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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
    I have a new shirt Sent from my iPhone using Northeast Mountain Sports
  9. 6 points
  10. 5 points
    It was a good day.
  11. 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
  12. 5 points
  13. 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
  14. 5 points
    Cannon is currently DEEP. @fcksummer found it
  15. 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.
  16. 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!!
  17. 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.
  18. 5 points
    Mostly we talk about shoes, boys, and how hard math is.
  19. 4 points
    2/20/19 Westward Ho. I've started another long western ski trip. This time, if all goes as planned, I won't return home until grass mowing season. My wife and I drove out from the East a few days ago. Luvin' the Beavers at Arapahoe Basin: the first place I skied on the trip was a three hour session at Arapahoe Basin on 2/19/19. I only had a few hours before moving on and my express goal was to ski the new Beavers Lift with its 1501' vertical. I spent my entire time skiing the terrain served by this lift (about 8 or 9 runs, I'm slow) and it's a fantastic addition to the ski area. I already love A-Basin, but it's always been a tough place to visit on a cloudy, low visibility day. Which is exactly what yesterday was. But the tree lined groomers and extensive/varied glades of the Beavers is the perfect solution for that kind of day. All the terrain in the Beavers is dark blue or single to double black diamond. I did not ski the adjacent and also new Steep Gullies area because it is extreme tree skiing terrain and requires a long hike out and I'm an old guy on my first day at altitude. Here are a few pictures which I hope will convey some of the super nice tree skiing in the Beavers. A-Basin base lodge, it was a cloudy day with poor visibility on the wide open terrain. The open bowls near the top of the ski area around the Lenawee mtn chair were pretty tough, not quite white out, but close. And not so fun to ski as a result. I made an immediate beeline to The Beavers terrain pod. It starts out above treeline for a few hundred vertical. This is the upper lift line, great snow and good skiing down this and on either side. There are only really two groomers back here. This is Loafer to the lookers right or skier's left of the chair line. That pitch under the chair is real steep and so is that part of the groomer where the lone skier is. This is Davis to skier's right of the lift line. Both runs turn very dark blue for the last 500' of vert. You can see very friendly glades all around. Moi above a very aptly named glade. There is a lot of nicely spaced tree skiing and fair amount of it is only single black pitch. This glade to the right and lower on the hill is steeper and is called Baily Bros Bailey Bros again. Real pretty back here. Changing subject, This is where I skied today, guess where. I'll try to make periodic posts here. Love the easy way you can post photos on this site! Thanks!
  20. 4 points
    . Sent from my moto g(6) using Northeast Mountain Sports mobile app
  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
    Spin off of @Cannonballer's thread about wind direction. Figured it might be helpful in the future to log when our mountains have wind holds so we have a database to reference back to. Please use the following template- Mountain: Lift(s) Impacted: Wind Speed: Wind Direction:
  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
    So, I shared a link for the Ride and Ski Card on Facebook. Because people used my link I earned $50 on Rush49. Figured I’d share the wealth and gifted 2 Cards. I’m 3 referrals away from a 3rd gift for someone that’s asked for one. If you’re considering buying one, here’s a link. It’s a win for you and someone else! https://rush49.com/invite/Catherine_.Bloomer_3274608294
  27. 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
  28. 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
  29. 4 points
  30. 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.
  31. 4 points
    Managed to finally align some free time with perfect weather for 3 great days of riding. Kicked it off on Friday afternoon with a tough grind at PRKR MTN in Littleton, NH. The trails here are mostly very new and still need some time to fully settle in, but the potential is terrific. The upper portions all include up, up, up. We ended up doing over 1,100' of climbing. The payoff is great views and fun descents. In 2.5 hours we only saw 2 other riders. That lack of activity makes the wildlife pretty comfortable I guess because we had a big ol black bear run into the trail right in front of us!!! We spent the rest of the ride making a lot of noise! The vista point at the top is probably pretty amazing, the Presidentials are right there in front of you, but smoke/haze from the California wildfires obscured the view (pretty crazy!). Like all visits to Littleton, it ended at Schillings Next up was Kingdom Trails. I rented a Transition Smuggler to give myself a break from lugging the fat bike up climbs. Such a sweet ride. I almost left $4,000 poorer! KT was as crowded as I have ever seen it. Literally hundreds of riders on the trails. Most of my past visits there have been first thing Sunday morning, whereas this ride was mid-day Saturday. I think I'll be going back to the Sunday schedule. Honestly though the place handles the crowds well and it was no big deal. We ended the ride with obligatory beers at the Tiki Bar in East Burke. After leaving the Tiki Bar we cruised over to Bethlehem, NH to talk with Ian and Marlaina who are at the core of the scene in that town. They recently opened rek'•lis brewing company and are also the ones hand-building the MTB trail network that basically starts and ends at the brewery. It's clear that they are taking a page from the success at Kingdom Trails. Given their enthusiasm it seems almost guaranteed that they are going to knock this one out of the park. The trails aren't quite ready for prime time, but the brewery sure it! Killer Burritos!!! Sunday morning was a little rough after all the riding and beer stops from the day before. We ended up taking it easy with a couple of recovery rides along the Kanc. This included my first trip up to Franconia Falls. What a great spot for swimming in the Pemi on a hot day! Now I just need to get my legs to work again.
  32. 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.
  33. 4 points
    Second chair, first tracks on wildcat
  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
    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
  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
    Fuck, that's why they make Fresh Cut and Founders All Day IPA!! Session beers FTW Sent from my [device_name] using http://Northeast Mountain Sports mobile app
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  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
    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.
  42. 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!
  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
    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.
  45. 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!
  46. 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
  47. 4 points
  48. 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...!)
  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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