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  1. Drove up here Sunday. We had a little r@in on our arrival, then temperatures plummeted, with a light dusting of snow during the night. Monday at Sugarbush was less than stellar. Flat light and icy. Didn’t even bother with Castle Rock, as there were warnings all over of thin cover. Slide Brook Express Quad not running 🙁. Got about 6 inches of snow Monday night, then a sunny cold day. Conditions at Mt Ellen just about perfect. Looks like another sunny day on tap today. A picture of the sweet cabin I rented and some more pics of mountain
    18 points
  2. Both flights were delayed about a half hour but both my bags and I made it on time. I planned on taking Uber to the hotel but from when I landed until I got my bag, it went from $35 to $85 for the trip to town. One of the no wait taxis outside did it for $40. Room was ready early so quick change and headed to redeem my Indy pass. Full view of Snow King from the hotel room so had to do it. Little bit of a struggle for the ticket agent but we were on the snow by 1245. Lines were non existent and I had the Gondy and quad to myself. I didn’t even know they had a backside but the Sun Bowl had the best snow and ended up there for half of almost two hours I got to check it out. Milder terrain on the back side and slower lift but some trees and ungroomed to play with. Got scooped by Atomic after SK and he even had a beverage waiting.
    18 points
  3. Thursday night forecast was calling for 6-10 at Gore, drove through rain until it turned to snow just south of Lake George. Drove through some Star Wars snow on the way to the hill Friday morning, only about 3” fell but first few freshly coated groomers were sublime, Lies opened up mid morning and was mad technical navigating wales , rocks and bumps. Mild temps, falling snow, low crowds and watching kids from all over the world huck their meat in the World University games made for a great day! Pico ski’d awesome today, 7or so inches groomed in for some early morning western groometish screamers before lapping summit glades au natural until legs and snow got beat up. Heard crowds at K were krazy, we had another day of country club skiing. Christened the new skis with a nice gash but as @indiggio says, outta the box and into the rocks ! Magic tomorrow on Indy Pass
    17 points
  4. Today was #1 or #1a on the list of deepest powder I’ve skied. Over the head a few times and all in the grill on most turns. Amazing.
    16 points
  5. 1/25/23…Day 1 of 7 Hey All, I’m back from a fun first ski day at Jackson hole. I was up super early which I love cause I can just relax and catch up on the internet. Went to bagel place, got a toothbrush from the front desk cause I forgot mine and at 755am me and atomic Jeff loaded up the Giant Jeep and picked up Nazareth Jay at his hotel. Despite a semi late arrival we were second or third civilian gondola. Temperatures today were in the single digits rising into the teens at the base under cloudy skies with a few flakes initially becoming party sunny. First run down Amphitheater and so good best run of the season so far..2” of Perder on top of groomed…The thunder lift was down so we skied over to the Casper chair and took a run down Casper to black tail to Sundance to the base which was super good. I usually don’t ski that terrain so early in the day so was a real treat. Since Thunder was down we took the Tram to the peak to access Sublette terrain. We had a walk on Tram but it was a full one and very uncomfortable. The most contact I’ve had since my rubdown by security yesterday at Newark airport. Down Rendevous bowl which was ok conditions..semi solid giant bumps with a little fresh..first bumps of skied of the season to Rendevous trail to the Sublette chair and Jay and Atomic did Bivoac. R trail wasn’t skied off yet as it was before 10am. Up Sublette to ten sleep bowl to the cirque to amphitheater to thunder chair which was running. First time ever on the new Thunder high speed quad and you exit the lift sideways which is progressive, I guess because the unloading area is compact. Then cut over to below the expert chutes which was filled in and yielded some fresh to Nez Perce traverse, as I was crusing along moderate speed some goob turned right into my path uphill blind…then a few seconds later his buddy did the same thing and nearly collided with atomic Jeff..that’s a pretty dangerous move on their part and they’re lucky they didn’t get destroyed. Then back into Casper area up Casper and down wide open to the Teton lift then up Teton which was the busiest lift and the day with maybe a 1 minute liftline then down Crags run towards Apres vous which was super good so went back to Teton again and did crags run again then to the base of Apres vous and finished out under the top of the Apres vous lift to St. John’s to buck to the base. Nice lunch at Osteria, I had very good Bolognese and an Arnold Palmer. Today was a fun ski day, wasn’t really a pow day although we skied some pow but it was very pleasant. Right now Mute and Ryan are at snow king and NMSki is probably charming the front desk lady with his sparkling smile. I didn’t take many pictures but I’ll post what I took. Looks like the real snow arrives tomorrow afternoon through Saturday night. Probably about 15-18”+ total.
