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  1. 8 points
    All the low angle stuff was incredi-balls. Got first tracks on Pixie, HOM, lower Red Line, and fresh tracks seemingly everywhere. Only about 50 people on the hill so still plenty of untouched until the afternoon. A little crusty/hard under some of the steeper terrain (Tali, Trick, HOM) but Up Your Sleeve, Medium, left side of Black Line, upper half of Broomstick, and lower section of Red Line were worth repeating (think I hit Up Your Sleeve 3-4 times). Could absolutely bomb down with no worries.
  2. 8 points
    Lots of crazy challenges in the world today. I'm very, very thankful to be able to be talking about, and enjoying a mutual passion with lots of fantastic people from all over the map. Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. It has all the upsides of family, food, and companionship without the downsides of commercialization. And of course it kicks off the best time of year! Hope everyone enjoys every minute with their family and friends tomorrow, then makes the most of a long ski weekend. Cheers!
  3. 8 points
    For those of you not following the giveaway link... congrats to @MimersG for winning the skis! PM me your mailing address and I'll mail them to you. I'm happy to see the raffles system worked smoothly. Stay tuned for the next giveaway coming soon!
  4. 7 points
    Speaking of which, today....
  5. 7 points
    Puck it said it first in another thread but ..... It was the first in the nation. At 11 pm on Friday my wife suggested we go for it and hit Wolf Creek. I did not want to mention it earlier as not to seem selfish but she did and it was all good. So, my wife and I made the 3 hour 45 minute trek to Wolf Creek to ski for about 5 hours and then drove back home. It was well worth the trip. This had to be the best first in the nation opening day ever. As mentioned three lifts open but here is the kicker, nothing roped off. If you can get to it then ski it. Arriving at 9:30, powder was good when we first got there but chopped up in the best spots. Steeper runs formed nice powder bumps and trees remained soft throughout the day. It got to about 38 and the Colorado sun was making the remaining powder rather heavy. So tracked out areas and groomers became the focus. There were groomed runs all over but also a lot of ungroomed but tracked stuff that was fun. Loved an opening day with no lift lines, no WROD and wide open skiing. Sent from my SM-G930V using Northeast Mountain Sports mobile app
  6. 7 points
    Well, if we are going to have a “Gender Relations” committee, perhaps it should be chairperson ?
  7. 6 points
    I have a new shirt Sent from my iPhone using Northeast Mountain Sports
  8. 6 points
  9. 5 points
    It was a good day.
  10. 5 points
    Wildcat today with my 5 yo son. Ungroomed was scary glacier coral reef. Groomers got beat down to early season conditions quickly. Did one run on upper Wildcat after lunch and it was no good... teaching my boy all conditions, all weather is east coast skier style made for good teaching moment. Still a fun day getting some late season vertical Sent from my XT1254 using Northeast Mountain Sports mobile app
  11. 5 points
  12. 5 points
    Going to post the snowcasts from STE here just to add a little activity. Few days old and not much to look forward to but nice to hear we could end the month with some snow
  13. 5 points
    Cannon is currently DEEP. @fcksummer found it
  14. 5 points
    Day 8 for me overall, day 1 at cannon was the best of the year thus far. Started to snow lightly around Lincoln and only got heavier in the notch. Upper mountain in great shape, skied several laps on tramway and upper cannon. Daughter wanted to check out tuckerbrook after lunch, took a number of runs, that pod is one of the best for teaching kids in the northeast. Picture is grandfather and granddaughter enjoying the day.
  15. 5 points
    This portion of the forum needs a kick in the pants!! Obviously it's only been slow because XC/BC needs to rely on Mother Nature more so than the other activities we discuss. Truth be told, if I had to make the choice, I'd take XC over everything else I do. I sure hope I never have to make that choice!! The recent snowfall has set up the the woods of White Mountains really nice for touring. Today I skipped my plans to snowboard at Cannon in favor of getting out in the woods. Sometimes it's so easy to hop on that lift, but once I'm way out in the woods I always appreciate the quiet, the solitude, the views, the natural snow, the pounding heart, and the burning lungs. More than anything I appreciate the joy on my ski partner's face.... The trail conditions are as you'd expect, about of foot of very fluffy new stuff over a barely existent base. For the most part the base (the ground) underneath is frozen which makes enough of a base. However, there is some open-water stream crossings here and there. Don't put your pole in the water!! Even more importantly, don't put your skis in the water. I did get the bases wet a few times and spent a little bit of time scraping ice and slush off of my bases (no big deal). Most importantly, XC skiing let's you stop and smell the proverbial roses. Get out there and enjoy folks!!
