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Sugarbush & Mad River Ski Resorts

Sunday, August 7th, 2016

The solitude of the legendary Single Chair at Mad River Glen, Vermont, doesn’t last long. “Holy s$@% dude!” my buddy turns to yell at me. The forecast called for ten inches, and we rallied early to have our way with the bounty. The weatherman grossly underestimated the storm and with sleepy eyes we saw around two feet blanking the perfectly spaced wooded runs of Mad River on a deep March base.

Mad River Glen is a throwback resort. Cooperatively owned, it’s the only ski area in the country that is on the National Register of Historic places, having restored their original Single Chair in 2007. Founded by Roland Palmedo, an original investor at Stowe and a renaissance man when it came to building trails and glades, the idea of MRG was that a “a ski area is not just a place of business, a mountain amusement park, as it were. Instead it is a winter community whose members, both skiers and area personnel, are dedicated to the enjoyment of the sport.” The notion still rings true when skiing the all natural (MRG has minimal snowmaking) timeless terrain. The trails are classic New England: gladed stashes are on the map, and the ones which aren’t, are even better. Located in the Waitsfield Valley of Vermont and next door to Sugarbush Ski Resort. The Valley, as it’s called by locals, boasts a more down-to-earth attitude in Northern Vermont compared to the likes of Stowe.

Heading south on Route 100 from Waterbury, you quickly discover the laid back and agricultural heritage of The Valley. Dairy farm silos and dirt roads immediately peel off the main highway as you pull into Waitsfield. Passing through town you can either head toward Mad River Glen or continue south to the town of Warren and Sugarbush.

Stashes
Mad River Glen: Riding the single chair, exit right to Chute or Paradise. These famous two trails spill off the ridge upon reaching the top of the single, and when they are properly filled-in they may have the best skiing in New England. They are littered with side stashes and small cliffs scattered throughout the descent. You can also choose Fall-line, the trail directly underneath the chair. From there, follow the likely sounds of The Grateful Dead, blasting at the mid-station, and be prepped to Hollywood style some zipper-line bumps if it’s not a powder day. Once those zones are tracked, either head to the double chair and find stashes off Partridge or grab a local and traverse beyond Paradise and into the Octopus Garden, which hold gnarly steep trees and ice drops. Bring your A-game as these aren’t mellow trees for the casual skier.

Sugarbush:
Just down the road is Sugarbush North, also known as Mount Ellen. Sugarbush consists of two base areas, and while more of a ski resort than Mad River Glen, Mount Ellen boasts some classic New England trails that bend and curve down the fall line. Mount Ellen also features some easy access tree skiing via the Long Trail, which crosses the summit ridge. From Mount Ellen, skiers can take the Slide Brook Chair connecting to the Lincoln Peak area or Sugarbush South. Sugarbush runs Slide Brook Basin tours into the 2,000 acre backcountry zone, or you can grab a local to show you around. Slide Brook Basin spills onto German Flats Road where a bus regularly carts skiers back to the resort. Once at Lincoln Peak, take a spin toward Paradise off the Heaven’s Gate chair. If the wooded trail is bumped out, traverse left for more tree stashes. But don’t finish the day without a few laps on the Castle Rock double, where tight east-coast trails, replete with ledge drop-offs and moguls, will humble any Western skier.

Après, Lodging, Meals

Staying in town is easy with several bed and breakfasts throughout Waitsfield and nearby Warren. The Lareau Farm Inn, Yellow Farmhouse, and White Horse Inn are all great and slopeside lodging also received a recent facelift at Sugarbush, called The Clay Brook Lodge.

If you’re skiing Mad River Glen, it would be a sin to leave without grabbing a beer at General Stark’s Pub. If you’re lucky, Sean Lawson’s—of Lawson’s Finest Liquids and Founder/Program Director of MRG’s Naturalist Programs—beer will be on-tap.

The Mad River Barn in Waitsfield is also a popular new watering hole and features an inn as well. For dinner, either hit The Mad Taco for heady local brews and Mexican fare or visit American Flatbread for quite possibly the best localvore farm-to-table pizza you’ll ever taste. Be sure to get there early to place your name on the list, then hang out by the campfire over a beer, chatting about the days’ shredding.

Originally posted in Powder.com on Oct. 15, 2015

Snow Report – Feb. 28, 2016

Sunday, February 28th, 2016

It’s snowing in most parts of Vermont and more is in the forecast so it might be time to take advantage of improving conditions. Although most resorts in the West haven’t received much snow in the past week, they are still doing well with tons of snow and great bases.

