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Sunday River 12/1 & 12/2 (Downdraft!)

rocojerry

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Finally got a start to my ski-season! didn't ski this weekend, stuck to the board.

Started at southridge, headed over to Spruce-- hit risky business, the only open trail off of the lift.

Moved over to barker, sampled all the goods -- snow was manmade but coverage was great. Enjoyed Right Stuff, the Punch, Cascades and the Jungle boogie road. Edges of trails held plenty of snow for some nice early season carves, avoided the middle of the trails mostly -- wasn't icy, just not as good as the sides. Pretty crowded -- decided to head over to Tempest. It had expert markings, giant snowmaking whales and features, lots of fun and a good challenge...

Made our way back to Spruce via the lazy river -- and headed up to find, Downdraft had been opened! (and it seems nobody noticed) we continued to ski downdraft time after time -- best snow, snowmaking whales like tempest but with less traffic and better coverage... jumps and bumps....

Sunday, more of the same as far as trails -- throwing on a Santa suit for the AM session. Snow was deliciously buttery and carvable. Great snow all over the hill, not much in the form of rain -- but fog was an issue -- kept the hero factor on the snow a bit lower and slower -- once again, we repeatedly hit primarily Downdraft, mixing in a few others that we missed the day before (T2, monday morning, whim, grand rapids-- top secret groomer of the day, entrance hidden by fog)

Great to be back on the snow -- some santa pics to come!
 

SkiFanE

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Great report. I was there Friday, perfectly great groomer day, as a bump lover I had Right Stuff right side, but got worse as day went on. What a difference Sat and Sun were. Never entered center of trail, but the fresh snow on the sides continued all weekend. Tempest was amazing, under lift, and Risky was top half right side was a gem. Downdraft...omg...right side, lapped it Sunday. So happy a little grass poking out keeps people away from the good stuff ;) Never had so much fun with whales as I did this weekend, manmade was spectactular and the little bit of natural helped alot.
 

emmaurice2

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Love the pic from Santa Sunday. Nice report. Hope I can make it up there this year, I've never been.
 

uphillklimber

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A little over a week ago, I dug out my Santa suit. Never had a chance to wear, and I figured this year I would, even if I hadn't been able to register. But as fate would have it, I started a new job and Friday, Saturday and Sunday work is mandatory. But I did get to see a bunch of the Santas, as my new job is at Sunday River. I'll have Tuesday and Wednesday off, and since I'll be going on night shift, I could theoretically ski every day before work!

It killed me to see all that snow Friday, just calling to me. Saturday and Sunday were busier, so not so much, but I did miss Santa Sunday!

Thanx for sharing.
 

uphillklimber

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They have a real good product this year, loads of real snow on top of what they have blown, plus they top off areas that get thin now. It's pretty sweet!
 
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