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  2. As I remember we had a really nice dry stretch from mid April to mid May last year. This kept what was left of the snow intact. Consistent rain and warm dew points like this past weekend will destroy the snow at a rapid pace. It is looking like more rain coming late this week. Get out there while the getting is good.
  3. In looking at the Mt Mansfield stake data, it has dropped about 2' in the past week and is now 16" below where it was this point last year. Still well above average, but definitely dropping pretty fast recently. 🙁
  4. Been at k since friday, snow loss is nauseating. June was looking definite a couple weeks back, lucky to make second half of may.
  5. The whole place was just about all woods. Maybe 7 runs were not glades.
  6. Last week
  7. Looks pretty cool. Would love to try those woods.
  8. Killington Jay Sugarbush Sugarloaf Sunday River (Weekends) Wildcat (TBD)?
  9. My season was pretty good with a little bad. I'd give it a solid B. I had an A but and failed the midterm but I aced the final exam! Started out extremely well with October turns down Wildcat on natural snow. I managed to make it out to Dutch hill in early December on a great base. Skied Mount Snow the day before Thanksgiving, found fresh boot deep snow all over the place and had some sweet runs in the woods. Had a pretty epic two days at Smugglers Notch and Bolton Valley in early december with good friends. Probably two of the better December days I've ever had in the east. I had some great days with my son and daughter both together and separately. Took my daughter for her time at Wachusett in December and she had a blast. She also made some big improvements at the local hill and it really showed on our late season trip to Jay. My son and I did a sweet trip to the MRV mid March and found just fantastic condition all around. My son also did three IFSA events this season including the finals on the face chutes at Jay. I was pretty proud watching him compete. I had a solid stretch of skiing with both family and good friends including xwhaler from late February through early April. Skied 12 days up in vermont during that stretch and only a couple of the days were marginal. I finished the season at Jay Peak for a nice long weekend. The middle of the ski season sucked for me but the end made up for it. I only got a few powder days in and not enough spring corn days. I spent much of the heart of winter skiing groomers. But I got to ski with my family a ton so it was all that bad. For next year I want to be in better shape, pick a good preseason workout routine and stick with it. My goal is also to get back to airing things like rocks, jumps and cliffs. I have lost my confidence somewhere recently and I'd like to get it back. Maybe this is part of getting in better shape for me. I hope I can get out at least a few more times whether it is skinning or riding the lift at Killington but we will see what happens, not many days or snow left to ski!
  10. ^ Thanks for sharing! Thats a really interesting reflection on a lot of points. Hope your next season is even better with some summer conditioning.
  11. Nice! I've always wanted to check that place out. Even more so now.
  12. Here are some more: Sent from my iPhone using Northeast Mountain Sports
  13. Well the drive was long. Very long. Was it worth it? yes. Started my drive east of Cleveland at 4:30pm on Friday. Stopped driving at 2am. Slept in the back of the company mini van for 5 hours. In Marquette Mi in a Holiday inn parking lot. Got on the road after a starbucks stop at 7:15.pulled into the ski area at 9:20. Checked into the hostel and got dressed letting the snow soften up. At 10:30 got on the lift. The front was pretty melted out but the North backside had 2 feet of snow. Took 5 runs down through the haunted valley and then hit pirates cove and then one run down through the trees skiers left of the lift. That was scratchy but fun. Had a burger and 2 beers for lunch. Decided to hit the east side. Which parts were “closed” but were better than the front. The east lift was closed but they had a shuttle services from the road. Some runs need it even when that lift is running. Runs were steep in the bears den but were pretty flat through the upper parts of middle earth and outer limits. They get steeper near the bottom but were melted out. Here are the pictures. Sent from my iPhone using Northeast Mountain Sports
  14. Great reports Jim hope you enjoyed every moment. Sent from my Pixel 2 XL using Northeast Mountain Sports mobile app
  15. I'm certainly not defending them by any means, but to be honest, they've been getting your money for several years already. You just didn't know it until now. And you're 100% right that any boycott will hurt the local communities and staff at the mountains far more than it will hurt the Sacklers. A lot of people saying they will boycott are completely missing that point.