Vermont

Killington
– # of trails open – 100/141
– # of lifts open – 18/22
– Acres of skiing – 484
– New snow in the last 24 hours – 0″, 48 hours – 0″, past week – 8″
– Season total to date – 55″
– Average base depths – 8″ – 24″
– Surfaces – Machine groomed / packed powder
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Mount Snow
– # of trails open – 47/85
– # of lifts open – 19/20
– Acres of skiing – 3445
– New snow in the last 24 hours – 0″, 48 hours – 5″, 7 days –  6″
– Season total to date – 50″
– Average base depths – 18″ – 24″
– Surfaces – Machine groomed/loose granular
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Okemo
– # of trails open – 85/121
– # of lifts open – 19/20
– Acres of skiing – 515
– New snow in the last 24 hours – 0″, 7 days –  0″
– Average base depths – 16″ – 34″
– Surfaces – Machine groomed/variable

Smugglers’ Notch
– # of trails open – 64/84
– # of lifts open – 8/8
– New snow : 6″
– Season total to date – 114″
– Average base depths – 12″ – 40″
– Surfaces – machine groomed/variable
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Stowe
– # of trails open – 96/116
– # of lifts open – 11/12
– New snow in the last 24 hours – 1″-3″
– New snow in the last 72 hours- 3″-7″
– New snow in the past 7 days – 5″-10″
– Season total to date – 111″
– Average base depths – 8″-40″
– Surfaces – Machine groomed/packed powder
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Sugarbush
– # of trails open – 111/111
– # of lifts open – 14/16
– Acres of skiing – 484
– New snow in the last 24 hours – 0″, 48 hours – 0″, 72 hours – 2″-9″
– Season total to date – 117″
– Average base depths – 14″ – 36″
– Surfaces – Machine groomed/packed powder
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Colorado

Aspen Mountain
– # of trails open – 76/76
– # of lifts open – 6/8
– Open acres – 675/675
– New snow in the last 24 hours – 0″, 48 hours – 0″, 7 days – 3″
– Average base depths – 48″
– Surfaces – Powder / packed powder
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Aspen – Snowmass Mountain
– # of trails open – 91/91
– # of lifts open – 19/20
– Open acres – 3,342/3,366
– New snow in the last 24 hours – 0″, 48 hours – 0″, 7 days – 4″
– Average base depths – 60″
– Surfaces – Powder / packed powder
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Steamboat

– # of trails open – 162/166
– # of lifts open – 16/18
– New snow in the last 24 hours: 0″, 48 hours: 0″, 7 days: 2.5″
– Season total to date – 274″
– Average base depths – 58″
– Surfaces – Packed powder
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Vail
– # of trails open – 194/195
– # of lifts open – 31/31
– Open acres – 5,289/5,289
– New snow in the last 24 hours: 0″, 48 hours: 0″, 7 days: 1″
– Season total to date – 242″
– Average base depths – 54″
– Surfaces – Packed powder
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Utah

Park City
– # of trails open – 325/336
– # of lifts open – 41/41
– Open acres – 6,778/7,300
– New snow in the last 24 hours – 0″, 72 hours – 0″, 7 days – 4″
– Base – 49″
– Season total to date – 232″
– Surfaces – Packed powder

Snowbird
– # of trails open – 162/169
– # of lifts open – 11/11
– New snow in the last 24 hours – 0″
– New snow in the last 48 hours – 0″
– Average base depths – 86″
– Season total to date – 328″
– Surfaces – Packed powder

Quebec, Canada

Mont Tremblant
– # of trails open: 92/96
– # of lifts open:  14/13
– New snow in the last 24 hrs: 3″, 48 hrs: 3″, 7 days: 12″
– Season total: 146″
– Average base depths – 40″
– Surfaces – Hard Pack
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British Columbia, Canada

Whistler Blackcomb
– # of trails open: 200/200
– # of lifts open:  37/37
– Open acres 8,171/8,171
– New snow in the last 24 hrs: 0″, 48 hrs: 4″, 7 days: 2″
– Base: 97″
– Season total: 33″
– Surfaces –  Packed powder

Snow Report – Feb 18, 2016

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

Vermont

Killington
– # of trails open – 68/141
– # of lifts open – 17/22
– Acres of skiing – 381
– New snow in the last 24 hours – 0″, 48 hours – 0″, past week – 0″
– Season total to date – 33″
– Average base depths – 8″ – 20″
– Surfaces – Machine groomed / packed powder
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Mount Snow
– # of trails open – 38/85
– # of lifts open – 18/20
– Acres of skiing – 308
– New snow in the last 24 hours – 0″, 48 hours – 0″, 7 days –  6″
– Season total to date – 41″
– Average base depths – 18″ – 21″
– Surfaces – Machine groomed/frozen granular
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Okemo
– # of trails open – 86/121
– # of lifts open – 18/20
– Acres of skiing – 521
– New snow in the last 24 hours – 0″, 7 days –  0″
– Average base depths – 16″ – 34″
– Surfaces – Machine groomed/variable

