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post #31 of 58
Getting lei'd is a definite possibility. Saterday. Check at the halfway house and ask for me, somebody wll know where I am. Speaking of the halfway, we'll have the grill fired up so bring a backpack with your food and drink. THINK SUN!
see you there, art
post #32 of 58
Hopefully you'll be able to get to the halfway house.

North McClouth is gone.

Middle McClouth is marginal.

South McClouth has dirt showing.

A couple of pathways provide access to the lift from McClouth.

Hemlock's 10-foot snow depth of a couple weeks ago is now down to five feet. It's about the only slope covered top to bottom, and you have to sneak onto it from a narrow path. You can't ski onto McClouth from the bottom of Hemlock--you have to ski off the bottom of Victor to get back to the lift.

Bottom two thirds of Victor are gone except for narrow pathways.

You can ski top of Victor onto Aurora, but there's a narrow pathway off the bottom of Aurora.

North Boyne and the Superpipe have snow, but there's a narrow path at the top.

They groomed this (Friday) morning, so it was pretty mushy by 10 a.m. Hopefully they'll smooth it out tonight and have it flat and cold Saturday so it'll hold up in the 60-degree temps a bit longer.

The pix on the website showing fully covered Aurora, Victor, Hemlock and McClouth is from some time ago. They're only showing the Hemlock webcam because, I expect, power to the Superpipe webcam has been shut off as part of some major excavating being done to make room for the new Children's Center building. Helga House, named for the gal who ran the children's program at the Mountain for about 20 years before her death a couple years ago, will occupy the area where the little magic carpet "learning center" was located, basically at the bottom of North McClouth and the Boyneland beginner area.

If I had the opportunity, I'd consider the trip to Marquette as an alternative for Saturday and Sunday.
post #33 of 58
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With 70*temps this weekend is not looking as promising as it once did.
post #34 of 58
It's amazing how much snow melted this week.... most of the snow is gone from my yard, and all that's left along my driveway are two snowbanks by the road. There is still snow in the woods, except on south facing slopes.

There will be some bare spots at Marquette Mountain, I would expect, but all runs will be open. I went by yesterday, and it still doesn't look too bad.
post #35 of 58
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by U.P. Racer View Post
...............the web cams don't lie!

Boyne:




Marquette Mountain:



Other than on the runs themselves, Boyne falls has no snow left. I still have 2 feet in my yard.
If I could pull it together, I'd love to make the trip to MM.
There is a huge difference in snow levels, with little enthusiasm left for Boyne, even for the ski ho that I am.
post #36 of 58
I'm done, as much as I'd like to I'm not going to make the drive up to the mtn tomorrow for marginal conditions. Guess I'll have to get the mountain bike out and put some miles on until the trails dry out.
post #37 of 58
Yeah, 90 minutes in the slop this a.m. was enough for me too.

Pathways hadn't gotten a lot smaller, but access to the halfway house became more limited overnight.

I guess I'll hang it up with only 134 days of skiing for this season.
post #38 of 58
Thread Starter 
I hate to weenie out, but I just don't have the enthusiasm that I had a few days ago. I guess I'll get the clubs out and hit the driving range.
post #39 of 58
Hmm, too bad. Time for storage wax. This was my best year ever with forty nine days and fifty nine (or more) new friends
post #40 of 58
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Hmm, too bad. Time for storage wax. This was my best year ever with forty nine days and fifty nine (or more) new friends
Abasin is open until June8th!
post #41 of 58
I would like to thank Kneale for the conditions report. I was considering the 3.5 to 4 hour drive, even with my bum knee. I think I'll stick with the rehab and save it for next year.

Karl
post #42 of 58
Thread Starter 
Save the knees, embrace the spring, and look back here for the possibility of a Bike outing this summer!!!!
Heck, maybe even lift served at Boyne!
post #43 of 58
Did anyone get to Marquette Mtn. Saturday? I see by their website that Marquette now (Sunday a.m.) is closed for the season.

Boyne has announced today will be the last of this season. Original plan was to reopen next weekend, but the high winds and warmth of the last week made that impossible.
post #44 of 58
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Originally Posted by Kneale Brownson View Post
Did anyone get to Marquette Mtn. Saturday? I see by their website that Marquette now (Sunday a.m.) is closed for the season.

