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  1. #621
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    1. Killington - peasants opening day - 10/26
    2. Bretton Woods - 11/13
    3. Killington - 11/20
    4. Cannon - 11/26
    5. Bretton woods - 11/27
    6. Killington 12/10
    7. Pats peak 12/11
    8. Bretton Woods 12/12
    9. Smuggler's Notch 12/17
    10. Pats Peak 12/22
    11. Sugarbush 12/23
    12. Pats Peak 12/27
    13. Cannon 12/28
    14. Pats Peak 12/30
    15. Pats Peak 1/1
    16. Ragged 1/2
    17. Wildcat 1/8
    18. Pats Peak 1/13
    19. Pats Peak 1/15
    20. Pats Peak 1/16
    21. Pats Peak 1/18
    22. Ragged 1/21 - Not bad - spring like. Still issues with the bar.
    23. Pats Peak 1/25
    24. Bolton Valley 1/27 -wind holds
    25. Pats Peak 2/1
    26. Bolton Valley 2/4 - great conditions in and out of the woods. They got 14" the day before
    27. Pico 2/5 woods were great all around
    28. Pats Peak 2/7 powder then freezing rain around 6pm
    29. Pats Peak 2/9 Powder afternoon
    30. Pats Peak 2/12 (change of plans but worked out okay) Powda afternoon
    31. Pats Peak 2/13 17" of powder skied everything and everything in between and outside the lines.
    32. Wildcat/Attitash 2/18
    33. Whaleback 2/19
    34. Whaleback 2/20
    35. Whiteface 2/27 Top started out good but got scrapped off by 12:30. bottom was soft spring turns all day.
    36. Whiteface 2/28 great bluebird AM. Warm soft snow all day. better of the 2 days
    37. Gore 3/5 surprising that the steeper stuff off the top (Rumor, lies and open pit) were the least scraped off. North side blues were good as well.
    38. Pats Peak 3/10
    39. Middlebury SB 3/11
    40. Attitash 3/12 (Wanted to go to Wildcat - closed because of wind and cold)
    41. Cannon 3/13 great man made - groomers were skiing great - not ice at all!
    42. Sunday River 3/16
    43. Sugarloaf 3/17
    44. Sugarloaf 3/18
    45. Pats Peak 3/26 - closing day with 100% coverage
    46. Waterville Valley 3/31 - dollar day
    47. Crotched 4/1 - 13 inches of snow!
    48. Crotched 4/2 - very sticky must have had the wrong wax on!
    49. Mount Snow 4/9- can't see myself skiing here much on my pass next year. Front side is very boring and almost too flat to keep going in the sticky snow.
    50. Tuckerman's - 4/15 - one of the best 2 or 3 times I have gotten up there out of the 20-30 I have.
    51. Killington - 5/12 - nice bumps, still nice coverage on SS, nice weather. How long will it last?
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  2. #622
    Quote Originally Posted by snoseek View Post
    Drive west starts bright and early on Monday. I plan on getting in good shape and hiking and skiing off the crest most of if not all summer. As the patches get smaller and Upper mtb trails open back up I'll transition. Judging by the current webcams that's months away.


    Had a REAL good time skiing NH this winter. To all of you I skied with its been nothing but good times. I hope it snows like this winter next winter and is 5 degrees or so colder so everyone gets fucking crushed with snow for 17-18 straight down to the Poconos!
    Safe travels Brian. Was great to meet and make turns with u this yr. Look forward to seeing your adventures

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    Quote Originally Posted by snoseek View Post
    Had a REAL good time skiing NH this winter. To all of you I skied with its been nothing but good times. I hope it snows like this winter next winter and is 5 degrees or so colder so everyone gets fucking crushed with snow for 17-18 straight down to the Poconos!
    So long buddy. See you in Tahoe sometime!

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    Quote Originally Posted by snoseek View Post
    Drive west starts bright and early on Monday. I plan on getting in good shape and hiking and skiing off the crest most of if not all summer. As the patches get smaller and Upper mtb trails open back up I'll transition. Judging by the current webcams that's months away.