Smugglers’ Notch
– # of trails open – 34/84
– # of lifts open – 8/8
– New snow : 1″
– Season total to date – 94″
– Average base depths – 12″ – 40″
– Surfaces – machine groomed/variable
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Stowe
– # of trails open – 73/116
– # of lifts open – 10/12
– New snow in the last 24 hours – 0″-1″
– New snow in the last 72 hours- 2″-5″
– New snow in the past 7 days – 4″-9″
– Season total to date – 93″
– Average base depths – 12″-40″
– Surfaces – Machine groomed/loose frozen granular
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Sugarbush
– # of trails open – 67/111
– # of lifts open – 12/16
– Acres of skiing – 334
– New snow in the last 24 hours – 0″, 48 hours – 0″, 72 hours – 2″-3″
– Season total to date – 105″
– Average base depths – 14″ – 36″
– Surfaces – Machine groomed/frozen granular
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Colorado

Aspen Mountain
– # of trails open – 76/76
– # of lifts open – 6/8
– Open acres – 675/675
– New snow in the last 24 hours – 0″, 48 hours – 0″, 7 days – 16″
– Average base depths – 54″
– Surfaces – Powder / packed powder
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Aspen – Snowmass Mountain
– # of trails open – 91/91
– # of lifts open – 19/20
– Open acres – 3,342/3,366
– New snow in the last 24 hours – 0″, 48 hours – 0″, 7 days – 13″
– Average base depths – 63″
– Surfaces – Powder / packed powder
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Steamboat

– # of trails open – 162/166
– # of lifts open – 16/18
– New snow in the last 24 hours: 0″, 48 hours: 0″, 7 days: 24″
– Season total to date – 274″
– Average base depths – 72″
– Surfaces – Packed powder
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Vail
– # of trails open – 194/195
– # of lifts open – 31/31
– Open acres – 5,289/5,289
– New snow in the last 24 hours: 0″, 48 hours: 0″, 7 days: 5″
– Season total to date – 226″
– Average base depths – ”
– Surfaces – Packed powder
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Utah

Park City
– # of trails open – 330/336
– # of lifts open – 41/41
– Open acres – 7,197/7,300
– New snow in the last 24 hours – 0″, 72 hours – 0″, 7 days – 10″
– Base – 49″
– Season total to date – 216″
– Surfaces – Packed powder

Snowbird
– # of trails open – 168/169
– # of lifts open – 11/11
– New snow in the last 24 hours – 0″
– New snow in the last 48 hours – 0″
– Average base depths – 88″
– Season total to date – 308″
– Surfaces – Packed powder

Quebec, Canada

Mont Tremblant
– # of trails open: 92/96
– # of lifts open:  11/13
– New snow in the last 24 hrs: 1″, 48 hrs: 1″, 7 days: 8″
– Season total: 88″
– Average base depths – 24″
– Surfaces – Hard Pack
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British Columbia, Canada

Whistler Blackcomb
– # of trails open: 200/200
– # of lifts open:  37/37
– Open acres 8,171/8,171
– New snow in the last 24 hrs: 0″, 48 hrs: 4″, 7 days: 29″
– Base: 81″
– Season total: 294″
– Surfaces –  Packed powder

Alititude & Skiing the Rockies, Part II

Sunday, February 14th, 2016

How to avoid / minimize altitude sickness

Al·ti·tude sick·ness – noun
Illness caused by ascent to a high altitude and the resulting shortage of oxygen, characterized chiefly by hyperventilation, nausea, exhaustion, and cerebral edema.

As we discussed in Part 1, altitude sickness is an issue that can easily ruin your ski-trip-of-a-lifetime or even your ski-trip-of-this-week.  Most of the resorts in the East don’t cause an issue although some may still experience some symptoms.  The top of Bear Mountain at Killington is over 4,200′ above sea level while Sugarbush’s Mt. Ellen Peak is just under 4,100′.  However it is still more likely to happen in the West as you can easily get over 10,000′ or higher up at most of the ski resorts in the Rockies.

If you didn’t heed our advice in Part 1 or if you just want to know “what if” as in “what if I overdo it”, here’s what you can expect and how to try to deal with the effects.

As it says in the definition above, you can and can experience a shortness of breath, nausea, headaches and exhaustion.  Any one of them can cause serious issues when on the mountain or even after you’re done.

