|Originally posted by Llama:
So I drive five freaking hours to get 150 miles to Loon Mtn (weak I know...) in the middle of a blizzard on Christmas day so I can get nice pow...
I pass on the bars and show up early for the chairs...and they @*&@* groomed out 90% of the runs. WTF!?!?!?! Who grooms powder?? : :
All the McSkiing mountains do that. You'll get the same sacrelige at Sunday River, Stratton, Okemo, Attitash, Mt. Snow, Jiminy Peak, Deer Valley, Buttermilk, Wachusett, and many others. You basically just went to the wrong mountain for powder. Loon skiing can be fantastic (although I'm not sure I'd wanna deal with the crowds in a holiday period), but within 15 minutes in either direction are 2 mountains that are immeasureably better on a powder day. Not only that but both Cannon and Waterville are both steeper (important on a powder day) and cheaper. Loon is definately the place I would go when the wind is up because it's lower and more sheltered, but Cannon and Waterville are roughly the same drive time (10 minutes less for waterville and 5 minutes more for Cannon) from Boston, and are both larger and steeper. Cannon only grooms a few runs on a powder day (beginner runs and Gary's or Rocket for the racing program), and Waterville basically follows the same pattern. The racing trails will always be groomed no matter where you go, and so will most, if not all, novice runs, but most areas wont do what Loon did. Bretton Woods might have to. Stratton and Okemo might have to. That is because after a certain amount of snow, some mountains just aren't steep enough. Even if you're not an expert skier, a powder day is the time to search out a steeper mountain, because the steeper pitch makes powder skiing infinitely less work.
Better Luck next time.