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New England 2023-2024 Northeast Ski Resorts/Conditions/Meetups Thread

surfsnowgirl

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I'm training with the adaptive ski school at bromley and last weekend was some of the worst fog I've ever experienced. We spent saturday morning skiing off the summit in white out conditions which I suppose was apropos because it gave us a sense of what a visually impaired person would experience. Conditions were soft which was awesome but you couldn't see at all. We convinced our trainer to not go back to the summit after lunch or the next day as the fog was only getting worse... Another weekend at the sun mountain lol. Great conditions tho so for that I'll never complain.
 

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Sorry if this has been mentioned elsewhere, but has Superstar at Killington been open to the public this year? I know the WC races were on it a couple weeks ago. It is currently listed on the trail report as closed (along with everything else in the Skye Peak area)
 

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They let race teams use it for a week or so after the WC. It will open to the public very soon, check the website for the exact date, I don't remember but I think it might be Dec 8th? tomorrow.
 
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Sorry if this has been mentioned elsewhere, but has Superstar at Killington been open to the public this year? I know the WC races were on it a couple weeks ago. It is currently listed on the trail report as closed (along with everything else in the Skye Peak area)
In case you're interested @wgo, there's also a Killington specific thread:

 
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Continued gun show around the Barker lift at Sunday River, with the whales on Punch looking pretty big as well and everything looking pretty with the fresh snow hanging on the trees.

First picture is two days ago, second and third are from today.

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SR app says barker 6 pack opening tomorow. Anyone going to ride her on her grand opening?!
 

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For those wondering, the pile between Locke and the pond was higher then the Barker deck when they were pushing it out (with the new hybrid cat) this afternoon.

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The big boys are all at the Helm across the resort. We got you guys!
For those wondering, the pile between Locke and the pond was higher then the Barker deck when they were pushing it out (with the new hybrid cat) this afternoon.
 

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Yesterday at Saddleback was kind of beyond amazing for December 8. The term "snow pocket" doesn't really do justice to what we encountered.

The mountain apparently had a thin-ish but solid natural snow base going into last weekend. The Sunday - Monday storm clearly dropped a good 18" of snow in several waves, the earlier of which were enjoyed by skiers last Sunday.The mountain was CLOSED Monday - Thursday.

Yesterday morning I was, for various reasons, not properly prepared for a ski day, let alone a day of off-piste skiing. My carpool buddy arrived earlier than expected. Disorganized mentally and materially, I grabbed my daily drivers and race poles and called it good.

Even driving up the access road we were like, "Wow. There is a crap ton of snow up here." Parking lot was not busy. Lodge was not busy. A little weird, even for a weekday, given weather and conditions. No wind, blue sky, 20°.

It was upside down day at Saddleback. The main groomer boulevard, Gray Ghost, was closed due to whaling. Just about every other run on the mountain was open. About four of them were groomed. Everything else was just lightly tracked up dense unconsolidated snow - settled but not refrozen. Even Tightline, the signature but - IMHO - unremarkable upper mountain steep groomer was ungroomed. Again, weird.

So. We attempted to ski the hell out of the place and had a fabulous time doing it. Now, honestly, we all were flailing much of the time. Four old guys on 80mm skis, on their first day of the season (or almost, in my case), trying to ski through foot-deep eastern crud, is not something you want to make a move of! But it was hella fun.

Of course the light and my patience for picture taking were both low. It was the land of sun and - predominantly - shadow. In blue/black is my friend Larry, with some of the goods behind him. Yellow coat is Dave (not me) with red helmeted Bob in the background. Then the usual suspects at the summit, chewing the fat.

Gotta appreciate the memory because - you guessed it - the warm rain is on its way.

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Played hooky yesterday and got up to Sugarbush for the day. Very similar conditions to what Tony found at Saddleback, only Sugarbush was open all week, so the slopes were tracked up medium density ungroomed snow. The groomed runs with snow making were pristine and almost all the mtn was open except the Castle rock lift, which was open for hike to skiing. There were lots of moguls on the ungroomed blacks and double blacks with a fair sprinkling of thin spots and rocks. The woods were skiable, but somewhat sketchy. Sugarbush has a deserved reputation for letting you decide if you want to ski a thinly covered trail. They do post signs about thin cover so you were warned. There were only a couple of trails I skied where I took a few shots to my edges, nothing too bad.

The sun came out at noon and temps were in the upper 20's. Really exceptional day for early Dec. My legs are letting me know it was my first day and I did not take it easy at all. Well, there is always ibuprofen for relief. Will try and add a picture or two. IMG_20231208_134206883.jpg IMG_20231208_134238294.jpg IMG_20231208_134155133.jpg
 
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Wow I have to travel south. Next week definitely.
 

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Bromley was fantastic yesterday. Soft packed powder conditions with some skied off places as the day went on. An inversion started the day. When I first got out it was foggy at the base and I was bummed at another crazy fogged in day. I was pleasantly suprised as we got to the summit to gorgeous blue skies and sunshine. Conditions were so good. Conditions did vary a bit so it was fun to play around with different skis. Skied my head super joys, nordica santa ana 84s and stockli stormrider motions. Just played around with them in the different conditions.

Skied without poles and learned to tether with the adaptive team today and it was harder than I thought but great training. Augie was a great trainer and I learned a lot.

Bromley had huge whales blown on closed thruway.

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