Boyne has announced today will be the last of this season. Original plan was to reopen next weekend, but the high winds and warmth of the last week made that impossible.
It was a light drizzle all day... Employees sat around and played cards while NO ONE showed up to ski. (which I understand.... cold rain isn't exactly ideal spring skiing)

After sitting around all day yesterday, they decided to call it a season.
post #45 of 58
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It was a light drizzle all day... Employees sat around and played cards while NO ONE showed up to ski. (which I understand.... cold rain isn't exactly ideal spring skiing)

After sitting around all day yesterday, they decided to call it a season.
Whew! I was awake at 3 AM and ALMOST loaded my stuff to head up your way.
I think I'll get the mountain bike and golf clubs out today.
post #46 of 58
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Whew! I was awake at 3 AM and ALMOST loaded my stuff to head up your way.
I think I'll get the mountain bike and golf clubs out today.
Good thing you didn't! They would have had to fire up the chair just for you!
post #47 of 58
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Good thing you didn't! They would have had to fire up the chair just for you!
I'm trying to get Terry to commit to the Marquette Enduro this year. If he does it, I'll let you know, so we can hook up for a mt bike ride or sumthin.
post #48 of 58
Did anyone get to Marquette Mtn. Saturday? I see by their website that Marquette now (Sunday a.m.) is closed for the season.

I guess that leaves Brule as the only option for next weekend. Any other trolls insan^H^H^H^H interested in going?
post #49 of 58
Work is going to have me pinned down under the bridge next weekend.
post #50 of 58
Next weekend is already filling up for me. No more extended play time for a while.
post #51 of 58
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Originally Posted by Walt View Post
Did anyone get to Marquette Mtn. Saturday? I see by their website that Marquette now (Sunday a.m.) is closed for the season.

I guess that leaves Brule as the only option for next weekend. Any other trolls insan^H^H^H^H interested in going?
Long ride, especially considering Brule's website says they're now closed for snowsports this season.
post #52 of 58
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Long ride, especially considering Brule's website says they're now closed for snowsports this season.
Huh. I guess I should have checked their website first. I figured that since they advertise themselves as "the first to open and the last to close" that they'd be open a week or two longer than the other hills.

They probably stayed open an extra hour yesterday due to being in the Central Time Zone, so I guess they were technically the last to close...

So: that leaves Quebec or Vermont - not much farther than Brule....
post #53 of 58
Thread Starter 
I'm shifting my gears to Mt Biking and Golf for the moment, in anticipation of a Ski trip to Abasin in a few weeks.

Seriously I think itd be great fun to have a mt biking GTG this summer.
Willing to take suggestions.
post #54 of 58
Potawatomi
post #55 of 58
Thread Starter 
Sounds like fun, but could we get a warm up ride before you try to kill me.
http://www.trails.com/tcatalog_trail...lid=BGM057-002
post #56 of 58
Ok.... i'm into mtn bike mode.... let me know when anyone wants to come to Marquette. We have more trails than we know what to do with.
Trek, c'mon up this weekend... we'll hike the mtn, ski a couple laps, then mtn bike.

That will keep you ready for Abasin.
post #57 of 58
Kneale, I must have a real ski problem.( alert the media!) I really enjoyed the conditions this weekend, the bottomless corn, mashed potatoes,and general slop.
I skied with shorts on fri, sat, and sunday. Hiked up the back side of superbowl and devil's dive fri. and sat. those slopes where covered top to bottom with sun groomed corn.
The hawaiian party sat. was a large time. Lots of hawaiian shirts and other various and assorted stuff.
I have to say the weather guys got our area totally wrong, lots of sun all three days, warm temps and good vibes all around.
I had to cut it short sunday to get in some golf, but I'd have to say this was the best ski season I've had around here in I can't remember when. 79 DAYS! not bad for a fulltime job and a band eh?
well, hope to see you all out there next year, and remember its rarely as bad as some would have you believe and most times yourglad you went.
regards, art
post #58 of 58
Big M would be a great place for a biking gtg, its been several years since I was there but back then I thought it was some of the best riding in the state, upper or lower peninsula.
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