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  1. Stacked turns is part o their avalanche mitigation program, as well as preserving it for others. It didn't really matter, there was so much pow to be had. There was only one time, on the second half of one of the runs, where our guide asked us to figure8 his tracks. As for the report ... we arrived at the Telluride airport at 7:35am to meet our chopper at 7:45am. As were pulling into the parking lot it flew overhead and set down on the ramp. Quick boot up, we walked into the FBO with skis on our shoulder, met up with the pilots, and we were skids up in a few minutes after a quick safety briefing. Thanks to @skiincy for some of those sweet airport shots! It was a quick 6 minute flight over the San Juans to Silverton, before we did a few spirals down into the valley that Silverton sits in. We checked in, got our tickets, and got grouped up with a fun group of guys around our age, mostly from CO, who had some "let's see if these PA guys can hang" comments that quickly faded after we left them in the dust as they were huffing and puffing on the first hike. Our first run was a heli drop, so all 8 of us piled in the Bell 206 chopper that had brought us to Silverton only an hour previously. Landed on top of a peak, kept our heads down, and the bird lifted back off for us to enjoy a perfectly sunny and calm bluebird day. Our guide briefed us on the run, and turned us loose one at a time. After a couple thousand feed of pow turns, we ended up back on a cat track that takes us back to the bus, which takes us back to the base area. We then headed up the lift and started a 40 minutes hike up the ridge to some *amazing* turns. A quick drop in, and some traversing across some rocks, and we were ripping another few thousand feet of even deeper snow than the heli provided. Again, to the cat track at the bottom, to the bus, and back to the lift. Third run was a quick 5 minute hike at the start, and a 5 minute hike at the bottom to get back to the cat track. Again, a few thousand feet of untracked pow. It was starting to get repetitive Fourth run was about a 20 minute hike below a cliff band to more untracked. At this point, we were cooked, skied to the gully to the road, picked up a bus, and headed back to the base area where our chopper was waiting for us to takes us back to Telluride. All in all, an amazing day, amazing skiing, with amazing friends. It wasn't the deepest snow I've ever skied, but it was the steepest, smoothest, longest I have. It was 100/10. The weather couldn't have been better, either.
    25 points
  2. My chauffeur just dropped me off in the middle of the road to get back home. This morning at Blue was one of the most memorable days I have ever had there. Holy cow. I ended up skinning to the bottom of my road to get picked up by @AtomicSkierfirst thing this morning. An absolute magic carpet ride. The drive to Blue wasn't terrible since there was a bit of a break in the weather. Once we got there and got out on the snow there was about 8-10" of snow on the ground. Pretty significant delayed opening because of chair icing up and needing to be spaced out. Once the lift started spinning we knew we were in for a treat. First run was down Razors and the only other track was from ski patrol. Next run was down Challenge which had tracks but was still silky goodness on the sides. After that it was a game time decision for the next run and I wanted to hit up Coming Soon. There were 3-4 tracks down coming soon and so I followed them in. PASRs followed behind. The top was a bit wind blown but still very skiable. Once you got to the last headwall that dropped into Paradise it was heaven. The last headwall offered endless powder shots. So good we did it a second time after. The turns on the last headwall are fantastic. I wish I would have taken out my camera to take pictures or video but it was just too boner city the stop the bouncy, flowing turns through the titty sparkles. Overall it was a 12/10 day. That. Fucking. Good. Lots of PASRs in the house. All of us came back out to the lot with smiles the size of dinner plates. Beers were consumed. Stories were told. It's a good day to be a skier in PA. I hope others post video and pictures that they took, because today was a gem 👌 Fuck. Today was fantastic.
    24 points
  3. Ski season up here took its time arriving then dumped four feet on us all at once and it was so much snow you couldn't move the first day. For a few days all the backcountry rock stars from up around Stowe were down here in little ol' Brownsville because Ascutney got hammer-slammered with powder in a storm that didn't go much further north than White River Junction. You never saw so many Sprinter vans and Labrador retrievers in our parking lot. Then two weeks later it rained and washed ALL of that snow away and that's how Vermont winter rolls. Then February arrived and kept giving and giving and it was amazing. Nobody could stand the Epic-Pass lines at Okemo (even weekdays were nuts) so we did lots of AT skiing on Ascutney. I work 24-hour shifts and have way more days off than my friends, so I taught myself to snowboard. Got some snowshoes and earned my turns and bruised my tailbone. I can ride a T-bar on the board no problem but still can't figure out how to get off a chairlift without it looking like a disaster from an I Love Lucy episode. I'm drinking coffee this morning and waiting for the New Yorkers to go home so I can get in some springy-soft runs at Okemo this afternoon. Here are some random pics from this season: One day it was all glare ice on Ascutney after some rain, and we were all bummed not to be able to ski. Then around 3pm the guy who runs the groomer decided to make some passes, so we followed him around for a little sunset touring and fresh corduroy: N The community T-bar runs until 4pm weekends then it clears out fast. I had a firepit and a whole powdery mountain to myself lots of evenings. Skinning up near the top of Ascutney is great fun and the snow was unbelievable last month: I retired from teaching and work as an EMT for a fire department, so I drive a fire engine now. This is so much more fun than grading papers and I have five days off every week!