    Had a REAL good time skiing NH this winter. To all of you I skied with its been nothing but good times. I hope it snows like this winter next winter and is 5 degrees or so colder so everyone gets fucking crushed with snow for 17-18 straight down to the Poconos!
    The "Pokes", yea! Keep up the reports. Hope you get crushed as well (and it continues over to Utah and Colorado then off the east coast and up).

    Alex

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    1: Wachusett - 11/26
    2: Wachusett - 12/9
    3: Wachusett - 12/10
    4: Killington - 12/17 - Amazing snow day, Happy Birthday to me!
    5: Jay Peak - 12/21
    6: Jay Peak - 12/22 - Another great fresh snow day!
    7: Wachusett - 12/29 - Car got stuck, had to use un-plowed lower lot and hike up... great snow night!!
    8: Stratton - 12/30 - Crowds were absolutely insane.
    9: Killington - 1/1/17 - Great snow and small crowds, awesome day and great way to kick off 2017!
    10: Loon - 1/2 - 1st time here in 10+ years, great conditions, not too crowded... a nice day of riding.
    11: Mount Snow - 1/7 - Hard and fast snowpack day.
    12: Copper Mountain - 1/15 - 2-4" of fresh... the altitude here is brutal.
    13: Copper Mountain - 1/16 - Altitude still brutal, tried some ungroomed terrain... gnarly!
    14: Copper Mountain - 1/17 - Resolution Bowl black diamond moguled hell.
    15: Copper Mountain - 1/18 - Amazing "goomer" day, 34.6k vert. and 31 miles ridden... unbelievable!
    16: Killington - 1/29 - Good coverage and soft but edge-able snow. Not bad... for New England
    17: Wachusett - 2/9 - Powdah! Last night didn't suck!
    18: Loon - 2/11 - Nice soft turns in the AM, PM freezing rain caused us to stop early.
    19: Big Sky - 2/15 - What a glorious bluebird day!
    20: Big Sky - 2/16 - Adventuring into some trees, great snow, gnarly terrain off the ridge!
    21: Big Sky - 2/17 - Amazing "groomer" day - tried for 40k vert., got 34.7k & 33.8 miles, joined 60MPH club!
    22: Big Sky - 2/18 - Last day, very sore. Worst ungroomed snow of the trip after wind and freeze/thaw cycles.
    23: Wachusett - 2/22 - Spring riding conditions at night in February... fun, but not so good for the snowpack.
    24: Loon - 3/5 - Hard and fast all day. Unfortunately some ice and a bit inconsistent snow.
    25: Mount Snow - 3/18 - Nice conditions... I wonder how long their season will go.
    26: Killington - 3/25 - Snow wasn't bad, a bit hard. Very FOGGY, couldn't see more than 20-30' to start.
    27: Mount Snow - 3/26 - Arrived late to scraped off icy snow.
    28: Mount Snow - 4/1 - April 1st POW DAY!
    29: Mount Snow - 4/14 - Nice conditions in the AM, everything turned to a puddle by noon.
    30: Killington - 4/15 - Perfect Spring conditions. Amazing coverage still for 4/15.
    31: Wildcat - 4/17 - 1st time at Wildcat. Fun Spring conditions!
    32: Sunday River - 4/29 - 1st time at Sunday River. Fun Spring conditions!
    33: Killington - 5/20 - Fun spring riding on Superstar, pretty solid coverage for May 20th.

    Sadly, I think Saturday (5/20) will mark the end of my '16/'17 season unless Killington makes it to June. If they do, I'll plan to go to say I went in June. I don't think Tuckerman is going to happen... this weekend we're pretty busy and have things around the house to do.

    A great season overall with my most days in a season yet. Next season I'll shoot for 40+.
    Traveled West outside of New England for the first time this season and that was amazing, looking forward to doing that again next season. We're also looking forward to having and using Mt. Snow as our "home" mountain next season (day trips though) and then utilizing the MAX pass for the New England mountains we like and some Western trips.

