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    Trying to stop quick isn't how to avoid snow...

    Trying to stop quick isn't how to avoid snow accidents though. AWD/4WD is very useful in accelerating & steering out of the way of impending collision in the snow.

    The only possible explanation...
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    Probably going to head up Sunday unless Berkshire...

    Probably going to head up Sunday unless Berkshire East shows some expansion available tomorrow. 32 trails at Magic sounds like a winning proposition.
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    Some days I really feel like it is exactly that....

    Some days I really feel like it is exactly that. This seems to be the impetus for my renewed motivation to carve up hard pack and learn how to do it really well. Seems like a long term survival skill...
  4. There's really no point unless you're a regular...

    There's really no point unless you're a regular drinker and it's just routine to have a drink with lunch when going out. For me a beer is more of a temporary stimulant and provides a feeling of...
  5. Point 1 I agree cars more dangerous due to the...

    Point 1 I agree cars more dangerous due to the speed and metal involved, but skiing more likely to be involved in a "fender bender" and 50mph collisions direct to the body can be pretty bad too
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  6. 43% more likely to crash after drinking alcohol =...

    43% more likely to crash after drinking alcohol = winning case for any sober skier in a collision with someone who's drank

    I'm not opposed to having a beer or drink at lunch break, I'd be a...
  7. sorry ABC I'm not really an expert in XC...

    sorry ABC I'm not really an expert in XC skiing... haven't done it several years and pay relatively little attention to it. I thought you were trying to compare Southern VT to North Conway area.
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    I got one Sugarbush pass (two if you count Ski...

    I got one Sugarbush pass (two if you count Ski Vermont) and saving it for early April but darn that is tempting...

    When does Mount Ellen open? Not seeing it on the website. (nm found it Friday Dec...
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    Make me a Super Mod I'll turn this place around...

    Make me a Super Mod I'll turn this place around whippity-snap (that's the sound of a whip). I'm pretty sure DHS and JimG would be happy to do my bidding :D

    Nice report Zand... I failed to take...
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    The scratching and scraping sounds have deterred...

    The scratching and scraping sounds have deterred me more than once. And when I have skied it after hearing those sounds, it lived up to my icy expectations.

    Edit: I guess that's Upper Birdland I...
  11. Magic can have lift lines and sometimes they are...

    Magic can have lift lines and sometimes they are pretty long, but more likely on a powder day. The trails are never crowded since we're talking a double/triple/quad (whatever they have running now,...
  12. I've got a few Cannon passes to use this season...

    I've got a few Cannon passes to use this season (it left a strong impression on me last year for my 1st time skiing there late season powder day) so good to know. Burke is pretty much the ultimate...
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    Seems like the biggest % of ski injuries/deaths...

    Seems like the biggest % of ski injuries/deaths I'm aware of are sliding on hardpack off the trail into a tree head first.

    Trees vs trails = more likely to get minor injuries in the trees, more...
  14. basically you're screwed but NH gives you...

    basically you're screwed but NH gives you flexibility especially if you're willing to ski some places not on Epic pass, like Black Mountain NH. Also better XC skiing up that way.

    Mount Snow and...
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    Similar thing happened to me at Jiminy Peak about...

    Similar thing happened to me at Jiminy Peak about 10 years ago. Was caught (not)looking at a good clip and hit a randomly placed mogul. Flew for a while and landed on my head and shoulder. Shoulder...
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    It sure saves me from being whacked in the head...

    It sure saves me from being whacked in the head by tree branches a lot. Traumatic head injury, maybe not.

    I have gone over the handlebars on a mountain bike directly head-into-tree before and I'm...
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    Key sentence here: "[Helmet weareres] also are...

    Key sentence here: "[Helmet weareres] also are more likely to hit a tree or fall from a jump."

    Majority of skiers who aren't wearing a helmet are gapers, or the occasional old dude who knows his...
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    I would ski Hallows and Wardrobe any day as well....

    I would ski Hallows and Wardrobe any day as well. IMO tree skiing doesn't count as a poach it's fair game if you can access it. I was just ribbing you for announcing your poaching. Enjoy it up there....
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    Try not to mess up Master Magician for everyone...

    Try not to mess up Master Magician for everyone else this season.. since you're posting this blatantly in the Magic thread I wonder how they feel about this? By all means ski the woods but nobody...
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    He already told you 44mph on a freshly groomed...

    He already told you 44mph on a freshly groomed Ripcord... the answer is no. Unless the wind was blowing uphill limiting speed. Tuna Speed is going as fast as you can within limits (assuming you...
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    Sticky: 40% off midweek @ Pico / Killington is better...

    40% off midweek @ Pico / Killington is better than nothing in a pinch. 50% off Berkshire East is nice. Mount Snow any day tickets $69 I *guess* is better than nothing.

    Prices gone up, deals gone...
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    Looking up Ripcord yesterday it did appear to...

    Looking up Ripcord yesterday it did appear to have a "glue" base already established under the powder. By this, I mean the middle of the trail was a more yellow color (looked almost icy), where the...
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    Wachusett says 20" too Pats Peak 12" Gore 7" ...

    Wachusett says 20" too
    Pats Peak 12"
    Gore 7"

    Perfect early season storm for a Western MA skier looking for easy day trips..
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    Wasn't aware it ever had a reputation as anything...

    Wasn't aware it ever had a reputation as anything but advertising/filler material.
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    I'm waiting for B-East to report which trails...

    I'm waiting for B-East to report which trails they opened. I'm not seeing much yet, but they might want to groom thing over and push some snow around, get hoses out of the way, etc. If it looks like...
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