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Hunter March 17

post #1 of 14
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A very strange day at Hunter. The groomers did an excellent job of scraping up hard pack and ice, turning it into a strange frozen powder, then spreading it thinly over the bulletproof ice. The onlything missing was colorful fruit flavored syrups.
The downhilll side of many moguls was hard ice. There were massive patches of bare ice on some runs such as White Cloud; frozen trashed crud on Gun Hill; Hardpack on Way Out; Claire's was closed. In spite of all this I saw a number of beginners wedge turning their way back and forth on Hellgate and Belt without falling. Any day when absolute beginners can find enough snow to make their turns without falling is a good day at Hunter. I saw a few falls, but no injureis. The ski patrol sled was used once, for carrying down bags of garbage from the summit lodge.
Tuesday should be a slightly warmer, less sunny version of Monday. I would go again tomorrow if my legs weren't worn out. sore.
post #2 of 14
From what you've just said I can conclude that Hunter shoul be something very similar to my home mountain.
post #3 of 14
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Originally Posted by Phlogiston View Post
A very strange day at Hunter. The groomers did an excellent job of scraping up hard pack and ice, turning it into a strange frozen powder, then spreading it thinly over the bulletproof ice. The onlything missing was colorful fruit flavored syrups.
The downhilll side of many moguls was hard ice. There were massive patches of bare ice on some runs such as White Cloud; frozen trashed crud on Gun Hill; Hardpack on Way Out; Claire's was closed. In spite of all this I saw a number of beginners wedge turning their way back and forth on Hellgate and Belt without falling. Any day when absolute beginners can find enough snow to make their turns without falling is a good day at Hunter. I saw a few falls, but no injureis. The ski patrol sled was used once, for carrying down bags of garbage from the summit lodge.
Tuesday should be a slightly warmer, less sunny version of Monday. I would go again tomorrow if my legs weren't worn out. sore.
Went today, it was very good. Lots of groomed trails under overcast skies in the morning, then the sun came out and softened everything up in the afternoon, especially Crossover and K27. Welll, except for the top of Clair's, which was still exactly as you described above (I swept it at 3:30) and still closed. They opened up the lower section about 2:30 with a walk in from Wayout.
post #4 of 14
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I've skied on a lot of ice at Hunter over the years. After getting hurt falling on ice during my first season in 1977 (at Vernon Valley), I made up my mind to master the art and science of skiing on ice.
That said, there was something surreal, almost other-wordly about Hunter on 3/17.
The combination of spring sunshine, with cold temps, and Jan or Feb ice conditions was part of it... it was like midwinter surface conditions but a springtime sky. It felt unreal.
I gave up, exhausted at 2:30. Took my green wig off, and went shopping for skis.
I'm looking for some Volants to go with my Hexcells; cubco bindings too.
post #5 of 14
Looks like we where at the same place and the same time. Rough in the morning!!! Lower K-27 was a nice heartbeater, stayed mostly on upper crossover. We ski there a lot on Mondays...send me a pm over at Alpine Zone if you go.
post #6 of 14
Ill be there tomorrow, hopefully conditions will be nice and firm.
post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by Richie-Rich View Post
Ill be there tomorrow, hopefully conditions will be nice and firm.
Cool Rich;

Have fun buddy. Get all the runs you can this year:
post #8 of 14
[quote=Phlogiston;880357] frozen trashed crud on Gun Hill; quote]

What an understatement. I was there on Monday. Skiied from 1 pm to closing. Gun Hill was the worst trail I've ever skiied on.

I thought HG was the best and the cliff was a bit icy. I skied east side once, but I've never really cared for that hill or Minya Konka. I warmed up on the Belt and thought it sucked so I never tried wayout (My 2nd favorite) nor did I try Racers Edge (My favorite). Eisenhower was good after you got 1/3 of the way down, but the top sucked.

I wish they had the mid station lift open so I didn't have to keep going to the bottom but what can you do....I found my favorite route of the day was HG to Madison ave which I had a lot of fun ripping.

I plan on going again this Monday or Tuesday.
post #9 of 14
Thread Starter 
I kept on waiting for Cliff to soften up; the sunlight was bright but strangely lacking in warmth, so that never happened. You could hear people scraping on Cliff from the chair, though you couldn't see them.
I liked the ice on Heuga to Drop Off to Belt... but the slushy snow on Belt below the merge of the two trails is a rude awakening.

This was the first day this season when I had to stop and sharpen my skis halfway through.
post #10 of 14
I'm hoping Clairs softens up sometime in the next millenium!!!
post #11 of 14
I going to go either monday or tuesday depending of weather.

I just bought a weekday pass that they started selling on March 15th. $199 - ski any weekday except holidays the rest of this season and all of next.

Couldn't pass that up!::
post #12 of 14
Wow...fast day.

My skis and the snow made for some mach speed level skiing today.

Clairs was frozen but not more so than a few other trails. All trails were smooth like a race course. Well groomed and firm. Temps stayed at about freezing the whole day so the snow was maintained; except were the sun really beat things. Sun came out and it was a fantastic day to go skiing. By 3pm much ice was showing up everywhere; the snow was pretty skied off. I started at 10, took a 15 min break at 12:30, then skied until about 3:30...legs were shot. A great day, and no crowds.
post #13 of 14
I hope I get conditions like that next week. Was races groomed as well? It was pretty bumped up and Icy last week.
post #14 of 14
Half of it was like a bumpy glazed donut (fenced off), the open side (left as you come down) had very (too) firm snow on it, which unless you have some very sharp edges and really engage them you'll be sliding all over the place, but it was smooth and groomed.

Funny thing is I think they are actually still making snow in some areas where trails merge since there were piles of powder in various spots. They probably do since if those spots get closed off they will at times effectively have to close off several runs at once that are otherwise in good shape.
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