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post #1 of 27
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We just got back from four brutally cold, but fantastic ski days in Vermont. When we arrived at Magic on Saturday morning, the temperature at the base was -19 F, and that was with NO WIND CHILL. The first trip up the lift, I congratulated myself for buying one of those face gators: the best $12.95 I have spent in a long time. With no skin exposed anywhere on your body, you can ski in relative comfort.

Even though there hadn't been a major dump in a while, conditions were outstanding, with lots of loose leftover powder to carve through on most trails.

We also had a great time skiing at Sugarbush with Oboe and Daevious (photos below).

Any possibility of moving the SLC Gathering & Academy back east?


Magic: Juliet on Wizard (Strap-On in Background)


Sugarbush: Oboe on Upper Jester


Oboe's Significant Others


Apr├Ęs-Ski Oboe

[ January 21, 2003, 11:41 AM: Message edited by: jamesdeluxe ]
post #2 of 27
James, not fair to post "Oboe on lower Jester" and then show my skis five counties apart! That shot of my "significant others" was taken by accident as I was trying to figure out how to use James's digital camera. Wish you'd show the photo of wifey rather than oboe - she's far better looking.
post #3 of 27
P.S. James, please post the picture I took of you skiing the same trail.

[ January 21, 2003, 10:35 AM: Message edited by: oboe ]
post #4 of 27
Oboe, You old dog you! Doesn't look terminal intermediate to me. Put your hat on will you? Check your email.
post #5 of 27
Showing pretty good form there methinks Oboe.
Not so mediocre after all eh? You've been rumbled I reckon...

PS I think we should be allowed to see more pictures. It looks fantastic... Wish i was there.
post #6 of 27
Great to ski with you all, too. I see you made it over to the Warren House--hope you had a good time!

JamesDLX, could it be Upper Jester that Oboe is carving up?

I think we all left town just in time. The low is supposed to be 20 below today--minus forties with wind-chill.
post #7 of 27
Well, global warming is in full effect in Utah. Glad you had a good time and glad to hear all those in the northeast are having a great season.
post #8 of 27
Now that the photo of oboe skiing has been viewed and graded . . . the photo has disappeared! Where did it go?

P.S. I've discovered that my firewall sometimes bt not always block things - sorry!

[ January 21, 2003, 01:03 PM: Message edited by: oboe ]
post #9 of 27
Oboe, how many pics of the Rossi's did you get before Jamesdeluxe cut you off?

Mark
post #10 of 27
Nice picture of Magic and Stratton. It amazes me how pictures taken on cold days look 'warmer' than they really are.

How did you enjoy skiing Magic? I heard there was the biggest crowd in five years there for the CT Ski Council days.
post #11 of 27
The photos of me were taken at Sugarbush. How can you tell that I'm not a mediocre skier by looking at one small still photo of a guy skiing on flat terrain? You can't! I've been telling the truth, and if you ski with me, you'll be convinced.

Actually, Maddog, it turns out that there were a number of photos of the Bandits - all unintentional, honest!
post #12 of 27
Quote:
Originally posted by oboe:
... and if you ski with me, you'll be convinced.
Well, I have, and I'm not. Don't listen to Oboe.
post #13 of 27
Well, if you don't call that "average" or "mediocre", then the bar has been lowered. But wait 'till you see me try to survive down moguls! Dodge trees! Ski steeps! Refrain from taking multiple pictures of my own Bandit XX's while they're on my feet! These truly are challenges! You'll see!
post #14 of 27
Right, Oboe, right!
post #15 of 27
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally posted by Maddog1959:
Oboe, how many pics of the Rossi's did you get before Jamesdeluxe cut you off?
Maddog may be onto something here. Can anyone explain how Oboe managed to take several very clear, well-lit, decently framed, but "unintentional" shots of his beloved Bandits (directly below him), while mucking up a perfectly fine photo-op of jamesdeluxe gliding by... all with a point-and-click digital camera?

I'm willing to entertain any and all deconstructionist attempts: Freudian (Bandit as unrecognized parental figure), psychoanalytic (Bandit as repressor of desires consciously rejected but subconsciously persistent), post-millenial (the "end" of the need for another ski), or aesthetic (jamesdeluxe was, once again, out of control... why waste the shot?).


