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post #31 of 51
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Originally Posted by SkiMangoJazz
Don't know about mid-atlantic, but you Northeasterners must not love skiing as much as I do. I've been 11 days, same as this date last year, limited terrain, but still a whole lot of fun. Sure I look forward to my annual western trip in Feb/March, but in the meantime I'll be out there turning and smiling while you guys complain about the terrible winter.
Gotcha beat! 15 days so far. One or two of them have actually been pretty sweet -- blue skies, good snow. The others have been good practice.
post #32 of 51
Hey Kev, yeah what's not good is good for you, right?
post #33 of 51
Hey guys -not good - looks like MORE RAIN for the mountains and Maine:

FRONT STALLS OVER SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND AND BEGINS HEADING NORTH
AGAIN ON TUESDAY NIGHT AS A WARM FRONT. MIXED PRECIPITATION
CHANGING TO RAIN ON WEDNESDAY AS GOOD BAROCLINIC ZONE GETS PUSHED
NORTH THROUGH THE AREA. BEHIND THIS FRONT UNSEASONABLY WARM AIR
FORECAST TO THRUST NORTHWARD FOR THURSDAY AS A COLD FRONT SLOWLY
APPROACHES FROM THE WEST.
post #34 of 51
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Originally Posted by godwinaustin
Hey guys -not good - looks like MORE RAIN for the mountains and Maine:
That's why you need to get out this weekend.
post #35 of 51
Don't get your hopes up. Long term forecast for upstate New York is 53 degrees on Wednesday, Jan 12. We got 4 inches in Syracuse this am, but it's all gone because of the rain that followed. I've seen worse though. Soph year at UVM I bought a season's pass at Smugs. Went only twice and wrecked my skis on the second trip (stump/ski interface was ugly - deep coreshot). Cost per day - $81.50 in 1980 - big ouch on a poor college student budget. There was only one measurable snowstorm that winter (8") and it was too warm to do the usual snow scultptures for Winter Carnival in B-ton. I've already decide that this season is shot and can only hope for a couple of decent days at Copper this year.
post #36 of 51

Not out yet...

I can't speak for the Mid-Atlantic, or the northeast. I can speak for the south- NC. We are between 3500-5000 ft in general up where the ski areas are, so it's a few degrees cooler here than off the mountain, sometimes more than a little colder.

However, it's not that cold like VT, ME, etc. So, you guys have never seen snowmaking till you come down here. When it's cold, we gotta work FAST, and you could argue that the snowmaking capacity per acre here could be as much or more than anywhere in the world.

It doesn't take much time to get a ton of snow down. For instance, the few days-week when it was around 0 degrees here they buried the place. At my home mountain, although small, has NO BARE SPOTS STILL. In fact, the snow is soft, but still pretty much white save for the fireworks debris laying around from New Years Eve.

http://www.aws.com/aws_2001/asp/came...a.asp?id=BLWRK

I'll be crap here in a week. But a little cold, and we're back at full speed, with great coverage. In the past five years, Febuary temps are about the same average as December, and January is the coldest. History's on our side.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
post #37 of 51
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Originally Posted by godwinaustin
Hey guys -not good - looks like MORE RAIN for the mountains and Maine:
Here in central Maine,I'm looking out the window as I type and it's definitely snowing. According to www.weather.com the temp at Sunday River is 17° and 10° at Sugarloaf. No doubt they're making snow also. Supposed to snow on and off all night, ending @ 5-6 AM. Will be at the super quad with my buds for 1st tracks tomorrow
post #38 of 51
Well we just had 2 days of chilly damp light rain and fog (worse than rain on snow). The mountain is showing thin and the forcast remains above normal (back in the 60's next week) for the next week. Supposed to get cool just in time for MLK weekend. I have no idea what kind of shape we'll be in by then.

All I can say is I'm so thankful for the plane ticket I have that gets me out of here Sat. for the next week.



I just got this email from PCMR titled... Over 6 ft. of snow since Dec. 28

Current Settled Snow Depths*
Resort Base Depth
Park City Mountain Resort 74-95 inches
Deer Valley 80-80 inches
The Canyons 76-76 inches
Vail 46-55 inches
Snowmass 42-58 inches
Beaver Creak 41-52 inches
Aspen Mountain 32-37 inches
Breckenridge 33-45 inches
Big Sky 33-49 inches
Whistler Blackcomb 48-48 inches
Steamboat 35-41 inches
Killington 20-30 inches
*as of January 5, 2005
We've been enjoying epic skiing and riding at Park City Mountain Resort all winter! Over six feet of fresh, light Utah Powder has fallen since the Holidays and more is on the way! Our settled snow depth is 97 inches at Jupiter Bowl and our year to date snow fall has already passed 219 inches.