    20 points
  4. The gang is all here @mute1080 @enjoralas @Benm @JFskiDan @RidgeRacer @PSUFly. It’s super cold, the sun is shining, the snow is fantastic. Everyone is enjoying themselves so far. Everything is open and groomed to perfection or bumped up nicely. Some would say it is like skiing in Vermont, but without the drive.
    20 points
  5. Another successful PASR adventure. @EdBacon @skiincy Wally @Mixilplix @mbike-ski myself, and Jordan - a guy I know from trail running joined in. We met at the reservoir parking lot trailhead and were off around 8:00. Under clear blue skies and plenty of sun we made our way up an unplowed reservoir access road. After 1.5+ miles and 800+ vertical feet of skinning up, we made it to the top where it flattened at the observatory. Wally was pleased to finally be there. After a quick break for photos and to pack our gear way, we made it back down the access road. The pitch at first wasn't super steep, but as it progressed it got plenty steep. No worries about keeping up speed. The snow on the side of the boot/skin pack was fantastic and there were plenty of little logs and rollers to pop off of. After we got back down, Wally was tired from chasing @skiincy the whole way down so her and @Mixilplix went back to the lot. The rest of us went back up past the reservoir and up Furnace Creek to make some more turns. Jordan and I broke trail and picked our way up about 400' of the backside of Pulpit Rock to get some turns in the trees, and good turns were found. I know some others took photos and I'll let them share them here too... After 5.5+ miles of skiing and 1500+ feet of climbing we called it a day and enjoyed a few beverages in the parking lot before heading out. Everything today exceeded expectations and it didn't feel like we were in Pennsylvania. It is wild to continually get good turns outside of a resort in PA. This season has been a treat so far and it has been a blast enjoying it with the PASRs!
    20 points
  6. Adventure is seriously underrated, often dismissed as a flight of fancy or a trivial diversion. Something if time allows, something only after all the serious work has been done. I think if you made me sum up today and this whole week it's that adventure is like truffle that makes everything taste good but for your spirit. The first line NM spotted, moments after we could see the place thrusday morning was up Palmyra peak. A ribbon of white along a rocky ridge led to a seeming shangri-la, a rock rimmed ramp of HR Fluff and Stuff. We inquired with the local bar keep as to conditions yesterday and like any fine keeper of ales she gave us word that their few tracks past the first gate.The snow swept in around 8 and by the time we started marching up the ridge the wind was wipping flakes into a snowglobe like frenzy. NM the Himalayan mtn goat was first to the prize but as a fine gentlemen let me go first. I got to dive fast and sweeping into a perfect ramp of piles of pow. As the steepness faded slightly a apron of deep untracked was revealed. Full pow bounce in effect, knee to waist blower in 1000 vert rock cathedral all to our lonesome. Pictures cannot do the experience justice, the scale of the place. That little green dot is NM in the apron. We had a bald mtn run immediately after which yielded the deepest turns of the trip possibly. All this the day after a full day of diamond dust, after a day in helicopters skiing stupid long lines of untracked under perfect skies, after a 8 inch pow day on a empty Wednesday in Telluride. I met Barb, I laughed until my sides hurt. To say it was a good trip is a slanderous beytral akin to 9/11 lol Adventure then was what this was all about and to do so now under such onerous living conditions is what it's all about. Formally then to everyone thank you ! Super shout out to Atomic for making this all happening and being the most finest host. Adventure is far easier to find then good people to do it with.
    20 points
  7. Here is a picture of @NMSKI from this morning at 11:15am. Not a lift line in sight, either.
    20 points
  8. Back at it. Skin lap at Stratton on the way to Jackson NH, skied almost top to bottom with a little fast grass thrown in for fun. Made it to Tuckermans Saturday morning. The hike up was mud, rocks, slush and snow, we did skin a bit towards the top. Boot pack up right, they got about 6” of snow on Thursday night and we had first tracks in right. Really heavy cream cheese snow. Boot up left En-root to Hillmans. We skied down Hillmans and to rope 7, then back to hiking on the way out. In total it was 8.2 miles,4100’ of vert, 7.5 hours, 4 beers, 2 liters of water and countless snacks. All in all a great day in the mountains. I suck at taking pictures so this is the best I have. After a few more beers and snacks in the lot we were on the road to Killington for the night and gondola laps on Sunday. They reported 30ish trails and the skiing was damn fun. Great way to end April skiing. On to May! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    19 points
  9. Skied 545-715 with the fam. 62° when we arrived and 58° leaving with super soft snow. Got a fist bump from @antman12on our way out to the snow and the rest of the hill was empty. Most likely the last day of the season for my little one so it was nice way to end it.
