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  1. 8 points
  2. 8 points
    All the low angle stuff was incredi-balls. Got first tracks on Pixie, HOM, lower Red Line, and fresh tracks seemingly everywhere. Only about 50 people on the hill so still plenty of untouched until the afternoon. A little crusty/hard under some of the steeper terrain (Tali, Trick, HOM) but Up Your Sleeve, Medium, left side of Black Line, upper half of Broomstick, and lower section of Red Line were worth repeating (think I hit Up Your Sleeve 3-4 times). Could absolutely bomb down with no worries.
  3. 7 points
    Speaking of which, today....
  4. 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
  5. 6 points
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  6. 5 points
    It was a good day.
  7. 4 points
    2/20/19 Westward Ho. I've started another long western ski trip. This time, if all goes as planned, I won't return home until grass mowing season. My wife and I drove out from the East a few days ago. Luvin' the Beavers at Arapahoe Basin: the first place I skied on the trip was a three hour session at Arapahoe Basin on 2/19/19. I only had a few hours before moving on and my express goal was to ski the new Beavers Lift with its 1501' vertical. I spent my entire time skiing the terrain served by this lift (about 8 or 9 runs, I'm slow) and it's a fantastic addition to the ski area. I already love A-Basin, but it's always been a tough place to visit on a cloudy, low visibility day. Which is exactly what yesterday was. But the tree lined groomers and extensive/varied glades of the Beavers is the perfect solution for that kind of day. All the terrain in the Beavers is dark blue or single to double black diamond. I did not ski the adjacent and also new Steep Gullies area because it is extreme tree skiing terrain and requires a long hike out and I'm an old guy on my first day at altitude. Here are a few pictures which I hope will convey some of the super nice tree skiing in the Beavers. A-Basin base lodge, it was a cloudy day with poor visibility on the wide open terrain. The open bowls near the top of the ski area around the Lenawee mtn chair were pretty tough, not quite white out, but close. And not so fun to ski as a result. I made an immediate beeline to The Beavers terrain pod. It starts out above treeline for a few hundred vertical. This is the upper lift line, great snow and good skiing down this and on either side. There are only really two groomers back here. This is Loafer to the lookers right or skier's left of the chair line. That pitch under the chair is real steep and so is that part of the groomer where the lone skier is. This is Davis to skier's right of the lift line. Both runs turn very dark blue for the last 500' of vert. You can see very friendly glades all around. Moi above a very aptly named glade. There is a lot of nicely spaced tree skiing and fair amount of it is only single black pitch. This glade to the right and lower on the hill is steeper and is called Baily Bros Bailey Bros again. Real pretty back here. Changing subject, This is where I skied today, guess where. I'll try to make periodic posts here. Love the easy way you can post photos on this site! Thanks!
  8. 4 points
    I was able to get a few picks of Xwhaler and MrsWeatherman. What a great day. Perfect ending of the season !!!
  9. 4 points
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  10. 4 points
    Here's some footage from a few runs and bonus clip of @ABVat the end
  11. 4 points
    Passed my Level 1 today; this is what my wife had waiting for me when I got home.
  12. 4 points
    Spin off of @Cannonballer's thread about wind direction. Figured it might be helpful in the future to log when our mountains have wind holds so we have a database to reference back to. Please use the following template- Mountain: Lift(s) Impacted: Wind Speed: Wind Direction:
  13. 4 points
    Burke on Saturday was quite amazing, tons of snow and very little wind . maybe 20 Kts north west and it blew up the lift line no effects at all, Biggest crown I ever saw there, lots of tickets dangling from jackets. most people I talked to on lift are new to Burke, a very good sign. they do have some good stay and ski packages at hotel but the crowd was way more than that. Deepest skiing I have seen in New England , I felt like I was out west !!!
  14. 4 points
    Saturday, March 23 was probably the best powder day of the season at most places. Sunday, March 24 was one of the best bluebird days of the season at most places. Does that make this the best weekend of the 2018-2019 season?? It gets my vote. There *might* have been better individual days here and there throughout the season, but I don't think there was anything better back-to-back and on a weekend.
  15. 4 points
    Free the trees. Picture dump from 3/4
  16. 4 points
    Despite what looked like a full parking lot (and then some!), the crowds were fairly light and spread around the mountain very well. Most everything ungroomed skied very well; save for the wind blown bits at the very top of the steeper trails. Woods were incredible- loads of snow in them and even a few fresh lines to be had. The ticket promotion on Sunday attracted a lot of folks so that caused 5-6 minute lift lines, but they all seemed to go home around 11:30. We skied all day and enjoyed every bit. Only took a couple of photos because it was so enjoyable.
