Snow was extremely excellent all of Friday to Sunday and as it rained Sunday it slowly got worse, today was mainly ice and not quite as fun. There were a bunch of exposed trees and rocks on the far skiers right in Timbuktu and those runs but everything else was quite solid. I’d say a solid snow will do it proper as the base keeps getting better!
We skied Jay on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Friday was amazing, roaming off the beaten path was easy and every single run we were in fresh deep powder, fluffy and clean, perfect in the woods and glades. We had some really great runs in Everglade. It was cold, and as we came off the hill my son snapped a pic of my frosty ski smile, what a day.
Paolo Cruising Everglade
Saturday we awoke to more fresh snow and we went straight into Timbucktu. I stopped at the boundary line as I watched my 18 and 24 year old sons blow past the boundary into the woods dropping down through fresh knee deep powder. I was so jealous of them and their energy and willingness to cast aside the possibility of out of bounds walk out or a hitchhike back from the road. When we reconnected, their smiles were ear to ear.....my oldest claiming it was the best run of his life. This after reading the Jay report and adding up about 4' of snow in the last 7 days. Saturday night I fell asleep around midnight as I watched yet another night of snowfall diminish.
Sunday morning we woke early and were on second Tram. I had my Monoski and as my sons dove into fresh snow on Tuckermans, I took the straight and narrow to find fresh wind blown powder, which my Monoski just loves. Then off to Timbucktu, Jet and run after run, as the cloud cover slowly dropped and closed in around us. We landed back in my Jeep at 1:00 with freezing rain starting to fall.
Milo blasting though Tuckermans Glade
On the 3 1/2 hour drive back to Johnsburg, we were encapsulated by ice, my Jeep coated a good 1/4" thick in some spots. The entire drive back, we just kept questioning, why, how, what is happening to our climate that brings on such destructive winter weather, with these cycles of freeze and thaw, over and over. As we drove out of North Creek, I looked up at the North Creek Ski Bowl and the 46er and was saddened by the sight of the static Hudson Chair climbing into the rain filled sky.
I firmly believe in global warming and I am frightened as to what it will bring to our future and the future of this sport that I am absolutely obsessed with.
After setting us up for the frozen mustache pic, I'm glad you closed your trip report with it. Looks like you and the boys may have had one of the best weekends of the season! Great report...Mine are still in middle and hugh school, but I can already say that your own kids make some of the best ski buddies!!
Steve Wright as boosted from Alpine Zone with his permission:
"Wish it were simply a de-icing issue. We recorded gusts between 112-116mph at Tram Tower 2 at about 2:30a Tuesday a track cable came off the bronze profile (they're still in place on the cable catcher where they should be, but still). Relatively easy fix (all things being equal) but until it is, we aren't comfortable running any lifts that cross underneath (Bonnie, TS Carpet, Metro) nor any lifts that deposit folks through the trail network underneath (Flyer). Disappointing for many reasons-most of which is that were were literally 5 hours away from going out with communications talking about our decision to run daily until May (making us the only resort not named Killington doing it in the eastern US), with all of our lifts and 95% of our trails. Went so far as to secure year round staff to run lifts, baselodges and cut our operating costs drastically to get us comfortable with it. Had packages online ready to go, discounted tickets ready to go, the whole deal. Tried to triage this ourselves and realized by noon that we needed to bring folks in. They'll be here the end of next week. End story."
"You just need to go at that shit wide open, hang on, and own it." —Camp
Not following this thread closely....want to thank you for the compliments on my last post.....Jay is an amazing mountain....we are still trying to manage one more trek to the north country to get in some last licks......that weekend was by far the best ski event I had this season...epic really.
I have since then compiled my GoPro footage from those 3 days into one of my goofy videos....