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Trip report: Mt. Sunapee - March 23

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Posted: Mar 28, 2006 - 11:40 PM GMT

Just a quick report about my day trip to Mt. Sunapee, NH, last Thursday.

Given the winter and recent weather, Sunapee had great cover on its trails - that is, the ones that have snowmaking. However, the snow that was there was very nice: free of rocks, solid and fairly deep (around 15"-20" in most spots, with a berm along the edge of the trail).

The morning had nice hardpack - not boilerplate hard, but firm. Between 10:30 and noon was some of the nicest corn I've skied in years: good playful stuff, into which the Atomic skis I used that day - the SX:11, the LT11 and the GS12 - carved clean arcs at speed.

After noon, the lower half of the resort became a mashed potato field, with thick, lumpy snow that rewarded good wax and base structure and punished the rest. Of the runs that were open, Blast-Off was the least affected by the sun, with nice corn from top to bottom until I hung it up for the day at 2:15.

Pictures from the trip can be found here.

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Posted: Mar 29, 2006 - 12:56 AM GMT

Thanks for the report. Planning on going there next Tuesday? First time. Jonni, you going to be around?
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Posted: Mar 29, 2006 - 1:26 PM GMT
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Excellent report on my home mountain. Upper Blast-Off usually is the last trail to experience mid winter conditions in the late season as it holds the snow and stays in the shade for a fair portion of the day. I have some panoramic photos that I took last Saturday that I'll be posting sometime today with references to the places you can see from the top of the hill.

EDIT: Sorry, I'm only there Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I may work on Thursday of next week because I'm on April vacation then, but I'm not sure at this point. Who knows, maybe I'll ski there on Tuesday...

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Posted: Mar 29, 2006 - 1:55 PM GMT

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Excellent report on my home mountain. Upper Blast-Off usually is the last trail to experience mid winter conditions in the late season as it holds the snow and stays in the shade for a fair portion of the day. I have some panoramic photos that I took last Saturday that I'll be posting sometime today with references to the places you can see from the top of the hill.

EDIT: Sorry, I'm only there Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I may work on Thursday of next week because I'm on April vacation then, but I'm not sure at this point. Who knows, maybe I'll ski there on Tuesday...


Will you be able to get out on skis at all this weekend?

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Posted: Mar 29, 2006 - 5:39 PM GMT

I might hit the mountain on Monday or some other time this next week, but not on the weekend as we are short staffed in Lift Operations. Though I can pretty much guarantee where I'll be on Saturday and Sunday. I should be at the top of the Sun Bowl on Sat. and most likely I'll be the foreman of the Sunapee Express on Sun. I think I'll be at the top of the Spruce lift on Friday though. As usual this is all subject to change, but these are what I'm predicting for the weekend.

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