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Hunter 1/29

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
Different things are important to different people.
To the owners of a place like Hunter, the fact that it snowed 3 inches, or 6 inches, or whatever it was, is important.
To someone buying a lift ticket, or driving from NYC, it's important that AFTER IT SNOWED IT RAINED!
The rain froze into a breakable crust. Machines were used to break it up, producing a surface of ice chunks, varying in size from gravel, to marbles and golf balls up to baseball sized.
It was possible for everyone to ski on that surface. I skied fast, and suffered a lot of pain from the pounding my legs took. People using the PSIA snowplow method had a lot of trouble turning, but were able to go slow.
A lot of lower intermediates and and beginners fell, frequently, but weren't hurt, because they were moving slowly (same thing with snowboards). I saw a lot of falls and but no injuries.
Hunter started making snow at noon; by the weekend all the crud, the ankle breaking ruts and bear traps and jagged blocks of ice should be covered, and conditions should be good.
If I lived 2 miles from the mountain I wouldn't bother going on Friday, 1/30.
This was a day when the best skiing was in the cat tracks.
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Originally Posted by Phlogiston View Post
Different things are important to different people.
To the owners of a place like Hunter, the fact that it snowed 3 inches, or 6 inches, or whatever it was, is important.
To someone buying a lift ticket, or driving from NYC, it's important that AFTER IT SNOWED IT RAINED!
The rain froze into a breakable crust. Machines were used to break it up, producing a surface of ice chunks, varying in size from gravel, to marbles and golf balls up to baseball sized.
It was possible for everyone to ski on that surface. I skied fast, and suffered a lot of pain from the pounding my legs took. People using the PSIA snowplow method had a lot of trouble turning, but were able to go slow.
A lot of lower intermediates and and beginners fell, frequently, but weren't hurt, because they were moving slowly (same thing with snowboards). I saw a lot of falls and but no injuries.
Hunter started making snow at noon; by the weekend all the crud, the ankle breaking ruts and bear traps and jagged blocks of ice should be covered, and conditions should be good.
If I lived 2 miles from the mountain I wouldn't bother going on Friday, 1/30.
This was a day when the best skiing was in the cat tracks.
Gee, I was there also, and thought the groomers were fabulous????
post #3 of 15

My first post on the new site......

 

I am planning on going Sunday.

post #4 of 15
Thread Starter 

According to very reliable sources (3 friends who are intermediate skiers), snowmaking made conditions on  Friday much better, Sat and Sun should be even better.

I'd go if I skied on weekends.

post #5 of 15

 Any updates on how the conditions at Hunter were this week? I'm thinking about going on Friday but am worried given the warmer weather these past few days... 

post #6 of 15

There's a ton of snow, so coverage is no issue until May. Unfortunately, it's supposed to be warm today and tomorrow with some rain, followed by snow on Thursday night, so conditions for the next few days are anybodies guess.

post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 

I was there Monday Feb 9, conditions were horrible.

It thawed on Sunday, refroze overnight.

 

Massive amounts of exposed ice,with piles of sticky now in places.

It felt quite warm,even springlike at times in the sun, but the ice never softened enough to ski on it safely.

I saw alot of disgusted people leaving before 1PM; I went back to my car to get my GS skis - which I needed for the ice - and people were leaving in droves, many with regular full price lift tickets.

After paying $ they were leaving before 1 PM because conditions were so bad.

 

Friday will probably be worse. Thaw and rain on Wed and Thurs, followed by refreezing overnight.

Any snow that falls on a wet surface will either melt or freeze into a crust.

You can  be sure that Hunter will turn on snowmaking if it's cold enough, endangering everyone on the hill Friday - for the convenience of the weekend mobs. Putting business ahead of safety - it's the Hunter way.

 

post #8 of 15

Thanks for the report - I've been monitoring the weather carefully to decide if I go to Hunter this weekend. I guess it's a NO so far, as conditions are only getting worse (rain tonight). Unless there's a lot of natural+man made snow, which I don't think will be possible between now and Saturday

post #9 of 15

Yea guys thanks a lot for the report! I guess I'm going to hold out on going Friday as well. 

 

I'm just not too sure when the conditions will start getting better. I don't think its going to snow much next week and it looks like its warming up a bit then too. Guess we'll just have to wait and see 

post #10 of 15

Ready or not I will be there this weekend (sat-mon)...I have some sharpening to do tonight.

 

Do I need rock skis?  Or is it still safe to bring out the good stuff?


Edited by Richie-Rich - 2/11/2009 at 10:49 pm
post #11 of 15

Go Richie!!!! any snow is better then sittin at home tuning up the lawnmower!!!

post #12 of 15

Hope you have fun Richie! Let us know how it goes! :)

 

post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by Richie-Rich View Post

 

Ready or not I will be there this weekend (sat-mon)...I have some sharpening to do tonight.

 

Do I need rock skis?  Or is it still safe to bring out the good stuff?


Edited by Richie-Rich - 2/11/2009 at 10:49 pm

There were a lot of thin spots, and lots of stones on top of the snow.

I only skied on my GS skis because they were the ones that were safe on the ice; the edges and bottoms are now trashed, and I have work to do.

It was ski on them, or give up control.

If your rock skis can handle glare ice, I'd bring them.

post #14 of 15

Thanks for that heads up.  Yeah my rock skis are carvers and are as sharp as my race skis, so I will bring  them for good measure.

post #15 of 15
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I learned the hard way, by starting out on my rock skis - K2 Escapes.

They twisted like wet noodles and sent me skidding all over the place when I tried to use the edges on the glare ice.

I finally gave up and went all the way back to my car for the GS9s; that was when I discovered people with $54 tickets leaving before 1 PM, with looks of disgust on their faces.

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