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I skied Killington today.  Temps in the upper 20s.  Surfaces pretty good but fog made for poor visibility.  Very light snow all afternoon.  Looks like it may be mixing a bit now (8:45 PM) here atmy condo but looks like no major damage.  With snowmaking and grooming it will be a non-event in a few days.  Does look like a cold weekend (temps low teens and high single digits during the day) but some sun.  Sounds like January in New England.

yea, the whether looks imo to be pretty good for fri/sat skiing to be honest.

 

A tad cold being in the teens but it beats 0 and worse which we've all experienced at some points. And most important is that winds are expected about only 5mp both days. Wind makes a huge difference for the feeling of chill temps and also freezing things to ice not to mention any snow blowing would be more calm so along with partly cloudy (meaning some sun) it actually all seems like a pretty good time for hiting the slopes. I can easily deal with 18* especially if not windy and some sun too. Im actually pretty happy about that. I mean Ive driven up in the past to rain or to sub zero windchills closing sections of mountains. I will gladly take 12 to 20* with minimal wind and even some sun :). Not even close to what bad alternatives could be.

 

Seems like the rain expected been mostly a mix but expected to now be mostly snow dusting inch/two or so through next 24/36 hrs so that too seems to be working much better than it could have. All being said Id expect some fairly decent conditions come fri/sat I suppose. Certainly not going to back out of this one as there is certainly no snow or skiing in my backyard in Jersey going to happen so my direction as of thursday afternoon will be north for about 4-5 hrs :)

post #602 of 860
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Bases are trashed it was awesome

Tell me about it.



PSA- there's still a lot of snowmaking equipment on the sides of the trails. If you're coming back on trail from the woods, be careful. A hose coupling might be lurking beneath the surface, just waiting to eat your ski.
post #603 of 860

Ski country looks quiet to the weekend. Some are getting nickels and dimes. The snow potential later this week is tracking south :(

 

http://www.accuweather.com/en/videos/accuweather-experts/late-week-snowstorm-morning-update/2430839568001

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Ski country looks quiet to the weekend. Some are getting nickels and dimes. The snow potential later this week is tracking south :(

 

http://www.accuweather.com/en/videos/accuweather-experts/late-week-snowstorm-morning-update/2430839568001

 

Quiet isn't terrible, as long as that cold front rolls in and allows us to retain the snow we have. I'd rather have quiet and highs in the teens than active with highs in the 40's and r***. 

post #605 of 860

Well instead of freezing rain and sleet, we got 3 inches of nice creamy snow overnight here at Killington.  Some of the best carving surfaces I've experienced this season.  So instead of losing terrain, they were able to open another dozen or more trails including some of the woods.  Great day!

post #606 of 860

^^^ good to know. I was hoping we get some snow on the back end of this warming spell. Lots of snow loss in the southern part of NE. 

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^^^ good to know. I was hoping we get some snow on the back end of this warming spell. Lots of snow loss in the southern part of NE. 

Our mountain's snow and weather guru, was working with the National Weather Service to do some snowpack density measurements today. He said this is the most robust snowpack he has seen in 5 years. The recent liquid precipitation we got up here just served to consolidate the pack and didn't actually lead to snow loss. The pack was measuring about 35% water at the base of Mansfield, and about 25% at 3000'. We were measuring 47" at 3000",about 30" at 1500' That's good, solid snow that will stand up well against most weather conditions going forward. You get snow loss when the water content exceeds 50%, so there's still more it can absorb. But at the same time, it's dense enough to safely cover over most of the snags and nastiness that is lurking beneath.

Simply put, up here we have the best foundation to build on that we've had in years. Game on.
post #608 of 860

And Stowe is reporting another 3-5 fresh this morning. Not bad for what's supposed to be a 'quiet' week. 

post #609 of 860

It's a quiet period for the flatlands. And well.... Sno country is snow country, between storms, its getting nickels and dimes this winter. Below is wildcat's report, I never read so much terrain has open but its been only a few years that I started going there  Was hoping to visit other places this month. 

