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  1. Out in Tahoe right now. All the most expensive local brews on tap and in cans right now are "New England Style IPAs". My how times have changed! It wasn't long ago that "West Coast IPAs" dominated the premiere markets. Putting aside my subjectivity, I think this is the right move. I definitely prefer the NE IPAs.
  2. With the weather this spring it's been tough to get consistent rides in. Every time out feels like starting over and I've been getting frustrated. But then I just went back and compared this year to last. Now I'm feeling a lot better how the spring went. In 2018 I only had one, 4 mile ride under my belt by May 7th. This year I'm at about a dozen rides and 80 miles. Really looking forward to the meat of the season now.
  3. Nice! I have to get back there. Last time I was there was April 30, 2010. It was a freak 2 foot snowstorm at Cannon the night before. We skinned up in the blazing sun, drank a few beers, took a slushy run down, drank some more beers, then headed over to Franklin. We didn't have much left in the tank by then so I can't say I experienced the place. I'm looking forward to getting in there this season for some legit riding.
  4. I have some used snowboards if he wants to diversify. This is a coffee table I did a few years ago.
  5. That entire article was douche level 12!! But this one was especially clueless. There is freaking dirt everywhere in snow! And I have never gone through a season without at least 2 major grease-from-lift-tower incidents.
  6. I wash my gear as little as possible. That usually means once at the end of the season. All of my gear that I count on to be waterproof/breathable is Gore-Tex or other membranes. I've never had good success with any coatings or repellents. As mentioned above, Gore-Tex (membranes) actually like to be washed so that the pores aren't clogged with dirt. So I follow Gore-tex washing instructions which are pretty basic. Gear that uses coatings will definitely suffer from washing. Don't count on it to perform well after a few washings.
  7. Nice! I've always wanted to check that place out. Even more so now.
  8. Above average for me. Probably 2nd best in the past 10 years (coming in behind 2010-2011). Part off that had to do with my light work schedule. That let me take advantage of some of the best days of the season which seemed to be mostly mid-week this year. I know from reading other reports and forums that there were 2 important attributes of this season that impacted whether you got the goods or not: 1) there was a big difference from North to South. Southern areas had a crappy year, while north had above average snowpack all season. 2) mid-week snow followed by weekend rain or cold. If you couldn't get out mid-week you may not have loved the season. I wrote some of these observations on another forum earlier in the season. I'll plagiarize myself: Some of the earliest openings ever for places like Wildcat etc. Got the season off to special start. Powder for Thanksgiving weekend brought some of the biggest opening weekend crowds I can recall. Powder continued till Dec 1st. Hardpack in most places throughout December, but N.VT getting refreshers all month. Despite the lack of snow, the base held up pretty well throughout December. So when the powder days started right back up at the beginning of 2019 everything became accessible very quickly. This continued to be a trend all season. We really kept a lot of snow and just continued to pile up. Tree skiing got difficult because you were up in the untrimmed branches. Sunday of MLK weekend was one of the busiest days I have ever seen at both Cannon and Loon. Pictures from around the internet showed absolutely insane lift lines at most New England ski areas. The timing of the well-forecasted storm on Sunday meant that it was easy for people to plan to come up for the weekend. Mid through late January was excellent. Several big storms on Wednesdays. Wednesday 1/9 was incredible with >14" at most areas. Wednesday 1/30 was one of the best powder days in memory across all of Northern New England. Feb wasn't amazing but there were some decent days. March 23rd was 20"-30" across Northern NH, VT, and ME. Absolutely bonkers powder day. Followed by bluebird Sunday on 3/24. Now we've finally managed to finally get a few spring days. I expect more considering how deep the base is still.
  9. That's very cool. Forecast isn't looking favorable though.
  10. Sunday River is also weekends only now
  11. I'm sure we've all seen the news stories about this from last Thursday. I know I lot of us have been having personal conversations about it. Especially since many of have plans to be up there in the coming weeks. I haven't posted about it because the news reports have been incomplete and the social media reports have been unreliable. Finally, here is the very detailed (yet heartbreaking) full report from MWAC. https://www.mountwashingtonavalanchecenter.org/4112019-avalanche-fatality-raymond-cataract/?fbclid=IwAR1nl1DF6VtZqGBwors-8zkKXGakeDSHcsCo6E-Z68AFR3baKaVRXzBsuHA I'm just gonna say 2 things: 1) These rangers and first responders are absolutely amazing. Their unique set of calculated experience and decision-making, combined with their pure courage and humanity is pretty damn unique. I don't know how they juggle being so clinical about their discussions while obviously being so emotional about their commitment. 2) Let's not turn this into an armchair QB thread. Every single social media platform and ski forum has already done that. We're all just recreational skiers. Some with more or less BC experience. We're all happy to be enjoying some late season fun. Take the lessons learned from this report, there are a lot of them. They span from the technical aspects of BC skiing, to the mental aspects of decision making, to the emotional aspects of ultimate loss. There is lots to gain from absorbing all of that, there is little to gain from critiquing it.
  12. I've got some Cannon vouchers left. A couple of full vouchers, and a couple of $25 tix. Cannon is only going to be open full time until Monday 4/15 and then maybe again for Easter Weekend. Hit me up if interested. Not really enough time to mail them now so would probably require a pick-up in Lincoln or meet-up at Cannon.
