I have to go with half full. It seems that the snowmaking crew has turned it on the last two weeks and has made good progress given the lack of natural snow. I was afraid that with the budget woes they would be waiting for mother nature. I think it was a good move and the skiers showing up for the holiday week will have a good experience and will be more likely to return. That's good for the mountain long term.
Yeah. I'm going to go with half full. The best is definitely yet to come. Snowiest month historically is March, despite last year.
It's just hard to be patient when it comes to things like this (especially when you look at other mountains), but I seem to remember always wanting more around this time (see this thread). I think Gore is doing pretty good for the amount of natural they've received (pretty much none), and we just have to try to relax until we get dumped on (hopefully soon). Easier said than done, though.
Half full and a lot was because of the one blip in the radar...the rain...the snow that fell before the rain absorbed much of the rain and solidified with the cold air. There is a nice base down now. Those little two inch snows over the last week have set up nicely in the woods and I don't think it is going to take much more to get us in there...
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Definately half full, or more.
Skied Sugarbush Mon-Wed this week. Don't believe everything you read, there should be senate hearing for marketing directors.
Although advertised as 50 trails, in reality they had 1.5 runs down Mt Ellen, and 2.5 down Lincoln Peak. Coverage on these runs were similar to Gore. However if you had skis at least five years old and/or love to p-tex and blow out your edges, then the Bush had more terrian. Additional 4 or 5 runs per peak. Gore would not even consider opening them due to the rocks/dirt/lack of snow on their runs. This is a good thing.
We are ahead of the game this year at Gore (and WF for that matter). Consider ourselves lucky compared to our Eastern friends....we have much more skiable terrain and variety going into the critical $$$ week!
I would like to have more snow on the trails near my home and more snow on the ground up in Johnsburg before I bring 25 of my friends up to Gore in Two weeks. I scheduled it early this year and now I'm wondering if we'll be snow-less. Still 2 weeks away. Forecast isn't very promising.
I'm completely a half full kind of gal... the weather has thankfully been cold enough for snowmaking to hit the ground running. More and more trails are opening. And it's SNOWING RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!! Granted it probably won't shift north enough yet to really impact Gore, but still... we're getting there.
I'm looking forward to bluebird days... snowy cold days... blustery freeze your bum off days.... it really doesn't matter as long as the skis are on my feet and pointing down the hill!
Have to buck the trend, half empty in my book. Very little natural snow in the Dacs so far this year. And we seem to be heading back to the usual crappy winter pattern of the past 20 yrs or so. Little snow, strong winds to follow, bitter cold behind that, cloudy for a few weeks with a few flurries, warm up, freezing rain, then big rain. Repeat every 10 days to 3 weeks. Our biggest precip events in the winter in the central Adirondacks have unfortunately been RAIN, not snow. Gets really frustrating, start to get a decent base going then the rain, melt down and refreeze to concrete. Looks like this weekend, the start of the new year will be warm and wet, this will be the 3rd rain event since 12/1/10, it's a downer of a pattern. Time to move west or northwest for the winter.