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  1. 8 points
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. 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!
  5. 7 points
    Speaking of which, today....
  6. 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
  7. 7 points
    Well, if we are going to have a “Gender Relations” committee, perhaps it should be chairperson ?
  8. 6 points
    God. Dammit. Christ. That is all.
  9. 6 points
    I have a new shirt Sent from my iPhone using Northeast Mountain Sports
  10. 6 points
  11. 5 points
    9 runs on Lynx to open my season. Deepest coverage I've seen early season at Wildcat. Edge to edge with no signs of debris Very satisfying opening day at Wildcat Sent from my moto g(6) using Northeast Mountain Sports mobile app
  12. 5 points
    It was a good day.
  13. 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
  14. 5 points
  15. 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
  16. 5 points
    Cannon is currently DEEP. @fcksummer found it
  17. 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.
  18. 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!!
  19. 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.
  20. 5 points
    Mostly we talk about shoes, boys, and how hard math is.
  21. 4 points
    I was able to get a few picks of Xwhaler and MrsWeatherman. What a great day. Perfect ending of the season !!!
  22. 4 points
    Here's some footage from a few runs and bonus clip of @ABVat the end
  23. 4 points
    Burke on Saturday was quite amazing, tons of snow and very little wind . maybe 20 Kts north west and it blew up the lift line no effects at all, Biggest crown I ever saw there, lots of tickets dangling from jackets. most people I talked to on lift are new to Burke, a very good sign. they do have some good stay and ski packages at hotel but the crowd was way more than that. Deepest skiing I have seen in New England , I felt like I was out west !!!
  24. 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.
  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
    Met an old ski buddy that I haven't seen in 20 years at the tram and got first tram. The wind was hollowing up through the notch in the parking lot. Got to the top and the wind was coming over the top of the mountain. Hit upper Cannon first. the top 100 feet was windblown ice but after that it skied okay. Skied off the cannonball all except Profile which did not look very pleasant and the glades. Everything except Skylight skied well mostly on the edge. Vista Way was the best out of them. Then headed down to the front the edge of zoomer was fine. Gary's was in okay shape. Polly's skied the best. Rocket was a little wind blown and Avalanche was a sheet of ice. I could only manage 2 turns on it so needless to say it was a fast trip down. My buddies knee was aching a little at this point so we took a break and then took an after break warm up run down lower Hard which actually had the best snow of the day on it. Went back to the top for a few runs which were not as good as the morning runs. Went in at the top and had a few beers. While in there it started to snow. Took a few more runs at the top but the falling snow didn't make it any better and his knee was aching a lot more so we skied back to the tram and called it quits at 2.
  27. 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.
  28. 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
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. 4 points
  32. 4 points
    I think you guys should all check out the new Okemoisepic.com
  33. 4 points
    So I am traveling for work the next 2 weeks and with multiple closures upcoming, my season is effectively over. Here is a recap of my season. How'd everyone else do? Killington - 5 days: 1/15, 2/10, 2/17, 2/18, 3/11, Loon - 4 days: 11/18, 12/3, 12/17, 3/25 Tremblant - 3 days: 13-15 Mar Pico - 2 day: 12/30, 3/12 Okemo - 2 day: 12/10, 12/29 Windham - 2 day: 1/20, 1/21 Wachusett: 2 days: 1/11, Another night I didn't record the date Belleayre - 1 day: 4/8 Attitash - 1 day: 1/28, Off Max pass, but had a free lift ticket Wildcat - 1 day: 1/29, Off Max pass, but had a free lift ticket Over 23 days I got my daily lift ticket cost down to $29.57. This cost factors in discounts I receive on window tickets for being active duty military. I would have to pay $1,690.40 on window tickets vs. $680 I spent on my MAX pass to ski the same amount of days. A worthy investment IMO. It saved me $1,010 (although that analysis is not truly fair because I should be comparing a season pass product to another season pass product, but seeing those numbers still makes me feel good about laying out the early season $$$). Best Day - Day 2 of my Tremblant skiing with the significant other. We got a great day in together, but also had some much needed alone time. I skied the tree runs on the edge over and over again while she did some eating and walking around the village. Best Day runner up - 12/30 Pico: I love Pico, I didn't make it up there as much as I wanted too. However, this day the mountain was completely empty considering it was a holiday week. They opened up the outpost for time in the season on 30 Dec and ran it till 4pm (normal closing hour is usually earlier). I am sad to see the max pass go, but I think I got the most out of it. Getting 23 days while working a 9-5 is tough. I made a lot of solo trips to get my fix, while making 4 social trips. My biggest regret,s 1) not getting out West. Next year I already have a Utah trip lined up on the IKON pass to make up for that. 2) Not making it to Whiteface/Gore. Probably won't make it over there in the near future since they will not be on the IKON pass next year. Hope everyone had as great of a season as me. feel free to share.
