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  1. 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.
    6 points
  2. 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.
    6 points
  3. God. Dammit. Christ. That is all.
    6 points
  4. 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
    5 points
  5. 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 Alb
    4 points
  6. I'm hanging in. To say that life is turned upside down would be understating dramatically. I stepped off my flight in Colorado a few weeks ago just as everything was going to shit. In the airport I was collecting my luggage on Saturday evening when I read the new that Vail was shutting down operations, including its HQ where I was supposed to start on Monday. I was lost. Sunday evening at 10pm I received news that I would not be starting that week as planned, but to sight tight and they would pay me in the interim. Wednesday of the next week they finally onboarded me remotely. The next morning
    4 points
  7. 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 Twil
    4 points
  8. Nice low key morning at Suicide 6 for the family $5 tickets thru Ace Ski Club was a no brainer Our 2nd visit here but like last March not much open. I'm sorta surprised a smaller hill with the apparent $$ resources that S6 has (owned by Woodstock Inn/Resort) would not have closer to 100% snowmaking The terrain we have skied in our 2 Vista has been fun but you can tell it's a rowdy little hill at 100% open. The tree skiing for a 650 vert hill looks pretty expansive. They run a mtn biking operation in the summer so the woods are well maintained Today was a mix of firm groomers and then by n
    4 points
  9. 4 points
  10. Jay, Smuggs, Stowe, Whiteface are all closer to my house and all just got a ton of fresh snow. All skiing great I’m sure. But this trip was a true adventure to somewhere I’ve always wanted to check out. I checked the reports and Snow Ridge got 24” by closing time Friday and it was still snowing. I had made no alternative plans so I went for it. They got a storm total of 29”. The LES skied incredibly well, as good as any snow I’ve ever skied east or west. Truly the most wonderful part of the whole experience. Even the chopped up crud skied extremely well. From 9-1pm I found fresh
    4 points
  11. Nice sharing some turns, Cannonballer! Hard to believe this was a vacation week powder day (on a NH Res day, no less!). Less croweded than an average non-holiday non-powder day weekend. Ski on lifts all day, no tram wait. Nice and surfy turns. Just enough wind buff to make eight inches feel bottomless, but still buttery soft and smooth. Most fun I've had on skis this season. Groomers looked to be variable scraped wind blown or drifted with tremendous variance even on the same trail. I imagine the average intermediate level vacationing family was less than impressed with the storm.
    4 points
  12. 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
    4 points
  13. Ugh! We'll be there (with the MLK masses) this weekend. Cannon in recovery state + crowds of people who don't ski very often = early days and lots of alcohol! Thanks for the report.
    4 points
  14. 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.
    4 points
  15. The first freeze of the season at Mt Washington
    3 points
  16. As some on here know I have a very fond spot in my heart for Saddleback. My wife and I were passholders there for 2 yrs while in grad school (pre kids) and we had a seasonal cabin on Rangeley Lake. Every wknd we would drive up from Seacoast NH for 2-3 days of skiing. It's a long haul up there but no place in New England has ever captured me the way Saddleback and the Rangeley Lakes region has. We have since done summer trips up there since the mtn closed but of course we want the mtn back. It's been sad/frustrating watching a glorious big mtn sit idle since April of 2015 but finally it se
    3 points
  17. What Virus? Old Saddleback Chair is down.
    3 points
  18. I may have to go up north. I need to give the liver sometime social distancing from the beers in the house.
    3 points
  19. Since there are no trip reports coming in for the rest of the season, let's just turn this into some 'best of' reports. Here's a day I hit Cannon for some freshies then headed over to Bretton Woods to catch @ABV for even more freshies. 2015 so it pre-dates this forum enough that I'm sure it hasn't been posted before.
    3 points
  20. So much has happened since I last posted in this thread! In early March 2020 I got in some good skiing at Snowbird, UT: I also met some friends at Brighton one day: My last day of lift served skiing was Friday the 13th with friends at Solitude, UT. I am still holding out hope that Snowbird will reopen perhaps sometime in April? I went snowshoeing in BCC with my wife on St. Paddy's Day: A few days later I hiked to a waterfall in Heughs Canyon near Holladay, UT: Upbeat article about
    3 points
  21. A little piece of heaven right here... Sent from my iPhone using Northeast Mountain Sports
    3 points
  22. Hijacking @Cannonballer's thread for live updates but requesting that people upload pictures when they are out and about as well as quick text updates. I plan to re-post the pictures on various social platforms to see if that garners some additional traffic so I'd really appreciate it as I think people would find it useful.
    3 points
  23. Might be the most important thread on the website moving forward
    3 points
  24. Endless Visibility this AM at Cannon Hardpack but edgeable. Low crowds Fun AM with my family and @PuckIt Sent from my moto g(6) using Northeast Mountain Sports mobile app
    3 points
  25. Shit's getting real Sent from my XT1635-01 using Northeast Mountain Sports mobile app
    3 points
  26. At Cannon fish and game stole my parking spot. What they were doing would let you know the conditions today. They were practicing alpine rescue on zoomer. Ice axes, ice screws, snow stakes and misc climbing gear. Sent from my iPhone using Northeast Mountain Sports
    3 points
  27. Pictures are all fixed. Lesson of the day is that its better to save and upload your Google Photos pictures directly to the site instead of trying to embed them from Google's server. Now back to your regularly scheduled thread.