    19 points
  10. It was a great way to end the trip. Snow report listed 5” but the sign at the lift said a foot of fresh snow. Depending on where you were with the wind, it was both. Took the 830 bus and there was a little crowd for the Silver Queen lift. On the lift shortly after 9 and went down paradise to the paradise lift. Little wind blown on top but boot deep fresh in spots lower. Down it again to Lower Treasury which had untouched snow. Wasn’t the lightest snow and made you work but it was grate. Down something else to SQL and said byes to @AtomicSkier. Kept lapping woods, bumps, and packed pow until my legs hurt. Pretty much stayed Horseshoe to international area down to SLQ with occasional runs to Paradise lift. Caught the 115 back and the roads in down were already dry. Had a ton of fun and my legs are worked. It was a good day.
    19 points
  11. Spring skiing was in full effect today and we had a great time. Kids did a 3 hour private lesson which was pretty much a mountain tour and they loved it. The instructor let them hike one of the ridges and ski off it and they now think their shit doesn’t stink. I did a few of the main favorites, Alberta face, glory hole, and even did the 25 minute hike to the top of Alberta peak and skied chute 5. Skied a bunch of bumps with my son in the afternoon. All in all it was a great day.
    19 points
  12. Skied from 530-745 in 28° light rain. Snow was good and it was empty. We’ve graduated from Valley School to Vista this week and were lapping that until they closed the Vista chair at 7. The kid had no issues on Vista so moved on to Burma with success. Giving Paradise a shot next but Vista felt great instead of the Valley Hill. Didn’t really notice the rain since we were skiing slower. Outer wear was soaked by the end of the session though.
    19 points
  13. Forgot to post this on Monday night since I got drunk from celebrating, but I finally finished my PhD at Widener University and hope to never take a class ever again. As difficult and time consuming as it was, I really enjoyed it and would 100% do it over again if I had to go back in time. Even though it is already official, the "official" ceremony won't be until May when I get to wear the fancy doctoral regalia. Looking forward to celebrating with @AtomicSkier Sunday morning with a Truly enjoyable gravel ride if anybody is interested. Hopefully this doesn't mean the end of my student discounts and now that I don't have my school commitment as an excuse, I'll have to find something else to use to get out of things that I don't want to do 😂 Also, this does not mean that you have to call me Dr. Toast.
    18 points
  14. Got here last night, skiing DV as I can wake up at 830 and make first chair at 9. Warm, currently working overtime on my Goggle tan. Groomers were firm and smooth first thing and now turning to a delicious slush. Off trail was brutal boilerplate but maybe late afternoon I'll see if it's soft. Empty run after run and oysters at the top, fine living for a Monday.
    18 points
  15. Had another sunny spring day at Wolf Creek today. Things started softening up in the sun at about 10:30 am. I skied some with the family and went for a few nice walks along the ridges by myself too. I made the long hike all the way out to Horseshoe Bowl just to say I did it even though the snow there wasn’t great. The staircase up to the knife ridge was a cool experience. Did another hike/traverse into Montezuma Bowl which had really nice snow surprisingly. I never really thought about it, but the Alberta lift area is basically one huuuge glade and is so much fun to explore. Skied a lot of spring bumps today as well. Tomorrow we’re going to Monarch and looking like maybe a pow day on Friday.
    18 points
  16. Took advantage of (likely) the last day of touring the Pennsylvania steeps for a bit with this upcoming weather so I decided to check out an area that I've been eyeing up for a bit. With this last. 6" of dense snow I figured it should be safe to give it a shot. Ended up taking about 20 minutes of skinning to get to the zone I was interested in. Once I got there I made my way down through a Shicola Chute of tight trees which then opened up into a vista of the valley below. The snow was creamy and soft. After 750' of some good turns and a few areas where I had to pick my way through, I made it to an old logging road and started making my way back to a stream bed down the valley that I was going to skin back up. It was starting to get warm and the sun started to pop out as I was making my way up. After clearing some denser trees it opened up quite nicely. The sun was super warm and I had to shed my jacket and gloves climbing back up 750' of mountain. I looked down and saw my shadow and knew, like the groundhog, that my winter turns were not over. This area that I was skinning up was way more open than anything else I've skied on this ridge. As I was going up I knew it might be my last set of turns so even though the snow was getting heavy I decided to go for it. Snow was more cream cheesy with the sun being out, but it was still nice with some rocks to pop off of. Skinned back up and skied back to me car to call it a day. These last 3 weeks have been surreal and it hasn't felt like PA. It might not be crazy stuff, but I definitely feel more comfortable getting out on my touring gear and putting it to use. Hopefully this won't be the last time this winter. Enjoy the mediocre video.
