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  1. 3 points
    Here are some more: Sent from my iPhone using Northeast Mountain Sports
  2. 2 points
    Well the drive was long. Very long. Was it worth it? yes. Started my drive east of Cleveland at 4:30pm on Friday. Stopped driving at 2am. Slept in the back of the company mini van for 5 hours. In Marquette Mi in a Holiday inn parking lot. Got on the road after a starbucks stop at 7:15.pulled into the ski area at 9:20. Checked into the hostel and got dressed letting the snow soften up. At 10:30 got on the lift. The front was pretty melted out but the North backside had 2 feet of snow. Took 5 runs down through the haunted valley and then hit pirates cove and then one run down through the trees skiers left of the lift. That was scratchy but fun. Had a burger and 2 beers for lunch. Decided to hit the east side. Which parts were “closed” but were better than the front. The east lift was closed but they had a shuttle services from the road. Some runs need it even when that lift is running. Runs were steep in the bears den but were pretty flat through the upper parts of middle earth and outer limits. They get steeper near the bottom but were melted out. Here are the pictures. Sent from my iPhone using Northeast Mountain Sports
  3. 2 points
    Made a call to catch the last week for The new six pack with Fcksummer. Snowdon was showing a lot debris. Peak was still in good shape. Double Dipper was awesome. Best runs were off Superstar chair though. A few woods runs. Fresh snow was sticky in them though.
  4. 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.
  5. 2 points
    Above average for me. Probably 2nd best in the past 10 years (coming in behind 2010-2011). Part off that had to do with my light work schedule. That let me take advantage of some of the best days of the season which seemed to be mostly mid-week this year. I know from reading other reports and forums that there were 2 important attributes of this season that impacted whether you got the goods or not: 1) there was a big difference from North to South. Southern areas had a crappy year, while north had above average snowpack all season. 2) mid-week snow followed by weekend rain or cold. If you couldn't get out mid-week you may not have loved the season. I wrote some of these observations on another forum earlier in the season. I'll plagiarize myself: Some of the earliest openings ever for places like Wildcat etc. Got the season off to special start. Powder for Thanksgiving weekend brought some of the biggest opening weekend crowds I can recall. Powder continued till Dec 1st. Hardpack in most places throughout December, but N.VT getting refreshers all month. Despite the lack of snow, the base held up pretty well throughout December. So when the powder days started right back up at the beginning of 2019 everything became accessible very quickly. This continued to be a trend all season. We really kept a lot of snow and just continued to pile up. Tree skiing got difficult because you were up in the untrimmed branches. Sunday of MLK weekend was one of the busiest days I have ever seen at both Cannon and Loon. Pictures from around the internet showed absolutely insane lift lines at most New England ski areas. The timing of the well-forecasted storm on Sunday meant that it was easy for people to plan to come up for the weekend. Mid through late January was excellent. Several big storms on Wednesdays. Wednesday 1/9 was incredible with >14" at most areas. Wednesday 1/30 was one of the best powder days in memory across all of Northern New England. Feb wasn't amazing but there were some decent days. March 23rd was 20"-30" across Northern NH, VT, and ME. Absolutely bonkers powder day. Followed by bluebird Sunday on 3/24. Now we've finally managed to finally get a few spring days. I expect more considering how deep the base is still.
  6. 1 point
    Looks pretty cool. Would love to try those woods.
  7. 1 point
    My season was pretty good with a little bad. I'd give it a solid B. I had an A but and failed the midterm but I aced the final exam! Started out extremely well with October turns down Wildcat on natural snow. I managed to make it out to Dutch hill in early December on a great base. Skied Mount Snow the day before Thanksgiving, found fresh boot deep snow all over the place and had some sweet runs in the woods. Had a pretty epic two days at Smugglers Notch and Bolton Valley in early december with good friends. Probably two of the better December days I've ever had in the east. I had some great days with my son and daughter both together and separately. Took my daughter for her time at Wachusett in December and she had a blast. She also made some big improvements at the local hill and it really showed on our late season trip to Jay. My son and I did a sweet trip to the MRV mid March and found just fantastic condition all around. My son also did three IFSA events this season including the finals on the face chutes at Jay. I was pretty proud watching him compete. I had a solid stretch of skiing with both family and good friends including xwhaler from late February through early April. Skied 12 days up in vermont during that stretch and only a couple of the days were marginal. I finished the season at Jay Peak for a nice long weekend. The middle of the ski season sucked for me but the end made up for it. I only got a few powder days in and not enough spring corn days. I spent much of the heart of winter skiing groomers. But I got to ski with my family a ton so it was all that bad. For next year I want to be in better shape, pick a good preseason workout routine and stick with it. My goal is also to get back to airing things like rocks, jumps and cliffs. I have lost my confidence somewhere recently and I'd like to get it back. Maybe this is part of getting in better shape for me. I hope I can get out at least a few more times whether it is skinning or riding the lift at Killington but we will see what happens, not many days or snow left to ski!
  8. 1 point
    ^ Thanks for sharing! Thats a really interesting reflection on a lot of points. Hope your next season is even better with some summer conditioning.
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  10. 1 point
    Nice! I've always wanted to check that place out. Even more so now.
