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Stratton 3-21-09

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I skied at Stratton today with my family.  It was another picture perfect Spring skiing day -  clear blue sky and sunny - but not quite warm enough for my shorts. 

 

Conditions were fast hardpack/ice with a thin, loose frozen granular covering that softened up in the sun as the day wore on.  The ROTD was Kidderbrook.  It had the softest snow due to its full exposure to the sun and there was nobody else on it. 

 

Crowds were large due to the US Open snowboarding championship but they were mostly contained to the Sun Bowl area.  Shooting Star had no lift line most of the day and Ursa was very short.

I had no intention of skiing in the trees today because they were bullet proof but my 8yo son, for some unknown reason, was drawn to them like a moth to a flame.  Every opening he saw on the side of a trail, he darted into the woods with me yelling and chasing after him.  On one run, he went way out-of-bounds and ended up on the wrong side of a 5 foot wide raging stream.  He had to take his skis off and hike back up and out.  I had to wait 20 minutes for him.  And then around 1:00 PM, he lost me in the trees off Black Bear.  He's so small and his skis are so short that he can quickly scoot around gnarly stuff and low hanging branches that I have to carefully pick my way through. After waiting for him and then retracing our run (while my wife was freaking out) I finally gave up looking for him and asked the ski patrol to help find him.  After a few calls on the walkie talkies and the red phone (yes - it really was red) they told me they had already found him and that I could retrieve him at the information center in the main base lodge.  Apparently, the ski patrol has a policy where if they find a lost kid on the mountain, they immediately take the kid to the information center and leave him with the women behind the counter.

While I wasn't looking for my son, we spent some time watching the snowboarding half-pipe semi-finals.  We were able to ski right up to the edge of the rail of the half-pipe and watch the boarders fly over our heads.  This was pretty cool.  Some of the guys/kids (one was only 15) can launch themselves 20 feet into the air straight up out of the pipe.  Some pics below.

 


 

 

 

post #2 of 10

live4ski,

 

I had forgotten how terrible cell phone services is at Stratton.  Sorry we couldn't meet for some runs.  We got a late start and didn't get on the hill until noon.  We got there so late that we had to park at the Bondeville Fairgrounds four miles away at the foot of the access road and get bussed in.  All buses were going to Sun Bowl and most of the riders were spectators for the U.S. Open.

 

There was, however, almost no one skiing and lift lines were not bad at all.  Conditions on the Sunbowl/Kidderbrook side were nice and soft, but not slushy.  We spent most of the time in the trees.  When you stretched the edges of the glades they were far from rock hard.  In fact the few inches of snow that fell earlier in the week were a nice cream cheesy consistency.   We took one run down the front side, skiing Shredwood Forest and that had a pretty hard surface, though better to my mind then the hard and slick groomers.  Then a quick stop at Hubert Hous at the summit for some water and back to Kidderbrook.  Things were firming back up on our last run and we just managed to beat the massive crowds to the shuttle bus leaving the Sun Bowl area.  All in all a very fun day and we got to use our free tickets.

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Man I wish I had gone.

 

How were the beginner runs?  Maybe I can convince my peeps to head out this coming weekend.

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Originally Posted by Richie-Rich View Post

 

Man I wish I had gone.

 

How were the beginner runs?  Maybe I can convince my peeps to head out this coming weekend.

 

The beginner runs on the lower mountain were nice and soft in the afternoon.  Let me know if you head up there.  I may be interested in going back on Saturday if the weather cooperates.  Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 49.

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The beginner runs on the lower mountain were nice and soft in the afternoon.  Let me know if you head up there.  I may be interested in going back on Saturday if the weather cooperates.  Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 49.


 

Thanks Dave, I am currently "under negotiations" .

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I skied at Stratton yesterday with a large crew of boarders and skiers.  The conditions and weather were almost identical to last Saturday - hard and fast in the morning, soft and grippy in the afternoon - but about 10 degrees warmer.  We were disappointed that Stratton closed the Sun Bowl for the remainder of the season Tuesday afternoon without any warning.  My boarding buddies wanted to ride the US Open half pipe and I wanted to ski Kidderbrook and the other runs that can only be accessed by the Sun Bowl chair.  There is plently of snow in the Sun Bowl, so it looks like they closed it for economic reasons.  Oh well, at least they are still open.  Magic, only a few minutes away from Stratton, announced today they have closed for the season.

 

North American

 

Mark getting some air.

 

Self portrait shadow style on Ursa

 

Awesome soft bumps on Bear Down

 

 

Mark and Joel showing the jumps are not just for youts.


Edited by liv4ski - 3/29/2009 at 08:06 pm
post #7 of 10

A sad time of the year......

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Richie or anyone else that wants to ski the slush, I will be at Stratton on Saturday if you want to meet.

 

From Stratton's website:

Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for temperatures to range between 51 and 55 degrees at the base and 41-45 degrees on the summit. Winds are expected to blow from the south between 10 and 18 mph up top and 8-14 mph at the base. We should see a little cloud cover during the morning hours before skies clear off and give way to a partly sunny afternoon. Saturday looks like the pick of the weekend with mild spring temperatures, afternoon sunshine and some beautiful spring conditions. Don’t let the end of the season pass you by. Have a great night and we’ll see you tomorrow.

post #9 of 10

My attempts at getting the troops together have been fruitless.   Its looking like I might be done for the season based the responses I have been getting.   Have a blast Dave, take pics if you can.

post #10 of 10

Liv4ski, did you go  to Stratton yesterday??  Looking for your TR and pix??

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