Magic: Top of Magic Carpet


Magic: Sorcerer (Bromley in background)

[ January 22, 2003, 03:57 AM: Message edited by: jamesdeluxe ]
post #16 of 27
OK, so now we know why jamesdeluxe looks like Seinfeld . . . He IS Seinfeld!
post #17 of 27
I'm not sure I can get a photo of you skiing, James . . . my reflexes just aren't that fast. If it will help make you feel better, though, the next time we do this, I'll take pictures of your skis, too.
post #18 of 27
Thread Starter 
There. Now it's official.

post #19 of 27
It was 55 here yesterday...

Park your friggin' SUV!!!

High Pressure
post #20 of 27
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Originally posted by AltaSkier:

Park your friggin' SUV!!!
Amen, brother..
post #21 of 27
Today in Essex Junction, Vermont, the temp remained at zero degrees Fahrenheit with a very brisk wind. Skiing is out of the question. At one time in my life, I would have skied in this weather. Being over the hill now, I'm staying home.
post #22 of 27
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally posted by Talisman:
How did you enjoy skiing Magic? I heard there was the biggest crowd in five years there for the CT Ski Council days.
That was my fourth day at Magique this season. The large overflow lot was more than half full, but since both lifts were running, there was absolutely no waiting time at the bottom. Nothing like the December 28th CT Ski Club disaster when the triple was down and there were 20-minute queues at the Red Line double.

People here have already gone on about the great expert terrain there, but I absolutely love the groomed runs -- all with near perfect pitch and zero flat spots right to the bottom.

Now if they could just do something about the interior of the lodge...

[ January 23, 2003, 06:35 AM: Message edited by: jamesdeluxe ]
post #23 of 27
Hey Oboe & Jamesdeluxe,
I was there that Saturday too! Was on those very same trails (w/ my Bandit XX's, no less). My first time at Magic. It was cold indeed, but conditions were perfect, as far as I was concerned. Lifts are a bit slow, but the great terrain more than makes up for it. [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img] Considering it was Saturday of MLK weekend, the place was empty! We rented a place at Bromley for the season, & make trips to the other mountains nearby. As we passed the Bromley base area that Saturday morning, the place was already mobbed, so the "crowds" at Magic were a pleasant surprise. : I didn't stand in line once (except when they shut down the triple briefly in the afternoon & everyone ran over to the double). My only complaint about the lodge was the hockey puck burgers, & they need to make the bar counter bigger for the after ski beers.

I actually had my best day this year on Monday. I skiied Bromley, & came out to 1.5" of fresh powder on top of the groomed courderoy. It then proceeded to snow harder & harder. The snow "showers" lasted until about noon, & dumped at least 4" of fresh powder as the morning went on. Nobody on the slopes in the morning (everyone driving back home), & making fresh tracks almost every run. Perfect. Then the sun came out & the wind kicked up. I finally called it quits when they shut down the express quad due to high winds. With a smile & a sigh, we packed up & started the long drive home.

B.t.w., is the Warren House the place on the right (near a few gas stations) as you drive from Bromley to Magic, very close to Magic & right around the left turn if you're going to Okemo (rt 100?)?

[ January 23, 2003, 10:53 AM: Message edited by: PerSwede ]
post #24 of 27
James skied at Magic. James and oboe skied at Sugarbush. Warren House is on the Sugarbush access road.
post #25 of 27
Sugarbush is on my list of places to try this season. How long of a drive would you say it is from Magic or Manchester? As for Warren House, I'm obviously confusing it w/ another place. It looks cozy though.
post #26 of 27
Thread Starter 
From Magic, I would guestimate it to take about two hours.

If you want to ski Sugarbush this season, I recommend you go on March 1 - 2: the weekend of The Epicski New England Gathering 2003
post #27 of 27
I'd love to go to Sugarbush that weekend. Unfortunately, I already have a trip planned that weekend w/ a bunch of guys I work with. We'll be at Killington.
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