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post #31 of 57
Last summer in July I flew to a wedding in Oregon ViA San Fran. I kept a keen lookout my window to see the various mountain ranges as I flew over them. I flew over the wasatch, impressive looking mountains and a suprising amount of snow still on them. Then I flew over Mammoth, wow not only was it a massive uprising but it was white like midwinter, this was in July and last year was nothing compared to this year for them. As for Intrawest closing them early I believe because of LA they get people skiing late there so as long as they make money....

As for me I will be at Jay this Sunday its looking like, should be fun

Alfonse
post #32 of 57
www.skiwildcat.com

they aren't ready yet to announce a closing date. I wish I could tell you first hand what the conditions are like today. But (waaahhh) all my ski buddies went up there without me today for 2-fer Wednesday. They are grilling in the parking lot, celebrating birthdays, not to mention skiing....
post #33 of 57
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Originally Posted by jlong1974
sirverton mountain is open till 6/15/05, and a-basin is open till 7/4/05


james
Silverton's permit allows them to opperate until 6/15, however unless they get at least 40 people, which usually requires a group to sign up, they will not run after mid-april.

A-basin always list the 4th of July as their closing date, but recently, they have been lucky if they make it very far into June.
post #34 of 57
Alfonse, they already have our money, because 97% of late season Mammoth skiers have (cheap) season passes. Very tempting for them to close early, the only thing that stops them is the knowledge that we Angelenos like to riot.
post #35 of 57
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Originally Posted by jhstroup
A-basin always list the 4th of July as their closing date, but recently, they have been lucky if they make it very far into June.
Last year was a bad year, as they only had enough snow to make it to late May. In 2003 they were open until July 2. This year I'm betting on mid-June at least (and I do mean betting, since I'm about to buy passes for myself and my kids )
post #36 of 57
anyone know fastest route to jay from NYS (albany area)?
looks like northway exit 20 > rt4 > 100 > 107 > I-89 > back onto 100 > 101 etc ... but sometimes there are less obvious shortcuts (as i've discovered going to MRG)
post #37 of 57
Reeeeallly late skiing? Portillo Chile, or anything in the Andes .... hey it's late here but winter down there.

Isn't there skiing on Mt Ranier and the Blackcomb glacier well into August? Some sort of freeride camp?
post #38 of 57
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Originally Posted by buckethead
anyone know fastest route to jay from NYS (albany area)?
looks like northway exit 20 > rt4 > 100 > 107 > I-89 > back onto 100 > 101 etc ... but sometimes there are less obvious shortcuts (as i've discovered going to MRG)
I think the Northway to the Ticondaroga exit(Rt74) to the Crown Pt Bridge, bear left onto Rt17 and then you can continue over App Gap to Rt100 or before Bristol you can go left on Rt 116 then right to Hunington to Richmond to I89 to Rt 100 might be faster. These roads are fine and you avoid the Rutland mess.
post #39 of 57
thanks JH...
that's the way i used to take to MRG (until a local took me back on 22 > 4 > northway exit 20 ... it does cut about 15 miles off the trip) ...my way to jay seemed less direct, but i figured I-89 would be a good place to get some speed. seems like sacrilege to go past MRG, but i can give it a quick look, since i plan to ski there sunday...

BTW anyone skiing MRG sunday and looking for a ticket? ...i have one last mad pass i'd sell for $20 (they're charging $25...i payed $33 for it) they're accepting weekday passes this w/e so i won't need it...
post #40 of 57
Thread Starter 
There's a much, much better way to get there . . . and you start by living right here in greater metropolitan Essex Junction, VERmont.

Let me know if you're interested.:
post #41 of 57
Buckethead

I take the Northway past Plattsburgh to get to Jay. However we rarely drive straight through. We take the Crown Point route over 17 past Mad River and up to Stowe, where we spend the night. It's 45 min to an hour to Jay. The drive home straight through is 4 hr 15 min. to Troy, NY.

Rt 7 Rt 100 - they s#ck for making time.
post #42 of 57
Thread Starter 
If it's summer, and you have a really neat sports car, and you're not in a hurry, and you LOVE curves - then Rt 100 is the way to go.


If you have a big big big big sedan, and you're in no hurry, and you LOVE LOVE LOVE riding behind a dragass over ninety woman putting on her make up for about sixty miles with NOOOOOOO chance to pass, you's a quine LOVE LOVE LOVE Rt 7.
post #43 of 57
I have driven from here to the Albany area often..there are actually 4 diferent routes, none include Rt 7, If you like the Rt 4 to Rt22 way try travelling a couple of miles further on Rt4 and take 22A north to Rt 17. The Northway to Rt 74 is longer but alot more interstate miles so I think timewize it washes out.


Getting to exit 10(Waterbury) via Rt4>Rt100>Rt107 thru Bethel to I89 is longer but being more miles on I89, as you mentioned, probably ends up being about the same as the others.

Enjoy the trip!
post #44 of 57
checking my map, it is indeed 22A i've been taking (>74>30 thru middlebury > 17)...
well, i guess i have a couple of options...will likely go one way or other via MRG rather than via killington...i'll be further north when i pass a familiar destination...and i can see how brown things look around the single...
thanks...i'll have to make sure to bring lots of good tunes!
post #45 of 57
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Originally Posted by kev259
I think alta is closing april 17th...Bummer cause they have a ton of snow...
They're a small outfit, so I guess Snowbird picks up the slack and closes on May 30. Thanks for posting on the Alta closing...

tf
post #46 of 57
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Originally Posted by jrbd
Last year was a bad year, as they only had enough snow to make it to late May. In 2003 they were open until July 2. This year I'm betting on mid-June at least (and I do mean betting, since I'm about to buy passes for myself and my kids )
Actually they closed June 13 (I was there, skiing the "white ribbon of death"). The year before on closing day was my first ski day in July ever!

