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Whiteface 2/10-2/14

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My wife and I will be up at Whiteface 2/10-14 and just wanted to see if anyone on epicski will be there during that time. She's on a board and I'm on skis. It would be nice to meet up for a few runs and a beer or whatever. I'm pretty comfortable in most terrain, though we'll see what the mountain holds...I haven't been to Whiteface in about 15 years and all I remember is that it was a bit brutal back then and the top was a long sheet of solid ice. If the forecast holds, the weather looks like it should be good that week - may be sufficiently warm to get a good edge on the ice. I'm hoping to fare better up top this time!

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My wife and I will be up at Whiteface 2/10-14 and just wanted to see if anyone on epicski will be there during that time. She's on a board and I'm on skis. It would be nice to meet up for a few runs and a beer or whatever. I'm pretty comfortable in most terrain, though we'll see what the mountain holds...I haven't been to Whiteface in about 15 years and all I remember is that it was a bit brutal back then and the top was a long sheet of solid ice. If the forecast holds, the weather looks like it should be good that week - may be sufficiently warm to get a good edge on the ice. I'm hoping to fare better up top this time!

I may be around early in the week.  But may decide to ski at Gore instead of Whiteface depending on conditions.  Where are you staying?  I'll be in Lake Placid.  I'm an older woman who is an advanced skier but not that aggressive.  No chutes for me.

 

Although the top half was pretty much scraped off by mid-morning yesterday, not really icy but more just hardpack.

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I may be around early in the week.  But may decide to ski at Gore instead of Whiteface depending on conditions.  Where are you staying?  I'll be in Lake Placid.  I'm an older woman who is an advanced skier but not that aggressive.  No chutes for me.

 

Although the top half was pretty much scraped off by mid-morning yesterday, not really icy but more just hardpack.

I'll be at Gore Saturday and Sunday and then Whiteface on Monday-Friday. We're staying in Jay but will be around Placid late afternoon/evening.

 

I hear that there is a possibility of a snowstorm coming, which would be great. I'm upper 30s-ish according to my birth certificate, a fairly advanced skier for eastern mountains, sometimes aggressive depending on the conditions but really working hard on my form this season and slowing it down a little to do so. I don't have the gear or the experience for the slides if it even has enough snow on it. I also fear it has been publicized so much that there are a lot of dangerous yahoos on it when it is open…

 

Happy to meet up on mountain or after if you're around.

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I may be around early in the week.  But may decide to ski at Gore instead of Whiteface depending on conditions.  Where are you staying?  I'll be in Lake Placid.  I'm an older woman who is an advanced skier but not that aggressive.  No chutes for me.

 

Although the top half was pretty much scraped off by mid-morning yesterday, not really icy but more just hardpack.

I'll be at Gore Saturday and Sunday and then Whiteface on Monday-Friday. We're staying in Jay but will be around Placid late afternoon/evening.

 

I hear that there is a possibility of a snowstorm coming, which would be great. I'm upper 30s-ish according to my birth certificate, a fairly advanced skier for eastern mountains, sometimes aggressive depending on the conditions but really working hard on my form this season and slowing it down a little to do so. I don't have the gear or the experience for the slides if it even has enough snow on it. I also fear it has been publicized so much that there are a lot of dangerous yahoos on it when it is open…

 

Happy to meet up on mountain or after if you're around.

I'll keep your schedule in mind.  Might be at Gore that weekend.  I have a local ski friend who lives near there.

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Skied at Gore today.  Pretty nice conditions on the blue/black groomers.  Heard that the steeper blacks at the top didn't have much soft snow left on them.  The place is completely open yet, but getting pretty close.  If the storm coming on Wed does enough, then should be pretty fun this weekend.

 

Going to Whiteface on Tuesday.  Wasn't much fun on Sunday.

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Skied at Gore today.  Pretty nice conditions on the blue/black groomers.  Heard that the steeper blacks at the top didn't have much soft snow left on them.  The place is completely open yet, but getting pretty close.  If the storm coming on Wed does enough, then should be pretty fun this weekend.

 

Going to Whiteface on Tuesday.  Wasn't much fun on Sunday.

