Here is a video of some of the mountain management skiing (guy in light blue is the head of the ski school, and on of the daily op managers) the terrain of Berkshire East on Monday…yes, this is Massachusetts, and yes, Fat skis are mo' fun on day like this!
If there is ever a PEAKSKIER contingent willing to come up and sample the 'Little Mountain That Could' , please let me know, love to show folks around the best small mountain anywhere.
Post by livingproof on Feb 4, 2015 18:15:53 GMT -7
Thanks for the video. Gary, Svend and I got the western NY portion of that storm with 8 to 10 inches of nice eastern powder at Hollimount. Monday was just a great day to be on skis, we still got pow patches late in the day.
One of these days, I promise to join you. I know I've said that for too long. It's in my bucket list.
Magic is pretty Magical a number of my fellow patrollers work up there as well and with a red coat we can ski for free. I might hit it on Monday this week if any peak skiers are around (they plan on opening with the projected snowfall this weekend).
That said, we picked up another 6 inches at Berkshire East yesterday morning and are looking at another 2 feet of snow by tuesday morning and conditions are stellar and there is no one there and it is closer than any VT option…and cheaper. Again, if any Peakskiers get the gumption, sometime over the next 7 days is a wonderful time to finally ski the little mountain that could.
what's funny is that we've had close to three feet of snow and ZERO melt since I posted the above video. Good year to be in the east. due to budget and work and family constraints I hadn't planned a western trip this season…talk about your dumb luck!
I know this is true just about everywhere in the East, but damn, what a skiing at my little hill! We had 5-6 dense snow in the morning which gave way to warmer 37 degree high sunshine weather. Big soft Moguls, powder, trees, creamy groomers, I hope every easterner got out and skied on sunday! Heard it started snowing again out west, which is great…I hate to hear about any part of the industry suffering.
Post by livingproof on Feb 23, 2015 12:48:08 GMT -7
Your Sunday snow was Pa.'s rain over snow. It has been a great year for eastern skiing. This far south, it is not about the fresh snow, more about the lack of thaw-freeze cycles. I've had some of the best groomer snow ever.
Liam I think about you and your patrol buds during this uber-cold weather. In the past 7 years, I can't remember skiing in below 0 F temps. For my last 5 days, the warmest morning was -3, never got temps above 15. Friday was about the coldest I can remember feeling on the mountain, and, I had many layers on. It's got to be tough putting in a full shift in this weather, at least we day trippers can stay home when the wind blows with 5 below temps. So, thanks for your patrol efforts and props to all who do this service.
On hill Patient care is a challenge in these temps to be sure.
Last thursday Evening was the first time I felt really cold. I skied all day on my pro shift (as conditions were excellent), had two patient runs on the hill, and while closing down the unlit trails for Night skiing, the wind really kicked up and by 5:30 my hands were frozen (really hurting and when they warmed up, they REALLY hurt) and I had uncontrollable shivers.
I worked the next night (Friday), which was colder but not as windy, skied all night and felt fine.
We dress for the weather, I long ago gave up fashion for function…best bit of advice, buy yourself a set of neoprene 'Hot Bunz'-best 20 dollars I ever spent on ski gear. I use them 90% of the days I ski, in the red coat or not.
Nonetheless, skiing is phenomenal right now. Will be out again on thursday.
One of these days, I hope to be able to follow the snow! Liam, sounds like a great season. Jim and I can't take advantage of near east snow as much as we would like to. My weird schedule. We are headed west this friday, for a 2 week ski-a-thon. And very happy to see Colorado beginning to get some white action.
Steamboat, Beaver creek and Vail are the main attractions for us. (Isn't it nice that continuing ed conferences like to do it at Vail? )
On our Vermont outing it snowed lightly for the entire time we were there. Very nice conditions. And I love the feel of the Mad River Valley.
Peakskiers everywhere, enjoy!
( yeah, I really, really like The Princess Bride)
livingproof: Philly is an ice rink this morning, freezing rain over very cold streets. Weather is putting a dent into my ski season.
Jan 5, 2014 9:39:28 GMT -7
svend: LP - we had a three-day ice storm here just before Christmas, so I know well what you're dealing with. Not fun. Hope there's no damage in Philly. Take care.
Jan 5, 2014 20:23:02 GMT -7
livingproof: Philly weather warm fog last night, 8 inches of new snow = history! 8 degrees F tomorrow morning. Should be some great local boilerplate!
Jan 6, 2014 7:42:34 GMT -7
meput: - 22° F the other morning. +54° today. Forcast 0° tonight. Temperature rollercoaster at my home. The 'loaf got RAIN with the warm up. Looking forward to skiing on shaved ice
Jan 6, 2014 16:28:43 GMT -7
svend: Same story here...25 cm snow last night, some more freezing rain, and now there's 80 km/hr winds and -25 C temps. Wind chill is pushing -40 C. Supposed to continue all day tomorrow too. Whacky weather.
Jan 6, 2014 20:52:30 GMT -7
ToddW: -20° F on the drive up to VT on Friday. Freezing rain and heavy fog Sunday night made for an 8 hour return trip. Record low at home this morning. 40s and rain by Friday. What's up with the weather?
Jan 7, 2014 18:04:52 GMT -7
svend: Polar vortex is back. -26 C this morning. Will need a block heater in the car if this keeps up. Poor thing barely cranked this morning.
Jan 22, 2014 7:30:05 GMT -7
JimRatliff: Polar Vortex??? Is that the new Head all-mountain carving ski I've been hearing so much about?
Jan 22, 2014 9:04:03 GMT -7
JimRatliff: That's pretty chilly. 7F (-13C) in Central Park. Glad you didn't send the real cold air down.
Jan 22, 2014 9:04:58 GMT -7
JimRatliff: OK, but I still think "Polar Vortex" and "Polar Express" could be the start of a great family of ski names.
Jan 22, 2014 10:45:22 GMT -7
svend: I like it! Blizzard should take those on. Fits with their name. Easier to say than "Viva Ultrasonic Full Suspension IQ", or some such ridiculousness. Who can remember all that?
Jan 22, 2014 20:29:13 GMT -7
livingproof: Another round of Philly area snow....we're ground zero this season. Please start sending any future storms north.
Mar 2, 2014 8:15:55 GMT -7
svend: Neverending winter here in Ontario. More snow last night. Cold temps coming this week. Word on the street is that some local ski hills may be open until May. Remarkable and unprecedented.
Mar 22, 2014 9:03:22 GMT -7
superbman: we were supposed to make it to next weekend, but they put out that we're closing tomorrow. Bummer.
Mar 28, 2014 9:06:50 GMT -7
JimRatliff: I think most local places here are closing as well. Yesterday was last at Elk.
Mar 30, 2014 4:17:15 GMT -7
livingproof: My Blue Mtn home is planning to open next weekend (closed midweek). Spring temps are finally here, not sure if I'll make a final trip.
Mar 30, 2014 6:00:04 GMT -7
ToddW: Surefire way to scare away family skiers, from the Killington conditions page: "Expect huge bumps on Superstar for the Killington Triathlon."
May 2, 2014 13:22:58 GMT -7
JimRatliff: I just wanted to wish all a Happy Holidays. Amazing how quickly Christmas follows Thanksgiving.
Dec 13, 2014 14:53:23 GMT -7
superbman: I was looking at the reviews on real skiers for the Kastle FX 85 and FX 85HP…both interested me greatly, how similar are these to the FX 84 (if you have skied both..or is the 85 the 84??)
Sept 13, 2015 14:52:00 GMT -7