Oct. 29, 2011 - Sat.
For the last several years, I've provided a running commentary on the ski season at Crotched Mountain. Enough of you indicated that you enjoyed the thread, that I will continue the practice this season.
On Thursday, the 27th, it appears that CM received a bit over a half-foot. I suspect that the skiing might have been OK on Friday. Today was the rehire/sign-in/paperwork day. So I went a little early figuring to make a few turns. I suspect I skied a net of 200 vertical. With the ground not frozen, there was only about 0 to 3 inches remaining and I bottomed into grass on pretty much every turn. None-the-less, it's the best skiing I've had yet this season and my first October turns since 2004.
I look for your inputs as to whether or not this constitutes "a day of skiing".
I look for your inputs as to whether or not this constitutes "a day of skiing".
I'd say it counts. We can argue over how much vertical is required, but anyone who hikes for turns for even one run deserves it to count as a "ski day" in my book.
I do get the whole "skinning for back country" thing. But I also still like to say, "That is why they invented lifts."
If I didn't have to catch a flight tomorrow, I'd hit a hill near my house of 125' vertical a few times and call it a ski day. It would be my first day in October.
Oct. 31, 2011 Mon.
Yesterday might have been good with 24-28", but after shoveling for 5 hours, I didn't have the energy to climb. It got warm enough yesterday to crust the snow and even going straight down the fall line, the only way forward was shuffling. I suspect one pass with a groomer would have made heavenly corduroy, which would quickly ski into lovely powder bumps.
Unfortunately, CM's lift aren't due for inspection for another couple of weeks, so no chance of an early opening of the lifts.
Thank you, bubblecuffer, riverc0il and trackbiker for your affirmation that the 29th counted as a day of skiing. Today definitely did not!
And to elcamino57, I hope to run into you either here or at Mt. Snow.
I like to say the measure of a good October ski day isn't in the number of quality turns you make, it's in the number of completely attached anterior cruciate ligaments you come down the mountain with.
Posted: Dec 14, 2011 - 5:22 PM GMT
Edited: Dec 17, 2011 - 7:50 PM GMT
Dec 14, 2011 Wed.
CM could easily have been opened today. I took a couple of "earn-your-turns" runs on lovely corduroy. When CM actually opens this Saturday, they could count the following as open runs:
Satellite Summit, Moon Walk, Plutos (from top to Moon Walk), Cosmic Blast, Galaxy, Meteor, Lower Park (formerly, Magnitude) and Blast Off.
So, it would be "honest reporting" to claim 8 open runs.
Dec 15, 2011 Thur.
Another day of "earn-your-turns" runs on lovely corduroy. The surface held up well to the warm temps.
Dec 16, 2011 Fri.
Another day of "earn-your-turns" but not so good today. It was an easier hike up, because all the natural snow has melted out and snow is at its iciest just prior to total meltout (as it was yesterday).
At the summit, the temps are dropping and yesterday's corduroy was a hard glazed surface today. With cool temps tonight, snow making plus grooming should spell a lovely opening day for tomorrow.
Dec 17, 2011 Sat.
Good crowd for opening day (a couple of minutes of line). Obviously, pent up demand. Ski report indicated 6-runs. I suspect they failed to count Cosmic Blast and Blast-Off.
Last night's wx did not make it low enough to make snow, so it was groomed granular on all open runs. Assuming the wx materializes tonight, it should be much better tomorrow.
Posted: Dec 18, 2011 - 4:54 PM GMT
Edited: Dec 23, 2011 - 1:11 AM GMT
Dec 18, 2011 Sun.
Finally: A window of opportunity in which to make snow. The guns went on at about 8PM last night and they put a wonderful silky surface on the "polished" granular surface from yesterday and a substantial effort is underway to open more terrain for the holiday weeks.
It's great to have "the home area" open for the season. For the regular CMers: CM is no longer closed Monday AM. The schedule for Monday thru Thursday for the entire season is 9AM to 9PM.
As JR pointed out below, I was there on the 19th, but didn't have time to put in my comments and have been out of ski country for a few days. As I was about to write my comments on the 19th, I realized I couldn't have said it better than JR.