    16 points
  6. At Berkshire east now...conditions are great so far... forecast yesterday was 4 to 8 inches. Plan is Burke tomorrow and Saddleback Thursday and Friday.
    15 points
  7. @ JAC waiting for departure. Snow King’s website says open at 9 but I had feeling lifts don’t start spinning at that time. Could see the lifts not moving at 9:01 so I switched to the touring set up and got a $8 Uber. -15° with real feel of -28° but didn’t feel like it, especially when moving. Only had an hour and made it about half way up the hill without seeing anyone. Great way to start the trip home.
    14 points
  8. Great day today after a couple big powder days. Everything was soft and smooth and the steeps were in beautiful shape. Didn’t expect the headwall to be open so that was a serious bonus, and a little exercise as well. Got to ski the expert chutes for the first time ever and it was so good we repeated it (although there was a very spicy traverse to get there. Tomorrow will be a brief AM session before heading to the airport.
    14 points
  9. Awesome day! Anxiety of waiting on avy mitigation for 1.5 hours had me bugging but it was so worth it. A few sections of the hobacks today was some of the best big mountain powder skiing I’ve had. Could hear @AtomicSkierhooting and hollering and when I came around the corner I knew why. Pretty sick back to back days.
    14 points
  10. Awesome day even with low vis. Couple pics including the 49er breakfast
    14 points
  11. I thought today was better snow wise and I had alot more fun that yesterday. NMDW was a good minefield and upper main was good. Truthfully it was probably the hot dogs though. I'm always hungry on the lift and imagine my delight when BenM revealed delicious hot hot dogs mid lift ride. One was a dream but to get back on the lift and get another is next level. I've become a lift dog evangelist, it may be the perfect lift food.
    13 points
  12. A little tease … more soon. First is me, second is Doug and third is Tom. It was way more than reported 😂
    13 points
  13. Up there again tonight..Conditions were of the snow cone variety....Fast and pretty smooth....Some minor bumps on Sassy and it's still full width...The trail going around the back is really thin...Riding across semi clear ice/slush....The bottom of Timberline is starting to get thin also..Windy and a bit chilly....Snowed a little too......Place was ghosted ....and the snow was fine....Nice way to spend two hours after work....
    13 points
  14. Back at 550 with @Dirtwolf in the house. Crowd was semi still there but most were headed to the exit. The usual slick spots with sugar piles but a pleasant evening with no lines. The kid accomplished her first black diamond with a full Raceway run and now she’s calling for doubles 😂 Beer in the lot and JADIP until tomorrow night.
    13 points
  15. Dusting off this thread. Arrived yesterday to spend the month. In line 8:50 w my friend Sarah and we are 5th and 6th in line. Gonna be a cold bluebird day!!
    12 points
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  17. Fun day with the boys
    12 points
  18. Didn’t have high hopes for conditions but the kid had a lesson so away we went. She was v excited to show anyone who listened that she had first set of poles. First two runs down Lazy and Main for 9/10. Super surprised but also delighted. Went for a TCS run and back to reality as the head wall was almost completely scraped off. NMDW wasn’t that bad but had some bigger sugar piles. Another MS before 2 post lesson laps with the kid. Less than a minute wait at both the quad and new 6. It’s surprising the lack of ski clubs mid week. Haven’t really caught a crowd yet this new year. Time to finish packing and meet the boys in JH tomorrow.
    12 points
  19. Made the drive up yesterday which was pretty spicy the last hour or so due to snow. They reported 9 inches in the last 24 hours and it was much needed. The mountain skied great with the natural snow groomed in and we even found a little bit of fresh powder. Thin cover in a lot of places but that was to be expected. I don’t know the mountain all that well, but we really cruised all over. Found out that our ikon passes worked in the fast track line too which was huge. Saved us hours of lift lines on a busy day. We skied right on every lift like a bunch of little bitches while everyone else was waiting in huge lift lines. It was great. Tomorrow I think we’ll ski Stratton.