  16. 5 points
    This weekend December arrives on Friday! So where should you ski this weekend? That's an easy answer: Jay Peak. They've reported 22" of snow this week. Have you seen the reports? I'm jealous. They already have several trails and a few glades open with natural snow. The snow isn't done yet. Another several inches (maybe 6?") is expected before the weekend. If you're not skiing this weekend, this is your opportunity to complete preparations for winter. This may be your last chance. Finish leaf cleanup, and make sure the snow blower is functioning. But seriously, you should be going to Jay Peak. Start packing. Next week Temperatures will be seasonable this weekend, but warming up into early next week. Around Tuesday - Wednesday, expect a dramatic regime change. The transition itself should bring precipitation, though the details of how that happens remains unclear. From late next week onward we'll see dramatically more wintry weather. Expect ample cold air and opportunities for snow.
  17. 5 points
    Mostly we talk about shoes, boys, and how hard math is.
  18. 4 points
    I was able to get a few picks of Xwhaler and MrsWeatherman. What a great day. Perfect ending of the season !!!
  19. 4 points
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  20. 4 points
  21. 4 points
    Here's some footage from a few runs and bonus clip of @ABVat the end
  22. 4 points
    Passed my Level 1 today; this is what my wife had waiting for me when I got home.
  23. 4 points
    Saturday, March 23 was probably the best powder day of the season at most places. Sunday, March 24 was one of the best bluebird days of the season at most places. Does that make this the best weekend of the 2018-2019 season?? It gets my vote. There *might* have been better individual days here and there throughout the season, but I don't think there was anything better back-to-back and on a weekend.
  24. 4 points
    Free the trees. Picture dump from 3/4
  25. 4 points
    Despite what looked like a full parking lot (and then some!), the crowds were fairly light and spread around the mountain very well. Most everything ungroomed skied very well; save for the wind blown bits at the very top of the steeper trails. Woods were incredible- loads of snow in them and even a few fresh lines to be had. The ticket promotion on Sunday attracted a lot of folks so that caused 5-6 minute lift lines, but they all seemed to go home around 11:30. We skied all day and enjoyed every bit. Only took a couple of photos because it was so enjoyable.
  26. 4 points
    This MLK weekend promises to be a great one for the New England skier. We're facing a sizable snowstorm Saturday night through Sunday. Look for widespread accumulations of a foot or more across ski country. Amounts will be highest in the White Mountains and southern Vermont, with less amounts as you move north into Vermont. Cutting to the chase, here are the latest snowfall forecasts from the National Weather Service. I think those amounts look like a decent guess for New Hampshire and Maine, but are overdone in Vermont. Yesterday's guidance was putting on crazy numbers over New England. For that reason I held off issuing a forecast until today when a more realistic picture has emerged. The most stable story so far as come from the European's model ensemble average. As ensemble is the same model run over and over with slightly different conditions and averaging the results, which gives a broad expected value. For a while now the European ensemble has been showing an average snowfall of about 15". As much as I'd like to drone on about the snow, I think that misses the main story of this storm. There will be plenty of cold air pouring into New England which should ensure snow in ski country, but it creates a strong frontal boundary across southern New England and coastal regions. The headline maker in this storm very well may be significant ice accumulation along the coastal front. The both the GFS and European model show this clearly. Below is a model forecast for Sunday afternoon from the GFS, and a total accumulated freezing rain from the ECMWF. Both models show a band of heavy icing across southern New England. This would lead to widespread power outages. However, I think the story may not be quite so dire. Especially considering it is a few days in advance, I think the models are underestimating the cold air at the surface. Surface temperatures just west of Boston look to stay in the teens throughout Sunday. Not only will the preceding air be cold, there are strong signs of this cold air reinforcement