  34. 4 points
    I have been talking about this for several years, skiing 5 ski hills in one day. This past Monday I made this dream a reality. Unfortunately the only day I could get this to work was a Monday which meant more driving to accommodate the hours of each hill. After I dropped my kids at school I headed to Suicide Six. Luckily for me S6 got 10” of fresh and it was pretty sweet skiing. After skiing 7 fast runs at mighty S6 I drove to my next destination, Dartmouth Skiway. Skiway was extremely dead, and did not get much snow from the storm. I fact they got mostly rain. On top of this they didn’t have Holts ledge open. I made the most of it though and did 6 runs. Fast groomers and some racers! After this was a long drive to the mightiest ski area in the world. McIntyre! Nothing says chaos like a 150 vert hill with 8 million School children. 6 painful runs later. Yes On to bigger(obviously) and better things. Pats peaks! Also very icy and fast, pats provided me with fast laps off the vortex lift. Skiing was fast and fun. Had a nice dinner of beef stew and baked lays. It was glorious! The day was capped off with a few uneventful runs down Crotched mountain. Which was also icy and fast. At this point I was ready to pass out. I left my phone in the car but got some awesome shots of the mountain from the lot as I left! Over all is skied 5 ski hills in two states. 340 miles of driving. About 18,000 vertical feet skied. (I did 10 runs at Wildcat the next day, 21,000 vert). But it was an experience of a life time. Sent from my iPhone using Northeast Mountain Sports mobile app
  35. 4 points
    More pics from after lunch Worked the Gad 2 pod quite a bit. Steep tree skiing over there Sent from my XT1254 using Northeast Mountain Sports mobile app
  36. 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
  37. 4 points
    Model trends today have been to the west, which is no real surprise. In this highly amplified flow the models tend to damp down such extremes in the long range. The way we initialize models (data assimilation) there are terms in the equations to penalize extreme solutions and force everything back to average. The result is often suppressing storms in highly amplified regimes like this one. The track looks to be just offshore with strong snow banding just to the west of the track. This bring heading snow bands to eastern coastal regions of New England from eastern Massachusetts into most of Maine. The White Mountains of New Hampshire into Maine will see a localized maximum as is common in coastal storms. For those of you in Vermont -- tough luck but that's no surprise. Your bread and butter are the lighter snow of upslope wrap-around. I don't mean that there won't be any snow -- there will be some upslope -- but when in these cold regimes it is the light and fluffy stuff that just serves as a top dressing. For skiers, it won't give you any float, it won't serve to reinforce the base, and it won't stand up to skier traffic. It will end up blown into the woods. If you look careful at the precipitation map above, you'll note the cellular pattern in the precipitation. This is the result of embedded convection within the snow band. In these intense snow storms, there can be pockets of elevated air that become unstable and rise upward like in a thunderstorm. This is in contrast to overrunning (stratiform) precipitation where moist air rides mostly horizontally from the south up cover cold air. The overrunning results in precipitation. Those same dynamics are at play here, but mesoscale (mid-scale) dynamics are at play that causes that overrunning area to have more energy than the air below it, resulting in overturning. A sounding from the model forecast above taken in southeast Massachusetts (where the red dot is) shows this. For the untrained eye, there are three things to see. Note the profile of "equivalent potential temperature" in the lower right. This is the temperature that the air would have if it was brought down to the ground and all the water vapor condensed. This should continue upward if the profile is stable. If it decreased with height, the air will want to convectively overturn and result in precipitation. Note the elevated unstable later around 800 mb pressure level, and a near surface instability area as well. This same unstable layer shows up in the Skew-T sounding in the middle of the page. The diagonal solid dash lines refer to lines of constant potential temperature, which are just subtly different from equivalent potential temperature -- just discounting the events of moisture. The green line is the dew point temperature, and red line is the air temperature. Where the red and green liens meet, the air is saturated. In the saturated layers, note the negative omega values in the bar plot in the lower left -- in dynamics omega is vertical velocity of an air parcel with respect to pressure. Negative omega means decreasing air air pressure and upward motion. Where the air is saturated is becomes buoyant and accelerates upward. Once the instability relaxes the upward motion slows. You can see this upward motions in the negative omega values in the two layers. The presence of these two unstable layers are likely due to two different mechanisms at play. The elevated, and stronger, unstable layer is the broad scale up-lifting. As snow falls from the upper layer into the lower, it will seed additional precipitation from the lower saturated level. This is a common situation with terrain-based enhancement and is know as seeder-feeder snowfall. S0o where does that leave us? The responsible NWS is showing a broad moderate snowfall, and that's the appropriate forecast at this time. Note that these maps don't accurately show expected terrain enhancements. The White Mountains will once again make out well from this storm. The global GFS guidance picks up on it, and the high resolution 3 km NAM really latches onto it. As previously discussed, convective dynamics are at play in this storm, and the global models do not have sufficient resolution to catch this. So give more credence to the NAM forecast in the lower plot. It's also worth noting that skiers may miss the real news worthy story. You'll hear talking heads on TV tossing around the B-word. That's a result of the strong winds being driven by the intense cold already in place that we're feeling when we go outside. The NAM is showing a taste of that. The heavier, wet snowfall in southeast Massachusetts couple with those strong winds could result in power outages. Those would be a big deal in this regime. We'll be returning to extreme cold on the backside of this storm. Those who lose power could be facing freezing pipes within hours of power loss. Temperatures will be diving sub-zero again across New England on Friday into Saturday. If you lose power, watch your pipes! So where to ski this weekend? Nowhere? Everywhere? Good luck. It's going to be damn cold. But the White Mountains will have the deepest snow pack in place, with depths in the high terrain approaching three feet. Secondary maximums are evident in the higher terrain of Vermont, but are not quite as deep, especially counting the water content of the snowpack which is helping to pad the New Hampshire numbers.
