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Post-Xmas Conditions in Southern NE?

post #1 of 16
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Hey all ... any Bears been skiing in southern NE over the holiday break?

Was planning on a day trip Monday ... Okemo, Snow, Sunapee, Loon are all possibilities. Concern about the recent rains & warm temps lead me to see if I can get some 1st hand reports before making a decision.

On the plus side, looks like colder temps this week will make things better come the New Year weekend!
post #2 of 16
Skiied at Bromley on the 25th & 26th. Everything that was groomed was in real good shape, not sure what has happened since then.
post #3 of 16
I'll tell you this much, you won't be dealing with any crowds.
post #4 of 16
I am headed to Mt. Snow tomorrow I will write back with the conditions. Looks like it is too hot though it was almost 60* here in CT. They should be blowing tonight though
post #5 of 16
I spoke to someone who skied Stowe today; very warm, spring conditions, wet, lost a lot of snow, supposed to get cold tonight. They will probably not ski tomorrow. We are going to wait until Tuesday and do a day trip to Okemo. I figure to give 'em an extra day to make snow and grind up some of that frozen granular. If is snows a bunch somewhere we'll go there. Right now, my money's on snowmaking and grooming = Okemo. Typical eastern $#!t weather.

Anyone want to meet up at Okemo on Tuesday?
post #6 of 16
Mt. Snow was terrible, boiler plate on the whole mountain. My buddy lives off Killington, he said he lost 1' of snow on Sunday due to the warm weather.
post #7 of 16
Stowe was actually pretty damn good today. It's amazing what 6" of new snow will do. The crowds sure did show up with the snow though.
post #8 of 16
Talked to a buddy with a house on K-Mart today, and the story apears to be dismal. They came home yesterday since it's an effort in absurdity to even call it skiing instead of skating. The rain and warm temps killed it.

Wait until LATE this week at best.

I was going to go New Years Day, but it looks like the temp will be in mid-teens for dust on crust (closer to fuzz on boilerplate). K-Mart's looking at -3 tomorrow with wind-chill. I'd rather put needles in my eyes or sleep off a well deserved hangover.
post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by snofun3 View Post
Talked to a buddy with a house on K-Mart today, and the story apears to be dismal. They came home yesterday since it's an effort in absurdity to even call it skiing instead of skating. The rain and warm temps killed it.
They shoulda stayed. It really was pretty good today.
post #10 of 16
I drove up to Killington and skied there today. It was pretty good in an classic eastern hardpack kind of way. I talked to a lot of folks on the lift and all said it was 100 times better today. It takes a couple of passes with the gromers and some time with the snow guns to recover from a thaw freeze like that. Killington got about 3" and was more protected from the wind than I thought it would be. Not too crowded either.
post #11 of 16
Up here in Maine we are getting first wind of a nor' easter Saturday. Could be good and needed as well. Don't know what the storm will hold for Vermont??

The skiing at Sugarloaf is good, not great. 12" would help, for sure.
post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by Loafer '81 View Post
Don't know what the storm will hold for Vermont??
I think it's gonna miss us. At least it's cold again. I hope you guys get some.
post #13 of 16
Yeah it's cold (below zero) and most lifts at Killington on wind hold. This has to be the worst Xmas/New Years holiday week in years. Glad I'm home for the holidays and heading up this Sunday for a 2 week stay. Hopefully the weather improves and we get some snow.
post #14 of 16
The hopeful Nor' Easter has fizzled out. Damn!!!!

The weather in Maine has not been great. The mountains have good coverage but the trails do not have a great surface.

Frustrating.
post #15 of 16
I went up today. -10 when I pulled into the parking lot. Wind out of the North at 60+ had most of Mansfield shut down. Once I was a quarter of the way up the triple I was glad everything else was down. My lesson was frozen like penguin food after two runs. I went home even though all of Spruce was open.
post #16 of 16
I was at Okemo today. I took two runs first thing off the Northstar quad (the main lift there); I can't believe they had that thing running with the way the wind was blasting. I didn't dare raise the safety bar until the last possible second. The Northstar quad shut down shortly thereafter; I spent the rest of the day lapping the other lifts. The wind died down a bit by mid-afternoon, as the Northstar quad was spinning again, but I was too tired by then to care.

It was way too cold to stay out for long -- i.e., take a few runs, go inside, warm up, repeat -- but snow conditions were pretty good. There was only one trail that you needed hockey skates for, but everything else held an edge beautifully.

Not surprisingly, the longest lift line I waited in was one chair long, and that only happened once. I only had one lift ride with somebody else. I mean, absolutely nobody was out -- you could just fly down everything.
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