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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Here are a few more photos of my son from Feb 28 powder day at Snowbird, Red Lens Line and Thunder Bowl areas: The Upper Cirque area gets much more accessible when the snow is good: And one he took of me: A friend took this shot of me on a packed powder day on 26 Feb 2021. Also from Feb 26, two friends skiing in Banana Woods off the Gad 2 chair. Lots of user-friendly woods off the Gad 2 chair at Snowbird. It's my favorite place during storms or low viz days. ...to be continued.
    3 points
  4. How was your 2020/2021 season compared to past seasons and compared to expectations? Ignoring all the Covid factors, I'd give this season 4 stars out of 10. We didn't get an early start, we got several major meltdowns, we didn't get any spectacular big dumps, we had below average snowfall, and we had average to early closings. I might have rated it even lower except we had 3 great weeks of spring skiing that we don't always get (at Cannon anyway). Covid added a whole bunch of minuses and pluses. Covid restrictions had my expectations for the season really, really low. But locally
    3 points
  5. How much are we talking about needing for fundraising each year? I am up for straight up contributing toward that. Mostly I lurk because I can't think of something better to say. I am not sure how to get more engagement here, but I think Weatherman (and everyone else involved) with planning last year's Wildcat Lot C cookout was on the right path. What I mean is, coming to a message board should enhance the activity. Fishers go to message boards to exchange tips. Same with car forums. That doesn't really exist with skiing, mountain biking, etc. You need to be there and see if to really he
    3 points
  6. You and weatherman did a nice job of putting this together and keeping it going. It's the best layout of any of the forums. It's lack of expansion is really out of your hands. The reality is that the era of forums is mostly over. Some of the biggest ski forums in history have died off in the past few years. AZ, Snowjournal, and a few others are barely hanging on with the established base that they've had for a long time. But they aren't growing either and they are on borrowed time as their base ages or tunes out. The rise of skiing-based groups on FB and Reddit has killed forums. It's ju
    3 points
  7. Thankfully, they haven't put all of the trees on the map. Cannon's glades are a bit of a step up compared to most mountain's on map glades, since they were mostly 'local cuts' and often aggressively cut for maximum challenge rather than general public enjoyment. Cannon has taken some of the rough edges off of some of the glades. But not all. The upper entrance to Lost Boys, from my recollection (only skied it twice) has a low ceiling (during high snow pack, at least) and a few tight/narrow slots. Could be a bit much for 'Joe Average Skier' looking at the map and wanting to 'see what thos
    3 points
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. just for all the nay-sayers - I hope you all pull your heads out of your assess and wear the goddamned masks and play by the rules - we are actively making funeral arrangement for my FIL who died on Monday after being hospitalized with covid pneumonia and intubated for 2.5 weeks. I have to listen to my two kids cry every night because they will never see their gramps again and my wife who talked to him at least once every single day for the last 25 years we have been married. I know everyone thinks the masks are stupid and everyone has Covid fatigue but they work, but only if everyone wears th
    3 points
  11. The first freeze of the season at Mt Washington
    3 points
  12. INTRO I thought I'd contribute in my own way to the vibrancy of this great website by providing some content, hopefully interesting content. This will be a summary via photos and text of my time spent in Utah this winter. The focus will be mostly on skiing, but I'll try to include a few outstanding non-ski topics and photos of interest to travelers. I may take several days making various posts in this thread to flesh out my approximately 3.5 month stay. I'm still in Utah and still skiing, but tomorrow, May 9 is the end of daily ski operations at Snowbird. For the rest of t
    2 points
  13. Around the 1st of March I got to ski for a few days with a friend who is a physician and hospital official. It was his first and only chance to ski since the pandemic started. Taking a bunch of lift rides with him (masked and vaccinated) I came to understand that he'd been through heck the last year. I really admired his dedication while putting himself and family at great risk and sacrifice. So glad he had a nice time on his ski vacation and caught good conditions too. A true health care hero! Mark Malu trail View of Mt. Timpanogos from Mineral Basin. Go
    2 points
  14. Well it looks like you really had a good season ! Pics are awesome as usual !
    2 points
  15. I think I was just so grateful to have a season at all that I'd rate it a 6. Yes, the season started slow and late, but February conditions were pretty freaking nice, and the spring skiing was great. We had the WM SuperPass (usually ski Cannon and BW only), and barely skied at BW due to crowds, parking, etc., but I thought Cannon really upped their grooming game this year. We usually only to BW for the glades, and with the low snow, they weren't great this year anyway.
