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Hunter or Jiminy Peak for Sat, Mar 12 - which do local folks think are in better

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shape, or individual assessments appreciated, some parents and kids trying to decide which one to go to...but hard to tell how things are on mountain, plan was to go to Jiminy but concerned given weather etc. thanks

 

post #2 of 10

Hunter got snow from all that rain and had a bigger base beforehand. Jiminy got rain and tore down that base.

post #3 of 10

Just got back from Jiminy and it was quite good, considering.  They groom the s#!t out of the mountain everyday so it is totally smooth.  The surface was excellent for fast carving.  I was there for 2 hours and skied 11 runs.   Jiminy is Jiminy and today was pretty much the same.  After all of the rain, its amazing how the surface surface skied.

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Originally Posted by skiking4 View Post

Hunter got snow after all that rain and had a bigger base beforehand. Jiminy got rain and tore down that base.


Fixed it for you.

 

BK

 

post #5 of 10

It doesn't seem to matter though.  Jiminy just grooms the entire mountain.  What's left is - no variation, but great groomed surfaces.

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skiied jiminy saturday, with kids, was real tired, non-stop with short lunch break, kids kept lapping whitetail, jericho and wild turkey and the obligatory mountain coaster at the end...which I did not want to go on but no choice since had to take my son, and his pals...good day at a good mountain, base got pretty sloppy by end of the day naturally, piles of soft spring snow...

post #7 of 10

Jiminy is a much easier hill than Hunter, which has a few trails that can give you a major run for your money (Lower K-27, and Hunter West in general, sans Way Out)

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wraith, i have to differ with you,Jiminy is actually better in terms of more runs to ski,and the grooming guarantees good conditions when weather is not great, but Hunter's runs can be made to last longer on one's skis, if one actually goes top to bottom on East Side. The west side double-d's are like any other eastern diamond, somewhat steep, sometime mogulled, but generally seriously icy and bald so the skiing is not fun but good to learn how to ski bald, icy terrain. K-27 is perhaps a degree or so steeper than Jericho at its steepest but its difficulty lies in it being seriously mogulled, where skiing it is not skiing for pleasure but for calm, controlled descents, otherwise nothing at Hunter mntn qualifies as difficult, and looking at it, I would wager on the deep winter days, Catapult at Catamount is a harder ski(or it's a toss-up) than Lower K-27 at Hunter. The variable conditions on Catapult has catapulted many a veteran skier into oblivion, patroller, instructor and their brethren and sisters. Let's say this, when at its prime condition, i.e. winter, cold, ,moguls the size of a beetle, catapult is best avoided, as do most sane instructors.

 

This is just a personal opinion, not a p*ssing contest, giving you a humble quasi-beginner's opinion. Note I think Hunter is overall a better mountain than Jiminybut it's a close call.

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wraith, i have to differ with you,Jiminy is actually better in terms of more runs to ski,and the grooming guarantees good conditions when weather is not great, but Hunter's runs can be made to last longer on one's skis, if one actually goes top to bottom on East Side. The west side double-d's are like any other eastern diamond, somewhat steep, sometime mogulled, but generally seriously icy and bald so the skiing is not fun but good to learn how to ski bald, icy terrain. K-27 is perhaps a degree or so steeper than Jericho at its steepest but its difficulty lies in it being seriously mogulled, where skiing it is not skiing for pleasure but for calm, controlled descents, otherwise nothing at Hunter mntn qualifies as difficult, and looking at it, I would wager on the deep winter days, Catapult at Catamount is a harder ski(or it's a toss-up) than Lower K-27 at Hunter. The variable conditions on Catapult has catapulted many a veteran skier into oblivion, patroller, instructor and their brethren and sisters. Let's say this, when at its prime condition, i.e. winter, cold, ,moguls the size of a beetle, catapult is best avoided, as do most sane instructors.

 

This is just a personal opinion, not a p*ssing contest, giving you a humble quasi-beginner's opinion. Note I think Hunter is overall a better mountain than Jiminybut it's a close call.


 

I disagree 110% with this post. Jericho is easier than every double diamond at Hunter. Jericho's steepest pitch is about 31 degrees for a hundred vertical and it's at the very end and I usually can easier straightline it with a good 15 foot jump from popping off the top of it due to it being groomed and fast from top to bottom. The rest of it is a modest 25 degrees. It would be an average black at Hunter. How can you say it's a degree or two less than K27? K27 is one of the steepest runs I've skied in the East. It's about 34 degrees for over 200 vertical, and first 2 or 3 turns is hovering 40 degrees. Each of the Westside double diamonds is harder than Jericho,as well as the rest of the double diamonds, and perhaps a few of the blacks too IMO. Catapult is a much more challenging run than Jericho as well. It'd probably be one of the tougher runs at Hunter, but it isn't as tough as say K27 or any of the Westside runs. I personally love the Catapult trail. It never gets that steep (always around 26-31 degrees) and I've never found the bumps to be that bad, compared to the Hunter tough guys. Also, next time hit the West side on a good day- it can be some really good skiing for the Catskills.

 

I don't consider anything at Hunter to be difficult at all, but it's a lot tougher skiing than a fast cruise down Jericho or some showboating under the lift down Catapult. I've always thought of Hunter having the toughest skiing south of Magic and Killington.

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In response to the last two posts, Jiminy isn't really about being "hard".  They remove all aspects of terrain by extensive nightly grooming.  The trails are all about fast, carved turns.  Jericho is the type of trail you "point and go" - do two turns any you are at the bottom.  It's the place where a marginal skier can hit 60 mph.

 

Just got back from Jiminy and it was fun.  17 non-stop runs - fast!  That's not really what I like to do, but it's fun and good practice.  You can usually get on the 6 pack quickly, especially if you use the singles line.  You can vary the runs all you like since they are accessed by the main high speed chair.  It's a small mountain with plenty of selection, just no bumps or woods or anything other than very groomed.


Edited by Paul Jones - 3/28/11 at 7:44pm
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