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How was the skiing? A Positive Thread!

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Posted: Jan 02, 2007 - 2:51 AM GMT

Not much we can do about the weather. The best we can hope for is that the ski areas can do the best they can with what they got.

I was at Ragged on Saturday and we did some of the training and clinicking that would normally have been done a month ago. Not much was open, but what was open was OK.

I saw some positive comments about Crotched for the weekend.

I see Mad River was open on about 50% of their natural-snow terrain and they reported that most of the precip was frozen and did minimal damage.

How about it gang: Was the terrain you skied (where and if you went) fun?

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Posted: Jan 02, 2007 - 3:00 AM GMT

Sugarbush was great all weekend- lots of additional terrain opened. Sure, you hit things that weren't water-based, but at least you knew you'd encounter them on non-snowmaking terrain. Sunday was probably one of the most beautiful days you'll find, weather-wise.
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Posted: Jan 02, 2007 - 3:01 AM GMT

Went skiing today at Pico. Diehard day, but worth it. The trip report.

Powder day at Burke on Saturday. Guess who got first chair and was able to enjoy the first hour with only a few other passholders skiing? You got it!

Last season when things were bad, I sat home and "waited" for the good snow to come. Before I knew it, the season was over. So this season it is carpe diem. I've got 16 days so far...no complaints....it's skiing.
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Posted: Jan 02, 2007 - 12:28 PM GMT

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How about it gang: Was the terrain you skied (where and if you went) fun?

if you consider six inches of fresh and tree skiing fun, than saturday was fun. finding plenty of untracked six inch powder shots still waiting to be had on sunday was okay too. reports of the season's demise have been greatly exaggerated.

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Posted: Jan 02, 2007 - 2:15 PM GMT

Mount Snow this past weekend had some areas of really good snow(especially before 10:30 Am and on a few more out of the way trails - which shall remain nameless for now as I'll likely be needing them atleast for next weekend if not beyond )

On the flip side, some areas of the mountain at times especially on Sunday had some of the highest skier/rider density that I've ever seen in my 20+ years of skiing there. If a plus can be found from that I guess it's in the fact that they sold ALOT of tickets

If we could just get out of this roughly 14 day cycle of the weather pattern wheer we seem to get 6 or so days in a row of temps where you can make snow to recover first and then expand, followed by a "transparent snow"/"immature snow"(just loved those terms from yesterday's s'bush thread) event and roughly a week of time where the air compressors are resting! Hey I'd even take a pattern where we get above freezing every day and BELOW freezing EVERY night.
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Posted: Jan 02, 2007 - 3:49 PM GMT

positive comments from a few days skiing in NH...

the two Irish guys entertaining in Zip's at Cranmore were terrific

got lucky with a great parking spot at Cannon

awesome conditions for the first 500 yards on top of Attitash Saturday

no liftlines anywhere


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Posted: Jan 02, 2007 - 5:32 PM GMT

I went to Magic Sunday with the Wife and some friends.. We all had a blast despite the "challenging" death cookies at the top of Show off! Great show up on top, little crowds, and some "varied" terrain even though it was one way down!


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Posted: Jan 02, 2007 - 5:54 PM GMT

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.. reports of the season's demise have been greatly exaggerated.


RivercOil really captured the spirit of this thread that I was hoping for. With Gerald Ford's passing last week, I was reminded that he replaced Spiro Agnew. One of my favorite alliterations ever quoted to the press (about the press) came from Mr. Agnew when he refered to the Fourth Estate as "those nattering nabobs of negativity."

I was beginning to believe that about our posters based on many of the recent threads.

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Posted: Jan 02, 2007 - 7:06 PM GMT
Edited: Jan 02, 2007 - 7:15 PM GMT

I believe that Agnew speech and quote were written by William Safire, who, of course, later worked for the New York Times. And I suppose it was unkind of me, but as a long-time newspaper man, I thought it was poetic justice that Agnew wound up in jail. At least he didn't tell everyone that he was not a crook.

And BTW, I made a few runs at Wachusett Sunday morning. It was pretty good, considering the limited number of trails open. By about 10:30 it got pretty crowded so, being a season-pass holder, I left.
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Posted: Jan 02, 2007 - 9:44 PM GMT

So far I have been out 4 times:

Mount Snow 12/17 & 12/21.
The 21st was the only time this season that I wore my ski jacket.
The 21st was like a return to winter conditions as bare spots from the 17th were covered and the snow (man made) was firm.

Butternut 12/10 & 12/31.
Two trails on the main mountain were open accessed from one lift.