 

 

85% Of Terrain Open!

Wildcat is in prime condition with all the snow we've gathered this week and it's showing! The groomers are smooth and the natural trails are covered up! Come on up to The 'Cat to see what it's all about!!

The forecast is calling for a chance of light snow this morning and mostly sunny skies throughout the day. Today we are spinning 3 lifts, The Wildcat Express, The Snowcat Triple, and The Bobcat Triple from 9am until 3:30pm. From those lifts, we have 41 trails, 198 acres, and 13.8 miles of open terrain!

post #610 of 860

I don't know what higher elevations are like, but in town the formerly wet snow has frozen and is now ice. I was able to stand on it without breaking through in most spots (I only weight 130lbs though). Makes for a good base, but backcountry skiing would probably suck right now.

post #611 of 860

I skied yesterday's refrozen whipped cream today.  It was noisy and teeth-rattling.  

I worked on maintaining a sense of dignity turning on that stuff.

Groomers were salt-on-formica.  

Say what you will, but this is not good skiing, it is good-for-you-skiing.  

Silver lining:  it does seem like it's good base-building.

Personal note:  my pain-in-the-S turns worked today on easy groomers.  

The plan is to take that up the hill tomorrow and see if I can keep a grip.

Good-for-you-snow is an opportunity to work on "torture drills."

post #612 of 860
I like doing quick turns in that frozen crunchy crap its good practice for sketchy woods.
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Okemo was surprisingly good today, considering the wet conditions of the prior two days. They must have waited for the freeze last night and then pulverized and laid out the snow. A little noisy and abrasive, but the turns were predictable. Sunburst Six lift was wind delayed for at least an hour at the start, but otherwise it was a good day, albeit a tad nippy.

post #614 of 860

and so just returned home to Jersey to find my cars and driveway in need of snow blowing and shoveling. Nothing like coming home after a tiring 2 days of skiing and after a 4-1/2 hr drive to have to go to work clearing the house after barely unpacking...lol but what can ya do?

 

As for Killington we had a good couple days. We had some glitches though. On the first day my brother forgot his boots and so we had to call the wives at the hotel in Rutland to bring his boots. By the time they got ready and drove up was a waste of 45 minutes. Than the second day after lunch my sons boot (new boots last year) had broken at the hiking/walking feature and that wasted about 45 minutes..lol so we were not without our skiing time busters being two families and all the stuff that goes along with the daunting task of getting all ready and going. None the less we got our good share of skiing.

 

Conditions were ok to good imo. There was some hard ice than i would like on certain runs here and there and in given spots but overall not a ton at all and certainly have experienced much worse but you just had to find the softer stuff usually towards the edges and there was plenty to make for more than enough fun good skiing. On another note certain runs were downright pretty darn nice overall :) 

 

I didn't remember all that much about killington having not been there for many years and only a couple or so times in my life. Most of our VT trips we ever made was to Mt snow and even that has been some years. so not being familiar we were not without our share of wasted time exploring and figuring our way around the pretty large resort. Should we head back we would of course have a better understanding what and where and how as for the skiing.  But as the second day rolled along we had a couple good areas we preferred to ski and ran on those runs for several times over :) 

 

One the negatives I did remember im not crazy about with killington was too many trails are a bit too narrow. Yes typical of east coast skiing and sking mostly poconos its not something we cant deal I know but still I feel that Mt snow and Stratton from what I recall have more width to more of their runs. Perhaps not as many but over all but still more wider ones. Just better when crowds are concerned and certainly when there are always enough idiots around. Other than that it was a great 2 days of skiing.

 

We bought the tix at Costco before leaving home. A 3pack for $199 so had two of those for 6 tix for about 400 for the two days. One the benefits the wife not caring to ski much anymore is that it saves good money lol.  But yea skiing just gets more and more expensive.  Something I would do much more of otherwise. Just hard to absorb the cost of skiing but like anything else nowadays what can ya do? It is what it is.  

