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  1. SallyCat

    Cannon?

    Yep. Tuition is $80,000 a year, but if you enroll in January you'll get a bargain 50% off!
  2. A big, ugly, cinderblock pig.
  3. SallyCat

    Cannon?

    I can't believe I didn't know this, but Bretton Woods has night skiing on weekends until 8pm. I'm super psyched, because that means I can ski on Friday afternoons/evenings. Also, we have three "elective weeks" at my school throughout the year, where you can teach an eclectic class or do something outdoors (mountain biking, rock climbing, etc.). So right away I submitted a proposal for the February electives week: "Ski every day, all day. End of proposal." It was approved!
  4. SallyCat

    Cannon?

    Nice! It's gorgeous here right now. The humidity broke about a week ago and it's been clear days and crisp nights ever since. There were some yellow leaves on my front step this morning. Next time I go to Brownsville for the weekend I'm going to bring my skis back with me. Cool thing about living on campus is that if there's a snow dump, I can get up early and get in a skin-and-ski on the small mountain right across the street.
  5. SallyCat

    Cannon?

    Yeah, I was going to try to go without a pass this year, but f-that. Things may be tight but I didn't take a job in the Whites to NOT ski. Blue's pass was the best bang for the skiing buck I've ever seen. Not much night skiing up here, so the potential for hours-on-snow is so much less.
  6. SallyCat

    Cannon?

    Yeah, that's it for winter spending. I'll be having cheap beer and peanut butter sandwiches to the parking lot.
  7. SallyCat

    Cannon?

    Ok, I did it! White Mountain Superpass. Cannon, Bretton Woods, and Waterville Valley. Oof, it was more expensive than the Epic Pass.
  8. SallyCat

    Cannon?

    Well GSS, I only met a handful of PASRs before I suddenly moved north (though my funnest-ever moments at Blue were hearing "SallyCaaaaaaaaat!" from the chair while I "skied" below! Thank you all for that!) I still check in here because I love the convo and because so many people here come up to VT/NH and know the areas here. And since I know nothing, any advice is most welcome. Since I'll likely be up in NH most of this winter, that means my 1 Br Brownsville condo is largely available during the ski season. It's got backcountry skiing literally out the back door, 30 minutes to Okemo and 45 to Killington. Killer general store with farm-to-table food and an amazing craft beer selection, as well as a riotous Thursday night race league that will challenge the drinking prowess of even the most prolific PASR. Not to mention that weed is legal in VT and my cupboard seems to always be full in that regard. I try to give back, is what I'm saying. 😁
  9. SallyCat

    Cannon?

