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"Spring" Skiing at Jay Peak

post #1 of 18
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I decided to head up to Jay on Good Friday (April 18) for some spring skiing. When I looked at the snow report, I was overjoyed to see that almost everything was open. Thats right, all but 9 trails open and its the end of April. When me and my friend got up there around 8:15, we got our tickets and rentals and headed out. We had to wait a while sitting on the ground as the snow cat finished up around the base of the lift so we could get on. Then, we skied over to Tramside to hop on the first Tram. However, When we got there, we realized we still had quite a while to wait, so we hopped on the Metro, a lower mountain lift and took a quick run through the woods.

        When we got back to the tram, there was quite a line. We were waiting about 5 minutes when the Tram pulled in. Everybody shuffled aboard and we piled together for the 6.5 minute ride to the top. At the top, there was not a cloud in the sky. We decided as a first real run to head down the Northway to JFK. The trailhead to JFK was a little Icy but once we got down a ways, it turned into some nice powder.

               For the next run, we decided to take The Flyer to Hells Woods so we could assess the conditions in the trees. Getting to the trailhead, we decided it would be best to ski down a ways to enter in a different, more untracked path. After skiing over a snowmaking pipe, and watching my friend slide across the pipe, we zigzagged through the glade and out onto a groomer that would lead to The Jet Triple.

                As we were very impressed on the conditions in the woods, we decided to venture through Timbuktu. It was beautiful and there was still some untracked to be found. For our next run up the Jet, we decided to take the U.N bump run. After a seemingly endless descent, we headed into the Stateside Lodge for some lunch. After lunch, we hit Canyonland, Showoff Glade, and Upper Can-am to Lower Deliverance (Duck in right before the start of liftline). After Going through Deliverance, we went down Showoff, where my buddy fell and hurt his thigh. After that, in light of him not killing himself, we took it easy the rest of the day. We did some intermediate runs off the Red chair such as Green Mtn. Boys and the Flash. We also decided to take upper Everglade to Alligator Alley.

               We then made our way back to Stateside. For the hell of it, we decided to see if we would be allowed up the lift without our skis on. They let us up and we ran/rolled down the trail under the taxi quad which led us back to the base. It was a beautiful day and conditions were wonderful for mid to late April. Jay is awesome and I would recommend it for anybody who loves to ski.

 

Waiting for a Snowcat to finish his job so we could ski.

 

The woods were fantastic

 

 

The conditions in Hells Woods were unreal (as my friend hits a tree)

 

Great powder in Timbucktu. (and my buddy hitting another tree)

 

What we had to resort to at the end of the day.

Skis, Who needs 'em?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #2 of 18

Hey .. we are here too! Yes. the Skiing is great here today. It was full on WINTER today.

post #3 of 18

The summit at 5PM today..  day before Easter and it snowed! - Powder stashes in the glades too!

 

 

We got up the Tram to find full on winter but, nice soft snow....

 

 

Taking our first of many runs in fog and snow. This is April...

 

 

 

Snow on them trees. I can tell you that this is the 3rd year we have come here this time of year and the snow has been amazing..

 

 

 

Father son selfie...

 

 

Quad ICE Chair!  Yes there is plenty of ice and snow... This place is amazing.. I think it rivals some of the West Coast mountains..

post #4 of 18

@Jonathan Keller drove up to Jay from NYC this weekend too.

post #5 of 18
It was definitely not spring this morning. Cd windy and snowing. Light powder over ice, but still very skiable. I had never really skied in glades before, just a little near piste stuff at Stowe. Today I hit the Kokomo, the Quarter Moon and the Moon Walk glades. So much fun ducking through the trees. Excellent remaining snow coverage (a lot better than Windham on closing day two weeks ago!)
post #6 of 18
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Originally Posted by Jonathan Keller View Post

It was definitely not spring this morning. Cd windy and snowing. Light powder over ice, but still very skiable. I had never really skied in glades before, just a little near piste stuff at Stowe. Today I hit the Kokomo, the Quarter Moon and the Moon Walk glades. So much fun ducking through the trees. Excellent remaining snow coverage (a lot better than Windham on closing day two weeks ago!)


A great glade is Buck woods. It is a Black Diamond, but it is fairly mellow. Only a little steeper the Bushwacker. I hope this weather holds out for Tuesday for an adventure up there

post #7 of 18
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Originally Posted by ralba View Post
 

The summit at 5PM today..  day before Easter and it snowed! - Powder stashes in the glades too!

 

 

We got up the Tram to find full on winter but, nice soft snow....

 

 

Taking our first of many runs in fog and snow. This is April...

 

 

 

Snow on them trees. I can tell you that this is the 3rd year we have come here this time of year and the snow has been amazing..

 

 

 

Father son selfie...

 

 

Quad ICE Chair!  Yes there is plenty of ice and snow... This place is amazing.. I think it rivals some of the West Coast mountains..


Great Shots. I hope you guys had fun


Edited by therobertcollin - 4/19/14 at 4:01pm
post #8 of 18
Awesome. I will be sure to check that out tomorrow.

According to the forecast, tomorrow might be a bluebird day. By last lift today, I almost felt I should have switched lenses on my goggles.
post #9 of 18
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Originally Posted by Jonathan Keller View Post

Awesome. I will be sure to check that out tomorrow.

According to the forecast, tomorrow might be a bluebird day. By last lift today, I almost felt I should have switched lenses on my goggles.


Nice, Have fun!

post #10 of 18

Thanks Robert. Hard not too here. 

post #11 of 18

Looks fantastic. We're debating heading up there next weekend. Looks like there will be snow on the ground ;)

post #12 of 18
Was there sat and sun as well. Drove up from NYC Friday afternoon. In the car with another 2 hours to got - don't worry, I'm not driving smile.gif.

