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##**! Jiminy Peak

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
Blowing snow on all trails all day makes for messy and dangerous skiing conditions and that is the way it has been going at Jiminy Peak lately. With poor visibility and uncertain snow quality (due to the un groomed man made), it has been no fun to ski. I took one run today and packed it in. In the lodge, others were complaining too. If they can’t make enough snow and get it groomed before the lifts open at 9:00AM then maybe they should discontinue night skiing and use that time for trail maintenance. It would give them an extra six hours to make snow and get it groomed.

I know they are making us weekday skiers suffer so they can cater to the weekenders, but we are paying customers too, and they owe us something. If this is the way they are going to treat us I won’t be back next year.

Is anyone running into these conditions at other N.E. ski areas? I was at Sunapee fri. thru sun. and conditions were fine.
post #2 of 22
Sorry you had a bad time there BUT ...

Did you see the guns blowing like this -- http://www.jiminypeak.com/webcam/index.php?ImageID=501 -- when you hit the hill?

When you left after one run, did you ask for a voucher to return later in the season? (This is the only question by the way that I'm really curious to have answered.)

When you come back in March and there's a great base left on the mountain and it's groomed out and you've got it all to yourself, will you appreciate that they cranked the guns 24x7 in January to make up what was missed in natural snow and washed off by the rain in November / December?

Aren't you glad to be a weekday skier anyway and not crowded by the hordes of weekend skiers like me who have to drive 3 hours to the hill and pay the jacked-up weekend/holiday prices? A bad day skiing without me and my obnoxious friends is better than a good day skiing with us!

Bottom line - they're obviously taking a short-term hit and trying to build a base to max out the rest of the season. I can't begrudge that and look forward to skiing it in March. If past seasons are any indication they'll have the best base in the Berkshires and you can enjoy some good sprint skiing there. Not much consolation now when you had a crap day though.
post #3 of 22
Skiing with the blowers on is a bit of a pain, but after the way this Winter started in the Mid-Atlantic I'll be happy to ski with them on for the entire rest of the season, week-end or not.

They need to make snow when and while they can.
post #4 of 22
Thread Starter 
quote:When you left after one run, did you ask for a voucher to return later in the season? (This is the only question by the way that I'm really curious to have answered.)

No, no need, I am a season pass holder (mid week)
post #5 of 22
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Originally Posted by ftgrfr View Post
Blowing snow on all trails all day makes for messy and dangerous skiing conditions and that is the way it has been going at Jiminy Peak lately. With poor visibility and uncertain snow quality (due to the un groomed man made), it has been no fun to ski. I took one run today and packed it in. In the lodge, others were complaining too. If they can’t make enough snow and get it groomed before the lifts open at 9:00AM then maybe they should discontinue night skiing and use that time for trail maintenance. It would give them an extra six hours to make snow and get it groomed.

I know they are making us weekday skiers suffer so they can cater to the weekenders, but we are paying customers too, and they owe us something. If this is the way they are going to treat us I won’t be back next year.

Is anyone running into these conditions at other N.E. ski areas? I was at Sunapee fri. thru sun. and conditions were fine.
Whine, Whine, Whine.
Just another 'give me groomers' fair weather skier.
post #6 of 22
whaaaaaaa! Wow that's one of the whiniest, most self entitled posts I've read this season.

c'mon-they're going whole hog to build a base with a 1/3 of the season gone so you weekdayers will have something to ski on after president's week! Remember, there's no guarantee that it will continue to be cold for the rest of the winter-so they need to make the snow 24/7 when they can--I think it's great they're blasting all the traiils--shows a real commitment to long-term skiing and not just the president week's payday (which as a midweek season pass holder you ought to be thankful for!!!)

If you can't handle snow guns and ungroomed mixed conditions midweek while base building you're just not cut out to handle the unrelenting ebbs and flows of a New england Ski season. I hear mall walking is fun too.

At B-East we have been skiing in the guns all year--the only time it's even remotely nettlesome (I never complain about soft snow even when it's inconsistent and sticky man made) is when the temps are in the low 30's (instead of the mid twenties or colder) and it soaks my clothes and goggles--but it's been plenty cold this week so gun running has been an east coast storm skiing fest!

