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Windhold bets in the Northeast

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
I'm going skiing on Sunday (originally Saturday-but I'm a wuss about storm driving) They're calling for 10-15mph winds on Sunday with 30mph gusts.

Any thoughts or experiences on the best/worse places for running the lifts in the wind? Originally I plannned on hitting Cannon for the first time...how are they with running the lifts?

I'll go abywhere in VT or Western NH- I just don't want to drive 2 plus hours for windheld lifts??

What's the low down, bears??
post #2 of 20
Well Cannon can be a real windy mountain - the summit lift is notorious for it ....But their 80 person tram is huge and I would imagine could run in quite high winds, but I'm not sure.

Its tough to say really....this weekend doesnt look to be as windy as last - hopefully no wind holds for saturday OR sunday
post #3 of 20
Yeah looking at some forecasts I don't think wind is going to be a huge issue.

I may hit SR on Sat and possibly Sunday.
post #4 of 20
I'll be there Scalce
post #5 of 20
i'll be there too,.,,standing in line next to you waiting for the lifts to come off wind hold.

If your out there early, check out how slack the resort is at getting everything up and running on a powder day. Unbelievable. You would think someone there might clue the staff in that poeple might be a little more anxious about starting thier ski day then usual.

yup typical noreaster. All the pow will be in the woods by sat at noon. Right where i like it.
post #6 of 20
The forecasts I've read also make it sound as if wind won't be a problem this weekend. Most resorts don't shut down lifts unless gusts regularly get to be 45 mph and higher. At Jay last weekend, they finally closed the Green Mountain Flyer and the Tram when winds were gusting to 50-55 mph (and thankfully that was near the end of the day).

Sounds like we'll all just be choking on snow...

Thatsagirl
post #7 of 20
I don't know what the winds will be like this weekend...they can change very rapidly. If you're worried about wind, do NOT go to Mount Sunapee. The high speed quad can get closed for winds and then the running lifts get huge lines.

One good option is Bretton Woods. It may be too far and too intermediate for you, but if it's wind you want to avoid, that's your place (only 10/15 mins. past Cannon). Wind almost never shuts down their lifts. I think they even say that on their website.

Have fun.
post #8 of 20
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Originally Posted by slownlow
i'll be there too,.,,standing in line next to you waiting for the lifts to come off wind hold.

If your out there early, check out how slack the resort is at getting everything up and running on a powder day. Unbelievable. You would think someone there might clue the staff in that poeple might be a little more anxious about starting thier ski day then usual.

yup typical noreaster. All the pow will be in the woods by sat at noon. Right where i like it.

here's what the place will look like @ 7:45 on saturday morn.
http://www.sundayriver.com/content/c...ge_11705_b.jpg
post #9 of 20
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Originally Posted by slownlow
i'll be there too,.,,standing in line next to you waiting for the lifts to come off wind hold.

If your out there early, check out how slack the resort is at getting everything up and running on a powder day. Unbelievable. You would think someone there might clue the staff in that poeple might be a little more anxious about starting thier ski day then usual.

yup typical noreaster. All the pow will be in the woods by sat at noon. Right where i like it.
well they better not try that BS or I will personally go and jump start the backup diesel engine and run the lift myself....
post #10 of 20
Their is no right answer to this question. On Wed Mad River was on Wind hold, usually that mountain has zero wind. At the same time I was skiing at Kmart and lifts that I always see closed from wind were open. Wind is very tough to predict
post #11 of 20
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Originally Posted by Alfonse
Wind is very tough to predict

I dont know...my wind is very easy to predict after eating the resort chili.
post #12 of 20
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Originally Posted by nhskier
If you're worried about wind, do NOT go to Mount Sunapee.
After making the above statement, it now looks like I'm being talked into skiing Sunapee tomorrow. There will be boot deep pow , I just hope we are able to get some runs in without lift issues.
post #13 of 20
Wind is always an issue at the Loaf after a big storm (like this past week); but the winds are not predicted to be as much of an issue after this next storm blows out tomorrow nite.....but, you never know if you can believe what is forecasted.

I think that Sugarloaf's weather and snow reports are fairly accurate (not completely full of bs like K-Ton), but they almost never forewarn you about possibility of wind holds and issues.
post #14 of 20
Liam, i am a cannon regular and despite cannon being known as a windy mountain, hardly ever does cannon shut it's lifts down or put them on wind hold. generally, even in the worst of conditions they only put the tram and quad on wind hold. this weekend, saturday is going to be in the 30s for wind from what i've read, shouldn't be a problem even for upper mountain lifts. sunday there definitely will not be an issue with wind holds. saturday is any body's guess, but i think they're likely to run everything if they can. with the snow dumping on saturday, there's no place i'd rather be than cannon on sunday, that's for sure.
post #15 of 20
Thread Starter 
Rivercoil,

Again, thanks for the timely info-I'll be at Cannon tomorrow as well,

Oh yeah...how much mandatory air required for tramline (I'm good for 3-4' hops...over that, in the east even with snow, I'm kind of a wuss about my knees)

Liam
post #16 of 20
Looks like this storm only dumped 1-2" at Cannon in the past 24 with just light snow today and maybe tomorrow.

Not a big dump for sure.

I still may hit it Sunday since I haven't been back there since I blew my knee out on Avalanche.
post #17 of 20
Thread Starter 
Really..any locals have up to date snow totals/forecasts??? It's a bit of a drive and since I have the whole day-I'll chase the snow (Madriver, Sugarbush and even Jay are on the table!).
post #18 of 20
Scalce, let me know if you are heading to cannon on sunday, I have a meeting at work but I could "forget" about it... but cannon with fresh snow isa fun place to be.

Down here in the southern part of the state the snow is pretty wet and heavy...anyone finding it a bit drier up north?
post #19 of 20
Sunday River is getting dumped on but with the slow roads and the Everclear concert I am sure tomorrow will be busy.

Looks like I will have spring skiing and bumps after all.

I haven't decided what mountain to hit tomorrow but will continue to watch the weather. Looks like temps and wind shouldn't be an issue tomorrow at Cannon.
post #20 of 20
It was dumping all day today at Pico and Killington, boot deep+ but wetter than the last few dumps as temps arond 26-28
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