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  1. 4 points
  2. 3 points
    I'm hopeful that this news pushed more of the independents to rally together. For next yr I'm buying an Indy Pass as well as a bunch of vouchers through various means. Will not have a traditional season pass but rather chase variety/snow as I like crowd avoidance and being able to ski different mtns with my 2 young boys. With a young family we place a premium on having uncrowded lodges, low/zero lift lines, and parking that doesn't require a shuttle bus. This is a pretty nice little collection that I'm hoping grows by another mtn or 2 for New England. I can definitely see myself getting 2 days in at Pats/Magic/S6/Bolton at minimum with a possible Berkshire East/Catamount trip as well. I'd like to see Black NH/Tenney/Middlebury/Granite Gorge consider jumping on this pass...they could raise the price up to $399 and add more mtns and I think it could be fairly popular. http://www.indyskipass.com/
  3. 3 points
    Most likely my last day. Been an awful spring but today was pretty awesome. Down to just Superstar unless you're fine with walking.
  4. 3 points
    Seventieth day today was a memorable one. Bagged out Friday due to rain, was awoken by the sound of sleet on the skylight around 6:00 today. By the time I checked outside it had changed to snow. Several inches had accumulated when I got to kbl around 8:00. Early runs on ovation were spectacular, not many pictures - only had a few hours and it was so good I didnt want to stop and get the phone out.
  5. 3 points
    Here are some more: Sent from my iPhone using Northeast Mountain Sports
  6. 2 points
    "Sorry, our east coast resorts are broken. Here's a 20% off voucher for lodging at any of our west coast / Rockies properties. Good this week only."
  7. 2 points
    Wow best of both worlds. I bought Epic passes for the family in April, fully expecting to boycott the lack of investment in Attitash's triple. Guess I can still ski Wildcat and the kids still get to ski Mt Snow. Sent from my Pixel 2 XL using Northeast Mountain Sports mobile app
  8. 2 points
    Holy carp! Sent from my Pixel 2 using Northeast Mountain Sports mobile app
  9. 2 points
    My daughter surprised me for Father’s Day, hit up Treehouse for me. Damn I like that stuff !!
  10. 2 points
    Fuck New Jersey
  11. 2 points
    Good day today, #47 for the daughter, #73 for the old guy
  12. 2 points
    I got my fat ass out for first ride last night in Andover. 5 miles. About a hour. Couple of climbs were tough and stopped. I did not feel to bad after but ass was sore.
  13. 2 points
    Daughter on the glacier today, superstar is in good shape but the rest is going fast
  14. 2 points
    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
  15. 1 point
    Poor fat bike has been feeling neglected this summer. Just took her out to stretch her legs on the beach.
  16. 1 point
  17. 1 point
    Best post Ive seen in a looong time !!! LOL ! Can sometimes suck....hahaha so freakin true !! BW as a back up plan is Good Idea !!!
  18. 1 point
    A Basin just got added onto the Ikon Pass!
  19. 1 point
    I live down the road from the Valley, I am very familiar with the area. It has seen a steady decline since its glory days. It needs a significant investment in cash to fix neglected infrastructure issues. There are lots of people that have grown up or spent their entire lives vacationing there and there is a significant condo build up of Valley second home owners. Those folks are invested and are not going away, but they are starting to age out. Waterville needs new blood badly to replace its current base. That is true across the entire industry but especially true at Waterville. It isn't going under any time sooner, I agree. But I think it is the most vulnerable major NH area to competition from the multi-mountain pass options.
  20. 1 point
    Well, as far as I can tell both Crested Butte and Kirkwood do not have machine made and groomed boulevards cut into their epic terrain outside of what they had from Vail. Same at Whistler. I would think Vail would leave the Cat as is and rough (maybe clean up the base lodge though). If they want groomerville polished they can do that to Attitash. I don't think the Front Four + has been bulldozed at Stowe or had more snowmaking added than what was already there.