  17. 4 points
    Met an old ski buddy that I haven't seen in 20 years at the tram and got first tram. The wind was hollowing up through the notch in the parking lot. Got to the top and the wind was coming over the top of the mountain. Hit upper Cannon first. the top 100 feet was windblown ice but after that it skied okay. Skied off the cannonball all except Profile which did not look very pleasant and the glades. Everything except Skylight skied well mostly on the edge. Vista Way was the best out of them. Then headed down to the front the edge of zoomer was fine. Gary's was in okay shape. Polly's skied the best. Rocket was a little wind blown and Avalanche was a sheet of ice. I could only manage 2 turns on it so needless to say it was a fast trip down. My buddies knee was aching a little at this point so we took a break and then took an after break warm up run down lower Hard which actually had the best snow of the day on it. Went back to the top for a few runs which were not as good as the morning runs. Went in at the top and had a few beers. While in there it started to snow. Took a few more runs at the top but the falling snow didn't make it any better and his knee was aching a lot more so we skied back to the tram and called it quits at 2.
  18. 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.
  19. 4 points
    She (and her family) is someone who could vaporize from the planet and I wouldn't lose a second of sleep. Sent from my Pixel 2 XL using Northeast Mountain Sports mobile app
  20. 4 points
    So, I shared a link for the Ride and Ski Card on Facebook. Because people used my link I earned $50 on Rush49. Figured I’d share the wealth and gifted 2 Cards. I’m 3 referrals away from a 3rd gift for someone that’s asked for one. If you’re considering buying one, here’s a link. It’s a win for you and someone else! https://rush49.com/invite/Catherine_.Bloomer_3274608294
  21. 4 points
    Seemed worthy of a link to this story since so many Cannon skiers posted on here (and elsewhere) about the crazy sky last Saturday. It was so wild, but I didn't realize it was rare enough to be a national news story. https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2018/12/05/story-behind-an-incredible-sky-scene-new-hampshire/?fbclid=IwAR3YbB_k2jIsHkLU9Lo7QDXaa8z09HaMxJrvLpwgvXZoNyBPgia12QRZwHE&utm_term=.73c98d2b1ff8
  22. 4 points
    My son: "Dad, can I build a rail for the yard?" Me: "Sure" He enlisted the help of a friend and found a plan on YouTube. I bought the materials and supervised power tool usage. Not a bad little project. VID_20181129_163723.mp4 VID_20181129_163848.mp4
  23. 4 points
  24. 4 points
    Mountain is in incredible shape. Did some treks with Rusty and the wife this weekend. Saturday was super soft. Today was more like styrofoam. Mountain has a solid 6-8" base. Never bottomed out or saw bare ground in the tracks. Zeke will be on the couch until tomorrow afternoon.
  25. 4 points
    I wasn’t able to make it out this past weekend so I started my season with a nice 2100’ skin and ski of Wildcat. Trip up was pretty easy up polecat. The ski down was a lot of fun. Nice soft spring skiing down lynx. Felt like a day in mid April. Natural was pretty deep in places. Great way to start the season for me. Sent from my iPhone using Northeast Mountain Sports
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. 4 points
    I think you guys should all check out the new Okemoisepic.com
  29. 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.
  30. 3 points
    Most likely my last day. Been an awful spring but today was pretty awesome. Down to just Superstar unless you're fine with walking.
  31. 3 points
    Here are some more: Sent from my iPhone using Northeast Mountain Sports
  32. 3 points
    @cannonballer awesome pics[emoji106]
  33. 3 points
    With Wildcat closed on Saturday, we headed to Attitash. It took them a while, but only the quad and learners lift were running on the Attitash side. Conditons weren't awful, but the lines (despite there being few people there) were long due to not being able to spread people out on the mountain. At some point I heard the Bear side opened, but I called it quits ~2pm and had a beer and some wings in the upstairs pub. Wildcat reopened on Sunday and the crowds were minimal. So much so that we were able to ski just about all day without seeing ice anywhere except on Lynx (which is normal) and the couple of long rollers on Catapult before Bobcat. Form and Fast, but better than not skiing at all. Looking forwards to them both getting more snow this week!!