 

Overall the big K was in good shape imo especially considering mother nature has not exactly been hammering VT thus far and all worked out well for a good 3 day trip. very glad we found the time and made the trip :) but now I want to go skiing again already. lol but back to work tomorrow :( haha what can ya do? but be thankful I guess :)

post #615 of 860
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Great day at Sunapee today (speaking of wide trails -- and a mountain 1/8 the size), but it was cold, and therefore crowd-free. The snow was super, just crank 'em over and ride.

Spoke to a number of flatlanders alive to the irony of 18" back home, while they're up skiing on an inch of new.
post #616 of 860
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Great day at Sunapee today (speaking of wide trails -- and a mountain 1/8 the size), but it was cold, and therefore crowd-free. The snow was super, just crank 'em over and ride.

Spoke to a number of flatlanders alive to the irony of 18" back home, while they're up skiing on an inch of new.

doesn't have to be large to have good skiing or wider runs. Funny how we can also find shorter runs and chairs on even larger mountains. We always seem to find a given run or two or 3 that just works great often without going from top to bottom that you can just very happily do over and over.

 

I didn't mention the whether. Yea it was cold but to to be honest on Fri and sat not at all windy. This made it quite pleasant. Wind (or lack of) can make all the difference as for how enjoyable the day on the slopes can be.  Yes it was only low 20's at best but with little to know wind was not at all any real problem except for the occasional frozen goggle lenses. Some more sun would have helped too but still all in all was 2 good days for us. I think today (sunday) was a bit worse off as we were traveling home today and di not ski. In any case 22 and quiet sure beats th heck out of 3 dgrees and windy as hell.

post #617 of 860
Hiked up to Hellbrook at Stowe today. Good way to stay warm on a frigid day. While skiable, there was a lot of exposed ice flows. I did it two years ago and remember having an easier time in there.

A few places where we needed to remove our gear, and if you stepped off the bootpack, you were in to you hip.

Testament to how much snow has fallen so far this season.

Got back to the resort s few hours later and treated myself to a beer and lunch, and finished the day with some runs down a very edgabld surface under the gondola.
post #618 of 860
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 In any case 22 and quiet sure beats th heck out of 3 dgrees and windy as hell.

 

Yesterday was supposed to hit 16 degrees. It was 15 degrees when I left after 3.

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Yesterday at Wildcat they had frostbite warnings, I didn't want to see the temps b/c it would have psych me out. After two hours, I went into the lodge anyways to put on my hand and feet liners. And then another time to change out my googles, flat lights in bumps is still a bad combo.....

 

 

BTW, Wildcat claim 43 trails open and 17 were groomed, the ungroomed trails had spaced out bumps forming to a really nice line. Hmm... more than half the trails are ungroomed, interesting to see if they will do this all season and how the bumps will form. 

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One the negatives I did remember im not crazy about with killington was too many trails are a bit too narrow. Yes typical of east coast skiing and sking mostly poconos its not something we cant deal I know but still I feel that Mt snow and Stratton from what I recall have more width to more of their runs. Perhaps not as many but over all but still more wider ones. Just better when crowds are concerned and certainly when there are always enough idiots around. Other than that it was a great 2 days of skiing.

 

 

Interesting.  I don't like the wide boulevards.  Don't retain the natural snow (it blows into the woods) and they destroy the character of the terrain.  That said Killington has its share - Snowshed, Header, Double Dipper, Needles Eye, Cruise Control, Skyeburst, etc.  Killington's big attraction is the variety and mix of terrain - something for everyone.  It does take some time to learn how to get around efficiently, but once you do figure it out, it makes all the difference.  