    2 points
  16. was out there sunday...what a crazy weather day...showed up around 10a, beautiful bluebird day with temps around 40. Around noon, clouds and wind rolled in. Winds continued to pick up as the time passed, and shortly started snowing like crazy. Nice that it was snowing, but it was glue on the mountain. Was with a group of kids that are still learning and i had to pull them down the trails off sundowner. On a positive note, saw this posted, looking good for another month or so of skiing assuming nature cooperates: Snowmaking in March? We did it. With the blast of cold temps we w
    2 points
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  18. have been out to wachusett 5 times since i last posted, including today. the mountain has been busy at the base every time out with the exception of this afternoon. but it really is only evident when parking and at the lifts...once on mountain seems like much less people than you'd think. today was a great day...spring skiing like...mashed potatoes most of the mountain, with natural bumps having developed on smith and 10th (along with seeded bumps on 10th and sundowner). proud day today - my 5yo daughter both did her first black diamonds (she ski'd all the trails marked black today
    2 points
  19. Yeah good luck. Scam artists maximum. And thanks for bringing their names into light " Dave Lokshin " and " Rolando " what ever family name. Soccer people be aware.
    2 points
  20. these people are the worst kind of business people you can imagine. Motto "ignore until they all disappear" kinda people. There are people who paid ton of money for their "pod" thing to stick into skis .... next thing you know POOF gone, no reply, no service, no support, no nothing. They figured Soccer is better $ for them and went that way, but ANY good business with ANY VALUE system installed, would still care about their old customers and communite. POS people.
    2 points
  21. Have you seen the Netflix documentary called the Social Dilemma? Basically, a lot of the hostility in the US and the world right now is driven by social media algos. The artificial intelligence of the algos is stirring the masses into a frenzy and humans can't control it. Ski forums are more like old fashioned pen pals. We have a common interest/love and we put info about it above all other crap/distractions. Ski on!
    2 points
  22. Skied 8:30-12 today (2/18). The snow was surprisingly good! We skied just about every groomed trail. Vista was groomed (and GREAT). Everything off the Cannonball was REALLY good, and everything else was very decent considering what mother nature's been up to this week. It was some of the best Cannon grooming I've every skied, to be honest!
    2 points
  23. Just upgraded the forum software to the latest version. Hopefully everything is working for everyone. Please let me know if anyone has any issues with functionality. The mobile app has been submitted for review and hopefully will be available shortly. The previous theme was not supported with the new version of the software so I've been working on re-doing the colors. So far I have a simple Light and Dark mode that everyone can choose between. If you scroll down to the very bottom of any window there's a theme drop down menu - Please let me know if there's any area
    2 points
  24. can confirm this is challenging. do not recommend early season.
    2 points
  25. Ok, I give you your odd gun fog. Have seen this at SR but only very low teens and below in calm and clear. It is calm but mid 20's at Cannon today. Has to be low air pressure.
    2 points
  26. Seriously guy, I don't know who you are but CB is a staple at Cannon and knows the area better than most know the inside of their own cars.
    2 points
  27. The wife and I head over to BW for the couple of hours before work. We were surprised on how empty it was for the day before a holiday weekend. Everything was ski on. They opened the runs below Rosebrook. They are still a little chucky. The light was a little flat to start but the sun did come out. We got 9 runs in before leaving a t 10:15. We were driving back to the house. I noticed the Cannon summit was in the clear and blue skies. I headed over @ 12:15 for a few runs off the summit. It was hardpacked at this point but edgeable. I skied the four groomed runs on the summit bu
    2 points
  28. some people will spray their feet with antipersperant as in Right Guard ! keeps them from sweating and makes them smell nice lol. And they make spray for sneakers, think its called refresh ! that will help the boots recover from where they are now !
    2 points
  29. 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
  30. 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
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  32. Cannon was nice Yesterday ! Certainly not a mid week crowd though ! Saw more day tickets than pass holders. Lines werent horrible but not ski on like you would expect on a Wednesday ! Probably siting out for the next week ! will re evaluate for next weekend !!
