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post #31 of 53
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Skied GS at Hunter a few weeks ago and one of the racers had the idea to do the run on ice skates.....he got a better time on them than on his GS skis!  It was amazing and entertaining.



doubt full 

 

40 mph on ice skate on a hill with undulation? doubtful

post #32 of 53
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doubt full 

 

40 mph on ice skate on a hill with undulation? doubtful



Doubt all you want.   I saw it.   Might be a video of it on the ASRA site.

post #33 of 53

Fair enough. Crotched just announced that they are done for the season. I don't see any way tat WaWa survives given that Rcotched has MUCH better snowmaking and has been in better shape all season. When it hits te 80s this week, please remember tat you heard it ere first when I warned you last week. Ths weekend at the ski clubs in North Conway there was desperate talk of a trip to Jay in search of decent snow next weekend. Interestingly there arehns of a cool down and some snow around next weekend. My fingers and toes are crossed!

post #34 of 53

Seems Hunter will close this coming weekend, they are announcing pond skimming, that is usually done on the last day.

post #35 of 53

Jiminy Peak in western Mass has already closed for the season.  Mount Snow just announced that this Sunday (3/25) will be their last day for this year.  I'd imagine that nearby Stratton will be right behind them.  Bare spots are starting to show up there quite a bit.  They've already closed the SunBowl area.  However, Stratton is supposed to be holding the US Freestyle Ski Championships this weekend.  But I can't imagine they'll be holding on much longer after that.

post #36 of 53

Am at K-ton, folks here not sure they'll make it to the weekend. Was in the 78-81 range at the base, same likely through Thursday. Down to 6 runs "open," all on Bear or Killington Peak/Superstar, and only Superstar chair runs have complete enough coverage you don't have to stop and walk across grass to get to the next snowfield. Incidentally, trust you realize all the forecasts are based on multiple regressions using historical data, so they'll systematically underestimate by 3-5 degrees minimum. Tomorrow will be the last day of the season for us.

post #37 of 53

I long ago signed up for a BSSC (Boston Ski & Sports Club) bus trip to Whiteface, NY for this coming weekend.  I've been watching their snow conditions page show rapidly decreasing trail counts.  The deadline for cancelling was before I realized how warm it was going to get, and I imagine they can't really back out now either (i.e., pre-bookings, etc.).  I guess I'll check their report on Friday and see if there's any reason to bring my skis or if I should just pack a good book and some comfy walking shoes for checking out the town.  frown.gif

post #38 of 53

Wachusett officially closed.

 

I was thinking of Mount Snow for one last day Saturday but now I'm not sure they will make it to this weekend.  They also look like they will be charging $60, which isn't happening.

post #39 of 53

While our Tahoe winter was marginal, the east was hit real hard. I remember a couple of years ago we had our April 1 bumpphest at Stowe and we were skiing EVERYWHERE. Talk about a tail of two seasons....well, there is always next year. 

post #40 of 53
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 a tail of two seasons....



Pun intended?

post #41 of 53

Hunter will be closing on Saturday, March 24.

Whiteface will be closing on Sunday, March 25 (but "might" reopen next weekend).

post #42 of 53

Stick a fork in Killington. Their latest report:

 

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The unseasonably warm temperatures this week have caused our snow pack to melt faster than we hoped. Despite our Mountain Operation team's best efforts, the K-1 Express Gondola and Snowdon Triple and the trails accessible from those lifts are now closed for the 2011-12 winter season.

For Thursday through the weekend, it is likely that we will only be operating Bear Mountain Quad and Superstar Express Quad. The two pods will be isolated from one another and a shuttle will be operating between the two sites. As of today, there is still significant snow depth on Superstar trail.

Walking may be required and there is no beginner terrain available at this time.

