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  1. 4 points
    I'm hanging in. To say that life is turned upside down would be understating dramatically. I stepped off my flight in Colorado a few weeks ago just as everything was going to shit. In the airport I was collecting my luggage on Saturday evening when I read the new that Vail was shutting down operations, including its HQ where I was supposed to start on Monday. I was lost. Sunday evening at 10pm I received news that I would not be starting that week as planned, but to sight tight and they would pay me in the interim. Wednesday of the next week they finally onboarded me remotely. The next morning I grabbed a laptop from the office, and that day flew back to New England where I have been working remotely for the last week. Yesterday I received the email to employees that you have all heard about. I've been in meetings all morning with senior leadership at Vail. I've gone through a rollercoaster of emotions. At first I was upset and thought that if they led with this reduced salary, I never would haven taken the job. That much is true. But I'm not convinced that the grass would be much greener where I came from. The whole world is in the shit now. I've been very impressed with the workplace culture at Vail Resorts. You can learn a lot about the fabric of an organization by how it responds to periods of stress. I've seen more honest, heartfelt communication from Vail than any of my previous employers. The employees here are more personal, and seem to deeply care about each other. They are a great group of people that I am happy to work with. At the leadership level, I have seen senior management shed tears today over the difficulty of these decisions and impacts to employees and their families. When I look at how the cuts are being made, they look well thought out. Seasonal employees were let go with only a few weeks remaining in the season and were paid for at least a week of that. The hourly employees year round employees had been paid until this point, and are at least getting full health care benefits fully paid by the company for the duration of the furlough. The salary reductions are progressive to impact the most senior level the most. I'm trying to keep a positive outlook. I don't know how will come next. If the summer season is cancelled, it is likely there will need to be further cuts made. But all of us are in it together.
  2. 4 points
    With the warm weather and lack of crowds I decided to take our 6-month old out for a little sliding yesterday. Have an pretty amazing carrier system I have been waiting to use. Clearly I was not going to go stomping moguls and she has been supporting her head since day 1. Took about 1:10 to skin to the top of Magic via Carpet-Sleeve and was brutal with an extra 30 pounds on the back plus my first real skinning trip of the year. She slept the entire way up. Then did some soft, easy turns down Trick to Wishbone, Wand, and lower Red Line. Did a couple other laps (Magician to Black Line) and Twilight. Magician and Twi were still hard pack. Even with the warmth today the lack of sun and freezing temps should keep some natural stuff for next weekend.She had a blast. However, either day light savings or the skiing had her up all last night chatting. video-1583758751.mp4
  3. 4 points
    Nice low key morning at Suicide 6 for the family $5 tickets thru Ace Ski Club was a no brainer Our 2nd visit here but like last March not much open. I'm sorta surprised a smaller hill with the apparent $$ resources that S6 has (owned by Woodstock Inn/Resort) would not have closer to 100% snowmaking The terrain we have skied in our 2 Vista has been fun but you can tell it's a rowdy little hill at 100% open. The tree skiing for a 650 vert hill looks pretty expansive. They run a mtn biking operation in the summer so the woods are well maintained Today was a mix of firm groomers and then by noon when we left it was starting to corn up It reminds me of a well funded version of Whaleback.... similar terrain feel with similar low snowmaking Both hills are steep with no run out so they make the absolute most of their limited vertical! /natural Sent from my moto g(6) using Northeast Mountain Sports mobile app
  4. 4 points
  5. 3 points
    As some on here know I have a very fond spot in my heart for Saddleback. My wife and I were passholders there for 2 yrs while in grad school (pre kids) and we had a seasonal cabin on Rangeley Lake. Every wknd we would drive up from Seacoast NH for 2-3 days of skiing. It's a long haul up there but no place in New England has ever captured me the way Saddleback and the Rangeley Lakes region has. We have since done summer trips up there since the mtn closed but of course we want the mtn back. It's been sad/frustrating watching a glorious big mtn sit idle since April of 2015 but finally it seems there is hope to bring this true gem back to life. Today at 3pm they finally launched their website and season passes are now live to process! I look at this as a small but important step that hopefully gives us hope we can make lift served skiing there again soon. http://www.saddlebackmaine.com/ Here are some of my personal photos of 'the Back that try and capture what it is all about but like most special places you can't capture it entirely in photos... Can't wait to be making turns there again!
