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How was your 2020/2021 season compared to past seasons and compared to expectations?

Ignoring all the Covid factors, I'd give this season 4 stars out of 10.  We didn't get an early start, we got several major meltdowns, we didn't get any spectacular big dumps, we had below average snowfall, and we had average to early closings.  I might have rated it even lower except we had 3 great weeks of spring skiing that we don't always get (at Cannon anyway).

Covid added a whole bunch of minuses and pluses.  Covid restrictions had my expectations for the season really, really low.  But locally we managed to do alright and overall the season far exceeded my expectations. Our season ran smoother than expected and obviously it ran longer than last year.  On the minus side there were travel restrictions, longer lift lines, reduced lift capacity, closed lodges, and general hassles.  When I balance all the covid pluses and minuses it's kind of a wash for me. My rating stays at 4 out of 10.

It's an added bummer that Covid crushed a potentially awesome late-season last year, while this year didn't get the snowfall for a great late-season. Who's in charge of scheduling global pandemics and weather? Can't they do better at aligning??

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I think I was just so grateful to have a season at all that I'd rate it a 6.  Yes, the season started slow and late, but February conditions were pretty freaking nice, and the spring skiing was great.  We had the WM SuperPass (usually ski Cannon and BW only), and barely skied at BW due to crowds, parking, etc., but I thought Cannon really upped their grooming game this year.  We usually only to BW for the glades, and with the low snow, they weren't great this year anyway.

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4.5

 

@Cannonballer's ranking of a 4 is pretty spot on for me. I give it an extra .5 just because we survived the pandemic without getting shut down like last year. I came in to the year mentally prepared for the season to either have periodic pauses or a full cancellation so at least we were able to avoid all that. 

 

Overall, it was a pretty meh season. Hardly any tree days and even the days we had, they didn't seem particularly deep. At Cannon, we had quite a few days were we stayed on the Front 5 between the snowmaking fog, winds & log lift lines. Not hitting any other mountains besides Cannon was a bummer too. It's definitely nice to have some variety. Especially with a long drive, it felt pretty momentous this year. Add that all in together and there were quite a few days where I was terribly inspired. The actual days turned out to be better than expected pretty much all the time but that was mostly due to the low expectations based on the weather. 

It was a great end to the season however. I wish the terrain was more expansive but it was really nice to have 3 sunny Saturdays in a row and 2 of them with nice warm weather. 

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7 hours ago, Cannonballer said:

Who's in charge of scheduling global pandemics and weather? Can't they do better at aligning??

It's the devil. He did a perfect job.

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8/10

Living in Warren, Vermont for the winter and moving my work to the evening allowed me to find time to ski every day instead of watching TV. Got 106 days under my belt. It was a bit lonely as I never met any locals, but my friends who would not ski with me up here almost never left the house this winter. Unlike NH we had a good base in the trees from MLK to St. Patties, and barely enough snow to keep it from getting icy till March started. I skied some trees before MLK but with my rock skis.  The crowds were normal, but I guess there were actually fewer people and no access on many days was a bummer. WROD season did go a little late, but I felt the reduced capacity made that part of the season better. It was the first season I have seen F. I. S at Sugarbush consistently skiable, and the first time I have seen it without snowmaking. I wonder if that is a coincidence?

 

Some lessons from the season. For WROD skiing lower uphill capacity is better. When there are two trails open, doubling the wait time is worth it.

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2/10 for me. Went every weekend to Wildcat but I didn't realize how spoiled I have become without lift lines. Between Epic pass people and only 1 or 2 people on the lift, lines were absurd and cut into time on the hill. 

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Id say I had a 6 /10 !!

Had a few great days early season days at BW, some powder days there but reality probably 6 inches or less !!

Couple of spring Days in a row highlight my Cannon days and one really nice Spring day at Waterville !

Yesterday was a nice surprise, didn't think Loon would have that much snow left after the past few weeks at Cannon.

Really missed not have the K Express pass this year !

 

 

 

 

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I think it was a 5 even though I got 68 days and ~600k of vert.   I did get a run of mini powder days in mid Jan to early Feb.  The front five did get boring with the visibility issues.  I made it over to Mitty once and the snow on trials was awesome.  The glade skiing at Cannon was terrible.  I got into the summit glades once on a good day and then on another warm day they sucked.  Styrofoam snow.  I did get some good glade days at BW if you can call them glades.

