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post #31 of 46

I skied Hunter twice this year and the people were fine both times.

post #32 of 46

Yeah...I gotta say I never had a problem with Hunter employees either, in fact at my time of need they they were quite helpful.   Then again in spite of my gregarious ways here on Epicski, I tend to be rather quiet in person...and if I am skiing more so.

post #33 of 46
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Originally Posted by Phlogiston View Post

My peak experience at Whiteface was on a very hard packed subzero day in the late 80s.
On my Hexcell GSR skis (203 CM, of course). No lift lines that day.
I shot from the top to bottom, barely turning, for hours on end.
When the feeling returned to my feet i discovered that I'd developed Morton's Neuroma in my right foot. The popping sensation led me to believe i'd broken a bone.
I've been back since, but never repeated that experience. Maybe with my GS 9s, some day... some way.

Last season I passed two women stopped at the top of Hellgate (Hunter Mtn).
One was saying to the other: 'It's not any steeper than Cloudspin'. I stopped and we chatted for a minute. I loved that run; Skyward too.

I'm not sure when the last time you've been to Whiteface, but I find their relatively recent snowmaking improvements do a lot to make up for the lack of snow. Couple that with the new stuff on Lookout Mountain, and the 1800ft Summit Quad, and you've got some top end advanced level skiing for the east.
post #34 of 46
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Originally Posted by andy4g63 View Post

Phlogiston,  how do you think  the conditions will be on Sunday??????

I was planning a trip to VT, but with the rain everybody is expecting, I am not driving 4+hrs for that.. Probably will do Hunter ...

They'll be better than Hunter, that's for sure. There may be rain, who knows, but your chances of it at Hunter are much greater. Besides, skiing in the rain if it's not pouring is quite good usually cause the snow is soft. 


Originally Posted by vsirin View Post

I visited a whole series of NY and VT mountains in the last few weeks during a 2 week, "the mountains are closed in PA" trip. I hit Hunter, Windham, Bromley, Okemo, Killington, Pico, Middlebury, Bolton, Smugglers, and Stowe. Bolton and Okemo were my least favorites on the trip. In addition to the terrain at Okemo, I find the crowds to be not much more appealing than the crowd at Stratton. I was also surprised to find the snow quality at Okemo to be among the worst I encountered - coarse, grippy, man made everywhere despite the abundant snow in VT this year. Okemo may have had state of the art snow making 10 or 15 years ago but I don't think they have kept up with the best current technology.

 

 

Even with all the snow this year it's been a very odd one often for conditions. It's not about the technology. There was a three week stretch where no rain occured. Otherwise, there was often rain, then freeze, then snow, then a little rain ...repeat. Still, some major dumps occured.  You happened to encounter some apparently rough conditions.  As for the crowds, Stratton and Okemo are known to be crowded on weekends when it's good.

It's so empty now it's not even funny. Last Sunday one of the best days of the year, no one there really.  The halfpipe was still going strong too

 I've never heard that crowds are better at Killington, but Pico, Bolton, Smugglers, Bromley,  Middlebury ( if no big race), are less crowded. Sunday afternoons never crowded except Holiday weeks.
 

 

post #35 of 46
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I keep on meaning to get to Whiteface again.
I believe there's a reason people still refer to it as 'iceface'.
I'm sure i'll have an even better day on my Atomic GS9s than I did 20+ years ago on those Hexcell GSRs.
My only interest is in the top of the mountain, covered by the Summit Quad. And maybe skiing though and all the way to the bottom, to begin the tedious ride back up.
We each decide for ourselves, is it worth it for a 3000 vert foot run? Or not? 20+ years ago I thought it was.
post #36 of 46
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I got a real problem with this racial slur.  There are a lot of good people in Hunter.  

