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  • #608467
    Shep
    525 Posts

    Yup. It’s there all right. Not nearly as much as we had two weeks ago. 😥 But, hopefully now that they are making snow more consistently, this won’t all melt away like the last storm… Yeah, right. 😳

    Shep

    #608468
    twostowe
    56 Posts

    …not at the base, but the top half had good coverage yesterday (11/11)

    see photos in Trip Report

    #608469
    vtbackcountry
    440 Posts

    fri Nov 14

    a quick affirmation, top half of mansfield had 6+ new over the past several days. only a couple inches lower mtn. sugarbush reported up to 8″ at summit.

    wednesday 11/12 was in & out of the clouds w/ some sun, still cold. skinned up to octagon and out to the antenna towers, checked td entrance and the ridgeline. rode a couple half laps and cleaned up the office, lots of broken glass from a possible lantern globe blowout this summer. stuff pretty much sucks to pack out.

    as twostowe reported, nice up top but not as good as a couple weeks ago w/ denser layer under 10-12″ new. still, no complaints. stowe was blowing snow top to bottom at the quad. warmer today w/ some drizzle.

    nxt week looks GOOD w/ moist flow and colder temps. keep your fingers crossed…

    #608470
    Shep
    525 Posts

    heard the same. PM me for my e-mail if anyone wants to do a mid-week trip next week! :listen:

    Shep

    #608471
    BigJay
    342 Posts

    Got to Jay early sat. morning before the rain… Most of the natural snow melted on friday… 2 runs down the Haynes and Jet… great cover all over… had to walk back 1/3rd down because there wasn’t snow all the way down…

    Sat. afternoon and sat. night was torrential rain…

    Got to the mountain at noon on sunday… Jay must have lost 1ft of snow! Everything was green but the 2 same trails as yesterday… Strong winds… Snow… frosting all over the mountain… Got to the top as the snowguns were being turned on… Slick ride down… icy… yet still soft… a real flash freeze event! Made it ALL the way down thanks to the frosty and wet grass… pretty fun… could manage good turns… But snow was really coming down when we left… SHould remain cool for the next couple weeks… now pray for snow!

    #608472
    grubbers
    150 Posts

    looks like stowe will get a dusting over the next few days and temps up here are nice and cool so i’m guessing the snow guns are cranking.

    i will most likely be there tuesday, wednesday, maybe thursday, and friday this week. i want to get in as much riding as possible before i head down to mass for thanksgiving break.

    #608473
    vtbackcountry
    440 Posts

    AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BURLINGTON VT
    257 PM EST MON NOV 17 2008

    SYNOPSIS…
    COLDER AIR WILL CONTINUE TO BUILD INTO THE REGION TONIGHT AND
    REMAIN OVER THE REGION FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK. MEANWHILE…AN
    UPPER LEVEL TROUGH WILL REMAIN OVER THE AREA…RESULTING IN A LOT OF
    CLOUDS AND THE CONTINUED CHANCE FOR A FEW SNOW SHOWERS…ESPECIALLY
    OVER THE HIGHER TERRAIN…

    LONG TERM /THURSDAY THROUGH SUNDAY/…
    …CONFIDENCE IN FORECAST STARTS GOING DOWNHILL
    AFTER THE WEEKEND. LONG RANGE GUIDANCE HAS BEEN HINTING AT SOME
    UNSETTLED WEATHER APPROACHING MONDAY. HAVE FOLLOWED ALONG WITH
    GUIDANCE AND HAVE CHANCE POPS IN FOR THEN. TEMPERATURES SHOULD BE
    COLD ENOUGH EVEN WITH WAA AHEAD OF ANY SYSTEM THAT PRECIP SHOULD BE
    PRIMARLY SNOW EXCEPT FOR THE LOWEST OF ELEVATIONS. GOING FARTHER
    INTO FANTASY LAND…THE JUST IN 12Z ECMWF IS HINTING THAT WE MAY SEE
    A LITTLE PRE-TURKEY DAY SNOW EVENT
    ROUND THESE PARTS.

    gobble, gobble…

    #608474
    vtbackcountry
    440 Posts

    sat nov 22

    cold and windy today w/ temps in single digits to mid teens at elevation. 8-10″ new snow over past several days from steady snow showers in the hills. dusting to a few inches elsewhere.

    cold air should stick around thru nxt week w/ poss signif storm for mon PM thru tues PM. hi temps will be close to freezing in the valleys, but should stay all snow in the mtns.

    stowe is now spinning the quad, not a bad opening day w/ the new snow.

    looking to tour around spruce tomorrow w/ almost a foot of new, a ghost town by the looks today. winds should calm tonight w/ some poss breaks of sun tomorrow.

    #608475
    Shep
    525 Posts

    I skinned up the notch road on friday for some cardio, and found it nice and deep in places, but also very wind scoured in others. Anything lower elevation, out of the wind should be developing a good base.

