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  1. 8 points
    All the low angle stuff was incredi-balls. Got first tracks on Pixie, HOM, lower Red Line, and fresh tracks seemingly everywhere. Only about 50 people on the hill so still plenty of untouched until the afternoon. A little crusty/hard under some of the steeper terrain (Tali, Trick, HOM) but Up Your Sleeve, Medium, left side of Black Line, upper half of Broomstick, and lower section of Red Line were worth repeating (think I hit Up Your Sleeve 3-4 times). Could absolutely bomb down with no worries.
  2. 4 points
    Here's some footage from a few runs and bonus clip of @ABVat the end
  3. 4 points
    Passed my Level 1 today; this is what my wife had waiting for me when I got home.
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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!
  8. 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
  9. 3 points
    Don't piss off JimG.
  10. 3 points
    Problem addressed going forward....
  11. 3 points
    Well last Friday I made a pilgrimage to Treehouse. Waited my 1 and 1/2 hours to get my $100 case of beer. I got 6 different kinds. Haze, Julius. Jjjuliusss, Super Sap, Bright and Doppleganger. Only had the Haze and Julius so far. Both great - liked Haze a little more.
  12. 3 points
    Cold and dry yesterday. I decided to write off trees and ungroomed, brought only the frontside skis, and ran the groomed all day. Groomers were scratchy but still edgeable. An upside to a hard refreeze after rain is that the groomers can't develop ice moguls - it all just stays flat ice! [emoji38] I did one lap on middle Hard which was in better shape than I expected. It wouldn't surprise me if surfaces in the woods were in decent shape. Upper Hard, groomed. IDK if this is rare but it was my first time:
  13. 3 points
    After last week, a couple 2-4" events back to back will set things up very nicely. Should be some heavy wet stuff too. Won't get us back in the steep woods at Magic but will open most stuff up. Hoping the RGEM is off because Wednesday would mean an icy mess. Going to snow tonight until Thursday night lol Shave off 1/3 imo.
  14. 3 points
    View this giveaway Giveaway: Icelantic Oracle 88 skis Step up, ladies. This giveaway is for you. Icelantic Oracle 88 skis, 162 cm length. According to Icelantic: Rules: minimum of 10 posts to enter the giveaway. Get those posts in if you need them to enter. Raffle closes 12/15/18. Submitter Weatherman Expiration Date 2 months and 2 hours Submitted 10/15/2018 Category Skiing and Snowboarding Giveaways  
  15. 3 points
    I figured out what to do with that trouble spot on my back lawn...!
  16. 3 points
    Couple more Sent from my XT1254 using Northeast Mountain Sports mobile app
  17. 3 points
    How good is it? Cannon 3/16/18..
  18. 3 points
    Last week I received an inquiry from snowpak.com asking for our help compiling a list of the best ski resorts in Vermont. What say you all? Think we can put this together?
  19. 3 points
    Not sure if we have a dog thread yet. Her name is Alta, best guess is a lab/pit mix, great family dog. We got her from a rescue in Maine, apparently she was running alongside the interstate in Georgia, heartworm positive. She loves that stove.
  20. 3 points
    On Dec. 26, here's the answer about when Tenney expects to open: "Opening mid January... and includes ski, boarding and tubing... just no daycare or ski school or rentals - rentals will be provided by Plymouth Ski and Skate at their facility 10 minutes away..." Michael has been calling the initial season a "soft opening" for quite some time. They still have a Haul Rope inspection to complete. Expected within the next couple weeks.
  21. 3 points
    Seriously. If the lift lines hit 10 minutes I just go drink. Then again, if the lift line is non-existent sometimes I still go drink.
  22. 3 points
    Made snow all night, skied Jay Peak all morning, skied Stowe all afternoon. Not sure what I was thinking but it was pretty wild!
  23. 3 points
  24. 3 points
    I give this thing no love, yet it serves me better than anything else I own....
  25. 3 points
    AZ is also dominated by a couple of western skiers talking about eastern skiing. Eastern skiers reporting on their few glorious days out west is more than welcome. But if you've got Alta in your backyard STF about New England skiing.
  26. 2 points
    I know. Same with red-it. I don’t think these forums are dead yet. I think Facebook slowly dying though. I know a lot of people who deleted their Facebook and there are very few so maybe message boards will begin to grow if Facebook continues to shrink.