I was at Gore the 15th and 16th and the top was a little dicey. Lies and Rumors were closed. Those that snuck onto Lies were all going down sideways. Not enough snow on the glades.

 

We just got 6-8" of snow in NYC - enough to knock out my power and heat but I don't know how much of that hit up there. The previous storm we got missed the mountains entirely. If Whiteface isn't great, the place we're staying at is a fine starting point to hit Gore or even parts of Vermont.

 

I'm hoping Whiteface treats you better today!

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Gee, wish Whiteface had gotten the snow that landed on NYC.  Wasn't quite "dust on crust" but there wasn't too much on top of what froze after the warm temps on Sunday.  Only went because the kids from my daughter's school was there this afternoon.

 

Talking to a couple guys riding up the gondi at Gore yesterday, they said Lies was pretty much ice.  Sounded like there was only one run at the top that was worth the ride up.

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Gore was pretty good today. Crowded but managed to miss much of it by taking a lesson then skiing while 75% we're eating lunch. I'm hoping they get some natural snow up here tomorrow. Much of what fell Thursday has been skied down.

@marznc are you in the area? Find any good snow?
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Gore was pretty good today. Crowded but managed to miss much of it by taking a lesson then skiing while 75% we're eating lunch. I'm hoping they get some natural snow up here tomorrow. Much of what fell Thursday has been skied down.

@marznc are you in the area? Find any good snow?

Sorry, forgot to let you know that I left the Adirondacks on Friday, Feb. 7.  Checked out Plattekill on the way south.  That's a lot of fun a day or two after a storm.  Didn't realize how many trails are not groomed.  They didn't get any freezing rain so it was mostly still powder.

 

I had a blast skiing at Whiteface during the snowstorm on Wed.  Although places seemed skied out by 10am, the heavier snow started around 11:30, just when people were going in for lunch or even starting to leave for the day.  After lunch, there was enough that it was rare to bottom out except near the base.  I took it easy given the flat light and just had fun in the pow on the blues.

 

 

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It has been pretty variable conditions at whiteface - mixed hardback/ice with crud piles, some really nice spots. Super windy today and yesterday. Overall it is good, challenging skiing. The hardest part is that the light has been very flat and combined with heavy snowmaking the visibility is limited and difficult to see what will be under foot 50' down. Some spots I didn't know I was on ice until I felt my skis start to give a little and hear that sound. At Belleayre I feel like an expert, here I feel like an amateur. I forgot how intimidating this mountain can be. Cold, windy, icy and somewhat brutal. I'm having fun and wanting to be more confident on these trails - will likely get a lesson tomorrow to bring the confidence up. It'll be a little warmer over the next day or 2 with a storm coming over Thursday night. I'm thinking it could be really good the later part of this week.

 

Plattekill is supposed to be great - I haven't been. It has to be after a solid snowfall which I usually miss due to work. I have a season pass to belleayre/gore/whiteface so it makes sense to hit those.

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It has been pretty variable conditions at whiteface - mixed hardback/ice with crud piles, some really nice spots. Super windy today and yesterday. Overall it is good, challenging skiing. The hardest part is that the light has been very flat and combined with heavy snowmaking the visibility is limited and difficult to see what will be under foot 50' down. Some spots I didn't know I was on ice until I felt my skis start to give a little and hear that sound. At Belleayre I feel like an expert, here I feel like an amateur. I forgot how intimidating this mountain can be. Cold, windy, icy and somewhat brutal. I'm having fun and wanting to be more confident on these trails - will likely get a lesson tomorrow to bring the confidence up. It'll be a little warmer over the next day or 2 with a storm coming over Thursday night. I'm thinking it could be really good the later part of this week.

 

Plattekill is supposed to be great - I haven't been. It has to be after a solid snowfall which I usually miss due to work. I have a season pass to belleayre/gore/whiteface so it makes sense to hit those.

I want to check out Belleayre at some point.  If there hadn't been a snowstorm last week, I might have gone there instead of Plattekill.  Considering the Ski3 Empire pass for next season.  But so far I've been catching the Sunday and Wednesday specials at Whiteface so it's worked out okay.

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