    #608476
    twostowe
    56 Posts

    i did a few laps on the quad yesterday and today.

    more new snow saturday than expected, crowded as expected.

    closed stuff is borderline, highly variable depending on wind exposure

    gondi side looked like it got worked hard.

    broke/sprained a finger strapping in to start the day today, go figure

    #608477
    BigJay
    342 Posts

    Snow is pilling up around Jay… we were poking in the woods today trying to find new lines for this winter… Knee deep all-over with mid-thighs height as you get higher… Only down side is that it’s super light… so you’re snow pit is something like 16-18in of light champagne, 1-2in fo leaves and a nice mix of rocks and dirt… No backcountry riding yet… but things could change this week. All about elevation… only 2in down in the village of Jay!

    cross-fingers for lots of snow this week!

    #608478
    vtbackcountry
    440 Posts

    @shep wrote:

    I… found it… very wind scoured

    @twostowe wrote:

    …closed stuff is borderline, highly variable depending on wind exposure

    gondi side looked like it got worked

    that’s what i found.

    bailed on a big spruce tour over to sterling pond… it looked beat. hit up chin clip instead, found a good foot of leeward deposits from stong NW winds out of underhill sat and sun.

    @bigjay wrote:

    Knee deep all-over with mid-thighs height as you get higher…

    other reports confirm jay made out w/ over two feet this week.
    http://www.jaypeakresort.com/images/galleries/photos/lift3.jpg

    hope tonight’s storm stays COLD…

    #608479
    vtbackcountry
    440 Posts

    @twostowe wrote:

    broke/sprained a finger strapping in to start the day today, go figure

    ouch.

    #608480
    Shep
    525 Posts

    Talk at Stowe today was 80% chance that conditions suck tomorrow, 20% chance of Epic November Pow Day. The natural snow makes anything openable more fun/better conditions, but, similar to Jay, anything that has no snowmaking on it is still too light/too little base, to be a great idea. Water bars could eat you alive, but grassier areas would be doable.

    Keep in mind that now that the mountain is open, if you are going to tour, you need to stay away from any area being patrolled, or risk getting hassled big-time.

    I’ll be out of town till Friday night, but happy to update Stowe conditions then. Word on the street is that Little Spruce might open on Thanksgiving, so the above warning will soon apply there too.

    Shep

    #608481
    vtbackcountry
    440 Posts

    @shep wrote:

    Talk at Stowe today was 80% chance that conditions suck tomorrow, 20% chance of Epic November Pow Day… anything that has no snowmaking on it is still too light/too little base

    not anymore… :headbang:

    Tue Nov 25 2:00PM

    ALL SNOW at elevation today and heavy, another 8″++ new mid-mountain and higher on mansfield and STILL DUMPING. base is now saturated which will make bottoming out less likely, especially off-piste. high temps 30-32 on the hill today. looking like we may end up w/ a foot+ by late tonight if lucky. go get some.

    jay has 3-5″ new as of 1:30 today, but open only weekends right now.

    snow continues thru upcoming w/e. long term forecast looks really really GOOD… :doobie:

    #608482
    Shep
    525 Posts

    Similar to what I heard. made the decision not to ride tomorrow morning ’cause it’s supposed to get a lot colder tonight, and all the water in today’s snow will lock up. Bad for riding tomorrow. Good for riding in a few days, as we get more snow on top of it. 🙂 If we avoid a nasty warm up, we may have just gotten our critical mass of base snow. (please Ullr, don’t smite me!)

    Shep

    #608483
    twostowe
    56 Posts

    broke/sprained a finger strapping in to start the day today, go figure

    Broken. Heelstrap buckles can apparently be hazardous to your health.

    Holiday travel will keep me off the mtn this week (probably a good thing)

    Shep, I’ve never had a problem with patrol skinning before the lifts turn in the AM. Is this policy changing?

    #608484
    vtbackcountry
    440 Posts

    @shep wrote:

    Keep in mind that now that the mountain is open, if you are going to tour, you need to stay away from any area being patrolled, or risk getting hassled big-time

    @twostowe wrote:

    Shep, I’ve never had a problem with patrol skinning before the lifts turn in the AM. Is this policy changing?

    not sure why things wouldn’t be the same as they’ve always been… we’ve already had this conversation w/ rod kessler, VP mtn ops years ago and got a yellow light. not green, but also not red. it simply comes down to respect and common sense.

    he said during operational hours, stay away from ALL busy areas and almost all of mansfield for the most part. skinning up mansfield before lifts spin in am was cool w/ him but we must stay clear of any snowcats and mtn operations when crossing paths. again, try to pick the road less traveled. big spruce and the toll road seemed appropriate ascent routes, but not as direct per say. i stay on periphery trails that are often not groomed. and stay to the side of trails, obviously.

    my 2 cents…

    #608485
    vtbackcountry
    440 Posts

    back on topic…

    conditions Fri Nov 28

    rode in bounds at $teaux this am on a solid board. snow showers continue, temps in 20s. a new inch or two like the past few days. that’s about it.

    still, staying cold and nxt poss precip system sunday pm into this monday. stay tuned.

    #608486
    Shep
    525 Posts

    I should’ve been more specific. Yes. It’s during operating hours that you should stay off open trails on your way up. Saw a pass holder get dressed down last week for booting at around 10am. Certainly not as stern as the “skiing on closed trails” talking-to’s I’ve seen, and likely common sense, but I don’t want my people to get in trouble. 🙂

    The wet stuff on Tuesday definitely filled things in well, but there are still some open holes in drainages, so be wary of straight-lining it.

    Shep

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