Forums Current Conditions Vermont Northern Vermont 06/07
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  • #592960
    vtbackcountry
    440 Posts

    looks like we dodged a bullet. temps at elevation stayed below freezing the past couple days while temps in the valleys hit 38-40 degrees with breaks of sun and lots of melting in town. we’re now looking for a cold front to move in tomorrow (mon) which will keep things cold for the upcoming week. this is good news and should keep mountain snowpack dry for another week, at least.

    we’ve picked up anywhere from 10 to 22 inches over the past couple days and things are in GREAT shape. again, base depths on ridgelines currently range from 50 to 80 inches. almost everything is buried and high elevation glades are sick.

    still snowing today and doesn’t seem to want to stop, just fine w/ me. it’s finally time to start hitting the REAL goods above treeline. wasn’t so sure we’d even get there this season just six weeks ago.

    enjoy…

    #592961
    BigJay
    342 Posts

    Jay area is reporting more then 3ft of snow since Friday. The top of Jay is looking more and more like the 2001 winter! The stake on Mansfield is above average for this time of year. It’s currently @ 80in when average gets it @ 67in

    http://www.uvm.edu/skivt-l/?Page=depths.php

    #592962
    vtbackcountry
    440 Posts

    conditions yesterday (mon) at stowe/smuggs were sick. skinned between resorts milking runs in the b/b’s. waist deep, plenty of new snow. dry and deep. upcoming w/e looks to warm up. get on it now.

    #592963
    coyne86
    52 Posts

    any words on the adks? Looking to head there for friday into the weekend rain or shine.

    #592964
    bvt
    23 Posts

    Anyone checked out the steeple (Stowe area)? Coming up this weekend, hopefully the temps stay low. Then again what the hell do I care I’m still going and not working. 😀

    #592965
    vtbackcountry
    440 Posts

    not sure about the dacks and the steeple may have been afftected by the winds. we hit jay today and northwest thru northeast aspects were all drifted and dense with long pillows from the past few days high winds, but still rideable and fun. skiers were hating it though. the winds overnight mellowed out a bit and today was bluebird and cold. all other aspects were in great shape. the steeple is a north aspect, so assume it’s gonna be a wind affected, denser snowpack this week. i also know its been skied lately, but may still be good to go. you may be better off looking elsewhere, ie. lee slopes and east aspects.

    #592966
    coyne86
    52 Posts

    Yeah I was up at Jay today too. It definitely got hit pretty hard by the winds in spots over the past few days, but damn Big Jay resembles Mount Washington.

    #592967
    bvt
    23 Posts

    thanks vtbackcountry. You may save me a bad tour, espectially since this may be my only trip up north this year.

    #592968
    coyne86
    52 Posts

    So I believe today Mr Drew Lawton (an LSC split hero) may have made history for the Jay area. Many of you may have stumbled upon a large band of cliffs on the far skiers right of big jay… well I would like to announce it to the split community that today Drew successfully launched the largest cliff on big jay (and probably the jay area) which we estimated to be roughly 55ft. I understand that it is natural to be skeptical of cliff estimates, but next time you hit up the skin traverse to the green circle glades to take a peak toward the summit and pretty much he just launched what you can see from there (it’s massive). I just thought I would mention this to you guys, because it was ridiculous and I’m still having a difficult time realizing what I witnessed today.

    Anyways…

    So the jay peak area most definitely had plenty of untracked goods up until today. a few parties set out for big jay but I’m sure if you hit it quick tomorrow, before yahoos get out there, it’ll be sweet.

    Heading up to Tuck’s tomorrow. Report including snow pit tomorrow night…

    #592969
    coyne86
    52 Posts

    Today was a good day to be in the bowl, and of course everyone was like “those are weird looking skis”, or “what do you can those things” , which my response is “Victoria on the right, Melissa on the left”. So the everything was in good shape Sherburne, little headwall (although only from the cache down), and lobster claw variation left.

    I dug a pit, on the right side of the pit, between right and lobster claw, which could only be dug 65cm deep due to a wicked knife layer and it was actually a bit low in the ravine to really get solid data out of, but nonetheless we found various layers one which slid with a CT15 (about 9 cm down). Forecasters are super worried about a deep layer that may release a ton of snow once it gets lubed up with the rain (which hit Gorham around 630?). So tomorrow will probably dicey.

    #592970
    Shep
    525 Posts

    Sorry coyne86, just finished my avalanche class last week, and I’m confused by your terminology. CT15 is compression test, 15th shot… So this is with your shovel on top of the column, 10 wrist slaps done, and you are on your fifth hit swinging from the elbow, correct?

