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post #1 of 16
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I was expecting a let down day after such an awesome time we had at Magic on New Years Eve. I will say, the day started that way, a disappointment. We arrive at 8:00 to avoid the holiday crowds (which never really materialized anyway). When we got on the snow I really expected Okemo quality groomed trails. For those not familiar with Okemo, that means perfect corduroy from edge to edge and top to bottom. With the 6-8 we received on Monday, I didn't think it was too much to expect. Lola, Jim, Lil and I were skiing around making the best of what we were dealt and I was thinking that we might be on the road sooner than later.

At 10:00 we stopped for a bodily function break, while waiting for certain people, at 10:05, I look outside and it is snowing...snowing hard. Mind you at 10:00, it wasn't snowing. We head out over to the "south side" and it is puking snow. I am guessing that it started snowing over there first, because as we rode the lift up, there was a good 1" over the groomers. As the clock ticked it, it just came down harder and harder, I would say to the tune of 2"+ an hour. About 11ish, I ran into Max Capacity and we hit some of the glades that were just opening such as Loose Spruce and Outrage. Loose Spruce was not opened, the day before, but even though we were two of the first people down today, there were multeble sets of tracks in there, no worries, there were still plenty of freshies for us for a good 3-4 runs. Outrage was a different story, the top was blown down to the ice below, you didn't ski it, you survived it. Once you made past the first 1/3 and got into the trees, oh my. The trees were very nice and by the 12:00 time I was in there, I don't think I saw my skis the rest of the way down and had powder hitting my thighs.

Off to ski the rest of the mountain and try to find my family that I abandoned. No luck in my search for my family, but I did run into Max again for some more powder shots. The snow is still dumping and I think we are up to 5-6" at this point . There were some trails that were still closed for no reason that we could think of, Wardance for one. Wardance is a blue trail that doesn't get much action, just because of its location, today was the perfect day to take advantage of that situation. I (not Max, thats my story and I'm sticking to it), ducked the rope for another perfect powder run that again, I didn't see my skis the whole run. Wardance required another two runs. Max and I go our separate ways again, so I can get back on my quest for more powder...err my family. No luck on the family part, yes I was really looking but I did find more powder...and plenty of it. More rope ducking, this time Supernova. One word....OMFG! There were maybe 10 visible sets sets of tracks in there. What there was was knee deep powpow and huge pillow shots all over. My third time though, i didn't see Hairy Bones and his bride having just as good of a time as me.

Between 12/31 at Magic and 1/1 at Okemo (let alone the days we had at Stowe for ESA), I was already bless with two "best days of the year" type days..and the season really hasn't even started yet!!!!!
post #2 of 16
Awesome! It's been a while since I got snow at Okemo because I usually went there when things were sketchy to ski their groomers. But it's a great place for consistent snow surface.

I was thinking the other day how I feel like I've been missing the season because I had some stuff to do two days before Christmas and work and such on New Years. But then I thought ... it's not Feb/March yet - this is pretty awesome we have such good conditions this early. Crossing my fingers but it's a great start.
post #3 of 16
They did a timed GS/SG on Wardance yesterday, but I should have been open today. Odd.

I wish I went today instead of yesterday, too much powder for my taste (not that it was bad but the crowds were horrid, making the snow equally as bad). Only groomed run was Wardance, and they only had a small path cleared for the training course.

I did have fun on the course and on the few untouched beauties of powder that I sniffed out early day.
post #4 of 16
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They did a timed GS/SG on Wardance yesterday, but I should have been open today. Odd.

I wish I went today instead of yesterday, too much powder for my taste (not that it was bad but the crowds were horrid, making the snow equally as bad). Only groomed run was Wardance, and they only had a small path cleared for the training course.

I did have fun on the course and on the few untouched beauties of powder that I sniffed out early day.
We hit Magic on Monday, no crowds. Okemo on Tuesday, no crowds. We really lucked out for both days.
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We hit Magic on Monday, no crowds. Okemo on Tuesday, no crowds. We really lucked out for both days.
You are charmed!
What skis did you ski?
Where is the video of the nava?
post #6 of 16
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You are charmed!
What skis did you ski?
Where is the video of the nava?
Skied the 999's at Magic and the Titan Nines at Okemo. Both were the proper choice.


No Nava's yet. Been too busy having fun.
post #7 of 16
Great report, and it's still snowing in the East
post #8 of 16
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Great report, and it's still snowing in the East
Paul,

I plan on being up next weekend too. If conditions hold up, Magic on Sunday.
post #9 of 16
Off to my condo at Killington for 2 weeks this Sunday. Isn't it great being semi-retired!
post #10 of 16
It was a great way to end my 11 day's at Okemo. 21 day's on skis so far this season.

It was fun to meet up with Phil.

Monday was also a good day, Sunday was less then... well we did get some "snow in it's raw form" on Fri night into early Saturday.

BTW they sold 10,740 lift tickets on Sunday. A record for that day.

Looks like it might be a good year, but we'll have to wait and see what happens next week, January thaw...

If your thinking about going, get there soon or wait until after next week.
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post #12 of 16
Damn, missed making some turns with Phil again. Tuesday 1/1 was how do they say: AWESOME!!

I did hook up with some fellow ambassadors and had fun in 6" on Timberline. No face shots, but was getting hit in the chest on numerous runs.

Anyway, as Max says come up soon as the weather guessers are calling for a warming period here in Jan.

Sorry, no pictures (busy skiing)

Doug
post #13 of 16
Phil I didn't know you had a camera. Thanks for the great photo's.
post #14 of 16
Linda and I planned on leaving after a couple of hours bombing groomers but after it started snowing it came down wasatch mountain hard so the choice was to ski in fresh powder or sit in traffic during a 2-3 inch per hour snowfall, hence we skied until 3:30 or so and as Phil said, we skied knee deep pow with big pillows covering everything all day. The tracks you guys saw in loose spruce were ours, from the day before and earlier the same day. Truly an epic day when you can ski untracked freshies every run at any eastern resort.
post #15 of 16
Looks great! I am really happy for the NE that they are finally getting a good winter (so far).
post #16 of 16
Hey Phil! I was at Okemo Tuesday also with my wife, my son and my nephew. The conditions rocked!!

I decided to try out my new tele skis for the first time. Since I never tele skied before, it was quite a trip but I started getting the hang of it after a few runs. I have to admit I did regret it somewhat because the powder was so sweet that I would have liked to be ripping all that untracked up with my fat skis all day. I was pretty burnt skiing tele by 2 pm and had to pack it in but those skinny skis handled that light pow very well.

We spent the first couple runs under the lower beginner quads and then moved up to some Intermediate runs before working over to JG and back. You may have been lucky enough to witness one of my 2 spectacular face plants from the lift! :

We're heading back up tomorrow to ski the weekend. I'll probably ski my SL11's on Saturday and maybe bust out the tele gear on Sunday again.

It should be some great skiing and perfect face planting conditions, so keep your eyes peeled for me on my red K2 Super Stinx tele gear! :
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