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  1. thesnowway

    Ski widths

    100mm is my sweet spot, plus or minus a few mil. I wouldn't go below 95mm. 85mm is a horrid width for most skiers. If you only rail groomers, you are fine with a skinny cheater ski. If you ever ski powder, 85mm leaves a lot on the table. It is a compromise ski in search of a compromise... compromise everything to gain nothing.
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    New Quad at Cannon?

    That is amazing on a mid-week powder day considering how many fewer people will want to ski those lines, amongst others over there, due to a little bit of side stepping and skating to get back and a three lift cycle. Man, I loved three lift cycles at Cannon years ago. Before the Mittersill lift, you hiked the saddle and (assuming you didn't BD or Barons or sidestep up to the top of Tuckerbrook Quad...) you had to take three lifts to do it again. It was over an hour to fully cycle and the snow stayed fresh all day, untracked open til closed and more the next day even without additional snowfall. I'd ski some days and only do five runs... but those were some of the best days of the season, some of the best days I've ever had on skis! I love it when Cannon makes you work for it. And I hate it when Cannon makes things easier for people to track stuff out faster.
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    Planning to not open

    I disagree with the category I was added to in the above summary. It missed the nuance of my thoughts on the matter: "If it is a boarderline call, make that clear in the snow report and give it a shot. But if there is essentially 0% of running, don't roll the dice on that 1% and make skiers waste hours driving to/from various mountains or sitting in a lodge waiting for the inevitable call." So to rephrase, if there is a 99% chance of wind hold, just call it off. Otherwise, be up front in the snow report and see what happens. If Jay said that they only expected to open the lower mountain (Taxi Quad, Metro Quad etc. No Jet/Bonnie which are considered upper mountain), then they did a pretty good job reporting and it was a waste of time even trying if they already announced lower mountain lifts only. If lower mountain lifts didn't run, who cares if you are not a beginner or park skier?
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    New Quad at Cannon?

    Absolutely pointless unless Cannon is planning to run the tram summer only and not in winter in which case it might make a little bit of sense. Just what Cannon needs... more high intensity traffic being placed right above the Links and hitting the Avalanche to Banshee ice shelf. Good grief.
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    Planning to not open

    Definitely a good thing from my perspective. I don't have a pass but have vouchers that can be used at a lot of different areas. I would rather know in advanced to avoid certain mountains rather than trying to guess and making a bad decision and sitting in the lodge playing the waiting game that almost inevitably results in no operations. Most mountains should have a strong history of which lifts run given certain wind direction and wind speed. Mountain Ops also know how long they are going to keep employees sitting in a lodge waiting for a go/no go decision before pulling the plug and sending everyone home. If it is a boarderline call, make that clear in the snow report and give it a shot. But if there is essentially 0% of running, don't roll the dice on that 1% and make skiers waste hours driving to/from various mountains or sitting in a lodge waiting for the inevitable call.
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    Basic clothing questions

    Absolutely no cotton. Skip the flannel. Cotton absorbs moisture and then it just sits there against your body making you cold. Good base layers get the moisture away from your skin and won't stay permanently wet for the entire day. Jeans might work for learning at a flatland ski hill but in single digits and below Maine, you'll be suffering. A pair of insulated ski pants is a very worth while investment. I am sure you could get a good outdoor pant that could double for sledding and skiing. You want base layers, top and bottoms, in various weights. Get a light weight, mid-weight, and heavy weight top and bottom and then mix and match based on the weather and your level of activity. You'll want polyester based materials. Merino wool is also great but a lot more expensive. Base layers should be close to the skin. They will keep you both warm and dry throughout the entire day. For ski socks, light weight with a snug fitting boot. Even on sub-zero days, my go to socks are ultra-lights. You don't want heavy/bulky ski socks and you absolutely do not want cotton socks. For Cross Country skiing, you definitely need different layering than alpine skiing since CC is more active and less exposed to high mountain elements. I can't comment on CC specific clothing but when I hike and ski, I focus much more on layering and usually hike in a mid-weight top and very thin spring/fall insulated shell, right down to below zero with no wind. Essentially, you'll want lighter layers CC than alpine. Here are some okay resources: https://www.evo.com/guides/how-to-choose-ski-snowboard-baselayers-long-underwear https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/underwear.html https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/how-to-choose-ski-and-snowboard-socks.html Not sure about sledding but I assume the basics are the same for base layers with probably more focus on wind and weather resistant outwear on top. Probably need slightly warmer layering since you are just sitting on a sled and not generating as much body heat compared to more active outdoors activities like skiing.
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    How Bad Did We Just Get Hosed?