According to tonight's email from Loveland, they are expecting a BIG storm over the weekend- the email says
"Reports for this weekend are calling for a storm comparable to the March blizzard of 03. For those of you that don't recall the epic storm, it was MASSIVE and dropped 90 inches of snow on Loveland Ski Area. Come on Ullr, the season is not over yet!! "

I don't know if I believe it, but I'm off on Monday, and I know what I'm doing!
post #47 of 57
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Originally Posted by buckethead
as for the east, that's the $64k question, though it seems a safe bet that southern VT will be first to go...upper MRG was looking great last weds, but got soaked this w/e...killington's planning to stay open till may 15, but till i get back there and survey the damage it'll be hard to say (they of course make NO mention of the rains+damage on their snow reports!)

there may be snow in northern VT over next couple of days, which would favor jay, but the radars showed lots of rain up there too...

all said, i do expect/hope to be skiing superstar at killington until start of may...i've gone through too much vacation time and $$ to even consider heading west...
I was up at Bretton Woods skiing yesterday. They still have a lot of snow on all their trails, but they woods and glades are thin. If they see a big snowstorm, however, it should be excellent both in and out of the woods. I have found up at MRG, that the upper elevation will have a lot of snow, but they can't stay open due to the lack of it down below. You have to like spring corn conditions, though, to be skiing K-mart into the late season.
post #48 of 57
Latest spring skiing is here of course oboe

We get spring skiing in October & sometimes November
post #49 of 57
Quote:
Originally Posted by dp
Actually they closed June 13 (I was there, skiing the "white ribbon of death"). The year before on closing day was my first ski day in July ever!
Hmm, I misremembered, I guess. I think I was last there about May 20th, and they had already closed the Lenawee lift (after a skier got killed below the east wall).
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According to tonight's email from Loveland, they are expecting a BIG storm over the weekend- the email says
"Reports for this weekend are calling for a storm comparable to the March blizzard of 03. For those of you that don't recall the epic storm, it was MASSIVE and dropped 90 inches of snow on Loveland Ski Area. Come on Ullr, the season is not over yet!! "
I got that also, and checked into it. The NWS forecast calls for 4-10 inches Saturday night. Nice, but not quite the same thing as 2003. Tuesday might be the day for me...

A-Basin is now selling season passes for this spring and next year, $189.
post #50 of 57
I was up at Bretton Woods skiing yesterday. They still have a lot of snow on all their trails, but they woods and glades are thin. If they see a big snowstorm, however, it should be excellent both in and out of the woods. I have found up at MRG, that the upper elevation will have a lot of snow, but they can't stay open due to the lack of it down below. You have to like spring corn conditions, though, to be skiing K-mart into the late season.[quote]

good to hear...i'll be reporting back re; Jay tomorrow and maybe sunday too, unless i opt for closing day at MRG...K-mart's big appeal is that they're usually the last place open, and it's only 2 hours away from me...that said, i have enjoyed some nice spring days on superstar, esp season before last when they closed may26...last spring there was pretty disappointing...
post #51 of 57
Just got back from Mt Snow. Left the house at noon and took 10 runs. It was a good time but they don't have too much left and what they have is real soft. Skied the north face and the soft snow skied like powder, sort of. Blazing sun and warm - nice!

Maybe one last trip to Jay and then Killington's the only game in town.
post #52 of 57
Quote:
Just got back from Mt Snow. Left the house at noon and took 10 runs. It was a good time but they don't have too much left and what they have is real soft. Skied the north face and the soft snow skied like powder, sort of. Blazing sun and warm - nice!
well, at least they're closing w/o much snow left...i closed mt. snow the last two years...they had a TON of snow last year when they closed, and the bumps on freefall were huge...and meanwhile killington had missed most of the last big storm, and wasn't nearly as well covered. was hoping to get one more day there, but doesn't look like it'll happen...
post #53 of 57
Bucket

It was a nice day to be outside but the mountain is weak. The steeps are flat! Freefall had some nice lines and was fun but the place lacks for terrain. The view and the pines along with the sun made me feel like I was in Vt. Once a year is enough for Mt Snow.
post #54 of 57
paul,
yea, the place is very fresh snow-dependent...i was there on a couple the south-tracking storm powder days, and had a blast...especially only 1.5 hours from home. but once they get (over)grooming, it's over...
post #55 of 57
Bucket,

Just got back from Jiminy and I swear the mountain has more to offer than Mt snow. There is more to terrain than pitch but Mt snow is just plain flat. We had a great time today and got in some good vertical with the six pack.

I hear that Bear Mt (Killington) has a festival tomorrow so that could be a good time. See if I can sneak out one more day. My taxes still aren't done so the pressure is on.
post #56 of 57
paul,
glad to hear you had good results at jiminy...this is the first season in years i haven't made it over there...yea, that six is quick! good for fast laps.
i made it up to jay peak this weekend...almost completely open at this late date...nice woods, nice tall+soft bumps...but lots of streams and fissures formed on the lower mtn...they're closing for midweek and word is they plan to reopen next weekend...but i heard mixed forecasts. stowe and sugarbush both looked good from drive-by, and ticket prices have been slashed...
did you make it to bear mtn today?
post #57 of 57
ps. i believe alphonse will be doing a more detailed post of yesterday at jay...me - i just drove 5.5 hrs (with a couple of pit stops)...so i'm ready to crash.
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