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Stowe or Jay Peak for 4/29?

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
I'm hoping to take my son up to Stowe or Jay this final weekend, most likely on Sunday. We'll stick to blue and black groomers, with some bumps OK. Where will we have the most luck in avoiding rocks?

I've been up to Stowe a few times this winter, most recently 1.5 weeks ago with snow during the Nor'Easter, and it was in great shape then. However, it has hit 60-70F since then. The online photos make it appear to still be in decent shape as of the last couple days.

I haven't been up to Jay for years, so I am quite a bit less familiar with it.

"Unfortunately", we both have new skis, so we'd like to avoid rocks at all costs and will not go up if it appears too risky.

Thanks for any advice. I'd love to hear reports back from later this week or even Saturday if any of you folks are up there.

--Lee
post #2 of 18
I didn't hit any rocks at Stowe yesterday. I don't know about Jay. I think what's going to matter now is how much snow they made in February, that's what your going to be skiing on this weekend.
post #3 of 18
btw - just to give you an idea of how much snow there is, the snow making hydrants on Ridgeview are still totally buried. They're about 4 feet tall.
post #4 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thanks! The top sounds fine. How about down near the bottom? I realize that below Crossover its all about just getting to the lift.
post #5 of 18
It was fine last I went up. If it starts gettingbare, I'm sure they'll start pushing bits of the terrain park onto it.
post #6 of 18
Anyone know how many lifts they plan on running for the weekend?
post #7 of 18
I would guess just one, but they ran the Gondi last weekend and I wouldn't put it past them again.
post #8 of 18
Jay had great coverage last Friday. Every trail on the mountain (including all the glades) had superb coverage and no dirt patches or rocks..at least nothing out of the oridnary.

The only exceptions (that I found) were the exposed areas at the top of Green Beret, Upper River Kwai and the Face.
post #9 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the reports. Decisions...decisions...how much will it rain Friday/Saturday, etc...
post #10 of 18

The weather may hold

8:30 a.m. Saturday - I'm sitting on my deck in Ludlow, overlooking Okemo. Skies are partly cloudy, Sat/Radar imagery looks favorable for today, which is surprising given the forecast.

I think Stowe's going to be fine this weekend...I'll be there tomorrow!

As an aside - if you're serious enough to be skiing the last weekend in April, you should really have a pair of rock skis. Either that, or resign yourself to riding over the occasional patch of grey/green/brown terrain. That being said, this has not been a normal April, so you'll probably be able to avoid rocks fairly easily.

I might be heading to Killington in a little bit. If I do, I'll post a TR later tonight.
post #11 of 18
Thread Starter 
Anyone ski Stowe today?
post #12 of 18
Not me, but it hardly rained at all. I drove by Smuggs today. I don't think anyone is skiing there. The place looked pretty sad.
post #13 of 18
Looks like Jay closed yesterday (4/28).

Winter started out pretty slow, but it ended up being a great season...

Now if I can just find my golf clubs, I'll be ready for spring.
post #14 of 18
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Originally Posted by jgb View Post
Looks like Jay closed yesterday (4/28).
No warning...same thing last year. That's not very nice
post #15 of 18
Thread Starter 
It looked too rainy, so my son and I bailed today. We can't wait for next year.
post #16 of 18
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Originally Posted by Paul Jones View Post
No warning...same thing last year. That's not very nice
Why do you say that? You didn't a personal email from the resort.

The GM/President was on WCAX earlier this week, they were still open midweek, and he said they were taking it day by day. It's awesome that they were willing to stay open this long seeing the amount of business they were probably doing.

Were you actually thinking about going up there to ski today? Give them a break...they did a fantastic job this season.

BTW the Bush was open this weeekend with great coverage and top to bottom skiing on 24 trails. They were closed during the week and they spend the time moving snow around to ensure good coverage.

They MIGHT be open this Sat with a big Cinco De Mayo party.
http://forums.skimrv.com/about945.html
BTW, Win is the President, owner of the Bush.
post #17 of 18
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Originally Posted by JHrefugee View Post
Why do you say that? You didn't a personal email from the resort.

The GM/President was on WCAX earlier this week, they were still open midweek, and he said they were taking it day by day. It's awesome that they were willing to stay open this long seeing the amount of business they were probably doing.



I kept a real close eye on the web page and didn't see any indication about a potential sudden closing. They indicated that it could go beyond this weekend.

Don't know WCAX, but it would be better if they said it in the conditions section on the web.

They did the same thing last year and the year before.
post #18 of 18
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Originally Posted by Paul Jones View Post
I kept a real close eye on the web page and didn't see any indication about a potential sudden closing. They indicated that it could go beyond this weekend.

Don't know WCAX, but it would be better if they said it in the conditions section on the web.

They did the same thing last year and the year before.
Closing in the middle of a weekend is unusual. Since it's owned by Canadians perhaps they dance to the beat of a diferent drummer.

If your still interested in gettting one more day your choices are down to the Bush, Kmart and maybe Stowe(?). At least your choices got closer...
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