Black Mountain, NH 02/23/14

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    Camera Black Mountain, NH 02/22/14

    Black Mountain, NH

    Conditions: Loose granular, soft spring like snow

    Trip Report:

    We had not been to Black Mountain for about 2 years and this was our second time. It was the RSNE day here and we decided to have fun with it. We got there around 10 and lucky for us we did not experience the refreeze conditions when they first spun the lifts. When we got out if was getting softer by the hour. The Summit Chair had not lift line to speak of all day which was nice since some of the best runs are on that side. The East Bowl Chair on the otherhand had a much longer line my guess is due to the easier terrain to skiers left - however this is also accessible from the Summit Chair - who knows! The Summit Chair has two unloading areas (one to avoid the summit and the other to the Summit)

    Rather than doing a play by play I will just say we skied everything labeled as advanced. Sounds exciting, but it is really nothing to write home about. We had some fun with it for sure, spring like small to medium bumps were found on trails like Upper Maple Slalom (short stretch) and Roller Coaster (got thin in spots). Fun dips were on Big Dipper and Lostbo (double black only because of the drop in and then not really). The rest were standard cruisers. We did ski a few intermediate trails the skiers left from the East Bowl Chair. The runs were true spring conditions with soft bumps forming on many trails towards the end of the day. Luck for us we used a warmer temp wax to avoid the slow downs. However, the last few runs, the surface firmed up a little and conditions got a little faster as colder winds came into the picture. We did go in some of the glades which were a little weird due to the sinking feeling we experienced where it was untracked. There is one area under the Summit Chair where you see barbed wire running along the tree line (is that their way of keeping people on the trails?).



    We had a lot of fun with it just tooling around and not taking it too seriously. I think this is a fun place to play but not a place for many on this forum who find Okemo or Bretton Woods boring. I like more aggressive terrain, but do not mind a day like this one in the books! BTW, for intermediates this might be an confidence booster since the trails rated as black can be skied here!

    After a whole bunch of runs were joined the RSNE Apres Ski Party which was also a lot of fun. On a final note: On our way home while driving through Center Harbor we stopped and ate at a place called The Bob House and Reel Tavern - great food!

    Roller Coaster
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    Getting a little thin on Roller Coaster
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    Mr. Rew
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    Part of Maple Slalom which my son used as a mini park
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    My son getting off the Snowcat - he took a couple of grooming runs
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    Last edited by dlague; Feb 25, 2014 at 1:15 PM. Reason: Wrong date
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    Barbed wire? Wow that's not very smart. Someone might have a legal argument with that one!

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    Nice report...had we not skied Wildcat on Sat Black would have been our pick. I figured the Southerly exposure would have softened things up quicker than everywhere else.
    Don't sell Black's advanced offerings short though. They have some legit woods (albeit short) at the top with cliff bands and tight trees. Lostbo Glades is great and Upper Galloping Goose (upper summit liftline) is awesome when its open with a lot of snow.
    Black is a real sleeper on a powder day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xwhaler View Post
    Nice report...had we not skied Wildcat on Sat Black would have been our pick. I figured the Southerly exposure would have softened things up quicker than everywhere else.
    Don't sell Black's advanced offerings short though. They have some legit woods (albeit short) at the top with cliff bands and tight trees. Lostbo Glades is great and Upper Galloping Goose (upper summit liftline) is awesome when its open with a lot of snow.
    Black is a real sleeper on a powder day.
    Pretty much this.

    I was there on Sat. It's my go to place during the holidays when my vouchers are blacked out. They have some legit terrain, it's just really short.

    As for Sat, it was warm spring bumps all day long. We took two runs in the woods, but it was too crusty to be enjoyable.
    I also do the Twitters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by St. Bear View Post
    Pretty much this.

    I was there on Sat. It's my go to place during the holidays when my vouchers are blacked out. They have some legit terrain, it's just really short.

    As for Sat, it was warm spring bumps all day long. We took two runs in the woods, but it was too crusty to be enjoyable.
    Black is a good refuge from the crowds. I have never seen lines here, but as you discovered it is to be avoided without a deep natural base.

    Voucher blackout dates... I call that the Vermont Curse. None of my New Hampshire or Maine vouchers are blacked out.




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    Quote Originally Posted by xwhaler View Post
    Nice report...had we not skied Wildcat on Sat Black would have been our pick. I figured the Southerly exposure would have softened things up quicker than everywhere else.
    Don't sell Black's advanced offerings short though. They have some legit woods (albeit short) at the top with cliff bands and tight trees. Lostbo Glades is great and Upper Galloping Goose (upper summit liftline) is awesome when its open with a lot of snow.
    Black is a real sleeper on a powder day.
    Yup, Carter Notch Glade also has some nice drops

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    Looks nice but they need some snow or it's going to be a short season!
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    Black Mountain, NH 02/23/14

    Don't get me wrong we had fun! Glades that were tracked were fine! But where powder soften up that was untracked caused us to sink unpredictably and turning was not worth the work! Losbo was good!

    We were at Magic the weekend before so our POV was a little biased!

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    Last edited by dlague; Feb 24, 2014 at 8:12 PM.
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  9. #9
    Quote Originally Posted by bdfreetuna View Post
    Looks nice but they need some snow or it's going to be a short season!
    Season at Black pretty much ends for all intents and purposes after this upcoming weekend. Most years, the mountain closes by the third weekend in March. Even if they closed in two weeks, it's not likely they'll piss off that many people.

  10. #10
    Quote Originally Posted by MadMadWorld View Post
    Barbed wire? Wow that's not very smart. Someone might have a legal argument with that one!
    Ya no kidding! Looking into the woods while going up the Summit Chair about a third of the way up!
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