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  1. #21
    That's the catch. For weekend skiers it has been a good year, but they have missed the best conditions.


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    Timing...thats the deal. The 5 hour ride there and back is a killer. A 5 hour plane ride while more expensive has been the trick for me. For those that live close to the northern resorts, its much easier. December at Alta, 28 inches in the time I was there. january Park City a foot while I was there. This last trip to Sugarbush, ice, then the monster storm hit, so we dove south to avoid the shit show that Stowe would become, 48 below zero. Okemo got 16 inches, most of which blew away with 50 mph winds. Timing, not so good for me when it comes to the N east. I nail the west every time. So lets all do a snow dance and get winter back here. And yes, its off to the west again, Jackson is getting more feet this week, on top of the 453 inches. Hopefully things turn around here. We still have a few months to go. If all else fails, the west will be good until June the way things are going. But I would like some spring skiing at the Bush and Stowe.
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  3. #23
    Quote Originally Posted by WWF-VT View Post
    No one should be happy about "spring skiing" in February. In the MRV we were on a roll of deep snow, powder and packed powder and today it's back to skiing icy groomers.
    Agreed...and due to the timing of this last round of snow combined with the holiday weekend some of us didn't even get a chance to enjoy it (what was it...3-4 feet since last Sunday at Sugarbush when I left?).

    Took 2 day trips to the Catskills this weekend. Saturday I was at Plattekill where it was soft and enjoyable but way too early for spring conditions. By 1PM on Saturday anything other than the steeper trails was getting very sticky.

    Today I drove up to Belleayre. After two days of warmth followed by temps in the 20s last night and it not warming up too quickly today, you had very firm conditions. The groomers were "noisy". The bumps were edgeable on some trails but not what I would have liked to ski. I wish I had my Volkl AC50s with me instead of my Nordica Hell n Backs today.

  4. #24
    Tahoe bound in 10 days, kinda stopped caring about Northeast weather. This year has been good to me so far, but I did have to work(and drive) for it.
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    Though my handle says Utah, I spent at least 28 years of my life in Vermont having been born and raised there. I remember getting really angry and depressed when these "melt downs" happened when I was first getting into skiing, but I quickly learned that when the getting is good, get at it. Ski like there's no tomorrow.

    I remember in 2006 I was fortunate enough to have a pass at Cannon/Sunapee/Gunstock and one at Burke when I was in grad school. The second half of the season sucked for the most part and I kept "waiting" for the "good snow" to come so I could make the 1:15 drive to Burke and enjoy it. Well, I found myself driving up there the LAST day of the season to get some turns in and regretting that I did not go when I could and enjoy it for what it was. I certainly vowed not to do that again.

    So no real solace I guess.....the forecast in VT/NE does suck. Rest up from the last few days (hopefully you got out) and look forward to more to come.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thetrailboss View Post
    Though my handle says Utah, I spent at least 28 years of my life in Vermont having been born and raised there. I remember getting really angry and depressed when these "melt downs" happened when I was first getting into skiing, but I quickly learned that when the getting is good, get at it. Ski like there's no tomorrow.

    I remember in 2006 I was fortunate enough to have a pass at Cannon/Sunapee/Gunstock and one at Burke when I was in grad school. The second half of the season sucked for the most part and I kept "waiting" for the "good snow" to come so I could make the 1:15 drive to Burke and enjoy it. Well, I found myself driving up there the LAST day of the season to get some turns in and regretting that I did not go when I could and enjoy it for what it was. I certainly vowed not to do that again.

    So no real solace I guess.....the forecast in VT/NE does suck. Rest up from the last few days (hopefully you got out) and look forward to more to come.
    Well put TB.

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  7. #27
    Quote Originally Posted by VTKilarney View Post
    This year has been all about timing, although that's true most years in the northeast. I agree that we have had some great conditions - especially if your schedule gives you some flexibility.
    Exactly. It's been about being in the right place at the right time.

  8. #28
    I find its always like that on the east coast. I've been preaching it to my wife for years, when its good you need to get out there. When its not, no big deal if you can't. This years she's been on the mountain with me for the good days, now she understands why it's all I think about. This past week she was out on monday/wednesday/thursday/friday. She's had more powder days this year than she has ever gotten in a season, and her progression shows. Now its all about having patience till the next round.

  9. #29
    Quote Originally Posted by thetrailboss View Post
    I remember in 2006 I was fortunate enough to have a pass at Cannon/Sunapee/Gunstock and one at Burke when I was in grad school. The second half of the season sucked for the most part and I kept "waiting" for the "good snow" to come so I could make the 1:15 drive to Burke and enjoy it. Well, I found myself driving up there the LAST day of the season to get some turns in and regretting that I did not go when I could and enjoy it for what it was. I certainly vowed not to do that again.
    I very much agree with the not waiting part. The first year that I had a condo in VT I tried to do too much "planning" on which weekends to go up. Ended up going up some shitty weekends and missing some decent ones as a result. Now I just plan to go up to VT every weekend (except President's and maybe also skipping Christmas/New Years depending on how they fall). Don't get me wrong, I've had some great days already this year, but a bigger problem this year is that many of the best days have been during the mid-week period. As much as I would love to be able to just drive up and "get it" on a Wednesday or Thursday when conditions are optimal, that just isn't realistic with the whole "work/job" thing.

    And while the forecast for the next week looks crappy, I'm still holding out hope that winter comes back in March.

  10. #30
    When you learn to actually appreciate ice, or all groomed over trails, frozen granular, and crusty trees, that's East Coast zen.

    I'm not there myself but making progress. Good leg strength conditioning, sharp edges and a mindset of treating skiing as not only recreation but as an essential part of winter training go a long way toward that goal.

    Been lucky to have enough real powder days this year to actually improve my powder skiing game. Don't get to say that every year!
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    Berkshire East [12/20, 1/7, 1/10] Bretton Woods [1/3] Gunstock [1/2] Mount Snow [11/14, 11/21, 12/2*] Wachusett [12/16]

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