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post #181 of 206

Crowd was pretty big first thing, but people left fast. The weekend is looking to be pretty busy.

post #182 of 206

You guys are killing me with the pictures...

post #183 of 206
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becareful out there as well, stuff is not super stable.

 

post #184 of 206
For anyone considering backcountry/side country, be safe out there. I've heard numerous sources say this latest snowpack is pretty unstable.

edit: josh beat me to it.
post #185 of 206
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stowe reportes 11-15 in 24 hours the mount mansifield Snow stake jumped from 44 inches to 60 inches even in a 24 hour period. 

 

http://www.uvm.edu/skivt-l/?Page=depths.php

 

we are now at an average stake depth that means despite the up and down winter we are finally at average for the year.  the entire state did well with magic mountain's 27 inches of snow being the big winner. 

post #186 of 206

Very true about the snow pack . Was getting some slides on the steeper stuff in the woods at the Bowl also. Josh's picture looks similar to what I set off yesterday, right down to the bare ground. Small stumps can still trip you up even in this depth of snow.

post #187 of 206
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becareful out there as well, stuff is not super stable.

 

Wow, that's pretty scary.

post #188 of 206
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stowe is good right now

post #189 of 206

It absolutely poured rain here in Stowe on Friday night.  I headed up to the hill today expecting to see giant sheets of "you can see a fish through it" ice, and instead what I found were firm -- but very carveable -- groomers.  There were a couple legitimately icy spots, but for the most part it was surprisingly good.  It warmed up to the mid-30s or so which helped soften things up as the day went on.

 

The only off-groomer exploration I did today was Chin Clip (long bump run off of the gondola) and the lowest part of National.  Both skied pretty well.  Some ungroomed sections were beyond solid -- whacking it with a pole either showed crust or threatened to break the pole.

 

I was really surprised how well the mountain skied today despite the rain.

 

Stowe seems well setup with their base depths to make a run into spring...  would be nice to get some consistent weather for a change.  I can't remember a winter with so many wild weather swings.

post #190 of 206

Well said Kevin, the same conditions were had across the notch today. 

 

I would advise anyone skiing woods to be very careful with the current conditions. The crust was not supportive at a standstill, but with any movement it was, and created an environment not conducive to turning or stopping. If you must be a brave sole I highly suggest low speed pivot/hop turns.

post #191 of 206
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It absolutely poured rain here in Stowe on Friday night.  I headed up to the hill today expecting to see giant sheets of "you can see a fish through it" ice, and instead what I found were firm -- but very carveable -- groomers.  There were a couple legitimately icy spots, but for the most part it was surprisingly good.  It warmed up to the mid-30s or so which helped soften things up as the day went on.

 

The only off-groomer exploration I did today was Chin Clip (long bump run off of the gondola) and the lowest part of National.  Both skied pretty well.  Some ungroomed sections were beyond solid -- whacking it with a pole either showed crust or threatened to break the pole.

 

I was really surprised how well the mountain skied today despite the rain.

 

Stowe seems well setup with their base depths to make a run into spring...  would be nice to get some consistent weather for a change.  I can't remember a winter with so many wild weather swings.

Thanks for the report Kevin.  I had been wondering how much it rained up north.  We are heading to our friend's place in Sunape this weekend for a combined Snowmobiling/skiing trip.  Probably gonna stick around mid to southern VT for skiing though.  Hoping to get up to Stowe sometime in March.

post #192 of 206

ok...i'll be up there next weekend, skiing saturday through monday. any of you locals willing to take a few runs with me and show me around a little? promise i won't slow you down...and if i do you can leave me behind.

 

also might want to take a lesson for part of one of those days. instructor suggestions are welcome.

 

thanks!

post #193 of 206

This last weekend (3/1-2) was pretty nice up there.  

 

Chaperoning a kids group limited my experience, but on Sat., Starr woods and middle Starr were holding some nice snow (the headwall wasn't terrible, but was sketchy as usual).  Mac & Cheese and the Chapel glades were nice, and overall conditions on-piste were good.

 

Sat night brought 3-4" of fluff, which was nice on Sun morning, but skied off down to deceptively slick hardpack by mid-day.  Lower Goat remained in good shape, though, and the woods were good with great coverage on Riverbed.

