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The Hype Is High

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The hype is high today about a possible Nor'easter on Monday -- a nearly-Category-3-hurricane-strength* storm that could bring heavy rain, snow, high winds and beach erosion to the New England coast late Sunday and Monday. Source Accuweather. At this rate Killington will be open until summer.
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That is not to mention the 6+ that the mountains will be getting hit with Wed into Thursday.
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yes I've heard this AM at the gym

Usually you have to ski Tahoe or elsewhere out west for snow this late
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Hmmm, should be interesting
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As we were enjoying boot high freshies on Easter Sunday, I kept saying this is Mother Nature's way of apologizing for the horrid start to the season. Apparently she's still feeling guilty!

Works for me!
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The newsfolks are already talking about a postponement of Monday's Boston Marathon.
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Originally Posted by Gostan View Post
The newsfolks are already talking about a postponement of Monday's Boston Marathon.
I'd be interested to know if that (a postponement of the marathon) has ever happened before. Might be worthwhile to head up to Stowe this weekend and get "snowed in".

Two weeks ago I was bummed because it looked like the snowpack in Tuckerman Ravine was going to degrade too quickly for me to make a trip up there. Now I'm wondering when it's going to settle down enough to make a trip up there.

This is truly bizarre weather.
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Yeah, it's pretty amazing. NWS is calling for a foot or more in the higher terrain tomorrow and the next one looming in the models. Skied Sunapee today and it was amazing - winter packed powder in the AM to light low humidity spring surface in the PM. Perfect windless sunny skies. Sunapee's last day (extended) is supposed to be this coming Sunday. Even some of the bigger areas are closed now. This is what Killington looked like on Sunday:
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Will it still be cold Sun/Mon?
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Possibly at higher elevations. It sounds like these next storms are going to be right on the edge. Always uncertainty, especially in the Spring. Have to wait and see how it plays out. If it snows it should be cold on the peaks while its happening. With an upper level low approaching from the west, the storm tomorrow will probably be like the last one. The farther west, the drier and colder. Killington had only powder while Sunapee had significant icing (like icicles 14" long hanging off trees on the higest 500' of the hill) from Wednesdays storm, followed by considerable "backlash" snow. The weekend low is supposed to be further off the coast but coming into a slightly warmer airmass.
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I think it will be worth goin up. I am THERE!

Hmmm would MRG crank up the double?
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The newsfolks are already talking about a postponement of Monday's Boston Marathon.
Wow - hope that doesn't happen. I have a friend travelling all the way from Vancouver to race in it. And if they do postpone, hopefully it will just be until the next day.
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Snow and huge mother ****in early spring waves! wooowhooooooooo
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holy moly!



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That finger of heavy (18-20") snow extending down into the WV mountains has me on alert!!

Inland/mountain areas of WV - PA - NY state / southern New England - VT - ME will likely get hit with a crap-ton of snow, but it's going to be wet and heavy and alternate with rain and sleet. Combined with heavy winds and the chance of flooding, this could be a hell of a weekend. We might get a bunch of snow Sat-Mon but not really be able to enjoy it. Hard to say at this point, because the models are still converging.

For some decent info, one of the best guys to watch is Henry Margusty on Accuweather. His blog is here:

http://wwwa.accuweather.com/news-blo...g=meteomadness

Watch his videos if you get a chance. He does a great job mixing technical details with plain talk.

BTW, for a continually updated version of the above snowfall map follow this link:

http://wxcaster4.com/gfs/CONUS2_GFS0...SNOW_120HR.gif
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wet or dry that much snow this late has to be considered a bonus! Will have to burn a day off for this if things pan out
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Quick question: I saw rain/snow for Sunday forecast in Okemo/Killington area. Could rain make it not skiable or would it be just lighter snow?

I am trying to get a weekend trip out to Vermont. If Sunday is out it would be a Saturday day trip to Catskill.

