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Sugarbush, 11/30/08

post #1 of 20
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Went out and turned 'em today. Second day of the season (hoping for 120+ this season). Got a late start, but had some fun out there. Manmade snow bumps on Ripcord. Big, wide-spaced, but tons of fun. Fortunately, I remembered how to ski bumps! The natural stuff was softer than the manmade, but definitely getting thin where the traffic has been.

Overall, things are looking a lot better than I expected up there. 28 trails open, lots of fun to be had.

Mall and Twist were both pretty much crud, but were skiing in more by the end of today. Spills is getting real thin, but there are a couple of great (albeit short) bump lines to be found.

Got a few pix for you to enjoy. Sorry for the poor lighting on the last three, but it was rather cloudy, and I'm certainly no photographer!

First of all, here's the view I woke up to this morning:




Here's the newly painted Valley House, for those of you who haven't seen it. Many, many, many hard hours of work to get that building painted. I spent a few days working on it.




Trees on Paradise:




November bumps on Ripcord:





Fun for sure.
post #2 of 20
Great photo's. Glad you had a good time.
post #3 of 20
14 days and counting...
post #4 of 20
Nice view!
post #5 of 20
BMM,
You still @ CMC?
WE got Blasted this weekend in the Ville! Winter is here, Copper got the Goods along with others!
The Bush is Looking nice!
post #6 of 20
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Nice view!
No doubt Thanks for the report. Four days out so far and haven't seen any bumps yet.
post #7 of 20
Great pix!
post #8 of 20
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BMM,
You still @ CMC?
WE got Blasted this weekend in the Ville! Winter is here, Copper got the Goods along with others!
The Bush is Looking nice!
Nope, doing my cooperative work experience as a groomer at Mt. Ellen. I'll be back in Leadvegas in April!
post #9 of 20
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Thanks, all!
post #10 of 20


good sense of scale here
post #11 of 20
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I think that's my new favorite angle of the many views of Mt. Ellen. That's the view out the front windows at the house.

I'm going to have some 24x36 poster prints made of that particular shot. I love that mountain!
post #12 of 20
I have some wonderful views of North and South burned into my head from many early morning drives up to the mountain (used to ride in with a patroller buddy at the ass crack of dawn). You probably know the pinkish hue the mountains get some mornings. Combined with the frosty look of the trees up top, it was always a heartwarming sight. Sugarbush is one of my all time favorite places to ski.

I would feel pretty lucky to have that view out my front windows!
post #13 of 20
Bush,
that trail at the bottom left, isn't that where they have a lot of juniour races and somewhere up there there's a poma or t-bar? I went to the J3 or 4 states there for a few days a couple of years ago in March. Had a great time, definitely enjoyed that mountain! (of course Mt. is relative...) I'm pretty sure we snuck on the far right one of those curvy trails to the right which was closed at the time. Went from almost no snow to 3 foot drifts and had a lot of fun with a couple of the race kids on there.

Lodge looks great! Glad to see it hasn't gone the way of Haystack near Mt. Snow which was also a great little mountain.
post #14 of 20
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Tog,

I think you're thinking of Inverness, which is actually quite a bit to the right of what you can see in this image. That's the race trail, and there is an old FG poma on skiers' right.

Mt. Ellen is actually a very respectable mountain, and used to be its own ski area. 2600' vert, top to bottom. That rivals some areas in the Rockies. About 200 acres of on-piste, and over 1000 acres skiable off-piste if you're willing to explore. Not to mention 3 detachables, 2 FG quads, a double, and 2 surface lifts. Definitely qualifies as a decent mountain with HUGE potential.
post #15 of 20
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The wide trail on the far right of this image is the Inverness race trail:

post #16 of 20
Here is a pic I took last winter as I was walking into work last year on a chilly January morning. BMM and I both favor Mt Ellen, this one is of LP.

They are connected by the world's longest HSQ or least it was a few years ago. Something tells me BMM knows whether that is still true.

post #17 of 20
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Still the longest, but not the fastest anymore at 1200fpm.

Nice shot, btw!
post #18 of 20
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Tog,

I think you're thinking of Inverness, which is actually quite a bit to the right of what you can see in this image. That's the race trail, and there is an old FG poma on skiers' right.

Mt. Ellen is actually a very respectable mountain, and used to be its own ski area. 2600' vert, top to bottom. That rivals some areas in the Rockies. About 200 acres of on-piste, and over 1000 acres skiable off-piste if you're willing to explore. Not to mention 3 detachables, 2 FG quads, a double, and 2 surface lifts. Definitely qualifies as a decent mountain with HUGE potential.
Yes, you're totally right. Now that you show that other pic I remember going up that chair up into the mountain and thinking "wow, this is pretty big! It's like we're lost up here!"
post #19 of 20
Nice job Bush looks like a great start to the season even the bumps look good.

Must be tough waking up to that view of the mountain from the house every morning!!
post #20 of 20
Sweet TR!
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