  27. 2 points
    Thoroughly enjoyed the season despite breaking a couple of ribs. Loads of good skiing, managed to hit a number of powder days, too. My best memory of 2018 would be in November after returning from flying from across the world, getting up at 5:30 am because I couldn't sleep due to time change, making a solid breakfast, and driving up to Wildcat on a whim for a powder day that I didn't even know had happened or was forecast.
  28. 2 points
    Yikes, I would think a woodstove would take a lot of extra lube! But if you prefer it, knock yourself out.
  29. 2 points
    @fcksummer first tracks.. Obviously very deep.... Traffic Jam....
  30. 2 points
    Change of Plans! Saturday: Cannon Sunday: Ragged
  31. 2 points
    It was due to the second half of the storm, Cannon got screwed during the initial setup due to wind direction. Once the winds swung around, Cannon cranked it up. Before Cannon opened on Wednesday, there was considerably more snow to the south of Cannon. Cannon and Wildcat do better with different storm setups, they have very different aspects and nearly by topography features. Ideal for Cannon is E/NE wind and S wind is game over. A Gulf of Maine bomb often means Cannon gets the most in the northeast. I am not as familiar with Wildcat's specifics but I often find that a big storm at Cannon doesn't necessarily mean a big storm at Wildcat and vice versa. Loon seemed to do well with this system, they do well with the southerly to northeast swing. So they picked up snow at the start of the storm that Cannon didn't get and then kept it cranking.
  32. 2 points
    First post here... Skiing magic for the first time 1/12 and 1/13. Where's the best place to watch the football games?
  33. 2 points
    Just transferred and started my 7 day dry hop on my IPA called Dead Wrong. Extremely hoppy NE style but without the haze which I just don't get as a homebrewer.
  34. 2 points
    Your not kidding !! Holy Crap ! I still cant believe I won ! My daughter will be very surprised !
  35. 2 points
    Great afternoon today at the wa with the family. Good base And they were making a ton across the mountain. Going to head up with my son tomorrow morning likely. If the weather continues to cooperate they should be close to 100% in a week or so
  36. 2 points
    I am usually the bug not the windshield
  37. 2 points
  38. 2 points
    Had a fantastic time on the water thanks to the Weatherman & Company. THe morning started with a ton of dense fog headed up on Rt16 to Conway. Despite me suggesting to the driver that he slow down due to staties, we got pulled over anyway. 3 minutes after a very professional stop, we were on our way with a small window to catch the river bus. We put in over by the jam stand where I promptly flipped my rig for the first time that day. Soaking wet, the first of many beers were cracked. After dodging a group of folks fly fishing, we rounded the corner and were greeted by a great view of Cathedral Ledge. We paddled, drank, and babbled about everything and nothing in particular. More views followed. We saw a squirrel swim, which, very few of us knew could happen. Sadly, mother nature did not demonstrate the circle of life and a hawk did not swoop in and pluck it out of the water. I managed to flip my kayak a second time and these outstanding people helped me gather up my yard sale (is there a technical term for that on the river vs the snow?), empty the water, and get back on track. Most folks were picking up trash along the way. This funnel was discovered floating in the water. Upon pulling it out (giggity), we found that it was a beer funnel attached to a highlighter pink dildo. Some bachelorette party must've been really sad to have lost such a treasure. We stopped for lunch on a beach near a very pretty bend in the river where much swimming, boozing, and relaxing was had. After this, the music got turned up and we joined the masses of tubers floating down the river. My memory got hazy, but there was also drunken mini golfing and a fire. Good times!!!
  39. 2 points
    Find a good instructor would be my advice. People on here may give you tips. But, until you have a toolkit, that advice probably won't make much sense or you'll find it difficult to implement. You need to get to a point that you can self diagnose your own issues before taking advice from an online community and trying to incorporate it into your skiing. Until then, you really don't have the kinetic awareness to incorporate tips, especially if you are in survival mode most of the time. An instructor can observe and provide you feedback and help you to develop your toolkit. Then you can go from there and really begin the mastery process. One great thing about Magic is that it has SO many great low angle natural snow trails since so much is left natural. You should certainly focus on developing your technique on lower angle slopes. That is basically walking before you run. Heart of Magician is an excellent low angle natural snow trail for working natural snow technique. Or any of the groomers that are left natural after a storm. One short coming of Magic is there really aren't any quality low angle bump fields... most of the lines that develop bumps are steeper. Twilight Zone might be a good option for developing bump skills at Magic. Though it is listed as a glade... there are hardly any trees remaining (I was stunned at the lack of trees this year... I remember there being so many more of them 10+ years ago). In any case, developing natural snow and bump skills really unlock the entire mountain for any skier. Then you just need to work on control at steeper pitches and after that you can get into the glades and then you have the whole mountain you can ski. But it all starts with bump technique. Good luck and keep us posted on your progress next season!