Posted: Dec 22, 2011 - 7:58 PM GMT
Edited: Dec 23, 2011 - 1:17 AM GMT
Dec 19th - 2011 Monday
Got on the Lift at 10 am. Good Conditions that improved as the temperature rose. Blowing snow all day on Plutos and Moon Walk. Did laps on Satellite Summit, Galaxy and Meteor. Lower Crotched park looked fine but didn't ski it. Hooked up with Bill N. and said hello to Josh. Warm weather will slow progress to 100% but the CM crew know how to lay down the snow.
Thanks Josh, unusual day for Dec as it was 18 deg to start and 40 at the finish. Trails open were completely covered and anyone thinking of at least getting out and shaking out the cobwebs should head up to Crotched.
Posted: Dec 24, 2011 - 3:48 AM GMT
Edited: Dec 24, 2011 - 8:55 PM GMT
Dec 23, 2011 Fri.
Back on the hill. The Big Park was open T2B (no features), Zero-G open with 3 jums and 8 features. A couple of inches of fresh snow made for a pleasant surface. All lifts, except the west double were running, It should be cold enough to make snow tonight, but the humidity is stuck at 75%, which might be too high.
CM is doing a great job opening terrain and maintaining open terrain given the horrendouly warm weather this winter to date.
Dec 24, 2011 Sat.
Pleasant day - cold but no wind. Groomed granular AM. With traffic, frozen granular by PM. Snow guns ran all day on Pluto's and Super Nova. There is clearly enough snow to open them tomorrow, but they may give them a day to dry out before plowing out the whales.
Dec. 25, 2011 - Sunday
Crotched continues to pump out the snow. Super Nova and the West Double Chair opened today. Pluto's Plunge was groomed today and will open tomorrow. That puts us at about 70% open. If you've been enjoying the North Ridge at Killington (630' vertical), CM's 850' should make you very happy. If you don't like to play the "trail count game", CM has 6 different t2b (2 green, 3 blue, 1 black) runs available. If you like the trail count game, we have 13 runs open.
If you're going skiing tomorrow out of the greater Boston area, save both money and drive time. CM has the product.
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Posted: Dec 26, 2011 - 10:10 PM GMT
Edited: Dec 28, 2011 - 4:42 PM GMT
Dec. 26, 2011 - Monday
We had a mini-NELSAP Day at CM. Those whom I saw (or heard were) here today: nelsap, remski, tedede, jay segal, chris and yours truly.
The common thread from most of the guests with whom I rode the lifts: CM snow is much better than anything they have skied elsewhere this season. It appears that snowmaking is on the agenda tonight, although the water level in the reservoirs looks mighty low!
There was an amazing alpenglow event around 4PM that was absolutely breathtaking.
The only thing that could make thing better here: a bump run and some snow in the woods to enjoy the glades that remski "found".
Dec. 27, 2011 - Tuesday
Snowmaking was used primarily to widen the top section of Pluto's which was CM's only WROD, albeit a short one. Guns were moved to Comet Drop in CM's push to be 100% open. While Tuesday was a wonderful day, both condx-wise and wseather-wise, that's all out the window with the overnight monsoon.
The only good news is that the nearly empty snowmaking pond got a big recharge. The groomers are out on the hill and I suspect that it will be "soft groomed granular" today (Weds.). I would be surprised if our open trail count changed.
With decreasing temps, I suspect the snowguns will be back on Weds. night. The guests to whom I speak on the lifts who are not already familiar with CM snow are consistently amazed by the high quality conditions and minimal crowds.
Dec. 28, 2011 - Wednesday
Positives: Corn snow, full width trails, magnificent grooming, no crowds
Negatives: Winter scenery off the trails is pretty much gone.
To look forward to: Snowmaking wx should return tonight.
Ahh yes, today was wonderful. The snow as Josh has stated was fabulous. CM really does know how to lay it down right and take care of it. The lift lines were non existent as usual. Only had a few runs in but they were most enjoyable.
p.s sorry cisco pics were on the agenda but quickly took a backseat to the great conditions