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  1. Weatherman

    NMS Spring Gathering 2019

    It's time to start thinking about the 2nd annual NMS Spring Fling to be held in Lot C at Wildcat. Last year was a lot of fun!
  2. 9% annual return. Yeah, that's not crazy at all.
  3. Stowe sold the ski area, not the hotels and real estate. Big difference.
  4. Weatherman

    Attitash triple

    From today: #TripleTrouble
  5. Weatherman

    2019 trip to St Anton and Prague

    I'm stoked for the trip. Current summit base depth is 142". I'm not sure that I've ever skied on a 12 foot base. And more is coming this week. About half of the lifts and a higher percentage of pistes are closed due to avalanche risk. Hopefully it holds together for another 3 weeks until we go.
  6. I'm running a group ski trip to St Anton with an optional extension to Prague. Please think about joining me to explore the cradle of skiing. The apres scene in St Anton is legendary. The off-piste skiing is some of the best in the Alps. For those who have not skied in the Alps before, it dwarfs anything that you will find in North America. The scale of the Arlberg ski area is several times larger than the largest Western ski areas. St Anton, Austria - Feb 1 - 9, 2019 $2,250 / person, double occupancy Single supplement $350 Nonstop flight between BOS & Zurich on SWISS One free checked bag plus ski gear flies free Group transfers between airport and hotel 7 nights 3* Hotel Nassereiner Hof in St. Anton (double occ.) 4-course Dinner each evening at Hotel Nassereiner Hof Wine and cheese party upon arrival in St. Anton Full European Buffet breakfast daily Optional day trip to Innsbruck Int’l Departure Taxes, Fuel Surcharge & Security Fees totaling $380* *Currently $250 fuel & $130 Taxes are subject to change Prague, Czech Republic - Feb 9 - 12, 2019 $300 / person, double occupancy Single supplement $150 Inclusions: flight to/from Prague and group transfers ½-day city tour, lodging at 4* Hotel Grand Majestic Plaza European Buffet Breakfast Payment schedule: 1st third due with registration 2nd third due by September 25, 2018 Final balance due by December 11, 2018 Send checks to ACE Ski and Board Club, c/o Bryan Woods, 49 School St, N Chelmsford, MA 01863 Tentative flight itinerary: Fri 01 Feb 2019 LX053 9:45 pm BOS 11:00 am ZRH Sat 09 Feb 2019 LX052 5:25 pm ZRH 8:05 pm BOS EXTENSION Fri 01 Feb 2019 LX053 9:45 pm BOS 11:00 am ZRH Sat 09 Feb 2019 LX1486 12:45 pm ZRH 2:05 pm PRG Tue 12 Feb 2019 LX1487 2:45 pm PRG LX52 5:25 ZRH 8:05 pm BOS Optional trip insurance: no cancellation coverage, just "post-departure" medical evacuation insurance $21 Or with cancellation protection, must be purchased within 2 weeks of registering, price depends on package www.travelinsured.com/group.signup?group=88848&guid=22181a6cdebf43f3919b99201515ac40 Notes: There are a very limited number of single rooms available. Your passport must be valid a full 6-months after our return date. You'll need to join a ski club to go on the trip, but membership is only $30 for a single, $50 for a couple. And that entitles you to some amazing lift ticket deals to be announced in July. Lift tickets: Based on last year's feedback, lift tickets are not included and will be left up to the individual. Prices range from 54.50 EUR for 1 day to 289 EUR for 6 days. Register online via Google Forms: https://goo.gl/forms/kWfQAjVgx1OVhSAD3
  7. Weatherman