  38. 4 points
    Since I am studying abroad near Amsterdam Innsbruck is the easiest ski destination. Last week i saw a storm forecasted to drop 6 inches Wednesday so a booked a Thursday morning flight. Trip was 10/10, transportation aside, which I kept screwing up. Getting the Stubbaier Gletcher for the first powder day, was a 8 hour saga, listed bellow in steps. 2 in the only interesting one. 1. 3:45 am uber to the train station, 10 minuets 2. 4:00 am train. It had a bunch of drunk people and smelled like a frat house, I got some sleep on it. 3. 5:05. I get off the train and go strait to baggage check then security. total tame 15 minuets 4. Get breakfast and walk to the gate for 10 minuets. 5. wait for my 6:50 flight. 6. flight gets in at 8:50. half the time on the plane is spent in the airport including a 10 minuet delay 7. 8:50 Baggage claim and changing for skiing 30 minuets. 8. Bus downtown. 15 minuets. 9. put my bags in a train station locker. 10. bus to the Stubaier 1 hour. 11. Ride gondola to midstation where you rent skis at Stubiaer and get lunch start skiing at 12:00 First thing I knottiest are the massive mountains are inescapable, look at the airport! Stubaier is a massive ski area with 4500 vertical feet and 20 lifts, most either bubbles or gondolas. Lift ticket was about 53 USD with no discounts I could find. Glaciers go 1/3 of the way down. The first gondola is massive. They call it an S3 I guess becouse it has 3 cables. Turns out its the snow is actually KNEE DEEP. I spent a fair amount of time Thursday "in the white room." I also stoped on top of a 10 foot cliff and decided to just drop off it. Some people saw and laughed at me but whatever. Here there is a good view of the bubbles six pack. I guess I found where Greek peak gets its stock photos. Here are 2 of the most challenging run i did, under the 8 Pack. It served the my favorite terrain. The top of one of the glaciers. Around 2 it started to clear up. Here panorama is looking strait at the 8-pack and 2 more panoramas. I got last t bar to near the top of another glacier. I started this run at 4 and it took about 30 minuets. The mountain advertises this run at 10 km if you stick to a windy piste on the lower mountain. I did not and skied some more steeps. The sun started to set half way down, creating an alpine-glow effect and I had to give up my goggles to see. And that was day one. One of my favorite days skiing. Friday I took a bus to Axamer Lizum. I smaller ski area with 2600 vertical and only 3 lifts running that day which was there first of the season. One of them was essentially a railcar on a 45 degree angle called a funicular. This lift in practice is similar to a tram. This ski area is about the size of Jay peek with what is open with 2 more pods closed. One of them looked ver interesting, the other not so much. The day was bluebird and they had plenty of powder. Tickets were about 41 USD and the bus from Innsbruck was free. Terrain was awesome especialy if you did not let some rocks a short travers stop you from skiing some great terrain. The next peek over is normally list served but not on Friday unfortunately. Here you can see the city of Innsbruck. on the skiers right in this picture is an area that is easily accessed from the lift with a short traverse with some rocks and barbed wire at the top which i think stoped a lot of people. The terrain is great, though. The snow at Axium was not as deep but still pleant to cover all but a few rocks. Here you can see the Funicular. You could ski under it in many places but it went strait up the fall lin. There summit lodge is one of the coolest I have ever seen. Good pastries and beer, along with a deck. The walls were all glass but they came out bad in photos due to the contrast with the ceiling and floor. The next day i went to Schlick 2000 for there opening day, a third bluebird powder day. The place is about the size of Mount Ellen and has a 2 express chairs, one with a bubble, a gondola and a fixed grip all for 37 USD. This place was mostly bellow the tree line so I got some good tree skiing in but few pictures. At there umbrella bar at the end of the day I had a few drinks and figured out, Killington is the only East cost ski area they had heard of and it was due to the world cup. They find our lift ticket prices unbelievable. Sunday before my flight i returned to Stubaeir for one last day. This time bluebird with little powder. First pick you can see the bottom from the top. Some other Observations from the trip. Being a One final picture from the valley as I left Sunday on my way to the Airport. Taken near the base of Schlick. I skied a almost full day before my flight back to Amsterdam, and almost missed the 6:50 flight. University city Innsbruck has a lot of young people but the University nightlife tends to be more private so you mostly see them earlier in the night or at ski areas. Its also very pretty and worth walking around. This weekend they had there annual Christmas market, a good place to get food for dinner on the streets of the old city. Not speaking German can be a problem but I did not have trouble finding help. People seam much friendlier than there accent implies. One german girl I met on the bus made some jokes about how unfriendly their accent sounds. I also lacked good internet hence why I waited to post.