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Interesting.  I don't like the wide boulevards.  Don't retain the natural snow (it blows into the woods) and they destroy the character of the terrain.  That said Killington has its share - Snowshed, Header, Double Dipper, Needles Eye, Cruise Control, Skyeburst, etc.  Killington's big attraction is the variety and mix of terrain - something for everyone.  It does take some time to learn how to get around efficiently, but once you do figure it out, it makes all the difference.  

Yes that's probably a big part of it. Figuring ones way around when unfamiliar can certainly take some time. Most our skiing is Poconos simply due to convenience of travel and such.  So our VT trips are usually once per season if we even go at all. And who knows if next time we head back to Snow or strat or the Kill or wherever. But at least I have some of the K and its areas we seemed to enjoy to ski a bit fresher in my head again for now.

post #622 of 860
I'm curious what everyone is thinking about for the upcoming weekend. Are you braving the crowds? Holding off given the r*** that's expected tomorrow?

I'm on the fence. CT Ski council day at Pico on Monday that I'm thinking about. Tough to drive 3 hours if it's not going to be at least decent.

This weather is super depressing.
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I'm curious what everyone is thinking about for the upcoming weekend. Are you braving the crowds? Holding off given the r*** that's expected tomorrow?

I'm on the fence. CT Ski council day at Pico on Monday that I'm thinking about. Tough to drive 3 hours if it's not going to be at least decent.

This weather is super depressing.

 

We are almost at 50 degrees here in NYC today and are expected to be near 60 degrees tomorrow, Thursday. So, from down here, skiing almost seems like an impossibility :o

 

Having said that, things are different 200-500 miles north - in many cases much different, in a good way as it relates to cold/snow. I have been looking around various mountains and most if not all are between 85-100% open. So, if things turn sour for a day (tomorrow), I am hopeful that given the good condition that they are in and with some recovery on Friday that things will be "good" come the long weekend. 

 

As for the crowds, I just hope it is nothing like the sh*t show that took place at Okemo over New Year's weekend when +14,000 plus people descended on the mountain causing NYC commuter style gridlock at every chair lift, food line, restroom stall,... If it's anything like that this weekend, it will likely be the last time I ski there (certainly not during any remotely popular time).

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This weather is super depressing.

Definitely...skiing is full of highs and lows. Too many lows at the moment.

post #625 of 860

If I lived in NYC, I'd be thinking about driving to Whiteface or Gore for the weekend.

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If I lived in NYC, I'd be thinking about driving to Whiteface or Gore for the weekend.


If I lived in NYC I'd look for a good band playing in a small venue and leave the skiing for a different weekend.

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If I lived in NYC, I'd be thinking about driving to Whiteface or Gore for the weekend.


If I lived in NYC I'd look for a good band playing in a small venue and leave the skiing for a different weekend.


It's such a long way to go for questionable skiing.

 

I'll ski in anything, myself, but it's an hour and a half at most. Friday night (which could be brutal) is only 45 minutes away. The commitment is minimal, so if I hate it, I go home.

post #628 of 860

If anyone is planning on skiing past 10:00 am on Sat, Sun, or Mon, in New England, you will be dealing with "snow that is good for you" rather than "good snow."

You'll be on salt-on-formica, or frozen suede, or the like.  

It's gonna rain Thursday, and freeze Friday; nothing we can do about that but hope it isn't so.  

 

This is a Mother Nature issue.  Groomers can only mince and fluff so much.  Crowds will move the minced slivers off to the sides of the trails in two hours.

Get your game on for hard snow.  Sharpen those skis, and keep your feet under you.  

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It's such a long way to go for questionable skiing.

 

I'll ski in anything, myself, but it's an hour and a half at most. Friday night (which could be brutal) is only 45 minutes away. The commitment is minimal, so if I hate it, I go home.


If you lived in NYC the last place you would want to be during a long weekend filled with tourists and cold weather would be NYC - even the four hour drive through picturesque Albany is a more attractive option :rolleyes

post #630 of 860

Tomorrow promises "nearly corn", or at least a softening base.  This afternoon was down right FUN!  Spring like!

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