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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
    It's time for the official announcement: I need to step down from managing this site. I've accepted a new full-time job with Vail Resorts, and continued operation of this site would be a conflict of interest. I'll be moving to Colorado in a couple weeks, so now is the time to make the transfer. @fcksummer has volunteered to take over. He has my gratitude for ensuring the continued success of this site. Let's all thank him for stepping up. Thank you all for the years of dedicated traffic, and if you're in Colorado, hit me up.
  9. 6 points
    I just saw they are purchased HSQ from Doppelmayr. It will have a 2,400 people per hour capacity. I assume it will be installed over the summer.
  10. 6 points
    God. Dammit. Christ. That is all.
  11. 6 points
    I have a new shirt Sent from my iPhone using Northeast Mountain Sports
  12. 6 points
  13. 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
  14. 5 points
    It was a good day.
  15. 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
  16. 5 points
  17. 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
  18. 5 points
    Cannon is currently DEEP. @fcksummer found it
  19. 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.
  20. 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!!
  21. 5 points
    Mostly we talk about shoes, boys, and how hard math is.
  22. 4 points
    Let me know if you can't see photos. Thanks. 2 APR 20, My son the veteran took me the rookie for a bit of skinning action today in Little Cottonwood Canyon at Alta, UT.I've done downhill skiing for over 50 years and dabbled in cross-country skiing and snowshoeing for almost as long. But this was my first day of skinning in alpine touring equipment. I used my own downhill boots and an extra pair of downhill skis (Volkl Ones, 186cms length, 116mm width) with AT bindings that my son loaned me. He set me up with a pretty heavy rig, but we only did two climbs at Alta; 1) to the top of the Albion Double Chair liftline, and 2) a shorter, but steeper climb from the Wildcat Base to Lower Rustler. It was a beautiful day on the mountain with blue skies and about 4-5" of new snow. There might have been a hundred cars in the Albion lot, but people were very dispersed and trail traffic was light. For our climb up the Albion liftline I saw about three skiers, two snowshoers, one hiker, and two tobogganers.The veteran and the rookie. This is what it's all about! And good motivation during our first climb. The veteran displays his climbing technique. Devil's Castle is still there. What a beautiful day! Albion liftline skiing. View from Wildcat Base. We climbed up the intermediate run to right a short way and then caught lower Rustler to left. This photo gives a sense of the number of cars in the parking lot beside the Goldminer's Daughter Lodge at about 1PM. Traversing over to Lower Rustler. Mission accomplished. It was sad driving by a very lonely looking Snowbird resort. My conclusion about skinning is that it's a whole lot of shuffling for relatively little schussing. But skiing is skiing and it felt good to get out there 20 days after my last lift served day Bonus shot my son took of me:
  23. 4 points
    Not really much of a story to tell, more just an update for people who are thinking about the weekend. Northern Vermont got the backend snow the past few days, NH didn't. It's all man-made and groomers here at Cannon. Within that reality it's not actually that bad. They have done a good job blowing snow the past few weeks. Last week they were just pouring it on everywhere. This week they are being strategic about the places that need it most. Today was refreshingly sunny. The next two days look like they might be the same but even warmer. I get bored pretty quickly on groomers, but some sun and mild temps can hold my interest for a while. Some pics from today. The guns strategically blazing, Parkway getting some tilling before shaping (?), and a rare view across the Notch.
  24. 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!
  25. 4 points
    Passed my Level 1 today; this is what my wife had waiting for me when I got home.
  26. 4 points
    Free the trees. Picture dump from 3/4
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. 4 points
    I'm a regular recreational marijuana user and have been since my early teens. With that as my point of reference here is some of my personal experience on the topics in this thread (plus some others). Legalization will not change my level of consumption. I use a little bit a few times a week. Usually after dinner when I'm trying to relax and tune out my work world that is constantly buzzing in my head. It helps me sleep, which I otherwise don't do very well. I also smoke sometimes while hiking and snowboarding, but not every time. Once again, it helps me relax and focus on riding instead of having work problems creep into my head like they tend to do. The fact that it's now legal doesn't make me desire to use in new ways and/or at new times. The only thing that legalization might change for me is that I might be more open to talking about pot use. Such as writing this whole post! I don't drive high. Part of the appeal of pot for me is that it turns my brain partially off. I've done some pretty dumb things when high. So I don't drive high. Nobody should. It's not a gateway drug. I smoked pot for the first time when I was in the 6th grade. In the ~37 years since then I've never done any other drugs except alcohol. It's healthier than alcohol. Yes, there are some negative health issues related with pot but they are far less than alcohol. It doesn't make you braindead, burnt-out, or any of the other stereotypical connotations. As mentioned above, I've used pot for almost 40 years. I used it when I was putting myself through college while working 3 jobs and maintaining a 4.0 GPA. I used it when I was in graduate school. I used it while running several of my own successful businesses. I still use it while working two stressful jobs and juggling a host of community volunteer obligations. Many of the smartest and most successful people I know are regular users. I like legalization for a bunch of reasons: 1) I'm a 48 year old, 26 year married, home owning, professional, hard-working, generally law-abiding guy. Being a "criminal" is not really something I like to include on that list. 2) I'd rather buy from a legitimate, permitted, monitored, inspected local business vs 'some guy'. It's safer and I'd rather see my money spent on a legit local business. 3) I love to garden and being able to add a couple of pot plants to my garden is just fun and enjoyable. It's the highlight of my garden this year. 4) I like the tax benefit to my community. I've never been much of a pot advocate. I've always just used it for my own purposes and kept it to myself. But the increasing move towards legalization makes me happy for all of the reasons above. So I feel like it's worth adding my personal experience as someone who benefits. I'm sure there will be disagreement with some of this. I'm more than happy have a friendly discussion about it. That's the point right!? Edit: One more thing. I never have and never would advocate that someone who isn't into pot should be into it. It's definitely very much a personal choice. To me the biggest benefit of legalization is that it makes it a two-way street of personal choice.