  6. 3 points
    Let me know if you can't see photos. Thanks. 2 APR 20, My son the veteran took me the rookie for a bit of skinning action today in Little Cottonwood Canyon at Alta, UT.I've done downhill skiing for over 50 years and dabbled in cross-country skiing and snowshoeing for almost as long. But this was my first day of skinning in alpine touring equipment. I used my own downhill boots and an extra pair of downhill skis (Volkl Ones, 186cms length, 116mm width) with AT bindings that my son loaned me. He set me up with a pretty heavy rig, but we only did two climbs at Alta; 1) to the top of the Albion Double Chair liftline, and 2) a shorter, but steeper climb from the Wildcat Base to Lower Rustler. It was a beautiful day on the mountain with blue skies and about 4-5" of new snow. There might have been a hundred cars in the Albion lot, but people were very dispersed and trail traffic was light. For our climb up the Albion liftline I saw about three skiers, two snowshoers, one hiker, and two tobogganers.The veteran and the rookie. This is what it's all about! And good motivation during our first climb. The veteran displays his climbing technique. Devil's Castle is still there. What a beautiful day! Albion liftline skiing. View from Wildcat Base. We climbed up the intermediate run to right a short way and then caught lower Rustler to left. This photo gives a sense of the number of cars in the parking lot beside the Goldminer's Daughter Lodge at about 1PM. Traversing over to Lower Rustler. Mission accomplished. It was sad driving by a very lonely looking Snowbird resort. My conclusion about skinning is that it's a whole lot of shuffling for relatively little schussing. But skiing is skiing and it felt good to get out there 20 days after my last lift served day Bonus shot my son took of me:
  7. 3 points
    I may have to go up north. I need to give the liver sometime social distancing from the beers in the house.
  8. 3 points
    Since there are no trip reports coming in for the rest of the season, let's just turn this into some 'best of' reports. Here's a day I hit Cannon for some freshies then headed over to Bretton Woods to catch @ABV for even more freshies. 2015 so it pre-dates this forum enough that I'm sure it hasn't been posted before.
  9. 3 points
    So much has happened since I last posted in this thread! In early March 2020 I got in some good skiing at Snowbird, UT: I also met some friends at Brighton one day: My last day of lift served skiing was Friday the 13th with friends at Solitude, UT. I am still holding out hope that Snowbird will reopen perhaps sometime in April? I went snowshoeing in BCC with my wife on St. Paddy's Day: A few days later I hiked to a waterfall in Heughs Canyon near Holladay, UT: Upbeat article about Utah hiking during the virus crisis: https://www.sltrib.com/news/2020/03/21/i-feel-like-hiking-is/ On March 22, 2020 I took a scenic drive with my wife and we ended up walking along the shores of the Great Salt Lake. Good place to practice social distancing: Will stay in Utah for another month or two and see how it goes. Wishing all of you are safe and well in these unsettled times!
  10. 3 points
    A little piece of heaven right here... Sent from my iPhone using Northeast Mountain Sports
  11. 3 points
    Might be the most important thread on the website moving forward
  12. 3 points
    Endless Visibility this AM at Cannon Hardpack but edgeable. Low crowds Fun AM with my family and @PuckIt Sent from my moto g(6) using Northeast Mountain Sports mobile app
  13. 3 points
  14. 3 points
    Shit's getting real Sent from my XT1635-01 using Northeast Mountain Sports mobile app
  15. 3 points
    At Cannon fish and game stole my parking spot. What they were doing would let you know the conditions today. They were practicing alpine rescue on zoomer. Ice axes, ice screws, snow stakes and misc climbing gear. Sent from my iPhone using Northeast Mountain Sports
  16. 3 points
    Pictures are all fixed. Lesson of the day is that its better to save and upload your Google Photos pictures directly to the site instead of trying to embed them from Google's server. Now back to your regularly scheduled thread.
