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    Where to go the day after Christmas?

    Turns out I have the day after Christmas off and I'm wanting to get out for the first time this season. Sounds like sugarbush has some great snow but I can only think it's going to be super packed that day. I was thinking maybe pico. Any suggestions?


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    Pico has 5 trails open for Monday (maybe 2 runs) and they are capable (willing) of making snow on maybe 2 trails at a time right now. Their natural snow trails got decimated today.

    If they get some natural snow things could come back nicely, if not, I would go north.

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    That's what I was concerned about. Maybe I'll just got to the bush, looks like there's a good amount of snow in the forecast


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    Did Pico and Killington's trails really get decimated, or did they lower their trail count per preservation in the midst of a rain/thaw - refreeze cycle?

    Looking at my lawn in western Mass we still have several inches more snow on the ground than we did before Saturday.

    While natural trails may be temporarily unskiable (for now, due to ice), I don't think it's all as bad as Pico's trail count today would indicate.

    For day after Christmas keep an eye on which locations are getting further possible thaw-freeze cycles around Christmas. Northern VT may avoid seeing additional above freezing temps which would further delay conditions improving. You might want to think of it as a true early season day and focus on who's doing the best job resurfacing their snowmaking trails and grooming.
    2019/2020 season

    Berkshire East [12/20, 1/7, 1/10, 1/22, 1/24]
    Bretton Woods [1/3, 1/30]
    Cannon [2/19]
    Gunstock [1/2]
    Mad River Glen [1/29, 2/11]
    Magic [3/1, 3/8]
    Mount Snow [11/14, 11/21, 12/2]
    Pico [2/23]
    Smugglers Notch [2/12]
    Wachusett [12/16]

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    I'm hoping you are right, but their snow report around noon today said the natural snow trails are done until they get more snow.

    Maybe you are right and there is a good rock hard ice base down there and 6" could freshen them up. Horizon cam was showing some very bare ground at the summit though.

    I still have snow in CT...but they got much more rain quantity then we did.

    While I was sulking the new 18z weather models started coming in and they were very snowy. Might be wish casting, but I'll take it.

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    Was just thinking of this myself. Honestly sugarbush isn't a bad option depending on whrre you're coming from. Maybe Burke or obviously wildcat too, but sugarbush will have more open and spreads crowds out great.

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    I haven't paid a lot of attention to how much more rain parts of VT got vs here. I suspect it's an all-of-the-above situation depending where you go, and how much base the natty trails had to begin with.

    Kind of glad I was planning a break in skiing until after the new year due to holidays/family/etc. 2 whole weeks for winter to re-assert itself.
    2019/2020 season

    Berkshire East [12/20, 1/7, 1/10, 1/22, 1/24]
    Bretton Woods [1/3, 1/30]
    Cannon [2/19]
    Gunstock [1/2]
    Mad River Glen [1/29, 2/11]
    Magic [3/1, 3/8]
    Mount Snow [11/14, 11/21, 12/2]
    Pico [2/23]
    Smugglers Notch [2/12]
    Wachusett [12/16]

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    Historically the 26th isn't that crazy busy a day. Most people are at home or a relative's for the 25th and travel up on the 26th

    This year the way the calendar, and most school vacations works, my hunch is the 27th - 30th is when the big crowds will be on the hill, with some off the masses heading home on the 30th/31st for New Year's Eve parties

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    Quote Originally Posted by drjeff View Post
    Historically the 26th isn't that crazy busy a day. Most people are at home or a relative's for the 25th and travel up on the 26th

    This year the way the calendar, and most school vacations works, my hunch is the 27th - 30th is when the big crowds will be on the hill, with some off the masses heading home on the 30th/31st for New Year's Eve parties

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    Well that would definitely be nice. It will be a long day trip to get to the bush but I've done it before and don't mind it too much. Plus its usually a quiet week at work.


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    Quote Originally Posted by bdfreetuna View Post
    Did Pico and Killington's trails really get decimated, or did they lower their trail count per preservation in the midst of a rain/thaw - refreeze cycle?

    Looking at my lawn in western Mass we still have several inches more snow on the ground than we did before Saturday.

    While natural trails may be temporarily unskiable (for now, due to ice), I don't think it's all as bad as Pico's trail count today would indicate.

    For day after Christmas keep an eye on which locations are getting further possible thaw-freeze cycles around Christmas. Northern VT may avoid seeing additional above freezing temps which would further delay conditions improving. You might want to think of it as a true early season day and focus on who's doing the best job resurfacing their snowmaking trails and grooming.
    Reports show K and P didn't get a lot from Saturday's snow (NH got more from this one)
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