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I'm skiing Sunday (3-19) - Hunter or Belleayre?

post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 
Any thoughts on which will have better conditions tomorrow?

I've skied Hunter and enjoyed it (although crowded on Sundays) - never been to Belleayre, but they said they will have the Nastar course running which I'd like to do.

Thanks,

KC
post #2 of 26
According to the website, it looks like they've been making some snow at Belleayre. Don't know how much or where, but that probably couldn't hurt conditions.
post #3 of 26
I'll be skiing a half day at Belleayre on Sunday, all day Hunter on Monday. Hunter has not made any new snow so it will prolly be very hardpack, ice, scratchy, you know, fun. Belleayre will have some good moguls and the new manmade will help. I'll prolly get there at 12. The only thing about Belleayre is that the middle blue runs are not very steep, the top though is. PM me if you want.
post #4 of 26
Thread Starter 
Thanks Guys - I think I'll try Belleayre.
post #5 of 26
Sorry I didn't see this in time. I did Belleayre on Friday and it was great. Hope you went there!
post #6 of 26
It looks like midwinter in the photo of the day from Belleayre: http://www.belleayre.com/promotions/picofday.htm.

At Hunter on Friday, it looked like mid-May (still, the Upper Crossover bumps were fun).
post #7 of 26
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Originally Posted by moguljunkie
It looks like midwinter in the photo of the day from Belleayre: http://www.belleayre.com/promotions/picofday.htm.

At Hunter on Friday, it looked like mid-May (still, the Upper Crossover bumps were fun).
Is Hunter in real bad shape?
post #8 of 26
In terms of on-slope coverage, not horrible, but, like you imagined it would be, there was a lot of scratchy hardpack on a lot of the trails. There is also no snow on the side of trails, unlike Belleayre's pic, and Clair's Run, to my disappointment, was closed.

I basically spent the afternoon on Upper and Lower Crossover. Snow there was good (with the exception of the shovel handle and small piece of bamboo pole myseriously popping out from a mogul right in the middle of Upper Crossover:.)

If I had a pass at Belleayre now, though, I'd probably be there.
post #9 of 26
Prolly not worth the 3 hour drive. Hitting Utah next Sat. might as well wait.
post #10 of 26
I'm skeptical about Bellayre. Are you sure that photo isn't manipulated somehow? Or it's just the snow in that picture, not the overall mountain?

I'm just thinking that since it hasn't snowed in weeks and the temperature has been so warm, how could skiing conditions be good ANYWHERE on the east coast? I doubt anywhere in Vermont could be good right now.

Unless it snows, the season is over.
post #11 of 26
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Originally Posted by NYCJIM
I'm skeptical about Bellayre. Are you sure that photo isn't manipulated somehow? Or it's just the snow in that picture, not the overall mountain?

I'm just thinking that since it hasn't snowed in weeks and the temperature has been so warm, how could skiing conditions be good ANYWHERE on the east coast? I doubt anywhere in Vermont could be good right now.

Unless it snows, the season is over.
Re Vermont: You must have missed the recent thread about knee-deep powder at Stowe this week. http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=38776.

Scroll down to the reports from the 17th and 18th. And follow the link to the pics on the Stowe website. I was frustrated beyond description reading and seeing all that. Earlier in the week I cancelled a few days off to drive up there, thinking conditions had deteriorated.
post #12 of 26
skied belleayre Fri sat sun...got 4 inches today skied 830 to 230 ..did same yesterday and fri..if you ski the steepest part of trial and stay to edge conditions were good...tomorow should be great
post #13 of 26
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Originally Posted by NYCJIM

I'm just thinking that since it hasn't snowed in weeks and the temperature has been so warm, how could skiing conditions be good ANYWHERE on the east coast? I doubt anywhere in Vermont could be good right now.

Unless it snows, the season is over.
We skied Sugarbush Saturday and Sunday. It's cold again . Snow flurries on Sat. were accumulating, flurries increased to steady snowfall on Sunday, and by closing on Sunday skiing was pretty darn good and there was a good amount of snow for the groomers to spread around over icy spots. It was still snowing pretty steady when we left yesterday, with grey snow clouds that were just parked over the mountain. Conditions for Monday look to be terrific, considering last week, and we all wanted to stay (but couldn't ).