    Will you drink more if snow impact is worse in sadness or if snow impact is minimal in celebration? I haven't been to a ski area today but in Lakes Region, snow banks are still significantly high and the lawn is nowhere to be seen. So it wasn't a complete melt down. Temps never got above the 30s while it was raining, just cresting at 40* right now and the rain has stopped. Overall, it looks worse than I expected but not bad at all compared to many January thaws in the past. Plus it all freezes up soon.
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    Roll Call

    10 hours at work, great day today!! I ripped the shit out of my job responsibilities today. Not quite all time but still quite amazing. A+++ Can't wait to do it again tomorrow!
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    MLK weekend snow?

    Really bummed I have mandatory work this long weekend. This is a perfect setup with icing and storms in the south that prevent people from getting out of the metro areas if they do not preposition. That said, probably not much vacancy at this point since it is a holiday weekend with many days advanced notice of a storm. I suspect if you go far enough north, first tracks will last for quite a few runs due to many skiers being stuck going slow on the highway. Hope you guys enjoy it. I'll take a few runs on Saturday just for kicks but duty calls Sunday and Monday.
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    Roll Call - Jan 11-13, 2019

    If Candyland was not to your liking, you're not really going to find much else at Cannon for trees that will be to your liking. I really don't even consider Candyland a glade. Though that area is better skied from the Skyline entrance. The T-bar entrance is just the consolation prize for exiting the trees above that cut in. That pitch can be ass more often than not. Banshee Glade are pretty low angle and mellow. Turnpike for what that thing is worth. The trees escalate quickly from there. Bretton is the way to go for learning to ski glades, they have lots of easier and wider options with less pitch.
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    1/7 - 1/9 - Storm

    It was due to the second half of the storm, Cannon got screwed during the initial setup due to wind direction. Once the winds swung around, Cannon cranked it up. Before Cannon opened on Wednesday, there was considerably more snow to the south of Cannon. Cannon and Wildcat do better with different storm setups, they have very different aspects and nearly by topography features. Ideal for Cannon is E/NE wind and S wind is game over. A Gulf of Maine bomb often means Cannon gets the most in the northeast. I am not as familiar with Wildcat's specifics but I often find that a big storm at Cannon doesn't necessarily mean a big storm at Wildcat and vice versa. Loon seemed to do well with this system, they do well with the southerly to northeast swing. So they picked up snow at the start of the storm that Cannon didn't get and then kept it cranking.
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    Cannon 1/9/19

    Ouch, I saw that northbound issue in the notch when I left Cannon heading southbound. Two trucks got stuck in the snow, by the looks of things. In the morning, I-93 was about as bad as it gets from where I got on at exit 25 up to Lincoln. Driving got considerably easier when I got to the notch. But of course, it started snowing harder in the notch as the day went on so the situation was reversed heading south after leaving Cannon. Fabulous day at Cannon. Lots of folks heading right for the woods when you could get untracked turns all over the place on the trails. I don't understand that mentality. I'm in the trees most of the time hunting for powder, I get it. But half a foot of untracked over groomed is one of my all time favorite snow conditions because it is such a rare treat and usually goes so fast. Light traffic to start meant lap after lap on the upper mountain and it was pure gold. Later in the day, Banshee area was still sporting untracked lines top to bottom after noon. I was fine lapping the piss out of that after the rest of the mountain was tracked out.
  13. Them and every other previous owner. I was at Burke on Saturday. It was my second time there since they built the new lodge. Almost seemed like there were more BMA racers and staffers than GP at times. Nice that they upgraded the poma to a T-bar so the racers still have their own lift. I went into the new base lodge once to grab a snack and hit the head. Never more than half a dozen people milling about while I was in there. Any ways, the mountain had really great conditions with most of their natural snow trails open and about three quarters of their glades open. Skied way better than I expected, I had a blast. And... the place was dead. On a Saturday, after one foot of new snow in the past week and the best conditions in three weeks. Lower Willoughby, one of their three premier groomers and main routes (along with Warren's and Big Dipper) was closed as they still haven't completed snow making to make a solid base. The trail had mini-whales from a previous snow making effort but snow making operations do not appear to have restarted. Maybe they ran out of budget or decided to cut their loses? Doesn't make sense on one of their three primary groomer routes. The new lodge is baffling, I can't imagine that they fill their beds very often. They built two new base lodges and two high speed quads during the past dozen years... the place must have a ton of debt. I am sure there will be another sucker, I mean buyer. Somehow, that place keeps getting good money dumped in after bad. Not that I am complaining. But I kept on shaking my head in disbelief on Saturday... so much investing and so little pay off in terms of increasing revenues. Again, not that I am complaining. There are a ton more people at Burke now compared to 2003 or so when I first skied it. But my impression is that it just doesn't look profitable nor sustainable. At least all the stupid Q's are gone...
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    Roll Call January 4-6

    Looking at Burke for Saturday.
  15. Last I heard, no bundle with Burke is what they were moving towards. Which makes sense from a buyer's perspective.

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