  39. 4 points
    We'll start by asking ourselves a question. Q: Has it snowed at all recently? A: Wow great question, someone who isn't me. How about 17" since Sunday? Not too shabby eh? Q: Meh. A: Dude seriously? That's pretty sweet. Q: Pics or it didn't happen. A: OK. How about this?
  40. 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.
  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
    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.
  43. 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.
  44. 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!
  45. 4 points
    Had the yearly probing the week. I am down 30-32 from my high last year. 10# more and I will be where I should be for size and frame. I think more would be better. Might be looking for new pants for the season.
  46. 4 points
    Hi Northeast Mountain Sports, Greetings from the Upper Valley. We wanted to give the forum an update on both mountain happenings and season pass pricing in case anything interests people. As far as passes, they will officially go on sale on 9/1 but they are available for purchase online now: https://www.whaleback.com/passes/ Early Bird pricing will be in effect between now and 9/30. We have some great benefits for pass holders: https://www.whaleback.com/season-pass-benefits/ Please note that as of this writing Magic and Ragged are not confirmed partners, but we are anticipating that will once again be. We are also likely going to be part of the Freedom Pass program this year – even more benefits for our pass holders. Pricing in general has come down a bit this year and we have added a new pass – the Young Adult Unlimited (18-29 years). For $249 you can ski and ride with us any day any time and also receive full partner mountain benefits. The Military pass has been extended to include not only active but all veterans. As for as mountain updates, this off-season has been and will continue to be extremely busy for us. We kicked off this spring with a comprehensive snowmaking system audit by a leading engineering firm in the industry. The results of that report, peer reviewed by another firm, has helped guide us towards improvements for this year and future: Snowmaking: - Our snowmaking pump house was levelled to the slab and is in the process of being rebuilt. The new building has more space, will be safer to operate and heat, and is being built to accommodate future pumps. - Our existing 250 HP pump motor was sent out for rebuilding – rewound with inverter duty windings, bearing replacements, baked, etc. - Our fixed speed drive is being replaced with a Variable Speed Drive and as such our manual pressure controls in the pump house are being eliminated. They were undersized for the volume and required much guesswork. New automatic pressure controls will allow us to pump 25-40% more water on the hill. - All on hill water distribution valves are either being replaced or rebuilt. This will help alleviate a lot of the pains for our crews in switching water between trails. - Our air cooler is being brought back online after being out of service for numerous years. Having this will allow us to cool our compressed air further in marginal temps to increase output. - We are adding fan gun plugs to the Scrimshaw/Canyon trails. These have large acreage and the fans will cover it quicker and more efficiently. - We are adding 2 additional Demac Lenko Titan 2 fans to our fleet, which will consist of 4 Titan 2.0 fans, 2 older ST 940 fans and 10 HKD viper air/water guns. We have never had this much equipment to utilize and the water to use much of in combination with each other. West Side T-Bar: - Forms for the towers began to arrive today and will be set in the holes early next week. We anticipate beginning to pour the forms mid next week. The lift is scheduled to be commissioned by the end of October. This is a very exciting project for us as it will allow for a more dependable opening for the season and increased terrain or our Learning Programs. All of the trails with exception of the glade serviced by the T-Bar will have lights and snowmaking. Much of which was last used 17 years ago. We are excited to bring this area of the mountain back to life. See you soon!
  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
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  49. 4 points
    I'm hopeful this forum will thrive and perhaps out-perform AZ at some point because it is being run by someone who is actually passionate about skiing, and who lives in the northeast and knows what is going on around here. If the owners of AZ wish to have a successful business and enjoy the return on their investment, they should actively participate in the forum and do what they can to increase and maintain traffic, rather than hope that the rest of us do the work for them. I hope that Bryan's hard work in creating this forum pays off, and that we can all enjoy having somewhere to talk to others who are equally obsessive out our favorite sports! (Sorry for the continued thread derailment. Sort of...!)
  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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