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  • #599474
    BigJay
    342 Posts

    We’ll be at the 242 parking saturday around 9:30-10:00… We’ll make our way up there… You’re welcome to join us, we have a solid group of 4… 3 with snowshoes… Look for a silver golf or gray Mazda3… We’ll post pics and vids hopefully!

    #599475
    sneeky jesus
    106 Posts

    you going back to big jay tomorrow? me and friend will be snowshoeing up.

    #599476
    BigJay
    342 Posts

    @sneeky jesus wrote:

    you going back to big jay tomorrow? me and friend will be snowshoeing up.

    Sorry… we tracked it all out!

    Knee to waist deep in there. Access is still a struggle at a few spots… but traffic coming down helped a lot as things got packed and water turned to ice in most places…

    I’ll post a full TR later on…

    #599477
    sneeky jesus
    106 Posts

    we tried it today for the first time. first time for my buddy on snowshoes. took us maybe 2-2.5 hrs from the road. couldnt make it all the way up though, it got to a point where it was real steep and the trail we were following turned into ski boot holes. so, we clipped in and road it out. the ride out took us about 2 minutes, including stopping. all in all, we werent too thrilled with it. theres a point when your hiking in, right when it starts to get steep and the trail heads to the right to traverse. that section looked sick, and we hoped we would come down it. no such luck, we wound up coming back over the skin trail. and to make matters 20 times more aggravating, as we came back down the skin trail and reached that point, a group of 6 skiers were coming down the steep section. they obviously hadn’t hiked either, none of them had any equipment, so i guess people are still walking the ridge in? pretty lame of them if you ask me, but at least they got to the summit. on the plus side, the pow was deep and fun, and the snowshoe up was fun ad had some real killer views out.

    #599478
    BigJay
    342 Posts

    Yep, you took one of the lines we did on saturday… We were at the bottom of the ice fall and tried to make our way back towards little jay (eastern ridge of big jay). We came on to a steep section (you’ll see pics in the upcoming TR) and some guys decided to walk up the chute… It was my gf’s first time on AT gear… she was tired… so we decided to stop for lunch there and do a run down that section.

    What we SHOULD have done is follow through the middle of Big Jay and make our way up doing switchbacks out in the open… But so many people were coming down from the ridge that we tried to make our way away from the Jailhouse chute.

    Anyways… I’ll have my pics up tonight… Maybe a little real short video… We’ll see!

    #599479
    mergs
    100 Posts

    thanks for the stoke bigJay!

    #599480
    vtbackcountry
    440 Posts

    bigjay, you gotta get down range this season, pm me for beta.

    #599481
    coyne86
    52 Posts

    Nasty day that started out with some light snow, then freezing rain, and now rain. February better step it up.

    #599482
    BigJay
    342 Posts

    @coyne86 wrote:

    Nasty day that started out with some light snow, then freezing rain, and now rain. February better step it up.

    Yep… Last w-e was a bliss… But things don’t look so good now… 3-4in of snow… then drizzle… then freezing rain for a couple of hours and then back to tiny layer of snow…

    I think i’ll head out in the woods tomorrow and hunt for new lines… Maybe even only on snowshoes… It probably won’t be worth to ride down! I don’t know… But yeah, February is off to a bad start!

    #599483
    sneeky jesus
    106 Posts

    I snowshoed up timbuktu around 9 this morning to do some recon. Conditions were real variable, mix of nice powder, unbreakable ice crust, and spotty ice patches. A group of skiers went a little farther out, said that it was survival skiing. I interpreted that badly. That said, if you could find a spot that wasn’t wind affected at all I’d have to say it could be alright, theres definitely 3-4 on top of the ice in spots.

    #599484
    coyne86
    52 Posts

    looks like its about that time to work on the stunts in the terrain park.

    #599485
    BigJay
    342 Posts

    @coyne86 wrote:

    looks like its about that time to work on the stunts in the terrain park.

