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2014-15 Northeast Weather Discussion

post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
Well, we've got some snow now. In my case I've also got 20 people expecting to come over for Thanksgiving, and no power. Want to see some stoke from Bears who are skiing today, before my phone dies. smile.gif
post #2 of 23

I've got reports of 10" in Richmond VT and 11" and change at the bottom of Sugarbush. Should mean a good day above 2000ft.

 

 

 

 

Not from today, but here's Stowe from 11/21.

 

post #3 of 23

Very unusual storm as everyone from New Jersey through the Catskills, Berkshires, Greens, Whites and Maine got about the same +/- 12 inches.  Great for the holiday weekend!  

post #4 of 23
Bristol mountain this morning.


Edited by core2 - 11/28/14 at 5:11pm
post #5 of 23

This early December nor'easter is really dumping on the eastern resorts from the Catskills to New England.  Skied Killington today with over a foot and a half of heavy fresh snow on the ground and its still coming.  Setting up to be a great Xmas/New Years holiday week. 

post #6 of 23

Over 17" of snow on Mansfield as of last night, and it's still snowing this morning. While some may complain about how dense and heavy this snow is (including me while shoveling), it's really the perfect type of snow to get a base started on natural trails and in the woods. Light fluffy powder is great for most of the rest of the season, but putting down a dense base to cover over most of the rocks and other hazards is perfect. 

post #7 of 23
Stratton says they've received 15" in the last 24 hours. That's good news. It just switched over to snow down here in SE CT, but I think it's tapering off here pretty quickly.

Early on it looks like maybe we're back to a more traditional weather pattern, with the snow up north, not coastal. Probably way too early to say that for sure though.
post #8 of 23

Gonna hit Windham tomorrow.  Seems like they have a lot open, even the "What a Ride" glades.  I haven't skiied those glades and imagine they're not much to write home about but it'll be the earliest in the season I've skiied trees which'll be nice.

 

Then it's Plattekill on Sunday.  It'll be my first time there.  Heard so many good things and never gave it a shot before.

post #9 of 23

Killington got over 2 foot out of this storm.  They will have over 130 trails open today (Saturday) including opening Bear Mountain on ungroomed snow for experts only.  Must be the earliest opening of Bear in years. 

post #10 of 23

Quite the weather pattern we are entering.  The North East may be getting an extra special present on Xmas. 

post #11 of 23
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by neufox47 View Post
 

Quite the weather pattern we are entering.  The North East may be getting an extra special present on Xmas. 

 

Or not.The Meteorologist giveth and taketh away.

 

See, this is what we're talking about, @Tony Crocker. When we say the "r" word, often as not we are not just talking about heavy mist! This is why we need to introduce the concept of "negative snowfall" to aid in understanding regional conditions. Not only are we likely to lose a bunch of snow cover and perhaps even the cold frozen-ground base on which any new snow prefers to stick, but we are also missing out on the snow that these 3+ inches of rain might have been. So it's like -20 or -30 inches of snowfall (depending on what number you use for typical water content in eastern snow), plus whatever melting we get (another negative number). Potentially something like a -50" storm in areas where there is good cover currently.

 

AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAY ME
245 PM EST FRI DEC 19 2014

ON CHRISTMAS EVE...A STORM IS EXPECTED TO FORM AS LOW PRESSURE
RAPIDLY INTENSIFIES OVER THE NORTHERN OHIO VALLEY BEFORE MOVING
OVER THE GREAT LAKES. THIS WILL SPREAD MILD TEMPERATURES INTO THE
REGION IN ADDITION TO LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL. THE GFS IS VERY WET
AT THIS TIME AND ALLOWS FOR 4+ INCH RAINFALL TOTALS IN THE
HEADLANDS/FOOTHILLS. THIS...IN ADDITION TO SNOW MELT WOULD LEAD TO
INLAND FLOODING OVER THE REGION. OTHER MODELS ARE NOT AS ROBUST
WITH THE QPF...BUT STILL BRING OVER 3 INCHES PRECIP TO THIS
REGION...WITH NORTH CONWAY SEEMING TO BE THE BULLSEYE.
post #12 of 23

Oh I hope they are 100% dead wrong on that. I'm skiing really great woods 2nd/3rd week of Dec. I've been in Vt for 22 years and it has never been this good this early.What a great base we have right now , some tree damage with frozen bent over birches  but still very skiable. Interesting but very true take on what that type/amount  of precip will do here in the east.

post #13 of 23
I was at Stowe this morning. Most lifts were on "ice hold" this morning. Anything not groomed was closed and was seriously crusted over. It's going to take some doing to cover that up.
post #14 of 23
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Originally Posted by KevinF View Post

I was at Stowe this morning. Most lifts were on "ice hold" this morning. Anything not groomed was closed and was seriously crusted over. It's going to take some doing to cover that up.


I'll bet you it's a lot nicer than you think tomorrow.

post #15 of 23

I guess being home for winter break doesn't suck as bad as I thought it would.

post #16 of 23
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Originally Posted by KevinF View Post

I was at Stowe this morning. Most lifts were on "ice hold" this morning. Anything not groomed was closed and was seriously crusted over. It's going to take some doing to cover that up.


So how was it today Kevin? I was on the Carpet all day except for one lap under the guns on Slalom Hill. It sure looked nice on the other side though.

post #17 of 23
Anything not groomed out was still safely in the "good for you" category, but the groomers held up really well throughout the day.
post #18 of 23

First day of the season yesterday at Mt Snow.  I made the comment after skiing frozen, crusted over bumps that they were definitely in the good for you category.  Keeping fingers crossed for some decent conditions between Christmas and New Years.  

post #19 of 23

Just back from skiing 2 days at Killington, and 1 day snowboard at Okemo. Killington by far better conditions. Glad I took my sharp edges and carving skis for this trip. Last week I brought the big floaty skis which ware fantastic but sketchy on the ice.

 

I read somewhere here  that Sugarbush received some rain on Tuesday then some small snowfalls thru the week. By far this was the MOST HELPFUL snow report I could locate anywhere. Thank you for your post!

 

Killington: Excellent coverage and generally VG snow where groomed and or trail/tree edges.50+ year olds get discount on Fridays, so cheap skiing! Last weekend was ski club appreciation 2 for 1 tickets so two days of skiing for $90. Join a ski club if not for anything else.

 

Okemo: IMHO not worth the ride from Killington area. Blue groomed cruisers were OK for my snowboard ability but coverage was 50% less than Killington. Layout of slopes trails all funnel thru beginner land. 4 flights of stairs from drop off area to ticket booth, the two flights down to restroom. If it weren't for club ticket discount I'd stay at Killington. Okemo is also longish ride back to NYS Thruway.

 

Long Trail Brewery: this is worth the drive from K. Take a Bottle of draft home in a jug, drive safe!

post #20 of 23

Better saddle up for tomorrow people. Most woods skiing in North/Central VT will be in!

 

Stowe side/bc, 1/17

post #21 of 23
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Originally Posted by east or bust View Post

Better saddle up for tomorrow people. Most woods skiing in North/Central VT will be in!

Stowe side/bc, 1/17


By this you mean it snowed up there? We're all rain.
post #22 of 23
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Originally Posted by lakespapa View Post


By this you mean it snowed up there? We're all rain.

Forecast is looking good for Mansfield. 

 

 

 

post #23 of 23

An improvement over rain.  Still raining here, although the snow was fabulous this morning.

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