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Jay Peak 4/10/12

Zand

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Date(s) Skied: Tuesday 4/10/12

Resort or Ski Area: Jay Peak, VT

Conditions: Wet Powder, 12-18" and up to waist deep in the woods, wintry mix, 40s

Trip Report:

Got to the mountain just after noon, which was nice timing as for the next 2 hours the precip was either very light or stopped completely. Rain/snow line was literally at the Stateside parking lot when I arrived. Only about 3-4" at the bottom, but what a difference a few hundred feet above that makes. Deep, DENSE snow, must've been 3" of water packed into that snow. If we got a storm like this in November every year, snowmaking wouldn't be necessary. They could be 100% open right now (only problems are lower mountain runouts which are full of waterbars). Jay Facebook says this storm might push their closing back into May.

Anyway, hopped on the Jet and headed up, taking a first run right back down Jet as I didn't want to hop right into the deep stuff or my legs would've screamed at me. They groomed it last night at some point, so it had a few new inches of crud on top. A blast to ski as long as you are a bit defensive, as one wrong move will send you down in the dense stuff.

Hit Montrealer to Taxi to Queens next to get over to the Flyer. Montrealer is in great shape. Taxi has a few mounds poking through, but as long as you're defensive you can pop right over them. Queens was SLOW like the rest of the lower mountain flats, had to pole or skate down most of it.

The Flyer was a PITA in the usual windy spot at the top because right when you got to it, sleet was falling. Below that there was nothing... thanks mother nature. Anyway, first run down there was Goat to Expo Glades. Goat was good. Expo glades are DEEP... most of it knee deep, some waist deep. Ended up bailing out because turning got to be too difficult and I didn't want to pop a tree.

Next up was River Quai. It's nuts right now... the big rocks are just about all covered, and the snow is so dense that you can ski over most of them without hitting them. The moderate pitches were fun because you didn't really have to turn as much as float down over the powder, but the steeper ones that required turning were a bit sketchy because it felt like my knees were trying to rip away from my legs with the dense snow.

Hit Powerline next. Just like River Quai, you can float right over most of the rocks. Started to get very exhausing laboring through all the dense snow though. Hit Lower Can-Am jumps at about 2 mph... the only way to keep moving on it.

Headed back to the triple and hit Haines for a break from the deep stuff. Right at the top it started sleeting heavily which majorly sucked to ski in as far as your face getting ripped off, but the surface was fantastic. By the time I got to the bottom it changed to rain, so I decided to wrap it up.

Last run was Kitz Woods and down Northway. Kitz Woods had more insanely deep snow. Not as steep as Expo glades, so turning was a bit easier, and otherwise you could float through everything. Northway was nice for the most part until the flat at the bottom which was full of water bars and water holes. Finished up soaked in the rain, but while I was inside changing, it went back to snow, and very heavy snow at that. Was already covering the roads in about 5 minutes, even with temps at or above 40 which shows how hard it was coming down. Rain/snow line was about halfway back to Jay village at that point.

Moral of the story, get up there. Spring skiing is back on in a big way, this weekend is going to be insane. Wouldn't be surprised to see them counting more feet of snow as the storm will stick around through Thursday. Kitz, UN, Derick, and Can-Am should be off the hook with bumps this weekend. As for me, I'll be back up Friday and Sunday. My 2 best powder days this season were October 31st and April 10th... don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing but go get it.
 

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Way to get after it.

I wasn't even going to go until my 11am class got cancelled. I was still saying to myself how dense and manky everything would be, then the good voice in my head finally said GO, ITS APRIL lol.

A picture of the depth in Kitz Woods... left pole is resting on the snow at basket depth, and right pole is to the ground.
 

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I wonder if some resorts that just closed are now kicking themselves.

Really depends on how the base areas are at any specific resort. Even today you can tell Jay's was in rough shape, and the base obviously got much less than the upper mountain (compacted to about 3" down at Stateside and Tramside), so at many other resorts the base areas were probably gone to the point where even today's snow wouldn't make them skiable.

On the other hand, I'm sure Sugarbush could've opened the Summit Quad at Ellen after this. Hint hint...
 

