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post #31 of 39
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Surely, it hasn't melted completely through the base and they've had additional time to build it up though?

You mean what the rain didn't get?

Of course they keep building it up, but the point is this stuff is expensive, and for many mountains just not worth the expense. It's not like hoards are going to come out. Most of the people who come early are the same ones coming two weeks later. Earlier you start, earlier you have to pay a lot of people, run the lifts, make snow that melts away. Use a lot of energy to make snow in higher temps and higher humidity.

 

Killington wants to open early so they go for it.

post #32 of 39
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While true I think mentally dwelling on it makes it 10 times worse (if the customer base pisses you off). It's funny that Stratton has that reputation, because I've found their double-down pass (along with mt snow) to be the best deal for someone not making doctor/lawyer money.

Nothing to do with the customer base pissing me off. Not even a consideration. Just stating the obvious. Different mountains attract different clientele, for whatever reasons. As I said, I've had the Okemo/Stratton pass for multiple seasons, and have nothing bad to say about anyone. Killington has a reputation for rude skiers, but I've never had a problem with anyone there, other than some occasional out of control skiers/boarders, but you can get that anywhere. And I agree, Stratton has some of the most reasonable pass prices out there, so it's not a money thing. The underlying reason I didn't renew my Okemo pass this year was because Stratton was dropped as an option for this season. But if Stratton was to partner up with anyone, it would make more sense geographically for them to hook up with Mt Snow. But it was interesting to see that Killington/Pico and Okemo/Mt Sunapee got together over the course of the summer to offer a joint student pass for this upcoming season. Hopefully, they will offer the same deal to everyone for next year. That would really get my attention. Two decidedly different mountains for sure, but that's what keeps it interesting. As they say, my favorite mountain is where I happen to be on any given day.

post #33 of 39

Yes, student pass a good deal:

 

post #34 of 39

Conditions at Okemo today were superb. (Word is seasonally adjusted:))

Seriously, good coverage, White snow -not covered in brown dirt, great conditions. Firm in am to soft in early pm, then firmish as sun went away.

Nobody there in the afternoon. Even am with people, not crowded at all. Lots of terrain for this time of year.

No downloading on chair, ski to bottom.

Trails: World Cup, Noreaster, Jolly Green Giant, Saphire, Arrow, Lower mt road. Even the magic carpet was going. Green Ridge chair running, Northstar, A quad at bottom.

 

Will be good in the am tomorrow!

Warm front may come in, so even afternoon should be ok with nice soft snow. Chance of something else perhaps, but who knows. Am is a guarantee good snow time.

post #35 of 39
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Originally Posted by Tog View Post
 

Conditions at Okemo today were superb. (Word is seasonally adjusted:))

Seriously, good coverage, White snow -not covered in brown dirt, great conditions. Firm in am to soft in early pm, then firmish as sun went away.

Nobody there in the afternoon. Even am with people, not crowded at all. Lots of terrain for this time of year.

No downloading on chair, ski to bottom.

Trails: World Cup, Noreaster, Jolly Green Giant, Saphire, Arrow, Lower mt road. Even the magic carpet was going. Green Ridge chair running, Northstar, A quad at bottom.

 

Will be good in the am tomorrow!

Warm front may come in, so even afternoon should be ok with nice soft snow. Chance of something else perhaps, but who knows. Am is a guarantee good snow time.

I hit up K-mart yesterday and it was actually awesome! Lots of trails open, most of them were freshly groomed-shreddable hardpack. It got a little chopped up later in the day, but it was far beyond what I was expecting.

post #36 of 39

Yes, waay beyond expectations. Things are good. Not so sure what's going on next couple days though.

post #37 of 39
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the good advice.

 

I wound us skiing Okemo on Friday and Stratton on Saturday.

 

Okemo was fine on Friday - not all that much open, but enough that I can say I skied the place.  Stratton had about twice as much open, but must have had twenty times as many people.  I haven't skied at a resort that crowded since I stopped skiing Xmas week out east.

post #38 of 39

Hopefully that was just a symptom of it being thanksgiving weekend. Killington was practically abandoned but had a ton of trails open 2 weeks ago. I'm going to hit up Stratton or snow this weekend. I hope it's not as crowded.

post #39 of 39
Interesting overview of the Northeast and snowmaking etc.
Bromley opened earliest in 40 years.
http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2013/11/25/with-big-investments-in-snowmaking-some-new-england-resorts-open-earlier-than/
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