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Old Geezer

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    Kingswood/Stockli/Head, Lange, Axis/Tyrolia
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    Mascara Mountain, Vermont

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    Conshohocken, and Williamsport
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    Avoiding living life in a nursing home.

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  1. Is this video from Blue's opening day, did one of you make it, and who's who in the vid? Fess up! https://www.instagram.com/p/CV0wonbgH3p/
  2. Yee Hah, get your ski legs on! I always find my ski legs work much better at the bar afterwards than on the WROD the first day out. Kinda like a fish story. A fisherman catches a four inch minnow at his secret fishin' hole. The fisherman is packing it in for the day and he sees a fellow fisherman and tells his story but the four inch minnow is now an eight inch trout. By the time the fisherman is at the bar he caught a state record fish! My opening day ski story -- how was your first day out this season? -- has worked like that ... for the last 40 years.
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    Guns are On..

    Windham and Hunter opening 26-Nov, Bellayre 27-Nov.
  4. Old Geezer

    Guns are On..

    To put Elk's snowmaking in some geographic perspective: North and East: Bellayre says snowmaking has begun, Plattekill no mention of snowmaking - they rely more on natural snow than other resorts, Wyndham webcams show snow making has started, and making nice progress. Hunter webcams show a nice start in progress, could easily open by the weekend. Northwest: Greek Peak: Webcams show snowmaking has begun. South: Montage shows snow making has started. East: Holiday Mt, NY (Not to to be confused with Holiday Valley NY) - no news on their website. Mt. Peter, NY - Webcam offline, says "closed for the season. We are grateful to our staff, ... and we can’t wait to see you all next season" They didn't get the memo it is next season! - These two NY resorts (hills) are more weekend/family focused and so will not be early starters in making snow. Summary: Montage to the south of Elk seems to have one or two days head start in making snow. Competing mountains to the North are about four or five days ahead. It's fascinating to watch how the start of a winter ski season moves north to south like it is right now. Could not do this 15 years ago because not every report had webcams.
  5. Old Geezer

    Guns are On..

    Webcams cleared now. That must have been the (traditional early season maintenance) effort to fire up the air compressors and blow the squirrels out of the snow guns! I glanced at the webcam pics other day and saw a nice blanket of snow. Mostly gone now.
  6. Old Geezer

    Guns are On..

    Do you think it's a coincidence or not the guns are turned on and the webcams become iced over so you (or Elk's competitors) can't see the snow making progress?
  7. Old Geezer

    Something New

    According to a source in the area the "dirt work" reported above is regrading and re-contouring the three steep and narrow trails on the SE side (skier's right). He says no word on condos or any habitable structures.
  8. Old Geezer

    Something New

    Building a 200 unit condo complex doing is not something that will fly under the radar of the local (municipal) and county planning and permitting processes. There's water, sewer, power, runoff specifications that have to be addressed. You get the permitting and legal things in order before you move any dirt or cut any trees down. On the other hand this is Susquehanna County and associated small municipalities with part time officals which likely do not have complicated permitting and approval processes like Scranton, the Lehigh Valley, Philadelphia, etc. More that a few people will know if an actual 200 unit construction project is in the works, architects, builders, firms that do the permitting, the county office staff. If dirt and trees have already been moved then someone knows what's up, we just need to find out who, get them to 'fess up, and someone report back here!
  9. There are choices you can proactively make, - put the bar down or not. Old part-time ski patroller (and full time ER doc) I knew used to say the bar on a chairlift is like a seat belt in a car. - adjust your gear while on the chair or not. - Swing your legs so the chair bounces and sways. - Stick your poles out side the 'zone' so said poles catch on something, trees, etc, get caught on the tree and pull you out of the chair. Many choices.
  10. NWS says Lenoxville (about 4 miles away opposite direction from Union Dale) recorded 21 ins. Check out this NWS link while it's still good (until next weather event), some locations in the NWS forecast territory (Binghampton, NY) clocked in at 41, 42 and 43 ins. You don't see snow totals like this very often: https://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=BGM&issuedby=BGM&product=PNS&format=TXT&version=1&glossary=0
  11. I'm hearing this latest "Limited-Time Mitigation Order" will force PA ski areas to stay closed until 04 Jan 2021. I hope not, but good advice is plan accordingly.
  12. The downside is weekend weather forecast shows temps in the mid to upper 40s with > 50 % chance of rain.
  13. The quarantining is supposed to work in both directions, if you travel to VT you are supposed to meet VT requirements for travel from another state. And when you travel back to PA from another state you are supposed to meet new requirements that start 20Nov: https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Travelers.aspx
  14. A head's up, there is officially a quarantine up here for anyone into the state: https://www.healthvermont.gov/covid-19/travel-quarantine/visitors-vermont
  15. From a VT newspaper: When are Vermont's ski areas opening in 2020? A mountain-by-mountain roundup.
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