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  1. Given the boarder situation, I'm pretty happy with my Jay pass purchase instead of Cannon this year. A 50% reduction in visitors will be great both for limiting COVID-19 exposure risk as well as snow preservation. However, I anticipate lines will be just as long as usual since single riders will not be used to fill chairs. As someone that normally goes solo, it is likely I will be waiting in longer lines this year despite the decrease in visitors. I cannot imagine what lines at Smuggs will be like... and I am not going to find out, either. Not sure what more Jay could do, to be hones
  2. On the bright side, this would be a much different situation if this happened five months earlier. This could have destroyed an entire ski season. The amusement park business (seasonal parks were supposed to just be opening now) is getting hit hard and will have much bigger long term impacts. Smaller areas might fare best and might even be able to make this a positive. Most smaller areas would have shut down by now anyways, so no lost revenue. And if people cannot afford the bigger resorts due to economic issues, perhaps they will turn to a value option closer to home? Smaller areas are
  3. I haven't seen any disagreement by epidemiologists and health professionals on this issue. This is more contagious than the flu and no one has immunity. The flu is not capable of maxing out our entire health care system, as we've seen COVID-19 do in other countries that did not contain early enough. The reactions are necessary and the overwhelming majority of experts are in extreme agreement on that. We haven't even begun to see the death count on this because it is just getting started so precautions to prevent more deaths and cases that require extensive medical treatment is entirely warrant
  4. It certainly is out of control. And it certainly could have been handled better. But I don't think there is enough hysteria yet given that there is still so much denial. We need to stop thinking of ourselves as potential victims (it is my choice!) and start thinking of ourselves as already infected and potential spreaders (it is our responsibility). There are two possibilities: this is an hysterical over correction or we are not doing enough. If it is the former, this whole thing blows over by the summer and we all get back to business and laugh about it. If it is the latter, society is g
  5. lol I was surprised to see that Cannon is still running the Tram (per today's snow report). Could be an incredible spring for turn earning if areas start shutting down early. Get some exercise, enjoy some skiing, and do it by myself without needing to social distance!
  6. Birches and Candyland at Cannon have definitely be ruined with traffic from the lift. Used to be able to get untracked snow in those areas for days after a storm before the lift. I guess they are not ruined in that they were not bulldozed for trails. Is snowmakers glade really that underrated? I think it is the only on map run at Cannon that I have not skied... well, plus Goat Path. Links are never fun ever, Joey's or not, lol. LOL Twilight Zone at Magic. Last time I skied that trail, I was shocked at how few trees remain, there used to be more. Now it is only one or two before the Goniff
  7. Not sure if you are interested in the Mansfield Stake? <iframe src="https://waw.w3.uvm.edu/empactdata/gendateplot.php?table=SummitStation&amp;title=Mount+Mansfield+Summit+Station&amp;xskip=7&amp;xparam=Date&amp;yparam=Depth&amp;year%5B%5D=2019&amp;width=800&amp;height=600&amp;smooth=0" width="840" height="700"></iframe> Only problem with this is you need to change the URL every year via a variable in the URL. There are a few other variables they may need to be adjusted based on the web site. It doesn't look very good on mobile either, as I re
  8. Subscription model is blowing up everywhere. Theme parks have been on this model for a while now. Except with theme parks, it is usually a good deal. $103 a month is $1236 a year. Unless you utilize Loon 4 seasons, that is pretty darn expensive. The big benefit for the ski area is budgeting and knowing exactly how much revenue they will get per month regardless of the weather and likelihood people will stay subscribed (with or without knowing it) after their initial commitment time. Plus even revenue year round, even in the slow seasons. I'm surprised the ski industry hasn't jumped on subscrip
  9. Great video! He caught quite a day up there, calm blue bird is very rare on Washington. I am sure he was coordinating with the local skiers on the best time to fly out to check this one off his list (thus, the video opening with the last minute flight). His thoughts at the end of the video are spot on. Sense of place is far more important to me than deciding where to live based on the best snow for skiing.
  10. Ha! No worries, makes me feel good about my curation skills!
  11. Braatancast on Facebook is excellent (NoVT focus though sometimes mentions other areas when applicable). Tim Kelly has the Ski the East forecast on YouTube and also does Jay Peak weather write ups 2x per week. Josh Fox forecasts for MRG on the Single Chair Blog. Not really that fond of his writing style, and his forecasts are a bit bipolar. Still good for a detailed forecast for the MRV. NOAA forecast maps are great. I have a page on my site with all of the relevant NOAA maps, a radar loop, and the Mansfield Snow Sake, nice to have them all in the same place. MV Avalanc
  12. Regarding Tramline and Kinsman... Cannon is desperate to say that they are 100% open. Their trail reports this past month absolutely reek of desperation ("everything open except the creek!" "99% open!" "patrol had to close tramline but we are otherwise fully open!" etc.). There have been a few times when they have prematurely reported Tramline or the Creek being open and had to walk it back with "pending trail inspection" or "patrol had to close it" etc. Of all the bad decisions Cannon made putting off map cuts onto the map, the creek was the worst mistake of them all. A glade that ends i
  13. I think Jay had a storm total reported this morning of 14" and it snowed until 1pm so definitely more than that. It felt like a lot more than 14" up there!!! Very few people there, not much wind but it was a tough wind direction for Jay as it kept the tram offline all day and the Freezer offline until after 1pm. By then, Tramside was already pretty tracked out. Having the Bonnie/Freezer/Tram on wind hold yesterday was great for today. Still lots of great loose powder and occasional untracked turns when I left! But it isn't going to last very long on Saturday. I think the rain (even in the
  14. I wasn't planning on taking tomorrow off. But since Cannon was holding all lifts today, I may give Cannon a go on Friday and see how they do. I may also audible to Jay (Bonnie/Freezer/Tram held today) if Cannon doesn't get more snow overnight and/or the northern greens kick into gear. Sat/Sun Cannon is likely.
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