in the model vertical profile. Note the winds out of the north and northeast at the lowest altitudes. This should be cold enough and deep enough to yield sleet rather than freezing rain, but we'll need to revisit this as the day approaches. But if you're reading this, you probably care more about skiable snow totals. The easiest statement I can make is that I expect a little over an inch of liquid equivalent precipitation across much of the region. The storm is so progressive (quick moving, positively tilted, nearly open low) that it's hard to imagine much more than this inland of the coastal front. How this translates into snowfall depends strongly on the snow-to-liquid ration (i.e., the fluff factor). A rule of thumb of 10:1 ratio suggests a broadly distributed accumulation of 12-15" consistent with the weather service's forecast for NH and ME. You can see this in the latest mesoscale guidance if you ignore the numbers over southern New England where sleet will likely keep numbers way down. But what about if the snow is fluffier? This possibility is supported by the surface temperatures in the teens. That's plenty cold enough for ratios up to 20:1, assuming that those temperatures are maintained in the snow growth zones aloft. Using the same liquid equivalent precipitation and allowing for the ratios to vary with the surface temperature you forecast accumulations close to two feet in northern New England, and greatly reduced accumulations in southern New England. The fluff factor is going to be the decider in the snowfall guessing game. So what's the realistic expectation? Probably a mix of these two possibilities. The GFS gives a reasonable first guess. Note the starkly difficult accumulations over the Lakes Region of NH vs the White Mountains. What's driving this difference? It's the temperature profile aloft and where that places the dendritic growth zone (DGZ). That's the region of roughly -10 to -20 Celsius. To maximize snowfall, you want a deep region of these temperatures that also has saturated air rising upward. That maximizes the product of dendrites, which are the classic fluffy snowflakes that you are probably imagining. The temperature and humidity profile in the atmosphere can lead to a variety of snowflake shapes. Looking back at that snowfall forecast disparity between the NH lakes and mountains, let's look at the model's vertical profile forecast. First the Lake Region: Note the narrow dendritic grown zone (DGZ) show on the left column with the red dashed lines. The red-purple bars are the air's vertical motion expressed in pressure-based coordinates (omega) where negative omega values mean the pressure following an upward-moving air parcel is decreasing. Even though this region has saturated air and strongly upward lift, the DGZ is narrow and most the prime snow generating region will produce other shapes of snowflakes leading to a lower fluff factor. A similar plot just to the north over the White Mountains will show a slightly colder profile, but a greatly expanded DGZ and therefor higher fluff factor.
  27. 4 points
    She (and her family) is someone who could vaporize from the planet and I wouldn't lose a second of sleep. Sent from my Pixel 2 XL using Northeast Mountain Sports mobile app
  28. 4 points
    Seemed worthy of a link to this story since so many Cannon skiers posted on here (and elsewhere) about the crazy sky last Saturday. It was so wild, but I didn't realize it was rare enough to be a national news story. https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2018/12/05/story-behind-an-incredible-sky-scene-new-hampshire/?fbclid=IwAR3YbB_k2jIsHkLU9Lo7QDXaa8z09HaMxJrvLpwgvXZoNyBPgia12QRZwHE&utm_term=.73c98d2b1ff8
  29. 4 points
    My son: "Dad, can I build a rail for the yard?" Me: "Sure" He enlisted the help of a friend and found a plan on YouTube. I bought the materials and supervised power tool usage. Not a bad little project. VID_20181129_163723.mp4 VID_20181129_163848.mp4
  30. 4 points
  31. 4 points
    Mountain is in incredible shape. Did some treks with Rusty and the wife this weekend. Saturday was super soft. Today was more like styrofoam. Mountain has a solid 6-8" base. Never bottomed out or saw bare ground in the tracks. Zeke will be on the couch until tomorrow afternoon.
  32. 4 points
    I think you guys should all check out the new Okemoisepic.com
  33. 4 points
    I think it was@uphill who suggested that all of our whining was really just First World Problems. So let's just admit it. I can't believe I have to sort through the pile and pick what to tune for tomorrow. FML!