    Wachusett Mountain - by kdaffy Wa-wa-wa-wachusett is the largest suburban resort in the Metro Boston area. Located in the heart of New England, Wachusett Mountain offers 1,000 feet of real mountain skiing about an hour from downtown Boston. From the 2,006-foot summit, you can take in panoramic views of six states on a clear day (or night!). Wachusett is a snowmaking and grooming machine. They blow a ton of snow, and even more so starting in 16/17 with their upgraded snowmaking capabilities. Also they groom 2x/day, AM and around 6pm. The mountain has a bit of cool history. “Wachusett” is the Algonquin Indian word for “The Great Hill.” The first skiing trails on the mountain were cut in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. During World War II, the 10th Mountain Division trained at Wachusett and there is a plaque at the summit commemorating this. Of a personal note, famous author Henry David Thoreau penned a nice essay accounting an excursion with a friend from his home in Concord, MA to Wachusett mountain. An enjoyable read. Interesting that this same trip takes me 35 min these days…sure beats hoofing it on foot! The mountain is located in an old growth forest, with trees over 350 years old! Downside to this is that there is a strict prohibition against entering the old growth area, to quote “As you use the mountain for skiing and snowboarding, you have an important responsibility of helping to protect the old growth forest. Do not ski or snowboard in the Old Growth forest. Anyone found entering old growth areas will have their lift ticket revoked. Subsequent offenses will be subject to fines.” Layout While it may lack the expansive scale of its bigger brothers to the north, the mix of convenience, terrain, and amenities is hard to beat, making "Wa-Wa" one of the most popular day-trip destinations in New England. Trail map link: https://www.wachusett.com/TheMountain/OnTheSlopes/TrailMaps/tabid/461/Default.aspx The resort features 26 trails of various difficulties, but the mountain is mainly a beginner/intermediate cruising mountain. Amidst these trails is a terrain park, and a racing venue. Two high-speed chairlifts service the two main peaks as well as a newer high-speed lift for the beginner area. One additional 3-person chairlift (Vickery Bowl) services the mid-mountain area. Two magic carpets service the mountain's training slopes with a third open only during weekends and holiday periods for ski school lessons for young children. The majority of Wachusett’s terrain is mainly accessed by three HSQ lifts: 1. The Minuteman Express Quad: 625 vertical feet of intermediate cruisers, the park, and NASTAR course. Approx. 4 Minutes to the top. 2. The Polar Express Quad: 1000 vertical feet of intermediate and advanced terrain. Approx. 6 minutes to the top 3. The Mondadnock Express Quad: beginner terrain Navigating the mountain is pretty straightforward, with little need for poling once you hit the lifts. The mountain offers free parking and have a few overflow lots that are serviced by a shuttle. They also offer premium parking (must arrive before noon) for $15/day and for the season (17/18 pricing TBA). This is a good option for people who visit on holidays and weekends and want the luxury of prime parking. In addition, the mountain and MBTA offer train + shuttle service from Boston along the Fitchburg line in the winter, which is a nice option for people in the city without their own transportation (http://www.wachusett.com/default.aspx?tabid=66). Conditions Wachusett is usually one of the first mountains in eastern Massachusetts to open. Look for opening day late November/early December depending on the weather and their ability to start making snow. If it’s cold enough to make snow, they will be doing so, and in massive quantities, so coverage (albeit on limited terrain) is quite good early season; 100% snowmaking coverage on mountain and with recent significant investments in the system, it just cranks out copious amounts of the manmade goods. The resort typically is open until early April (though they will extend the season into the end of April if mother nature is cooperative). Once they start making snow, they steadily expand terrain and typically have the majority of the mountain open by the Christmas holiday. Trail Recommendations Beginner If you are a true first timer, it’s a great place to learn. The whole section serviced by the Monadnock Quad is all gentle green trails, and the ski school has a good reputation. If you are an improving beginner, the mountain will offer you plenty of what you are looking for. With the exception of the two black runs, most of the trails will be manageable, and offer challenge as you continue to improve into intermediate level. Intermediate Wachusett is made for intermediates. The majority of the trails are marked as blues, and combined with the top notch snowmaking and grooming, intermediates will find a lot of options and trail variety. Either of the Minuteman and Polar Express lifts will bring you to a variety of choices, and the Vickery Bowl Triple located mid-mountain, services only intermediate terrain (although with short vertical). Just look at the trail map, it’s all blue. I am a fan of Ralph’s run and Hitchcock trail off the minuteman lift, or Ropers Road/Balance Rock/Conifer off the Polar Express lift. Great trails with some variety in pitch, that wind down the mountain. Great views too! Advanced Not much in terms of steep and deep, but some decent options for more advance skiers. True experts will not find challenge here, but it is a great place for advancing intermediates to hone in their technique. There are two main black diamond trails, 10th Mountain and Smith Walton. 10th Mountain typically has a mogul field on the skier’s left about 1/3 of the way down from the lift. Man-made moguls that get destroyed by the masses, with icy troughs most of the time, but the optimist in me says that they are giving me the challenge that I find generally lacking at the mountain. The steepest section of the mountain is also on this trail. It’s about 50’ vert once you pass the mass pike trail to the skier’s far right, to the right of the lift pole…3-4 turns max, maybe 25 degree pitch. Smith is a wide trail that is used for major racing events. It starts of fairly flat, but then gets decent pitch about 1/3 of the way down until you pass mass pike and then flattens out into an intermediate trail for the final ½ of the mountain. Great trail to rip GS turns down, or practice nice short radius turns on the steep part. Again, if you are looking for expert terrain, I would look elsewhere. Sidecountry There are some sidecountry opportunities at Wachusett. A note of caution, you are entering an old growth forest and there are penalties if you get caught. Also, there needs to be a lot of snow to hit these lines, so opportunities are few and far between. The mountain has plenty of hiking trails that, if conditions are cooperative are a load of fun: harrington hiking trail, semuhenna hiking trail and old indian trail all are skiable. You can also drop off ropers road to monadnock which has some cliffs and pillow lines. Another option is the pine hill hiking trail, but it definitely needs a ton of snow given how rocky it is and it’s a bit of a hike at the bottom. The backside has some options as well, the power line being one of them. Patrol does not like this at all, so either skin or drive up the state park and do it early (before 8am), or run the risk of pass loss, fines, etc. Here is a hiking trail map: http://www.mass.gov/eea/docs/dcr/parks/trails/wachusett.pdf Facilities The base lodge is large given the mountain’s size (approx. 50k sq. ft.) and houses everything except for the rentals and ski school, which are found in an adjacent building. The base lodge has an area with lockers and cubbies, customer service, two restaurants, a cafeteria, the ski shop and demo center, and a coffee shop. In an adjacent building is the ski school and rental center. The ski shop is well stocked with hard and soft goods, along with a tuning center, and they do pretty good tunes. The demo center has good choices from brands like Atomic, Rossignol, Kastle, Head, and even has a few Parlor skis if you are looking for a more boutique brand. The rental center has everything you would think a rental center would have. They rent out Head skis. Dining options The Black Diamond Restaurant is a sit-down restaurant with bar located on the second level of the base lodge. Open for lunch and dinner, pub style dining with table service, and a small bar. Decent food, the burgers are pretty good. The Coppertop Lounge is a large bar with limited food service on the first level of the base lodge. The lounge often features live music acts. Beer selection is good. The Cafeteria is on the main level of the base lodge and is open all day and evening. Typical ski area cafeteria. There is a coffee shop on the main level of the base lodge. Bullock Lodge Cider House is a small on-slope lodge, operated by Red Apple Farm of Phillipston, MA. They serve a bunch of pastries and drinks, but it is definitely worth a stop for their hot cider and cider donuts! Rentals, Demos, and Shop Services Rentals are purchased at the ticket window. The rental center is located in the side building next to the ski school. The demo center is located at Mountainside Ski and Ride has good choices from brands like Atomic, Rossignol, Kastle, Head, Volkl, and even has a few Parlor skis if you are looking for a more boutique brand. Where to stay There is no on mountain lodging. The do offer suites on the second floor of the lodge, but these are only for the day, no overnight. Nearby options are the Wachusett Village Inn, The Chocksett Inn, The Maguire House, and families should consider the nearby Wolf Lodge in Fitchburg if this is a school vacation trip. All registered users can edit our mountain guides. These are intended as a community-curated resource, so please add your own contributions!
  8. Weatherman

