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New England skiing finally kicking into gear - Sugarbush: 92 trails tomorrow!

post #1 of 14
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We're finally getting the cold and snow up here, after a dreadful November and a slow start to December.  But tomorrow, we'll have the most trails open in the east at Sugarbush, and probably more than most western areas.

Mt. Ellen opens tomorrow, and most of the Gatehouse terrain at Lincoln Peak is opening.  Castlerock is wide open, as are most other natural trails at the resort.

Y'all can call me a shill if you want, but at least the facts can speak for themselves

Most up-to-date reports as of Thursday evening (18:25 hours)

Sugarbush: 92 Trails
Okemo: 63 Trails
Stowe: 60 Trails
Sunday River: 59 Trails
Bretton Woods: 57 Trails
Killington: 54 Trails
Stratton: 46 Trails
Jay Peak: 38 Trails
Huntah: 36 Trails
Sugarloaf: 27 Trails
Smuggs: 24 Trails
Whiteface: 23 Trails
Mount Snow: 23 Trails



I'll be out at Ellen tomorrow, and will take some pix and post a TR tomorrow (if I remember!!!!).
post #2 of 14
I will be going to sugarbush on jan 2-4th, tell me how it is! Hopefully we will get a bit more snow between now and then!
post #3 of 14
Loon Mountain has 22 and Cannon has 14 to add to the list
post #4 of 14
Hunter opened a week ago. Claire's Way and Lower K27 and Upper Crossover hopefully to open very soon. That's the most amazing part. Lower K27 on the 17th of December is awesome, especially when it opened a week ago!
post #5 of 14
How's the coverage on those 92 trails?  Stowe had a lot of stuff open when I was there for ESA, but a lot of them involved smacking a few rocks along the way.  If I head to Sugarbush, should I be prepared to hit a few rocks?
post #6 of 14
Also for some reason Bretton Woods is listing their West Mountain is closed despite having trails that drop into it open? So they have 48 listed for tomorrow.
post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by KevinF View Post

How's the coverage on those 92 trails?  Stowe had a lot of stuff open when I was there for ESA, but a lot of them involved smacking a few rocks along the way.  If I head to Sugarbush, should I be prepared to hit a few rocks?

I would imagine some rocks will be popping through as traffic increases.  The mountain tends to be pretty ambitious with trail openings from time to time, so definitely be prepared for rocks on the natural stuff.  Although there is definitely a lot of natural in the higher elevations.  But the lower stuff might get a little dicey.  I'll let you know tomorrow!
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How's the coverage on those 92 trails?  Stowe had a lot of stuff open when I was there for ESA, but a lot of them involved smacking a few rocks along the way.  If I head to Sugarbush, should I be prepared to hit a few rocks?

neverever complain about a resort having stuff open that has thin cover. It just gives ski resorts excuses to not open terrain that should other wise should be open.

resort that open stuff with thin cover = cool
resort that dont = uncool
post #9 of 14
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neverever complain about a resort having stuff open that has thin cover. It just gives ski resorts excuses to not open terrain that should other wise should be open.

resort that open stuff with thin cover = cool
resort that dont = uncool
 

I'm not complaining about opening stuff on thin cover.  I'm just wondering if I should bring skis that I don't mind hitting a few rocks with.
post #10 of 14
I skied at Sugarbush last Saturday (12/12) when the opened the Castlerock Chair.  Conditions were really good.  There were few rocks on liftline and Birdland, but the sking was worth it. 

There was some grass sticking up up on a few trails that are skiers right of the Valley House Double, but there weren't any rocks. 
post #11 of 14
Too bad this weekends storm looks like a big waste of snow. It is really aggravating when the Cape gets a blizzard and the mountains a dusting. Maybe we will get lucky and this bad boy will track about 50 miles to the west. That would open up some serious terrain.
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Too bad this weekends storm looks like a big waste of snow. It is really aggravating when the Cape gets a blizzard and the mountains a dusting. Maybe we will get lucky and this bad boy will track about 50 miles to the west. That would open up some serious terrain.

not such a big waste of storm actually.

Weather is chaos but it follows trends. When you get snow that far south and west of the the ski areas that REALLY matter in northern New england it helps keeps everything that falls up here of the frozen type.
post #13 of 14
Very true Bush. Much rather have it stay cold than get rain and mix..
post #14 of 14
At Hunter, Lower K27 is open and Clair's Way is open top to bottom with a chance of Taylor's Run being open. Truly an awesome start to the season for Hunter despite the late  opening.
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