I don't mean just the poor conditions, I mean the injuries and fatalities.
- A teenager at Jiminy who had just won a snowboarding trophy died going down the slope to check out his time.
- A Swedish snowboarder died at Whiteface during practice (earlier thread)
- I saw two nasty accidents, a face plant with awful results at Cannon (sheet of ICE) on Saturday and a couple broken legs/busted knees at Jay Peak Sunday
Is this consistent with what other people saw this weekend? Is it mostly due to the rain melting down to boiletplate ice? This is scary...
I thought conditions on Saturday 3/11were great at Killington, soft bumps of spring corn on some of the lower elevation runs off of Bear and Skye. Devil's Fiddle was a spectacular run, soft bumps, reasonable coverage and an empty chair to ski back onto. Stratton on Sunday was soft corn snow for the most part with a few boiler plate patches in high traffic areas. Stratton had a few puddles to 'pond skim' here and there, but the few bump trails were fun.
Talisman - I'm glad you had better conditions that I did! Jay was OK in the AM, although it poured all afternoon and by the end of the day some trails (Northway especially) were entirely ice all the way across. Cannon was undoubtedly the worst conditions throughout the entire mountain that I have ever experienced in 6 years of snowboarding. Very dangerous, etc. One trail (one!) had semi-corn snow, the rest was ice and more ice.
I think the rain up north Friday really destroyed what was there and the southern VT mountains escaped it somewhat - not today however
I did hear of a nasty crash at the Great Sunapee on Saturday. Racer lost control and hit a bystander who was holding her skis. The ski edges really missed up the woman's face...in so many words Other than that, lots of falls.