Woohooooo!!!!!!!!!
post #39 of 51
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Originally Posted by EasternSkiBum
The mountain is showing thin and the forcast remains above normal (back in the 60's next week) for the next week.
What mountain are you speaking of?
post #40 of 51
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Originally Posted by Scalce
What mountain are you speaking of?
Liberty Mountain www.skiliberty.com most likely her sister resorts of Whitetail and Roundtop are suffering as well. From what it sounds like so is Windham (the 4th area in the family).
post #41 of 51
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Originally Posted by Chaz
No doubt they're making snow also. Supposed to snow on and off all night, ending @ 5-6 AM. Will be at the super quad with my buds for 1st tracks tomorrow
good attitude man! makes some tracks for all us suckers who have to work tommorow!

I'll be there sat and sun for leftovers!!!
post #42 of 51
All I know is I'm sick of skiing in the freakin' rain! We had beer league race training Monday nite in the rain, first race last night-Bristol was blowing snow, and training this morning in freezing rain and then rain..... arrghh!!!! I've got 12 days in so far, but it sure hasn't been prime skiing! I think Bristol had a fair Christmas, but looks bad for the next week or so.....
post #43 of 51
Today was my 11th day this season going between Sunday River and Killington primarily. Tuesday at Killington absolutely sucked and my first day at Sunday River in early Nov was really bad conditions but otherwise it has been typical new england conditions - on a limited number of trails.

As far as bouncing back snow wise, anything is possible. Hopefully it happens.

As far as bouncing back economically I really don't worry about the big guys like ASC resorts having a low holiday turnout (I'm sure everybody loves the holiday travelers carrying around rental equipment inside the lodge and generally being in the way). To the best of my knowledge ASC has enough other non-winter resorts (golf, etc..) that multiple bad winters aren't going to sink them financially. As someone who did a lot of skiing at mom and pop joints over the years I'm still amazed any of them are in business and I always feel bad when they get the shaft from mother nature.

I saw this article the other day which says, among other things, that advances in snowmaking technology are really helping pick up the slack during winters like this.
post #44 of 51
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Originally Posted by gbubnis

I saw this article the other day which says, among other things, that advances in snowmaking technology are really helping pick up the slack during winters like this.
Read the article. Interesting. Two things I predict will help this trend: 1. Aging Baby boomers with bad knees who are looking for easier terrain and less driving, and 2. Aging baby boomers with bad knees who want to take theri grandchildren skiing and are looking for easier terrain, etc.

Sorry to get off topic.
post #45 of 51
I skied MRG today, instead of complaining about how bad the skiing is get out and ski, I had a blast.

Alfonse
post #46 of 51
We can bounce back, but I'm not too concerned. With JetBlue fares as cheap as they are, I'll gladly take 10 days in Utah over 20-30 here.
post #47 of 51

Night Skiing until 3 am?

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Originally Posted by gbubnis
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I saw this article the other day which says, among other things, that advances in snowmaking technology are really helping pick up the slack during winters like this.
Noticed this in the article: "Crotched Mountain, which reopened last year in nearby Bennington, N.H., after being closed since 1989, offers night skiing under floodlights until 3 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays."

Do people really ski until 3 am? Are there SP-ers there until 3?
post #48 of 51
I was a little surprised about the 3 am skiing thing too! I wonder how many people are on the trails that late? I have a feeling the crowds start to go home. Makes ya feel better if you get a late start though!
post #49 of 51
It would appear the snow guns in the east are roaring, and even working overtime!

Two of the places I follow have opened up additional trails everyday this week: Elk Mt. has opened up trails on both the left and right sides. And Whiteface had the opened the summit over the weekend, but I see there was a wind hold today.

AccuWeather's website this evening even has mention of "Will It Be The Blizzard Of 2005?", which caught me by surprise, URL. Although if you read the fine print, they say only one in ten with the early potential actually turns out to be a 'whopper'.

How things have changed in ten days.

P.S: Even the regional ski shops began their end-of-season sales this past weekend. I don't want to tell them Winter is back.
post #50 of 51
lol! Yah things certainly have changed. The weather here went from 65 to 35 to 5 and back to 27 in a matter of a week or so!
Great news about the ski sales though. Lets not let them in on the secret!
I am so happy winter is coming back. I am looking forward to skiing!
post #51 of 51
Elk,

Crotched Mountain is owned by the parent company Peak Resorts. They bought out our two areas here in Ohio two years ago. This company does not do anything that does not make money. Yep people do ski at 3:00 am. A group of instructors are required to station teach unitl 12:30 am.

It's interesting to see who comes out to ski at 2:00 am in the morning though.

ed
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