still VERY cold, brisk and quite windy today. snow is being transported into trees, gullies, etc, covering tracks to give us more fresh turns for this week. if getting out, keep moving and stay dry. a few new inches overnight with fast moving showers and squalls.
what can i say. things have been epic lately, just lovin it.
skied the challnge on sunday in leather 3 pins waxless, a great day. good soul food, 36"+ base at 2500-3200'. scoping things out, enjoying the tour. nice and dry on sheltered aspects, wind hammered a bit on west thru southeast aspects. plenty of snow around.
caution, the snowpack is punchy down low, especially n thru se aspects with faceting at the base of the snowpack. this is the christmas week snow that saw clear cold nights a few weeks ago and therefore weakend. could potentially set up some interesting slabs on top of mansfield, smuggs notch chutes, big jay, etc with new storm tomorrow especially if we get the 1-2 feet they're expecting.
note, riders are sounding more comfortable in the bc right now compared to skiers with lots of exposure and not a whole lot locked into a frozen base under the new stuff. be careful, especially below 2500'. shit is lurking for sure. snowpack on south thru nw aspects is a bit more locked in.
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BURLINGTON VT
1100 AM EST TUE FEB 13 2007
...HEAVY SNOW WARNINGS FOR VERMONT AND NORTHERN NEW YORK...
.AN AREA OF LOW PRESSURE OVER ARKANSAS THIS MORNING WILL INTENSIFY
AND TRACK NORTHEAST THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT. THE LOW PRESSURE
SYSTEM WILL EVENTUALLY TRACK TO NEAR CAPE COD BY EARLY WEDNESDAY
THE EXPECTED LOW TRACK AND INFLUX OF ATLANTIC MOISTURE IS NEARLY
IDEAL FOR MAJOR SNOW ACCUMULATIONS ACROSS VERMONT AND NORTHERN
NEW YORK. SNOW AMOUNTS ARE EXPECTED TO RANGE FROM 6 TO 12 INCHES
IN THE ST. LAWRENCE VALLEY...12 TO 18 INCHES IN THE NORTHERN
ADIRONDACKS...12 TO 20 INCHES IN THE CHAMPLAIN VALLEY...AND 1 TO
2 FEET ACROSS CENTRAL AND EASTERN VERMONT.
THE POTENTIAL ALSO EXISTS FOR BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW WITH THIS
STORM SYSTEM...AS WELL AS PERIODS OF SLEET ACROSS SOUTHEAST
VERMONT. ANY SLEET WOULD LIKELY OCCUR DURING WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON.
WINDS WILL INCREASE ON THE BACK SIDE OF THE STORM SYSTEM...WITH
INCREASING BLOWING AND DRIFTING WEDNESDAY NIGHT INTO EARLY
THURSDAY. TRAVEL WILL LIKELY BE VERY DIFFICULT DURING WEDNESDAY
AND CONTINUING INTO EARLY THURSDAY MORNING...SO TRAVELERS SHOULD
PLAN ACCORDINGLY AND USE EXTREME CAUTION. IF POSSIBLE...TRAVEL
SHOULD BE AVOIDED WEDNESDAY INTO EARLY THURSDAY.
3-4 feet total new over higher elevations, fairly dry and light. 1-3 feet in the valleys, give or take. has been very windy starting late wed afternoon and still howling, many resort lifts still on wind hold from yesterday and into this am. winds should calm more today, should leave some goods for this weekend. there was plenty of wind transport and are lee cornices up high, can see them from my kitchen window. i'm letting things mellow out a bit today and settle in.
bc above treeline and bigger gulches/ravines on mansfield, dahump, etc. should be approached carefully. snowpack IS sensitive with a foot or so of sugary snow now deep in the pack to act as a possible bed surface in certain exposed spots, just be aware. got some whompfing and easy collapsing up on mt hunger at 2800' in the glades. guessing we'll here about a few slides in the whites or adks over the next day or two.
heading out again early am tomorrow, will report back.
Jay is reporting a full 60" of snowfall. And I don't think this is one of Roemer's exaggerations. There was (conservative estimate) 3 1/2 feet at my buddy's place in Waitsfield and Jay always gets a ton more snow.
Be careful out there. I slid into a tree well and was up to my armpits in snow. I'm kinda short (5'8"), but seriously, the snow is deep.
VTBC, I was short on time this week otherwise I would have sent you a PM. Sorry, mate.
current conditions are stellar except inbounds and along resort boundaries where things are pretty tracked out from holiday traffic last week. still, if you like groomers and bumps, it's pretty nice right now. otherwise, things are in great shape in the bc with creamy snow still on all aspects. the temps continue to inch up, but we've been lucky to stay just below freezing at elevation all week and the snow has stayed dry since the storm on valentines. if you're not out riding here now, you're missing it. sunday, monday and today were epic bluebird days in the high twenties. lovin it.