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  2. Ryan's Beer Thread

    Our local store now carries everything Night Shift. Grabbed some of their "87" last night and Second Fiddle. Cannot complain about the beer choices in western Mass.
  3. Canadian Options?

    I'm not sure there's anything open in Quebec. You better check before you head up.
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  5. Ryan's Beer Thread

    That sounds like a blast. I have a family commitment that day, but I might just bail.
  6. Ryan's Beer Thread

    Ok, who wants to do this with me? https://m.facebook.com/events/299124467261433 mobile post, please pardon my typos.
  7. A brief explanation of today's northern Vermont snow

  8. Ski areas across northern Vermont reported several inches of snow today. This is a classic case of upslope flow, and it usually leaves really powdery snow. The kind of fluffy snow that disintegrates as soon as you sneeze at it. Pure blower. Great for a top-dressing, but no good at building a base. @Flying Yeti writes... Most of the time the moisture from these events is wrap-around from a departing low, like yesterday's rain storm. The mesoscale models generally handle these post-storm snowfall events well. The trick is high-resolution models can resolve the terrain whereas the global model (GFS, ECMWF, etc) simply lack necessary resolution. Check out the 3km NAM forecast initialized at 12Z yesterday. The orientation of the lake-effect snow streaks illustrates how the flow is coming out of the northwest. The moisture from the lakes is not tracking toward Vermont. Notice how well the model picks up on the terrain enhancement of the snowfall. And check out the model sounding in the midst of the snowfall. Notice all the low-level moisture that is going to be forced over the mountains. If you're not savvy on reading the Skew-T diagram above, don't fret. There's a lot going on in it. I could teach a semester weather course and not manage to explain everything on that plot. For those looking for extra credit, UCAR offers a several hour crash course that assumes you already have a meteorology background.
  9. Snowmaking is finally online. Opening weeks is still scheduled for the 2nd weekend in December -- nearly three weeks out.
  10. Mount Snow Tuesday 11/21

    Almost went today but with morning wind holds on the lifts to the summit, went to Killington instead. Have to be in Waltham/Weston on Tuesday and the rest of the week.
  11. November 2017 weather discussion

    ^this is what we need in terms of weather reporting, interpretation, and education. So tired of armchair weather-posers who learn enough lingo to be pretentious and condescending, but don't have any more of a clue than the rest of us. I'm with @flyingyeti, I'd like to learn how to read and understand the micro-scale indicators that are way more important for local, 'surprise' events. We're obviously all watching the big events anyway, and the mainstream forecasters are getting decent enough for that stuff. But knowing when to pick a random day in NoVT is where it's at. Thanks for this lesson. Looking forward to more.
  12. Wildcat - Sat., Nov 18, 2017

    Hit us up next time you go. We'll have to do a Thanksgiving weekend roll-call. We have a lot of Wildcat faithful here.
  13. Boots: What to look at?

    Dalbello's KR 98 last or Panterra (100-102) last with INTUITION power wrap liner or intuition liner into your old shell. First I switch to Dalbello's KR's and now into intuition ....best
  14. Wildcat - Sat., Nov 18, 2017

    Also skied wildcat this weekend. Sunday afternoon turned out to be pretty nice. First year as a passholer and the cat seems great. Lynx is really varied for a blue and the natural terrain looks gnarly. Lots more rock than VT.
  15. Boots: What to look at?

    Ebay? Maybe luck out with a similar or later version of the same boots. Price wont be to crazy to take a chance. I loved a set of older Dalbello's and couldn't find my exact size but found a later version and the fit is almost identical .
  16. Canadian Options?

    Not sure how the Eastern CAN resorts are doing, but I've been watching Kicking Horse every day. They've already got over 130 inches this season!!!
  17. Although I did have a nice midweek day a few years ago where SB was down first thing in the morning but VH and HG were running. Took VH to Reverse Traverse to HG Traverse and then had the HG area practically to ourselves for a couple hours before more people made it over. There was a bit of fresh snow that day too so HG with no one around was pretty nice. On a weekend it would be a disaster for sure though as VH can't replace the SB capacity.
  18. Yesterday
  19. November 2017 weather discussion

    Most of the time the moisture from these events is wrap-around from a departing low. The mesoscale models generally handle them fairly well. Check out the 3km NAM forecast initialized at 12Z yesterday. The orientation of the precipitation streaks illustrates how the flow is coming out of the northwest. And notice how well the model picks up on the terrain enhancement of the snowfall. And check out the model sounding in the midst of the snowfall. Notice all the low-level moisture that is going to be forced over the mountains.
  20. Boots: What to look at?

    I'll be interested in hearing about your experience there!
  21. Boots: What to look at?

    Thanks everyone. I am going to Boston ski and tennis. They are the most convenient. Let’s see how good they are. Worst case I’ll make the trip to NH. Thanks again guys. Sent from my iPhone using Northeast Mountain Sports
  22. Sugarbush 17-18 Season Thread

    Yup. Heaven's Gate being down would be a big disappointment, Super Bravo being down would be a disaster.
  23. Yes, it is absolutely one of the single most important lifts that SB has. The other routes being dependent on natural snow isn't a huge issue other than early season. It wouldn't be worth even thinking about putting snowmaking on Reverse Traverse for the minimal amount of times you would "need" it before it has enough natural snow. It might even be too narrow to make snow on anyway.
  24. November 2017 weather discussion

    The hi-res is modeling these bands quite well. Saw reports that Stowe and Bolton were at 6" around 4pm. Seems to still be cranking but Smuggs might be the odd spot out north of MRV. @Weatherman, was it just a little shortwave combined with lake effect moisture and the terrain? These are the events I want to start being able to see a day ahead of time so I can call out lol
  25. Canadian Options?

    Thinking about heading a little further north than usual for the Turkey Day weekend. Which resorts are open and worth checking on the eastern end of Canada?
  26. November 2017 weather discussion

    Just what we need, fake Weather ! !!
  27. November 2017 weather discussion

    Do you want me to make something up? SNOW TOO DEEP TO SURVIVE IS COMING THIS WEEK!
  28. November 2017 weather discussion

    Dang. Ok. Sent from my iPhone using Northeast Mountain Sports mobile app
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