  17. 3 points
    Hmmm.... On Saturday I had a really sweet XC ski at Greenwoodlands. As far as snowboarding goes, my run of the week was on Sunday at 10:30am when I ran away from Cannon as fast as I could!
  18. 2 points
    $340 non stop Bey Bey from Logan
  19. 2 points
    Here's a new one. Waterville doing hot meals for employees
  20. 2 points
    Missed everything but early season thanks to busting my humerus. I'll miss some of the ski club parties and our C Lot tailgate. Though- if you really think about it nothing is really stopping us from having the tailgate. We just won't be skiing! I could be convinced to snow shoe up with some beers.
  21. 2 points
    Definitely the gathering at the Cat. It was scheduled for my birthday weekend! We lost out on two weekend trips and at least 3 mid week scheduled days off from work skiing. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  22. 2 points
    Reminds me of that old proverb: Take what the mountain gives you!
  23. 2 points
    The Expanse is a phenomenal show. Amazon did it right after it was kicked off the air. Altered Carbon is another favorite of mine.
  24. 2 points
    Could definitely go for a Fiddlehead right now
  25. 2 points
    My dad recovered in 2 days with a fever as the only symptom. The father of the cousin tested negative. I assume the mother did also since I haven’t heard anything else. No news is good news. It will be 14 days since seeing those relatives tonight.
  26. 2 points
    There are so many ways you could go in trying to answer your question. Even after the medical crisis starts clearing up I'm afraid we'll be left with the effects of the attendant global economic crisis for much longer. What happens to discretionary spending on things like skiing when millions are struggling to put food on the table? Not good. I'm trying to remember what the great recession of 2008 did to the ski business? I was a government worker living in a prosperous city and it really had very little impact on my skiing habits. But I assume that parts of the country that were hit really hard saw a downturn in skier visits for a few years? The current situation is quite different and has precluded everyone from skiing and may make a large percent of the skier population wait on buying passes for next year. I believe some ski areas are already talking about continuing to offer their "spring rate" on season passes well into this fall to encourage those on the fence to buy one in September instead of not buying a season pass at all. One positive thing I can think of is that this crisis has likely sped up the rate that places of work will embrace telecommuting/working from home. This has been an area were government offices have lagged because either they haven't figured out an adequate way to measure and ensure good work output from home or the work product is too sensitive/classified to meaningfully work on at home. This crisis may force offices/services/companies/schools & colleges to find better and more universal ways to allow employees/students to work remotely?? That could in the long run allow people to do more weekday skiing.
  27. 2 points
    Wonderful news! Only have two days there in March of 2012. I thought it was one of the premier/prettier tree skiing spots on the East Coast esp. Casablanca Glade. I saw several six foot ramps set up deep in Casablanca’s woods. Skiers or snowboarders who successfully launch for big air in the close confines of a thick, black diamond glade like Casablanca with little open landing space impress (and scare) the heck out of me. I thought Muleskinner was a really cool corkscrew of a trail. Wish I'd climbed to the top where you took that Appalacian Trail photo. Here are a few photos of mine (lower four photos), they had nice conditions for my visit and I thought the lake views were gorgeous. Normally I would have captured better images, but it was quite cold during my visit and my old digital camera froze on second day. Also, on first day my camera fell out pocket on one of my trips through Casablanca glades, but someone turned it in and I picked it up in the lodge at end of day! This is a photo the resort gave me to use in an article about the place, looks like same guy in xwhaler's photo:-) Mine:
  28. 2 points
    Wish I could like this post 10X. Way to get out there! With all the people out of school and work this is a healthy outlet.
  29. 2 points
    And Alterra. 5 of us Just flew in to Steamboat. Standing here at the bottom of the hill. Riots about to start Really feel for you as I would have commended your calmness and resolution to continue to live life as normal as possible and stick with your prearranged ski trip. If I'd been a part of your group I'd be standing at the bottom of the hill with you... as I am now standing at the bottom of Little Cottonwood Canyon. For the moment all National Parks and Utah state parks remain open, if that continues I may undertake as plan B a scenic road trip with my wife this week. I still contend that being in the outdoors esp for low density activities like skiing, hiking, scenic drives is much healthier than hunkering down in suburbia for the next week or two. If I do that I'm still likely to visit a variety of stores on a near daily basis).
