Jay Peak 4/9/17 best day of the season

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    Jay Peak 4/9/17 best day of the season

    We stayed at Woodshed Lodge next to Jay Peak after driving up from Killington. Very cozy joint, nice dog too, and good breakfast. Can't beat the location, so we went to Big Jay Tavern for dinner. There was a lot of snow up there.

    Anyway, the skiing today was off the hook. This morning's conditions were the best I've skied all year. There wasn't a spot of ice on the mountain. Everything that was groomed was superhero snow. Everyone was out there carving it like an Iron Chef. In no particular order..

    Haynes was a blast, big deep S turns all the way down, it was like this all morning just loading up the skis and getting so aggressive with this insanely forgiving and playful snow. Under deep blue skies, I'm riding the lift thinking this is like a ski magazine cover out of the 80s. Because this kind of perfect doesn't still happen in 2017, or does it? Then back to simple, happy thoughts.

    This is probably the last day of the year for me, unless I want to go ski some slush at Killington in 3 weeks (my earliest next opportunity). And the mountain is in the best shape I've ever skied it.

    There wasn't even a pipe to ski over getting into Everglade.
    There wasn't even ice on Alligator Alley.
    Didn't even have to keep an eye out for bare stuff in Deliverance.

    Started with a run down Ullr's Dream first thing. Soft, dry sorta-fluffy, sorta-packed. Absolutely shredded the run, other skiers on the trail were spectating a new level of whoop ass as I spread the X-wings and put it into hyperdrive to blow by in a trail's edge hugging straight line whenever necessary.

    Good feelings like that all morning. Trees were A+++ as well. Timbuktu: off the hook. Kitz Woods: off the hook (and the snow was like silk in there). North Glade, Everglade, Hell's Woods, same story.

    Around noon went in to the Tower Bar for lunch, went back out with the intention of waiting in line for the Tram and skiing Pump House off the ridge. Wait could have been worse, it was uncrowded today. On the way up saw that there didn't seem like a bunch of tracks down Pump House, the ridge in general seemed kinda oddly tracked.

    So we climbed the ridge up top and went over to the end but there was only a few tracks going down. Problem in my mind being, this snow was getting pretty wet/heavy (it was at least 50 degrees in the sun by then), I was really hoping it would be more tracked out or corned up. Secondly I was planning to take my wife down it with the promise that "it's not as bad as it looks". It looked dense and sticky to me. I like jump turn terrain but my wife hasn't mastered the jump turn yet. And it's tough to jump turn when your skis are stuck in sun baked snow. So we skied down and went for Green Beret instead.


    Which was an awesome run, totally soft snow. Spent the rest of the afternoon skiing moguls and trees. I think that was the best day of the season... the first few hours in particular might have been the most fun snow I've ever skied.

    2017/2018:
    [Mount Snow: 11/27]

    2016/2017: * = powder day
    [Berkshire East: 1/16, 2/10] [Bolton Valley: 1/1, 2/5*, 2/19] [Burke: 12/17*, 1/28*] [Heavenly: 3/5*, 3/11] [Jay Peak: 1/29*, 4/9] [Jiminy Peak: 11/26] [Killington: 12/4, 12/10, 4/8*, 4/15] [Kirkwood: 3/8] [Mad River Glen: 2/25] [Magic: 2/13*] [Mt Rose: 3/7*] [Mount Snow: 4/3] [Northstar: 4/10] [Okemo: 11/23] [Pico: 1/7*, 2/18, 3/19] [Smuggler’s Notch: 1/22] [Stratton: 2/4] [Stowe: 1/21] [Sugarbush: 1/2] [Telluride: 3/27, 3/28*] [Whiteface: 2/12]

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    2017/2018:
    [Mount Snow: 11/27]

    2016/2017: * = powder day
    [Berkshire East: 1/16, 2/10] [Bolton Valley: 1/1, 2/5*, 2/19] [Burke: 12/17*, 1/28*] [Heavenly: 3/5*, 3/11] [Jay Peak: 1/29*, 4/9] [Jiminy Peak: 11/26] [Killington: 12/4, 12/10, 4/8*, 4/15] [Kirkwood: 3/8] [Mad River Glen: 2/25] [Magic: 2/13*] [Mt Rose: 3/7*] [Mount Snow: 4/3] [Northstar: 4/10] [Okemo: 11/23] [Pico: 1/7*, 2/18, 3/19] [Smuggler’s Notch: 1/22] [Stratton: 2/4] [Stowe: 1/21] [Sugarbush: 1/2] [Telluride: 3/27, 3/28*] [Whiteface: 2/12]

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    2017/2018:
    [Mount Snow: 11/27]

    2016/2017: * = powder day
    [Berkshire East: 1/16, 2/10] [Bolton Valley: 1/1, 2/5*, 2/19] [Burke: 12/17*, 1/28*] [Heavenly: 3/5*, 3/11] [Jay Peak: 1/29*, 4/9] [Jiminy Peak: 11/26] [Killington: 12/4, 12/10, 4/8*, 4/15] [Kirkwood: 3/8] [Mad River Glen: 2/25] [Magic: 2/13*] [Mt Rose: 3/7*] [Mount Snow: 4/3] [Northstar: 4/10] [Okemo: 11/23] [Pico: 1/7*, 2/18, 3/19] [Smuggler’s Notch: 1/22] [Stratton: 2/4] [Stowe: 1/21] [Sugarbush: 1/2] [Telluride: 3/27, 3/28*] [Whiteface: 2/12]

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    Looks outstanding!


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    Yes it does. Kicking myself in the ass for not making it up somewhere in Vt this weekend.

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    Hope it hold up[ as I'm doing the exact thing next weekend. K then Jay.
    Lets go!
    I'll drive.

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    I had thought I was going to get up there this weekend, it didn't work out. I WILL get up there Thursday night. I have been itching to get there all season!
    Ski it like you stole it!

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    Looks great! Toying with a trip to Jay later in the season. This certainly tips the scales that way.

  9. #9
    Looks awesome !! Got to think just about everywhere you skied yesterday was awesome. Looks & sounds a lot like the conditions at the Loaf yesterday...Just about everything in play yesterday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jully View Post
    Looks great! Toying with a trip to Jay later in the season. This certainly tips the scales that way.
    Next weekend is the last time the tram is open, then they're fixing it. Then I think one more weekend with the Flyer and Bonnie. After that just the Jet/Stateside. Check their snow report it has the details... just don't want you to think you can go up in May and ski the whole mountain.
    2017/2018:
    [Mount Snow: 11/27]

    2016/2017: * = powder day
    [Berkshire East: 1/16, 2/10] [Bolton Valley: 1/1, 2/5*, 2/19] [Burke: 12/17*, 1/28*] [Heavenly: 3/5*, 3/11] [Jay Peak: 1/29*, 4/9] [Jiminy Peak: 11/26] [Killington: 12/4, 12/10, 4/8*, 4/15] [Kirkwood: 3/8] [Mad River Glen: 2/25] [Magic: 2/13*] [Mt Rose: 3/7*] [Mount Snow: 4/3] [Northstar: 4/10] [Okemo: 11/23] [Pico: 1/7*, 2/18, 3/19] [Smuggler’s Notch: 1/22] [Stratton: 2/4] [Stowe: 1/21] [Sugarbush: 1/2] [Telluride: 3/27, 3/28*] [Whiteface: 2/12]

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