    2 points
  33. Thursday: L'Alpe d'Couch Friday: Couch Valley Saturday: Couch Peaks Sunday: Mount Couch Between the weather and vacation crowds, I'm sitting out this weekend.
    2 points
  34. I got out a little late today. Hungover. I had too much red wine and birthday cake. I got to mountain at about 12. There were a lot of cars at the usual parking spot for a midweek day. Liftie at Zoomer said it was packed in the morning for a couple hours. He said it was like a Saturday. This could the "The Vid" normal, I am afraid. However, lifts were ski on and I did 9 runs. Upper mountain was bright sun shine and warm with absolutely no wind. However, that wind heading north yesterday did a number on the trails. Things were very firm and scraped off. Big Rink was a mess again. S
    2 points
  35. I got out at 10 for a few runs. I pulled in ABV was at his truck with BW Chris. No beer in hand though. We skied four natty trails and one groomer (Crawford's ) which was rather chunky. Natty trails were really good and still powdery. My left quad still feels weak from the surgery. Bell to bell days are going to take some time. I had to call to get back for a meeting. ABV took some pics.
    2 points
  36. I decided to head over for a quick couple hours before meetings. It will easier to do this when Cannon opens. I did 5 runs. The same trails were open as Sunday except adding West Glade. I skied West Glade twice and it was in great shape. I left at 10:30 and got back for my call at 11.
    2 points
  37. i was at wachusett sat and sun for a couple of hours each afternoon. not super busy which was good, not the best coverage, but where they had made snow, it was a nice spring like soft cover of about 8" in most places...sundowner, conifer and ralphs all skied pretty similarly in terms of snow...the narrow runoff at ralphs isnt the best with kids, but it does the trick. Looks like they will be blowing more snow as the temps cooperate which is good. I'm somewhat concerned about the viability of a full ski season if things get worse with covid. Both days there was blatant disregard of the
    2 points
  38. I get the clearance on 11/19/20 for the season.
    2 points
  39. Be careful with Kton. You need reservations for parking and they are tracking where you are coming from with the RFID tix. I think I will wait and see how things go at the beginning of the year.
    2 points
  40. Looking good! Thanks for the work.
    2 points
  41. Snowshoeing in Grand Teton NP, WY, Feb 2020.
    2 points
  42. I thought I'd check in considering today's announcement. Wildcat's season was shortened in spring. Attitash was lengthened in the early season. Capacity limits will be real, but mostly on holidays and peak weekends. Expect there to be plenty of capacity to ski this winter. Expect capacity to be more contained at resorts closer to urban areas. Destination resorts, especially those popular with international visitors, will likely have ample capacity. Reservations will be done at the mountain level. Areas where tickets were previously interchangeable between multiple mountains, tha
    2 points
  43. At this point, I just want to be able to ski.
    2 points
  44. My fun and games in Utah are over until next winter. On 19-22 July 2020 I completed a 2,200 mile road trip from Utah to the Wash DC area. This was unlike any car trip I've ever made before. My wife and I took four days to make the journey. Due to Covid-19 threat we camped three nights in primitive sites and carried all our food and drink supplies with us. Our only retail interactions were with gas pumps every 500 miles. I offer special praise for truckers! They continue the business of moving goods and equipment across America at a rate that seems equal or greater than their normal volume.
    2 points
  45. Very similar to my experiences with him. Two friends and I were part of the first group of people who got the 4-20's pass when it was released and we went A LOT. He would always address us by name whether on the trail, riding the lift, or in the bar having a beer. He genuinely seemed like he wanted to hear from us about anything and everything- skiing or otherwise. He was pretty straight up and not a bullshitter.
    2 points
  46. I rode the lift with Win Smith last season, what a nice guy and so interested in talking to us. As he had a Sugarbush coat on I asked him "are you an Instructor?" He said "They'd never let me teach here, I'm Win Smith, the President"
    2 points
  47. Yeah. Especially Win Smith, Manager of Sugarbush
    2 points
  48. We got out to hike some more this season and made our own way down Sunapee. Came across this badass lift graveyard and wanted to share the photos. I'm really happy with how they came out. The old drive. Motor and bull wheel are still there and well preserved. The other isn't far away. T Chairs and towers on a flat bed The giant spools of steel cable. Tower tops Looking up the race hill. Original photos in color
    2 points



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