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Has anybody skiied out east over the holidays

post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 
I skiied Hunter montain, NY Jiminy Peak, MA and Bromely, VT

Hunter was the only amazing experince. They had 40-80 inches of base and the blacks are great there. I will admit i actually had some trouble with the double blacks at hunter (k-27....great run). I had a great time there. THe snow, the views, and the terrian. I will give anybody more information about everything if they want it.


Happy Skiing Peoples

!!!!

P.S. anybody with other experinces out east over the holidays post
post #2 of 26
Hunter is a good mountain. I am 20 minutes from Killington as I type this. Will get out, begrudgingly, tomorrow.
post #3 of 26
Jiminy froze up the snowmaking system the last deep freeze.
post #4 of 26
I posted some comments about my visit today to Camelback in PA in the Meet on the Hill forum.
http://forums.epicski.com/showthread...2&page=2&pp=30
post #5 of 26
I skied Elk Mountain in PA on Wednesday. They ("unexpectedly") got four inches new snow the afternoon/evening before. Early morning conditions Wed. were the best I can recall there, I got one of the first rides up and skied down on pure corduroy.

Surprisingly little ice from past above freezing temps and rain. They had only five ways down from the top, (Delaware, Susquehanna, Tunkhannock, Tioga and Wissahickon, two blacks, two blues and a green). By 10:30 they had a good size crowd (mostly families there for the week from what I saw and heard), especially on the left side lifts.

The good conditions help up for most of the day, I left ~3:00. I expect conditions to would have worsened in the ensuing days, as they couldn't make any new snow because the temps were mostly above freezing, and humidity was too high. So all they can do is groom what's already on the ground. Will be watching for next weekend, though.
post #6 of 26
Skied Sugarbush Tues. and Wed. stayed home on a beautiful sunny Thursday with a sick kid while my wife skied!

Conditions were pretty good on the snowmaking trails. Anything without snowmaking was thin, rocky, and ice crust below a few inches of fresh light powder. A few snowmaking trails were very skied off - i.e. Organgrinder - skiable with decent cover but pretty firm. Ripcord was dust on crust with plenty of uncovered shrubbery showing through.

However there were plenty of trails with very good conditions at both North and South. Continuous light snow in the early part of the week made for some great soft cruising on about 2 dozen groomed runs such as Elbow, and Jester. On Wednesday, they opened Stein's after some intense snowmaking, and it was beautiful with widely spaced soft bumps, top to bottom. My legs were screaming on Stein's since this was my first trip of the season.

Never made it over to check on Castlerock, but I doubt if it would have been skiable without rock skis. They still need an 18+ inch dump, and the bad news was that today it was lightly raining all over Vermont, as we drove home.

All in all, a pretty good first trip, and my wife reports that Thusday was fantastic skiing. Way below normal snow right now, but stick to the groomers, and the skiing is still quite good.
post #7 of 26
was driving to seven springs from FL but the family got very tired so we settled for Winterplace in WV. Cold enough for snowmaking this past Monday, had enough green trails for me as I am recovering from acl and meniscus tear in March. Had some very light snow, nice night sking for me, of course I have never skied out west yet or even some of the better east coast places.. but one day.. also my legs were dead sore after one day..planning on a few mid atlantic or Ind or NC trips once the weather starts dumping the snow to improve sking ...then really go sking in the NE or West.. just wondering if any one knows of a list of places you can fly into, take a shuttle to lodging , and then a shuttle to ski. Reno has some inexpensive hotels but not sure about the shuttle cost, Park city I hear is close. But flights to NY, Boston, Philly, are cheapist by far out of Tampa. Thanks for any info or reference to info..
post #8 of 26
Happy New Year! Skied Sugar NC a couple of days ago, blacks were ice balls but there was some nice 3-4 powder so am ready for Sunday River Me in about a month, and Vail in two. Unfortunately a boarder, probably an AppSt. stewdent, hit me broadside, while I was cruising. His board sliced a wedge out of the pretty orange plate on my R 10.20. He caught my left shoulder as I went past...apparently he was tallkin to his goil and did not look back before he traversed the slope. Unfortunately I really hit him. I am 5 11 235 all carbonated liquid and boiling brain. His goil brought me one of my skis and a pole; I thanked her. He was still on the ground when I left. I felt like shit the rest of the day, but he did not look back before he went sideways on the slalom run.
post #9 of 26

Stratton, VT

I skied Stratton VT for four straight days from Xmas eve through Monday the 27th. It had rained heavily nonstop on Thursday - until 1 Friday morning. It was cold and they got the groomers on the mountain. We skied big chunky marbles. It looked better on Xmas - sugar - but as soon as you carved a turn up came up the marbles. Still better on Sunday, but not great. We had a couple inches of snow going into Monday and it was okay.

