Has anyone been here lately? I can't get a clear picture from the online report. I'd be coming from the east coast and want to know what to expect.. good snow year, mediocre, etc?
Thanks for any input.
When are you arriving?
I hear it's been pretty good up at Red lately. We've been getting lots of snow resets up in these parts and it's calling for more snow next week. I think you'll be in for a great time. Lot's of fun terrain and great people. I highly recommend trying to get out for a day of cat skiing with Big Red Cats located at Red Mountain to get that TRUE Powder experience on your trip. Whitewater near Nelson is also pretty cool.
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It's so hard to predict. You're picking a fairly predicable time for fresh snow from week to week without as much fear of a high pressure system locking out the chances for an extended period of time. But you could get just as easily see a pineapple express that warms things up too much at just the wrong time. Then again it's probably not the place to be if you're not a full strength.
Actually, that may be the best time to do a day on the cat and get back your Mojo. BRC has four cats, so there's probably one for your level and they usually have last minute openings.
Are the cats all operational now?
I should clarify re. my leg; I've been teaching/skiing all winter since late Dec. Got hit in mid-Dec. I normally ski ice/hardpack/boilerplate (it is Vt., after all). Are the conditions at Red likely to be more demanding on my leg (knee) than what I'm already on?
Powder here is very rare. I've managed to miss it so far.
If you're referring to the cat skiing area offered by Red Mountain, no. Not the last I saw. However ShredHead was referring to Big Red Cats who's base is at Red but they shuttle you to their ski terrain that is not at Red Resort. Yes, they are running. http://www.bigredcatskiing.com
Snow at Red should definitely not be ski ice/hardpack/boilerplate. You should be able to find some decent snow. The terrain however is always demanding.
The terrain at Red is extremely demanding. I would not choose Red as a destination with an understrength leg. However a Vermont instructor is probably a better skier at 80% than I am at 100%. I skied Red a week ago and agree about above average current conditions on a below average snowpack. However, that area (including Big Red Cats) is relatively low elevation with a range of exposures, so needs frequent fresh snow in March for good conditions. Therefore I would make the call on Big Red Cats last minute if you want good powder. Big Red has an excellent reputation for terrain and service, but a lot of the people I've met who have skied there were doing so on vouchers from a previous year's trip called off due to subpar conditions.
If it gets mild while at Red, then consider traveling about 1.25 hours to Whitewater because it is higher elevation that Red.
Whitewater is kinda small but normally gets tons of snow and has some great tree skiing, especially off the Glory Ridge chairlift.