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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
    With the warm weather and lack of crowds I decided to take our 6-month old out for a little sliding yesterday. Have an pretty amazing carrier system I have been waiting to use. Clearly I was not going to go stomping moguls and she has been supporting her head since day 1. Took about 1:10 to skin to the top of Magic via Carpet-Sleeve and was brutal with an extra 30 pounds on the back plus my first real skinning trip of the year. She slept the entire way up. Then did some soft, easy turns down Trick to Wishbone, Wand, and lower Red Line. Did a couple other laps (Magician to Black Line) and Twilight. Magician and Twi were still hard pack. Even with the warmth today the lack of sun and freezing temps should keep some natural stuff for next weekend.She had a blast. However, either day light savings or the skiing had her up all last night chatting. video-1583758751.mp4
  23. 4 points
  24. 4 points
    It's always kind of funny to me the way that Bretton Woods consistently scoops first to open in New Hampshire. The massive NH player, Loon, rarely ever tries to go early. Boyne gets their cred with Sunday River. Cannon is stuck in its state-run, fiscal-year, budget-plan, whatever. Wildcat, which should be the major player, hems and haws about getting it or not each year. So BW takes the honors again. And for free/charity. The noon opening saw about four rows of cars in the parking lot and a half full ski rack outside the lodge. Opening bell had about 30 people waiting for the chair to spin. I was maybe 8-10 chairs back but jumped up to the third when I realized that people were loading in 2s and 3s. Range View was the only open trail. Conditions felt like Mid-winter. Typical of BW, the center 3/4ths was groomed, with generous ungrounded on both sides. The 10 degree temps and blazing guns sent everyone inside quickly. It was ski-on by 2nd run. For me it was a great way to kick it off.
  25. 4 points
    I was able to get a few picks of Xwhaler and MrsWeatherman. What a great day. Perfect ending of the season !!!
  26. 4 points
    Passed my Level 1 today; this is what my wife had waiting for me when I got home.
  27. 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 !!!
  28. 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.
  29. 4 points
    Free the trees. Picture dump from 3/4
  30. 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.
  31. 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
  32. 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
  33. 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
  34. 4 points
  35. 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.
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. 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.
  39. 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!
  40. 4 points
    Great to meet you today. Will be back tomorrow and will try not to say inappropriate things to your teen.
  41. 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
  42. 4 points
  43. 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.
  44. 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.
  45. 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!
  46. 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.
  47. 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!
  48. 4 points
    Apparently I do at least I think Flying Yeti figured it out. I actually want to say - if I really hurt people's feelings that is not the intention. I will admit the winter has been consist here - firm days in March for sure and at time was not the best but all in all I have been happy. I live the east vicariously though all of you and I do miss skiing with some who have said some harsh words. I have tried to participate knowing how things can be back east. I think many of you took offense. I wanted to share my experience but apparently that has been too much. In this forum I will not talk about things in Colorado unless asked. I see that many of you had a pretty awesome winter minus a few set backs for some while other overcame - good for them. In particular the Wildcat crew. Sounds like you all killed it. I hope to get back there from time to time. But I am here to stay. There really isn't a forum here that is quite like this or AZ. That is good on you all. I am not a western snob. Skiing is skiing no matter where and the experience is unique to each of us. No single mountain can change that. I hope that you all have a great season in 2017-2018. And those who hit Killington, I hope June 1st is in the cards. I have wanted that for the past 5 years. Sent from my SM-G930P using Northeast Mountain Sports mobile app
  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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