 

Does anyone know how Smuggs is doing? I have a condo and 7 tickets already pre-purchased for next week. Is it worth using my vacation time and going? At least I got a really good deal on it...

post #43 of 53
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. Down to 6 runs "open," all on Bear or Killington Peak/Superstar, and only Superstar chair runs have complete enough coverage you don't have to stop and walk across grass to get to the next snowfield.


Holy Crap. Is it fairly standard procedure on the East Coast to call runs open when you have to walk from one patch of snow to another?

 

Last weekend, we had one run where the first 50 feet was down to dirt except for a 8' wide section, and I was surprised that they were still holding that one open.  Walking is nuts.
 

In terms of snow, the Colorado areas look to be in pretty bad shape as well.  Nobody really good meaningful snow out of the storm a few days ago. The best that can be said is that it got temps to drop to freezing and slowed the melt off. Before that was 2 straight weeks of VERY warm weather, and a ton of melt.

 

My area normally closes April 8. They haven't officially said that they are moving the closing date up, but the moved the end of season pond skim to April 1. That sounds a lot like they are hedging their bets, and seeing how quickly the limited base is melting away, I understand it.

 

Most seasons, Loveland will have close to 100% of their mountain open to Mid May. They never got to the point of being 100% open this year, and I'd be amazed if they can run chairs in May.

 

Last year, I skied Aspen on Memorial Day. Not this year. :(

post #44 of 53
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Holy Crap. Is it fairly standard procedure on the East Coast to call runs open when you have to walk from one patch of snow to another?

 

Last weekend, we had one run where the first 50 feet was down to dirt except for a 8' wide section, and I was surprised that they were still holding that one open.  Walking is nuts.

 

Every area has its own idea of what constitutes "open terrain".  MRG prides itself on opening stuff with coverage that most places would consider "closed".  I haven't heard of this (i.e., walking between patches of snow) being required prior to this insanely warm spring.  I've certainly seen things melt down to a LOT narrower than 8 feet and still be considered open though. 

post #45 of 53

 

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Is it fairly standard procedure on the East Coast to call runs open when you have to walk from one patch of snow to another?

At some resorts, yes. I skied Mohawk in Connecticut last year when I happened to be in town, and even in that awesome winter they were open with sketchy coverage. It is much less common in northern New England though.

 

In addition to MRG, they do the same thing at Wildcat. I actually appreciate it as the thin cover trails can be a LOT of fun if you have skis that you don't mind abusing. On Saturday they had trails 'open' at Wildcat where from the top of the trail I could not identify a 8 foot wide path down to the first curve. Even on one trail that appeared to have good coverage when I started down it, I had to hoof it over two different sections.

 

In most years, ski areas close due to a lack of paying customers before they run out of snow. Not this year.

post #46 of 53
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In most years, ski areas close due to a lack of paying customers before they run out of snow. Not this year.



This is absolutely the case in Colorado. Aside from Arapahoe Basin, which tends to run as long as they can for bragging rights, most places will close still 100% open on terrain and still with excellent coverage.

 

Not this year. As bad as things look now, I don't know how things are going to hold up for another month.

post #47 of 53
I agree - with the killer warmup on the way again for this weekend, we are realistically looking at another couple of weeks. Having said that, there were good conditions to be had if you timed your exposures at the end of the two week spell, so while it looks bad, at least at WP most of the main trails have full base coverage, and without the usual crowds following the sun isn't problematic in terms of hitting crowds and lines.

I just don't think you can view the weather forecasts from any lens other than persistence. A week of warm and melt, a hard freeze with a few inches, and back to warm and melt. Can only have so many of those cycles in a 40-50% snow year.
post #48 of 53
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Originally Posted by bliz1978 View Post

Fair enough. Crotched just announced that they are done for the season. I don't see any way tat WaWa survives given that Rcotched has MUCH better snowmaking and has been in better shape all season. When it hits te 80s this week, please remember tat you heard it ere first when I warned you last week. Ths weekend at the ski clubs in North Conway there was desperate talk of a trip to Jay in search of decent snow next weekend. Interestingly there arehns of a cool down and some snow around next weekend. My fingers and toes are crossed!