    18 points
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  18. Edgie wedgie for the win! Got there a little later than I’d like, but for about 2 hours in this morning. Paradise was for sure best conditions, but the freeride word tour line is starting to get worked in nicely. Good little 3-4 hit line. Came back up in the afternoon for a little bit of school hill action. Went to summit to get a season pass and just skied up there. Unfortunately there were no magic carpet rides to be had, because someone didn’t show for their shift... got a little bit of extra workout today carrying a 30lb weight up hill repeatedly. First day on real skis, lasted about 1.5 hours with a break to explain how snowguns work, and she only fell twice, and wants to go back tomorrow. I’ll count it as a success! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    18 points
  19. EPIC day at Hunter w/ @GSSucks and @Justo8484. @GSSucks caught up with me somewhere on 87 and arrived at Hunter ~6:50am. Geared up started our skin right as the sun was coming up. This was my first real skin adventure, as my Jacobsburg State Park adventure with @toast21602, @mbike-ski, and @Mixilplix was more to test the gear, and practice changing the skis from uphill to downhill, etc. It was low 20s when we started with a nice breeze which helped regulate body temps. The alpenglow was spot on as we headed up hill. It's a ~1.75 mile tour with 1600ft-ish of gain (I think) and it took us about 50ish minutes with a few stops to adjust venting, take pics, etc. Pretty efficient method to travel uphill. Gear test was pretty successful I thought. We were back down at the car a little after 8 to meet up with @Justo8484, change into dryer clothing, and head back out for a day shredding the gnar. First few runs were 10/10 awesome groomers but lines started to form and stuff got more scraped off. Skied until about 1:30pm with a beer stop somewhere in the middle. Well worth the drive to ski some nice conditions, fast runs, and get a little uphill practice in. TFTI @GSSucks.
    17 points
  20. The WFH situation has afforded me the ability to do something I’ve wanted to do. Spend at least a month in Colorado. One week in Telluride (with a day trip to Silverton) with @NMSKI and @Johnny Law, 4 weeks in Crested Butte, and a week in Aspen. After that, who knows. Today started that adventure. I departed 6:10am to dumping snow on 78. It was slow going for 30 miles or so. Finally broke free of that and set the cruise and relaxed. I had about 860 miles to cover to St Louis, my planned overnight stop. I had forgotten how beautiful the views from the PA turnpike are. Ohio is pretty flat, Indiana is a narrow state, and Illinois is just flat farmland. About 14 hours later, I crossed the mighty Mississippi and arrived in St Louis. Long day of driving, but I was in no rush. Stopped at least every two hours. Tomorrow’s destination is Denver to visit some friends. Should be at least an hour less driving tomorrow, but nothing really to look at. Might encounter some snow on my drive, but only an inch or two. Only picture I took today was at a random rest stop in Illinois of the car. It’s filthy, but kickin’ ass.
    17 points
  21. Hey All, I’m back from another fun day at Abasin. I arrived at the mountain at 830 and there were only a handful of people. I was booted up with ticket by 845 and only two people in line at the black mountain express. I rode the second civilian chair with some guy who hadn’t skied there in 20 years. Then over to the lenawee lift in 2” of new snow...basically breaking trail.. Up Lenawee and did the run to the left of powerline first all the way to the base and it was all untracked on top of groomer. Did a few lower laps go really milk that perder which was less wind affected then the upper mountain then back to the top of Lenawee and I took the rope tow and skied a run in montezuma bowl which was dust on crust. That area gets the spring conditions first and so the underlying snow wasn’t the nice styrofoamy snow of the front face or what I skied in the Beavers area earlier. I was really skiing runs fast and slowed down the pace a tad with some exploration. Took a fast Humbug I believe to lower mountain still leftover perd to the new Pali chair which now has a safety bar. I skied into the beavers area from Pali the wind up there was fierce and took Davis and did some single black off chutes which had nice ungroomed snow below the fresh. I didn’t see a single person on that run. I normally like to stop at the mid mountain lodge for Bloody Mary, beer maybe a soft pretzel but didn’t do that today, it probably would have just been me and the bartender as it was so quiet at Abasin. Visibility was also better than I expected. I skied another front face run by then everything on the main runs was choppy but the new 2” transformed the primary conditions into more winterlike. Back in Silverthorne I went to a strip mall taco place first and the line was pretty long so went to noodles and company and had buttered noodles with a pork topping and Caesar salad then ate some gummies and had a little nap. I think I’m gonna buy another ticket at Abasin for tomorrow. Can’t resist the lack of crowds plus it could snow more overnight
    17 points
  22. Today was our last day at Wolf Creek on this trip. It snowed 11” yesterday and there was plenty of untracked to be found in the trees just a short traverse off the Alberta lift. Also the ridges were nice and smooth with wind blown powder on all the aprons. I’ve been having fun on the ridges which are an easy skate traverse from the treasure lift and jumping off of some small cornices. Mostly skied the fresh powder in the trees today and was finding shin to knee deep powder even until lunchtime. Skied with the fam after lunch and drove back to Albuquerque. So glad we experienced a low key area with great snow and terrain. No crowds anywhere all week either. pics from today
    17 points
  23. I woke up early this morning since it was snowing and had a big drive to Monarch and they were reporting 1 inch as of 5:30, but it dumped for a few hours and we had a nice 6” of fresh in the morning and major dumpage from late morning through the rest of the day. Lots of nice powder turns and the first pow day my kids have experienced. What a cool little mountain Monarch is. It’s not that big and has small vert but the vibe was amazing and there was some really fun terrain. Nice steep runs from the top of panorama along the continental divide and some nice trees as well. I hiked Mirkwood, which is the “side country” area there and between the fresh and wind deposited snow I was getting knee deep in spots. It was awesome to see my kids get the hang of skiing powder and everyone is pooped!
