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Sugarbush 1/15/95, temp 64 deg. Skiing on hay at SB North.





I know we are complaining, but that season took a turnaround a couple of weeks later and turned out OK.
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Thanks Phil.
I do believe skiers (die hard skiers) are the eternal optomists.
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Optomists ?
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Awwww, come on. Vermont's not so bad. LOOK - Mount Snow is still open!
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Holiday Valley is down to 3 runs. http://webcams.holidayvalley.com/

On the brighter side the rollercoaster starts up again tomorrow. Maybe after the 15th the cold will be here to stay for a while.
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Actually, this week was so bad, Killington closed for a day or two. We went from Sugarbush down to Okemo where they actually had a pretty good base.
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post
Sugarbush 1/15/95, temp 64 deg. Skiing on hay at SB North.



I know we are complaining, but that season took a turnaround a couple of weeks later and turned out OK.
I remember the winters of 94-95 and 95-96 pretty well, mostly because of some job changes and other things. I don't remember those 1995 pictures, but mid-January 1996 there was a rain storm that washed out bridges all over the Catskills. At Windham, they dug a trench to drain 2 feet of standing water from the base of the quad, and it almost washed out the access road. The next day was the only time I remember them closing on a January weekend. Still, IIRC both of those years were better than this one has been so far.

BK
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Hey Phil...thanks for posting these pics! I hope you don't mind but I borrowed them to prove to people that this has happened before. You do owe me from that Plake hairdoo I did for you guys awhile back. Anyways,Some folks around here are getting downright freaky. Your pics helped.

Not sure which days you were here but things overall have been pretty good considering. Too bad you weren't here right after the surprise dump over New Years Weekend.

Things didn't start getting seriously sucky until Wednesday when we had 70+ trails open. Things are already looking up here as we started the guns up last night, still cranking when I left the mountain around 1PM. The next 5 days looks very good for both snowmaking and the white stuff from the sky.

Wednesday, it's supposed to get down to 7F, will everybody remember how to deal with that. : Thanks again for the pics!
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JH, no problem. I agree this year although bad, is not completely out of the norm. I was up for New Years Eve and skied then, I was going to ski NE day, but was rainign when I got up and knowing we had a 6+ hour drive home, we got out early under the traffic.
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absolutely agree. This has been a perennial issue for New England, where snowmaking got its start.

Things seem to be getting warmer but people forget that there have always been years things were thin.

Like I said somewhere else - get out there anyway and hang in there. Just stay the heck out of my way when you do pls .

I'm actually less worried about the skiers giving it up as I am the mountains themselves going under or small business owners and ski shops packing it in. Sorry but I don't want to give up the great service I get from the smaller guys.
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I remember the winters of 94-95 and 95-96 pretty well, mostly because of some job changes and other things. I don't remember those 1995 pictures, but mid-January 1996 there was a rain storm that washed out bridges all over the Catskills. At Windham, they dug a trench to drain 2 feet of standing water from the base of the quad, and it almost washed out the access road. The next day was the only time I remember them closing on a January weekend. Still, IIRC both of those years were better than this one has been so far.

BK
Yeah, but when that rain hit, we had 6 feet of snow in the woods. That's also what made it so bad, the rain coming down plus the snowmelt. With all the snow we had on January 15th that year, anything in the Catskill less than a double black pitch couldn't be skied. I had to abandon my usual off piste runs of 30% because I couldn't get moving fast enough to get on top of the snow.
P.S. my car was at the top of a ridge from Friday till Monday afternoon cause the only road up got washed out. Road crews worked 12 hour days Sat/Sun getting my road back to passable.
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One thing I noticed heading up Rt 30 the other day was how high the West river is right now. There's either a LOT of runoff or it's from the recent rains or both. This additional rain can't help.

Maybe they'll get something Wednesday. Of course there's always the John Madden effect or whatever (from the other thread
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Yeah, but when that rain hit, we had 6 feet of snow in the woods. That's also what made it so bad, the rain coming down plus the snowmelt. With all the snow we had on January 15th that year, anything in the Catskill less than a double black pitch couldn't be skied. I had to abandon my usual off piste runs of 30% because I couldn't get moving fast enough to get on top of the snow.
P.S. my car was at the top of a ridge from Friday till Monday afternoon cause the only road up got washed out. Road crews worked 12 hour days Sat/Sun getting my road back to passable.
I remember some decent days that year as well. Some one should change the title of this thread. This is definitely the worst season since the invention of snowmaking.

BK
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