  30. 2 points
    Rarely post here but we went out for a great day at Loon on Monday. Warmed up to the 60s with great spring conditions, slopes never got mushy. Main complaint is with the card readers, seems like one has to go through gyrations in order to get the cards to be read. Same or similar system at Wachusett and I haven't had any real problems there.
  31. 2 points
    BMOM as well...unbelievable tree skiing
  32. 2 points
    Saddleback!!!!! $699 Adult $599 19-29 $499 Seniors/Juniors All passes include 2 tickets to Jay Peak
  33. 2 points
    Upper Face. Suicide 6 Sent from my moto g(6) using Northeast Mountain Sports mobile app
  34. 2 points
    Wildcat got the lifts running by late morning yesterday. Can confirm that conditions are the bar were quiet, but we gave it our best.
  35. 2 points
    Skied Bretton Woods last Friday with my Daughter, stopped off at Reklis in Bethlehem on our way home. Food was Excellent and the Beer was Amazing, Had a Wik-Id Neipa that was indeed Wicked good !!
  36. 2 points
    Hit sugarbush today. Sorry no pictures. As others said better than expected. Woods actually skied well because no one was skiing them. Bump runs started out good but by 11:30 they were scrapped off. Jester from the top was fun all day. Love hauling down that with the old school corners. Sent from my iPhone using Northeast Mountain Sports
  37. 1 point
    I do that occasionally when running. It ends exactly the same way- "why the hell am I here?"
  38. 1 point
    Hell ya! Here's to better days, past and future [emoji482][emoji482]
  39. 1 point
    Awesome pics as always. Super jealous of all your travel
  40. 1 point
    I know this is a grainy photo and it’s a few weeks old (pre-Coronavirus), but this should conclusively prove that the lone groomer legend on Cannon is no myth!
  41. 1 point
    Tree House killed it with this one. Loving finding Fiddlehead in cans too! Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  42. 1 point
    Agnarchy did some investigating of the accuracy of the various GPS tracking apps such as Trace, Ski Tracks and Slopes. The basics of the article are that older phones are not quite as reliable and tend to overstate speeds while newer devices seemed to be pretty dead on. Ski Tracks and Trace were registered similar speeds while Slopes was a few MPH faster. http://www.agnarchy.com/speed-tracking-app-accuracy/ I've been conducting a similar scientific study of the accuracy of the jump data and have concluded that whatever phone @ABV is using is NOT accurate. The study has been peer reviewed and will be published in scientific magazines later on this year.
  43. 1 point
    This one is iconic for me. It looks a little dated now, but in context it's amazing. It came out in 2010. GoPro was just hitting the scene. The hired Abe Kizlevitz from USC ski team as one of their first promoters (he still puts our content for GoPro). This edit showed what GoPro was capable of and completely changed the world. Watch it in that context! I knoe @fcksummerwill appreciate that! ( also I love this song)
  44. 1 point
  45. 1 point
    I did not say epidemiologists. Other health professionals are all over the map from nothing or to the sky is falling. I am not going debate the point.
  46. 1 point
    Great coverage at Blue Hills
  47. 1 point
    Rode another ride last night 4.5 miles. I think my ass hurt more last night then the night before.
  48. 1 point
    Fast and firm at cannon! Sides have a bit of sugar. Found some hardpack but no real ice.
  49. 1 point
    Went to hills farmstead this past week. Wow that place is out in the middle of know where but so worth the drive. Damn they make great beer! Sent from my iPhone using Northeast Mountain Sports
  50. 1 point
    KillingtonGood: great all around terrain ranging from a strong array of double black diamonds to super long green and blue trails, lengthy seasonBad: can be unpleasantly crowded at prime times, sprawling layout can be difficult to navigate for newbiesSpecial sauce: a little more accessible than the northern VT resorts and attracts lots of New Yorker sass

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