    After some hemming and hawing about where to get a pass this year, I think I finally decided: Cannon. It's 45 minutes from campus and is the closest White Mountain skiing to East Haverhill, NH, where I work at a boarding school and live in an on-campus apartment. I've been driving the hour back to W. Windsor on weekends lately, which is easy-peasy in good weather and allows me to see friends and stay connected to a community that I really like. I was going to try to find something that would allow me to split my time between VT, and NH, but I hate winter driving and I'm f-ing tired at the end of a teaching week. Plus the cat hates being dragged back and forth between houses. Also, I'll save money not having to heat the W. Windsor place. So my decision now is down to weather I want to get just the Cannon pass or go a couple hundred bucks more for the White Mountain Superpass, which includes Bretton Woods and Waterville Valley. Bretton appeals to me because they evidently have a significant number of intermediate gladed areas. What say you PASRs?
  10. I have friends here who work at Okemo and it sounded like absolute chaos at the beginning of this year (their first season under Vail). Their hiring process either broke down or was nonexistent; people (including patrollers) didn't know if they had jobs until literally a day before the mountain opened. The lines at guest services were long and slow because the staff was still figuring out how to do things. Benefits like family/friend passes were cut and the number of hours you have to work to qualify for an Epic pass was increased. I'm toying with getting an Epic, but since I'm teaching I'll just have school holidays free and that's when places like Okemo are insanely, unbearably crowded. I think I'm going to get a VT teacher pass at Magic ($300), which gets me on the Freedom pass, so three tix each at some smaller areas up here. I'll get to ski at Cannon once in a while on the school's dime, and depending on how much skiing I do up here in NH during school sessions, I might get a pass at Tenney, which is under $300.
  11. The problem is caused by inversions along the Wasatch front, so everywhere from Provo to Ogden is impacted. I have a good friend who lives in Ogden and says the air pollution is horrendous.
  12. It says that "natural environment" measures the quality of air and water. Utah's cities have Beijing-levels or air pollution.
  13. I thought Northeastmountainsports.com was supposed to be a "better" alternative to AZ. Last I checked it was the same creepy old guys tittering over ass-shots of female ski racers in skin suits.
  14. The Sacklers have some fucking nerve buying into a business in a state that opioid addition has hit like a neutron bomb. Fuck them. Vermont has better places to ski and I hope NJ and NY skiers take their gold chains and exemplary diction to Killington or the Catskills. God damn our fucking craven plutocracy. EDIT: These legal edible gummies are doing nothing for my attitude.
  15. It's definitely bike season.
  16. Killington was horrendous yesterday. We had some near-biblical rain on Monday, which is probably the main culprit I usually love spring skiing, but Holy Jeebus. Except for Superstar, every trail was dirty granular garbage thinly dispersed over ice. I wouldn't pay money to ski there this season unless you want to lap Superstar, and even that was icy and scrapey.
  17. Totally agree: sometimes the days that promise from the forecast to be awful turn out to be really fun and uncrowded. I'm stuck in an airport killing time, so here is some info: Paradise is a green trail and very easy. It's long and wide but not steep. It's easier than Burma because it's not as twisty and the snow doesn't pile up at the turns. Lazy Mile is labeled a blue trail but it is really green as long as you head toward the double chair at the bottom intersection. Again, it's super-wide, not steep. The only downside of LM is that it can get crowded with kids straight-lining their way down it, barely in control. I don't know names for snow types necessarily, just that what you get a Blue is some of everything, but also a lot of hard, firm snow and lots of granular snow over ice, and that stuff (the latter) tends to form sand-dune-like on the sides of the trail. I like to ski the sand dunes instead of the ice. It's uneven and forces you/teaches you to maintain good balance. Don't avoid difficult snow: it shows you a lot about how you're progressing (or not). On the plus side, soft spring snow is great because it allows you to ski harder trails comfortably on account of having so much easy grip. I moved to Vermont last year so am not around Blue these days otherwise I would be very happy to ski with you. Ask the posters here to ski a run or two with you andor to tell you what they see from the lift. That is really valuable feedback. I'm 50 and only started skiing a few years ago. I stagnated for a long while as a low-intermediate plodding skier, which was frustrating. This year I worked on my form a bit more diligently and it made a big difference. Bottom line, I got out of the backseat by shoving my Downstairs Lady Parts forward over my feet (instead of the bent-knee-crouching-thing I'd been doing) and pressured my new downhill edge much sooner. The combo of those two actions got me off my quads, out of the backseat, and skiing a lot faster and more controlled. Fun!). So don't feel as though you can't progress just because you started later in life. Plus the learning is fun; and when it's not fun, there's a bar at the summit, a bar in the valley, and beer and good company in the lot! Good luck! Sally
  18. Welcome! Agree that a season pass will get you on snow more and you'll progress faster. Blue is a great mountain for learning, it's just tricky to avoid the crowds. But night skiing gets you a lot of practice time and Paradise and Lazy Mile are great trails to learn on. Go even when the weather and/or the snow sucks, you'll still have fun and learn a lot. Enjoy!
  19. It's been a good snow year but as others have said, it can get melty fast and we're starting to get some warm days. Still, in Mid-April you'll likely be able to ski Snowdon, Ramshead, and my favorites: the trails next to Superstar (Sylark, Bittersweet, et al.), which get nicely bumped-up and fun throughout the day. The Superstar chairlift and adjacent umbrella bar are where it's at as far as the scene, which is very fun and laid-back. Get there early and you can tailgate in the lot. You should come with low expectations for snow quality and a LOT of warm-weather wax; there will be puddles in the base area and it will get really heavy as the day goes on. I still think it's a blast and really not-bad skiing.
  20. I am excited about being so close to SO MUCH skiing! Still not at all sure what to do, pass-wise. I checked with Magic, and even though I'll be working in NH, I can get a Magic teacher season pass (which is an unlimited season pass that gets me on the Freedom Pass) for $319. That gets me three days each at some small areas in the Whites as well as Bolton. But I'm probably going to AirBnB my Ascutney Condo, so I'm not sure how much I'll be in Brownsville in the winter. (I want to keep it free for summer mountain biking and hanging out with friends; I'm not at all ready to part with my Brownsville residency). So maybe it makes sense to look at the New England Pass, or Cannon? Or what's the one that gets me Stowe and Okemo? That might be a good combo; I'll be 90 minutes from each place! Ah, First World Problems. I'm actually legitimately better at skiing now than I was last year. Looking forward to some sweet spring skiing!
  21. Or else I'm full of shit and don't ski very well.
  22. We got a few inches of VERY heavy, wet snow here in central VT that eventually turned to rain. (Oh, and the rain fills up the potholes so you can't see them, and you end up STANDING on your brakes or swerving at the last second and saying "holy fuck, where did that come from it wasn't here yesterday WHAT IS THIS PLACE!?") I ended up staying in studying for my EMT test, but with this type of slop, I think I'd head for a place that had mega-snowmaking all year rather than a more natural-snow-dependant place like Magic or Plattekill. Last week I bopped from ungoomed to groomed and back and forth and MAN the ungroomed when it's heavy and wet was really unpredictable crazy-glue in places. Something about the grooming process must reduce moisture or something.
  23. Thanks! The job comes with housing, so I can live their when school’s in session and still have the condo for summers and vacays. It’s only about an hour and fifteen from where I live now.
  24. I'm actually considering it, for different reasons. I just accepted a boarding-school teaching gig for next year and it's in New Hampshire just to the east of Mt. Moosilauke and west of I-91. So I'm near a LOT of skiing, but not at all sure what sort of pass arrangement I should make. I'll still have a condo on Ascutney so could do weekends down here. Or focus on skiing in the Whites. Current options afaik: White Mountain Super Pass New England Pass Freedom Pass Peak Pass Epic Pass Or just pick one mountain for the season.
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