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  • #570417
    vtbackcountry
    440 Posts

    Below is a CONDITIONS thread for the ’08-09 season in New England & Quebec.

    Thanks for checking in and posting reports. Stay tuned —

    #608448
    vtbackcountry
    440 Posts

    sat sept 27

    leaves are changing BIG TIME, but no first snow yet to speak of at elevation. still splitting wood and surfing. shouldn’t be long now though…

    fyi, the best turns pre-season w/ any significant storm are obviously at the ski areas that do best w/ the most new snow and are still closed. will keep you posted.

    catch you soon.

    #608449
    vtbackcountry
    440 Posts

    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BURLINGTON VT
    415 PM EDT MON SEP 29 2008

    LONG TERM /THURSDAY THROUGH MONDAY/…
    AS OF 415 PM EDT MONDAY…SEVERAL UPPER SHORTWAVES WILL ROTATE
    SOUTHEAST FROM CANADA THURSDAY AND FRIDAY AS A CLOSED UPPER LOW
    WILL BE OVER EASTERN CANADA. THESE SHORTWAVES COMBINED WITH A COLD
    POOL OF AIR ALOFT OVER THE REGION WILL LEAD TO INSTABILITY AND A
    CHANCE OF RAIN SHOWERS THURSDAY THROUGH EARLY SATURDAY. THERE IS
    A CHANCE FOR SOME SNOW SHOWERS LATE FRIDAY AND FRIDAY NIGHT ACROSS
    THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF THE ADIRONDACKS AND THE GREEN MOUNTAINS.

    smells like termination dust, as they say in AK…

    #608450
    vtbackcountry
    440 Posts

    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BURLINGTON VT
    725 AM EDT WED OCT 1 2008

    .SHORT TERM /6 PM THIS EVENING THROUGH FRIDAY/…
    AS OF 350 AM EDT TUESDAY…

    …MID LVL TEMPS FALL TO 0C OR SLIGHTLY BELOW…SOME MIX
    WITH WET SNOW POSSBL ACROSS HIGHER PEAKS (MAINLY NRN MTNS ABV 2500
    FT) OVERNIGHT THURSDAY/FRIDAY.

    #608451
    vtbackcountry
    440 Posts

    colder today, leaves are now peak and starting to drop fast. around 45 here today in town.

    temps on highest peaks are below freezing this am, should see snow accum in the hills after the clouds lift later on. cold rain right now in the valleys.

    #608452
    vtbackcountry
    440 Posts

    snowing this am above 1500′. 1-3″ possible.

    sunny & cool tomorrow.

    #608453
    twostowe
    56 Posts

    flakes and 1 cm of accumulation on car & roof at 1100 ft in waterbury center.

    heading to stowe at lunch to pickup pass. notch road apparently closed this AM

    #608454
    grubbers
    150 Posts

    looks like something good is brewing for tomorrow night, a very low pressure system is coming our way. 2-4 inches is what is currently being predicted for mansfield.

    #608455
    twostowe
    56 Posts

    Indeed. I’ll be in the mansfield parking lot ~530 ready to hike or split depending on how much we’ve got by that point.

    #608456
    grubbers
    150 Posts

    @twostowe wrote:

    Indeed. I’ll be in the mansfield parking lot ~530 ready to hike or split depending on how much we’ve got by that point.

    i may be making my way over to whiteface late tonight as it’s looking like the storm will go straight over the adirondacks.

    if this storm shifts east or plans change, then i’ll be at stowe early in the morning as well.

    #608457
    twostowe
    56 Posts

    probably a good idea.

    i’m going to save my “sick” days for prime season.

    good luck

    #608459
    twostowe
    56 Posts

    First turns of the season today at Mansfield.

    2-3 inches of wet snow at the base, 8-10 inches up at the top of the Gondola. Fluff on top, wet layer underneath

    First tracks down Perry Merrill (I think of the season..?), and all the way back to the truck

    Last day of 07-08 season was 5/15/08
    First Day of 08-09 season is 10/29/08

    5 and a half month layoff between turns, not bad for VT!

    #608460
    BigJay
    342 Posts

    7IN at the bottom of the mountain at Jay Peak. Should be something like 12-14in up top…. could be more according to what was on the top of Mansfield…

    Snow should keep up all evening and hopefully into the morning… Pray for wrap-around snow! If it goes up to 18in, i know i’ll ride on saturday… i’d wish i could skip work and ride tomorrow… too busy… we’ll go for it once it dumps for real…

    #608461
    Shep
    525 Posts

    Anyone got a recommendation on boot pack vs. skin? I thought it might be too wet for the skins to make sense, so my roomie and I were talking bootpack the Stowe side tomorrow. Anyone else planning on going? we’ll probably be in the parking lot under the gondola around 8am… :headbang:

    Shep

    #608462
    BigJay
    342 Posts

    Depends how many runs you want to get… With 12in, i don’t mind using skins and splitboard…

    with 8in, i’ll hit rocks and all… so i’ll bootpack to the top and use a rock board…

    I might hit Jay on Sat…. we’ll see how everything holds for the weekend… tomorrow i’ll go mountain biking… hopefully for the last time… and then we’ll have major snowstorms every weekend until the end of March… Cause that’s what is in MY forecast… no science or nothing… but i’ll pray whoever for it!

    Have fun!

    #608463
    vtbackcountry
    440 Posts

    thurs oct 30

    skinned up nosedive at stowe this am and took a couple laps down to just below the shack and back up. stopped over to the rn, paid respects and hommage. legs were burning on final run down, feels good. a great first day.

    gusty nw winds, temps mid twenties
    6-8″ mid-mountain
    10-12″ top
    drifts 12-16″
    dense on bottom, creamy on top

    sunny and a bit warmer tomorrow as large high pressure sets in for the w/e. happy halloween.

    edited nov 24 w/ NWS storm summary link at… http://www.erh.noaa.gov/btv/events/28Oct2008/overview.php

    #608464
    vtbackcountry
    440 Posts

    @grubbers wrote:

    i may be making my way over to whiteface late tonight as it’s looking like the storm will go straight over the adirondacks.

    grubbers, did you end up heading over to whiteface a couple days ago?

    #608465
    Shep
    525 Posts

    We booted it, and it would’ve been fine with my split, but I was happy to have my rock board anyway. We went up Gondolier all the way to the top where it was pretty windblown/drifted. My first October turns ever. :headbang: Definitely gonna be mushy tomorrow. 🙄

    Shep

    #608458
    grubbers
    150 Posts

    @vtbackcountry wrote:

    @grubbers wrote:

    i may be making my way over to whiteface late tonight as it’s looking like the storm will go straight over the adirondacks.

    grubbers, did you end up heading over to whiteface a couple days ago?

    yeah, although we hiked the auto road, which was a bad idea in the scheme of things since it’s fairly flat. my friend who drove thought that it would be better as we weren’t completely sure what the coverage was going to be like. the snow was pretty good though, 6-8 inches around 2900 ft, which is about as far as we made it. i’m pretty sure the higher elevations got more than that and the wind formed some fairly deep drifts.

    #608466
    BigJay
    342 Posts

    SNOW ON THE MANSFIELD WEBCAM!

    http://www.stowe.com/mountain/webcam.php
    :rock:

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