    17 points
  24. I ordered this book at the beginning of the pandemic not knowing the outlook of the season and I started studying. The goal is to check off all of the lines eventually. Huge props to [mention]mbike-ski [/mention] for joining and leaving his house at 3am to make an early push for the summit. Started today with Mount Graylock and skiing the Thunderbolt Race Trail that was built by the CCC in the 1930’s. This was a class A race trail and has a ton of history, there is so much ski history in the north east. This is a great video on the Thunderbolt if you have any interest. We met at the trail head ~730 and it was a warm 5 degrees, till we got skins on and booted up we could not feel our fingers. We took our time on the skin up and made the summit in about 3 hours, chilled at the summit for a bit then started our way down. The snow was great and the skiiing was supper fun natural soft bumps the whole way down. Ended the day with about 6.5 miles and 2600’ of vert. I’m ready for the next one! Done and claimed View from the trail head to the summit Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    17 points
  25. Today was beyond words, the excitement just going to the airport was all time and when our bird flew over I think my dick moved. The scenery is unrivaled and I spent both flights glued to the windows. It's hard to pick a favorite skiing experience, the stupid fun at blue, stupid deep days out west, great adventures in the woods but this maybe my favorite and I got wicked sick. I don't puke like ever and I puked 4 times in the parking lot when we got back. I don't think it was altitude, I was definitely huffing but that's pretty normal and it doesn't jack with your stomach. Maybe the sushi but I came back to the ski mansion and spent some time with the porcelain throne and still maybe my favorite day ever. That's how good it was, Silverton if you like that kind of thing is something everyone should do. The views alone are worth the trip and while I have extra motivation to get back having seriously disappointed myself it was one of those days I'll remember super fondly for the rest of my days. Super shout out to Cincy, I didn't get to say adieu formally but the heli pics and video are super cool.
    17 points
  26. Let me wet your appetite while I sort through the footage .... here is a view of what we skied first run (off the heli). Most of those tracks were from other heli drops after us throughout the day. They're very adamant about stacked turns down the fall line, keeping it tight to other tracks.
    17 points
  27. Woke up a beautiful morning in Denver after a great dinner and celebratory drinks with a college buddy who just had his first child and just landed a big new job. Went for a nice 8 mile run on the High Line Canal Trail. Hit the road around 9:15am enroute to Telluride. It was 50F when I left under sunny, albeit windy, skies. About an hour into the drive when I was on a plateau the crosswind was over 50mph, causing insane blowing snow that I was losing touch with the car that was pretty close in front of me. Luckily that only lasted for about 20 miles. I really enjoyed some of the sweeping passes on the way to Montrose 😀. Quick stop in Montrose for some food, and then hammered down to Telluride. Weather is beautiful here. Settled in, just waiting for @Barb to drop by in a few. Yes, @Barb. Don't want to be accused of leaving out @Barb. Also, @skiincy should be here in an hour or so.
    17 points
  28. Today was good good. These opportunities don't come often in PA, so I had to try and pull it off today in between teaching and meetings. Pulled into the upper lot around 10:45. Parked in the first spot at the entrance. Booted up, skins on, pack filled, and headed back out. They plowed it pretty wide so there wasn't much space next to the road. I decided to head into the woods which were fairly open. Took that all the way down, skinned back over to the opening to find the cut. Just over a half mile in, I was where I needed to be. I made a right and skinned to top of the pitch before the line started to descend. I got there and it was completely untracked. I knew it was going to be a good run, or untracked because it was all grown in. Skins off. The first pitch only offers a few turns, and is a bit more hairy than I remembered. I got a handful of good turns there before if mellowed out again. At the base of that pitch I could see everything below all the way to the power line cut that was my access back. It was open, untouched, and delightful. I was able to get a few dozen fantastic turns down that face to the bottom where the power line was. I got to the bottom and there was nobody there to high-five so I did clapped my poles together a bunch to let out some of my excitement. Took a second to shed some layers because the power line traverse back to the road was about 1 mile. Skins on, and off I went. Not a bad traverse. It took me about 20 minutes and the worst part was navigating over some creeks that I didn't know were there. Got to the road, skinned up to the Burma lift, and then skied down to the 6er and took that ride up to see how the snow was. 5 minute lift line. Skied back to my car. Now sitting in a meeting and plotting when I can do it again if it doesn't get baked in the sun tomorrow. Start to finished took about 90 minutes even with stopping and waiting and all that jazz. 4 miles round trip. It goes, ladies and gents. There is no better time than now to hit that up. Another fucking great day to be a skier in PA.