You gotta hand it to Stratton. That they can pull anything out after that rainstorm is quite an accomplishment.

In a couple weeks I'm off to Whistler. I'm really looking forward to seeing snow again!
post #10 of 26
We skied Jiminy Peak on Wednesday. It was surprisingly good and there were very few people skiing the black runs. My son and I lapped their double black run, "Jericho" a bunch of times and we mostly had it to ourselves.
post #11 of 26
Skied Okemo over the holidays for 5 days. It rained the night before we got there and the first day kind of sucked...lots of ice and chunks. However by the following day the conditions were great and the place was practically empty. The diamonds at Okemo are easy and beautifully groomed...I recommend it for families. I stayed off the main Northstar lift and skiied on the two lifts to the left... I never saw more that 2-3 other people on the lift line(if that many). World Cup and Upper Fall Line were fantastic and lots of fun...since i had them to myself. THe only problem is that by Tuesday it was so cold I ended up getting a bit of frostbite on my nose...ouch. I would definitely recommend Okemo. We stayed at the Clarion Cavendish and thought it was top-notch.
post #12 of 26
been skiing killington since 12/19
different conditions everyday! plenty of man made snow
yesterday was best-hero snow everywhere they opened bear and those trails were awesome. the canyons were great
a bit hung over this morning, may go out later today!
happy new year!
post #13 of 26
Thread Starter 
Cool so it sounds like a lot of us are getting out and making tracks.

Hunter is a good mountain...over the holidays i got lucky because i missed alll the questionable rainy weather. Killington is great...wish i could have skiied there.
post #14 of 26
I skied http://www.calabogie.com/content/winter_mountain.asp on Thursday. They had 15 runs open. I posted a bit about it on the RX8 review post.
post #15 of 26
I skied Whitetail in Pa on Monday after Christmas. They do a nice job of snowmaking and had a number of runs open. First ski this year so I just waited til my legs burned and called it a day. Got in 10,000 vertical which is not bad for an old skier on the first day. Today it was almost 70 degrees so I think my plan for Monday may not materialize.
post #16 of 26
As Elkskier said, Elk was sweet on Wednesday and better on Thursday. Tunk was groomed on Thursday and only started to ger scrapy in the afternoon.
post #17 of 26
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Originally Posted by evansilver
As Elkskier said, Elk was sweet on Wednesday and better on Thursday. Tunk was groomed on Thursday and only started to ger scrapy
in the afternoon.
Better on Thurday, ... Yikes! I should have done one more day (even though my legs needed some downtime). Tunk looked, and sounded, absoutely drop-dead gorgeous when I was going up the quad early Wed morning. I was amazed how nice a job they did grooming.
post #18 of 26
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Originally Posted by samm
was driving to seven springs from FL but the family got very tired so we settled for Winterplace in WV...then really go sking in the NE or West.. just wondering if any one knows of a list of places you can fly into, take a shuttle to lodging , and then a shuttle to ski. Reno has some inexpensive hotels but not sure about the shuttle cost, Park city I hear is close. But flights to NY, Boston, Philly, are cheapist by far out of Tampa. Thanks for any info or reference to info..
To pick-up on Samm's thread hijack question,
One convenient place to go "carless" is Salt Lake City, which can often offer good airfares too. If you fly into SLC you can take shuttles or public buses to numerous excellent ski areas such as the Park City group, or the Little Cottonwood Canyon and Big Cottonwood Canyon ski areas.
Reno might also offer some good airfares and you can take shuttles from there to several ski areas (Mt. Rose, Squaw Valley, Northstar) on a daily basis. Some casino hotels make this pretty affordable by packaging the shuttle with accommodations, but you must accept that bus ride can be approx 60-90 minutes each way in good weather.
For Colorado there are a couple of approaches. I have heard of some folks from southeastern cities catching low airfares into Hayden, the small airport serving Steamboat, from there you can get shuttle to town and slopes. You can also fly into Denver and transfer to smaller aircraft for flights to Aspen, Gunnison, Montrose, etc. and (I think) catch shuttles to Aspen, Crested Butte, and Telluride respectively.
In the east I think you can fly into Burlington VT and catch a shuttle to Stowe? If you flew into Boston you would probably need to rent a car to go to someplace like Waterville Valley or the Mt. Washington Valley.
Surely there is a ski oriented travel service in Tampa that can give you some free ideas about the options from there?
post #19 of 26
I skied Cannon (New Hampshire) on 12/30 and 12/31. The 30th was pretty nice, although crowded by Cannon's standards. The morning of the 31st was a rain / sleet mixture. The wind was howling, so the main quad was shut down for a while, limiting the skiing to just two trails available off the Zoomer chair. They eventually started running the main quad, but the wind was so strong and the clouds were so low that it was zero fun. I skied the morning and then left.

