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least bad skiing 12/23 or 12/24, Berks/Cats?

post #1 of 10
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Looks to me like Windham or Jiminy Peak, from their websites. Anyone have reality-based input? Daytripping from NYC area.
post #2 of 10
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Bump. Anybody heading out to Berkshires or Catskills, I'd love a first-hand report. I know you're out there, I'm the only one in the office!
post #3 of 10
Forecast says it's going to rain through the night on Friday and into Saturday noon, and with temperatures in the high 40's.
Wouldn't this effectively close down everything?

I schlepped my skis all the way from CA to go ski/snowboarding with my girlfriend this weekend, but looks like I'll have to wait for my first east coast ski experience. (not that I was looking forward to the resort itself..)
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Originally Posted by paulwlee View Post
Forecast says it's going to rain through the night on Friday and into Saturday noon, and with temperatures in the high 40's.
Wouldn't this effectively close down everything?
They'll stay open and it'll be slushy but if there's some base it's skiable, and there won't be any crowds. Goretex is your friend.

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Originally Posted by paulwlee View Post
I schlepped my skis all the way from CA to go ski/snowboarding with my girlfriend this weekend, but looks like I'll have to wait for my first east coast ski experience. (not that I was looking forward to the resort itself..)
You know "schlepped" and can ski in the rain. That's an east coast ski experience. Why wait?

Seriously, it's as bad is it ever gets here. I'm not looking for good skiing; just the least bad.
post #5 of 10
Yeah, I don't have much of a problem skiing in the rain if there is going to be snow, it's my girlfriend and her friends I'm worried about. I want her to have a good experience (she hasn't skied that much, and she was going to learn to board for the first time tomorrow) so I don't have to 'convince' her to go again next time.

So you're saying even with the thin base they have now, and the rain all night and all morning in pretty warm weather it should be skiable?
post #6 of 10
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Clearly Sunday's going to be the better day. I'm just jonesing bad and plan to drive up Saturday a.m. just to get in some turns. Not the usual first chair push though, I'll give it some time to dry up and say how it looks mid to late morning Saturday. ANd know that Sunday will be better.

But if I was concerned with g.f.'s longterm love for the sport I'd not push it on a real wet day. Especially if its day 1 for boarding. I'm a skier but from what I've seen of the learning curve on boards, day 1 means a lot of time falling on your rear. Not so fun in slush and rain I imagine. ANd they're talking .75 to 1 inch of rain.
post #7 of 10
Was out on 12/23 at Hunter and conditions were surprisingly decent considering that the rain stopped just about when the lifts started to turn.
Quite warm, but it was very skiable, and as a bonus it was uncrowded, probably due to the forecast rain.
Overall, it was a pleasant surprise I must say!
post #8 of 10
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Paul - how'd the girlfriend do?

I ended up at Jiminy Saturday and Windham sunday. Saturday at Jiminy was rainy and flush with a fair amount of fog -- not ideal for my first day back after an ACL rebuild. Still a nice time and by the 4th run or so I realized the new knee works just fine.

Windham the next day was drier and colder so not a fair comparison. It was better skiing than JP the day before, but probably JP was just better Sunday as well.

Windham notes:

1- We skied the new unnamed trail off the east peak first thing in the a.m. after overhearing one instructor (no. 1) tell another (no. 2) quite earnestly that he had just come down, "conditions are great, it's pure corduroy." I had a fairly cautious skier who loves the groomed with me, so we headed straight up there. And found several hundred steep, narrow yards of pure ice and rock with not even the usual slush. We caught up with instructor no. 2 who was laughing and mildly cursing no. 1 for yanking his chain about the corduroy. And my timid daughter was initially freaked but came away proud that she skied it better (or at least faster) than instructor no. 2 who was having a pretty tough time of it.

2 - JP was nice in that the skiers out on Saturday seemed to know what they were doing. Windham on Sunday by late a.m. had at least 30 - 40% bad skiers tumbling every which way. Yard sales to the point you had to slow down a lot of the time. So I went over to Upper Wolverine (double black) and found ... mom, dad, and 3 kids all clutching rental skis and sliding down the center of the trail on their behinds, spread about 100 yards apart. Asked the dad if I could help with anything, he says "no, we like the sliding!" I can just imagine what it's like with post=christmas crowds.

3 - By noon at Windham there were a LOT of brown, worn through patches at trail merges and other narrow spots. Seems like JP had better coverage where they were open, even with the rain.
post #9 of 10
She did great, and also had fun! She took a level 1 group lesson in the morning and then a 1 hour private lesson. She can now actually link turns about half the time in easy green terrain, I'm so proud of her!
Weather was nice and warm, rain stopped before we got going, and the snow wasn't slushy, although it was a bit wet.
I'm really glad that we went.

Oh, and I seriously need my ski legs and cardiovascular function. My quads were cramping up after a few high speed carved runs on blue and I was getting seriously winded after short turn runs on black. Normally getting tired/winded is usually reserved for crud/powder or bumps, and that's at an altitude of 10,000ft!
post #10 of 10
Just got back from Jiminy Peak. Took about 8 or 9 runs and had some fun. The snow itself was not that bad, but the over all conditions were real weak. There were brown spots and narrow strips of snow. The snow was located in the exact places where it was needed.

But it was a good time for a few runs and maybe I'll go tomorrow. I have to go to work for a little while so Killington is not possible. I will try to post.
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