    17 points
  29. Today was something else. Enjoy the enthusiasm. There is a video of the second run down with a better angle and wider view, but I think this expresses the emotions better.
    17 points
  30. We had a great day at Elk today. Spent most of the day on the quad side and the whole family enjoyed it. There was fresh snow blown on the ungroomed trails, and the bumps were nice and soft. It even started snowing pretty hard for a bit and there was a decent couple of inches on top of the bumps on Chippewa. My son and I were the first tracks down and it was a blast! The kids enjoyed Tunkhannock also and I’m really happy that they are keeping up with me. My son on Chippewa pics of the fam Tunkhannock in the AM
    17 points
  31. Great start to the season! Can’t really complain about anything. Good to be out and see everyone! #BlueMyMind
    16 points
  32. Just got back from our fall trip out west, visiting New Mexico. Trip didn’t start out too well, with a large branch falling on our windshield coming out of a state park in Missouri. But other than that, it went pretty well. Visited the area around Taos, then west towards Los Alamos and the state parks and BLM land in that area. Then south to the lava fields south of Grant along with Inscription rock. Then further south to Silver city and the Gila National Monument area.
    16 points
  33. Photos my Uncle took 1950 Something.
    16 points
  34. Rode the gas line this am ....Snow didn't have a hint of crust...just fine Palmerton blower.....and pretty deep....Trail got the best of me(couple of falls) but I had a ton of fun...Reminded me of when I had to hike for every turn.....Skinned over to Blue and did a few laps....Had a beer with Mbike and Glen....Enjoralas and Saltyant were in the lot too...Pa has been a lot of fun this year...
    16 points
  35. So, hearing that Belleayre got 24" of new snow last week, still having unused ORDA cards and Superbowl on the horizon, we decided to do a day trip to Belleayre, especially since more snow was coming. The timing of this new storm and its general direction couldn't have been more perfect. It was coming from south west in the morning, was supposed to dump 3-5 inches in NJ and Catskills during the day and then just disappear into the Atlantics. So, we've left the house at 5:15am and by 8am were at the mountain having seen not a drop of rain, not a single snowflake, only dry and empty roads. The mountain wasn't supposed to be open until 9am, but all of the lifts were already spinning. It's nice when the management actually anticipates that people may be coming to ski and starts the lifts not just when lines build up, but way ahead of the opening hour. By 8:30 we were on the slopes and seeing that some blue jackets were already going down started asking around about if it was OK for us to ski as well. "Go!" - they've said: "Go, while the crowds didn't come yet". And so we went. And as it turned out later, the crowds never actually came. The grooming was impeccable. Same beautiful carpet as I've seen at Blue last Thursday, except that there was just more of it. And the trails stayed good not for an hour and a half, but for the entire day. It was really unbelievable, at Blue lately I can't help but notice that my sessions started to get shorter and shorter because people get smarter, lines build up faster, and snow turns into crap sooner. Here we a-priori decided to wait out the bad road conditions on the mountain from 9am to 4pm, and initially had this idea that we HAD TO ski all day until the storm has passed, but it turned out that we didn't HAVE TO, there was no such feeling of being trapped on the mountain, we didn't count the hours until it was time to leave. We just skied open-to-close and enjoyed every minute of it. It started snowing around 9am. At times the snow was heavy, at times light, I think the total amount of precipitation was less than forecasted, especially in Catskills, but regardless, it was just such a great winter day. Is there something else one could wish for? Sure. Good roads on the way back. And we've got them too, all plowed, no slush, door to door. Woo-hoo!
    16 points
  36. A beautiful day here in Telluride. I love the lack of rush. Skied right from the house a little after 9 and we were on our way. Sun was out, snow was great, and gave @skiincy a tour of Telluride in the morning. Quick stop back at the house to get my pack and grab something to eat, as I wanted to hike Bald Mtn in advance of @NMSKI and @Johnny Law’s arrival to check out conditions. Hiked up Bald Mtn quickly, and enjoyed some deep and untracked, albeit heavy turns. Little too heavy for my liking. Skied directly to Gorrono Ranch where I assumed the position and got numb. @skiincy and @Barb arrived shortly there after. Going to ski for a few hours tomorrow AM and then go pick up the boys at MTJ. JADIP. @skiincy departing the accommodations in the AM Where I was going to get numb later.... Revelation Bowl shot of me The position...
