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post #1 of 13
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Lars's thread got me thinking that most of the great skiing I've seen in the past decade was at least indirectly attributed to Lake Effect Snow. I know snow is snow and it's all really rad, but nothng yanx my crank more than LES nukage.

Post up your rad memeories of LES Powdergeddons!!! DO IT!!!

Some from last Winter:

-New Year's Day at Mt. Bohemia - something like 15" from 7 am to last run. Most people left because they were scared of getting stranded.

-That Dump At Solitude When The Canyon Got Closed Until Like 8 pm (late Jan sometime). This was the day I fell back in love with Solitude.

-The Alta Snowpocalypse (early Feb?). The day I realised that I needed to think about getting some Praxis Powders.
post #2 of 13
Good idea Jer

i remember many but about six years ago reporting Wednesday for Patrol a sorta calm morning in early January with the reports of possible Lake Effect snow by afternoon. It ended up with me stranded in Ellicottville for two days and three feet of snow. The light Champagne kind. What was even better was most of the roads were impassible and the slopes belonged to only a few of us and the crazies who braved the travel for unbelievable powder stashes. Blower drifts through some of the glades and leeward sides of trails almost four feet deep.

Epic
post #3 of 13
We get an occasional sub tropical storm that carries over the mountains. Last time major one was 2000 and wasn't predicted, and I didn't have the gear, vehicle, or local area knowledge to go for it. We woke up to 20 inches here in Durham. I've got 4WD and 4 chains ready to go next time. I'll need a good work excuse since I work from home, might need a "power failure".
post #4 of 13
Well, it wasn't LES, obviously,

but on Christmas Day 2004, Bridger Bowl got 71" at the base!!!

Thank you, Santa.
post #5 of 13
late March of 93, Syracuse NY. 4.5 feet lake effect and Nor Easter combo over 3-4 days (if memory serves me right.

First time ever skiing DEEP POWDER, what a beautiful storm.

Our local bump was open through the end of April that year, most years we are lucky to make it to mid March
post #6 of 13
Whitecap, WI, January 2007 (?): dry as a bone where I woke up 80 miles to the west; around 15 miles from the mountain, 8:30 a.m., the ground turned white and the sky went grey; thick but light white flakes everywhere when we booted up at 9:00 a.m; and then a constant 2" per hour falling onto a solid base for the remainder of the day. Only 400' drop but 500 acres, three different "peaks," and maybe 40 or 50 skiers at the whole place. No liftlines, and every single run was fresh tracks and deeper than the run before.

Lake Superior + wind = world's biggest snowgun.

Next up: I want to hit some of the little places up in the Tug Hill Plateau (upstate NY) when they get dumpage.

No doubt Utah's the greatest snow on earth but there's something about the little places getting buried with most of the hill to yourself that's a lot of fun.
post #7 of 13
March 13th that storm was. Amazing snow, I'll never forget that storm.

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late March of 93, Syracuse NY. 4.5 feet lake effect and Nor Easter combo over 3-4 days
post #8 of 13
I live in CO. Lake Dillon doesn't really produce in LES.
post #9 of 13
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March 13th that storm was. Amazing snow, I'll never forget that storm.
Ahh the 13th, I guess it was earlier than I had thought. Still will never forget it, my parents were worried that we would lose power and not get it back at our house out in the sticks, so we went and stayed with my grandmother in da burbs. I sat there licking the windows, just waiting for the roads to be cleared.

The first day that the local mountains opened did not disappoint, half of every trail was groomed, the other half was left as it should be. Excess snow from the groomed trails was piled into huge mounds that became (pre-park phenomenon) giant kickers. good times indeed
post #10 of 13
I lived in Canastota at the time of that storm... Rode the snowmobile right through the middle of town on the roads. Can't even tell ya how my cars I pushed out that night. People would get stuck at stop signs and lights.

Lake effect last year was amazing too. In Oswego county at least. Too bad it didn't benefit any of the local hills.
post #11 of 13
Another 1 to 2 feet of snow predicted for tonight.
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I see that... 4-8" today and 5-10" tonight. Went to Lab yesterday and picked up my pass! They had made snow the night before. Hadn't pushed it around though.
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I see that... 4-8" today and 5-10" tonight. Went to Lab yesterday and picked up my pass! They had made snow the night before. Hadn't pushed it around though.
Labradour is a great little ski area. Skied there many times while my Sister in Law lived in Tulley. I have many good times there.
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