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post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
What do my fellow New Englanders think is the best area for experts on a powder day (not who gets the most powder days. Everybody pretty much accepts that's Jay Peak.)?
post #2 of 23
I had to choose MRG but a very close second is Sugarloaf. When it's dumping up there not much can beat it.
post #3 of 23
We should all be at MRG today - there's 6-10" new, with more snow on the way for the weekend. This will be the best early season weekend in memory.

Jay only got an inch or two (this time).
post #4 of 23
your killing me jaws!!!! I lived in Waitsfield for a year and went to UVM. I MISS IT!!!! Enjoy. have a few beers at the Den for me.
post #5 of 23
I wish I WAS going this weekend, Pow Junkie. Other plans are in place. But, when I do get up there over the next few weeks, I’ll definitely be thinking of you while picking my way down Paradise and enjoying a nice, fat steak later on at the Den.
post #6 of 23
Gotta go with Jay on this one... my limited experience at MRG excludes my choosing it, although it does appear to be a popular choice. No Stowe on the list? The trees at Stowe are great on a powder day.

Who are you kidding Pow.. you stuck to the groomers on powder days. [img]graemlins/evilgrin.gif[/img]
post #7 of 23
Jay of course is the winner, but some other places come close: Sutton, Owl's Head, Burke, Stowe and Sugrabush are good for powder. In those instances when the storms come off the gulf of Maine, Sugarloaf and Wildcat can be epic.
post #8 of 23
Sugarbush and Stowe belong in the on the list...
post #9 of 23
Llama you free heal weenie. How are ya. send me a PM.
post #10 of 23
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally posted by NE1:
Sugarbush and Stowe belong in the on the list...
I didn't include sugarbush and stowe because of cost and crowds. Cost means the average non-local powderhound can't go at the drop of a hat because it's dumping, and crowds mean that everything gets tracked out fast. If I were to extend the list to a top 15 instead of a top ten, they would probably make it.

I'll be at sugarbush this weekend as a matter of fact. Sunday's my 20th birthday, and my uncle rents a ghetto little apartment in downtown waitsfield that he's letting me use. It's toys for tots weekend so a Toy donation gets you a $30 lift ticket. Realistically, this is the only way I can afford sugarbush. I'm allergic to parying more than $42 for a lift ticket, and even that is a stretch. I'm accustomed to paying between $20 and $30.
post #11 of 23
crowds and cost aside when it's dumping sugarbush rocks! you might have to get up a bit earlier but it's worth it. On powder days get off super bravo and head straight for Domino/Domino Woods, it gets wicked deep in there. Then hit steins/the mall/egans woods. By this time Castle Rock should be opening up (usually opens late on big snow days) and stick up there for a while. Most people head for the summit, Paradise etc, however spillsvile is my favorite for fluff bumps around 10:00 or so. Some suggestions for late afternoon untracked powder is North Lynx or get on the inter tie, head for north and hit lower FIS or hammerhead. Anyway you slice it when there are freshies up there it is amazing. Where does your dad rent an apartment? I lived there for and worked at the mountain. From what I've heard there are some spectacular conditions up there now.
post #12 of 23
Another consideration is to make sure the area you choose that morning will have the most terrain open. If whole sections of mountains are closed on a powder day, it's a huge disappointment.
post #13 of 23
Thread Starter 
They used to do that at waterville Valley with Lower Bobby's Run. The ski patrol would close it on powder days, and ski it themselves, and then once it was tracked up, they'd open it again. So sleazy, but I don't think they do that anymore. Cannon still does though. The Hardscrabbles, especially middle Hardscrabble, are often closed when the base is around 36" and there's a foot of fresh powder. They love to keep it for themselves. Can you blame them? They don't really give a hoot about poaching if you look like you can ski though. A lot of areas don't really do anything. That's another criteria that made my list, is how cool the patrol is about closed trails and off-piste skiing. Killington can be sick on a powder day (especially on the south ridge), but if they catch you going in the woods they'll clip your ticket.
post #14 of 23
as a eastern skier, the best day of powder skiing I had was at stowe.
post #15 of 23
Quote:
Originally posted by MittersillManiac:
They used to do that at waterville Valley with Lower Bobby's Run. The ski patrol would close it on powder days, and ski it themselves, and then once it was tracked up, they'd open it again. So sleazy, but I don't think they do that anymore. Cannon still does though. The Hardscrabbles, especially middle Hardscrabble, are often closed when the base is around 36" and there's a foot of fresh powder. They love to keep it for themselves. Can you blame them? They don't really give a hoot about poaching if you look like you can ski though. A lot of areas don't really do anything. That's another criteria that made my list, is how cool the patrol is about closed trails and off-piste skiing.
I mentioned this before on another site's board, but I was caught in a "speed trap" of sorts at Cannon in March a couple years ago. They had closed the upper mountain (!!!) and had roped off trails on the lower mountain with perfectly good coverage. Three patrollers greeted me and my mom halfway down the trail and Xd our tickets. That was so gay.
post #16 of 23
Best Powder day?

