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Okemo 3-7-09

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Spring skiing conditions and hordes of Spring skiers were out in force today at Okemo.  This was my first time at Okemo this season.  I was surprised at how crowded it was.  The few times I have been at Killington on weekends this season, I wondered where all the skiers and boarders were.  Now I know.  They're all at Okemo.  Killington can only wish it had crowds like this. 

 

I arrived around 7:45 AM and the base lodge was packed.  I skied up to the North Star Quad at 8:15 AM and that had a pretty good line although I got on the lift quickly via the singles line.  Thinking the crowds would be lighter over at Jackson Gore and wanting to try the new run, Rolling Thunder (one of the few runs on the mountain that wasn't groomed flat as a pancake), I headed there after one run. 

 

The temps were in the low to mid 40s, the sun was shining brightly and the snow was just beginning to soften as I arrived at the Jackson Gore Quad.  Until about 9:00 AM, there was no line here and very few people on the runs.

 

 

During the morning and early afternoon, I skied Rolling Thunder and the other bump run, Big Bang.  The bumps were relatively small but were fun to ski because they were soft and springy. 

 

Big Bang

 

Rolling Thunder

 

The snow was best between 9:00 - 10:30.  By 11:00, it had turned to mashed potatoes and was very sticky.  The can of wax I brought with me really helped if I applied it every three or four runs. 

 

I had fun skiing several models of Nordica skis which were being offered for free demos in a tent near the Jackson Gore Inn.  I liked my Volkl All Star Supersports better than any of the Nordicas I tried, perhaps because I was keeping fresh wax on them.  When I told the guy managing the demo tent that the skis were very sticky and needed wax, he said "no wax works in this snow."

 

I skied a few groomers off of the Solitude lift.  Of the lifts I used, this one was by far the most crowded for some reason.  It had a 5-10 minute wait in the singles line. 

 

Later in the afternoon, I made my way over to the South Face, which had no lift lines, and skied two runs in the glades.  These runs were fun if you stayed out of the rocks and dirt.  I would have skied these runs more if not for the long, flat, sticky runnout back to the lift.

 

 

Tracks of the day's runs

 

 

 

 

post #2 of 19

 I was there today as well and thought it was crowded too-- more than I remember it being other times I've skied there, though I've always found it pretty busy.

post #3 of 19

Sorry I missed you, I was caught in lift lines and couldn't get to our timed meet.  Crowds? yeah, they were awful. We skied until 1;30 or so when the light got flat and the snow got to be like hummus. 

post #4 of 19

New York City hit 70 yesterday.

I'm glad you did not get hung up in the soft,gooey stuff at Okemo.

Cold weather returns later this week, though.

Pix look good.

post #5 of 19

you guys should of went to Magic!! no lift lines all day long and MUCH better skiing than pokemo.

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you guys should of went to Magic!! no lift lines all day long and MUCH better skiing than pokemo.


 

I agree Magic is much better skiing but it did not look so good when I drove past it yesterday afternoon.  From the road, it appeared Red Line and Black Line had almost as many bear spots as snow.  Were you there on Saturday?

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I agree Magic is much better skiing but it did not look so good when I drove past it yesterday afternoon.  From the road, it appeared Red Line and Black Line had almost as many bear spots as snow.  Were you there on Saturday?

 

I was there. hoping bare spots and skiing though grass is way more fun than skiing okemo. black line was a blast and red line was fun when we poached it. Ill have a TR up soon. I actually took quite a fall on black line that should of hurt me. I tumbled over the last cliff band as i was trying to connect the dots on some snow patches.

 

Most terrain the northeast is fairly boring add some exposure, and bare spots makes it really fun.

 

 

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I was there. hoping bare spots and skiing though grass is way more fun than skiing okemo. black line was a blast and red line was fun when we poached it. Ill have a TR up soon. I actually took quite a fall on black line that should of hurt me. I tumbled over the last cliff band as i was trying to connect the dots on some snow patches.

 

Most terrain the northeast is fairly boring add some exposure, and bare spots makes it really fun.

 

 


 

Shoot.  Had I known you were there, I would have gone to Magic.

post #9 of 19

Sorry I missed everybody.  I thought about heading to Magic, but thought the coverage would be minimal.  Sounds like it's still holding up there.  I spent the morning lapping the two bump runs off of Jackson Gore.  Seemed like nobody was skiing those runs except me.

 

Eventually my bumping legs gave out and I headed over to the South Face in the afternoon.  There was nobody there by that time; I just skied right onto the lifts.

 

Yeah, the crowds were nuts.  I've never seen lines like that at Okemo before (not that I go there that often).  Singles line at Jackson Gore was probably 5 or 10 minutes for the most part.