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Nice Zand! Thanks for the report. Heading up this weekend -- really looking fwd to it. Friday night looks like it will be a hard freeze, esp up top.
 

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Nice Zand! Thanks for the report. Heading up this weekend -- really looking fwd to it. Friday night looks like it will be a hard freeze, esp up top.

That'll help to be honest. The mankyness of the snow will go away a bit and will corn up nicely on Saturday.
 

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Excellent report, love the detail. My brother was there yesterday and predicted that today would be better.

Have a plane ticket to Cuba on Thursday, otherwise I would be Jay-bound. There is hope now for skiing into late April, or even May. Hmmm, get back from the beach, then go skiing?
 

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That'll help to be honest. The mankyness of the snow will go away a bit and will corn up nicely on Saturday.

True. Was just stating/thinking which pair of skis to use plus a game plan, as some trails like JFK and Kitz might need time to soften; wait too long for JFK and you obviously get the run out mush on Ullr; Kokomo does not appear to be open.
 

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Nice Report. @ Trailboss, If I understand this pattern correctly it only hit the northernmost resorts / higher elevation spots, is that true?
 

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Really depends on how the base areas are at any specific resort. Even today you can tell Jay's was in rough shape, and the base obviously got much less than the upper mountain (compacted to about 3" down at Stateside and Tramside), so at many other resorts the base areas were probably gone to the point where even today's snow wouldn't make them skiable.

On the other hand, I'm sure Sugarbush could've opened the Summit Quad at Ellen after this. Hint hint...

Sugarbush was the one I had in mind. They just closed. From what I heard ME was done. But if LP got a lot then they should have kept the option open. But like 2010 they are more focused on construction than skiing I guess. Not the 'bush I know and love....
 

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Not the 'bush I know and love....
I don't think much has changed since you've been gone, just your perceptions. :spin:

Sure would be a class move for them to open up next weekend. They had snow down to the road by the quad. With the storm, I am sure they have enough snow to put a base down to the get the Quad going and of course Heaven's Gate will be doable. Ski out via traverse to Stein's should be fine, I am sure even more is skiable over there.
 

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Eek, doubt Bush can go for it. Just saw a report from MRG. 0" at the base, 10" at the summit. Oh well. Bush could still upload, though... or just spin for Stein's again.
 

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Really hoping that this season changes the Bush's strategy on Spring Ops. Mount Ellen hands down has the best set up for Spring skiing in the east.
 

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Really hoping that this season changes the Bush's strategy on Spring Ops. Mount Ellen hands down has the best set up for Spring skiing in the east.

id have to agree here. went past mt ellen on saturday and it had good coverage still. only drove by on way over to ny but still looked pretty good. mrg was very bare that day as well as sugarbush.
 

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id have to agree here. went past mt ellen on saturday and it had good coverage still. only drove by on way over to ny but still looked pretty good. mrg was very bare that day as well as sugarbush.

I skied Mt. Ellen the Fri. before it closed. No it did not have good coverage. They had to close the summit chair for a 1/2 hour so patrol could shovel enough snow on the unloading ramp & the top of the trail off the summit to make it skiable. They were filling toboggans with snow from the woods to dump on the trail. I have no idea how they kept the mountain open till Sun. Only the lower part under the summit chair & the trail to the outside were open. Things were pretty sketchy on the little that was open. Had to carry your ski's up & down on the GMX quad. No snow at all below the summit quad.
 
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id have to agree here. went past mt ellen on saturday and it had good coverage still. only drove by on way over to ny but still looked pretty good. mrg was very bare that day as well as sugarbush.

ME not only has the summit Quad, but the North Ridge lift from mid mountain. Makes perfect sense to me. When the base melts out, run the two upper mountain lifts and download via the GMX. When mid-mountain melts out, run the Summit Quad and download via the GMX.

beating a dead horse here. I know win has read this idea from me and several others on this message board many, many times.
 

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Eek, doubt Bush can go for it. Just saw a report from MRG. 0" at the base, 10" at the summit. Oh well. Bush could still upload, though... or just spin for Stein's again.

Check again. Now saying 24" up top. Nuts how much 2,000 feet of elevation gain can do. :-o
 
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