    12 points
  20. I took a nice drive up 322 to visit a cousin at Penn State and ski Tussey. I made use of my Indy pass (finally) and with another friend we took advantage of the 2 for 1 college ticket monday which is pretty rad that they offer specials on a holiday. A bit of a line for the two lifts formed early afternoon but it was not too crazy I thought considering schools had off. Blue sky day and the sun had softened the snow up nicely except parts of the Deer Run green from the top (narrow shaded cut and the only green from the top today so it got skied off) and Upper Tuscarora (double black with massive whales they just opened for the season). The hill is actually a bit steeper than I imagined. It is a consistently steep pitch down 400-500ft under the quad. From the quad the green would be a blue and the blue a black at a lot of other PA areas. The beginner slope at the bottom is a good setup but it is really a big step up to send beginners down from the quad after that- narrow, crowded, slick and kind of steep. If they were to get that outer Lions way green open in this wacky weather that might be a better less steep next step and way to spread the traffic. They had some jumps set up at the bottom of the one blue. Classic sort of lodge with a fire and that ancient quad lift are fun. Fun place with everyone just having a good old time skiing for a few hours. That T bar straight up the side would be a wicked ride...
    12 points
  21. If Saturday was a 3 or 4. Today was an 8. First run on razors was top notch. It was so nice we did it twice before heading to main street which wasn't as good but decent none the less. Another good one and a nice addition to the repertoire is the main street express to Curzis to Midway or Chute to lower main. Midway may have been the worst run today but chute was good. Overall a great morning. In the house were Ryan, Mute, Atomicskier, Johnny Law, Edge, Indiggio, Dirtwolf and many others. Fun day and blue is making a comeback (that is before the shit weather returns this week).
    12 points
  22. Probably the best groomer day I’ve had at JH. The -29F start probably kept people away but it was quite pleasant. The place was completely empty. At 10:30 the Thunder lift line had nobody even standing around. The liftie look bored. The snow was 11/10. The boys let them run a bit today. Was nice to really crank some turns.
    11 points
  23. Great post-storm skiing. Went up the headwall with Jay and @NMSKI. Hit Tower 3 with the boys as well, and then a rinse and repeat on Expert Chutes. Snow was deep and soft.
    11 points
  24. 1/28/22…Day 4 of 7… With 27” new in the past 24 hours and 42” in the last 48 hours, stoke and the powder panic were off the chain this morning. We left for the hill at 7:25 and we’re booted and suited up before 8am…about 25th or so in the gondola singles line and waited and waited some more as the avalanche bombs were going off above. I had about three safety meeting while waiting and then sometime around 1045 we were finally given the all clear…only teewinot, sweet water and AV were operating and within a second all lifts open. We shared a gondola with quite the rowdy crew…one of the guys took two hits off my vape and they were drinking tequila out of a flask. Amphitheater was deep like a foot to a foot and a half of new snow and as I rounded the corner atomic Jeff was searching for his pole..luckily it was found fast. Thunder was about a full corral already as people were approaching thunder from Teton, Casper and the gondola. Up Thunder to the left side of Grand again which was untracked..not quite as deep as yesterday..only some face shots, not on every turn. It was like I was fucking two supermodels yesterday with another sitting on my face it was that good and today was like only fucking one supermodel with the others playing with each other. That’s until we took the Sublette chair to the Hobacks. Yes the Hobacks, what can I say except 2700 vert that’s never seen a groomer, about a mile wide. The Hobacks today was like I was the star of a reverse gangbang..each section got better and better. One area just got better and better, Atomic Jeff was snapping photos and when I passed him I just kept going for another two dozen of the lightest and deepest turns of the day..bottomless effortless delight, the kind of snow I’ll be telling my friends grandkids about one day. Still not as epic as the 22” day in 2016 but darn close. I stopped and took some pictures 2/3 of the way down then the last sections was just swaths of 1+ foot deep powder right to the cat track. It was off seeing NMSki off the cat track floundering in several feet of snow but he was able to make his way back to the cat track. I shouldn’t talk as I fell on my ass in the mens room earlier. Today was not a big vert day but it was super quality..people go on week long heli ski trips and don’t get the amount of deep powder we got the last two days. Apres ski today was at the Mangy moose and it was a fun time and we had nachos, I had a prime rib cheesesteak and 4 pitchers of beer were consumed and Nazareth Jay even got a free Pacifico draft that they brought to the wrong table and the waitress flirted hard with him, she either had daddy issues or was looking for a big tip..not just the tip lol picture time
    11 points
  25. Deep on deep on deep today. Bottomless faceshots…even on Amphi 😂
    11 points
  26. Yeah had to try the Juicilus, julius with fruit puree. Burke is incredible today. East bowl is one huge playground of drops, powder and bumps
    11 points
  27. I saw on Blue's IG yesterday that the ridge had gotten frosted so I figured I'd mosey my way up this morning and catch the show before it melts. True to there post the upper 1/4 of the hill the trees have a solid coating and with surprisingly blue skies the twinkle was majestic. A steady wind had them moving like the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies with the half babbling brook half wind chime sound. With a couple of inches the hill looks fantastic. The skiing is considerably less majestic, most everything got a solid crust and while mostly edgeable turns of merit don't have the grip for full speed. They must have blown on Coming Soon as the upper ditch is in and held super nice soft turns. YMMV as its 4 or 5 inches of soft over grass/etc. Upper main is best described as a scree field of cookies, chicken heads and super frozen bone shaking cord. The whole hill is guess your luck on picking the right groomer track but the variability on upper is laughable. Best run was Widow, midway, lower main as midway has a bit of a riser directly under the lift so you can really slut it up and get some air. I saw C1er and ZZslope but crowds were low. Rumors abound for any number of delusions of granduer as someone said they purchased the old ladies farm you can see off coming soon but maybe we already knew that....I can't keep up with everything they are supposedly doing.