    Early Outlook at Goals for the 2017/2018 Season:
    1.) Improve my carving technique and keeping a more dynamic stance... they seem to go hand-in-hand, but need to work on my physical fitness level in the off-season to do so.
    2.) Help the wife improve in the same categories.
    3.) Ride 40+ days.
    4.) Get the wife doing some black diamonds.
    5.) Get the wife more comfortable on thinner trails, making quicker turns and staying on a single edge for a longer period of time... all related really.
    6.) Travel West at least 2-3 times.
    7.) Improve my tree/glade riding - this somewhat relates to #1 though.
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  6. #626
    Quote Originally Posted by Jcb890 View Post
    1: 5.) Get the wife more comfortable on thinner trails, making quicker turns and staying on a single edge for a longer period of time... all related really.
    That is a whole different challenge. My wife has never really gotten comfortable with narrower trails. The only thing that goes through her mind is "If I catch an edge I could go into the trees!". Her thoughts are actually more morbid but ..... she would never really ski that fast on narrow trails because if that. Once we moved out here, she loved it because her fear of sliding off into the trees was reduced. There are still some narrow trails here and there but greatly reduced. I find out here that she skis faster and more confident. IMO the narrower trails define NE skiing.
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  7. #627
    Quote Originally Posted by dlague View Post
    That is a whole different challenge. My wife has never really gotten comfortable with narrower trails. The only thing that goes through her mind is "If I catch an edge I could go into the trees!". Her thoughts are actually more morbid but ..... she would never really ski that fast on narrow trails because if that. Once we moved out here, she loved it because her fear of sliding off into the trees was reduced. There are still some narrow trails here and there but greatly reduced. I find out here that she skis faster and more confident. IMO the narrower trails define NE skiing.
    Oh I agree completely even just from our 1 trip out West.

    My wife also has a fear of heights and trails which drop off to the side into the trees frighten her on top of them being narrow. So, generally we try to avoid them. But next year I want her to at least be competent and have confidence in her abilities on them so if we wind up on one, she won't freak out and will be fine.

    I think Wildcat is a perfect place to practice this because that basically defines Polecat for at least half of the way down. For a green trail, it was pretty narrow in most spots and had a decent amount of drop offs into the trees.