Seriously-keep your skis sharp and well-waxed, work on fore/ aft balance and open it up-I'd rather ski Jericho covered in full force snowmaking than in gravel.

In two weeks you'll be thankful for the man-made white outs your "dealing" with now.

Sheesh!
post #7 of 22
Why you heartless bastages. He doesn't like it.

ftgr, I like it when they blow. It leaves nice soft snow, man made powder. They are way behind and need to keep things moving.

Have you had a chance to read Weems' book? That may help.

We still need to meet for some runs. I'm a pretty good whiner too! Pretty soon it will snow, real snow, and well get to ski some pow on a nice base.

Let me know when you are headed up. I'm planning to go for a little while in the am.
post #8 of 22

whaaaaaaaaaaaaa

Suggestion,

Get a nice used clean shipfitters grinding clear faceguard.

Install some battery powered windshield wipers....

get some real ski clothing, the waterproof kind....

wheeeeeeee!!!

That'll do:

Oh yeah btw, see my signature below

post #9 of 22
Take up a more comfortable hobby, maybe watching TV on a gushy sofa all winter.

For gosh sakes, my 5yo kid was making runs right thru the guns at Wa this weekend.
post #10 of 22
Thread Starter 
Yes, you may call it whining, I prefer venting. I going to try again tomorrow, Paul, but if it is another day like today and yesterday I'm going to the mall.
post #11 of 22
From today's "Weekend Outlook" email from Jiminy Peak:

"We’d like to extend our thanks, to all of you who skied and rode with us this week, for your patience. We strive to not make snow on open terrain but there was a need, given the unpredictable weather to this point, to protect and build our base. We want you to be able to enjoy great skiing and riding at Jiminy well into the springtime. We all know that spring skiing & riding is simply some of the best you can ask for!"
post #12 of 22
Last weekend, they were blowing a lot of snow on various areas of Loon both days. It was a little cold on my face going through the guns, but the snow quality was worth it. I think all the previous posts about the "why" are true. they are even blowing on the weekends to try and get to 100% open before school vacation week I'm sure.

I think the key is that they leave some trails with no guns so everyone is happy. Loon has been doing a good job with that, although of course the skiing is best on the trails with the guns blazing. The North peak has had steady guns going, and the conditions are the best I remember for the past few years.

It sounds like Jiminy was blowing on all trails, that is tough. I say vent away.
post #13 of 22
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Originally Posted by ftgrfr View Post
Yes, you may call it whining, I prefer venting. I going to try again tomorrow, Paul, but if it is another day like today and yesterday I'm going to the mall.
nothin wrong with a good whine or some well placed venting.

I was just havin fun w cha...come ski with us at wachusett sometime
post #14 of 22
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Originally Posted by ts01 View Post
From today's "Weekend Outlook" email from Jiminy Peak:

"We’d like to extend our thanks, to all of you who skied and rode with us this week, for your patience. We strive to not make snow on open terrain but there was a need, given the unpredictable weather to this point, to protect and build our base. We want you to be able to enjoy great skiing and riding at Jiminy well into the springtime. We all know that spring skiing & riding is simply some of the best you can ask for!"
Turn em on and leave em on! I called today and bitched. There are still trails to open!
post #15 of 22
i was there on Wednesday and conditions sucked...whoever is in charge of making snow should be fired..Wet snow from nite before that they groomed during nite and more wet snow in hard frozen piles on top of that.Also they made a lot of clear ice everywhere on mountain...Plus there grooming sucked...Roumor has it they pay low wages and cant keep key people"groomers and snow makers"
post #16 of 22
This is the ski condition forum. Conditions aren't always great everywhere. I appreciate the input, keep the reports coming and I'll ski where it looks the best. We're all putting up with less than ideal conditions in the east this year but some areas are handling the crisis better than others.
post #17 of 22

Jiminy Peak just plans sucks!

The family and I skied JP on Sunday 1/29 on our way to Vermont. We went up to JP because we had heard it was a family friendly ski area, plus it was on the way to Vt. Man were we disappointed.