  34. 4 points
    Since I only brought my boots to Boston, I rented skis from Plymouth Ski & Sport in town before heading up the road to Tenney. The bonus was that after returning the skis, I discovered that the local ice cream shop has homemade soup too. The Soup & Scoop special is a great bowl of soup followed by ice cream for under $10. Perfect ending to my visit to Plymouth.
  35. 4 points
    Ok, this is a 100% cross-post from another forum. I wouldn't normally do that, but it is relevant to both for different reasons. So here you go.... This isn't worthy of a trip report. It's just a random data point from a single place on a single date. Do with it what you like. In Lincoln, NH at 7am it was 34 degrees. Route 93 North was well salted and generally good driving, Main Street in Lincoln and the parking lots of the businesses along it were a skating rink. Very hard to walk from the truck in back without taking a fall. Throughout the rest of the day the temps were in the mid 30s with heavily overcast skies. Although the temp allowed for some melting, the lack of sun really didn't. As a result everything remained mostly on the line of soggy and frozen. The slippery factor only increased as light melting occurred on fully frozen surfaces. By 2pm I discarded all plans to ski. Instead I went for a walk in the woods of Woodstock with the dog. Despite everything mentioned above, and the doom-and-gloom reports everywhere, there is a ton of snow! Snowpack in the woods is consistent 2-ft All this snow made me reconsider the slopes. We (the dog and I) literally ran back to the truck. I threw on my snowboard boots and helmet, threw a board in the back and raced over to Loon. By the time I got there it was raining but I went for it anyway. At South Peak it was raining for the bottom 1/2 and snowing on the upper 1/2. The snow was very soft from top to bottom. The coverage was exceptional from top to bottom. I only stayed for a couple of runs. I got soaked. I also got rejuvenated mentally about the snowpack, conditions, and potential for the rest of the season.
  36. 4 points
    It’s pretty amazing here. Lots of snow, no ice and plenty of sun. Sent from my iPhone using Northeast Mountain Sports mobile app
  37. 4 points
    I was up at Killington Monday. They were in pretty good shape. They must have also benefited from a few inches on the tail of the storm and the conditions seemed just cold and dry enough to make very nice feeling snow. More like packed powder than the thick sugar stuff. I didn't venture into the woods didn't seem worth it but they have a base left there and another 8-12" of natural will get some of it back in play. Groomers were nice - got a few in on Superstar and a really nice one Great Northern-Highline (the latter of which I don't think I'd ever been down - maybe closed for racing a lot) which still had cord past noon. Upper ovation was pure dust on crust no fun but they made some huge whales on the already steep as crap Lower O which you could surprisingly dig into. Outer Limits was in similar shape but the whales were already beaten down. All in all it was good especially with it empty - longest line of the day was 5 mins midday for K-1. Below was Skyeship lot at 830 and it never filled up Sent from my iPhone using Northeast Mountain Sports mobile app
  38. 4 points
  39. 4 points
    Older AZ posters know me as riverc0il. I left AZ years before it became the cool thing to do. I miss skiing with others so I am hoping to change that this season, both reconnecting with folks that I've skied with in the past and making some new friends as well. I play the field and follow the powder, generally not skiing when conditions aren't good. Not having a home base has made it hard to connect with folks, I usually don't decide where I am going until each weekend. Mid-week powder days are an automatic vacation day, otherwise I only ski weekends. I spend most of my time in NoVT (Smuggs, Jay, MRG, etc.) but I ski Cannon when I can, it remains my favorite mountain (probably going to get a season pass there next season now that they have solid snow making). I hike for turns early/late season and when there are wind holds mid-season but I mostly ride lifts during the winter. I spend most of my time in the trees. I maintain a blog but those posts tend to be more personal reflections (often meant to be read metaphorically) as opposed to a strictly trip reporting (which is how the thing started and remained until recently). But I plan to contribute condition based TRs on here when something seems worth reporting. Cheers.
  40. 4 points
    Yeah, probably true. But I think BW will be fun despite this major shortcoming. FYI @LiquidFeet : my wife and I will be heading to BW on Saturday with our 3 nephews ( that's 5 snowboarders!). Just fair warning if you actually consider this a decision point in 2017. I mean, we're all usually at Cannon so that's a 10 snowboarder swing next Saturday!! Pretty scary stuff. If you do manage to brave the scene I promise that my wife and I will take off our scary snowboards off and join you for some friendly adult conversation. But only for a minute, because then we'll have to get back out to resume intimidating people.