  21. 1 point
    Someone mentioned the idea of Forerunner at Stowe going to HS6 and moving the Quad to Attitash. That seems like a win, win to me. Curious what you think might happen with Jay that will turn you off if it gets gobbled up. Jay's kinda already gotten the whole Disneyland treatment already. More snowmaking and grooming? More snowmaking and grooming is definitely my great concern for Wildcat. Shortening the season is also a concern. Cat is probably the most "raw" 2k vert ski area in the East after MRG. Though I suppose Jay probably ties Cat. Both a distant second to MRG. Cat only makes snow and grooms about half the trails. I fear Vail turns trails like Upper Wildcat and all of Gondiline into man made boulevards. End of the day, I'm not too worried. Looking at the Vail portfolio, Wildcat is probably near the very bottom of their list for investment targets that will produce substantial ROI. As long as we keep our roughly 11/10 to 5/1 season with minimal manicuring of the slopes, I'll likely remain happy and not consider change. Where I live, the only reasonable option for change is Cannon. I've considered it many times, but fewer crowds and less grooming keeps me loyal to Cat. Sent from my XT1635-01 using Northeast Mountain Sports mobile app
  22. 1 point
    I don't know that the fundamentals of the WMSP really change. The net result for the NH skier is a $70 price increased ($630 to $700), and added benefit of Sunapee. The Super Pass still offers a better variety in the White Mountains. The other part that could alter the value is if Vail actually fixes Attitash. Imagine Attitash with a functional high speed lift and roofs that don't leak.
  23. 1 point
    I'm really interested to see how the rest of the non-conglomerate ski areas respond to this. Full Epic Pass = $939, Epic Local = $699. Full Ikon = $1049, Ikon Base = $749. How can places like Waterville, Cannon, BW, or Jay justify their single mountain pass prices (approx $988, $829, $999, and $849 respectively)?? The small combo passes like White Mountain Superpass (>$1,000) and Jay/Burke ($1,009) are even worse . They are going to have to either drop their pass prices significantly, join a much larger combo-pass, come up with something else innovative, or get crushed! What's it going to be?
  24. 1 point
    You might be right about the crossover fact. The price? I dunno. Stowe installed the Forerunner 7 years ago now at a cost of $6M. Attitash lift would be of similar length to the Forerunner and more complicated because of the crossover. It might also require some line widening during the stretch immediately above the Yankee. Factor all that, inflation and both major lift companies saying they are short on help and I would not be surprised if that lift costs closer to $8M. Sent from my XT1635-01 using Northeast Mountain Sports mobile app
  25. 1 point
    I'm having a hard time coming to terms with this. Everything changes. Attitash definitely changes for the better. I'm not so sure about Wildcat. I can't imagine what the Cat is like under Vail administration.
  26. 1 point
    We started house renovations when we got back from Stowe, so I've only been out once since then Good news is I went from this $h!t: To this: All the major work should be done tomorrow, so hopefully back to riding this weekend. And I did get to see Phish last weekend!
  27. 1 point
    I was on shutdwon last week too. I only got 21 miles in with company in town though. I have 15 miles so far this week after work. I hope for another 7-8 tonight.
  28. 1 point
    Someone sent me this by mistake. Any guesses at how good the beer is. I guess he other person home brews
  29. 1 point
    Treehouse! Daughters are nice to have. 😎
  30. 1 point
    Killington is offering $20 tickets on Saturday to celebrate their 200th day. A good deal for anyone looking to get in one more day.
  31. 1 point
    Havasu Creek. About a 4 hour hike and total to Lower Beaver Falls which is not pictured. This was the beginning of the hike, the crystal blue water only exists in this Creek and in the Little Colorado River (LCR). The Colorado River was green and clean the whole time!
  32. 1 point
    Maybe they'll be able to wrap up some of that insurance pay out to the Attitash Triple.
  33. 1 point
    1. At the Grand Canyon 2. View from Grand Canyon rim trail of Mt Humphries, highest pt in AZ, 12,600'. 3. I hiked a few hundred vertical feet down the canyon on Bright Angel trail.
  34. 1 point
    View out window of our cabin on May 24, 2019.
  35. 1 point
    I was there today as well. The ice on the headwall didn't actually "soften up" but there were piles to turn on. I got there around 8:45 skied until 1. All was bumped up but there was not actual ice but what looked like ice but you could turn on it.