Thanks,
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Originally Posted by Beric in Whistler View Post
Wow - hope that doesn't happen. I have a friend travelling all the way from Vancouver to race in it. And if they do postpone, hopefully it will just be until the next day.
According to today's Boston Globe, Monday's marathon is on regardless of the weather.
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Quick question: I saw rain/snow for Sunday forecast in Okemo/Killington area. Could rain make it not skiable or would it be just lighter snow?
Thanks,
It will make it less enjoyable, especially if it's raining while you ski! The affect on the snow surface is unknown because they are calling for rain/sleet/snow mixed in. I have skied rain over fresh snow and it was not too bad (like spring snow). But the real issue is how heavy/wet the snow is itself. Generally, if there is a mix or if the snow is really heavy and wet, the best skiing would be the day after when they groom/compact it all down (assuming that's possible). Skiing ungroomed heavy snow can be extremely difficult and tiring if it's more than about 6" deep. Even if you ski it well, it does wear you down faster. I would say to keep an eye on the weather and be prepared for anything. On weekends like this when I had to ski (volunteer patrol) I brought rain gear and rubber gloves, and was prepared for a whole spectrum of conditions. Sometimes it was epic, other times it was miserable. There is a wide range of enjoyable skiing possible in the middle!
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Sometimes it was epic, other times it was miserable. There is a wide range of enjoyable skiing possible in the middle!
That's why I leave the wife and kid home on spring trips. I know it's worth risking being miserable for a chance of epic. They don't.
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http://www.erh.noaa.gov/forecast/Map...=112&map.y=186

As far as sugarloaf goes- believe the hype.
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BTW, for a continually updated version of the above snowfall map follow this link:

http://wxcaster4.com/gfs/CONUS2_GFS0...SNOW_120HR.gif
From that map, it looks like my favourite eastern ski area (Whiteface - during my high school days) may get the best conditions when you consider abundance, temperature, and moisture content of the new snow. The upper slopes should be especially good!
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Originally Posted by skier219 View Post
It will make it less enjoyable, especially if it's raining while you ski! The affect on the snow surface is unknown because they are calling for rain/sleet/snow mixed in. I have skied rain over fresh snow and it was not too bad (like spring snow). But the real issue is how heavy/wet the snow is itself. Generally, if there is a mix or if the snow is really heavy and wet, the best skiing would be the day after when they groom/compact it all down (assuming that's possible). Skiing ungroomed heavy snow can be extremely difficult and tiring if it's more than about 6" deep. Even if you ski it well, it does wear you down faster. I would say to keep an eye on the weather and be prepared for anything. On weekends like this when I had to ski (volunteer patrol) I brought rain gear and rubber gloves, and was prepared for a whole spectrum of conditions. Sometimes it was epic, other times it was miserable. There is a wide range of enjoyable skiing possible in the middle!
Very useful. Thanks a lot!
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Okemo is extending its season until the 22nd. The real cold is over so we'll be dealing with elevation dependent snow. Anything over 1500 feet or so will be in good shape. The slopes that are on the north side of the mountains will be in better shape as well. This will not be the mid winter stuff we had last week. Sooo....Fat skis, warmer wax and good wheels make for fun in this stuff. Wonder if I'll use my chiefs or ny skinny outlaws?
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Okemo is extending its season until the 22nd. The real cold is over so we'll be dealing with elevation dependent snow. Anything over 1500 feet or so will be in good shape. The slopes that are on the north side of the mountains will be in better shape as well. This will not be the mid winter stuff we had last week. Sooo....Fat skis, warmer wax and good wheels make for fun in this stuff. Wonder if I'll use my chiefs or ny skinny outlaws?
I had tons of fun skiing with you and Max Capacity a few weeks ago but I wish I wouldn't have brought the warm temps. THIS is when I should be there skiing with you guys!
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TC - Wait 'til you see the pics from Stowe yesterday.
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TC - Wait 'til you see the pics from Stowe yesterday.
Epic, no joking!
I have new skis at my house I'm dieing to try out.
Marquette Mountain in the UP opened back up after the huge snow storms that we had prior to their arrival on your door step.
I ran the directions through Yahoo maps:

Cadillac, MI to Marquette Mt = 6 1/2 hrs
Cadillac, MI to Stowe = 13 1/2 hrs

You have no idea how much its taking me to stay home and do what I need to do instead of jumping in the Jeep and heading to Stowe!!!!
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just to nudge you a bit more - they claim to have got 27-40 inches in the past week and more than 5 feet since Apr 1.
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just to nudge you a bit more - they claim to have got 27-40 inches in the past week and more than 5 feet since Apr 1.
That's no claim! It's like mid-winter (but without the brutal cold)!
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