    11 points
  28. The flight was smooth we landed around 1230 MST and baggage came quick. We have a baller Jeep Grand Wagoneer…dropped Nazareth Jay off at his hotel, went to beer store, checked into the 49er and room wasn’t available yet as it was only like 130. Then picked NSJ at his hotel and went to the brewery for a late lunch. I had Nachos and a Zonker stout..then dropped NSJ back at his hotel and me and Atomic Jeff while we have standard rooms they in the quieter back building with both exterior and interior entrances. I’m so happy everything travel wise was smooth…usually I have a lot of pre trip anxiety and I actually slept decent last night. Here’s some pictures.
    11 points
  29. Time for beer and pizza...Tree House in Deerfield.
    11 points
  30. It sure was nice seeing everything coated in white. Magic today, natural trails were pretty ski’d off but fun, migrated back to the groomed with fun little bump line forming along the edge of the race training slope
    11 points
  31. 6 Ski Resorts in One Day (1/21/23) Blue Mountain Shawnee Camelback Ski Resort (#1 rated in Pennsylvania) Big Boulder Jack Frost Eagle Rock (near Hazleton)
    11 points
  32. Another night session in the books...Conditions took you from zero to hero in one run.....But conditions shouldn't be like this in January...Got two NASTSAR runs in....Lift lines started to get painful around seven ....Fun night again...after many years of not riding at night it feels good to be out at night again....
    11 points
  33. The tour we had decided on did not look good from an avalanche perspective on the topo map. Lots of slides lately so we wanted to keep it mellow. Found a spot near the Reudi Reservoir 30 miles outside Basalt. Did not see another person today so that was nice. Did 2 miles up and 1300’ then turned around.
    11 points
  34. Hey All, I’m back from another interesting session at Blue mountain the true mountain. Everybody was in the house except for Toast and Nancy. It was around 30 degrees and initially guns were blasting on almost everything except Razors. First run on razors was ok..mostly firm and mostly smooth. Next up was Main Street and the wet guns on tuts lane owned many people. Main Street was guns top to bottom and variable…some fast spots and some slow spots. With the guns blasting on lazy and the narrow section it was mad technical. Paradise also had guns blasting as well. The guns turned off around 9ish which is about when I went to the lot. it was a very good lot with sausage Sunday which consisted of soup, sausage, brisket, shrimp and pork..was most excellent. I got to ride the scooter again and the parking lot was way smoother than the ski runs. JADIP
    11 points
  35. 5th chair on the az gondi...hike to terrain on upper bowl was open. I said fuck it and hiked the 500 vert to 12k. Lord Jesus was it worth every fucking step. Surreal. Shin deep, float city and a run that I won't soon forget. At the base taking a breather now but I could be done now and be a happy man.
    11 points
  36. Another really fun day. Found some new off piste stuff which was nice then spent a lot of time on groomers and even some bumps off of lower ridge. Lower bowl into logjam was so good all day because the wind was blowing lose snow out of the woods and off the trees onto the trail so there was a skiff of new snow each run on it (first pic below...grand canyon was visible today as well...3rd pic gotta look closely much easier to see it in person). The sun finally did come out and still is in town. They're still say snow showers tonight. We'll see.
