Anybody check out any interesting area(s) for the fist time this season?
I took a shot at Willard Mountain (near Greenwich, NY), nice little hometown hill..... about a 500-550 vert (I would guess) with a double & T-bar. A couple trails of decent pitch mixed in with some nice greens for the kids.
Certainly worth checking out, but I would suggest avoiding Saturdays, as there were several groups there and the lifts were stopping constantly...
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Believe it or not, this season was my first trip to Mad River and all I can say is wow. Fantastic skiing, great employees, and just a great, overall place. Though it was not my first experience on a single chair (rode Stowe's it's last day of operation), it was a fun experience non the less. Another first for me at MRG was delivering, via chairlift, the top lift operator's lunch. She's lucky it made it to the top, as it looked GOOD!
I skied at Mohawk Mtn. for the first time, along with assorted nieces and nephews and friends. It was in January, the day started at 4 degrees below zero F. and there was not much of a crowd. Obviously, it is old (more than 50 years old), fairly small (maybe 700-foot-vert. as a guess) with perhaps one of the narrowest two-place chairlifts anywhere. It didn't seem to make much sense loading up the ski gear and driving west-southwest to the Litchfield Hills (from my door in Dudley, Mass., to the front row of the Mohawk parking lot, two hours to the minute) but we had lots of fun. The only other Connecticut area I have skied is Powder Ridge, the only area I know of with dinosaur tracks near the entrance road. I used to hike in that area when I was a kid growing up in Middletown. Never thought there would be a ski area there, and I might have been right.
sadly, this is the first year in a good number of years that i have not visited at least one new area. i like hitting up new areas when they are 100% open with excellent cover so i can really get the feel for the mountain. obviously, conditions never agreed with my criteria this year.
although i did have a few new interesting experiences including learning how to ski powder and having several awesome powder days at cannon and mittersill including two boot deep in one knee deep days, unreal. and untracked powder, that was insane.
next year i'm moving up my first trips to saddleback and smuggs.
tryed out crotchet at night- quite fun to ski at midnight. id say best place for night skiing iv been to!
also skied pico twice, loved it while there is nothing terrably hard still plenty of bumps, un crowded lifts and big vertical.
one more new area to add to the evergrowing list WOODBURY
300 vertical five real trails/slopes an old hall wood double and a rope tow. fun area. wouldnt be in any rush tohead back, due to driving time but still fun to check it out!
did a tone of telemark this year, which was a lot of fun. hope to do even more next year
Hmn,well,I did persuade my sweetie to take a pee in the trees a couple of times.
Still on the subject of naughty things,thanks to the kindness of others,we ate a "special" cookie once,Very,Very Nice.One other time we got to smoke something,also V Nice,but seemed to cause us to tire sooner.
Went Out-of-Bounds at Kirkwood's 'backside' a couple of times,fantastic terrain,but almost got lost the last time and had to hike up to a lift,out of the trees (4/17)
Oh yeh,started liking skiing fast this year,and got comfortable skiing the half-pipes.Even got to scrape the edges,and almost get some air,in Sierra's,and Squaw's small pipe.
Had my first out-of-state,"destination" trip,to CrestedButte,CO.
Stayed in a "ski-town",as opposed to at the resort,for the first time,in Truckee,CA.
I think that's it,TURX.
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Took my first trip to Jay Peak and Pats Peak.
Pats Peak-For a small mountain, it has a good part and some good steeps, if you go out-of-bounds(I didn't tell you this) there are some nice steeps and secret stashes.
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I skied a bunch of areas for the first time, including Stowe, Owls Head, Plattekill, Mont Glen, Bromont, Elk Mountain, Mountain Creek, Snow King, and Brian Head, but no question, the high point of my season was visiting and writing about two ski areas that haven't changed in more than 30 years, Bobcat and Mont Shefford.
Such a pleasure to finally experience what skiing was like in "the old days"... I loved it. Previously, I would read posts from all the lost ski area fanatics that frequent this board and not really understand what all the hoo-ha was about.
I would've hit up Hickory as well, but when I finally had the opportunity, they had just gone through a big thaw and were closed for the season.
I was able to get out to ski Okemo, Ragged, and Bretton Woods this season, which is unheard of for me. I'm a die hard skier that will ski everyday, but I only really ski at Sunapee. This year I got in about 100+ days at Sunapee. So it was nice to get to some new terrain. Okemo was nice but a little flat for me. Ragged was nice, but there wasn't much open, and Bretton Woods was the best. We went up on a knee deep powder day. The glades were great.
__________ Fall Linen. Imaginary line following the most direct path down a slope that skiers continuously traverse on a run, often stopping at other invisible slope features along the way like the Tumble Lane, the Stagger Path and the Topple Zone.
Going DOWN on a lift, which I did at Sundance with my best friend (who lives in SLC) thanks to a great online flight deal on American back in January.
...quite a visual on the way up when you look ahead at the next little summit hill that the lift passes over and realize that the people on the chairs ahead of you aren't getting off, but are going over and then down the other side. (...like, "HUH!??" It was like vertigo in reverse for a second there.
Just about the time I was saying "What the" it became apparent that the lift continued up, over and down the back side where it ended at a "mid-mountain" station in this little valley where you could also hop right back on the next lift up to the true Sundance summit.
....where I had my second new experience of the day, which was skiing down into a vast, wide open (Bishop's) bowl of deeeep, fresh and still snowing like crazy, powder (and to be really honest, the site of my first really good header of the season.)
Whew! It was also my first deep powder experience...and a little tougher then it first looked. I turned, but, ummm, the mountain didn't....., so I had three new skiing twists all in about the first 1/2 hour. Was getting the hang of linked powder turns by day's end and it's serious FUN!
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