  34. 3 points
    That would be pretty cool running up and over the cliff. Where I would love to see a lift is from red ball up to the top of mittersill. Then have trails cut down from the top. I know it won’t happen but can dream Sent from my iPhone using Northeast Mountain Sports
  35. 3 points
    I find it a smart reason from a corporate standpoint, employer standpoint, and my own personal planning standpoint. As a corporation you can save money, avoid potentially dangerous conditions and insurance issues. As an employer, the ski resort gives advance notice to employees which many may appreciate and much more importantly doesn't put its workers in dangerous and extremely unpleasant conditions. As a skier I'm glad because I won't be sitting in the base lodge waiting for the Snowcat and Tomcat lifts to spin for 30 minutes then shut again. I do wonder if Peaks would play this different if attitash wasn't down the road. I bet they would because otherwise they'd have to refund everyone's tickets. The shared ticket is a great tool they use frequently.
  36. 3 points
  37. 3 points
    I know the guy in question. He is a total asshole, and I don't know anybody from Stowe who knows him and isn't like "yeah, that makes sense."
  38. 3 points
    Pleasantly cold, empty and edgable. Its a venerable ghosttown in this joint. 2-3" late yesterday groomed into fantastic runs this am. We did some snow shoeing yesterday along the saco which was fun too. Sent from my Pixel 2 XL using Northeast Mountain Sports mobile app
  39. 3 points
    Cold and dry yesterday. I decided to write off trees and ungroomed, brought only the frontside skis, and ran the groomed all day. Groomers were scratchy but still edgeable. An upside to a hard refreeze after rain is that the groomers can't develop ice moguls - it all just stays flat ice! [emoji38] I did one lap on middle Hard which was in better shape than I expected. It wouldn't surprise me if surfaces in the woods were in decent shape. Upper Hard, groomed. IDK if this is rare but it was my first time:
  40. 3 points
    Such a great place. 500 acres of tree skiing. Hardly anything on map. Cheap tickets. Everyone super friendly. Unbelievable conditions Ski on. Skis way bigger than trail map would suggest. A real gem that I'd encourage everyone to get to when they are fully open Was with my kids so only explored as much as my older son (age 5) ability allowed us. Can't wait for return trip Sunday 3/3 with @SkiBearded for some poking around! Sent from my moto g(6) using Northeast Mountain Sports mobile app
  41. 3 points
    Showed up a bit late to the 'cat on Saturday. Was greeted with beautiful skies through Franconia notch and some very good snow on the hill. Sunday was more of the same awesome. Black Cat was decently filled in- as was Feline and Hairball. Outstanding weekend after the mid week storm. Cannon was also blowing a butt ton of snow on Sunday. Cannon back there somewhere. Black Cat Franconia Notch
  42. 3 points
    1/8/2019: 3-4" on top of Loon's standard super-groom. While other local areas (Cannon) had wind issues, Loon had light winds and all lifts running. Crowds were minimal. South Peak and North Peak were ski-on, while the Gondola line extended barely outside the building. It continued to snow lightly throughout the entire although additional accumulation was only a trace. Everything was is terrific shape. There is some blue ice under the fresh snow, but except for the steepest trails (Ripsaw, etc) there was rarely a reason to turn hard enough to get into anything firm. The biggest challenge of the day was a light icing on the goggles near the summit. I covered my goggles during lift rides and found that to help on the descents. 1/9 should be pretty amazing with any amount of new accumulation. I only took 2 pics (and they are more for me than you). As a 90% snowboarder I was extremely happy with Big Stix 110mm/186cm during the untracked morning, and Big Stix 100/176cm in the chopped up afternoon. Skiing is HARD WORK!! I'll be back on the board tomorrow....if I can walk. Oh wait....I forgot that I took this pic too. Best gondola share I've ever had....
  43. 3 points
    If this lift is replaced as a result of this, I expect a grass roots movement to have the squirrel sainted. It will have performed a veritable miracle in getting the lift replaced. #SaintSquirrel #TripleTrouble
  44. 3 points
    I'm not sure how seriously I can take any forecast delivered by that haircut.
  45. 3 points
    Cannon on Saturday was a “top 10” day. It was my favorite run on the Hardscrabbles ever! The 8- and 10-year-old were rocking the glades, and my performance in Lost Boys solidified my opinion that I don’t belong in them[emoji1787] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  46. 3 points
    That was a swing and a miss! [emoji6] Sent from my XT1650 using Northeast Mountain Sports mobile app
  47. 3 points
    Zoomer Bar & Grill hands out free coozies.
  48. 3 points
    Picked it up from the dealer today. Love it Sent from my XT1635-01 using Northeast Mountain Sports mobile app
  49. 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!
  50. 3 points
    I also dragged my ass out on to the trails today. I wasn't going to but I got groans and grumbles from my 'other' female MTB partner. Then we barely got on the trail and all she wanted to do was cool her ass in the river. Ended up being a pretty short ride.

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