Check out Loon and Cannon.

post #49 of 53
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Originally Posted by NayBreak View Post

I agree - with the killer warmup on the way again for this weekend, we are realistically looking at another couple of weeks. Having said that, there were good conditions to be had if you timed your exposures at the end of the two week spell, so while it looks bad, at least at WP most of the main trails have full base coverage, and without the usual crowds following the sun isn't problematic in terms of hitting crowds and lines.
I just don't think you can view the weather forecasts from any lens other than persistence. A week of warm and melt, a hard freeze with a few inches, and back to warm and melt. Can only have so many of those cycles in a 40-50% snow year.


Yup. I had high hopes for the "storm" that turned out to be a dud. There's just not much of a chance of much more skiing this year.

 

My home area (Sunlight) is now officially referring to April 1 as its closing day (moved up from April 8), but I don't think there will be much left after this weekend.

post #50 of 53
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post #51 of 53

So... if you want to ski for the rest of the season, get it in this weekend.

 

Maine

 

Closed:

  • Baker
  • Bigrock
  • Black
  • Camden
  • Hermon
  • Lone Pine
  • Lost Valley
  • Mt. Abram
  • Mt. Jefferson
  • Shawnee
  • Titcomb

 

Will see another weekend:

  • Saddleback
  • Sugarloaf
  • Sunday River

 

Vermont

 

Closed:

  • Bromley
  • Mad River Glen
  • Pico
  • Magic
  • Suicide Six
  • Middlebury

 

Closing after this weekend:

  • Smuggs
  • Bolton (closes Saturday)
  • Mount Snow
  • Okemo

 

Questionable:

  • Sugarbsuh (has publicly said this is probably it)
  • Stratton (probably closing)
  • Burke (probably closing)
  • Killington (almost completely gone, probably will continue with just Superstar)

 

Will see another weekend (probably):

  • Stowe
  • Jay Peak

 

 

New Hampshire

 

Closed:

  • Crotched
  • Black
  • Sunappee
  • Cranmore
  • Dartmouth
  • Granite Gorge
  • King Pine
  • Ragged
  • McIntyre

Closing after this weekend:

  • Cannon
  • Attitash

Questionable:

  • Loon (will probably make one more weekend)
  • Waterville Valley (will probably close)
  • Wildcat (a toss-up)
post #52 of 53
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Originally Posted by bliz1978 View Post

So... if you want to ski for the rest of the season, get it in this weekend.

 

Maine

 

Closed:

  • Baker
  • Bigrock
  • Black
  • Camden
  • Hermon
  • Lone Pine
  • Lost Valley
  • Mt. Abram
  • Mt. Jefferson
  • Shawnee
  • Titcomb

 

Will see another weekend:

  • Saddleback
  • Sugarloaf
  • Sunday River

 

Vermont

 

Closed:

  • Bromley
  • Mad River Glen
  • Pico
  • Magic
  • Suicide Six
  • Middlebury

 

Closing after this weekend:

  • Smuggs
  • Bolton (closes Saturday)
  • Mount Snow
  • Okemo

 

Questionable:

  • Sugarbsuh (has publicly said this is probably it)
  • Stratton (probably closing)
  • Burke (probably closing)
  • Killington (almost completely gone, probably will continue with just Superstar)

 

Will see another weekend (probably):

  • Stowe
  • Jay Peak

 

 

New Hampshire

 

Closed:

  • Crotched
  • Black
  • Sunappee
  • Cranmore
  • Dartmouth
  • Granite Gorge
  • King Pine
  • Ragged
  • McIntyre

Closing after this weekend:

  • Cannon
  • Attitash

Questionable:

  • Loon (will probably make one more weekend)
  • Waterville Valley (will probably close)
  • Wildcat (a toss-up)


Nicely put together.  Thanks.

 

post #53 of 53

Good work Bliz. Though that was probably like grave digging.

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