P.S. Snow report says they got 6" overnight, we got probably that amount during the day. Should make for some good skiing yet.
post #14 of 26
Wow, I had no idea that Vermont had snow recently. Now I'm going to have to consider going up to Stowe. It's about a 6.5 hour drive I hear, but if the snow is there it will be worth it!
post #15 of 26
I went to Bellarye yesterday, it's actually better than I expect. They made some snow and it also helps that it was snowing yesterday in the mountains! (A rare event in NY state this year!) There were still some icy spots on some trails but nothing worse than average. Hey there are actually enough hardpack for me to learn how to crave for the first time in my life! No crowds no lift-lines. Not bad not bad
post #16 of 26
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Originally Posted by NYCJIM
I'm skeptical about Bellayre. Are you sure that photo isn't manipulated somehow? Or it's just the snow in that picture, not the overall mountain?

I'm just thinking that since it hasn't snowed in weeks and the temperature has been so warm, how could skiing conditions be good ANYWHERE on the east coast? I doubt anywhere in Vermont could be good right now.

Unless it snows, the season is over.
A little late to the party but I was at Belleayre Friday also, I'll second the comments above about better than expected conditions. It was really nice.

Sunday at Jiminy, not bad at all either. A little scratchy in places - top of Whitetail and Jericho were kind of sketchy but after 20 yards it was fine and empty. Very firm surface with some snow falling all day to soften it up.

Both places empty, and a lot of fun. As long as the temps stay cold they'll be well worth the trip to get a few more turns in. Overall I'd say conditions were better at Belleayre, but the steeper pitch and faster lifts at Jiminy are always tempting.

Quote of the day from 4 boarders on the lift at Jiminy: "Man this place sucks. Why didn't we go to Mountain Creek?
post #17 of 26
Stowe, Jay and Sugarbush have all gotten close to 3 feet of snow in the past 5-6 days. All are reporting 3-6 inches overnight. And, it's snowing at all three right now.

Yesterday at Jay was incredible! See my post:
http://forums.epicski.com/showthread...881#post463881

Winter is back in northern VT!

Thatsagirl
post #18 of 26
Belleayre and Hunter should be skiable until they close mid April. It will get better when it warms up.
post #19 of 26
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Originally Posted by Sharka
I went to Bellarye yesterday, it's actually better than I expect. They made some snow and it also helps that it was snowing yesterday in the mountains! (A rare event in NY state this year!) There were still some icy spots on some trails but nothing worse than average. Hey there are actually enough hardpack for me to learn how to crave for the first time in my life! No crowds no lift-lines. Not bad not bad
Obviously you don't ski Belleayre much if you're saying snow in the mtns is rare this year.......
post #20 of 26
I see where Belleayre has late season pricing in effect: $30 on weekdays/$35 weekends.
post #21 of 26
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Originally Posted by ElkMountainSkier
I see where Belleayre has late season pricing in effect: $30 on weekdays/$35 weekends.
And they don't groom the bump runs like Hunter does. Makes it worth the trip. Sad that Cathedral wasn't skiable this year.
post #22 of 26
I'm trying to decide between the two for this Saturday and I'm thinking Belleayre as they're still blowing snow according to their website and the have some bump trails. A shame as Hunter probably won't be crowded for once. Just hoping the rain stays away.
post #23 of 26
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Originally Posted by eyeski
Sad that Cathedral wasn't skiable this year.
I hear you. I did Cathedral from the top 2 or 3 times this year - first time was before it was "open" and we had 2nd tracks down it(read freshies). It was open for 2-3 weeks early in the season then that stinkin NCP came and wrecked it. The new glades were open for a bit too in the same time period, they're nice.
post #24 of 26
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Originally Posted by goldsbar
I'm trying to decide between the two for this Saturday and I'm thinking Belleayre as they're still blowing snow according to their website and the have some bump trails. A shame as Hunter probably won't be crowded for once. Just hoping the rain stays away.
Its probably a little late to help you with this now but when I skiid Belleayre on weds it was excellent.....think mid winter January type snow.....however, the bump trails were pretty stiff.....

I'll be there in the morning.......well I guess I should say in a few hours at this point.....was out pretending to be Bode Miller tonight.....
post #25 of 26
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Originally Posted by Bandit2941
I hear you. I did Cathedral from the top 2 or 3 times this year - first time was before it was "open" and we had 2nd tracks down it(read freshies). It was open for 2-3 weeks early in the season then that stinkin NCP came and wrecked it. The new glades were open for a bit too in the same time period, they're nice.
Last year was good for it. Even hopped a ride on that beast thing. We passed a few huffin and puffin up. I walked it once, and that was enough.
post #26 of 26
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Originally Posted by eyeski
Last year was good for it. Even hopped a ride on that beast thing. We passed a few huffin and puffin up. I walked it once, and that was enough.
The beast was running for like 2 weekends this year......

But nothing beats walking it, especially when the beast isn't running. Hike out and stop to recharge at the lean-to......awesome.
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