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post #31 of 39
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Originally Posted by Tony Crocker View Post
A-Basin was less than half open until this week, and first reports from the new Montezuma lift aren't great.
The addition of Montezuma bowl, which doubled the size of A-Basin is why they were reporting "half open". The bowl wasn't closed because of a low snow year but by design. It will take them a while to figure out how and if they can get the terrrain open earlier.
post #32 of 39

Bad year?

Sort of a downer reading the preceding. In case anyone is interested.

Northern Idaho running 8-10 feet depending on Ski resort. Lookout Mt. on Idaho/Montana border running 118 inches. Haven't used my groomer ski's for over 4 weeks. Tempts in the teens and lower this week. We have better and more snow than southern BC. See google on: Schweitzer, Lookout Mt., Silver Mt., 49 Degrees North for anyone interested. Can fly into Spokane with United, SW, Alaska and Jet Exprress.:
post #33 of 39
I can enumerate areas that are below average (Big White and Lake Louise slightly also), but when 90% of areas are above average, and whole regions (western Colorado, the Pacific Northwest, including downstream areas like northern Idaho and the Kootenays) are 130+% of average snowfall, this ski season is far from being a downer!

My reports probably come off emphasizing the negative, because most sources gloss it over, and I'm trying to give people a heads-up and steer them to where the conditions might be better.

The Montezuma comments were based upon a TR. The eyewitness said there were lots of rocks and did not think it should have been open earlier. A-Basin is often slow to get covered, but still one of the great spots for late season.
post #34 of 39
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Originally Posted by Tony Crocker View Post
The Montezuma comments were based upon a TR. The eyewitness said there were lots of rocks and did not think it should have been open earlier.
Opening terrain that is above treeline in Colorado doesn't have a lot to do with the amount of snowfall. They get plenty of snow up that high it just gets blown around and it becomes very unstable. It's always rocky when they first open the high terrain because until it gets some skier traffic it gets blown clean daily. Eventually, they'll figure out all the stability issues and put up some fencing to hold snow and they'll be able to open earlier.
post #35 of 39
I agree that low water content and wind are the primary reasons above treeline terrain in Colorado seems to take forever to get covered. So if the snowfall is running below average that can't be helpful. One of the virtues of that early December dump in western Colorado was that it was high water content and just what was needed for building a solid base.
post #36 of 39

Ny

For us in Central NY this January has been tough. Syracuse officially 10.1" for the entire month. That is a new record low. 15 miles North of the city had 3 feet fall in a two day period. Too bad all of the local skiing is south of the city. Man made all month and the same 7 groomed glaciers. Very tough for local skiing. Here's to a strong finish!
post #37 of 39
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Originally Posted by ManDown View Post
For us in Central NY this January has been tough. Syracuse officially 10.1" for the entire month. That is a new record low. 15 miles North of the city had 3 feet fall in a two day period. Too bad all of the local skiing is south of the city. Man made all month and the same 7 groomed glaciers. Very tough for local skiing. Here's to a strong finish!
Yeah, quite a lead down after a great start. If it wasn't for the chewed up ice, there isn't much skiing left anymore.
post #38 of 39
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Originally Posted by Richie-Rich View Post
Yes, end of 07' was great, looked like an epic season on hand, as soon as 08' kicked in....not so good. Record high temps and lots of rain. I hope it turns around soon, I have lots of new gear that needs to be put to use!
What does the weather on Long Island have to do with skiing? No record high temps or much rain in northern Vermont. Yea, some sleet and warmer temps the last few weeks but also 20" last week, 5" yesterday, 125" so far this season. Today after the winds calmed down it was a great day on the slopes.
post #39 of 39
Because on the average the temps here are only about 10* higher than in VT.
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