    Depends… Yesterday i went out on a solo run to check out some lines… Slim-pickins’ but coverage is excellent… No one out there… PLUS, there was 4-5in of snow on top of the crud. Not slippery at all… and fast on the climbs…

    It was snowing all day around Jay yesterday and conditions were incredible (compare to what i expected) on the slopes in the afternoon… Woods on Tramside didn’t seem affected by the rain at all… No deep powder or anything… bud really fun and smooth! Good times!

    #599486
    mergs
    100 Posts

    I got a second hand email from a VT b/c guide that its dumping up there. Any truth to that boys and girls ? 8)

    #599487
    sneeky jesus
    106 Posts

    that is a fact, around 4-5 in burli during the day today, at least another from 6 to now

    #599488
    BigJay
    342 Posts

    @mergs wrote:

    I got a second hand email from a VT b/c guide that its dumping up there. Any truth to that boys and girls ? 8)

    Yep… Apparently snow is pilling up… We’re planning an outting on sunday… We don’t know where were going yet… Big Jay, Jay Peak area or Stowe. I’ll be at the mountain Saturday for sure… We’ll see about sunday.

    Jay says they’ll receive anywhere from 12-24in of snow before saturday morning. Snow should continue through the weekend.

    #599489
    sneeky jesus
    106 Posts

    I’ll be at Jay for fri sat sun probably. Picking up my split today, so this weekend is gonna be my first time riding it. Any suggestions on where to go? I was thinking the around Big Jay

    #599490
    BigJay
    342 Posts

    @sneeky jesus wrote:

    I’ll be at Jay for fri sat sun probably. Picking up my split today, so this weekend is gonna be my first time riding it. Any suggestions on where to go? I was thinking the peak opposite Big Jay

    ???? Jay Peak???

    Or do you mean across the road on 242?

    PM for more info.

    #599491
    vt4311
    3 Posts

    I managed to get out to some lower elevation skiing on Thursday and Friday morning around the Montpelier area, and theres a good foot to 16″ on top of a solid base, thanks to the rain etc from last week.

    #599492
    BigJay
    342 Posts

    @vt4311 wrote:

    I managed to get out to some lower elevation skiing on Thursday and Friday morning around the Montpelier area, and theres a good foot to 16″ on top of a solid base, thanks to the rain etc from last week.

    Thanks for the info! Hope you’ll post more info about your outtings and conditions!

    Here’s a quick re-cap of the weekend. Snow fell on a daily basis last week… The result is an even 6-8in of snow on top of the crud with some spots with a good 12-14in thanks to some winds. Sunday was quite a day out in the Jay area. We woke up to blue sky but by the time we reached the trailhead it was overcast with light snow. After our second lap it was really pucking snow and finding our own skin tracks was getting harder. At the end of our 3rd lap we got split up… I went to low… Climbed back to our meeting spot to find 2 others… but one was still missing… I went around the track to find where he went… He was completely to the opposite of my track… maybe 500m away… He was in the process of switching over… He too was never able to see the track and went too far down… Since it was really blowing hard and snowing, we decided to pack out and head back to the car. I manage to find a sick line with 14in all over and pretty steep too… All the way down… Best run of the day!

    We also met up with Sneeky Jesus with his brand new setup. I think he had a good too! Ran into a guy from Boston also on a Prior split… The scene is definately growing around here! Pretty cool! Snow’s on the way… Hopefully i’ll mange to get a few turns in this w-e!

    😀

    #599493
    twostowe
    56 Posts

    Hey from downrange (stowe/bolton/waterbury)

    I’m going to be up for Fri-Sat-Sun for an anuual ski house reunion.
    Might have a friend on AT.

    I’ve ridden Big Jay from the resort before, but with the closure I’m interested in a skin up from 242. (Don’t know where “the” skintrack is tho…..

    Anyone around interested? I’d be happy to return the guiding/beta in my neck of the woods…….

    PM’s are welcome

    -Matt

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