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Conditions so far in NH/VT this season? Picking a day trip for Christmas Day...

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Thread Starter 

Happy Holidays everyone!

 

Planning my first ski day of the year for this Tuesday. It will be a day trip out of the Cambridge (MA) area, so either NH or some parts of VT.

 

Anyone been up yet that can report on the early season conditions? Based largely on distance, reputation and Liftopia deals, the leaders so far are Pico, Ragged, Sunapee, Mt. Snow, Waterville Valley.

 

I'm probably an upper intermediate skier (any blue, many blacks out East), but missed last season entirely and looking to get back in, so this trip would ideally allow a lot of nice cruising and getting back into the swing of things. I've never been to any of the mountains above (been to Killington, but not Pico), so any advice on both conditions and general recommendations would be appreciated!

 

Thanks,

dublin487

post #2 of 21

weather has been crummy as you know. farther north may be better. i was at mt snow and have been skiing the local areas without too much grinning because of the poor coverage and snow conditions. Just go out and smile that you're not inside.

post #3 of 21

You are crazy if you don't  follow the snow.  Northern, Vt, Maine... Not so much NH.

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You are crazy if you don't  follow the snow.  Northern, Vt, Maine... Not so much NH.

 

dublin487, did you see my trip report from this past week? Of course things change and you won't have the same experience I did. However, it does appear that the little corner of Maine where Sugarloaf and Saddleback live were especially favored last week compared with the rest of the northeast. Granted, it's a long day trip, but ...

 

Also, I think your post might get more traction in the Resorts Conditions Travel forum.

post #5 of 21

Sugarbush has been pretty good yesterday and today.  Same I heard for Stowe, Smuggs, Jay, even Bolton.

 

MRG wasn't spinning but there was a lot of skinning going on.

 

IMHO, the further north you can get, the better off you'll be.

post #6 of 21

I am at Pico, rode yesterday and today and for rest of week.  We got snow last night and it was pretty good on the open runs in the am, but natural snow runs are scratchy with brush. I assume Killington will have a ton of open runs.  They are having some kind of special on their card, buy it and get a free day.

I agree, though, farther north might be better.  Keep an eye on the Wednesday/Thursday storm track.

post #7 of 21

Waterville Valley had good snow this weekend, and has top to bottom skiing served from several lifts - and while plenty of slopes are open, not everything is open. The base is very good and the snow is a mix of natural and man-made.

post #8 of 21
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the replies everyone.

 

I'd love to get up farther North, but I think 3+ hours each way is edging beyond my day trip range.

 

Eastvillage - it sounds like Pico might fit what I'm looking for well enough. Since I'm just trying to get back into the swing of things, I'm not too concerned with ungroomed trails - I'll probably be spending my time on groomers/cruisers. The Pico website snow report seems to say they're opening more and more runs every day, so I'd expect there's enough there to keep me un-bored for a day if I've never been. And based on the fact that you're spending a week there, I'd expect you don't find it to be too bad either right? Temps/forecast seem right for continued snowmaking too.

 

CHRISfromRI - Waterville may be a good bet too then. Closer by about a half hour, but also a bit pricier vs. Pico. 

 

Decisions decisions...any thoughts on which of the two would be better this Tuesday if I'm primarily looking to do lots of laps on blue/black groomers/cruisers?

post #9 of 21
Pico just opened, Ragged & Sunapee are smaller ventures. I would think MtSnow or WV.

Living down the road from Pico/Okemo, we have gotten snow @ elevation in the 6-7 inch range over past 72 hours!
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This is a pic from yesterday's training run in the National Forest after skiing:




Coverage is getting there!
post #11 of 21

I was at Bretton Woods on Saturday and it was decent - lots of greens and blues open, but only a handful of blacks.  Stowe and Smugglers Notch have gotten 10+ inches the last couple of days, and Jay has gotten some great weather as well.  I was going to do Waterville, but it seemed like BW had more open. 

post #12 of 21
Margaritamarcia and I are planning a traditional Jewish Christmas celebration: skiing at Sunapee in the morning, a stop at the NH liquor store on the way home, Chinese food for dinner, and a movie...
post #13 of 21
Pretty close to 100% here in Stowe.
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Sunapee had very limited terrain yesterday (much of which was scraped off by the time I got there) which forced traffic of all abilities into some choke points. I'm not a fan of WV in less than midwinter conditions either. Honestly, Loon was in good shape 4 weeks ago, not to mention last week... you won't get a Liftopia deal, but I would go there for essentially the same travel time as WV. Can't speak to Pico. HTH

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Pretty close to 100% here in Stowe.

I've been drooling over the pictures they have put up on Facebook. Looks really good for this time of year.

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Southern Vermont is hurting for natural snow.  Bromley and Stratton have been making snow like mad.  Magic won't open until Wednesday.  Didn't get any updates from Okemo over the weekend.  Talked to friends at Killington yesterday and they quoted dust on crust and massive crowds.  My brother lives at Waterville Valley and he thinks the skiing is quite good there right now.  Good friends live at Loon and they are also quite pleased...proximity to Boston=Large Crowds.

post #17 of 21
North.
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Okemo has been getting the goods + man made, yet snow was firm today!
post #19 of 21
Thread Starter 

Ended up picking Waterville - thanks for the advice everyone! Hope the good skiing holds up for tomorrow!

post #20 of 21
Thread Starter 

To close the loop - pretty good conditions at Waterville yesterday! And empty slopes to boot.

 

The open terrain was decent, although there was only one black trail open (Lower Sel's). This would have been fine given that I went in looking for lots of blue cruising as a warm up for the season, but I guess I got into the swing of it faster than I expected and so spent much of the afternoon wishing there was more challenging stuff available rather than the same handful of blue trails over and over again.

 

In any case, thanks again for the advice!

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To close the loop - pretty good conditions at Waterville yesterday! And empty slopes to boot.

 

The open terrain was decent, although there was only one black trail open (Lower Sel's). This would have been fine given that I went in looking for lots of blue cruising as a warm up for the season, but I guess I got into the swing of it faster than I expected and so spent much of the afternoon wishing there was more challenging stuff available rather than the same handful of blue trails over and over again.

 

In any case, thanks again for the advice!

 

Glad Waterville worked out for you!

 

Since then there's been a bunch of new natural snow which brought with it the opening of more slopes including more challenging black diamond slopes like Ciao and World Cup. Many other slopes are about to open and I would expect Gema and Utter Abandon to open tomorrow (also black diamond slopes).

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