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post #1 of 25
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So me and my buddies are trying to make a 2-3day trip up to VT or maybe NH for a 1st time. What I'm most concerned with is if we book our rooms, make the trip and there's no snow in the glades. Are there any mountains in the NorthEast with some decent glades that are skiable??

Not asking for secret powder stashes, just askin on a good mtn with some open trees and maybe a park or 2.

Oh and we only ski midweek and we're all very experienced skiers/boarders

Thanks guys!!!!
post #2 of 25
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Originally Posted by Kase-1 View Post

So me and my buddies are trying to make a 2-3day trip up to VT or maybe NH for a 1st time. What I'm most concerned with is if we book our rooms, make the trip and there's no snow in the glades. Are there any mountains in the NorthEast with some decent glades that are skiable??
Not asking for secret powder stashes, just askin on a good mtn with some open trees and maybe a park or 2.
Oh and we only ski midweek and we're all very experienced skiers/boarders
Thanks guys!!!!


Killington is good to go.

 

post #3 of 25
Thread Starter 
Oh really?? I didn't think Killington had any snow off of the trails
post #4 of 25

Dude, if you want glades/trees/off-piste in the Northeast... Jay Peak. Done. 

 

(Or MRG, or go try to suss out BWPA at Stowe-- but you may need to pre-apply with a video of your technique roflmao.gif)

 

But check some snow reports first, I guess, because my advice is a little out of current. I'm in the Alps. 

post #5 of 25

Josh!nonono2.gif  Killington???

 

Won't be easy to find good tree skiing any where right now.

post #6 of 25
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Josh!nonono2.gif  Killington???

 

Won't be easy to find good tree skiing any where right now.



you think I was serious. I just do not like people who smoke on lifts coming to my mountain.

 

ok real answer

 

Stowe and Smuggs have the best snow out of anywhere right now. Just please do not smoke anywhere on property at  stowe or in the town.

post #7 of 25
Thread Starter 


I must say I LOOOOOVE Jay Peak, but getting there is 1 full day of driving in each direction, which is quite the pain in the wahzoo and if the trees arent good then its almost a waste of a trip considering that their terrain park (that isnt in the trees) is laughable

 

I dont know if its where I check the snow reports, but the site I use never says a word about the conditions off of the trails, I really wish they did.

 

LMAO, I dont think BWPA would let me get any close than Sugarbush and anyways Stowe never seems to have any decent lift ticket deals.  2 days at Stowe is the same price as 3 days at Sugarbush, Smuggs, or anywhere in NH (on liftopia)

 

 

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Originally Posted by justruss View Post

Dude, if you want glades/trees/off-piste in the Northeast... Jay Peak. Done. 

 

(Or MRG, or go try to suss out BWPA at Stowe-- but you may need to pre-apply with a video of your technique roflmao.gif)

 

But check some snow reports first, I guess, because my advice is a little out of current. I'm in the Alps. 



 

post #8 of 25
Thread Starter 


LOL, uh oh reprocussions from the 'Smoking On The Mountain' thread.

 

Dont worry, Stowe is too pricey for me and my Ski crew, so we'll keep our smoking to more reasonable mountains.  Anyways we go midweek, so the other 15 people on the mountain are usually so spread out they have nothing to say cause they cant smell it

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you think I was serious. I just do not like people who smoke on lifts coming to my mountain.

 

ok real answer

 

Stowe and Smuggs have the best snow out of anywhere right now. Just please do not smoke anywhere on property at  stowe or in the town.



 

post #9 of 25

Anywhere north of K (Sugarbush/Stowe/Jay/Cannon/Sunday River) will have snow in the trees.  They actually have a really good base in the woods, it's just either packed down and skis like a groomer, or it's crusty and frozen on top.  But if you're flexible and can line up your trip with a storm, you can have a great day in the woods with even 6" on top of what they already have.

post #10 of 25

I'm going to Killington Friday,I'll take a look at the glades but I seriously doubt anything will be open, last Mon I was there and everything with trees was closed and we have not really gotten any snowfall since then, just looked at the trails report and nothing happening , they don't even have Flume open (which was open ,as porcelian last Mon) so that takes out Anarchy and Julio. At Middlebury Snowbowl we have dust on crust for woods, you will have to go north if you want trees with any semblance of safety.

post #11 of 25

You could try Bolton Valley.

I've never skied there, but it's relatively inexpensive and there's some woods and it's north.  Also they show films on Sat night and have night skiing for 19$.  Not that many in VT want to go night skiing, but you're a smoker....hehe.   Personally, I rather enjoyed that when I did. Matches always worked best.

http://www.boltonvalley.com/

post #12 of 25

Well as promised here is what is at Killington, was there today, mostly groomers on hardpack, nice blowing of new man made on Superstar, no real moguls anywhere, no glades and it looks to be awhile before there would be enough snow to ski/ ride them, need good 12-18" before that happens. If you want trees by the looks of Josh's reports and videos you got to go north

post #13 of 25

It has got to be Jay Peak .....    Caution to you though, there is not much snow pack anywhere in the East, at-least not compared to normal..... if you go into the trees, be extra careful. 

