesn't bode well for me :(

 

I'll keep cruising around and see if people have any further reports through tomorrow and Thursday, but I'm not optimistic.

 

On the other hand, might just have to say screw it and go skiing....

post #11 of 26
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http://www.famousinternetskiers.com/dust-on-crust/ ski where these guys were skiing, I bet a rockered ski would do just fine! I so wish I had a day off to ski it personally. other than that we are starting to get some soft snow back but I am skiing cambered skis this week



thanks for the link Josh!!

post #12 of 26

 Go to Jay. Still plenty of powder available. http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/101721/jay-peak-feb-20-23#post_1312339

 

Haven't posted about today, but pretty much, lots of powder available if you go where no one else goes (obviously). Look at the Northwest territory area, jay face area, everglades, and canyonland area and there's plenty of pow available if you do some traversing into the harder lines.

post #13 of 26
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Josh , you don't have a kids group you can ski with in some low angle glades? The snow is pretty good where I'm finding it at the Bowl. I'm lucky this year , for the holiday week I have a very good group of kids that are really into looking for the good stuff and have the skills to back it up.


actually are low angled wooods are way better than any groomed or bumped trail on the mountain right now, but personally if I had a full day off I would not be skiing at any resort in New england this weekend. If there is soft snow some where it must be skied and right now its a higher elevation than any resorts sit at.

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Hmmm... looks like I need to get out skiing with the FIS crew.  Somehow though, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't be able to keep up, especially on the hike up....

 

Appreciate the input from everyone.  Looks like things are going to be very, very cold overnight at Sunday River and Jay for the week, which doesn't bode well for me :(

 

I'll keep cruising around and see if people have any further reports through tomorrow and Thursday, but I'm not optimistic.

 

On the other hand, might just have to say screw it and go skiing....


in all honesty if I was skiing a resort thursday I go south and south facing to get corn snow. Bromley mountain would probably a good bet or anything like it.

post #15 of 26

Sounds like Stowe is a lot worse than Jay is right now. Must've been hit hard by the rain storm and not gotten the snow afterwards.

post #16 of 26
Thread Starter 

Hmmm...  I'll have to keep an eye on things tomorrow.  If I saddle up and go it will be Jay.  Always a loooooooong day trip from Boston, so it needs to be worth it.

 

Thanks for the TR skiking.  Worth skiing into the afternoon?  Earliest I can feasibly make it up there would be 930 or so.

 

Bushwacker - thanks for the Bromley suggestion.  Unfortunately for me, its only about a half hour closer than Jay.

 

Sunday River keeps saying that they are warming up, so I have my fingers crossed.  Much easier drive than Jay....

 

Thanks everyone!

post #17 of 26

Matt if you are driving up 93 why not hit Cannon, they have some real good woods up there, some easy hiking too good stuff

post #18 of 26
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Thanks for the TR skiking.  Worth skiing into the afternoon?  Earliest I can feasibly make it up there would be 930 or so.


Yes, but just look good for the snow. The best snow is in the least skied areas. That means areas which tend to be steeper, tighter, and in the middle of nowhere. That means those big tree areas like the Jay face or Everglades or Canyonland, do some traversing and eventually things will open up and fresh. They did get some rain, so its about anywhere from 3-8 inches over an icy layer. In the afternoon, make sure you're skiing fresh cause everything that is skied is really awful by about 2-3.

post #19 of 26

BTW news

 

winter storm warning from the whole of vermont tomorrow. Powder day!

post #20 of 26


 yes! right when I leave for tremblant! icon13.gif no snow forecast here except for flurries...

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BTW news

 

winter storm warning from the whole of vermont tomorrow. Powder day!

 

post #21 of 26

think this storm will make a difference? Thinking of heading to eitehr killington or sugarbush, any thoughts?

post #22 of 26
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actually are low angled wooods are way better than any groomed or bumped trail on the mountain right now, but personally if I had a full day off I would not be skiing at any resort in New england this weekend. If there is soft snow some where it must be skied and right now its a higher elevation than any resorts sit at.



I'll attest to this.  Even at the resorts, the trees are holding it much better than the trails.   

 

I went up north this week and did some touring in the higher greens.  I was delighted to find ~5-6" of untouched blower on top of spongy, supportive and edgable crust in the lower angle protected trees.  Right now it's all about finding shade and lee aspects if you want to find fresh pow, but you don't necessarily need to be at uber high points to find the freshness...  But it does help if you can find places protected from the wind. 

 

   

To the OP- if you want to avoid lines, go to either the VT Snowbowl or Magic.  Both have a smaller feel, no lines and great terrain.  The Snowbowl will have more of a base and less crust, but Magic is having it's Black Magic comp and torchlit parade this weekend, so that will be fun for sure! 

post #23 of 26
Thread Starter 

Jay is predicting 7 - 12 tomorrow, so I'm saddling up and making the trip :)  

 

Hoping the snow doesn't make the drive too much longer than the normal 4 and change, but don't much care either way.

 

Here's to a 430 wake-up and some freshies somewhere in Timbuktu!

 

Thanks to everyone who gave advice on this one, appreciate it!

post #24 of 26
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think this storm will make a difference?



Hell yes it will!

post #25 of 26
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Originally Posted by MattGoose View Post

Jay is predicting 7 - 12 tomorrow, so I'm saddling up and making the trip :)  

 

Hoping the snow doesn't make the drive too much longer than the normal 4 and change, but don't much care either way.

 

Here's to a 430 wake-up and some freshies somewhere in Timbuktu!

 

Thanks to everyone who gave advice on this one, appreciate it!



 Timbuktu......it's fun in there.....when there is snow.....

post #26 of 26
Thread Starter 

And back from vacation...

 

It was fun in there.  Lots of fun.  Found a couple of completely untouched areas with some very nice blown snow for a few hero runs.

 

Then worked myself to far to skier's right and off the backside of the ridge.  If you can avoid doing that I would recommend it.  45 minutes of traversing and a half mile hike back to the lifts.  

 

Anyone making it up for the FOUR FREAKING FEET they just got?

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