Whaleback 12/17/2017

edited December 2017 in Trip Reports
There was plenty of leftover powder today at Whaleback! Today was the second day of the T-bar's operation and they were still working out the kinks. The lift deroped twice, once for an hour in the morning and again around 2:00. The second time they decided to shut it down for the day. However, these deropements gave plenty of time for a few hikes to the upper mountain trails. The T-bar was an excellent ride and was smoother than many I've ridden. I also took a few rides on the new beginner tow which was interesting because it was like a handle tow combined with a platter pull. It seemed like a good lift for those just starting out and I could figure out four basic ways to ride it. Everything was open off the T-bar, including glades which had untracked powder well into the afternoon. Lower Face had some ungroomed manmade snow of excellent condition which made for some fun turns. The upper mountain trails had enough snow to be open, but they were not prepared to open the chairlift this weekend. The trails still had over a foot of dry powder and I skied Dorsal Glade, Jawbone, Blowhole and Upper Face on the upper mountain. It was a very cold day, but there wasn't any wind and it was sunny. They were making a lot of snow in the morning and it made a cloud around the mountain, but they shut off the guns around 11:00. Crowds were minimal and there was never a wait of more than a minute to get on the T-bar. It was a great start to Whaleback's season and I look foreword to returning when the chairlift opens!

Here's a bit of video I took today of the T-bar making its signature Hall sounds :)]:

Snowmaking on FaceimageSnowmaking CloudimageBase AreaimageT-BarimageBeginner TowimageT-BarimageT-BarimageT-Bar ReturnimageT-BarimageT-BarimageFaceimageTraverse to FaceimageSnowmaking on FaceimageThe BarnaclesimageTraverse from T-BarimageThe BarnaclesimageDeropement at Tower 1imageRiding the T-BarimageFaceimageFaceimageThe View from FaceimageFaceimageDouble ChairimageFaceimageFaceimageKrill Mountain Bike/Ski TrailimageDouble ChairimageJawboneimageDouble ChairimageY.O.O.Y.M. Entrance GateimageDouble Chair and Belly-Up Glade EntranceimageRepair Work on Tower 5image
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- Sam

Comments

  • These are utterly fantastic!! Thank you for posting!!
  • These are utterly fantastic!! Thank you for posting!!


    You're welcome, I hope you watched the video :D
    - Sam
  • Are you kidding?!? I watched it twice already!!! :D :D :D

    That lift makes all the happy Hall sounds from the growl to the shproinggggg to the tik-tik-tik at the top!
  • Jingle jinglejingle
    Hey they got a good ski area management college in Ironwood Mi( Goegebic)
    You could head the trip report picture department
    Great stuff
  • ciscokid said:

    Jingle jinglejingle
    Hey they got a good ski area management college in Ironwood Mi( Goegebic)
    You could head the trip report picture department
    Great stuff


    I will likely be at UMaine Machias next year for Environmental Recreation & Tourism Management. Most skiing around there is accessed by hiking/skinning and not lifts.
    - Sam
  • Awesome pics.  I've never skied Whaleback, have driven by on 89 for years, will make it a point to ski it this year.
  • Thanks Sam. Looks great.
    ISNE-I Skied New England | NESAP-the New England Ski Area Project | SOSA-Saving Our Ski Areas - Location SW of Boston MA
  • edited December 2017
    Great report. For such a short lift and vert there is really a lot of decent skiing options off of it, it's definitely an asset for the mountain and an ace in the hole to get open on time in December, which has always been a struggle.
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