    Hopefully we'll meet some AZ'ers next season... didn't meet anyone this season.
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    1. November 26, 2016: Snowbird
    2. November 27, 2016: Snowbird (Powder Day--First of the Season)
    3. December 3, 2016: Alta.
    4. December 10, 2016: Alta/Snowbird (Powder Day)
    5. December 11, 2016: Alta (Powder Day)
    6. December 17, 2016: Snowbird (Powder Day)
    7. December 23, 2016: Alta/Snowbird
    8. December 26, 2016: Alta/Snowbird
    9. December 29, 2016: Alta
    10. January 7, 2017: Snowbird.
    11. January 14, 2017: Snowbird.
    12. January 18, 2017: Park City/Canyons
    13. January 29, 2017: Alta
    14. February 2, 2017: Deer Valley (Powder Day)
    15. February 5, 2017: Snowbird
    16. February 8, 2017: Brighton.
    17. February 11, 2017: Deer Valley (Powder Day!)
    18. February 12, 2017: Snowbird
    19. February 18, 2017: Alta (Powder Day)
    20. February 20, 2017: Alta/Snowbird
    21. February 22, 2017: Solitude (15" of fresh and still coming down!)
    22. February 26, 2017: Alta
    23. March 2, 2017: Brünberg, Switzerland
    24. March 5, 2017: Matterhorn Ski Paradise (Zermatt), Switzerland
    25. March 9, 2017: Flumserberg, Switzerland
    26. March 12, 2017: Alta, Utah
    27. March 18, 2017: Alta/Snowbird.
    28. March 19, 2017: Snowbird
    29. March 25, 2017: Alta/Snowbird (Powder Day)
    30. March 26, 2017: Alta
    31. April 1, 2017: Sundance
    32. April 2, 2017: Alta
    33. April 9, 2017: Burke, Vermont
    34. April 15, 2017: Deer Valley
    35. May 12, 2017: Snowbird.
    36. May 20, 2017: Snowbird
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  9. #629
    1) 10/28 - K
    2) 11/21 - Aqua Terra / earned
    3) 11/25 - Greek
    4) 11/27 - Hunter
    5) 12/04 - Hunter
    6) 12/10 - Snow Ridge
    7) 12/11 - Whiteface
    12/17 - Greek, foot
    9) 12/18 - Greek
    10) 12/24 - Greek
    11) 12/30 - Greek
    12) 12/31 - Greek
    13) 01/01 - Hunter
    14) 01/07 - Greek
    15) 01/08 - Greek
    16) 01/10 - Greek / night / 4" fresh
    17) 01/11 - McCauley Mt
    1 01/14 - Greek
    19) 01/15 - Greek
    20) 01/21 - Greek
    21) 01/24 - Greek
    22) 01/28 - Wood's Valley, McCauley, Song
    23) 01/29 - Snow Ridge TWO FEET
    24) 02/03 - McCauley Mt. TWO FEET
    25) 02/04 - Greek
    26) 02/05 - Snow Ridge
    27) 02/08 - Middlebury, Bolton Valley
    2 02/09 - Stowe
    29) 02/10 - Stowe
    30) 02/11 - Gore
    31) 02/13 - Plattekill Powder Paradise
    32) 02/18 - Greek, 50° mid Feb
    33) 02/19 - Platty
    34) 02/25 - Greek
    35) 02/26 - Greek
    36) 03/05 - Hunter
    37) 03/06 - Holiday Valley
    3 03/11 - Belleayre
    39) 03/12 - Hunter
    40) 03/14 - Belleayre STELLA !!!
    41) 03/15 - Platty STELLA!!!
    42) 03/18 - Greek
    43) 03/19 - Platty
    44) 03/22 - Greek YUCK, sunny at least
    45) 03/25 - Greek, closing day
    46) 03/26 - Song
    47) 03/31 - Windham, brutal
    4 04/01 - Gore, foot o pow, no joke!
    49) 04/02 - Gore, sun and 🌽
    50) 04/08 - Bolton Valley, another late season powder day.
    51) 04/09 - Stowe, Spring skiing at it's finest. 100% open on April 9th, incredible.
    52) 04/15 - Belleayre
    53) 04/23 - K
    54) 05/20 - K
    55) 05/21 - K


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  10. #630
    Quote Originally Posted by Jcb890 View Post
    Oh I agree completely even just from our 1 trip out West.

    My wife also has a fear of heights and trails which drop off to the side into the trees frighten her on top of them being narrow. So, generally we try to avoid them. But next year I want her to at least be competent and have confidence in her abilities on them so if we wind up on one, she won't freak out and will be fine.

    I think Wildcat is a perfect place to practice this because that basically defines Polecat for at least half of the way down. For a green trail, it was pretty narrow in most spots and had a decent amount of drop offs into the trees.

    Hopefully we'll meet some AZ'ers next season... didn't meet anyone this season.
    Good approach with respect to learning skills to get her out of seemingly tough spots. My wife has that now. Does not mean she likes tough runs but if she ends up on a bump run she can ski it. If there is a double fall line she can handle that too. She has developed strategies to handle icy areas and narrow switchbacks. Cannon ended up being the perfect place to push her limits and gain exposure to bumps on Avalanche and Paulies Folly. Narrower trails with bumps and ice on Upper Hardscrabble. Upper Cannon was another good trail to teach on due to the narrowness, switchbacks, and sometimes icy turns. In many respects I owe it to folks on this forum and The Ride and Ski Card for my wife's abilities and interest in the sport for that matter. I got turned onto Cannon Season Passes by Cannonball who we do not see here any more. And we got to meet a lot of cool people at Cannon and on the Ride and Ski Tours (becomes a ski family of sorts).

    A couple good strategies for us was having me lead the way and warn of tricky spots with hand signals and being downhill from her i could teach her how to read the trail and lastly do a black runs on your own first so the next run you can help her out or you can gauge it.

    You are taking the right approach and you both will be rewarded. While it is fun to take runs on your own or with others with better skills, your wife can/will be a skiing partner for life while the others will come and go.
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