  16. Good season for me, have about 40 ski days and hope to get 10-15 more before driving back east in May, but... This might be an opportunity to clear my chest about a few things on the more challenging side of a season spent in the west. I retired in Feb and immediately drove west for a three month stay. Had only 4 ski days back east by President's Day. I was in lousy shape and suffered a lot of aches and pains trying to ski myself into shape in my mid-60s. It's been great and super snowy, but doing much of my skiing on storm days at Snowbird was a harsh training ground. Between the challenging terrain there, frequent low-viz conditions, and aggressive type of skiers on the mtn, I often felt like I should "get out of the way old man." It's mostly me and my inabilities to blame, but also I think I need some new skis. One wimpy 80mm ski and one old 106mm ski isn't cutting it. Now I know why my son and other serious skiers out here have quivers of a half dozen skis or more. Now that spring has finally come the soft snow conditions on the groomers are comforting, but I can't forget how punishing the off-piste storm skiing was on my body last month. I rode a chair yesterday with a Utah veteran and told him some of this. He was encouraging and said it could take a few years to learn the mtn, the snow conditions, and environment so that you ski Snowbird efficiently and know best places to ski on different types of days. This includes knowing where the best snow is, dressing right, picking the best skis for the day, exerting energy when necessary, conserving when not, etc. And of course, building fitness gradually rather than intensely after sitting in an office cubicle the first half of the winter. I'm used to skiing in 50 yrd bursts, out here they ski in 500 yrd bursts. I'm used to lots of quick turns, out here fewer turns and high speeds. I'm used to elevation 2000 to 3000', out here it's 8000 to 12500' 🙂 I'm doing a lot of home improvement projects too so my rest days have not exactly been rest days. It's also been challenging to stay harmonious with my non-skiing wife who is accompanying me. She's the lead on a lot of home improvement stuff and I'm the laborer. We've done some fun non-ski and non-home improvement things together, but not enough. Snowbird on mid-winter snow days is crazy. Big traffic issues getting up the canyon and lots of competition for the goods on the hill. I took an early April trip to Telluride and Crested Butte and one of the things I most enjoyed about both places was the small crowds. Some of my most fun days in Utah have been when I connected and skied with visiting friends. But I don't really have any local friends to hang out with. I expect to spend a lot of time out here next winter too, so maybe that will develop. Even a winter in paradise has its challenges 🙂
  17. I definitely have a bit of a moral conflict now with my spend with Peak. On the one hand, I don't want the Sackashitlers receiving a dime of my money. On the other hand I enjoy so many of the staff at Wildcat and any Boycott of Peak by me would harm those folks more than the Sacklers Sent from my XT1635-01 using Northeast Mountain Sports mobile app
  18. There's a lot of things people would have to boycott if they knew who actually had significant ownership interests in them...
  19. I think owning Hunter and selling pain killers is a conflict of interest. Hunter must generate so much business for that industry.
  20. I regret that I have to share this and only found out after renewing my pass. I would have thought twice. Hat tip to @deadheadskier for sharing. From the VT Digger:
  21. I'm watching Wildcat melt out on the web cam. This hurts.
  22. The season started as well as I could ever hope. Wildcat top-to-bottom nearly 100% skiable on October 27. And they stayed open for the season (at least weekends) from that point forward. Jay Peak was stellar in mid-December for my annual trip. There was crazy deep snow in St Anton for my trip. Whistler was a mixed bag (as it often is), but I'll take it. The Mount Washington Valley had about as much snow as I have ever seen there. 100% open lasted until the end. What was the season missing? There were no real day trip mid-week powder days at Crotched or Ragged. At this late April warm spell is bad. Sad!
  23. next batch of photos from Alta, UT 4/17
  24. Today, 4/17/19 was one of the sunniest days in a while out here in Utah. I made my first visit of the winter to Alta using one of my two Wasatch benefit days from my Snowbird pass. Met some friends and had a nice day in good if slightly heavy snow at an amazing ski area.
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