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7/10

Had some solid days at Wildcat. Sunapee skied well both times I was there, crowds be damned.

Got a powder day and just about all of the trees in at Crotched during one particular visit.  

Mac race league was a blast for 7 or 8 Tuesdays. 

Cannon was oddly very good on the coldest day of the season. 

Kid got into the trees and bumps and absolutely LOVED them. A lot clicked for him this season. 

Tailgating and shooting the shit with friends was more fun than it was a punishment for no lodge. 

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1 hour ago, frapcap said:

7/10

Had some solid days at Wildcat. Sunapee skied well both times I was there, crowds be damned.

Got a powder day and just about all of the trees in at Crotched during one particular visit.  

Mac race league was a blast for 7 or 8 Tuesdays. 

Cannon was oddly very good on the coldest day of the season. 

Kid got into the trees and bumps and absolutely LOVED them. A lot clicked for him this season. 

Tailgating and shooting the shit with friends was more fun than it was a punishment for no lodge. 

Yes forgot to mention Race league was Awesome and the Food didnt Suck either !!! 😢

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Id say 5/10 - only hit wachusett this year which was a downer in some respects, but got a decent 20 days in total, all with the family so that is a plus.  compared to last year between broken foot driving a late start in feb and the subsequent shut down a month or so later, this was a big win, but nothing really special in the general sense

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2 hours ago, frapcap said:

Tailgating and shooting the shit with friends was more fun than it was a punishment for no lodge. 

Totally agree!  I'm sure that this was a struggle for a lot of people, especially beginners and families. But for us it was great.  I spent exactly zero dollars for on-mountain F&B this season!

Both Cannon and Loon had way more parking lot festivities than normal. The vibe around that was excellent. I hope this sticks for the future. 

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It was a good season.  I skied about a dozen times at Berkshire East and 57 at Wachusett.  Once at Sunapee, once at Crotched.  No Western trip alas, and wasted a lot of money on the Epic Northeast Pass.  Only skied mornings, no lodges, boot up behind car, lots less vertical feet due to that and long lift lines.  That said, I skied well, had a lot of fun and was fortunate to be able to do so.  Glass half full for sure.

Also got some uphill gear and skinned up Wachusett a handful of times early morning.

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Great thread.  I'm in Utah and still skiing frequently for another month or so.  I'm making up for a late start.  I didn't get my first lift served day until Feb 19, 2021.  But this season posed some unique and sometimes wrenching problems.  I'm the guy that tries to post as many mouthwatering ski photos as possible, but this winter was very humbling for me.  I became the guy sitting on the sidelines. 

My usual plan in recent years is to remain in the east for early season, ski locally a few times, and then go west to Utah for an extended stay and more skiing.  As I was planning to do a an early season eastern ski day my wife said "I don't want you skiing until we're both vaccinated."  Ouch.  I watched Dec, Jan and part of Feb go by without skiing.  After some heart to heart talks we decided I'd go west by myself for a few weeks starting in mid-Feb.  The hope was that in a few weeks I'd reunite with my wife in Utah when we could be both be vaccinated. 

Fortunately, it has worked out.  My wife got vaccinated in the east and I got vaccinated in the west.  We've been together in Utah since late March.  But psychologically my wife and I are still coping with the threat posed by the virus.  It was a hell of a thing and I'll be very glad when things are back to full normal.

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I'd probably go 5/10, mostly because 2nd half of January through early March skied overall great, even if not deep.  Great getting back to Cannon for first time in decades (lack of VT allowed that), had a great time every day there and even got some mini powder.  Love the Mittersill side!

Most of my days were at SR, started on a rainy Monday late November for their opening day which is odd.  Got some Loon in, totally not impressed there this season.  Snowmaking seemed weak and very disappointed with midweek Gondi lines and lack of consistent 7 Bros running.

Overall, sitting at 46 days.  Will get one more at SR next week, and quick hit trip out to Bachelor the following week and probably K on May 1st now that VT has finally gone away from mandated Quarantine.  That will likely close out my season at 51 days as I don't think I will go much beyond Mother's Day weekend.

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