    16 points
  37. Went for a night session with the family and it was fantastic. It was a comfortable 28° with the clouds moving out. I haven’t had no crowds in a while and we skied right on to the quad every time. The kid is crushing it and after a couple Paradises we moved to Lazy. Snow had a couple scrape spots but was still mostly loose fresh goods.
    16 points
  38. From coming soon to being lost in the damn woods. ..what a fucking day.. will post more later
    16 points
  39. Another solid day of XC skiing with @mbike-ski and @Mixilplix today at James Kennedy State Forest in NY. We ended up getting on the snow just after 11:00. It was a chilly 17 degrees when we pulled in with a light wind and light snow falling pretty much our entire day. Lots of lake effect snow up there this last week dropped ~12" of snow on the ground and provided for some really fantastic xc skiing. We started off doing a nice forest loop right from the start and stayed fairly protected from the wind. After that loop we got out to a snowmobile trail and ended up taking that up to the top of Greek Peak and skiing up part of one of their slopes. to stop for a slope side beer. After that we cruised back down to the snowmobile trail and took that for a bit which ended us right back at the parking lot. Surprisingly, we didn't see anybody else out on the trails while we were there. We ended up with just over 6 miles of skiing and ~600' of vert on some really enjoyable trails. Nice to see real snow on the ground and a big shout out to @mbike-ski for putting this together👌
    16 points
  40. Hunter was fantastic. Got to ski some great spring bumps and GSS’s skis. Great morning to skin up with @GSSucks @mute1080 @Justo8484 @AtomicSkier
    15 points
  41. Snow and sun were just too nice to stand in line or go home , no takers so I set off for the pipeline solo. I guess I should of paid more attention to the directions but after crossing Blue Mt Drive I walked up to the green AT gate and saw a skin track headed up the AT. Not realizing the gas line is literally right at the gate I started skinning up the AT. After a decent climb I realized that I obviously missed the gas line. Bluebird sky, sun and snow were so nice I decided wtf and kept going until the power lines. The skin track dropped off to the right then back up to the AT. Didn’t want to venture down the power line cut solo and didn’t know if there was an option to skin back so turned back east. I noticed some nice low angle trees on the climb up and dropped into them before getting briared out just before the gas line. Mixilpix is right the saplings are a bitch at the top, my tele skilz aren’t good enough to do quick turns down the clear “chute” the lower section was much more clear and fun. I was beat and after a slow skin out Mrs Snowbunski went by and honked as I was crossing the road. Little did I know she was carrying some of Enjo’s meat to re-fuel when I got home - thanks man!!!! Fun but exhausting way to beat the lines ! ( bummed that Strava crapped out to see what the distance and elevation was...)
    15 points
  42. Started from the Hamburg reservoir parking lot. Bunch of cars. Lots of folks walking their dogs and taking the AT up to Pulpit Rock and the Pinnacle. Hiked straight up the Lehigh Valley Amateur Astronomical Society/cell tower access road. Not a hard hike at all. There was a solid boot pack about two feet wide the whole way up. Go of the boot pack and you sunk in to your knees. The entire rest of the road surface was deep powder for long stretches. Saw one set of tracks from somebody else with the same idea, and one guy came ripping down from the far side of the reservoir on my hike up. Way to get at it. Strapped in at the observatory then started down. Was a sweet run. Passed a couple groups of folks coming up. I waved. The pitch is really easy. If it were a groomed trail it would be a green "easiest way down" the mountain sort of trail. Could really lay into any big turns but still felt great to float on down for 800 vertical feet. Ate some Trader Joes blueberry fig newton bars then got back to the car. Up and down, including some time taking in the view at Pulpit Rock totaled 2 hours. Not bad at all. So far this year I've bagged three powder days, all hike-to and avoided resorts in the process. Will definitely be doing more hiking for turns in the future as it feels great, is free and you have pow practically to yourself.
