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post #121 of 156

~10 minutes away Hyland (the ant) Hill:

 

 

 

 

 

~20 minutes away, land of Lindey Vonn:

 

 

 

 

 

~45 minutes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

~1hr Welch Village. Since my return from a few year hiatus looking forward to the 'back bowl':

 

 

 

 

 

and if you are wondering the STATS on these monster hills: http://ski-resorts.findthebest.com/compare/923-925-926-941/Hyland-Ski-and-Snowboard-Area-vs-Buck-Hill-vs-Afton-Alps-vs-Welch-Village


Edited by midwestfabs - 10/3/12 at 7:35pm
post #122 of 156
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Originally Posted by Walt View Post

 

Yeah, that might seem curious, but the skinny is that when you can ski down to the lift in under a minute any lift line at all seems like an eternity.   So to keep the customers happy the small resorts put in lots of uphill capacity.  I'm fine with waiting 10 minutes or so for the gondola at Snowbasin, but anything more than a couple of chairs at Mt Trashmore is unacceptable. Add in the fact that adding a lift to a 200' hill is quite a bit cheaper than adding a lift to a real mountain and you get lots of lifts.

 

The molehills around here did a lot of expansion back in the 70's when skiing was all the rage and as long as more and more skiers kept showing up they kept adding lifts.  The market has contracted quite a bit since then, but the lifts don't get removed they just don't run all of them all the time.

 

A place like Mt Holly might seem excessive with its 7 chairlifts, 5 tow ropes, and 2 magic carpets, but they're all working at capacity Christmas week.

Makes sense.  The greens and easy blues at Massanutten are on about 300' vertical, which includes 2 magic carpets, a J-bar for the big terrain park, two quads with conveyor loading, and getting off at mid-station from the triple.  The chairlift lines aren't too bad, but common to have a 5-min wait on weekends after the on-mountain renters manage to get equipment.  Most people who go there can't handle Lift 6 that has 800' vertical and a relatively fast quad (would be considered as slow in the west).  Mnut has been around for 40 years, but modern snowmaking and other developments at the resort has allowed them to do major improvements in the last couple decades.  I think it started with three slow double-chairs.  Two were replaced in the last five years.

post #123 of 156

Here is the Mount Baldy ski area. Home mountain to about 16 Million people. Thankfully most do not ski, but there are the strangest collection of skiers and snowboarders that you will EVER see on a typical weekend when there is snow! The lower lift seldom has skiable snow, so everyone rides the lift back down to the parking lot.

 

 

 

Baldy is 45 miles away from Downtown Los Angeles. You can see the mountain with snow from all over Southern California when the skies are clear in winter. The view is spectacular, the skiing is better than nothing!

post #124 of 156

Forty minute drive, door to door.

 

 

Two other favorites are Kirkwood and Homewood CA. We'll do an overnighter for those.

post #125 of 156
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Originally Posted by voelfgar View Post

No, for the most part it is pretty much ice.

 

"It's not ice unless it's clear enough to see a fish through it."

post #126 of 156
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Originally Posted by prickly View Post

I call:



Campgaw where I learned to ski as well. I went here once, and then a friend showed me Mountain Creek. An extra half hour drive in exchange for probably 100 times more skiable terrain. I haven't been back to this place since, but from the map I see they added a terrain park, which is interesting.

I'll post a trail map of Mountain Creek, pretty much the best place to go skiing for anyone living in NJ or NYC and what I now consider my home mountain. 1000ft vertical.

post #127 of 156
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Originally Posted by midwestfabs View Post

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What's the deal with all the chairlifts?  I think I counted 21.

post #128 of 156

being so close the the twin cities and one of the better hills around the area it gets packed, is really busy, and plenty of schools use it too is my guess.

post #129 of 156
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Originally Posted by midwestfabs View Post

being so close the the twin cities and one of the better hills around the area it gets packed, is really busy, and plenty of schools use it too is my guess.

 

its small. the vert is only 230 ft or so, so there needs to be a lot of lifts otherwise it gets very boring very fast, plus to increase skiable acerage u need to be more horizontal than erticle with such small vert. Its an alright place, Welch is considerably better although the "back bowl" is just a marketing gimmick and is really not worth the time of day.

post #130 of 156
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Originally Posted by mtebor View Post

Even though this pic is  a few years out it is a nice resort.  Not much vert. but laid out well.  It is like a small version of Sierra at Tahoe

 

 

800x600px-LL-Holiday_Valley-716003.jpg

I grew up in Hamilton, Ontario, and this was my favourite place to ski as a teenager in the mid 1960s. I even got to take a ski lesson from Stein Erikson on "Stein Erikson Day"....along with about 300 other skiers. I remember him starting out by saying in a strong European accent "You think you know how to ski parallel, but you DON'T". Do they still have Stein Erikson Day?

