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post #31 of 70
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I've been looking at the forecast, it looks like lots of rain and warm temps.  I'm hoping conditions improve!

 

Temperatures drop tonight and snow moves in tomorrow.  How much is anyone's guess (snowfall predictions are all over the map right now).

 

It's far too early to start worrying about conditions... 


I looks like the Catskills are getting the best of tomorrow's storm.  Hunter is the place to be for Thanksgiving in the East.

 

BK 

post #32 of 70
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I looks like the Catskills are getting the best of tomorrow's storm.  Hunter is the place to be for Thanksgiving in the East.

 

BK 

What's your forecast for Dec.6 when the OP will be skiing?

post #33 of 70
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I've been looking at the forecast, it looks like lots of rain and warm temps.  I'm hoping conditions improve!


How are you checking the forecast?  Some sources are better than others, especially for a place with a microclimate like Stowe.

 

Note that Lake Placid won't be getting much out of the Thanksgiving storm because of where the Atlantic moisture is meeting the cold front.  Doesn't take much of a shift to change things in a big way in the relatively small New England states.  Since you have flexibility, you'll find someplace fun.

post #34 of 70
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If you're going to be in Burlington I don't see any reason to go anywhere but Stowe. They arguably have the most powerful snowmaking system in VT. They'll have all kinds of terrain open from blue cruisers off Forerunner & the gondola, greens over at Spruce & more advanced terrain off the Forerunner at Mansfield. They already have advanced trails Liftline, Hayride & Centerline buried in man made & you're still two weeks out. I'm sure they'll be more by the time you plan on being there. Some of the most gnarly terrain at Stowe is dependent on natural snow so those trails being online is up to mother nature. Just a little piece of advice. If you can purchase your ticket online the day before you'll save $14 off the walkup rate ($89 vs $103 + $5 for their RFID card). Fri. Dec. 5 is their last day for early season rates so it will be full freight on the 6th. Better yet if you belong to a ski club it's your lucky weekend. If you're an active member of a ski club & have a membership card to prove it Stowe is offering discount lift tickets to ski club member Dec.5-7. Just $44 for a ticket for club members (+$5 for RFID card). I'll be there on the 5th to take advantage of the deal. Have fun.


wow Stowe cracked triple digits huh? $103 for a day ticket what a shame, unless the whole mt is open with 2' of fresh to me it just isn't worth it

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wow Stowe cracked triple digits huh? $103 for a day ticket what a shame, unless the whole mt is open with 2' of fresh to me it just isn't worth it

Yep, if you don't have their RFID card add another $5 (non-refundable). Others are not far behind. I think Stratton is $98 on weekends & Okemo $94.

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 If you can purchase your ticket online the day before you'll save $14 off the walkup rate ($89 vs $103 + $5 for their RFID card). Fri. Dec. 5 is their last day for early season rates so it will be full freight on the 6th.


wow Stowe cracked triple digits huh? $103 for a day ticket what a shame, unless the whole mt is open with 2' of fresh to me it just isn't worth it

And they're piling on with ending early season on December 5. Early season used to go until weekend before Xmas Eve, or December 19 this year.  And that was when there was a good chance of snow in the early season.

 

BK

post #37 of 70
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And they're piling on with ending early season on December 5. Early season used to go until weekend before Xmas Eve, or December 19 this year.  And that was when there was a good chance of snow in the early season.

 

BK


5 years ago Stowe would probably have only one (muddy) trail open on Dec 5th. Right now, Liftline and Nosedive are already open and snowmaking has moved over to the Gondola area. They generally don't charge full price unless they have all of the main lifts running, so I expect that they are planning to have all of them for the weekend. Looking at the mountain yesterday it certainly seems plausible.

post #38 of 70
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It's looking like Stowe is the place to be this weekend.  Anyone have any other thoughts?  

post #39 of 70

Well if you're going to be in Burlington Stowe makes the most only sense. Maybe Jay will get one of its special snowstorms, then go there. (Well, on second thought, if you want to go swim in a water park when it's raining, go to Jay.) It's all about the weather really. Notably warm temps and rain. If the cold holds, or at least there's no rain when it's warm then things will be alright. There's no secret we can give you at this point. Stowe has good snowmaking. Sugarbush....not so much. Mad River? They close all the time for no snow. That's a daily decision. Don't know about Jay.

