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PA skiing gonna happen this year or what?

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
So whats everyone's thoughts of the northeast winter this year? Particularly in PA, last year my local slope ended up opening on November 23rd. This year they are predicting temps close to 70 all November and it's getting depressing.
post #2 of 22

I've heard that this winter is supposed to bring more snowfall, and less fluctuation in temperatures.  Last season, our hill opened right around the first of December, and we kept getting cold/snow followed by warm/sunny.  This lead to the hill essentially having one lift and 2 trails open for the first 3-4 weeks, and conditions sucked.  They tried to make snow on the cold days, and then we'd have two or so days in the 50's and they lost a majority of it.  I'm just hoping that this year, when it gets cold, it stays there.  I'd rather wait until mid December and have good conditions then ski in mashed potatoes and slush for a month.

 

Edit : Not in PA, but live in southern tier NY and ski in CNY, so we're about in the same area.

post #3 of 22

When they have coverage go to Blue Knob. Trust me. 

post #4 of 22
Thread Starter 
Hope your right Ed, but I just wanna get out there. If killington was still spinning I'd probably go for the 1 trail, 6 hour drive for me tho.

Blue knob is about 3 hours and 20 minutes from me but will check it out!
post #5 of 22
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Hope your right Ed, but I just wanna get out there. If killington was still spinning I'd probably go for the 1 trail, 6 hour drive for me tho.

Blue knob is about 3 hours and 20 minutes from me but will check it out!

The Mid-Atlantic Gathering will be at Blue Knob in Feb.  Check out Let's Go, Gatherings for the relevant thread (see top of that subforum for sticky note).

post #6 of 22
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So whats everyone's thoughts of the northeast winter this year? Particularly in PA, last year my local slope ended up opening on November 23rd. This year they are predicting temps close to 70 all November and it's getting depressing.


Have you seen the regional threads?  Go to Resorts, Conditions & Travel for a complete list of links.

 

post #7 of 22
Well...I just put my snow plow on my ATV so that likely means little snow.
post #8 of 22
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Well...I just put my snow plow on my ATV so that likely means little snow.

 

Booooooooooooooo! :hopmad:

 

I hit Whitetail last year on December 14th with just 2 runs open and had a great time. Pretty good conditions, and wasn't crowded - and things got better from there. I wouldn't mind the same start to this year! 

post #9 of 22

I just emptied out the shed yesterday and put all the deck furniture and kids outdoor summer toys in the back.  I made sure the snowblower was accessible, so that's a good sign!

 

Disclaimer : It was also 72 degrees and sunny, and I left the lawn mower accessible, too.

post #10 of 22
Thread Starter 
Lol I just can't wait, getting antsy. Last year sking nov 23rd at blue mountain was not great conditions and only 1 trail but it was skiing and early season skiing helps me get in shape atleast. Skied the same trail dozens of times before they finally got more open.
post #11 of 22
My son and I hit Blue Mtn the day after Thanksgiving last year and he was skiing in the trees! I think we went three times before Xmas when they discount the lift tickets. That doesn't look likely this year. The long range forecast suggests we might get in one day before.

Bad form on the snow blowers, guys!
post #12 of 22

When I lived in PA, any skiing you got before Xmas was bonus time. 

post #13 of 22
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When I lived in PA, any skiing you got before Xmas was bonus time. 


Yeah, I was just saying to someone that we're likely going to get a more "normal" winter here this year.  Which means a 1 in 4 chance of a white christmas, instead of the 2 or 3 years of deep-freezes we've had recently.  Six years ago I think I shoveled the driveway 3 times.  That's a possibility for this year. 

post #14 of 22
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Bad form on the snow blowers, guys!

 

For what it's worth, I didn't fire it up or change the oil in it yet.  I just wanted to make sure that when it was 60 degrees one day, and we get 8" of snow the next day, I can get it from the back yard to the shed.

post #15 of 22

While I was taking my kids trick or treating, I was reminiscing about the years growing up in Syracuse when we'd wear snow suits under our Halloween costumes so we could walk through knee-high snow.  Uphill.  Both ways.

post #16 of 22
My Dad is from Oswego. I've heard those stories about legendary snow falls!
post #17 of 22

Yeah, maybe.     I'm still hoping it doesn't turn into an ice-storm fest everywhere south of  the Plattsburgh - St. Albans - Enosburg - Berlin line.

Anyone remember the mid 90s?   2-3 sometimes even 4 inches of black ice on roads, too thick to break by hand?    Virtual potholes in the ice and then very real and deeper potholes in the roads?
 

post #18 of 22
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I just want it to get cold, even if we have a dry winter the PA resorts can make snow if its just cold and humid enough so thats all I ask. I was looking at Grand Targhees wed cam this afternoon and watching dozens of people hiking it up in all their nice natural snow. I am looking out my window at a 65 degree day lol.

post #19 of 22

I don't miss PA.  It's not as exciting as you might think here right now though.  

 

I don't think there's enough snow at GT or Teton Pass to make safe turns.  Take what you see on the internet with a grain of salt.  I could use a day or three of 68 degree weather right now for working outside.  It seems like we might be getting another shot of snow tonight and for the next few days.  We could be into Snovember and a good early season, or we could just have cold, grey weather and some ice and thin snow.


Edited by tetonpwdrjunkie - 11/9/15 at 7:14pm
post #20 of 22
It's just depressingly rainy now. 


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.  I don't think there's enough snow at GT or Teton Pass to make safe turns.  Take what you see on the internet with a grain of salt.  I could use a day or three of 68 degree weather right now for working outside. 

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post #22 of 22
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My son and I hit Blue Mtn the day after Thanksgiving last year and he was skiing in the trees! I think we went three times before Xmas when they discount the lift tickets. That doesn't look likely this year. The long range forecast suggests we might get in one day before.

 

Blue Mountain opening on Thanksgiving weekend is a statistical outlaying data point. Same is true for the Pocono's. Mid-December is much more probable as a Blue opening date, and, then it is limited to the a couple of runs. While I try to get a day or two before Christmas, I don't ski over the holiday crowded conditions. What Blue and the Pocono's need is a 10 cay very cold blast that typically comes in early January, and, that permits them to open the areas served by the high speed quads.

 

70 degrees is predicted next week, so, not looking good for early season. I remember about 10 years ago, Blue was barely open on Christmas due to very warm weather. I went to Jackson Hole in mid-January with only 2 days on snow. We need a major shift in weather patterns for sure.

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