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Old 12-21-2012, 08:15 AM   #26
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Another 4" of snow last night to add a nice fresh layer to the trails.

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getting some mixed precip now
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Old 12-21-2012, 01:16 PM   #27
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Another 4" of snow last night to add a nice fresh layer to the trails.

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getting some mixed precip now
Followed by more rain, there's a surprise.
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Old 12-21-2012, 01:46 PM   #28
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Yeah, had a few inches here when i woke up, Then, been pissing rain ever since.

Whatever happened to the "wicked awesome" winters that happen hear? I know its early for this year, sort of. But even if there is double or triple the snowfall of last year, its gonna be depressing. It hasn't even been cold yet.
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Old 12-21-2012, 07:08 PM   #29
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Another 4" of snow last night to add a nice fresh layer to the trails.

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getting some mixed precip now
There should be an iPhone app for updates on whenever you post anything weather related on these forums. Nothing but rain here today, would have been a lot of snow had it been the right temperature.
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Old 12-22-2012, 10:36 AM   #30
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Well I'm all excited as I just finished booking my annual trip out west. This years venue... Mt Baker, WA for 8 days in late February/early March. Should be deep!!!

Anyone been and have any insight? I've gotten a bunch of info from the TGR forums and a few firsthand accounts from friends but the more info I can get the better.
I lived out there for 3 years and know it well.

Unless you have avy knowledge and gear, stay in bounds please. You'll see lots of people going through the gates, but they're all experienced with training and gear. The back country is very dangerous out there, lots of terrain traps where you can be buried in over 40 feet of snow. It's happened to more than a few people out there. Lots of huge cliffs to get stuck on as well.

Aside from that, have fun. Gunners bowl is a blast if it's open. Again. Very dangerous if it's closed though, it's a huge trap. Riding chair one is fun, but there are a lot of cliffs, so keep your eyes up.
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Old 12-22-2012, 12:50 PM   #31
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^^^ I don't have much Baker experience, but I do notice one thing there that isn't here as much, and thats Tree Wells. Scariest thing I've been through. Even riding with people its easy to get stuck and no one know where you went.

I'm sure you'll be fine. Its just more of riding smart. A lot of people that get in bad situations are just pushing it way to hard and not being smart. Not saying that applies to everyone at all, just quite a few.
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Old 12-22-2012, 10:10 PM   #32
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The dangers there are tree wells and avalanches. They control the inbounds areas, and close dangerous areas. No need to worry too much in bounds. Out of bounds though, It takes a lot of snow knowledge. It can be very tempting because it's just on the other side of a rope, but it's closed for a reason. Stay out unless you're with a local and you have the avy gear.

Tree wells are a danger even inbounds. Best way to stay safe is to always ride with a buddy and keep in sight. That means stopping periodically to look back if you're in the lead. Keep a whistle easily accessible as well, I have one on the chest strap of my backpack. Read up on them. Self rescue is almost impossible.
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Old 12-22-2012, 11:42 PM   #33
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The dangers there are tree wells and avalanches. They control the inbounds areas, and close dangerous areas. No need to worry too much in bounds. Out of bounds though, It takes a lot of snow knowledge. It can be very tempting because it's just on the other side of a rope, but it's closed for a reason. Stay out unless you're with a local and you have the avy gear.

Tree wells are a danger even inbounds. Best way to stay safe is to always ride with a buddy and keep in sight. That means stopping periodically to look back if you're in the lead. Keep a whistle easily accessible as well, I have one on the chest strap of my backpack. Read up on them. Self rescue is almost impossible.
So true. I got caught in one one the backside of Stevens Pass. Was riding with three people and I was in the back. It was a relatively safe situation or well traveled area to put it. But there was a sharp banked turn that I couldn't see because we were sort of racing through that area. They both hit the turn and I went flying since I didn't see it. I landed stomach down and then slid head first into the well. I was head to knees deep. I panicked and started struggling like crazy. Scariest thing. I finally just stopped being frantic and was able to work my way out. They couldn't find me, but after a half hour I was able to get out. Only time in my life I genuinely thought I was toast.
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Old 12-23-2012, 09:35 AM   #34
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Thanks for the info guys. I've been reading up a lot and watching videos on YouTube of how to handle tree wells. They look scary as **** haha. Basically everyone says stay as calm as possible and do not under any circumstances ride alone. We're going to be in a group of 6, 4 riders and 2 skiers. We've got probes, shovels and whistles. I picked up a beacon just for the hell of it too.