    Thanks for the clarification,
    Shep

    #592971
    coyne86
    52 Posts

    yeah totally. 10 from the wrist, 10 from the elbow, and ten from the shoulder. always make sure to keep the exerted force equal for all 10 hits. Where/with whom did you take your course with? The avalanche advisory today was for low avi danger, looks like the rain came and everything bonded via a morning freeze.

    #592972
    Shep
    525 Posts

    My climbing partners from Rainier last summer and I discovered we could manage to be in SLC all at the same time (two different trips… dumb luck!) and so I suggested we do it through Exum Utah. But one of my friends wanted to do it through a guy he knows from windsurfing/kiteboarding on Cape Cod. Thus we come to crazy coincidence number one: his kiteboarding friend Eric Gustafson works for Exum. So we decide to do the course with Eric, and in preperation for it, I found out he’s a splitter. Not only is he a splitter, as far as Exum Utah goes, he’s the splitter. AND he used to work for Voile. So, needless to say, over the two day Avy class, I learned almost as much about good splitting as I did about avalanches. 🙂

    Hmm, strange place for this story, but if you’re out in Wasangeles, and you’re looking for a for-profit guide, Eric w/ Exum was a very cool guy, and I would recommend him. 🙂

    Shep[/i]

    #592973
    ikkin
    130 Posts

    went out this weekend at camel’s hump…it’s really warm, so the snow is pretty grabby out there. if you’re headed out this week be sure to slather your boards with warm weather wax lest you end up with ginormous clumps of snow hanging on your base and messing with your turns.

    and congrats on the huge cliff huck mentioned above!

    #592974
    vtbackcountry
    440 Posts

    huge props to drew, a big line for sure. would have loved to seen it happen. we were inbounds at jay wed 3/7 and it was bluebird and cold. bg jay looked SO RIPE, but we didn’t hit the ridge. hung in east glades and the dipp, as north and west slopes were thick w/ wind drifts. a great day, tons of snow.

    e-man rules, he’s a good friend of mine and old touring partner from days in the wasatch and w/ voile. one of the best tour leaders you can find for splitting the tri-canyons, no doubt. also, if you’re looking for a great rental for a fall hurricane surf week on the cape, would highly recommend his pad too. super chill, tons of mtn biking right out the door, kettle ponds for swimming and consistent surf (usually).

    #592975
    vtbackcountry
    440 Posts

    back to vt conditions…

    what a change. up till saturday morning, we had a HUGE run with consistent cold temps and deep, dry snow for almost 5 weeks. tons of great lines and pow refreshers every few days.

    on saturday afternoon 3/10 things warmed up to 34 degrees at 4000 feet on mansfield and the south winds picked up. even skinning up saturday morning on southern exposures was STICKY. had to use glob stopper to make it to the col and onto colder, drier snow on the northside. west aspects were rideable and fun, but i wouldn’t have wanted to be skiing even w/ fatties. variable snow from top to bottom.

    we hit chmp too and may have run into you ikkin. there were two other groups we saw w/ splitters, one with two splitters and a telehead, the other a tele and splitter. were you touring in group of 3?

    still, the curtain has drawn and the show in the bc is on hold for a while. it’s been cold at night and warmer during the past couple days. temps should hover around the same this week w/ poss mixed precip late in week. we’ll see what happens.

    the snowpack has settled considerably, barely hit 36″ on top of ridgelines saturday afternoon, but lee slopes are still deep and hold the goods for spring.

    now looking for new snow or a good corn cycle to come thru.

    #592976
    vtbackcountry
    440 Posts

    wed, thurs & fri this week look interesting w/ current forecasts.

    stay tuned.

    #592977
    vtbackcountry
    440 Posts

    wed, thurs & fri this week look interesting w/ current forecasts.

    stay tuned.

    #592978
    Shep
    525 Posts

    vtbackcountry,
    The two splits and the tele head were us. ikkin and I on the splits, her guy on the teles. were you in the group of three splitters?

    I’m hopeful for later this week, as I have a date to dance with Big Jay (first time!) this weekend, and I’m not quite ready for spring corn yet. When I checked NWS, it looked like the Jay area was still going to be above freezing during the day, but perhaps some altitude will tip the mercury in our favor?

    Shep

    #592979
    vtbackcountry
    440 Posts

    yep, right on. good to see you up there. we should connect for another tour sometime this spring. other shots are around, drop me a private message.

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