I thought it couldn't get better then last weekend with nice temps, soft deep snow etc. The midweek got down right hot here and I only intended to ski Saturday this past weekend. There was no doubt in my mind that spring had sprung and I didn't pay any attention to TWC last week. Arriving home Thursday PM my wife told me of the storm. Friday here in North Jersey we got hit with some snow and a ton of sleet. With schools closed I worked the snow blower several times and had the drive way passable. Sat AM drove to Camelback. They officially claimed 14-inches, other's said 16-18-inches. The mountain was ungroomed and no one was there. There conditions were outragous, similar to what I skied in Utah last month. The wind was moving snow around and creating some wonderful patches of powder in sheltered areas. Saturday of course was St Patties day and people did eventually start making their way to the area. Stayed at the mountain till late dancing and apres skiing in the lounge. Couldn't pass up Sunday after that. Groomed out much of it but the temps were nice, and the sun bright ( a little burn for me). The wind was still moving the snow around and sheltered places had pow. For a season that started so poorly it certainly ended with a bang. Hoping to go up north this weekend and then will see if there's any thing worth it on Good Friday and Easter Saturday.
Alex,glad you had a great time at the 'Back and were able to enjoy the freshies,maybe you should join their advertising department,anyone comparing the Pocono snow to "The Greatest Snow on Earth" deserves to be part of the marketing team!
Glad you were able to enjoy all that fresh "green"!
3' of powder at Jay by Sunday which was one of the best days of my skiing career. Knee deep was the rule with thigh shots every couple of runs and a few dives waist deep. More face shots than you can shake a stick at. Sensational weekend and Sunday would be hard to beat.
Steve,your galleries rock.Speaking of rocks,in your experience have you skied steeper,rockier shots than the Tramline at Cannon?I never made it up to Jay and did MRG back in my late teens(late 70's)when I had no fear and was in prime shape.I did a couple nail biters at Jackson several years back but nothing that nasty in quite some time.When I finally skied Cannon early Jan 05 I stared up that iconic Tramline when visiting the museum and only imagined.Photos don't generally do justice for true pitch,but your tramline shots intimidate the crap out of me.I guess I'm just getting old and used to the flatland.
Great site(Snowway)thanks for all your reports and pics,having trouble downloading the video.Rock on
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thanks for the comments, ciscokid. i actually don't consider tramline as steep as it looks. this year was particularly brutal as they opened it sooner than they have in the passed (when in fact, they actually did open during the past few years, they are averaging about 50/50!). my last time on tramline two or three years ago was awesome coverage and very few rocks showing. this year's pics from a few weeks ago were just nasty. one of the few times i have been on a trail and honestly thought it should be closed. i have occasionally skied thinner covered and rockier lines, but never inbounds. tramline needs a but load of snow to ski well. if only cannon got the same quantity of snow as the northern greens...
in comparison to steepness, i have skied a lot steeper. paradise at mrg and face chutes at jay felt slightly steeper, but i don't consider those trails to be excessively steep. once you start skiing gullies on mount washington, the definition of steep changes significantly. but even off the map stuff, slack country at ski areas, have steeper lines than tramline.
Steve,I think it's really the rocks that get to me,they would stop you in a hurry whereas at Jackson I often said when going down the cirque below Corbets I better well know how to self arrest cause if I go down there's no stopping me.(and I mean way down)I definately upgraded my respect for a mountain(and my phyche)after a couple JH trips.
I believe I did Paradise X-mas week of '77 at age 18(college buddys)but never read the trail map and didn't appreciate the single 'cause it wasn't even 30 yrs old yet.(just an old lift at the time,yea right)I vividly remember separating the metal top from the woodcore?207 Blizzard's(I think they were B's)and my blue jean long johns fit right in and had to trash 'em afterwards,Oh those were the days!And then there was the C+S gondy at the "Bush!
WEEKDAYS ARE AWESOME TOO!
I've been bummed for the last week because due to my son's schedule, a chance to go skiing wasn't looking good until next Monday. He's playing in the band for his school play and they have practice everyday (including this past weekend), and the play is this weekend.
Well, taking him to school this morning he said that he was going out for pizza after school and they had the dress rehersal tonight so I didn't have to pick him up until 9:45pm. It was 26F and sunny. WOO HOO! That got the old brain working on overdrive! I took care of a couple things that I had to do at work, ran home, got changed, packed a lunch, loaded the skis in the car, and headed to Blue Mt.!
Pulled into the upper lot at 12:00. It was sunny and 33 degrees. Used the 1/2 price coupon they start handing out in Feb. for Mar. for a Twilight ticket for $21.00.
Everything was groomed really well. There were some small cookies here and there on a few trails but otherwise it was packed powder edge to edge. The only trail that had some ice patches was Main Street. Things started to soften up really nicely after 1:00. Very little mashed potato's except for in the usual spots on sharp corners much later in the day. They only had the 6-Pack and one of the doubles running but there were no lines even though I was surprised by the number of cars in the lot when I pulled in. Skied 'til 7:15 and it was still daylight. One of my best days of the season.
The Phrase-of-the-Day from almost everyone I rode the lift with was, "Wow, what a GREAT day!"
Oh yeah, rode the 6-Pack with a 90yr. old guy, his 77yr. old 2nd. wife, his son and daughter-in-law. All retired. (I didn't ask. They offered all that info.) It started with the 90yr. old saying "...I've been retired for 35yrs! 4 runs later I passed him still making his way down one of the easy slopes. But hey, HE'S 90! AND HE'S STILL SKIING!!! Suddenly, my legs didn't feel so tired!
Official Closing Day is April 1st. (My daughter's birthday! )
GET OUT THERE AND SKI!
March has been good to the Pocono's this year. Sunday was as good as it gets with crystal blue skys, Bright sun ( I got a slight burn), and great snow. I'm looking north now for a couple of more days, but I'm looking forward to next season and hoping it can be better(maybe a solid Dec-Mar).