  40. 2 points
    Thanks for hosting and putting together a fantastic time. It was a perfect send off to the season!
  41. 2 points
  42. 2 points
    From my favorite store downtown, Brewtopia. Let's hear it for the great state of Maine!
  43. 2 points
    We had quite the crew at Cannon today, with a solid group of 13. Some demographics: - Ages: Teens x4, 20s x4, 30s x1, 40s x2, 50s x2 - Gender: M x10, F x3 - Gear: Skis x4, snowboard x9 - NMS representation: @puckit@ABV@fcksummer Coverage: very good across all trails and woods. Unfortunately too firm to get off of the groomers. Range of opinions about conditions:. “it's not that great” to “it's not that bad” to “it’s pretty good” Early morning conditions: 15-18 degrees. Clear and sunny. No wind. Well groomed everywhere. Very fast! Fun to carve the wide open groomers. Late morning conditions: low 20s. Clear and sunny. Conditions starting to soften. Still dominated by grooming, but some looser snow available on the edges. Afternoon conditions: low 20s. Thin overcast. Conditions firmed up with lack of sun. Hard pack, ice showing through. Increasingly sketchy. Overall a fun, fast day. Good company made it a longer day than I would have stuck with if I were solo. Grill, beer, etc were at least as good as the skiing. New snow could quickly change it from OK to Great! Loss of snow could quickly change it from OK to awful. Looking at 2-4” by tomorrow morning that could be a nice game changer.
  44. 2 points
    Drove to Jay today to do some runs, took one look at the parking lot and lifts and turned around. Waiting in huge lift lines to ski icy trails with hundreds of other people didn't sound too appealing today So I went home and effectively cross countried across my backyard to our hill to check it out. Wasn't expecting much to be left after the rain last week but I was pleasently surprised to find over 2 feet still on the trail! Hit the trail 3 times and scouted around to see where we want to clear out this summer and then took the hike back out. Overall wasn't that bad and much better coverage than Jays woods last week Picture
  45. 2 points
    OK, here is where we stand heading into the weekend: MA: Wachusett - 25 trails, 23 groomed, 112 acres, 6 lifts, 16.5" new snow - 100% open. Wachusett got the most snow out of any of the New England Max pass resorts from this last storm. They'll groom it all out by tomorrow, but should keep things nice there. NH: Loon - 60 trails, 40 groomed, 362 acres, 26 miles, 8 lifts, 9-13" new snow - Only thing not listed as open is the Undercut glade on South Peak. When I was there on Wednesday, it didn't look like it would take much to open, so I would expect that to be added to the roster soon. (As of 9:15, North Peak lift is listed as on wind hold, limiting access to Sunset, Upper Flume, Upper Walking Boss, and Upper Walking Boss woods.) Sunapee - 65 trails, 47 groomed, 229 acres, 18 miles, 11" new snow - The snow report says that they will be 100% open this weekend. Lift Line will open tomorrow, and is the only thing currently closed. VT: Killington - 149 trails, 69 groomed, 1472 acres, 63 miles, 9 lifts*, 12" new snow - *some more lifts are on hold due to wind and exposure. Over 90% open, just a few trails here and there are currently listed as closed. By far the most open terrain of all the New England Max Pass options by any metric (Trails, acres or miles). Pico - 57 trails, 18 groomed, 328 acres, 20 miles, 5 lifts, 12" new snow - Pico remains wide open. Okemo - 120 trails, 83 groomed, 664 acres, 14 lifts, 5-7" new snow - Okemo only has one trail (Triplesec) listed as closed at this time. Okemo and Stratton got significantly less snow from this storm than the rest of the New England Max Pass resorts. I wouldn't be surprised if that keeps crowds down there this weekend. (Though the cold should do quite a nice job of that on its own.) Stratton - 81 trails, 62 groomed, 564 acres, 9 lifts, 7" new snow - Stratton probably has the most terrain listed as closed of any