Then I headed over to Attitash on New Year's Day. Hoooo boy! I was glad I had freshly sharpened edges under my feet. It wasn't ice-ice, but it was pretty close. Definitely "loud powder". This was one of those days though where I was just in a zone; nothing could go wrong. I was having a blast; skied the whole day.

I skied Someday Bigger (aka, Sunday River) today (Jan. 2nd). Conditions have always been terrible whenever I've gone to Sunday River, and today was no exception. Just loose sandy-type man-made snow on top of sheets of blue ice. The only good thing I can say is that I got some good side-slipping practice in getting out of some places.

Two good days, two eh-whatever type days.
post #20 of 26
thanks for the info lucky33, i will look into those suggestions, and sorry sandman guess i should have started another thread. :
post #21 of 26
Skied MRG the 31st it was great. Some thin spots but good coverage and soft not sticky snow.

Did vertical ice skating at the Bush on the 1st.

Overall an OK start to the season considering the weather.
post #22 of 26
Corn snow at Mountain Creek yesterday. Not sure if that's good or bad. :
post #23 of 26
Thread Starter 
Yea i am back in Chicago now...and happily so because i think now a majoirty of the east is being hit by warm temps and rain...


but good luck and happy skiing
post #24 of 26
Skied Attitash 12/31, 1/1 and 1/2.
12/31 - Rain in the am but conditions were not bad. Cleared up by noon and conditions improved, very warm but all levels of terrain were open. 40 something trails open Green to double black. Rain and warm weather softened up that NE hardpack.

1/1 - Still warm and a great day. Pleanty of coverage on all levels of terrain.
40 sometning trails open and all in great shape, Parmagian (sp?) was icy but Tims Trama was outstanding.

1/2 - All that rain and melted snow froze and it was icy as hell. Skiable with good edges. Slicker than snot on a door knob. Very challenging day.

Attitash has a great snow making team and they do a good job, but what base they had at the beginning of last week has deteriorated significantly.

They are expecting snow this week so maybe things will improve.
post #25 of 26
Skied Bretton Woods 12/27 and Wildcat 12/28, 29. BW was marginal -- only about 1/3 of mountain open. Wildcat was in much better shape -- of course, earlier was better. Crowds were manageable.

"Slicker than snot on a door knob"?!?! Adding that to the list! Thanks, spork.
post #26 of 26
Skied K-Mart on 12/31 - must have been a ton of people scared off by the weather report as the slopes were uncrowed and the snow conditions were actually quite nice. Took the majority of runs off Bear and Skye with little to no lines at the lifts. It rained that night and the lifts on the 1st didn't open until later in the morning. Some due to high winds, others because the rain ruined some slopes. Didn't even bother with on the 1st. They started blowing snow around 2PM on the first and kept that up all through the day on 1/2. Skiing yesterday was fun but you needed some finely tuned edges. I enjoyed it for the most part but can't wait to head west at the end of the month.
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