We plan to stick strictly in bounds as we don't know the mountain and none of us have first hand experience with PNW snowpack and terrain.

I'm so stoked though and hope we get some deep days while we're out there.

Anyone doing some skiing/riding this week? I'm home in NH (concord area) for the entire week. Definitely looking to get some turns in after Christmas Day.
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Old 12-25-2012, 07:44 PM   #35
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Driving up to NH tomorrow night, I'll probably wait till last minute to make the call but for right now I'm thinking Burke for Thursday morning.
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Old 12-25-2012, 07:56 PM   #36
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Anyone hit WV or Loon yet?
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Old 12-25-2012, 09:13 PM   #37
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Anyone hit WV or Loon yet?
Loon is close by, but West Virginia is a long way to drive for skiing.
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Loon is close by, but West Virginia is a long way to drive for skiing.
Come on, Waterville Valley!
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Old 12-25-2012, 09:51 PM   #39
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Anyone hit WV or Loon yet?
I went to Loon opening weekend a few weeks ago, it was not very good as expected. Currently no snow on the ground in either Lincoln or Waterville, I'd be looking to either the east or west over those two right now, ME and N.VT have done much better then the 93 corridor so far this year.
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Old 12-25-2012, 10:34 PM   #40
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Driving up to NH tomorrow night, I'll probably wait till last minute to make the call but for right now I'm thinking Burke for Thursday morning.
Saw that snowfall map on Accuweather also. I'll be heading north to Jackson, NH tomorrow afternoon. I was just checking out a few other sites and saw that NECN is forecasting this:



Looks like I'll be making a game time decision early Thursday morning too. I plan to ride Thursday and Saturday. Following the pow!
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Old 12-26-2012, 07:14 AM   #41
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Will be riding Sunapee on Saturday to pick up my season pass
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Old 12-26-2012, 09:00 AM   #42
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I'm driving up to Sunapee tomorrow night and skiing on Friday. Then up to Shawnee peak for 3 days.

Anyone else gonna be at Sunapee?
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Old 12-26-2012, 09:04 AM   #43
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Come on, Waterville Valley!

LOL. If anyone is wondering, Snowshoe in WV is doing ok. They're starting to blow on western territory this week. But no one drives south from NE to board/ski
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Old 12-26-2012, 09:33 AM   #44
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I'll be heading north to Jackson, NH tomorrow afternoon.
Just down the road from me

Getting my fat boards ready for the storm!
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Just down the road from me

Getting my fat boards ready for the storm!
Nice! My girlfriends parents live there. I love the area. We always head up and stay there when there's snow in the forecast. Anyone going out tomorrow? Looks like high winds across the north country. I may wait it out till Friday... Don't want to run into any wind holds on lifts.
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Old 12-26-2012, 11:45 AM   #46
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Nice! My girlfriends parents live there. I love the area. We always head up and stay there when there's snow in the forecast. Anyone going out tomorrow? Looks like high winds across the north country. I may wait it out till Friday... Don't want to run into any wind holds on lifts.
I'm heading up to NH in a few hours, not sure where we will go tomorrow, somewhere between Sugarbush and Sunday River depending on who gets the goods.
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I was at Jay Peak last Saturday/Sunday, and Sunday was a lot of fun. Plenty of freshies to be found in the woods. Northern VT was looking good through the first wave of forecasts (I was thinking Burke too, RR) but looking like I want to chase pow in Maine with the 14-18+ forecasted.

12/23 at Jay:
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Old 12-26-2012, 03:22 PM   #48
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The weather channels website had a real good picture of where the most will be. It looked like mainly VT and northern half of NH. Not too much into the Maine area, at least for the larger amounts.
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I'm heading up to NH in a few hours, not sure where we will go tomorrow, somewhere between Sugarbush and Sunday River depending on who gets the goods.
Ha that's pretty much where we're end up too. Wherever is the deepest is where I'll end up.
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The weather channels website had a real good picture of where the most will be. It looked like mainly VT and northern half of NH. Not too much into the Maine area, at least for the larger amounts.
Hmmm, that's interesting because this map shows otherwise:




No snow for Vermont! Ha ha. No matter what, snow's on it's way! I'm in the lightest shade area.
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