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  1. #3431
    Quote Originally Posted by rocks860 View Post
    Wow didn’t realize win was posting here now. Thanks for the update and keeping sugarbush my favorite place to ski. Been skiing there for ~32 of my almost 35 years
    Hah, he found his way here not too long ago after the skimrv forum never came back to life.

    In other news I think the temp readings on sugarbush's website are stuck. I'm pretty sure they haven't changed since I woke up this morning and right now it is mid 20s at my condo while the website still says 34 at the base. My elevation is probably only a few hundred feet above the base.


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  2. #3432
    Use this as a sanity check on Sugarbush base temps:

    https://www.wunderground.com/weather...rren/KVTWARRE3

    If you select the "Change" option you'll get a map with a bunch of other local stations. They all note the elevation of the station, and there's good data if you select the station - if you're into that kind of stuff.
    2017/18 =
    2016/17 = 31
    2015/16 = Depressing
    2014/15 = 28
    2013/14 = 27

  3. #3433
    The groomers did a spectacular job last night and even got to Stein's. (we did have one of the groomer's break down at the bottom of Stein's and had to be towed out so there was a bit of a mess low on skier's right but that will be fixed tonight. Our vehicle maintenance team has the groomer ready to go tonight too). I did first tracks on Stein's followed by Snowball and Spring Fling, and experienced as nice a grooming job as you will find anywhere. A few hours later it was more loose granular but still good skiing and riding. Tonight we will groom everything open where we are not making snow so tomorrow (especially early) should be nice again, and I plan to start on Stein's.

    Snowmaking continues on Ripcord and the top especially is coming in very nice. The guns were running wetter nearer the base as temperatures came up but they are going down again. We will likely turn off there and Murphy's tomorrow and start to move elsewhere. I think we will turn on Stein's again Friday night and continue into Saturday to get some fresh snow and build up some moguls as well as starting to move over to the Gatehouse side to get more beginner and intermediate terrain open by next weekend. Over at ME we are also focusing on completing the trip to the bottom so that we can also take advantage of some really good temps next week to get the terrain park snow started.



    We did get an inch of snow, and it is amazing what even a little amount does to the quality of the experience when groomed in with snow making. Hopefully, the cold temperatures over the warm waters on the Lakes will continue to send some clippers our way. That is what we say starting this week last year when we recorded 100 inches of snow by the new year.

    Our snow reporter accidentally hit an override button which turned off the feed to the thermometers. It is corrected now.

    Some facts on the SnoLogic guns. Unlike some other manufacturers, they run at a constant 8 cubic feet per minute (CFM). Some have 4 stages and others have 6. The lowest stage is used when temperatures are at the highest level to make snow (around 28-29 wetbulb). At that stage they put out 15 gallons per minute (GPM). As the temperatures go down the stages are adjusted. They smaller land guns have the 4 stages and range from 15-50 GPM. The six stage towers and guns range from 15-90 GPM.

  4. #3434
    I was wondering what exactly happened low on steins in that area. Other than that area the rest of steins was quite nice and much better than I expected. I enjoyed everything that I skied today. If I had to pick a least favorite, probably downspout. Not sure why but it just seemed a bit chunky and firm even from first thing this morning. Everything else was groomed very nicely.

    Thanks for getting the temps on the website fixed too. I love being able to see the temps at 3 different elevations on the mountain.


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  5. #3435
    Absolutely amazing job resurfacing Stein's last night!! About 3 or inches of perfect gunpowder. Was certainly receiving a lot of compliments from the faithful. Got to give credit where it is due!

  6. #3436
    My first weekend out this year; Stowe Saturday and Sugarbush Sunday. The amount of man made on some of the trails at SB was unbelievable! Huge whales on Murphys, middle & lower Organgrinder as well as Ripcord were some of the largest I've seen there in years. Snow was silky soft and the usual suspects such as Snowball, Upper Grinder, Jester etc all skied well with mostly mid winter typical conditions. Downspout and upper Steins were scratchy, but mid way down Steins, hard skiers left was sweet. Crowds were manageable and dropped of considerably after lunch. Win was out and about talking with folks in the lodge and in line which is always great to see the personal touch.

  7. #3437
    So what's the plan, what's going to open next? Looks like all Gatehouse side snowmaking now? Understand for the beginners. Is all of Lower OG done? Birdland?- that's a quickie. I would expect a sizable crowd this weekend.

  8. #3438
    Quote Originally Posted by tumbler View Post
    So what's the plan, what's going to open next? Looks like all Gatehouse side snowmaking now? Understand for the beginners. Is all of Lower OG done? Birdland?- that's a quickie. I would expect a sizable crowd this weekend.
    Next weekend is the first weekend for programs - so it will be more crowded for sure. Lets hope we get north of 20" this week and that will help open up even some natural trails. I am guessing by the end of the week - Gatehouse side of the Mtn will be in full swing.

  9. #3439
    Quote Originally Posted by tumbler View Post
    So what's the plan, what's going to open next? Looks like all Gatehouse side snowmaking now? Understand for the beginners. Is all of Lower OG done? Birdland?- that's a quickie. I would expect a sizable crowd this weekend.
    Lower og below murphys is done. From that point up to ds is under the guns now. Still a section of middle jester that hasn't had any snowmaking yet. Lower snowball/racers edge and bird land would be all that's left on the main mountain I think after that. The cold temps this week should help them make great progress on gatehouse to help spread out crowds a bit.


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    Quote Originally Posted by sugarbushskier View Post
    My first weekend out this year; Stowe Saturday and Sugarbush Sunday. The amount of man made on some of the trails at SB was unbelievable! Huge whales on Murphys, middle & lower Organgrinder as well as Ripcord were some of the largest I've seen there in years. Snow was silky soft and the usual suspects such as Snowball, Upper Grinder, Jester etc all skied well with mostly mid winter typical conditions. Downspout and upper Steins were scratchy, but mid way down Steins, hard skiers left was sweet. Crowds were manageable and dropped of considerably after lunch. Win was out and about talking with folks in the lodge and in line which is always great to see the personal touch.
    What was Stowe like? I heard they have a ton open. I skied sugarbush both Saturday and Sunday mornings. It was pretty good all things considered. Murphys and Lower OG opened and that was pretty fun. Guns swapped over to Pushover and Slow Poke on the GH side on Sunday. I would think they would be in good condition by the weekend.

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