  13. That area is off the charts gorgeous. if you have a kayak bring it and the only thing you'll be disappointed in is how little time you have to explore. The towns of Belfast and Blue Hill are both quintessentially picturesque coastal Maine. Belfast is a bit more of quaint downtown on the waterfront, Blue Hill is a more rural village on the waterfront. Both have excellent public harbors with cheap or free parking and easy launch points. Mt Desert Narrows coming out of Blue Hill Bay is an gorgeous rocky harbor full of little islands and nice boats (although that's still early season up there). A little further around the coast is Brooklin and Henrick Bay. Henrick Bay has some residences around it but is otherwise mostly undeveloped and very quiet. I think there is a kayak launch point along Rt 175. I've launched a small skiff (with advanced permission) from Atlantic Boat Works which is a little further around the point. Brooklin is also home to the world known and super amazing Wooden Boat School. If you're into traditional boat building you could see if they have any events or open-houses going on. A little further south (to break up the drive) are Rockland, Rockport, and Camden. Rockland has a lot going on. Camden is an upscale downtown waterfront and Camden Harbor has great kayaking. Keep in mind that first week of June is pretty early season in that area. Water will still be super cold. Many kayak rental spots may not be open yet, and it's possible some docks may not even be in. If this wedding invite is a date-type situation you've got a lot of options for romance in this part of Maine....just saying.
  14. That's for the non-holiday version. Unrestricted is $645 for 6 days. 🤢🤢
  15. Didn't realize you were coming. Sorry if I missed that. We went over to Sunday River.
  16. Sounds like another great party! I am mostly likely out. I'm going to have 2-3 nephews with me for the weekend. After already shelling out for their (and my) season passes this year it will tough to swallow buying 5 day tix at Wildcat when Cannon is still open. I'm keeping the option on the table in case things change and would love to catch everyone if possible.
  17. Opps, @Puck it beat me to it. At least it's his head not mine!
  18. Not super-unknown but will PM so nobody bites my head off!
  19. Tale of 2 different days. Cannon 4/6/2019: 35-45 degrees. 1-3" of snow overnight. Ceiling at about mid-mountain. Showed up first thing in the AM very skeptical about conditions for the day. I was fully ready for a one-and-done. Met @ABV and @fcksummer at the Zoomer bar (turns out @Smellytele was parked right behind us also). We grabbed opening bell on the Zoomer chair while the groomers were still working there way down the Front Five. Following our usual routine we took a warm up lap on Gary's. The first turn was tentative with no sense of how firm or soft it would be. It was soft! Very fast carveable granular corduroy! Nice, that works! It felt good underfoot and put the pedal down. At the last roller on Gary's the groomers had apparently taken a hard right over to Rocket because they left a good bit of lower Gary's ungroomed. Hitting the fresh layer of new snow was like riding into a fly trap. I went from 40 to 5 MPH in a split second and almost swallowed my knees. That was the lesson learned and we adapted from there. Knowing that was what we had to work with we adjusted our technique accordingly and took off to explore the rest of the mountain. Basically it was the same everywhere, really good if you were on your toes (well actually on your heels). Upper mountain glades were filled in and we found untracked pretty much all day (lower mtn glades are toast). We took a short break to participate in Cannon's Passholder appreciation day. WOW they really pulled out all the stops!! Once your fished your cold hamburger patty out of the bucket you could put it on your cold bun. Then you had the option of manhandling the block of american cheese to rip yourself off a slice that every other passholder had already pawed over. If you brought your own ketchup you could even add that! Unencumbered by full bellies we decided to go for a hike. Visibility up top was pretty rough. Staying in the trees helped a lot. We eventually opted for a Saddle run and more trees. Honestly, it's not as bad as it looks! It turned out to be far better day than I expected it we made it a long one. Sunday River 4/7/2019: 45-55 degrees. Sunny. Corn and slush. On the drive over to Sunday River the clouds were thick and dark. I was getting bummed out that we STILL weren't going to get a decent spring day. But by 10am the sun started breaking through and it got hot fast! The snow softened right up. The coverage is still amazing. Trails are edge to edge with virtually no bare spots and woods are still mostly all in play. We mostly opted for some classic spring bumps, with Shockwave being the mogul standout that it's known for. SR and even Cannon should be holding snow for a long time to come even after they shut down for 2019.
  20. Blue F150? I said "Smelly?" as we passed. Didn't get a response. Anyway, pretty great day it there today!
  21. Wait, that was me! Biggest slide of the year, head first on my back down almost all of Zoomer. Actually, saw a guy carrying teles. Was with college-age son. Seemed to fit some of your reports.
  22. Were you there today? Feel like we might have crossed paths near Zoomer.
  23. Just about the most bonkers thing I've ever seen.
  24. Kind of using this thread as a long term journal of conditions. Could be useful for looking back and seeing how things shape up year to year. 4/2/2018. Marshfield, MA. 50 degree. Trails completely snow & ice free. 99% dry. Ticks starting to show up. The good news is that the trails are on excellent shape. Almost mid-summer conditions. The bad news is that now there are no excuses to go slow. Thought I was going to puke dragging my fat ass up and down these climbs. Time for that spring diet.
  25. My wife's family are all "goofy-Newfies' hailing from the fishing fleets of Newfoundland. It's always been a bit of a sore spot, embarrassment, and taboo subject around Boxing Day. But with today's news we just locked in basically free skiing at Jay and Burke for the forseeable future!! I urge anyone with CAN roots to jump on this https://vtskiandride.com/jay-peak-and-burke-sold-to-quebec/ A Mari usque ad Mare!!

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