    3 points
  28. Hmmm.... On Saturday I had a really sweet XC ski at Greenwoodlands. As far as snowboarding goes, my run of the week was on Sunday at 10:30am when I ran away from Cannon as fast as I could!
    3 points
  29. Went to hills farmstead this past week. Wow that place is out in the middle of know where but so worth the drive. Damn they make great beer! Sent from my iPhone using Northeast Mountain Sports
    3 points
  30. 3 points
  31. Thanks to @Weatherman and @fcksummer for the efforts.
    3 points
  32. Cannon 2/16 Crowds: Yes, there were holiday crowds but actually less than MLK Sunday, and even less than the Sat after MLK. Crowds were felt more on the slopes then in the lines. Lines weren't terrible, but Joey-ville on the trails. Temp: it was about 20-25 degrees warmer than yesterday but felt about 10 degrees colder. The sun and lack of wind on Saturday made the single-digit temps comfortable. Today was cloudy, windy and raw. Conditions: still good stuff everywhere. Getting skied off in usual places mid-day. Goods in the woods.
    3 points
  33. Just so I stop seeing the picture of a broken toe on my phone I am uploading a random picture from Cannons website
    3 points
  34. I've experienced a few of these spots and posted photos below. I interpret this topic as more of: what are some of the most memorable places or runs you've experienced in the Northeast? THE OLYMPIC TRAILS AT WHITEFACE I'd agree that Whiteface is really special because of the big mountain feel of the place compared to a lot of eastern ski areas. THE SINGLE CHAIR, MAD RIVER GLEN Another good one. It's not just that the single chair is a cool antique, but THE TERRAIN it serves is challenging and beautiful, featuring some of the best tree skiing anywhere and fun,
    3 points
  35. Yes, half full Sent from my moto g(6) using Northeast Mountain Sports mobile app
    3 points
  36. As a Sugarloaf Ambassador, I will be skiing there this weekend. Despite the recent rain, I know they got several inches of snow, have good snowmaking weather and a bit more falling tonight. This weekend the temps & weather will be excellent so I’m looking forward to it despite early season limited terrain. Take a look at their webcams if you’re on the fence. https://www.sugarloaf.com/conditions-and-cams
    3 points
  37. Even skiers that can ski Big Link with finesse often avoid it when it becomes a sheet of ice. Just because you can ski Big Link without issue doesn't make it any more enjoyable. I did that on Sunday... when I got tired of navigating Big Link, it didn't matter how good Vista and Tramway were skiing, it was time to avoid the upper mountain. Easy Link should be open by next weekend, though that suffers similar problems just on a smaller scale. You can stick to the other side of the Cannonball as well (Taft, Ravine, Skylight, etc.) to avoid the Links and have Spookie or Mid Ravine for the ski ou
    3 points
  38. Skied this morning with @hrstrat57 for 2 ½ hours. Great start to the season. Some lift issues at first, but the skiing was great.
    3 points
  39. Snowshoeing in Grand Teton NP, WY, Feb 2020.
    2 points
  40. 3 May 2020: No home improvement work today, all fun. Took bike ride in AM around Hidden Valley Park in Sandy City, UT. This was 90 minutes of mixed trails from wide asphalt, to narrow dirt, to everything in between. They have relaxed the stay at home order here on May 1 and you can now recreate beyond your own county. In the PM I took about a 100 mile scenic car ride with my wife to Provo Canyon. A lot of plants are blooming. Temps were again above 70 degs today. Hidden Valley Park: Closer to the Hidden Valley watershed. I took a walk over this nearby bri
    2 points
  41. Rarely post here but we went out for a great day at Loon on Monday. Warmed up to the 60s with great spring conditions, slopes never got mushy. Main complaint is with the card readers, seems like one has to go through gyrations in order to get the cards to be read. Same or similar system at Wachusett and I haven't had any real problems there.
    2 points
  42. Wildcat got the lifts running by late morning yesterday. Can confirm that conditions are the bar were quiet, but we gave it our best.
    2 points
  43. Wanted to start the discussion about our annual spring gathering at Wildcat. The past few yrs have been a ton of fun and it's always a great way to see old ski friends, meet new ones and wind down the season with turns, food, drink. Last yr Wildcat was 100% open and absolutely awesome We're looking at Saturday April 18th this yr. Easter is Sunday April 12th so we felt best to avoid that wknd. Lift Tickets: Currently available on Wildcat site for $31 Lodging: We can secure lodging at one of the ski clubs in North Conway. $25/night bring your own sleeping bag/pillow. The 3 t
    2 points
  44. Good report. The flat light today made the groomers less enjoyable but the woods were still great.
    2 points
  45. My Cannon Report: The delayed lifts on Saturday made things less pleasant, but the lines weren't bad after 10/10:30 when they got the peabody open. We did a few laps on the Eagle, one on Zoomer (and realized our mistake there), and then headed over to Mittersill. Mittersill was really nice, with tons of powder on lift line, and enough snow on the groomed trails to keep from slipping (though there was still a surprising amount of ice!). After lunch all the lines died down and we could everything without a wait, but were surprised by the number of closed trails! On Saturday Profile was
    2 points
  46. Thank you Jake. Even though I don't snow board, you changed snow sports for the better.
    2 points



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