I ended up powder chasing at Jiminy Peak when I had to change my flight to Boston that was for 3/7/18. The prediction for March 6-8 was 12-20 inches. I could get lodging slope side at short notice. Have talked to several families who made the call on Tuesday to make the drive from CT, NYC, or NJ when school was cancelled for their kids.
The heaviest snow started around 2pm on 3/7 and continued until around 8pm. Unofficially I'd say 8-10 inches since midnight. Between steady snow and windblown, I was making new tracks every run after 4:30pm. Deepest snow was calf deep on me. Not the fluffiest but definitely would call it powder. Good thing about an 8-hr lift ticket is that it doesn't start until you go thru the RFID gate for the Express lift for the first time. I didn't do that until close to 11am.
Heard that one of the patrollers and his son skied until 8:30 last night. Took them an hour to drive home, which usually takes 20-30 min. Had to park elsewhere because the snowplow decided their road was too steep to plow.
In Jan when I skied at Jiminy for the first time, I made friends with a group of local women. All advanced skiers with season passes who rip. Quite a few were around this morning. Didn't get any pictures once I started skiing with them because they go non-stop. We did all the blacks and then blues that weren't groomed, as well as the double-black that wasn't groomed at all in the last week.
Having a high speed detachable to the summit that serves 80% of the terrain means lots of vertical. Also clear that there are plenty of locals and regulars who are pretty good skiers. They are raising a bunch of kids who were happy to play in the deep powder. Saw several hunting a lost ski or buried with their board. Talked to several parents who made a quick decision on Tuesday to drive up to Jiminy when it was pretty clear that their kids were unlikely to have school at least a few days this week. One mom was quite ready to make the drive from NYC with just the kids, but husband/father decided that going to work wasn't that important after all. They weren't supposed to arrive until Friday for a pre-planned long weekend.
Only disappointment was that Q3-Widow White lift never opened. So the untracked on the one blue groomer at the very top that wasn't groomed is still untracked. That lift closes at 1pm on weekdays, so the trails up there were never skied once the heavy snow started.
Helps to have a husband who is resigned to the fact that I like to ski . . . a lot. Although I didn't start chasing powder storms in the northeast until after we'd been married 20+ years and the kid was in boarding school. First in Lake Placid and now in Boston.
A few pics from March 8. Jiminy leaves the hardest terrain ungroomed after a big storm, including a few of the blues. Saw several hunts for a buried ski while riding the lift. It was too deep to play in the Hot Wheels Glade because that has very little pitch.
Took only 10 minutes to clear the powder off the car
Enough snow to open under the Express lift, pic taken at 9:15
Jericho is the double black that's not under a lift
At the side of a groomer, same thing happened on the edge of Hot Wheels glade, came to a stop in knee deep snow