  41. 4 points
    Hi all! I've been lurking for a few weeks and really enjoying the community. It's been my go-to for conditions and weather updates and since my ski season starts tomorrow (Cannon!) I thought I should join. From NH originally and last year was my first full winter back in Boston after several years in NYC. Last year was great revisiting a lot of the mountains from my youth but I kept getting pulled back to Cannon and Killington. I'm also trying to work through a big list of Northeast ski areas I haven't yet been too - hoping to check off Black, Berkshire East and Magic this year. Here's to a snowy winter!
  42. 4 points
    Cannon on Saturday......Grand opening of Zoomer Bar and Grill for the 2017/18 Season !!
  43. 4 points
    So after weeks of discussing with my wife I was finally able to convince her I need to replace my skis (2002 Dynastar Agile w/ Rossi Pro Axial Bindings) she let me today.. I had a budget and since i barely get out more than 5 days a seas now I was not gong to break the bank. I went to my local ski shop (The Ski Shop Plus in North Smithfield, RI) and got a pair of Blizzard Quattro 7.7 with Marker TP10 bindings... I went from 183's down to 167's.. I am so psyched to get out now... I needed to tell my happiness to someone else since my wife is sick of hearing it. I also got a free lift ticket to Cannon from Blizzard... Not a bad deal for under 500.00.
  44. 4 points
    Monday evening update is posted, previous discussion continues below. It's finally here. The first turns of the 2017-18 ski season will be made this week! But before we get there we need to weather some rain tomorrow (Monday) and be patient as the snow guns come online. Looking at who is already in play, expect Killington to be making their first passholder-only turns by the end of the work week, with other early season players coming on board by the end of the weekend. Exciting! Let's break it down day by day. Monday It's going to be warm and rainy. The end. Tuesday The first sub-freezing air hits in the early morning. Maybe a few aggressive ski areas start blowing in the early morning hours, but they'll likely have to temporarily shut down during the day as temperatures climb into the 30s. Just about at dusk expect the snow guns to go online. We're not talking about ideal snowmaking weather, but it'll get the job done in early November. In northern New England they should be able to make snow top-to-bottom, but that will be an operations decision. Wednesday A lot like Tuesday. Guns go off during the day and come back on in the evening hours. For now temperatures look good to go for more top-to-bottom snowmaking that night, though again a shift of a couple degrees makes a huge difference. Once again temperatures will not be ideal, but it'll work if they want it to. Thursday Guns go off at daybreak. It looks like conditions may not be favorable to a return to snowmaking that night. A short wave trough will be swinging through the area. If the current model solutions play out, look for two weak low pressure systems to pass to either side of us: one across central Quebec and another out to sea. With New England between two lows, expect us to be in a trough where winds turn out of the south and humidity rises. The result for us will be marginal at best snowmaking that night. Friday After the trough passes through New England on Friday, expect temperatures to drop that evening. Sub-freezing temperatures should extend all the way to the coast. Expect anyone and everyone who wants to make snow to do so. The weekend We're still a week out, but it looks favorable for continued snowmaking. Temperatures will likely stay cold enough to allow snowmaking throughout the daylight hours at elevation. Next week Monday may be a fun day! The next storm system will move through the area. Right now it looks like snow for northern New England. We'll keep an eye on it and let you know more as the time approaches. The extended period looks favorable as well. It looks like we'll be in a new regime of cooler weather in the East.
  45. 4 points
    I can't help myself. For the first time this season there are snow guns running in North America. The weather in New England is like mid-summer so I need something to keep me in a positive state of mind. Snowmaking has started at Loveland.
  46. 4 points
    Haha Maybe I'll buy them from you next Tuesday on my anniversary. See what my wife's reaction is and how solid our relationship truly is!
