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  1. Had a great time at Tenney on Sunday. Fresh snow on top of groomed trails. Started snowing about 9:00 and snowed all morning. Pretty obvious where the groomer doesn't run on the wide trails to leave things natural. Had at least 3 inches on my minivan when I left around 1:00.
  2. Last season there weren't too many lifts still open at Squaw by mid-May. My day at Squaw driving between Oregon and Mammoth was Monday, May 7, which was just after the last weekend for KT-22 and perhaps another lift. My ski buddy and I were pretty much done by 12:30. By then it had warmed up to the point that having lunch at the top of the mountain was more fun than continuing to ski. We downloaded on the tram. We could see people skiing to the base on a narrow strip of snow on the cat track groomer, but there were sections they had to be pretty careful or take off skis and walk for a bit. Oh, by the way, I skied at Cannon yesterday for the first time.
  3. Hello! I'm in North Carolina. Have connections to Boston so that's one reason I hang around here. You might check thrift or consignment shops, especially those near a university. Right now you may get lucky and find base layers or even jackets or ski pants. I got a nice Columbia fleece vest in late Dec when my daughter wanted to go shopping. I'm over 60 by the way. Moved from NYC to NC in the 1970s. Talk about culture shock! The first winter schools were closed in central NC for a week after 8 inches of snow on a Sunday. Buy at least a couple pairs of good ski socks. There are several good merino wool brands. Thinner is actually better if you want to be able to control your skis. Nothing inside ski boots, only the socks. Freeport in Maine has several outlets that carry ski clothing and accessories.
  4. I was skiing at TSV last week. Slide happened as I was arriving at Albuquerque airport. The avalanche debris was very obvious riding up Lift 4 when it opened on Sat afternoon. My instructor commented on Friday that he hadn't seen any back country tracks since the avalanche. The other young man who died was from Massachusetts. He was on vacation with his father and was an expert skier who started skiing at age 4. https://www.krqe.com/news/new-mexico/skier-killed-in-taos-avalanche-identified-witnesses-describe-scene/1710465273
  5. No opinion about the Attitash triple since I'm unlikely to ski it again, but squirrels causing problem with the power grid is a known issue. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electrical_disruptions_caused_by_squirrels I remember people talking about transformers popping off because of an adventurous squirrel when I first move into a house out in the county near Chapel Hill, NC back in the 1980s.
  6. I think I've voted at least 4 times. About a week to go. 🙂
  7. The man who is being mentored by Niehues lives in Bozeman. Glad someone is taking an interest. Rad Smith started on computers but realized computer graphics had limitations. https://www.outsideonline.com/2376261/man-behind-ski-maps
  8. Yeah, figured that out after I posted. In any case, glad I'm getting his book. Final tally for the Kickstarter was close to $600,000 from just over 5000 people.
  9. Might as well vote to support the Wildcat snowmaking team. Daily voting until Jan. 14, 2019. https://www.saminfo.com/i-am-a-snowmaker?
  10. I much prefer a Niehues trail map. VistaMap is designed for "interactive trail maps." While those can be handy when looking around before a ski day, I end up looking at the big trail maps on the mountain or in a lodge a lot more while skiing. With old eyes, a big paper trail map by Neihues is a better reference than looking at a little screen on a phone. There are small ski areas that have Niehues trail maps too. Massanutten and Cataloochee for instance.
  11. Fri: Bretton Woods Sat, Sun, Mon: Sunday River Tue: maybe Sugarloaf Wildcat was fun today, but cold! Car temp said 0 when I pulled into the parking lot at 8:30. Did get clear blue sky and great views of the top of Mt. Washington. Also rode the lifts at Attitash in the afternoon.
  12. Going to meet up with another Ski Diva on Friday who is local to BW. Spending the weekend at Sunday River with friends, including a few Ski Divas. Drove by BW going from Loon to N. Conway where I'm staying for a couple nights. Had time to wander around the Mt. Washington Hotel. Sunset colors on Mt. Washington with no clouds . . . pretty!
  13. Anyone going to be at Bretton Woods on Fri, Dec. 14?
  14. I was not comparing Massanutten to Tenney. My point is that Massanutten caters to a different market than the other ski areas in the mid-Atlantic. The lift ticket prices are higher. But that means the slopes are not as crowded as they would be if prices were lower or they actively went after large groups that want discounted rates. Supply and demand. In the case of Massanutten, the goal is the best possible experience on weekends for an important subset of their market, which are the people staying on resort as timeshare owners. Lowering day ticket rates would only make the slopes more crowded and that has more negative impact than positive in the long run. Locals get an affordable season pass and ski Sat and/or Sun mornings. Resort guests pay more but don't really care since they only ski once a year or they do the lesson/gear/ticket package. They are happy to have a ski slope that isn't 5+ hours drive away from DC. Pretty much a win-win scenario. I've skied at Tenney and elsewhere in NE recently. Tenney is not Magic or Berkshire East. Not every ski area/resort has the same business model. Whether it works or not, I don't know. But I'm interested to wait and see. I've talked to Michael a few times. He's not the typical ski area owner for assorted reasons. He thinks long term, not short term. Powder Mountain in Utah chooses to limit the number of people on the slopes for different reasons. A lot of people didn't understand what Summit had in mind when they bought PowMow. From my experience, Tenney could be an exception in the same way Massanutten and PowMow are in their respective regions.
  15. The season pass is pretty reasonable for locals. Early season price was under $300. $389 now. My home mountain is a timeshare resort in northern VA. Weekend rate for adults is $77. Total acreage is 70 acres. The black runs take 2-3 min to finish even with lots of turns. The slopes are certainly an amenity for those staying on resort. But locals can get a pass good Sun-Fri for $235. They don't cater to groups like Boy Scouts who need cheap lodging. The slopes only get crowded on weekends from noon to 2:30 and are open under the lights until 10pm on weekends. Supply and demand pricing has worked out in the long run. Not every ski hill is looking to maximize the number of people showing up. Powder Mountain limits the number of season passes and the number of day tickets. If you don't want to ski Tenney, fine. But I don't understand the sense of outrage because the day ticket prices are "too high." I had a very good time at Tenney last March and am hoping to get back there this season. Tenney is not trying to be like other ski areas in NH. The current owners have long term plans. Luckily, they decided that bringing the lifts and slopes back to life was worth the effort.

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