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New Hampshire and Sunday River Resorts: Decimated by this weekend?

post #1 of 13
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Hey all,

I'm coming up to ski at Bretton Woods, Waterville Valley, Loon Mountain and Sunday River this weekend, 4/1-4/4. Looks like they are going to get hammered with a major dose of rain and then it will be in the 60's on Thursday and 70's on Friday-Sunday. This is my first trip to NE and my expectations are quite low given the time of year and temps expected but I'm still excited to come up to get some late season turns in. My plane ticket was free, and so were the lifties. Even if the mountains have just 20 runs open I think I'll be happy.

The resorts I mentioned were 85-100% open this past weekend but with the forecast I was wondering if anyone had any insight regarding what to expect regarding terrain,conditions. This will be my first NE ski trip.

Thanks for any insight!
post #2 of 13
Thread Starter 
Bump. I guess everyone thinks the season is dead.
post #3 of 13
 eh I dont know.

but just go up and see its suppose to be warm and there is alot of snow at alot of area perfect corn/slush skiing.
post #4 of 13
A message from this season.

check again on Thursday.
post #5 of 13
 I was at Sunday River this past Saturday.  Still lots of snow, just a few bare spots starting.  Of course, some parts of New England are supposed to get ridiculous amounts of rain today through Wed, so who knows?  Probably will still be ok.
post #6 of 13
I love Sunday River! I hope you get some good skiing there.
post #7 of 13
Just got back from NH.  It may not be looking too good.  Friday went to Wildcat: Very hard.  All runs open, but no glades.  Cannon on Saturday: Right side of mountain great, left side not so much.  Startinf to get bare spots on the bottom.  Attitash on Sunday: got thinner as the day went on.

I sat perhaps not good.  I drove back yesterday morning and it was POURING.  Not heavy rain...but POURING.  Wildcat might be OK; but it could really do a number on the lower part of any other mountains.

Will try and get up a trip report later.

-Smarty
post #8 of 13
I think you will be ok.

Prior to this rain the snow has been quite firm. The temps heading into this weekend are warm.....real warm.

I predict the skiing willl be great, spring conditions. Hit it early and hit it late.

Dress light and enjoy some of your best turns of the season.

Spring has sprung..
post #9 of 13
+1 this should be an OK weekend for uber-warm skiing with a OK base.  It will be fading fast especially as the sun comes out and the ambient temps go back up, but this weekend should still find resorts with OK coverage.  The good news is if it warms up, most everything should be loose wet granular, no more icy stuff.  After the warm spell this weekend, don't ask...
post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by wolfelot View Post

I'm coming up to ski at Bretton Woods, Waterville Valley, Loon Mountain and Sunday River this weekend, 4/1-4/4. Looks like they are going to get hammered with a major dose of rain and then it will be in the 60's on Thursday and 70's on Friday-Sunday.

Bretton Woods is extraordinarily flat. I would stay away on a very warm day or you will be poling just to get back to the base.
post #11 of 13
Thread Starter 
 I was at Bretton Woods today. It was my first time there. HOLY COW THAT MOUNTAIN IS FLAT! There didn't seem to be any way down that mountain without poling or just sitting there waiting to get to the lift. Hey the liftie was  free so I'm not complaining. Coverage was still very good and the majority of the glades were skiable. I would say that with the forecast temps none of the glades will be skiable by Saturday. I could see Cannon from the interstate and most of it still looked skiable, though some bare spots were coming out. Tomorrow we are going to Waterville Valley. I think this weekend the skiing should stay pretty good but after this weekend it looks like things are done unless you are going to Sugarloaf or maybe some of the high snowfall resorts in VT. 
post #12 of 13
Sounds like you've settled on resorts/itinerary.  But two of my favorites up that way are 1. Wildcat, 2. Cannon.  In any event, tooling around northern NH is fun and really beautiful. http://www.dcski.com/ubbthreads33/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=58184#Post58184
post #13 of 13
Thread Starter 
 I was at Waterville Valley today. WAY WAY freaking funner than Flatten Woods. They are definitely in full-meltdown mode. After sunday I imagine that only a few trails will still be skiable. Kudos to ski patrol for keeping most of the blacks open even if there were spots where there was just a small ribbon of snow to get past the bare spots over to where there was full coverage. I think that by Sunday those are going to be gone and many other bare spots will be have developed. At the base of the main high-speed quad it looks like they will need to haul in snow. It was a big slush pit this AM but by 3:45 a lot of that was gone and snow to slide on to get to the lift looked like it would be gone by morning. All and all it was an awesome day and I wouldn't hesitate going up there tomorrow or Sunday if you are okay with full-on late spring conditions. I saw several people skiing in shorts and not shirt. The temp was 73 when we pulled out of the parking lot at 4:00 today. Headed to Sunday River tomorrow. WOOT! 
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