 

For those who might not know, Holiday Valley is in Ellicotville N.Y. west of Buffalo and in a snow belt.

post #131 of 156

My only trip to Afton was back in the 70s, but you can see there are 2 chairs that go over a small creek.  The creek was running when I skied there, so you had to carry enough speed to jump it.  The lifty, who was watching the skiers coming down the hill, asked me to hold up and watch...  There was a guy in the classic butt high poles straight up "downhill racer" pose coming down the hill. When he saw the creek, this skier panicked and hit the brakes, but too late as he landed in the creek!

post #132 of 156
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Originally Posted by Living Proof View Post

 

Blue Mountain, Pa. 1000 ft vertical rise.

 

Philpug's favorite place in Pa. to bitch about!

 

That mountain spawned Noodler and Fairtomiddlin during their formative years.

 

 

Blue the true! Spent 4 years there when I lived in PA.

post #133 of 156
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Originally Posted by KevinF View Post

The closest ski area to me is Nashoba Valley (and home to my beer league races):

 

Stowe, the place I ski the most now (although it's not even close to being "local" to me):


Kevin, you should give a shout when you're at Stowe. Its my home mountain, and I'm a native Masshole as well (Framingham).

post #134 of 156
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Originally Posted by Asti View Post



pretty much the best place to go skiing for anyone living in NJ or NYC
Every once in a while I need reminding about why I don't want to live there again.
post #135 of 156
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Originally Posted by DanoT View Post

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Originally Posted by mtebor View Post

Even though this pic is  a few years out it is a nice resort.  Not much vert. but laid out well.  It is like a small version of Sierra at Tahoe

 

 

800x600px-LL-Holiday_Valley-716003.jpg

I grew up in Hamilton, Ontario, and this was my favourite place to ski as a teenager in the mid 1960s. I even got to take a ski lesson from Stein Erikson on "Stein Erikson Day"....along with about 300 other skiers. I remember him starting out by saying in a strong European accent "You think you know how to ski parallel, but you DON'T". Do they still have Stein Erikson Day?

 

For those who might not know, Holiday Valley is in Ellicotville N.Y. west of Buffalo and in a snow belt.

 

I grew up 25 minutes from Holiday. Made a lot of great turns there and Kissing Bridge.

 

I must say, I’m getting a chuckle out of those snowfall totals. I doubt they top 120”. 

post #136 of 156
Stein it was rumored remarked how icy the conditions were and the then Ski School DIrector, John Northrop replied he was not having any difficulty .

Anyway a distant memory for me now many years later. Holiday Valley will always be a special place for me.
post #137 of 156

Nashoba Valley snow report - good to excellent, packed powder...no matter what the truth was.  Lived about 20 minutes from there in HS.

post #138 of 156
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Originally Posted by bjohansson View Post

Nashoba Valley snow report - good to excellent, packed powder...no matter what the truth was.  Lived about 20 minutes from there in HS.

What exactly is packed powder anyway? If it is powder that they packed with a machine, then it is no longer powder, it is machine groomed. However "machine" groomed is redundant or is there such a thing as "hand" or "manual" groomed.

post #139 of 156

It could be packed by skiers.  

post #140 of 156

If natural snow falls as powder and is later packed down, by whatever means, it is by definition packed powder.   If it falls as corn snow it can never be packed powder.  Likewise man-made snow can never be packed powder.  I guess it becomes packed ice crystals?  

post #141 of 156

In the east, "packed powder" is anything that isn't a sheet of ice. 

post #142 of 156

I went here once and they offered me a job as a ski instructor. Happens to me a lot.

post #143 of 156

Oh, and I won the only race of my career here (though it had a different name at the time I guess):



post #144 of 156

Where I learned in 1st grade! RIP Mount Tom, MA, 1962 - 1998, all 680 vertical feet of you:

 

 

And my current "home" mountain, Hochzillertal-Hochfugen. All 5,459 to 6,374 (depending on how you calculate it) vertical feet: 

 

 

 

Small upgrade :)

post #145 of 156

Regardless of the definition, it never was at Nashoba...the snow report was a local joke.

post #146 of 156
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Originally Posted by ADKS View Post

In the east, "packed powder" is anything that isn't a sheet of ice. 

 

Ice is just more compactly packed "packed powder".

post #147 of 156

+1 in the MN just 'groomed compactly packed "packed powder"

 

getting colder...smile.gif

post #148 of 156

I haven't skied this place yet but it is my mission this year.  2.5 hrs from me.  The AZ version of Mad River Glen.  No grooming.  950' vert.

 

post #149 of 156
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Originally Posted by mtcyclist View Post

 If it falls as corn snow it can never be packed powder. 

 

 

You sure about snow falling as corn?  smile.gif

post #150 of 156
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Originally Posted by mtcyclist View Post

If natural snow falls as powder and is later packed down, by whatever means, it is by definition packed powder.   If it falls as corn snow it can never be packed powder.  Likewise man-made snow can never be packed powder.  I guess it becomes packed ice crystals?  

 

Falling as corn snow? Wouldn't that be sleet?

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