 

If your skiing 9000 vertical feet per hour just how much time do you spend talking to Hunter Mountain employees.  When I am skiing laps at Hunter its not possible to talk to Hunter employees.    I don't really understand what your issue is here with Hunter employees.  It does not make any sense.  I ski Hunter at least 5 to 10 times a year.  I have never had a problem with Hunter Employees.  Not once.   Your sure the problem isn't the person you see in the mirror  in the morning. 

 


Racial slur? They're as white as I am.
The problem has been with the nastiness of the employees in my dealings with them before and after my day of skiing. Not while skiing.

I won't pollute myself by repeating any of the garbage that I've heard from those people over the years; and I won't post it on a public forum. They were my experiences; i had them and I know they happened; they were inexcusable; and no positive experience that someone else had cancels out what I encountered. If you live in a place like that you may have such low standards that you can't perceive what's wrong there.

Next season I will probably park closer to the lift, put my boots on in my car, and ski all day without seeing anyone but the lift employees. Problem solved.
post #37 of 46

I just noticed where this post is. moved to TRIP reports. 

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Originally Posted by Phlogiston View Post
Racial slur? They're as white as I am.

That comment explains a lot.  I think we are done here. 

post #39 of 46

sounds like your skiing is pretty one dimensional. groomers all day? id rather watch paint dry...... reviewing a mountain based on single blacks isn't really fair. 

 

i've skied okemo over 120 days in the past 3 years. yes, okemo is flat but hunter isn't much steeper. how many times can you ski racers edge and eisenhower without yawning?

 

okemo has a tremendous advantage over hunter, in the fact, that you can ski from area to area without skiing the same runs constantly

there is significantly more terrain at okemo and it sounds like you missed the southface, glades peak, solitude and jackson gore areas. at okemo you have to mix it up, glades, bumps , groomers

try skiing big bang top to bottom repeatedly, you'll have a different perspective.

 

next time drive another 25 miles to kmart, you'll thank me. kmart has the best terrain in so vt. without question. 

 

post #40 of 46

I skied Okemo a ton over the last decade (it is my home mountain), but it is pretty flat and a decent skier should be able to do ANY run there without too much difficulty (save some of the tighter trees on J Gore).  Taking the 25 minutes drive to Magic or Killington is a decent idea once you have 'maxxed out' at Okemo.  Those who are a bit more ambitious can take the trip up to MRG and Sugarbush (100 and 110 minutes from Ludlow, respctively).

post #41 of 46

I am weighing Stratton and Mt Snow right now for tomorrow.  Hunter does not look too good based on web cams.   50% chance of rain in Vt though, I dont know if I should risk it, I do not like skiing in the rain.

post #42 of 46

I was at Hunter on Friday and the conditions were pretty good. Some thin cover but the snow quality was good especially in the west Hunter area. Way Out, Annapurna,  and Claire's were excellent. I skied until closing time.

 

If you head to Vt., I was a Bromley for the first time about 3 weeks ago and liked it better than Stratton. No idea on current conditions.

post #43 of 46

Bromley closed last weekend.

post #44 of 46

Firday as in yesterday?

 

Was West just moguls?

post #45 of 46

Yes, Friday as in yesterday. Way Out was groomed, Claire's and Annapurna were moguls that had softened up. Eisenhower was natural small bumps. Racer's Edge had big bumps (I didn't ski it). K27 bumps too  big for me. Crossover was groomed. The 2 diamonds right below K 27 were groomed and very nice.

post #46 of 46
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Originally Posted by Phlogiston View Post

I keep on meaning to get to Whiteface again.
I believe there's a reason people still refer to it as 'iceface'.
I'm sure i'll have an even better day on my Atomic GS9s than I did 20+ years ago on those Hexcell GSRs.
My only interest is in the top of the mountain, covered by the Summit Quad. And maybe skiing though and all the way to the bottom, to begin the tedious ride back up.
We each decide for ourselves, is it worth it for a 3000 vert foot run? Or not? 20+ years ago I thought it was.


 

definitely worth it. Longest fall line run in the East right here.

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