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Lake Erie Powder

post #1 of 16
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Well over a foot of powder fell over night coombining with the 8" we had the past two days,it looks like this would be the weekend to visit Holiday Valley or Holimont. It ain'tgonna get any better than this. Oh ya, It's still snowing hard.
post #2 of 16
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Originally Posted by Lars
Well over a foot of powder fell over night coombining with the 8" we had the past two days,it looks like this would be the weekend to visit Holiday Valley or Holimont. It ain'tgonna get any better than this. Oh ya, It's still snowing hard.
Lived in Westlake, OH for a few years and shoveled Lake Erie "powder" many times... hope it's a little lighter this time.

Seriously- good skiing to all!
post #3 of 16
I was hoping HV would not be too busy on Sat.
post #4 of 16

Conditions

We got about 4" at Kissing Bridge last night. The skiing was great.

Has this been a weird winter or what?
post #5 of 16
I can verify that the new snow was about as light as you can get for around these parts.
post #6 of 16
A foot overnight? wow, I wasn't expecting that much, and it was still falling til at least 9. Lake erie powder can be very light, pretty often actually.
holiday weekend this week though, not much hope for light crowds.
post #7 of 16
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Very light indeed. The temperature only got up to 17 today. The powder was at least 18" deep in spots on the Chute. Made the third set of tracks there and skied it until it was tracked out. Awesome! Nothing better than bumps with 18" of pow on top. My legs are shot. Had to stop at the Gin Mill for a couple on the way home.

Another note, as the day went on the busses kept rolling in and got crowded. Looks like it will be very busy this weekend.

Josseph, how old are you? Do you have a friend named Dominic Hasek? If yu do you may remember me from the Patrol.
post #8 of 16

Big flakes---really big flakes

In my 45 years on the slopes I have yet to see flakes like those that fell on Holiday Valley one day in the late 60's. I was standing in the liftline waiting for the T-Bar at the base of Yodeler, and all these big slightly damp flakes started to stick together. For a few minutes they fell, looking for all the world as if it were raining white ducks and pidgeons, clumps as big as 6-8 inches were floating down.

People in the lift line remarked that they had never seen anything like it. Here in the Northwest, when we have a heavy wet dump with no wind I have seen the process start, but I have never seen flakes like that again.
post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by Lars
Very light indeed. The temperature only got up to 17 today. The powder was at least 18" deep in spots on the Chute. Made the third set of tracks there and skied it until it was tracked out. Awesome! Nothing better than bumps with 18" of pow on top. My legs are shot. Had to stop at the Gin Mill for a couple on the way home.

Another note, as the day went on the busses kept rolling in and got crowded. Looks like it will be very busy this weekend.

Josseph, how old are you? Do you have a friend named Dominic Hasek? If yu do you may remember me from the Patrol.
I understand a lot of my friends were afflicted with some sort of sudden onset illness and couldn't go to work on Friday. I wasn't among those unlucky ones. My son, who is home from University, did made the pilgramage to HV and reported the snow fantastic.

I think I remember you, Lars, but I am terrible with names. If I see your face, I am sure I remember you. I am pretty sure we were on different patrols, Lars. I don't remember Dominic Hasek, but I knew Beetle Juice. And Washington. My age? 52.
post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by newfydog
In my 45 years on the slopes I have yet to see flakes like those that fell on Holiday Valley one day in the late 60's. I was standing in the liftline waiting for the T-Bar at the base of Yodeler, and all these big slightly damp flakes started to stick together. For a few minutes they fell, looking for all the world as if it were raining white ducks and pidgeons, clumps as big as 6-8 inches were floating down.

People in the lift line remarked that they had never seen anything like it. Here in the Northwest, when we have a heavy wet dump with no wind I have seen the process start, but I have never seen flakes like that again.
Snowflake size is not a regular measurement for weather observers. But some very large snowflakes have been documented in official reports. The biggest snowflake, reportedly measuring 38 cm (15 inches) by 20 cm (8 inches); fell on January 28, 1887 at Fort Keough, Montana, according to a report in a 1915 issue of Monthly Weather Review. Another giant fell in Bratsk, Siberia in 1971 where residents saw a flake 20 cm (8 inches) by 30 cm (12 inches). Two decades earlier, snowflakes big as saucers, almost 13 cm (5 inches) across, descended on the English town of Berkhamsted. Giant snowflakes 9.52 cm (3.75 inches) across and 0.64 cm (0.25 inch) thick amazed residents of Shirenewton, England in 1888. We could use a few large snowflakes in the PNW.
post #11 of 16
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Josseph, Oh, the imfamous Beetle. Washngton Bennett lives in Utah now and has the past five years. He's a regular at Brighton. I'm sure we will recognize each other.