  47. 4 points
    I agree. Dave, I hope you keep posting about Colorado. It's been interesting to read a first hand report about someone's first season out west, and as always your trip reports are really well done. I think the thing that's bugged me is as you put it - the trying to live the east vicariously through us by chiming in about conditions. Personally, the main draw to a site like this or AZ is the first hand reports from people on the ground. So when you get involved in talking about conditions and weather it comes across as rubbing it in our face that we're going through a thaw or whatever the case may be while you're enjoying endless powder days in an awesome location. I know that's absolutely not the case and you're not doing anything to intentionally be mean spirited but that's just how it comes across at times. The only reason I'm even talking about this and pointing it out is to hopefully see you have less confrontations on here than what happened on AZ. No hard feelings
  48. 4 points
  49. 4 points
    Just going to clear up a few misconceptions about AZ and please don't take this as me defending everything about the site, it's owners or moderators (especially that prick DHS) nor am I trying to sway anyone's opinion. Ownership - two owners; Skistef and Nick. When they purchased the website (I guess 4 years ago now?) Stef lived in VT and was a K passholder and Nick in Mass. Maybe a year after purchase, Stef moved to Breckenridge with her now husband. She's huge into skiing, often skinning up local mountains before work. I'm guessing she skis at least 50 days a year, though that likely has changed with the recent birth of a son. She's never been much into online skiing discussions though. Maybe she thought she would be when she purchased AZ with Nick. Nick within the past month moved to Florida. I'm not sure of his participation in the sport prior, but recently after AZ he started a family and hasnt skied much more than ten days a year since. He strikes me as the type of person who isn't a "passionate nut" about any one thing. In terms of their efforts running and participating in AZ, I definitely see the same things that folks are often critical of. Trailboss was one of the earlier members of the website. Hes been a moderator for as long as I've been on AZ. So, at least 2005. He's a multiple generation Vermonter growing up in the Burke area and living in the state through law school. I guess it's been about five years now, but his wife got accepted for her medical residency out in Utah, they fell in love with it and stayed. He's still quite passionate and knowledgeable about Eastern skiing and returns home every winter to ski Burke and usually a few other Eastern Mountains. Should he have moved on from moderating an Eastern focused forum when he moved out West? I don't really have an opinion on it. He shares a lot about skiing in Utah, but still participates way more in Eastern discussions. In terms of how the forum is moderated, it's not perfect, no forum moderating is, mistakes are made and it's very rare that we all agree on the actions of other moderators. I don't always agree with the decisions of others, they don't agree with mine. That said, I may voice my disagreement in private with the other mods, but I will support them publicly and expect they to do the same with me. Big decisions like timeouts and bans there's always a quorum. I can say that I'm happy to be just a member of the "general population" here! Moderating is usually a pretty thankless job. In terms of how to run/moderator this website, I'd recommend Weatherman, Fcksummer and all to take a similar approach to AZ. Don't take that as me saying the rules, troll tolerance etc. should be the same. I'm more just referring to how you work together and support each other as management. Right now everything is hunky dory around here, but that will change as the community grows. The assholes will come - always! Right now almost everyone at least knows​ each other online and probably most do in person too and are friends. I signed up for NMS because I consider Weatherman a friend and want to support him. I always enjoy talking with many of the current members and some like Cannonballer who had moved on from AZ and it's great to hear his perspective again. I don't wish for AZs demise, I'm not defecting from there for here nor do I think one needs to be one or the other. Ultimately competition is a good thing and I believe a rising tide lifts all boats. I'll spend the most time where the conversations interest me the most as well as what provides the best avenue for actually meeting and skiing with people; that's the number 1 for why I do the online thing. I'm sure Weatherman will do very well and I'm psyched someone with the passion he has is trying to build skiing community.....and provide an additional outlet for folks bored at work. [emoji6] Sent from my XT1565 using Northeast Mountain Sports mobile app
  50. 4 points
    May as well make my first post on this forum here. Here's 10 of my favorites from the year that I took (all from Sugarbush) Organgrinder with some mid-mountain clouds in December: December mid-week Powder View of Lincoln Peak summit from Castlerock in December Skiing in and out of the clouds this day Above a sea of clouds April woods April powder! A rare clear blue summit shot Ripcord in early April on a blue-bird day

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