"Well, there's more white there than brown."
"Sometimes it gets a bit glossy in there."
7:30 same place (Forrunner base)?
Judging by the condition at the end of the day today, it could be quite good first thing in the morning.
I'll try to make it. But whether I succeed is a different matter. Super early on a super cold day. Rrrrright....!!!
I am aiming to be on the slopes by roughly 8:15. I'll be with my roommate who is also a member here but has not checked into this thread.
If you see me before the scheduled meet up time of 9:00 give me a holler.
I will either be on one of these skis:
Well day 2 in the books. Had a great time skiing these past 2 days with everyone. Nice to meet new people and put names with the faces.I thought the skiing yesterday at MRG was great, very nice mid winter conditions. Tog is trying to scale it when I mention conditions and my great probably isn't the same as most normal ( sane) people. We did occasionally find some soft snow, Partridge hill woods skied especially well and I really enjoyed skiing down the "condo" trail out to Rte 17 with everyone. I wish I spent more time making some turns with Liquid feet you were really game for going in some of the places we went. MDF really likes to close the places, he was getting last run at past 4pm at MRG and he tried to squeak out 1 more at the Snowbowl today but 4pm is it, not 4:01 as you learned ha ha.Maybe if I didn't stop and talk as much on that last run you could have gotten 1 more. I think qcanoes LX-92's would be a great tree ski for you , you were turning them great on the steeps sections.
Funny quotes Tog: at MRG "where are the steep groomers", thinking Slalom hill would be a groomer. Steep they have, steep and groomed not so much. Kevin F today the the Snowbowl at 3:45pm " I'd like to hit Death Valley one more time" Death valley is a section on the side of our GS race trail that doesn't /can't get groomed with a steep double fall line . You skied it real good for last run of the day, some of your best skiing. Kevin was also making some great turns in the woods today. cometjo and I could probably get ourselves killed if we skied too much together. Guy will go down anything and has a quiver of skis for anything. Good thing parking was relatively close as you could change out skis each run.
qcanoe, I got to get up to Saddleback and have you show me around, I really enjoyed watching you ski, great fall line turns in moguls. You really took some nice lines down things at the Snowbowl today. Stick with that NRGY 90 that ski was working well for you today, you had it singing on the Youngman bumps.
All in all I had a blast skiing with you all, Kevin F great job as organizer have a great 2 days up at Stowe.
When @Tog stayed with us during the 2012 Tahoe Gathering. One of the things we told everyone was that they'd have gorgeous lake views at most of the resorts, but it ended up being blower powder for the 4 days that Tog was here. Upon Tog's departure he said: "Where is this lake of which you speak?"
He has a knack for quotable quotes.
We will be in the lodge at 9. Brrrrrr!
BTW, Robin and I skied Smuggler's Notch yesterday and the conditions there were better all around than MRG. Lots of snow in the glades and some nice powdery bumps. Fewer rocks, less ice and more of that soft white stuff. It snowed pretty hard all afternoon too.
Sadly I won't be able to make it to Stowe tomorrow. Stuff has come up.
I sure was looking forward to Epic's "nerdy things on groomers."
I'm hoping to see some "nerdy" pictures posted here!
The gang -- at_nyc, east_or_bust, crank, mdf, robin (crank's girlfriend), qcanoe, tyler (forgot his handle) and myself had a great day at Stowe today. The morning was COLD and windy. Spring has not yet sprung in New England, or at least not in Northern Vermont.
Lord Voldemort -- I mean Josh -- graciously took the morning to show us around. The open trails were mostly wind scoured except in narrow lines down the sides, but the woods were skiing great. Josh showed us lots of really fun lines all over Mansfield. He had to work in the afternoon, so I took over some guiding duties while we explored some fun stuff off the gondola. It had warmed up significantly from the morning and the wind had died down somewhat, so skiing was actually quite comfortable. That said, I don't know that anybody took layers off during the day either! Warming up from "stupid cold" is still "cold".
Epic and Josh and some other friends of theirs took the seven of us (at_nyc had to head home) down Bruce trail, which is the first ski trail cut on Mt. Mansfield. Narrow and winding, it puts "classic New England" into a whole new perspective. Everyone did great though and the skate out at the end was actually pretty easy because it was frozen over blue ice. We were flying!
Thanks for everyone for showing up today and braving the morning cold and wind. Special thanks to Josh and Epic for the locals tour!
Icy skate was great, that must have been a new record!
Few pics from the weekend. Captions above each pic.
@cometjo, always looking for adventure - Snow Bowl
Rare glimpse of snowbowler in action. It was like trying to get photos of the ivory-billed woodpecker. - Middlebury Snow Bowl (He rocks on those those much-discussed new Mantras, btw.)
Part of yesterday's crowd, waiting at the Octagon for fearless leader to guide down the Bruce Trail at the end of the day.
From left to right:
What do you care? Your hooves are cloven.
But yes, I understand there is an allusion to a prior topic.
Others should vote, too, but I would say it was goat-plus. I was just about always able to make an honest-to-God turn - as opposed to a sideslip or wedge - when I needed to. Of course there are gray areas between the two, and also the snow was very good. I'd probably be saying "goat path" if it had been icy.