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?