@therobertcollin I totally recognize you from your photo. I was behind you in a lift "line" at some point.

One of the best late season weekends I've ever had. Was never a great glade skier but Jay has so many options and spent tons of time working on my technique. Finally made it up to Valhalla late morning. Really fun. I thought it was easier than UN was since UN was pretty carved up.

This my first time at Jay. I'm looking forward to watching their snow reports next season.
post #13 of 18
We were there Thursday and Friday. Did the greens and some blues with the wife and kids, including the Moons and Kokomo. Great fun. Then after lunch they headed to the waterpark and I got to hit Valhalla, Beaver Pond, Everglade, JFK, Can Am, UN, Jet, Derrick and Timbuktu, and a few others, not in that order. Great fun. Not an experienced or confident tree skier but had a fantastic time. Could not believe how good the conditions were.

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post #14 of 18

Just got home and cleaned off my gear. First time really dipping into the trees. Kokomo, Moon Walker and the other Moons. Jet, skirted the edges of Timbuktu and Stateside. I am not capable of skiing steep moguls or steep glades yet, but still had a blast at all the intermediate terrain Jay has to offer. Snow was really good till about 1:30pm/2pm, at which point it got extremely slushy and sticky. 

 

Lapped the terrain park to work on landing drops and jumps for the final hour or so of the day. If any of you saw a guy with an orange helmet fly up the side of the big box, and land, then proceed to skid/slide across the entire top and down the front side, you saw me ;)

post #15 of 18
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Originally Posted by ralba View Post
 

The summit at 5PM today..  day before Easter and it snowed! - Powder stashes in the glades too!

 

 

We got up the Tram to find full on winter but, nice soft snow....

 

 

Taking our first of many runs in fog and snow. This is April...

 

 

 

Snow on them trees. I can tell you that this is the 3rd year we have come here this time of year and the snow has been amazing..

 

 

 

Father son selfie...

 

 

Quad ICE Chair!  Yes there is plenty of ice and snow... This place is amazing.. I think it rivals some of the West Coast mountains..

Dude! I saw you today. We spoke for a moment even I think. You were on the Jet lift right behind us when my friend on a Snowboard slipped and had the lift stopped!

 

(Could have the timing wrong or the lift wrong, but I know I saw you!)

post #16 of 18

I remember the boarder slipping and stopping the lift too. Funny. Who knows. I might have even gotten you on video.. I will be doing a trip video report this week. Here for today and sadly, back to the real world. 37 days of skiing in - I think we might get 2 more in. 

 

Will you be riding today?

 

Yesterday the snow was amazing all day at the top al the way down. The glades were super soft and our son and 5 year old daughter loved them too...  Some pics from yesterday. I think this place will be golden for another 2 weeks.. Not unless it hits 70's for a week. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #17 of 18
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Well, I am going up tomorrow. Its supposed to be decent early on and then turn to rain. This might be my last trip of the season :(. I'll report back

post #18 of 18
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Like I said, I went back up to Jay on Tuesday for some spring skiing. I got up their a little late (9:30) so I took the Red Chair up and skied through Canyonlands to get a good feel for how the woods were. A little patchy in some spots and running water, but everything was skiable. Then I met up with my friend, who was a intermediate skier, on Angles Wiggle and we skied over to the Tram. Then, we met up with some more friends who were mostly intermediate and headed up to the top. Getting to the top, it was beautiful. It was classic Jay views.

We decided to ski down Northway so the intermediates could warm up. A couple of people decided to ski Ullrs to Kokomo while the rest of us skied the Goat to Green Mountain Boys. After much waiting, we got to the Green Mountain/Racer split. A couple of us took GMB the rest of the way down and some of the intermediates took Racer despite my warnings of “Damn that looks patchy”.  When we all met up at the bottom again, we decided to take the Tram up again and ski Vermonter. We piled into the Tram (pretty much empty, by the way) and got to the top. On the way down, we had to stop and wait for people who were not that good. I decided to stop and wait at the head of Valhalla to wait for people. Noticing the Closed rope, I skied down a little further to the second entrance, overjoyed that it was open. Someone caught up to me and  said “You aren’t going to go in there, are you?” My reply was “Later in the day” We finished that run and skied over to the Jet. A couple of people went down the easy way, (Montrealer) While me a couple of others, skied the Jet. The bumps to the skier's right  were interesting and the regular trail had a bunch of slush (which I actually enjoyed). Then we headed into the Lodge to eat. While I was in there, another one of my friends was complaining that she could not ski off The Jet because the people she was with did not want to. We decided to ski with each other so we could get some decent Black Diamond runs in. We headed up the Bonnie and skied upper can-am over to The Jet. We skied Timbuktu a couple of times and Kitz woods to Hells Woods. Then we went over to Tramside to meet up with some more people. I took a couple of runs off the Metro and then decided to go back to Stateside with one of my friends who just started Tele Skiing. I skied down Upper milk run (which was surprisingly decent considering it was april 22nd), met up with them at the bottom, and proceeded to ski Liftline, which had way too many bare spots for comfort. Then I rode up the red chair and did GMB again with a beginning snowboarder and me and a couple other people took him up the Tram for the first time. This time (considering it was pouring), their were less than ten people on the tram. When we got to the top, The Snowboarder and two other people skied down Northway, While me, a Tele skier and a snowboarder decided to take Valhalla. the conditions were pretty decent and on the way down, I skied through showoff glade (Which was horrible) and went back to the lodge. It was a great day considering the less than ideal conditions and afternoon rain.

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