I've seen the big flakes a few times, as big as four inches. Most of the Lake Effect this year has been real dry. Yesterday was epic for February. My thighs are still sore. Today, i'm going to hit the snowmobile trails with friends.
post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by Lars
Josseph, Oh, the imfamous Beetle. Washngton Bennett lives in Utah now and has the past five years. He's a regular at Brighton. I'm sure we will recognize each other.
We need you back, Lars. There is some gung-ho newbie on the yellow jacket squad, who, I swear, goes around knocking people over so he can call us to do a transport. One night, he called for transport 4 times from 4 different slopes. We need you to take care of that guy before one of us get to him first. What ever happened to Beetle?
post #13 of 16
About 4 weeks ago ski patrol at HV pulled my team mate off a blue square trail (Morning star i think) who was pretty banged up? I was curious if you happened to be there that night. He hit his head pretty hard and broke his tailbone and pelvis. It was a fairly busy friday night though, so its possible you erent there or didnt remember.
Later
GREG

ps. Why do they even have those yellow jacket people?

ps#2. You didnt happen to be the gentleman patroler who tried to yank my pass one powdery wednesday evening for skiing Ego Alley and the trees next to Ego Alley? whoever it was seemed to be a really cool guy. We had a little chat about my 90mm waisted skis (which you dont see at holiday often) and he let me go. Skiing 2 - 3 feet of fresh down those trails was so worth it though.
post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by HeluvaSkier
About 4 weeks ago ski patrol at HV pulled my team mate off a blue square trail (Morning star i think) who was pretty banged up? I was curious if you happened to be there that night. He hit his head pretty hard and broke his tailbone and pelvis. It was a fairly busy friday night though, so its possible you erent there or didnt remember.
Nope. I don't do Friday nights. Too much of a mad house on Friday nights. How is your friend doing?

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Originally Posted by HeluvaSkier
ps. Why do they even have those yellow jacket people?
Security, safety compliance, and trafficking. Their work is very much appreciated. We are innundated with school buses on weeknights, and a hill full of kids can be a real handful. We need all the help we can get. Usually we have our hands full hauling and patching, especially evenings.

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ps#2. You didnt happen to be the gentleman patroler who tried to yank my pass one powdery wednesday evening for skiing Ego Alley
Nope. If he was that nice, than it couldn't have been me! : I will never admit to being nice. Bad for image.
post #15 of 16
Could you possibly be the patroler that always steals the gate bag from Miguel and Bo?BTW, my friend is doing well. Still on crutches, but healing from what i can tell. I'll be out tomorrow night for what could be my last night of GS training for awhile - at the valley anyways. It is sad that the season is going to be winding down in a few weeks.
Later
GREG
post #16 of 16
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by josseph
We need you back, Lars. There is some gung-ho newbie on the yellow jacket squad, who, I swear, goes around knocking people over so he can call us to do a transport. One night, he called for transport 4 times from 4 different slopes. We need you to take care of that guy before one of us get to him first. What ever happened to Beetle?
Thanks for the nod of encouragement, but I'm not ready to come back right now. I stopped by the office last week to say hi and all I got was the we need you back speech. There was complaints about a few newbies who have gone power hungry and the need for more guys like myself. I almost said "I told you so" when Ileft but held my tongue. There have been a few good guys quit the past few years. For many reasons. I just needed a break. I know the guy you're talking about, he won't be there long. Weekday security is already tired of the hassel he's gotten them into.

On another note, I never took very many passes. Only those for serious offenses, not so much for minor stuff like stealing powder, unless I wanted to get there first.haha. I usually could reason with anyone and mostly made friends with the person rather than rip his ticket. I was one of few like this on the Patrol. Didn't bring to many individuals into the office, usually solved the problem on the slopes. Better for all parties that way.

There is a need for yellow jackets especially at a resort like Holiday. Nights and weekends are troublesome, especially with the average 50 busses of highschool kids every night. Too many people get hurt and without crowd control, ski patrol would really have a problem.

Beetle only did security the past couple years. Didn't get out on skis much. Finnaly got old for him and he's retired to just being a school bus driver now.
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