    11 points
  37. Sun is trying to come out today. Snow is really good but better yesterday... Think 2 days after a storm, tracked out. That said while my daughter was running groomers I found this gem off of upper bowl. Was excellent to say the least. JADIP
    11 points
  38. Did some uphill at the resort this morning. Was -5 when we got out of the car. Started about 6:45ish. Sarah went all the way up to the top of Paradise lift. I stopped half way up. She was so much faster then me I felt bad she was waiting so I told her just to go. Had a boot fitting appt right after and got some sweet new touring boots! Can’t wait to rest them out.
    10 points
  39. Drove up yesterday for the discounted skiing. Last 45 minutes up turnpike and 81 in light snow. Parking was in the upper lot. Cleared and got blue sky by around 9:30, temp around 24 degrees. Not completely open yet, had guns going all day on Iroquois, Tuscorora, and Kickapoo (trails closed). Snow was very firm and fast, could carve easily. Some small marbles developed here and there as day went on, nothing serious or troublesome. Upper Tunkhannock was usual bump field. Lower Tunkhannock was some of best snow on the mountain. Got 18 runs in. Only lousy snow was the icy boiler plate mess at lower Seneca in the run off to the double chair. Wife made the comment that you see a different caliber of skier at Elk. Blue sky, no kids, no lift lines, no crowd. JADIP.
    10 points
  40. Today was a mix of anticipation, anxiety, and amazing. Really glad @NMSKI@mute1080 @NazarethSkiercould share with us an amazing JH pow days…two days in a row. JH started the trip with 295” and they’re up to 348” now and climbing.
    10 points
  41. Despite the long wait for the mountain to open … it delivered. More later.
    10 points
  42. Some other saddleback pics. Had a run in with a pine tree. Saddleback is a really awesome place, unfortunately the stuff off the top like Casablanca never opened. Apparently the traverse is super sketchy so when its icy, they shut it down. Favorite day was Burke, maybe because I didn't know what to expect, but the snow and trails were awesome
    10 points
  43. Current view taking a breather.
    10 points
  44. What @GrilledSteezeSandwich said, but @mute1080and I did a quick Saratoga bowl and then Washakie Glade. The snow was great and fingers crossed for some good cowboy pow. Some pics of @mute1080 and @NazarethSkier from the Hobacks and Saratoga.
    10 points
  45. @GrilledSteezeSandwich- that last photo should be posted on Blues website since they love to use stock images. Maybe they can use it near the photo of the bubble chair. —— I was waiting for the Schif at the top of the OG-6 and tried to catch a photo of the PASR crew. No one is looking though 🤷🏼‍♀️ when @saltyantwas above us, I snapped this pic of the row. @Benm looks like he’s in a mega church and getting his praise on.😂 on the way back to Philly, we saw this helicopter dangling doodads on mcarthur road. Snow was sugary. Lazy Mile was my fav run and dreamweaver was my least. Entertaining day regardless.
    10 points
  46. Shit is open, groomer got into it and it's lumpy and a bit narrow. You can 75% attack but the groomer got into the dirt on the inside left and now it's more of a double apex where you push late to hit the orange stick instead of that super sweet off the ledge drop where you get that nice natural flow into the power right. Not bad but can use some more work
    10 points
  47. I had meetings this morning so I was on the afternoon schedule again. Super spring like, low crowds and that smell when snow is melting. Razors was closed for the training of 6 people but coming soon is back on the menu. Upper ditch is non existent but the lower ditch held good super soft turns. Snow was slow, soft serve ice cream. Main was pretty much perfect except for some piles at the bottom but the lip on upper upper is massive and you can boost out to Pluto. New sixer was running and the quad which I like more than quad and old sixer. NM/DW was getting alot of work to push out, particularly for the power right turn and the portal to hell. It may be a bit thin or narrow but I bet it opens Friday or Saturday. I can't imagine there is enough snow on there for any kind of features at all.
    10 points
  48. Fun morning with the family before the crowds. Skied until 930ish and then came back out for the new lift. Got to share a beer with @mbike-skifor the first ride 🍻
    10 points
  49. I saw a break in the radar and corresponding forecast change and decided to head up. In the house was C1er, a guy who worked at little gap with dope stories and some guy who was way too excited to throw his boots in a tree. Snow was very nice, a soft carpet of shaved ice consistency. Very similar to yesterday but a bit softer and more water in the upper layer so it wanted to come off in sheets. But the best condition was absolutely nobody home, 4 runs on main all by lonesome and 10 runs in an hour and half. With the requiste fog covering half the hill vis was just ok but on Razors and Main it didn't matter one bit. Set them up, let them go and boom you've gone plaid. Lots of action over at the new lift and it looks like it should be ready to go Saturday.
    10 points
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