    NMS Spring Gathering 2019

    Easter is a tough weekend for a lot of people. I know my family expects to see me on Sunday.
  9. Weatherman

    This Week's Snow is Cancelled

    definitely your fault then
  10. Weatherman

    This Week's Snow is Cancelled

    I found the snow. I'm leaving for Austria in a few weeks so I'm stoked!
  11. Weatherman

    1/7 - 1/9 - Storm

    Heading to the Crotch with race team tonight. May ski whatever is on offer.
  12. Weatherman

    NMS Spring Gathering 2019

    At least until the after party 😉
  13. Weatherman

    NMS Spring Gathering 2019

    I should have put "Both" as an option. I'm not opposed, but it does dilute the impact.
  14. Weatherman

    NMS Spring Gathering 2019

    Some of us die hard. I love April skiing.
  15. Weatherman

    Attitash triple

    They have been informed. Feel free to like and retweet. Let's get #TripleTrouble trending.
  16. Weatherman

    Attitash triple

    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
  17. Weatherman

    The Sugarbush Thread

    I just check their snow report and saw the Slide Brook lift is not running. What's the story there?
  18. Weatherman

    Narrowing the quiver

    I'm selling my wife's Blizzard Viva 8.1's, length 158 cm. Integrated adjustable bindings. Not many days on them since she tends to prefer her wider skis. Their are frontside specialists, hardpack eating machines. I am asking $200 on CL. But let's call it $150 OBO to members here.
  19. Weatherman

    Narrowing the quiver

    I'm considering streamlining my quiver. Any interest in...? 2014 Liberty Sequence (182 cm) 2015 Nordica NRGY 100 (177 cm) 2016 Head Monster 88 (177 cm)
  20. Weatherman

    Attitash triple

    Management has been honest that the issue is not capacity or permitting. It's money. Pure and simple. Peak Resorts does not believe that they would make back the cost of the lift in incremental new revenue. This largely is the result of not seeing their money back on the Blue Bird lift at Mt Snow. A little birdie told me they are eyeing the motor for replacement.
  21. My understanding that is Burke is not planned to go on the market until the receiver figures out how to turn a profit there.
  22. Weatherman

    Roll Call January 4-6

    Attitash and Wildcat were both excellent this weekend. Soft snow. Trees in play.
  23. Weatherman

    The Sugarbush Thread

    I'll be there next Saturday with the wife. Let me know if anyone else is there and wants to take some turns / beers.

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