  32. 4 points
    I think you guys should all check out the new Okemoisepic.com
  33. 4 points
    Yea, I completely see and agree with this point. The model of teaching skiing is definitely flawed (IMO) and there are major differences between run of the mill instructors that aren't very helpful even after a season of lessons and those that can transform your skiing overnight with a single lesson and a few drills. I was fortunate to have found good instruction on a race team in college after not receiving good instruction on a high school race program nor in any previous lessons that got me to successfully parallel groomers but little else. That instruction didn't transform me overnight but it gave me a toolkit to work with and from there I was able to get off the groomers and enjoy natural snow by applying the fundamentals in the toolkit and adapting through trial and error to various conditions. It took a few years after I committed to getting off the groomers before I become a true "ski anything" type skier. But once you get that toolkit and the desire to develop, you are only limited by how much you want to apply yourself to developing. Getting that toolkit from the right instructor can be challenging, I was pretty fortunate to stumble upon it at the right time and place. After that, I just watched and followed other skiers and adapted my fundamental toolkit to new terrain and conditions. The day that changed my trajectory as a skier is forever etched in my memories... I was a groomer only skier and I skied down Lower Lynx at Wildcat when I came to the intersection with Lower Catenary (which is a short but steepish pitch that was very well moguled). I was about to swing back around via the groomer when I saw a ripping skier come down through the bumps. It looked fun. I said if she can do that, I can do that. So I went for it. I watched how she moved and I tried to copy. I sucked pretty bad to start but you get there if you keep trying. Find someone to imitate, study their movements, and copy. But I think starting with that fundamental toolkit is essential.
  34. 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.
  35. 4 points
    Second chair, first tracks on wildcat
  36. 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!
  37. 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.
  38. 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
  39. 4 points
    Great to meet you today. Will be back tomorrow and will try not to say inappropriate things to your teen.
  40. 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
  41. 4 points
    Cannon was very good today, hardly anyone there. But enough to clear out most of the fresh tracks by noon, so I wouldn't expect Weds to be epic unless the snow machine keeps going overnight. We'll see, I'm heading to Jay tomorrow myself. The Upper mountain did very well from this storm. Vista was skiing excellent edge to edge. I can't remember the last time I've blasted straight down the middle or hugged skier's right of Vista rather than staying skier's left. Tramway was nice (especially skier's right), Upper Cannon was nice, skier's right of Profile looked nice but I never got to it (under the lift wasn't roped off, that was nice to see). Upper Ravine was frozen hard pack, the new snow wasn't sticking there. Guns were going on Skylight/Taft which were not open. Definitely a good day to ride the Cannonball lift, winds were ripping only at the very top but overall the ride was better than the Peabody for most of the ride, and actually peaceful for the first 2/3 of the ride. Extension had really nice snow skier's right but still some junk in there. I wasn't impressed with Zoomer skier's right, the Upper Mountain was better so I only took one lap on the Zoomer lift. Seemed like the Front Five area under performed for this storm and the Upper Mountain over performed in weird areas that usually aren't favored. I don't think any new trails will open tomorrow (Weds) unless the snow keeps going overnight. The report says Skylight and Taft were opened (report updated 11:45am) but they were roped when I was there, so I guess you can count those two as new trails but they'll be whaled due to snowmaking, not opening due to natural snow. Maybe they'll get Upper Hard going too, that can open with minimum natural. But given the weird wind and snow deposit patterns, perhaps not since the new snow wasn't sticking to Upper Ravine at all. Overall, great skiing but not epic. Tomorrow at Jay is probably going to be epic, with some hiking involved to make it so.
  42. 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.
  43. 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.
  44. 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!
  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
    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!
  48. 4 points
  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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