Rant #1 - For starters they change $17 for 6yrs & under to ski to ski two beginners lifts. They also charged $41 for 6yrs & under to ski the whole mtn. BTW - The mtn. was only 50% open at best. So basically, if I wanted to do some runs with my almost 4yr old between my legs it would have cost me $17 and If I wanted to do a long green run with my 5yr old, it would have cost me $41. Thats not a good way for a ski area to attract and retain new skiers and boarders.

Rant #2 - You have to walk up hill to the beginner area. What a great design, lets charge the beginners a bunch of $ and then make the walk up hill in ski boots to tire them out before they even get a run in.

Rant #3 - No parking, they haul you in from remote parking areas. I'm surprised they don't charge you for the shuttle. May be they should charge $ and put in a parking garage.

Towards the end of the day, my wife took a restroom break and when she came back out she can't find her skis. Someone had stolen her brand spanking new K2 Burnin Luv skis. The skis were left alone for 4 minutes and were split apart in two different racks. I reported it to security, who had me fill out a report and then just blew me off. I know the stolen skis weren't the resorts fault, but it was the final nail in the coffin. I will never ski Jiminy Peak ever again.
post #18 of 22
You missed a rant.

Jimminy Peak has the worst, most overpriced food in the Northeast (last time I was there). The Berkshires are a disaster. It's very sad.
post #19 of 22
Never skied Jiminy and may never unless I end up at a clinic there some time.

What is most sad is that they bought Brodie, a nice family-owned area and shut it down.

If you want to ski the Berkshires, ski Berkshire East, a real old-time mid-sized ski area.
post #20 of 22
Sad to see that some experiences in this thread were bad at Jiminy peak this season. But, lets face it, everyone is struggling. Even with the snow blowing now and causing "inconveniences" at local mountains including Jiminy Peak, they will probably take a huge loss this season. Winter did not even hit here until mid January, and the snow, forget it! Take it from me, I have been skiing at Jiminy Peak for 7+ years and have seen the resort grow into the "destination" resort that it is trying to be now. It is a great place to ski with night skiing, day skiing, tree skiing, mogul skiing...shall i go on. Conditions have been great everytime I have gone in the past. They are just having a bad year. Give them a break!
post #21 of 22
It is what it is. For me, coming from NY area, Jiminy is easy to get to, best conditions in the western Berkshires on almost any day given higher altitude than Catamount and Butternut. Sure the parking is tight later in the day but I set an alarm and get there in the 8:30 - 9:00 range ... usually in the first few rows, easily walkable. Plenty of vertical if you ski the singles line in the 6-pak lift; nice steeps when they're open. The lift tickets can be pricey, but the $36 "value card" (i.e., frequent skier card) pays for itself in ONE VISIT and then the prices are more reasonable, and they have plenty of other specials. (i.e., two-day ticket is $89 the weekend of 2/3 - 2/4).

Bottom line - there's a lot of ranting here that IMHO is misplaced based on particular bad experiences. I've had bad experiences at Jiminy myself that I won't go into here other than to caution, AVOID THE TUNA SANDWICH at all costs. But that doesn't mean you might not have very good experiences at Jiminy, as I have, under different conditions at different times.

(BTW learn2turn I'd love to take your advice and ski Berkshire East. But it's just too far for day trips from NY area (which may be why people like it!). It looks great, both in terms of terrain and temperment, someday when there's good natural snow cover I'd love to check it out for a weekend.)
post #22 of 22
Hit Jiminy today and it was real good. They have opened all but one of the steeps, and there has been tons of snowmaking going on. Wild Turkey was not open due to grooming.

Skied with a bunch of my buddies, one of whom was a pain in the @ss, Bill (there were 4 Bills).

Met up with ftgrfr, he was not a pain in the @ss. We had fun doing gs turns and going fast. Everyone said it was the best day this year, except me. I liked Tuesday under the guns on White Trail.

Learn to turn, wouldn't you say that the grooming and snowmaking at Jiminy are better than Berk East? I bet Berk East would be more fun than Jiminy on real snow. The mt seems better than Jiminy too.
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