    15 points
  43. Stop number 2 on my indy pass was blue knob. They got a ton of snow over the past couple weeks, and were pretty much 100 percent open... More on that later. Did a solo trip because most of my riding buddies revuse to day trip further than 3 hours. Waze and Apple Maps show the drive would take 4.5 hours, but google maps said 3hrs 45min, which was the most accurate. I left at around 445 since their website says they open at 9. more on that later. There were for sure some good views along the Turnpike. Its super boring until after Harrisburg, but then younger some really nice big mountains. I got to the rest stop just before the series of tunnels and blue knob updated their snow report. Everything opened except a couple glades, but they open at 10...website still says 9. fun. Blue knob is remote. It out there for sure. The access road is one of the sketchiest roads I've been on. Surface wise its in great shape, but a small one foot tall pile of snow is what separates you from a 1200 foot drop into the valley. There was so much snow. more than I've ever seen anywhere outside of Vermont. snowbanks taller than my car. since I was aiming for 9, and they now aren't opening until 10, I sat in my car for an hour and watched YouTube. Surprisingly fast tmobile lte in this area. While there, there was an update to the snow report...All the trails I was most looking forward to would now be closed for snowmaking. I got my indy ticket from a lady who made it seem like I barged into her families Christmas dinner and started begging for food. The views are amazing, and when you start out you see a tangle of lifts and chairs. Only one lift would run, but never any lines so who cares. more on that later. the slope side houses and cabins made it feel more built up then expected, and due to the steepness of the mountain, the lifts did not feel slow at all. kind of like Plattekill. There is a severe lack of signage on hill. I was trying to get to a blue run and ended up on a natural cover bumped lift line (which was fun as hell, even on a snowboard since everything was soft). It was about 7 degerees so I didn't take many photos. I rode groomed trails, glades with mandatory drops, powder, and some sketchy spots on the natural cover trails but nothing too bad. This lift had 2 mid stations you can get off. Notice how low it is right here. On what was going to be my last run of the day, the route 66 lift seem to do an emergency stop and it bounced like I’ve never seen anything bounce before. The trail underneath of it was already questionable due to its super low clearance with the lift, but I didn't realize how low until now. The guy on the chair in front of me had to lift his legs out to avoid having a skiers gopro hit his legs while we bounced. It seemed like I was mere inches off the ground each bounce. The lift started moving again really fast, stopped abruptly again and began bouncing and my ass was coming off the seat. It felt like I was riding El Toro at six flags and my board is once again almost touching the snow on the trail underneath of it. I stated to get nervous. Ive been on Main Street lifts at blue fully loaded and had something similar happen, but this was a whole new level of sketch. I questioned just stepping off the lift (not jumping, legit stepping) but I wondered if I did that and got injured due to a lift failure if I would not get a settlement for not following the lift rules. this happened for like ten minutes straight. I told myself when I get off this lift that this was a sign for me to leave or something. The lift started again and continue as normal and the locals just shrugged it off. I mentioned it to the lifty and he said "welcome to the knob!" ok...... So, final thoughts. Best terrain in PA. Hands down. Needs some lift improvements and maintaince. the resort area was nice and a good amount of condos and slope side options. There is absolutely nothing outside of the resort though. I don't mean to get into politics, but most of the trump signs in the area had pence's name crossed out which I thought was genuinely funny but also a bit WTF. the restaurant options seem to be sheetz and only sheetz. I wouldn't day trip it again, but I would go back for a long weekend.
    15 points
  44. Here are some more pics. I kinda felt like their papparazzi photographer. first time booting up in an airport parking lot ✅ the famous @Johnny Lawstrut This could be in the aviation thread at this point .. Here’s some close up pics of the helicopter. There were 3 pilots. 1 was flying, 1 was his assistant & training the 3rd guy. Pretty sure there were big 😁 under their masks, at least from @NMSKI ✌🏼out
    15 points
  45. Things I learned on my first pow day: Get on the road early and clean your windshield. Trudging through high snow to the lift is not fun. Doing a 50 yard dash in ski boots is much less fun than that. Skis a lot slower than I expected. Skis much different than groomers. Disregard skipo. Shit bumps up quick. I think that's it.
    15 points
  46. Hey All, I’m back from a super fun opening day at Blue mountain the true mountain. I arrived at the upper lot around 8:05AM and it was 34 degrees with a few dozen cars already in the house. In attendence were Mute, Ryan, Atomic Jeff, Justo, Toast, Mixilplix, Johnny Law, Bethlehem Ford Guy, Slim, BenM, Enjorales, Pops, Falco, Keith, Crazy Kathy, Rodney and many others. Rope drop was mellow and TruTV Star Jim daily mentioned about mask usage and all in all people were very respectful wearing masks walking through the lodge, in liftlines and walking around. First run in vista to midway to lower Main I was in the middle of the pack..Snow was alright until lower main when it was cookie city. Come around had nice snow and midway got rough really fast. A bonus for this years opening was Burma road which proved to be fun although as Toast called it a bakery. The corners were mad technical. Best snow on the mountain was on vista. While I skied no real lift lines..Blue limited attendance enough combined with being a weekday opening it almost felt like being at a skiing country club. Even the one time I used the restroom inside it wasn’t crowded like normal. The parking lot today was super fun..the snack I brought were consumed and I bought pierogies from the food truck..drank some dank beer and enjoyed the 40something degree temperatures. All in all the main theme today was just how great it was to be back skiing again today. Props to Blue for being super organized and most of our passes worked.
    15 points
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