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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 5 points
  4. 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
  5. 4 points
    This MLK weekend promises to be a great one for the New England skier. We're facing a sizable snowstorm Saturday night through Sunday. Look for widespread accumulations of a foot or more across ski country. Amounts will be highest in the White Mountains and southern Vermont, with less amounts as you move north into Vermont. Cutting to the chase, here are the latest snowfall forecasts from the National Weather Service. I think those amounts look like a decent guess for New Hampshire and Maine, but are overdone in Vermont. Yesterday's guidance was putting on crazy numbers over New England. For that reason I held off issuing a forecast until today when a more realistic picture has emerged. The most stable story so far as come from the European's model ensemble average. As ensemble is the same model run over and over with slightly different conditions and averaging the results, which gives a broad expected value. For a while now the European ensemble has been showing an average snowfall of about 15". As much as I'd like to drone on about the snow, I think that misses the main story of this storm. There will be plenty of cold air pouring into New England which should ensure snow in ski country, but it creates a strong frontal boundary across southern New England and coastal regions. The headline maker in this storm very well may be significant ice accumulation along the coastal front. The both the GFS and European model show this clearly. Below is a model forecast for Sunday afternoon from the GFS, and a total accumulated freezing rain from the ECMWF. Both models show a band of heavy icing across southern New England. This would lead to widespread power outages. However, I think the story may not be quite so dire. Especially considering it is a few days in advance, I think the models are underestimating the cold air at the surface. Surface temperatures just west of Boston look to stay in the teens throughout Sunday. Not only will the preceding air be cold, there are strong signs of this cold air reinforcement in the model vertical profile. Note the winds out of the north and northeast at the lowest altitudes. This should be cold enough and deep enough to yield sleet rather than freezing rain, but we'll need to revisit this as the day approaches. But if you're reading this, you probably care more about skiable snow totals. The easiest statement I can make is that I expect a little over an inch of liquid equivalent precipitation across much of the region. The storm is so progressive (quick moving, positively tilted, nearly open low) that it's hard to imagine much more than this inland of the coastal front. How this translates into snowfall depends strongly on the snow-to-liquid ration (i.e., the fluff factor). A rule of thumb of 10:1 ratio suggests a broadly distributed accumulation of 12-15" consistent with the weather service's forecast for NH and ME. You can see this in the latest mesoscale guidance if you ignore the numbers over southern New England where sleet will likely keep numbers way down. But what about if the snow is fluffier? This possibility is supported by the surface temperatures in the teens. That's plenty cold enough for ratios up to 20:1, assuming that those temperatures are maintained in the snow growth zones aloft. Using the same liquid equivalent precipitation and allowing for the ratios to vary with the surface temperature you forecast accumulations close to two feet in northern New England, and greatly reduced accumulations in southern New England. The fluff factor is going to be the decider in the snowfall guessing game. So what's the realistic expectation? Probably a mix of these two possibilities. The GFS gives a reasonable first guess. Note the starkly difficult accumulations over the Lakes Region of NH vs the White Mountains. What's driving this difference? It's the temperature profile aloft and where that places the dendritic growth zone (DGZ). That's the region of roughly -10 to -20 Celsius. To maximize snowfall, you want a deep region of these temperatures that also has saturated air rising upward. That maximizes the product of dendrites, which are the classic fluffy snowflakes that you are probably imagining. The temperature and humidity profile in the atmosphere can lead to a variety of snowflake shapes. Looking back at that snowfall forecast disparity between the NH lakes and mountains, let's look at the model's vertical profile forecast. First the Lake Region: Note the narrow dendritic grown zone (DGZ) show on the left column with the red dashed lines. The red-purple bars are the air's vertical motion expressed in pressure-based coordinates (omega) where negative omega values mean the pressure following an upward-moving air parcel is decreasing. Even though this region has saturated air and strongly upward lift, the DGZ is narrow and most the prime snow generating region will produce other shapes of snowflakes leading to a lower fluff factor. A similar plot just to the north over the White Mountains will show a slightly colder profile, but a greatly expanded DGZ and therefor higher fluff factor.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 4 points
    I think you guys should all check out the new Okemoisepic.com
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 4 points
    Second chair, first tracks on wildcat
  12. 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!
  13. 4 points
    Since I only brought my boots to Boston, I rented skis from Plymouth Ski & Sport in town before heading up the road to Tenney. The bonus was that after returning the skis, I discovered that the local ice cream shop has homemade soup too. The Soup & Scoop special is a great bowl of soup followed by ice cream for under $10. Perfect ending to my visit to Plymouth.
  14. 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.