  11. 1 point
    Great reports Jim hope you enjoyed every moment. Sent from my Pixel 2 XL using Northeast Mountain Sports mobile app
  12. 1 point
    Good season for me, have about 40 ski days and hope to get 10-15 more before driving back east in May, but... This might be an opportunity to clear my chest about a few things on the more challenging side of a season spent in the west. I retired in Feb and immediately drove west for a three month stay. Had only 4 ski days back east by President's Day. I was in lousy shape and suffered a lot of aches and pains trying to ski myself into shape in my mid-60s. It's been great and super snowy, but doing much of my skiing on storm days at Snowbird was a harsh training ground. Between the challenging terrain there, frequent low-viz conditions, and aggressive type of skiers on the mtn, I often felt like I should "get out of the way old man." It's mostly me and my inabilities to blame, but also I think I need some new skis. One wimpy 80mm ski and one old 106mm ski isn't cutting it. Now I know why my son and other serious skiers out here have quivers of a half dozen skis or more. Now that spring has finally come the soft snow conditions on the groomers are comforting, but I can't forget how punishing the off-piste storm skiing was on my body last month. I rode a chair yesterday with a Utah veteran and told him some of this. He was encouraging and said it could take a few years to learn the mtn, the snow conditions, and environment so that you ski Snowbird efficiently and know best places to ski on different types of days. This includes knowing where the best snow is, dressing right, picking the best skis for the day, exerting energy when necessary, conserving when not, etc. And of course, building fitness gradually rather than intensely after sitting in an office cubicle the first half of the winter. I'm used to skiing in 50 yrd bursts, out here they ski in 500 yrd bursts. I'm used to lots of quick turns, out here fewer turns and high speeds. I'm used to elevation 2000 to 3000', out here it's 8000 to 12500' 🙂 I'm doing a lot of home improvement projects too so my rest days have not exactly been rest days. It's also been challenging to stay harmonious with my non-skiing wife who is accompanying me. She's the lead on a lot of home improvement stuff and I'm the laborer. We've done some fun non-ski and non-home improvement things together, but not enough. Snowbird on mid-winter snow days is crazy. Big traffic issues getting up the canyon and lots of competition for the goods on the hill. I took an early April trip to Telluride and Crested Butte and one of the things I most enjoyed about both places was the small crowds. Some of my most fun days in Utah have been when I connected and skied with visiting friends. But I don't really have any local friends to hang out with. I expect to spend a lot of time out here next winter too, so maybe that will develop. Even a winter in paradise has its challenges 🙂
  13. 1 point
    The season started as well as I could ever hope. Wildcat top-to-bottom nearly 100% skiable on October 27. And they stayed open for the season (at least weekends) from that point forward. Jay Peak was stellar in mid-December for my annual trip. There was crazy deep snow in St Anton for my trip. Whistler was a mixed bag (as it often is), but I'll take it. The Mount Washington Valley had about as much snow as I have ever seen there. 100% open lasted until the end. What was the season missing? There were no real day trip mid-week powder days at Crotched or Ragged. At this late April warm spell is bad. Sad!
  14. 1 point
    next batch of photos from Alta, UT 4/17
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  16. 1 point
    I had a above average year. I was out of work Jan through mid-March. i had a season pass to Cannon and got my use of it weekdays but also many good weekend days. Only 2 days at Cannon that weren't great. Had 2 other days that weren't great either at Smuggs and Stowe. Had a great early day at Magic and one at Wildcat. Killington Early season was okay.
  17. 1 point
    I think you hit it on the head with point #2. I've been noticing that as well. I'm sitting in my office mid-week seeing great conditions and then get that damn rain/thaw/freeze several times right before the weekend when I'm able to get up there. I feel like overall I skied less powder days (even mini powder days of just a quick couple inches overnight) this year compared to other years. Luckily I did get to ski a lot mid-week in December and of course I was able to take advantage of that epic 30" powder weekend in March. Point #2 is what prevents me from rating it higher than "Above average". On the plus side we weren't back to square one in late Feb like we were the prior couple seasons and I was able to ski glades far earlier and more consistently than other years (even after some of the freeze/thaws they still held up surprisingly well). However outside of that one big dump, March and April were somewhat disappointing compared to the past couple seasons (granted we really needed them the past couple seasons to avoid those seasons being a loss). Last year Castlerock made it to April 22 thanks to all the late season snow. This year it was done as of this past weekend even with the deep snow-pack we've had. I think that may also highlight the difference in snowpack between the upper and lower mountain however. Upper mountain still certainly seems deeper than normal meanwhile at the base it seems either close to normal or maybe even slightly below normal. Even this year in the spring it seems we're getting somewhat screwed many weekends either with rain and/or low clouds. Anyone that had a lot of flexibility absolutely could have rated this season as one of the best ever though and I could completely understand that. Some points further north may have also fared even better to allow that rating too (my personal rating is based primarily off the Sugarbush area). If I had to assign a grade, I'd probably put it in the B+ or maybe A- category. Eliminate those multiple late week thaw/freeze events though and it would have been at least an A if not A+.
  18. 1 point
    Pretty great season for me, my work schedule coincided with the best condition and storm periods to be home for. All in all, I think I hit 6 powder days starting in October (if you can count high elevation, low angle natural terrain as an actual powder day) with the big Nov 27th Powder Day at SR that skied like the calendar read Feb 27th and several more in January and February. Only hit one weak powder day on our trip to Utah, but for me that seems the norm when we head out west. Still a ton of skiing to go for me, Mammoth next week, then Killington til its gone. Wife wants to head back to CA, either Squaw or Mammoth for some July 4th turns since both say they will be open through to then at least so we can say we skied it then! Love her!
  19. 0 points
    Been at k since friday, snow loss is nauseating. June was looking definite a couple weeks back, lucky to make second half of may.
  20. 0 points
    I'm watching Wildcat melt out on the web cam. This hurts.

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