Originally Posted by KevinF
The whole early season is as bad as you can remember? Where have you been skiing? October produced that amazing dump which convinced Killington and Wildcat to open their lifts for the weekend. Early December had a cold snap so long that Stowe and Okemo were bragging about running their snow guns for something like 350 straight hours. Stowe was nearly 100% open for ESA this year. Cannon and other far-north areas got a couple good snow storms during XMAS week. First weekend in January I was skiing first-to-last lift things were so good. I'm thinking that early season has been as good as I could ever remember. I've only had one or two days where I was skiing "icy everywhere" type conditions. Things might be on hold for a week or two, but a week of cold, a little snowmaking and a good storm from Mama Nature and we'll be back in business.
I agree. We had pretty good early-season skiing at Jay too.
We also had spring skiing at Christmas time and January. How often do we get that here?
Of course, that was mixed in with days where it froze up tighter than a frog's you-know-what, and those particular days were nothing to write home about. Plus last year this time, the entire East Coast was a skating rink and people were dying on the slopes because they'd fall and get whipped off the trails into the woods. Can HARDLY call this worse. THAT was bad. Worse than bad.
I think that with the variety of skiers we have here, some of us think of "early season" as anything before Christmas, while others think of it as "starting at Christmas." In which case, many people didn't ski in the snow we had in November and December. They were just teased with the "leftovers" and the change in weather that almost always hits us come Christmas time and January.
Now for a current weather observation:
The pouring rain stopped up here north of the Burlington area as of about 6:30 PM. Now I see stuff that looks like it wants to be snowflakes when it grows up!
Temps are dropping pretty fast now, hovering around freezing. The wind still is howling though. Jay claims that it started snowing around 4 PM. MRG says it turned to snow at 3 PM. Stowe and Sugarbush haven't updated their sites. Jay and MRG are saying they have no idea what conditions will be like tomorrow, and high winds might shut down lifts. I guess MRG shut down early today because of the conditions and winds.
What I can say is Sunday was a brutal and pretty nasty day of skiing at Jay, and now we're going through another cycle just like what we had for last weekend. We really need a huge storm.