  15. 3 points
    Stop me if you've heard this before... we're looking at another great weekend of skiing. And it's only mid-November! Thursday night into Friday will bring the third snow storm in a week to much of ski country. This is the part of the discussion where I'd typically show you the model forecast maps for snowfall accumulation. I'll do that this time but please be aware that I think they're all crazy. Seriously the simple snowfall algorithms are not handling this well. They are either crazy high in the Mid-Atlantic or really underplaying it in the mountains. Let's jump in and have a look. Using a simple 10:1 snowfall ratio: No. Just no. That's crazy town in the Mid-Atlantic into southern New England. To be fair to the modelers, there are more complicated snowfall schemes. So using that same model run and a more advanced microphysics scheme... This lays out much more reasonable numbers in southern regions, though the mountain accumulations are under-done. The real story in much of southern New England (hi Wachusett!), is going to be icing. That very well may be the headline issue across the region. I'm a little concerned about power outages as a result, but not ready to broadcast that too loudly, especially considering that winds will not be an issue. A look at the Worcester precipitation breakdown is showing a whole lot of ice though. So where should we be skiing this weekend? Smart money is on Wildcat or Sugarloaf. Both already have a base on the ground and off-piste skiing should be in play. Look for around 8" at both mountains out of this storm. Vermont ski areas should see a widespread 6". Snow will start late Thursday night and last until early afternoon Friday. A closer look at the envelope of snowfall forecasts for Rumford, ME will serve as our proxy for both mountains. The high-resolution guidance envelope is squarely in the 5-6" range, but mountain enhancement will get you to the 8"
  16. 3 points
    Will edit later with comments and more photos. Been on a trip to UT, WY in last 14 days, now at Revy. Snowbasin, UT pow day, 3/4/18, moi. my buddy got a face shot Easter Bowl at Snowbasin, 3/5/18 Trees near John Paul chair late in the day we finally got a glimpse of the Great Salt Lake from top of Strawberry gondy. 3/6/18 at Alta, Catherine's area. again, steeper part of Catherine's. young local fella dropping about a 50-60' huck below Devil's Castle.
  17. 3 points
    Took Friday off and rode at Highland. Perfect day for riding. Started pushing things a little too hard and had a good crash. Gear took the brunt of the fall, but I'm a little sore. Time for a new helmet. Sent from my Pixel 2 using Northeast Mountain Sports mobile app
  18. 3 points
    Went down to RI this wknd to borrow my uncle's boat as he was very generous about letting us use it.... Going to be upgrading as our old girl is just too small as boys get bigger and we want to do some overnight trips. Wanted to get a sense of the layout of this model and to see if it would work for our family. Great weather, managed to handle the big boat just fine and really had a great time. East Greenwich to Dutch Harbor over to Newport to spend the night on a mooring in Wickford. Back up to East Greenwich this AM early. About 50 miles round trip 1989 Grady White Sailfish 28' with original 2 stroke 200 HP twin Yamahas Will be looking for this model as well as a couple others over the next few months. Phone died so couldn't take more pics of Newport but those boats/yachts in there are just insane (when $ has $!) Sent from my XT1254 using Northeast Mountain Sports mobile app
  19. 3 points
    Only my second ride at Kingdom Trails, VT. And my first non-winter ride. The place is amazing! Very ridable for all ability levels. Even their black diamonds are only rated in realative terms. Everything is fast, flowy, and forgiving. No big drops, no sharp rocks. Toughest parts are the long climbs. Absolutely a great vibe. The staff and customers are all equally friendly. And they might have the best outdoor bar in New England!
  20. 3 points
    Took this shot from Loon today. It's basically the reverse angle of the above pic. I much prefer being north looking south than the other way around!
  21. 3 points
    I was able to make my annual pilgrimage to MRG yesterday , and I am always surprised how I feel so at home there. The skiing was mostly Mad River tough, mature moguls ,tight lines but as always had a great day challenging myself to experience what that place has to offer. From the ticket office , to the lodge , the iconic single chair and the best natural terrain in NE the place has a light friendly vibe to it that is unmatched anywhere. It is my recommendation that if you are serious and passionate about skiing please do yourself a favor and spend a day or two there to experience lift served skiing in its most pure form. There is also plenty of easy terian if you do not want to ski the ungroomed. It really has a strong family component to the place . Now that I made it there this season my season will end in a couple of weeks with no regrets.
  22. 3 points
    It's so good that even Loon is getting in on the game and leaving some things ungroomed for a change! First tracks on Ripsaw this morning was 6-8" of fresh. And they've started dropping ropes on some trees that have been closed for a weeks (or more). I got lucky and was able to take a tree run with patrol just as they dropped the rope. They made a good comment that I hadn't thought much about before: "sometimes trails are in good enough shape to ski, but not good enough to do a rescue". Makes sense and it's understandable that sometimes good looking trails are closed. During this past 10 day string of snow Lincoln/Loon has been hovering around 32 degrees. So the accumulations have been considerably less as compared to compared to Cannon. Still pretty sweet though....
  23. 3 points
    @Puck itAnd @Cannonballer
  24. 3 points
    What was the question again? Oh yeah, VERY GOOD!! 17" reported at Cannon and I have no reason to argue with that. I was shin deep all day, knee deep most of the day, thigh deep occasionally, and finally learned not to get too far into the edges were I went waist deep and stopped. Met up with @fcksummer @Puck it and Mrs @Cannonballer for first chair. Actually, in a move I've never sen before at Cannon they loaded the Zoomer chair 10min before official opening. Laps up top, down low, and right in zee middle were all amazing. And exhausting! It's always the best days that you take the least pics. But here's a couple: @fcksummer x2 I've never tried to upload video here before. Here's a couple of attempts..... @Puck it and @fcksummer as seen from the Cannonball Chair https://photos.app.goo.gl/18KZaq3g1BpwdzrB2 Mrs @Cannonballer on shaky follow-cam on Vistaway... https://photos.app.goo.gl/38DuN1KbjuC81lBh2
  25. 3 points
    I think we should make the list for ourselves. No reason to cater our opinions towards another website.


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