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  • When the lifts are running, all trails are open and and are fu lly covered side-to-side and top-to-bottom, they're all good.
  • skirick, do you remember when Ho Jo's in the Ravine did serve sandwiches? They also used to serve what they called Tuck's Punch, a sort of cool-aide that changed color depending on the color of the stuff they mixed with water. It often was yellow o…
  • Ollie's at Wachusett fits Joshua's definition perfectly. It's very gentle, it's served by a magic carpet, it's near the ski school building and ski rental facility and it's close to, but separated from, all the other trails and slopes on the mountai…
  • Ward Hill (Ski Ward). The whole place is a beginner area where, over the years, they have turned out some very good skiers.
  • Moose Hill, Spencer, Mass. Flatbed trucks with benches. Ramps were built at the top and bottom of a 300-foot vertical open slope. Skiers loaded onto the trucks from the ramp and, at the top skied off onto the ramp and then down the hill. It's long …
    in Unique Lifts Comment by Bill29 July 24
  • Apparently they don't give actual numbers of skiers or skier days for the season. Percentage over last season and income for Peak for the fiscal year (stockholders want to know) but no numbers of people carving up the powder or frozen granular or wh…
  • Under one of those Tuckerman pics from 1969 it says that there were a few patches in early July. Believe me, there was more than a few patches on July 6. Look at the 6-20-69 pic. On July 6, most of the snow below the cliffs was still there and it co…
  • NewEnglandSkier13, I admire your dedication. That's damned little snow for all that hiking. As I have noted here more times than I should have, the 1968-69 winter was a record-breaker up there with something like 566 inches of snow falling at the su…
  • My memory of Maple Valley was that, except for a trail or two, it was mostly flat.
  • All you beer drinkers should hope that the beer is better than the skiing was at that place.
  • ski it, obviously you didn't just fall off the turnip truck. That's perfect pronunciation. That's the answer many people from Webster (and Dudley, next door) give when they're tired of people asking them how to pronounce the longer name. Mostly it g…
  • They used to call a gore a surveyor's mistake. Maybe they still do. It's a piece of land where property lines or town lines don't meet. There are several in Northern New England. In Webster, Mass., a town formed from parts of Oxford and Dudley in t…
  • Bousquet's. I think it's that within the Pittsfield city limits.I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong.
  • Worcester, Mass., Ski Ward, Mt. Wachusett. WAWA is about 18 to 20 miles north of Worcester.
  • Cause bankruptcy?
  • That date is bound to make your book a success, Jeremy. If I'm still above ground (a big if), that'll be my 89th birthday. I'll save you some cake.
  • The guy has a hell of a story to tell if can ever remember it.
  • Rick, you said the NELSAPPERS are a tiny minority and you're right. But, no matter how small, we are a minority with a voice, this website. The big group or skiers without such a voice make up a multitude of minorities of one, even more tiny voices …
  • Gates, who stayed in his tent for much of the battle according to some accounts, had dinner with Gen. Burgoyne, who surrendered, after the battle, Burgoyne attack had been stopped by a counter attack by colonials who had been rallied and led into ba…
  • And when Wildcat was finally done, you could just go across the road and earn your turns on Mt. Washington into June and even July in a good snow year.
  • Sugarloaf, do you know why are they stockpiling snow?
  • rick, thanks for bringing back Baghdad Bob, though he doesn't look the same without huge columns of smoke behind  him as he denies that anything was amiss in Iraq. On the eight-pack, is it in fact the first in North America? If so, it ought to be f…
  • NewEnglandSkier13, I'm sure you know that at Wachusett they allow climbing. The ski area owns the equipment, but it's all on state land and open to the public. A sign (actually, a couple of them) warn that the area is closed, there is no ski patrol …
  • There's usually a silver lining and 18 bucks qualifies. Enjoy.
    in skier days Comment by Bill29 April 19
  • ski it, there is a short answer and a long answer to your question. Short answer : No. Long answer: Hell no. However, you're the one doing the counting, so do whatever you want.
    in skier days Comment by Bill29 April 19
  • skelley19, in the past, there have been enough snow patches in some years to climb and make turns into the first or second week of May. There was a posting in the base lodge about a rail jam on or around May 5, and some talk about running the Vicker…
    in skier days Comment by Bill29 April 18
  • NewEnglandSkier13: There's lots of snow on Wachuset. I was there Monday. It was closed but a few skiers wee climbing and skiing.. It's supposed to be warm this weekend, maybe in the 60s, so it probably will be soft and wet. The best bet might be to …
  • Where's Spring? Who knows? One forecaster said it looks like we'll have cooler-than-normal-weather until the end of April. You never know about the weather, especially in New England.For example, on May 9, 1977, in Worcester, we had 13 inches of sno…
  • I took a look at Wachusett yesterday (Monday, Apr. 9) and it looked good. Much of lower Monadnock near the magic carpet is bare, but the rest of the mountain has virtually full cover. I sat on an Adirondack chair on the deck at the base lodge - Wac…
  • Do they  let people climb and ski after they've shut down. If so, and with that kind of cover, maybe there's a chance for another day of skiing if you're  motivated enough.