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Vermont 12/22-12/27

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I'm heading up to Stowe, Killington and Mount Snow on Saturday. The conditions there right now are great, some of the best early season stuff they have had in a long time...unfortuantely, I've been watching the weather and they are predicting warmer ocean air to meet up with a southern storm...the temps will hover around 32-35 on Monday and Tuesday and they are prediciting in all three towns where the mountains are located for Snow to Rain to Sleet to Rain...anychance this will be snow up on the mountain, I will be major bummed if its raining on Monday/Tuesday, anybody with experience like this, rain in the valley, snow on the mtn....hrmmmmm.....
post #2 of 13
It looks like it will be a close call.
An old climbers rule of thumb is 3 degrees temperature change for every 1,000 feet of eleveation change. Those are all 4,000 footers so, we might get lucky.
The skiing at all the areas you mention is epic for this time of year.
Stowe has more snow at the stake for this tiem of year than ever in their history.

You go!!!!!
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Originally Posted by GotVolkl?35 View Post
the temps will hover around 32-35 on Monday and Tuesday and they are prediciting in all three towns where the mountains are located for Snow to Rain to Sleet to Rain...anychance this will be snow up on the mountain, I will be major bummed if its raining on Monday/Tuesday, anybody with experience like this, rain in the valley, snow on the mtn....hrmmmmm.....
There's been a couple times where I've woken up to rain in Rutland (at the base of Killington) and found the mountain itself to be in blizzard-like conditions. And there's been times where both Rutland and Killington peak have been getting rain. Similarly with Stowe -- I've been in sunshine in the village and found a snowstorm on the mountain.

Those mountains have their own weather pattern. I wouldn't worry too much; you might be skiing in some "wintry mix" stuff, but I seriously doubt you'll find a driving rainstorm on the mountain.
post #4 of 13
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Nice. thanks guys, I'll try and take some pics.
post #5 of 13
By all means, go! There's so much snow in Vermont now that a little bit of rain won't hurt it much -- if anything, it'll just soften it some. And you never know -- it can be raining at my house and snowing on the mountain. Happens all the time.

BTW, I just heard on Vermont Public Radio today that this is the state's sixth snowiest December on record.
post #6 of 13
Will be great. There will be many Bears also up there making turns.
post #7 of 13
My generic rule of thumb for this (from an olde tyme New England skier) is that if it hits 50 in Boston, you're screwed. But mid 40s it could still be OK out there at Stowe and Killington. This varies based on storm track etc but it kind of gives you an idea that yes Virginia there is snow many times when there's rain down there where the weather reports emanate from.

I think it's probably likely you'll get some wet snow at least but a good chance there will be at least a period of snow out of this. I'm being hopeful.

But of course to guarantee it - go tomorrow!!
post #8 of 13
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Yeah I've been doing a lot of reading about skiing and rain. The general opionon is that it can actually soften snow and be enjoyable. I doubt boston will get to 50 probably low 40s. the temps for the storm...sunday and sunday night in vermont are anywhere from 32-37 so up on the mountain could be snow, but either way monday and tuesday wont be raining in fact its supposed to turn colder and snow, I may not ski on sunday because I have to watch my NYGiants play. Prob Sat, Monday, Tuesday, Wed...share some more rain stories
post #9 of 13
yeah the other thing that there's so much base things should be good anyway the rest of the week.

I saw on the outside at the end of the week there could be something more in the way of frozen falling from the sky again so ... the beat will go on, just a little bump on Sunday ....
post #10 of 13
The base is good and should hold up well for the potential rain predicted. I've had many rain days where from the ankles down, it was execllent. I'm heading back to Kmart tonight - hope I don't have to "ankle" ski.

Happy Holidays & think ONLY SNOW !!!!
post #11 of 13
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What's up everyone, just got back from Killington and Mount Snow. The rain played a major factor, unfortuantely I didn't get out to Kill. until monday. They went from 196 trails open on Sat/Sun to only 51 on monday! It was poor at best. Icy, and thin cover. I was going to travel further up to Stowe on Tuesday but recognizing the conditions I decided to head closer to home and go to Mount Snow. By Tuesday they had about 70 trails open, lots of fake stuff and some ice, but it was ok I suppose. My Volkl bridges were far too wide for the conditions, but I made do, they were awesome except for the occasional spill when I just couldn't get an edge. Wednesday it was better, again more fake stuff but at least it was softer. Some warm air and sun softened things up. Not too bad. Just upset I missed that narly early season, spoke to some people who had skiied in Vermont thurs, fri and sat, and said it was amazing. Oh well, fun time for all, just waiting for my two weeks out west starting January 9 :

p.s. Big ups to Mount Snow. This is my fifth year calling it my home mountain and I am just starting to appreciate it. Is it the biggest or steepest, no, but it has some cool trails, its not too crowded by, and when the snow is good its awesome, some fun glades, I like its smaller and (to me at least) more upscale feel, anyway....I digresss.
post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by GotVolkl?35 View Post
What's up everyone, just got back from Killington and Mount Snow. The rain played a major factor, unfortuantely I didn't get out to Kill. until monday. They went from 196 trails open on Sat/Sun to only 51 on monday! It was poor at best. Icy, and thin cover. I was going to travel further up to Stowe on Tuesday but recognizing the conditions I decided to head closer to home and go to Mount Snow. By Tuesday they had about 70 trails open, lots of fake stuff and some ice, but it was ok I suppose. My Volkl bridges were far too wide for the conditions, but I made do, they were awesome except for the occasional spill when I just couldn't get an edge. Wednesday it was better, again more fake stuff but at least it was softer. Some warm air and sun softened things up. Not too bad. Just upset I missed that narly early season, spoke to some people who had skiied in Vermont thurs, fri and sat, and said it was amazing. Oh well, fun time for all, just waiting for my two weeks out west starting January 9 :

p.s. Big ups to Mount Snow. This is my fifth year calling it my home mountain and I am just starting to appreciate it. Is it the biggest or steepest, no, but it has some cool trails, its not too crowded by, and when the snow is good its awesome, some fun glades, I like its smaller and (to me at least) more upscale feel, anyway....I digresss.
Didn't ski Monday, Tuesday was actually quite good at Okemo. The only thing that wasn't open was the glades I think Mt. Snow will prosper under their new ownership.
post #13 of 13
Mount Snow is also home base for me...thought I was all done with skiing after a nasty break some years ago skiing in Davos, but fortunately, my son's love of snow boarding has brought me back

Actually considering buying a property up there, but unsure about making that big an investment espec considering how long the drive is for me, but love my Mt Snow weekends.
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