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Posted: Mar 13, 2006 - 10:18 PM GMT

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...
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Posted: Mar 13, 2006 - 10:51 PM GMT

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.
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Posted: Mar 13, 2006 - 10:56 PM GMT

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
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Posted: Mar 13, 2006 - 11:27 PM GMT

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.
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Posted: Mar 14, 2006 - 3:22 AM GMT

Wildcat was the worst I have seen it all year. A sheet of ice, what a difference a week makes, last weekend was great
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Posted: Mar 14, 2006 - 12:06 PM GMT

So you have wet, soft bumps, reckless, inexperienced snowboarders and racers travelling on lots of boilerplate. That's not my idea of a good time.
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Posted: Mar 14, 2006 - 10:46 PM GMT

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So you have wet, soft bumps, reckless, inexperienced snowboarders and racers travelling on lots of boilerplate.


I wouldn't say that. The kid at Jiminy was an instructor and had just won a trophy that same day. The Swedish racer was 12th in the Olympics. Accidents do happen, sometimes they are more frequent.

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