of the VT Max Pass resorts at this time. I wonder why that is? ME: Sunday River - 105 trails, 65 groomed, 710 acres, 44 miles, 11 lifts, 12-13" new snow - The Maine resorts made out well from this storm, and I don't think it will be long before the remaining glades and trails open up at the River. Sugarloaf - 109 trails, 52 groomed, 535 acres, 47 miles, 9 lifts, 12" new snow - Sugarloaf has caught up nicely in open terrain, and I expect they will continue to expand. This weekend is going to be COLD out there, especially Saturday... But temps should moderate to more seasonable / reasonable next week. I'm going to try to take at least one day off and head for the hills, we'll see how things shake out. If you get out at all this weekend, post a trip report and link it here. I may shoot up to Wachusett for a bit on Sunday, but I'll probably sit out this weekend. -w
  46. 2 points
    Current New England Max Pass Resort Statuses: MA: Wachusett: 6 trails, 6 groomed, 4 lifts, 38 acres NH: Loon: 19 trails, 19 groomed, 2 lifts, 131 acres, 8 miles, 4" new snow Sunapee: 8 trails, 8 groomed, 2 lifts, 34 acres VT: Killington: 37 trails, 32 groomed, 7 lifts, 145 acres, 13 miles Pico: CLOSED Okemo: 22 trails, 22 groomed, 3 lifts, 149 acres Stratton: 26 trails, 26 groomed, 4 lifts, 117 acres ME: Sunday River: 18 trails, 18 groomed, 4 lifts, 105 acres, 7 miles Sugarloaf: 14 trails, 13 groomed, 5 lifts, 98 acres, 9 miles In terms of weekend expansion: Loon: Loon Mountain Park (no features yet) and Lower Flume (19 new acres) join the list of open trails today, Springboard is closed today for park build, but sounds like it should be open tomorrow. Kancamangus Quad is planned to open tomorrow, with some additional terrain, though I don't know what or how much. Having the other lodge open with lift services will be huge for crowd management reasons. Sunapee: The Sunbowl lift opens today, serving Upper, Middle & Lower Wingding (14 new acres), should spread the crowd out a good bit. Killington: Superstar & Skylark and the Superstar Express Quad are now open to the public post World Cup. Ramshead Quad also scheduled to open today (Ramshead lodge to open tomorrow). A total of 7 additional trails (35 new acres) are open today. (Caper, Easy Street, Skyelark - Upper & Lower, Superstar - Headwall, Middle & Lower are the ones I could come up with. This list may not be perfect). Okemo: No new terrain today, they are trying to get over to JG, but doesn't sound like it's on the cusp of happening yet. Stratton: New trails today: Get My Drift, Lower Switchback, Snow Bowl Alley, Upper and Lower Drifter, and Upper Slalom Glade. Tyrolienne Park opens today with 7 features. (7 new trails, 17 new acres) Mid-Mountain lodge open Saturday & Sunday as well. Sunday River: The Chondola makes it's debut for the season today, Escapade and Southway have joined the list of open trails (12 new acres). Tomorrow the White Cap Quad (AKA Tempest lift) opens, also the new Spruce Peak Triple is scheduled to open at 9AM (Swag for the first few chairs, if you're in the area). White Cap Quad means Road Runner should be open, and Spruce Peak Triple means at least Risky (don't know if AmEx is ready to go yet.) Sugarloaf: Sluice and Upper Narrow Gauge opened yesterday, today 1 new trail today, unsure which one (8 new acres), 1 new lift (Sawduster). Skidder and The Birches look to be next to open, hopefully this weekend.
  47. 2 points
    I got stuck in this 3 minute monster today. Sent from my [device_name] using http://Northeast Mountain Sports mobile app
  48. 2 points
    I believe we had BoomSauce on the Sugarloaf trip but damned if I can remember it !! My go too's right now are Tragically Hopped by Great North and Two juicy from Two Roads....also Call it a day from Moat was awesome and Damn Sure by Henniker brewing ! All Doubles with ABVs in the 8s..........surprise !
  49. 2 points
    With that beard, you should be on a no fly list.
  50. 2 points
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