You have to enjoy what you have to ski on. I was happy to get to ski on the 31st even if it was for a few hours.

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Posted: Jan 02, 2007 - 11:34 PM GMT

I had a nice morning at Mount Snow on Sunday, Ridge was good in the morning and the Sundance lift was open to avoid crowds at the bottom. Free fall had nice snow but was an obstacle course with a lot of people and moguls.

I went to Berkshire east for the first time ever on Saturday, it was a cute place, no crowds, nice winding trails. They were trying to make snow when it was too warm, the water spraying on me made vis difficult and when my clothes were soaked it got cold. I want to go back in february or March.
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Posted: Jan 02, 2007 - 11:49 PM GMT

Despite the weather so far this season, the skiing was actually pretty damn good at Mohawk on Sunday. Sunny skies, fresh MM packed powder and excellent cover on 2 top to bottom runs. It was amazing how much the conditions improved on Sunday as compared to Saturday with only a few hours of snowmaking and a good groom job!

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Posted: Jan 03, 2007 - 1:24 AM GMT
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I went to Magic Sunday with the Wife and some friends.. We all had a blast despite the "challenging" death cookies at the top of Show off! Great show up on top, little crowds, and some "varied" terrain even though it was one way down!


dave


This morning (Tuesday) I was the only person on the slope. The rain didn't hurt much and the grooming got rid of the cookies. The skiing was great although lonely. Tomorrow the wife's going to keep me company.

PS It's 8:17pm and the groomer just went up the slope. I hope it cools off enough to make snow tonight
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Posted: Jan 03, 2007 - 6:03 PM GMT

Waterville on Friday, Saturday and Sunday was much better than anticipated. The trail count went up each day from 18 to 22. The snow crews made snow morning and night. Mother nature dropped between 5-7" on Saturday to help. Trails like Gema and Ciao, which opened Saturday and Sunday, were great. Temps at the summit on Saturday and Sunday were 15-22 degrees. There were some "congestion" problems on a couple of trails and at trail merges due to just the sheer number of people with little terrain. But once you got past those situations things were pretty good.

There were a few problems like not enough green trails for beginners, little grooming (it appeared that all manpower was allocated to snowmaking and not grooming) and the usual yoyo's who have no ski manners. And it rained on Monday but other than that I'm glad I got three days in. And the ski area was much better than I had hoped for.
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Posted: Jan 03, 2007 - 8:25 PM GMT

I went to Waterville Valley on Tuesday (yesterday). Well, they had a good amount of terrain open but, IT WAS ALL ICE! Lets say you want to stop, you have to keep sliding down till you hit a patch of snow! Not good conditions...

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Posted: Jan 03, 2007 - 8:45 PM GMT

The rain on Monday killed them. We were going to ski Monday and Tuesday this week but opted to go home as we new the conditions would be horrible after the all morning rain and afternoon drizzle on Monday.
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Posted: Jan 03, 2007 - 9:03 PM GMT

I skied at Sunapee 4 times already this season with marginal to excellent conditions. Going out today, conditions were different on different parts of the mountain. Most mountain areas are open with good coverage, but icy conditions did exist. I found Packed Powder on Bonanza and Westside, as well as Upper and Middle Wingding. The Sun Bowl was scrapped off as usual at the bottom, but I have to give it to them, they have been doing well with what they have. Snowmaking is to resume Sunday night when more optimal temperatures arrive.

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Posted: Jan 03, 2007 - 9:55 PM GMT

Skied Camelback this morning. Same amount of terrain open as last week. They had done some snowmaking on the mountain when temperatures allowed. What they have open is in fairly good shape. A little hard pack and ice in the shade but not unskiable, some corn down low in the sun. Quite similar to what one could find in the spring. No crowds and nice temps but still longing for some cold weather.

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Posted: Jan 03, 2007 - 11:48 PM GMT

I spent today (1/3) at Bretton Woods. They've done a superb job of snowmaking and have a lot open. Some bumps and few steeps, but Bretton Woods is mostly is mostly a cruising hill. It was a bright sunny day and the view of Mt. Washington on a day like this is spectacular.

The lifts had small lines, but mostly because people were going up in twos and threes and no one was encouraging people to quad-up.

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Posted: Jan 04, 2007 - 1:29 AM GMT

I've been at Stowe for the last few days. I have no complaints. Lots of cool things seem to be happening. New construction, and a convenient gondala between Mansfield and Spruce. The snow cover is thin on some trails. All in all I am very impressed. Big mountain, everyone is friendly, lots of great food in the area and a surprising amount of natural snow. Not where it should be, but it beats the heel out of watching the grass grow in the Catskills.

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