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New England recommendations for next week [early April]

post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 
Going to make my last ski day of the season next week. Was hoping for some recs from locals as to where will ski best next week in new england (nh/vt), areas that will be least affected by this weekend's rain. Would like to keep the drive at 3h or less from concord,ma (although Stowe not completely out of the question if its significantly better than the rest). Any suggestions?
post #2 of 25

Go north young man (though I plan to ski Sunapee tomorrow and hope for the best).

post #3 of 25
Thread Starter 
I was planning to head north, but where exactly??
Initial thoughts are eithee Killington, sugarbush, Stowe, loon, or cannon...anywhere else to add to the list?
post #4 of 25

Well, Jay, but that's up there.  I'd check web sites and read between the lines.  (It's always a powder day, of course.)  Then I'd plug in locales into weather sites.  It's raining here in Keene, and I know Sunapee mentioned there'd be a mix of rain with the SNOW they were expecting.  Currently, a little rain here, 50 minutes south.  Tomorrow's forecast is in the forties at my elevation (low).  I'm expecting mid-30s at Sunapee and decent snow.  No ice, anyway.  Last Saturday at Sunapee was bonnard!  Best conditions I've seen there this year.

post #5 of 25

Stowe is skiing incredibly well, midseason good. We got a few inches of snow today, and are expecting 6-10" on Saturday night.

post #6 of 25
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Stowe is skiing incredibly well, midseason good. We got a few inches of snow today, and are expecting 6-10" on Saturday night.

 

 

Oh, this!

post #7 of 25
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Stowe is skiing incredibly well, midseason good. We got a few inches of snow today, and are expecting 6-10" on Saturday night.
Great info....will this snow hold through mid week?
post #8 of 25
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Great info....will this snow hold through mid week?

 

We have gotten somewhere in the vicinity of 6 feet of snow on Mansfield in the last 3 weeks, with almost a foot more predicted this weekend. Snow cover should be fine.

 

Edit: NWS is predicting 9-17" of snow Sat night into Sunday on Mansfield.

post #9 of 25
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Great info....will this snow hold through mid week?

 

Do you mean the new snow, or the snow in general. We will easily be skiing into late April. The base on the snowmaking trails (which these days is most of the trails) is very good. No signs of dirt at all. Let's put it this way, the snowmaking hydrants are about 8' tall and most of them have been buried for months.

post #10 of 25

The issue in New England is not whether there will be snow into April, but whether the mountains will stay open.  

There will be snow.

post #11 of 25
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Do you mean the new snow, or the snow in general. We will easily be skiing into late April. The base on the snowmaking trails (which these days is most of the trails) is very good. No signs of dirt at all. Let's put it this way, the snowmaking hydrants are about 8' tall and most of them have been buried for months.

 

 

 

 

top of stowe^

post #12 of 25

Is that last years date on the left hand picture, can't read it. looks like there was a slide in this years photo. nice stuff

post #13 of 25
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Originally Posted by epic View Post

Do you mean the new snow, or the snow in general. We will easily be skiing into late April. The base on the snowmaking trails (which these days is most of the trails) is very good. No signs of dirt at all. Let's put it this way, the snowmaking hydrants are about 8' tall and most of them have been buried for months.
The new snow...with 85" at the stake I should think the base would last for more than a week
post #14 of 25
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Is that last years date on the left hand picture, can't read it. looks like there was a slide in this years photo. nice stuff

 

2012

post #15 of 25

Lots of places will be in great shape. Wildcat, Jay, Stowe, and Sugarloaf all rise to the top of my list.

post #16 of 25

Killington on Sunday had lots of stuff closed because of inches worth of ice on cables, chairs, lift towers etc. Only thing open pretty much was the Snowden Quad which takes about 15 minutes. The liquid snow fell from the sky, but ungroomed was solid as in firm- foot massaging and teeth rattling. The woods were solid. The groomed was decent spring like. It may have cleared up after 1 or so. They were offering try and refund.

Still plenty of snow left though.

 

Burke on Friday got 4-6 inches snow and then liquid snow.

 

What do you want to ski I think is the question. Plenty of choices.

post #17 of 25

I'd be more concerned about the weather forecast than snow.

post #18 of 25
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Originally Posted by Tog View Post
 

Killington on Sunday had lots of stuff closed because of inches worth of ice on cables, chairs, lift towers etc. Only thing open pretty much was the Snowden Quad which takes about 15 minutes. The liquid snow fell from the sky, but ungroomed was solid as in firm- foot massaging and teeth rattling. The woods were solid. The groomed was decent spring like. It may have cleared up after 1 or so. They were offering try and refund.

Still plenty of snow left though.

 

Totally different picture today!  Bluebird skies, temps in the 20s and nice soft surfaces for endless carving.  Spring skiing is here! 

post #19 of 25
Thread Starter 
Great spring conditions at the K today! Can imagine they'll be open until may
post #20 of 25

Lots of people raving about Jay Peak the last two days (April 3 and 4)...best condition in April in a long time is the word...

post #21 of 25

When talking about "conditions" it's important to understand whether we're talking about coverage or surface quality. Several northern New England areas have lots of base right now. It's just a question, on any given day, of what the top inch or two of surface is like. Not always easy to predict that. One rule of thumb that has worked for me is that if it's supposed to be over 50 degrees and sunny and not too windy, something will probably soften up. An alternate version of this is, "If it's 70 degrees in Portland it might be warm enough for some corn up at Sugarloaf." Otherwise it's a crap shoot. Can't tell you how many breezy "spring" days I've skied in April at these higher elevation northern areas when the temps were nominally 38 or 40 or 42 but the surface was still absolute unmitigated concrete, but there have been many. You have to pick your moments.

post #22 of 25

Yep, you never quite know till you get there. At least it'll be white this weekend.

Hey at Jay, if the skiing is bad you go swimming.

post #23 of 25
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Can't tell you how many breezy "spring" days I've skied in April at these higher elevation northern areas when the temps were nominally 38 or 40 or 42 but the surface was still absolute unmitigated concrete, but there have been many.

 

that's exactly what it was like at cannon this past wednesday. temp in the 40s, but a stiff south wind and intermittent clouds kept most of the upper mountain rock hard. some of the worst snow conditions of the season.

 

then at 1:30 pm, the wind stopped and the sun came out. the next 2.5 hours were unbelievable. you just never know.

post #24 of 25

stowe yesterday the north facing never corned and the osuth facing corned at about 11. 

post #25 of 25

Today was nice though. You really don't know unless you go, but next week looks pretty promising. Anyway, a bad day of skiing is better than a good day of (insert here).

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