I can only say that Okemo this past weekend was in excellent shape, esp Sunday. Was like spring skiing. Very good. No wrod, apparently the East right now is vastly superior to the Lake Tahoe areas. :eek

post #40 of 70
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So now that Stowe sounds pretty certain, will anyone be skiing there this weekend? 

post #41 of 70
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So now that Stowe sounds pretty certain, will anyone be skiing there this weekend? 

 

Yep, I'll be there Saturday and Sunday.  PM me if you want to try and meet up for a few runs.

post #42 of 70

I will likely also be there Saturday and Sunday.  Happy to meet up for a few.

post #43 of 70

I'll be there Friday only. Meeting friends down at K for the weekend.

post #44 of 70

Be sure to use Stowe Bypass. Only $59 through Dec 14th!

 

http://www.stowe.com/ski-ride/bypass/

post #45 of 70

+1 

 

My impressions exactly and I'm a snowboarder. Gore opens basically one trail from the Northwoods Gondola early. Later in the season there are some great glades and some fun runs serviced by the slower lifts on the upper mountains. But the traverses are frustrating especially on a snowboard. ORDA mountains are parks which were laid out with what appears to be minimal disruption to the natural terrain, which makes for a beautiful mountain but not convenient high speed access to steep trails. The cafeterias are limited and prices are higher than at Hunter. I was at Hunter last weekend and it was pretty good, don't know what it looks like after today.

post #46 of 70

Stowe was good on Fri. the 5th. Only the Forerunner was running on Mansfield but quite a few trails were open. They ran the gondola but it was for testing only, no loading. Gondola opened Sat. with Perry Merrill top to bottom & upper Gondolier. Also heard Little Spruce opened Sat. with several ways down. Only the new Metro Quad, beginner double chairlift & magic carpet were open Fri. Only my second experience with the carpet loading system (Metro Quad) & just like the first time I did not like it. Didn't ski Stowe Sat. or Sun. K was good Sat.

post #47 of 70

@MNSkiing10 and I met up on Saturday.  He can really ski.  As said above, not a whole lot open right now, but we skied everything that was open.

 

Saturday started out with a sleet / snow mixture, but it changed to all snow by mid-morning and it just kept snowing all day.  Maybe another two inches or so?  Conditions stayed reasonably soft.  Temps were nice and mild.

 

Sunday, the sun came out, the temps dropped and @Hoss  and his friend Mariah joined us.  The fresh-fallen snow was perfect snowball snow (i.e., wet), and the resulting surface was pretty firm in the morning, but it remained very edgeable hardpack in most places.  Not what I call "real" ice.  The bumps down the side of Liftline were skiing really nicely except for a few easily avoidable thin patches.

 

Of course, we couldn't let MNSkiing10 go without introducing him to the most revered Stowe institution of them all -- the Matterhorn.  :)   Great skiing with you this weekend, hope you can make it to Stowe again this season so we can show off Mansfield in all its glory. Thumbs Up

post #48 of 70

storm coming this tues/wed that should most of VT with the goods - http://www.weather.gov/btv/stormtotalsnow

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It's dumping over 2 inches per hour here @ elevation!
post #50 of 70

It's been raining at that rate on the other side of the border.

post #51 of 70
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It's dumping over 2 inches per hour here @ elevation!
Meanining 1,000 ft of Ludlow?
post #52 of 70
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Meanining 1,000 ft of Ludlow?

Mecca!
post #53 of 70

$103 lift ticket? Really?  Sounds like I'll be done with skiing when my equipment needs replacing, they are pricing me out of the market...

post #54 of 70

^^^ there are plenty of less expensive options, you do understand that, right? 

 

It's like saying "Ferrari LaFerrari- $1.3 million?? really? Guess I'll get a horse and buggy". There are other choices.

post #55 of 70
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$103 lift ticket? Really?  Sounds like I'll be done with skiing when my equipment needs replacing, they are pricing me out of the market...

 

I keep hearing this number get quoted, but you can buy your ticket through Liftopia or 24 hours in advance on Stowe's website for (I believe) $89.

 

I realize that isn't cheap, but the ~80-dollar-lift-ticket price is right in range with the other big New England areas.

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My drive home tonight -
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My drive home tonight -

 

That stuff's sticking to the trees.  
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My drive home tonight -


Base building!
That's what we call the liquid snow also.
post #59 of 70

Beautiful moody heavy wet glop.

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Beautiful moody heavy wet glop.

She is talking about my avatar, I assume. smile.gif
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