1. MRG - to me, there is no other way to ski it.

2. Sugarbush - for reasons previously stated here.

3. Pico - the glades are so quiet. It is like you are on another planet. Upper Giant Killer!
post #17 of 23
This groups Standing is nuts:
#1 Pow in New England. Is found at:
Hell brook...100" chutes
outer planets....birthday bowls...Stone face...Tusk
MRG, BUSH, K, and most definately Jay ....cannot hold a candle to this
mountain range ....If you cant fork out $$$ Hike, poach a gondi or just party late night and become a member of the crack of noon club...you can always find a cat with a tearfull member ...Too cold, tired or whatever.... in the parking lot... willing to part with their ticket for a 6 pack (bring your wire cutters)

Whatever happened to the true ski bum?

rip half the paper off the ticket...stick it on the wire and pull it off at the summet...get all your buds up on one pass...hike the range! 2 to 3 hikes a day is solid....also....if you are real powder junky....who cares about
the damn ticket! real masters poach in style!

Hi all...Your new member has landed....

BTW...if anyone needs boot advice, and has had bad luck drifting the gear forum for advice....or ya just cant figure it out...I will help ya when I can...
ski fast and take chances!
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post #18 of 23
Absence of crowds is important to me especially on powder days when you want to be able to really rip. So I was happy to see Burke on the list, one of my favorites for finding some space. Cannon has the better terrain among the sparsely populated areas, and the hardscrabbles are great trails. On a powder day, I ski Vistaway to Paulies extension to Avalanche to Jasper's in the AM and use the tram (sunny side of the Mt) and Hardscrabbles, Taft, Skylight etc in the PM. Of course the tramline will be crying out to for tracks when the snow gets deeper!
post #19 of 23
Jay peak by far is the best, and NO OTHER MOUNTAIN has cliffbands and chutes in the east like Jay does, every by the top of the tram is all killer.
post #20 of 23
there are alot of great chutes, cliffs, etc ob at Stowe-not a long hike either-check out somebody's chin pics
post #21 of 23
Midweek at Stowe with a college pass. Enough said...
post #22 of 23
Quote:
I was caught in a "speed trap" of sorts at Cannon in March a couple years ago. They had closed the upper mountain (!!!) and had roped off trails on the lower mountain with perfectly good coverage. Three patrollers greeted me and my mom halfway down the trail and Xd our tickets. That was so gay.
Cannon is frequently host to the Senior S&T (Ski and toboggan handling) exam for the National Ski Patrol and when that occurs they try to assure certain conditions for the test. That usually takes place in March, I remember being there a couple Marches ago for just that reason. I'm not saying this was the reason the area was roped off, but it is quite possible. Anyway, a closed trail is a closed trail, sometimes you can ski it without getting caught, but if you get caught expect to pay the consequences. You're lucky, some areas take tickets for skiing closed trails, it sounds like they gave you a warning.

[ December 22, 2002, 08:49 PM: Message edited by: skierteach ]
post #23 of 23
Thread Starter 
As a Cannon regular I gotta tell ya, that is totally out of character for them. So I think skierteach's assesment about ski patrol training must be right on the money. In my experience Cannon has one of the most lackadaisical ski patrols anywhere (a good thing for me), as far as closed runs go anyway.

My experiences with their ski patrol may be tainted by the fact that I'm good friends with a few mountain employees though. I guess for the average skier with no connections they might treat you differently. I wouldn't know because I started skiing Cannon about my freshman year of high school and the reason was because my racing coach was/is a liftie there. I've never skied Cannon without having an inside hookup. So perhaps my experience is different.

So anyway Josh, come ski with me and I guarantee that you never get your ticket x-ed, at least not at Cannon. And teachski, same goes for you, if you're willing to hear me out about you know what, although given the state of your knee I'd bet you don't really care about closed trails (since they're almost always mogul runs).
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