  36. 1 point
    Perfect day today, was in line for first chair, got in a dozen runs before responsibility called The reservoir took a hit last week but June lift served is almost a certainty in the east I will be there at least one day per weekend as long as the lift spins, always up for a beer if anyone else makes it Pictures from #74
  37. 1 point
    Nice! I have to get back there. Last time I was there was April 30, 2010. It was a freak 2 foot snowstorm at Cannon the night before. We skinned up in the blazing sun, drank a few beers, took a slushy run down, drank some more beers, then headed over to Franklin. We didn't have much left in the tank by then so I can't say I experienced the place. I'm looking forward to getting in there this season for some legit riding.
  38. 1 point
    Yes, I was the one who suggested that cover. I have one and love it. Indeed not cheap, but worth it.
  39. 1 point
    First day on dirt! Made it over to Highland today. Big crowds and lots of mud but had a blast. Sent from my Pixel 2 using Northeast Mountain Sports mobile app
  40. 1 point
    We have a place in Lisbon, which is a 2 1/4 hour drive from home on Friday night. Then we drive about an hour from there to Wildcat on Saturday. And since we don't have Peak passes, it's $156 for our family of 5 to ski (little one is still free). I'm leaning toward no, as we have stuff we could (and probably should) do at home, but I really want 1 more day of skiing!
  41. 1 point
    But it's going to be raining and windy...are they really going to open/run? And even if they do, do I want to go?
  42. 1 point
    I got lift tower spooge on my coat literally the day after I read this and responded as such. Andy's post about tree bark reminded me of this one so I thought I'd share. Sent from my Pixel 2 XL using Northeast Mountain Sports mobile app
  43. 1 point
    STOP. FUCKING. RAINING. I really wanted one more day of skiing this weekend but its not looking very probable.
  44. 1 point
    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!
  45. 1 point
    ^ Thanks for sharing! Thats a really interesting reflection on a lot of points. Hope your next season is even better with some summer conditioning.
  46. 1 point
    You are hardcore ST!
  47. 1 point
    Nice! I've always wanted to check that place out. Even more so now.
  48. 1 point
    Thoroughly enjoyed the season despite breaking a couple of ribs. Loads of good skiing, managed to hit a number of powder days, too. My best memory of 2018 would be in November after returning from flying from across the world, getting up at 5:30 am because I couldn't sleep due to time change, making a solid breakfast, and driving up to Wildcat on a whim for a powder day that I didn't even know had happened or was forecast.
  49. 1 point
    I think you hit it on the head with point #2. I've been noticing that as well. I'm sitting in my office mid-week seeing great conditions and then get that damn rain/thaw/freeze several times right before the weekend when I'm able to get up there. I feel like overall I skied less powder days (even mini powder days of just a quick couple inches overnight) this year compared to other years. Luckily I did get to ski a lot mid-week in December and of course I was able to take advantage of that epic 30" powder weekend in March. Point #2 is what prevents me from rating it higher than "Above average". On the plus side we weren't back to square one in late Feb like we were the prior couple seasons and I was able to ski glades far earlier and more consistently than other years (even after some of the freeze/thaws they still held up surprisingly well). However outside of that one big dump, March and April were somewhat disappointing compared to the past couple seasons (granted we really needed them the past couple seasons to avoid those seasons being a loss). Last year Castlerock made it to April 22 thanks to all the late season snow. This year it was done as of this past weekend even with the deep snow-pack we've had. I think that may also highlight the difference in snowpack between the upper and lower mountain however. Upper mountain still certainly seems deeper than normal meanwhile at the base it seems either close to normal or maybe even slightly below normal. Even this year in the spring it seems we're getting somewhat screwed many weekends either with rain and/or low clouds. Anyone that had a lot of flexibility absolutely could have rated this season as one of the best ever though and I could completely understand that. Some points further north may have also fared even better to allow that rating too (my personal rating is based primarily off the Sugarbush area). If I had to assign a grade, I'd probably put it in the B+ or maybe A- category. Eliminate those multiple late week thaw/freeze events though and it would have been at least an A if not A+.
  50. 1 point
    Don't piss off JimG.

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