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View Poll Results: Who will be open by early next week? (you can choose multiple)

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  • Killington

    28 84.85%
  • Sunday River

    28 84.85%
  • Sugarloaf

    7 21.21%
  • Okemo

    10 30.30%
  • Loon

    7 21.21%
  • Jay

    4 12.12%
  • Bretton Woods

    12 36.36%
  • Mount Snow

    16 48.48%
  • Jiminy Peak

    5 15.15%
  • Wildcat

    14 42.42%
  • Woodbury

    4 12.12%
  • Another hill that doesn't usually partake in early season action

    3 9.09%
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  1. #91
    Quote Originally Posted by Jcb890 View Post
    This is pretty awesome Wachusett is putting in a solid effort, but let's not get crazy here...
    Killington currently has 7 acres and 1 total mile of skiing open. K may be able to double that this weekend, but no more.



    Wachusett won't get to double that, but they very well may exceed that if they get Indian Summer, Confier, Ralphs, and Challenger.

  2. #92
    Quote Originally Posted by Jcb890 View Post
    This is pretty awesome Wachusett is putting in a solid effort, but let's not get crazy here...
    Conifer, Ralph's, Challenger, and Indian summer isn't double rime reason and part of great northern?
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    2017-18 days - 3

    Wachusett: 11/12, 11/13, 11/14

  3. #93
    Quote Originally Posted by ss20 View Post
    So Wachusetts opens at elevation 1000' and Killington can't get top-to-bottom by this weekend?

    If I were a K passholder I'd be livid. As it's been stated...the stairs are great when temps are marginal and K is the only game in town, but when there's 48+ hours of mid-winter snowmaking conditions they need to get top-to-bottom no excuses.
    I saw Mike's explanation and its a good honest response to the questions and critiques. He admits that the World Cup prep is slowing down snowmaking expansion off the ridge, as we could all pretty easily infer from their operations. There's two crews and everything, but only for the ridge and SS.

    The trade off that he offers though, is that once the world cup is over, all that extra capacity goes towards very rapid expansion. K might have the least amount of terrain open to the public on Thanksgiving, but by December 20th they'll have the most.

  4. #94
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zand View Post
    From what I recall conifer opened the next day.
    Yep, that's right, in the afternoon. As I recall it was pretty bad that first day and we stayed on Challenger. Fine with me to get the season started with some easy skiing on decent snow as compared to skiing on steeper icy junk.

    Quote Originally Posted by The Sneak View Post
    As a former season pass holder (for a decade), Wa used to always open with Conifer, a few years back they switched to opening w Ralph's and Challenger.

    It's s pleasant surprise to see them blasting away on Conifer. Could be pretty decent product for Sunday, given the temps.

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    Yeah, I liked it when the opened Conny first too. First day though usually was terrible conditions while first days on Challenger have been pretty darn good.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jcb890 View Post
    This is pretty awesome Wachusett is putting in a solid effort, but let's not get crazy here...
    Exactly.

  5. #95
    Upper East Fall seems to be the closest to being done from the snow report at K.

    So max offering this weekend seems to be GN, Rime, Reason, UEF
    2017-2018 - 1 - Okemo (11/12)
    2016-2017 - 20
    2015-2016 - 8
    2014-2015 - 10
    2013-2014 - 21
    2012-2013 - 12ish
    2011-2012 - 12
    2010-2011 - 20
    2009-2010 - 23
    2008-2009 - 30
    2007-2008 - 35

  6. #96
    Quote Originally Posted by Jully View Post
    Killington currently has 7 acres and 1 total mile of skiing open. K may be able to double that this weekend, but no more.

    Wachusett won't get to double that, but they very well may exceed that if they get Indian Summer, Confier, Ralphs, and Challenger.
    Number of trails, sure. Acreage/miles I would be surprised. If they do, that's great for them though.

    Quote Originally Posted by Zand View Post
    Conifer, Ralph's, Challenger, and Indian summer isn't double rime reason and part of great northern?
    I'm not sure to be honest, but I would doubt it is double. I would also imagine by Sunday that Killington will have more terrain open than Wachusett. I don't mean to poo-poo Wachusett and their efforts, I think it is commendable they want to open on Sunday.
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    2015 - 2016 Season: 24 days
    2016 - 2017 Season: 33 days
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  7. #97
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    Yeah. Wachusett early season is fun, but very, very limited amount of terrain, and if they do get Conifer open (which I doubt) it really sucks the first day or so.

  8. #98
    Loon is blazing right now from the sounds of it:

    "They're absolutely cranking snow on 9 trails this morning, including Exodus, Upper Bear Claw, Upper Picked Rock, Bear Claw Extension, Grand Junction, Link, Lower Bear Claw, Seven Brothers, and Lower Picked Rock."

    Source: http://loonmtn.com/explore/snow-conditions

    Thinking they'll have a good offering next weekend.

    That's 2 1/2 routes top-to-bottom over 2000' vertical if it's all there.

    Gondola, 7 Brothers, and East Basin Double might all be in play in terms of lifts. (though they will probably just spin the Gondola and EBD as they usually do early season.)
    Last edited by WJenness; Nov 10, 2017 at 11:02 AM.
    2017-2018 - 1 - Okemo (11/12)
    2016-2017 - 20
    2015-2016 - 8
    2014-2015 - 10
    2013-2014 - 21
    2012-2013 - 12ish
    2011-2012 - 12
    2010-2011 - 20
    2009-2010 - 23
    2008-2009 - 30
    2007-2008 - 35

  9. #99
    Quote Originally Posted by WJenness View Post
    Loon is blazing right now from the sounds of it:

    "They're absolutely cranking snow on 9 trails this morning, including Exodus, Upper Bear Claw, Upper Picked Rock, Bear Claw Extension, Grand Junction, Link, Lower Bear Claw, Seven Brothers, and Lower Picked Rock."

    Source: http://loonmtn.com/explore/snow-conditions

    Thinking they'll have a good offering next weekend.

    That's 2 1/2 routes top-to-bottom over 2000' vertical if it's all there.

    Gondola, 7 Brothers, and East Basin Double might all be in play in terms of lifts. (though they will probably just spin the Gondola and EBD as they usually do early season.)
    Hmmmm early season Loon is interesting since we only wound up using 3/5 Loon MAX Passes last year but enjoyed our time there.
    2014 - 2015 Season: 16 days
    2015 - 2016 Season: 24 days
    2016 - 2017 Season: 33 days
    2017 - 2018 Season: Hoping for 35+ days!

  10. #100
    Quote Originally Posted by Jcb890 View Post
    Hmmmm early season Loon is interesting since we only wound up using 3/5 Loon MAX Passes last year but enjoyed our time there.
    Agreed. The only Max Pass resort I Maxed (totally intentional) out last year was Sunday River.

    Part of that was being hesitant to use it early season and wanting to save the days for 'better' conditions, which is not the strategy I will take this year.

    I only ended up at Loon two days last year. It's an easy drive and I like skiing there, so assuming they are able to be open TTB next weekend, I'll likely use a day there.

    Time to make this year's version of my spreadsheet I used to make my decisions last year.

    -w
    2017-2018 - 1 - Okemo (11/12)
    2016-2017 - 20
    2015-2016 - 8
    2014-2015 - 10
    2013-2014 - 21
    2012-2013 - 12ish
    2011-2012 - 12
    2010-2011 - 20
    2009-2010 - 23
    2008-2009 - 30
    2007-2008 - 35

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