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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. I got the clearance from the ortho today for skiing. I need to take it easy until January. Groomers and open trial only. Then all hell breaks loose. Bey Bey. I also had about 50cc drained from and cortisone shot. Time to buzz the tower!
    5 points
  5. Day 4 at BW since Cannon is not open. 10-12" was the correct amount. We had about 10" at the house. We started over at 8:30 but had to turn around as my daughter forget her pants. We got there at about 9:30 and got a responsible spot on the side. It was more crowded than the previous days. It was about 15-20 wait with singles going up. That is going to get old fast. Range view was first run and tried the sides for some untracked. Three turns and dead stop. We then hit Granny's on all natural which was really fun until daughter took a header and hurt her back. We got her down and she we
    4 points
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
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  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. This is something different. There is no "falling snow" to ice your goggles. It's all fog. Like a blurry air that you can't see through but doesn't have any particles. And it fills the Notch. I've been skiing Cannon for 35 years. I know all about the cap clouds, notch effect, Cannon cloud, all the aspects of weather in Franconia Notch. This is a completely new thing that began with the new guns. I don't claim to understand the physics behind it. But it's very obvious that it's happening. There were many days last year that guns came on = instant fog, guns turned off = almost instant
    3 points
  16. The usual crew. ABV, Cannonball and wife, Fcksummer. My daughter and boyfriend. They are new Cannon season pass holders. Groom was up the usual standard which is a low bar. There were a lot snirt around mid mountain. The upper mountain was in excellent shape. Tramway was rotd for me. Longest day so far and legs were shot.
    3 points
  17. The first freeze of the season at Mt Washington
    3 points
  18. 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
  19. What Virus? Old Saddleback Chair is down.
    3 points
  20. I may have to go up north. I need to give the liver sometime social distancing from the beers in the house.
    3 points
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. A little piece of heaven right here... Sent from my iPhone using Northeast Mountain Sports
    3 points
  24. Might be the most important thread on the website moving forward
    3 points
  25. 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
  26. Shit's getting real Sent from my XT1635-01 using Northeast Mountain Sports mobile app
    3 points
  27. 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
  28. 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
  29. 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
  30. 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
  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. Sounds like he needs Zoomer Feet
    2 points
  35. Yeah that's my mistake. I got the article in a text thread on Sunday morning and didn't read it well enough and assumed it was from Saturday. And if the kids hiked up instead of taking a lift then that's definitely their own fault but that wasn't mentioned in the article so... My original point was about the snowmaking haze/fog that these new High E guns at Cannon can cause at times. I'm not talking about cloud cover or even the traditional gun spray that freezes on your goggles as you ride past. The fog/haze that these guns create is very distinct and if I had to guess, it probabl
    2 points
  36. I got for about 1.5 hours before meetings. There was a fresh 1” on top of the grooming. I did a tour de front five and headed up high for a couple of top runs but the visibility terrible. I only did one from the top to truck and called it. Tramway is open now with guns going. Upper Cannon is groomed now. Jaspers still has mounds on it. No Yosemite sightings today.
    2 points
  37. Here are a bunch of old ski photos that represent a walk down memory lane for me. Can anyone get the second and third photos to show? They are bmp format. Blue Knob, PA 1968 dad blue knob chalet vw beth.bmp New Picture (6).bmp Eldora, CO 2003 Arapahoe Basin, CO 2009 Vail, CO 2015 Snowbird, UT 2017 Mt. Bachelor, OR 2012 Homewood, CA 2013 Crested Butte, CO 2019 Timberline, WV
    2 points
  38. 4/25/20 I took a two hour bike ride today down to the Jordan River Parkway Trail.This is the mighty Jordan River near Midvale, UT. It starts at Utah Lake near Provo and flows north through the Salt Lake Valley to the Great Salt Lake. Four of Utah's six largest cities border the river: Salt Lake City, West Valley City, West Jordan and Sandy. More that a million people live in the Jordan River watershed. There is a nice network of paved trails in this area. The Jordan River Parkway is a north-south system of trails that parallel the Jordan River, connecting 45 miles through Salt La
    2 points
  39. Sent from my moto z4 using Tapatalk
    2 points
  40. Somebody posted this on Ikon's FB page. It got taken down pretty quickly. It sums it up pretty accurately for me. Sent from my moto z4 using Tapatalk
    2 points
  41. The Expanse is a phenomenal show. Amazon did it right after it was kicked off the air. Altered Carbon is another favorite of mine.
    2 points
  42. Could definitely go for a Fiddlehead right now
    2 points
  43. And Alterra. 5 of us Just flew in to Steamboat. Standing here at the bottom of the hill. Riots about to start Really feel for you as I would have commended your calmness and resolution to continue to live life as normal as possible and stick with your prearranged ski trip. If I'd been a part of your group I'd be standing at the bottom of the hill with you... as I am now standing at the bottom of Little Cottonwood Canyon. For the moment all National Parks and Utah state parks remain open, if that continues I may undertake as plan B a scenic road trip with my wife this week. I s
    2 points
  44. Hit sugarbush today. Sorry no pictures. As others said better than expected. Woods actually skied well because no one was skiing them. Bump runs started out good but by 11:30 they were scrapped off. Jester from the top was fun all day. Love hauling down that with the old school corners. Sent from my iPhone using Northeast Mountain Sports
    2 points
  45. Put a note on Az thread telling people to come over here since Nick is not doing anything.
    2 points
  46. Did I hear "Seroiusly" during the crash?
    2 points
  47. Thanks for the report! Spending more time in the pub than on the slopes says it all. I love the setup at Cannon, warts and all (maybe I love it especially for the warts?). I could do without the Links as they are... I still think the high speed lift should have followed the previous lift line and dumped out next to the Cannonball. But otherwise, it is a mountain setup that makes you work for it and I love that aspect. It just doesn't work well when all terrain is not available. With Upper/Middle Hard and all glades closed, the mountain is a bit of a PITA.
    2 points



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