 

Quick Question:  Is there a name for the narrow shot heading from the Octagon diagonally down toward Nosedive and Midway?  That thing had very good coverage with just a few roots and no rocks, but it was pretty hairy -- hop-turns and survival skiing for me for the first half.  Most fun I've had in a while...

 

All in all, still waiting for a big dump which would really fill stuff in...

 

-G

post #194 of 206
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Quick Question:  Is there a name for the narrow shot heading from the Octagon diagonally down toward Nosedive and Midway?  That thing had very good coverage with just a few roots and no rocks, but it was pretty hairy -- hop-turns and survival skiing for me for the first half.  Most fun I've had in a while...

-G

 

Pipeline
post #195 of 206
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Originally Posted by gfabbri View Post
 

This last weekend (3/1-2) was pretty nice up there.  

 

Chaperoning a kids group limited my experience, but on Sat., Starr woods and middle Starr were holding some nice snow (the headwall wasn't terrible, but was sketchy as usual).  Mac & Cheese and the Chapel glades were nice, and overall conditions on-piste were good.

 

Sat night brought 3-4" of fluff, which was nice on Sun morning, but skied off down to deceptively slick hardpack by mid-day.  Lower Goat remained in good shape, though, and the woods were good with great coverage on Riverbed.

 

Quick Question:  Is there a name for the narrow shot heading from the Octagon diagonally down toward Nosedive and Midway?  That thing had very good coverage with just a few roots and no rocks, but it was pretty hairy -- hop-turns and survival skiing for me for the first half.  Most fun I've had in a while...

 

All in all, still waiting for a big dump which would really fill stuff in...

 

-G

 

That's Pipeline.  If you look at some old trail maps of Stowe (it's been posted here at times and you can find copies hanging in various restaurants around town), Pipeline is pretty much exactly where Goat was originally, which has always made me wonder if Pipeline is the original Goat trail (or at least part of the original Goat).

post #196 of 206

How cool is that?

I taught up there years ago and have always seen that little sliver through the woods while riding up the gondola, but never hit it until yesterday.  Finishing up the run on Lower Goat felt like an easy cruiser by comparison!

 

Thanks for the info!

 

-G

post #197 of 206

Headed to Stowe this weekend... anyone care to meet up and ski Sat and/or Sun?  Gonna try to be at FourRunner at 730 both days.

post #198 of 206

had a great lesson with brennan yesterday, then played around in the bumps and did a little exploring in the woods. drove up to smuggs today, spent basically all day in the woods there (including a nice run down the back of sterling into the notch), and had a blast.

 

will be back at stowe tomorrow. anyone else skiing?

post #199 of 206
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ok...i'll be up there next weekend, skiing saturday through monday. any of you locals willing to take a few runs with me and show me around a little? promise i won't slow you down...and if i do you can leave me behind.

 

also might want to take a lesson for part of one of those days. instructor suggestions are welcome.

 

thanks!

 

 

no one saw this.....and thought HMMMMM guy named tree ski, I wonder who he should go with.......

 

 

weird this thread does not always update for me. 

post #200 of 206
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Headed to Stowe this weekend... anyone care to meet up and ski Sat and/or Sun?  Gonna try to be at FourRunner at 730 both days.

 

 

had(still have tonsilatis) would have loved to. 

post #201 of 206
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no one saw this.....and thought HMMMMM guy named tree ski, I wonder who he should go with.......

 

 

weird this thread does not always update for me. 

 

ha. no worries...next time.

 

today was awesome. went exploring by myself (mostly) and found lots of great areas, and i was still skiing untracked lines (couple inches of fresh last night) on my last run at 3 pm. favorites were probably goat woods, lookout glades, and the woods off chin clip (had a guide for that one).

post #202 of 206
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sunny = today clouds = thursday. enjoy it :) Vimeo to come soon. 

post #203 of 206

Too many trees!  That is some high speed tree skiing, and not much margin for error. Enjoy the epic Spring, but be careful.

post #204 of 206

Most of those trees look pretty wide open to me.

post #205 of 206
Knee deep on the Goat today. Spitting out powder. Happy Spring!!!!!
post #206 of 206
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another 4-6 has fallen after this video. 

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