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  1. #21
    Quote Originally Posted by skimagic View Post
    Bromley's website says uphill is closed. Mt snow webcams disabled. I did see a few folks at Stratton so I might give it a shot, and if kicked out, head over to Magic.
    For Bromley that is probably just the official stance. I highly doubt they are enforcing. In fact the new cam right now shows 2 people skinning and two people hiking. At your own risk obviously. And observing social distancing.....

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  2. #22
    Original May Gibbs artwork from the 1918 Spanish Flu...... and history repeats again.



  3. #23
    Things around here have been frozen up pretty damn solid the past couple of days. Took the dog out for a walk yesterday that included some of the low-elevation terrain at Sunday River, and the sunny side of Roadrunner was soft enough to walk on, but the terrain below Easy Street on South Ridge was difficult to walk up (had to follow a snowmachine track) and would have made for filling-rattling skiing at best. I can only guess at how terrifying the upper-mountain stuff would be, as everything softened significantly before freezing back up hard.

    If the forecast holds over the next 24 hours, we're going to end up with a small to middling amount of fresh snow on a layer of solid ice, with the fresh snow hiding the irregularities in that ice. If you're planning to ascend, bring your crampons. If you don't have crampons, an axe, and the knowledge of how to use them, it might be a good time not to be on anything steep enough to slide down. Visual learners are advised to check out the Mount Washington Avalanche Center social media feeds; they posted some pretty good slide-the-headwall videos.
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    Article on skinning up hills in New England right now. References to Jay, Pico, and Gunstock.


    https://www.skijournal.com/most-ski-...mic-stay-away/


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  5. #25
    I went to the River this morning, not sure what to expect. I found some groomer trails and had no problems. Apparently, they are dropping the tillers as they go about business at the River. I watched them remove seat covers at Barker, sleds from the sled sheds at Lift 2 (South Ridge Express).

    Snow tonight!
    lovin life,

    Bob

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    Quote Originally Posted by uphillklimber View Post
    I went to the River this morning, not sure what to expect. I found some groomer trails and had no problems. Apparently, they are dropping the tillers as they go about business at the River. I watched them remove seat covers at Barker, sleds from the sled sheds at Lift 2 (South Ridge Express).

    Snow tonight!
    That’s pretty nice of SR. How high did you go?

  7. #27
    Quote Originally Posted by Edd View Post
    That’s pretty nice of SR. How high did you go?
    I started out at South Ridge and went to North Peak. Route was round about. I found a groomer track up easy street past the groomers, then up Lower Lazy River (The "back door" to Barker, then over the top of lift 2 to Escapade, up that and across three mile to the peak lodge. The lower vestibule is unlocked, so you can get out of the wind and change out the skins, etc....

    Fairly nice ride down. Some patches of blue ice, even on the groomer tracks, so I slowed down when I came to them, having made note of where they were.
    lovin life,

    Bob

  8. #28
    Cannon posted this on their conditions page yesterday:

    March 23, 2020 - A Note About Skinning:

    Please be safe! Snow conditions in Franconia Notch and at Cannon have been icy and unforgiving after several freeze-thaw cycles. Even with new snow, that can still present many dangers and unforeseen risks. Please know that if you choose to hike or skin (or participate in any other activity) at Cannon or in Franconia Notch at this time, you do so completely at your own risk and at the risk of others. Cannon Mountain’s Patrol personnel are not on property, and any rescue required would involve significant delays and risk to our local emergency responders who’ve already been stretched thin by the COVID-19 pandemic. We encourage you to practice social distancing and avoid unnecessary risks.

  9. #29
    For visual thinkers (from Maine, but the weather pattern has been pretty consistent regionally):



    I'm not saying there were no good turns, but the underlayer was very evident and it's pretty eye-opening how much of an impact a lack of tilling has. If you're going to skin, please do so local to wherever you are, and expect variable conditions (especially with the temperature swings this week, I'd expect wallpaper paste in some areas until we get a proper corn cycle).
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    Pats peak had some sierra cement this afternoon. 7-8" had fallen over night but it had compacted down 4=5 by the time I got there at 2. Lots of tracks but didn't see many people - maybe 6 or 7. Hard to turn, scary to go straight with the fear of the skis sticking and me flying forward. Still better than sitting at home.
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