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Lift tickets are $60; $30 for Big Lift Card Holders; FREE for Value Pass Holders.

 

Lifts will open at 9:30 AM. on Saturday

 

Webcams here:  http://www.huntermtn.com/huntermtn/webcams.aspx

post #2 of 16

$30 if you order online the day before (before midnight): http://websales.huntermtn.com:7224/daypicker/default.aspx 

post #3 of 16
Lol it's so washed out from today's rain . Ill be making the weekend trip to the face
post #4 of 16
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You're going to drive to Whiteface because you think the conditions will be much better?

 

Let us know how that works out for you.

 

I think the cold rain at Hunter will result in a packed down, dense and heavy snow, not mashed potato slush, and we'll be skiing on top of it, for the most part.

post #5 of 16

The face will be icy coral reef. I'm save the northern mountains for next weekend, when it warms up a bit more.

 

Hunter would be "interesting" since I have no inkling what the rain and 40+ degree combine would do. But I'll be there Sunday to help "close" it! :D


Edited by at_nyc - 4/12/13 at 8:00pm
post #6 of 16

If anyone went today give us a head's up on conditions.
 

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I just got back

As I write this at 7:25 PM the webcams show grooming in progress; two snowcats with those tools that create a washboard surface.

 

There was discussion on the chairlift about the price.   No one thought it was worth $60.

Most thought it was worth $30.

Early in the morning there were actually frozen patches of washboard in many spots. And most of the snow was packed down, heavy, and wet.

As the day went on it got thoroughly rutted up and churned into mashed potatoes, and I quit, exhausted, at 2:30.

 

I had a lot of trouble skiing in this snow; I didn't get to a lot of the mountain. I was told that Wayout and Minya Konka were fine; Claire's had a spot where you had to pick your way across.

Madison was groomed and flat.

If you like that kind of snow, there's plenty of it on the mountain.

 

There is excellent coverage on most of the mountain. The large number of bare spots do not cover enough area to keep you from skiing.

 

Even Racers Edge, half bare, was perfectly skiable.

Gun Hill, which is normally severed by a spring fed gully at this time of year was narrow, but open. Eisenhower was in great shape.

 

I took my usual line down Hellgate to 7th Ave then turned left at the Webcam onto Kennedy (where that slow quad goes up to the bottom of F Lift). It was fine, perfectly skiable, but hell for me with my particular technique. Look at the webcams; they don't lie.

 

I spent the latter part of my day learning a completely different style of skiing.

 

I was adjusting my gloves and jacket after getting off the lift, my left ski got caught in a rut and I almost went headfirst into the last lift tower before you unload. You have to pay very close attention in that kind of snow.

post #8 of 16
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PS

It was cloudy but there was not ONE drop of rain or drizzle all day.

post #9 of 16
Any bumps left?
post #10 of 16
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Yes,  Upper Crossover was open with as many bumps as I've seen all season. And the snow was soft.

post #11 of 16
fantastic! going there tomorrow! biggrin.gif
post #12 of 16
If the bumps are anything like they were last week, they were super deep, narrow troughs with wet, heavy snow. I did quite a bit of side slipping.

Unfortunately I have some work that needs to get done tomorrow, so my ski season is probably over.
post #13 of 16

It was good, k27good, crossover good, racers good. No real bare spots, new skis fine to use, some small rocks mixed in here and there, nothing to worry about.

 

It was spring conditions, was good.

post #14 of 16

I wound up at Belleayre instead yesterday.  We went for the cheaper lift tix - $29 for adults and actually got buy one get one free from the rental shop we used to get my GF's kids their skis.

 

Conditions were similar to what was posted above about Hunter.  It was flurrying for most of the day there.  Since I was with the kids, we mainly cruised on blues but I did hit up some bumps and they were exactly how ADKS described them at Hunter; super deep, narrow troughs that had icy slush in the morning and heavier and more wet in the afternoon.

 

I recently did a Killington trip and did some of the best bump skiing I've ever done then I got a rude awakening yesterday at Belleayre.  Fancied myself a bump skiier there for a moment.  Kinda wish I ended my season at Killington but all in all not bad for $29 a ticket and the use of my GF's company car with gas and tolls paid.

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You're going to drive to Whiteface because you think the conditions will be much better?

Let us know how that works out for you.

I think the cold rain at Hunter will result in a packed down, dense and heavy snow, not mashed potato slush, and we'll be skiing on top of it, for the most part.
I liked it . Not slushy and good grooming . Longest sections on ice were maybe 8 feet long in the typical spots for this time of year .

I'm thinking of taking off Friday to try and get to jay peak this weekend .
post #16 of 16

Hunter was good, albeit cold. It snowed on and off. Not helping to soften the surface.

 

Still, by afternoon, it was soft enough the bumps became nice. Some runs were better than others. 

 

Funny thing, I saw a boarder argued into the ground and not getting up. So I skied up and asked if he's alright. He hesitated a bit and said he his shoulder hurt badly. So I offered to ski to the lift and tell the lifty to call ski patrol to bring in a sled. He asked "will they charge me for that?"...  

 

(he soon conceeded he couldn't ski down under his own power, so I called ski patrol. Next ride down, I saw them putting him in the sled)

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