 

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Sorry I missed everybody.  I thought about heading to Magic, but thought the coverage would be minimal.  Sounds like it's still holding up there.  I spent the morning lapping the two bump runs off of Jackson Gore.  Seemed like nobody was skiing those runs except me.

 

Eventually my bumping legs gave out and I headed over to the South Face in the afternoon.  There was nobody there by that time; I just skied right onto the lifts.

 

Yeah, the crowds were nuts.  I've never seen lines like that at Okemo before (not that I go there that often).  Singles line at Jackson Gore was probably 5 or 10 minutes for the most part.

 

 

I did not see anybody on the bump runs either.  It would have been fun to ski with you.  We must have been out of sequence on the lifts/trails. 

 

Did you think the snow was unusually sticky?  I skied at Jiminy Peak this afternoon and the snow was just as slushy as Okemo but was not sticky.

post #11 of 19

 Did Jiminy get rain last night? I think that somehow the rain will "unstick" it.

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Did you think the snow was unusually sticky?  I skied at Jiminy Peak this afternoon and the snow was just as slushy as Okemo but was not sticky.

 

I didn't really have any problems with the snow, but then again, my skis had been waxed by my shop on Friday.  I heard a lot of people saying that they just couldn't move.

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 Did Jiminy get rain last night? I think that somehow the rain will "unstick" it.

 

It rained .15 inches at my house yesterday in the early evening, about 20 miles west of Jiminy.  Okemo probably got rain yesterday, too.  I wonder if it was sticky there today. 

 

Did you ski at Stowe this weekend?

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It rained .15 inches at my house yesterday in the early evening, about 20 miles west of Jiminy.  Okemo probably got rain yesterday, too.  I wonder if it was sticky there today. 

 

Did you ski at Stowe this weekend?

Yep. It was stickier yesterday warmer and sunnier but thin overcast (still able to get a sunburn). Rained last night. Snowed on top too.

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I didn't really have any problems with the snow, but then again, my skis had been waxed by my shop on Friday.  I heard a lot of people saying that they just couldn't move.

 

The Swix rub-on wax I kept applying helped a lot but I still felt like I was skiing in glue, especially on the bumps on Big Bang.  I would have thought the demo skis I tried would have had fresh wax on them, but they were like skiing on sandpaper.

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Yeah, the crowds were nuts.  I've never seen lines like that at Okemo before (not that I go there that often).  Singles line at Jackson Gore was probably 5 or 10 minutes for the most part.

 

 

I've seen that as well -- and been surprised.  I think this little secret is fully discovered.  Getting on the hill at JG is nicer in terms of parking and lodge, but there have been BIG lines at the JG lifts, at least on holidays and weekends, and once you're there, there's no other way up.  OTOH I enjoyed the bump runs and glades in the JG area, and they're empty -- crowds are busy scraping off the blue runs and tripping over each other.  

post #17 of 19

I'd pondered heading to Okemo yesterday, but ended up at Mount Snow (had a voucher there from an early-season admin goof on their part).  It was fun, and most of the crowds stayed low on the mountain due to early-morning fog up high. 

 

But the coverage was mostly good (their fan guns have paid for themselves many times over), and the bumps on Ripcord, PDF and Freefall were all really great.  Ripcord, especially, was good: soft bumps with a very firm base.  KevinF: are you impressed that I spent more time in the bumps than anywhere else on the mountain?

 

Dunno if I'll be able to hit the slopes any more this season - finances and timing just aren't workin out right now.  But the times I've been out have been great, both in New England and Colorado.

post #18 of 19

Skied Okemo sunday afternoon from about 1:30. Crowds? Only in the lodge really. Snow was nice mashed potatoes or firmer.  Very nice. Though there are legions who declare it not and wish for the carpet back. It's better because it keeps things uncrowded.

I was even skiing with friend who skis about 3 days a year and this was his first day on snow in the last four years. He did fine but everytime I get him out it's usually closing day so this is what he's used to now.

 

Wax? Sure Swix f4 works pretty well over a waxed ski.

 

In general, Sunday afternoons are empty, esp. if a storm is coming.  Also, the more difficult trails are not usually crowded, esp. at Jackson Gore.

Magic with that coverage? hmmm...  only the most dedicated would appreciate it!  I bet the Goniff glade was great though. Looked like a lot of fun.

post #19 of 19

Sticky snow on Saturday, Damn, I guess I should stop using Dominator Hyperzoom so I can feel the sticky snow.

 

I got there about 10:15 after retuning from Crested Butte at midnight.

 

I headed over to Rolling Thunder and Big Bang, my favorites. After 2 non stop runs down Big Bang I headed back to the Sugar House for lunch after a run down Sel's Choice. Then headed back to Solitude with friends for a hand full of runs down The Plunge.

 

I will agree the crowds were bigger then I would have thought. Good for the cash box for Okemo...

 

 

 

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