 

Jay's terrain policy , ski anything you want, only spot you have to behave is the beginner area, and even that has loose rules.  Also, Jay does not have dbbl blacks, that said, there blues should be thought of as Black, and there Black's should be though of as dbbl black to skull and cross bones, lol .....

 

you asked about a park?  well Jay has jumps, but not much as far as rail's and box's.  You should not need that stuff anyway, as there is enough natural terrain to keep you entertained !!

 

 

post #14 of 25

Oh, to add a bit more about J, or anywhere for that matter.  Ask a ski instructor how the woods are, we might not tell you where the freshies are, but we will always tell you where or if it is good!  You can also cal the ski school desk at any resort, and ask how the woods have been ( depending on who answers, you have a 50/50 chance of getting some good info)

post #15 of 25

I know a ski instructor who skis the woodspopcorn.gif

post #16 of 25
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Jay's terrain policy , ski anything you want, only spot you have to behave is the beginner area, and even that has loose rules.  Also, Jay does not have dbbl blacks, that said, there blues should be thought of as Black, and there Black's should be though of as dbbl black to skull and cross bones, lol .....

 


Yeah, Jay ignores that double black marketing rating system. Yet, all the blacks off the ridge (Face & Tuckerman Chutes, Green Beret, Valhalla) and other blacks around the mountain are some of the most technical and steepest lift-served terrain in the East, and easily would qualify for double diamonds at other mountains.

 

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^^^^ The Face Chutes

 

Keep in mind that there are some great tree skiing on both sides of these chutes to be skied for the best skiers

post #17 of 25
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all of the responses guys!!!

 

Have any of you gone into the trees recently like within the past week or so, any fresh lines still out there??

 

 

post #18 of 25
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Originally Posted by St Bear View Post

Anywhere north of K (Sugarbush/Stowe/Jay/Cannon/Sunday River) will have snow in the trees.  They actually have a really good base in the woods, it's just either packed down and skis like a groomer, or it's crusty and frozen on top.  But if you're flexible and can line up your trip with a storm, you can have a great day in the woods with even 6" on top of what they already have.



I skied Sunday River last week.   A couple of glades were open, they they were all hard snow and thin cover.  Almost all the trails are groomed every day.  Most of the trails are open, but it's all hard, over-groomed snow, and they were doing minimal snowmaking.

 

BK

post #19 of 25

sugarbush lost a lotttt of snow over the past week.  on friday it looked like it should look at the beginning of may in terms of snow cover. I wouldnt advise the trees, there were lots of logs and thin cover.  Some friends were at Jay yesterday and they said the trees were decent .  Some icy spots even in the trees, but they were skiable.

post #20 of 25
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Originally Posted by skiking4 View Post


Yeah, Jay ignores that double black marketing rating system. Yet, all the blacks off the ridge (Face & Tuckerman Chutes, Green Beret, Valhalla) and other blacks around the mountain are some of the most technical and steepest lift-served terrain in the East, and easily would qualify for double diamonds at other mountains.

 

IMG_1357.JPG

 

^^^^ The Face Chutes

 

Keep in mind that there are some great tree skiing on both sides of these chutes to be skied for the best skiers




they are the steepest inbounds but the lifts at stowe and smuggs service things much harder than these things they are just not inbounds.

post #21 of 25
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they are the steepest inbounds but the lifts at stowe and smuggs service things much harder than these things they are just not inbounds.



Agreed. I was only thinking inbounds though.

post #22 of 25

Damn, I wish Magic had snow so we'd have a dog in this fight hahahaha duel.gif

 

 

 

You guys just wait.  It'll happen someday. **crosses fingers**  

 

 

 

From what I have seen and skied Smuggs was and is completely filled in, but whether it'll be frozen or fluffy is up to your timing.  There is no sure bet this year. 

post #23 of 25

Is that picture of the face chutes from this year? I was at jay for what they claim was the 15" snow storm and the tram wasn't open. Also, I feel like all the snow at the top of jay has been blown off this year. I've never been to the top of Jay but was really hoping to ski it this year.

post #24 of 25
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Originally Posted by skikiwi View Post

Is that picture of the face chutes from this year? I was at jay for what they claim was the 15" snow storm and the tram wasn't open. Also, I feel like all the snow at the top of jay has been blown off this year. I've never been to the top of Jay but was really hoping to ski it this year.



That's from last year. There's usually more snow when the Face Chutes are open however. There was a lot of side stepping over rocks to get to the top and all the lines but one were filled with rocks and unskiable. I'd love to ski the Jay Face when there's more snow, it's probably awesome as there's a ton of terrain (horizontally) that is extremely steep and looks awesome across that ridge.

post #25 of 25
Thread Starter 

Me and my buddy wanted to go to Magic sooooooo bad this season, but as we all know this isnt the winter for Magic Mtn.

 

Ive been dieing to go to Smuggs, Ive heard that its excellent in terms of glades and its closer than Jay so that doesnt hurt either, but so far it seems like

this seems like its the year of the terrain park so far
 

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Originally Posted by Do Work View Post

Damn, I wish Magic had snow so we'd have a dog in this fight hahahaha duel.gif

 

 

 

You guys just wait.  It'll happen someday. **crosses fingers**  

 

 

 

From what I have seen and skied Smuggs was and is completely filled in, but whether it'll be frozen or fluffy is up to your timing.  There is no sure bet this year. 



 

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