We can suggest a few things to help you avoid altitude sickness:
1) Drive or fly in the night before. If you drive into your destination, you give your body at least a few hours to used to the thinner air.  A good night sleep gives you even more time and allows you to start “with a full tank”.
2) Stay low. Keep to the bottom of the mountain for the first day or two.  You’ll be dealing with 8,000′ – 9,000′ instead of 11,000′ or more.
3) Don’t push it! If you start to feel the effects, stop and “live to fight another day”. Most resorts have great alternatives like local entertainment, spas, exploring the town, maybe take a trip to the Oxygen Bar!
4) Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! That will help reduce any headaches, aide in your recovery and keep your skin silky smooth (fighting against the dry air, of course).
5) Avoid alcohol. Yes, I recommended that you hydrate but that means water! High altitudes, thin blood and booze do not make for a good mix, unless you want to be the one who passes out on the bar after two beers. Try and explain that to the gang back home! Alcohol and coffee dehydrate and that’s the wrong way to go.
6) Feed the beast! Replenish your system with the nutrients that your body needs. Complex carbs, fruits and veggies will help you recover a lot more than that burger. Try and keep the salt intake down too.
7) Stay out of the sun. This isn’t totally about altitude sickness but, at elevation, the sun can be as much as 25% stronger than back home so be careful. You don’t need to weaken your body even more.  Use sunscreen and abide by rule #4!
8) Do what the doctor ordered. Your doctor know best and knows you best. They can advise you on prescription and over-the-counter antidotes and preventative measures.
9) Ask for help. If you’ve failed to heed our or anyone else’s warnings and you can’t shake the effects of altitude sickness, seek help. Altitude sickness is very common at the resorts and most locals will be able to point you to the medical clinic.  Don’t take any chances!

Don’t let elevation ruin your ski getaway. Skiing the big mountains can be an experience of a lifetime. As long as you respect the conditions on and off the slopes, the memories will all be good ones.

Snow Report – Feb 9, 2016

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

Heading towards the holiday / Valentines Day weekend, it will be cold in the East with some snow on the way (and more snowmaking) and just more snow in the West!

Vermont

Killington
– # of trails open – 68/141
– # of lifts open – 15/22
– Acres of skiing – 394
– New snow in the last 24 hours – 0″, 48 hours – 0″, past week – 0″
– Season total to date – 33″
– Average base depths – 8″ – 20″
– Surfaces – Machine groomed / packed powder
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Mount Snow
– # of trails open – 42/85
– # of lifts open – 11/20
– Acres of skiing – 317
– New snow in the last 24 hours – 0″, 48 hours – 0″, 7 days –  2.5″
– Season total to date – 25″
– Average base depths – 14″ – 22″
– Surfaces – Machine groomed/packed powder
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Okemo
– # of trails open – 83/121
– # of lifts open – 12/20
– Acres of skiing – 509
– New snow in the last 24 hours – 0″, 7 days –  0″
– Average base depths – 12″ – 30″
– Surfaces – Machine groomed/variable

Smugglers’ Notch
– # of trails open – 34/84
– # of lifts open – 6/8
– New snow : 1″
– Season total to date – 75″
– Average base depths – 18″ – 36″
– Surfaces – machine groomed/variable
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Stowe
– # of trails open – 73/116
– # of lifts open – 10/12
– New snow in the last 24 hours – 1″-4″
– New snow in the last 72 hours- 1″-4″
– New snow in the past 7 days – 1″-5″
– Season total to date – 80″
– Average base depths – 12″-36″
– Surfaces – Machine groomed/packed powder
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Sugarbush
– # of trails open – 67/111
– # of lifts open – 12/16
– Acres of skiing – 334
– New snow in the last 24 hours – 1″-3″, 48 hours – 1″-3″, 72 hours – 1″-3″
– Season total to date – 82″
– Average base depths – 10″ – 32″
– Surfaces – Machine groomed/frozen granular
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Colorado

Aspen Mountain
– # of trails open – 76/76
– # of lifts open – 6/8
– Open acres – 675/675
– New snow in the last 24 hours – 0″, 48 hours – 0″, 7 days – 16″
– Average base depths – 54″
– Surfaces – Powder / packed powder
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Aspen – Snowmass Mountain
– # of trails open – 91/91
– # of lifts open – 19/20
– Open acres – 3,342/3,366
– New snow in the last 24 hours – 0″, 48 hours – 0″, 7 days – 13″
– Average base depths – 63″
– Surfaces – Powder / packed powder
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Steamboat

– # of trails open – 162/166
– # of lifts open – 16/18
– New snow in the last 24 hours: 0″, 48 hours: 0″, 7 days: 24″
– Season total to date – 274″
– Average base depths – 72″
– Surfaces – Packed powder
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Vail
– # of trails open – 194/195
– # of lifts open – 31/31
– Open acres – 5,289/5,289
– New snow in the last 24 hours: 0″, 48 hours: 0″, 7 days: 5″
– Season total to date – 226″
– Average base depths – ”
– Surfaces – Packed powder
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Utah

Park City
– # of trails open – 330/336
– # of lifts open – 41/41
– Open acres – 7,197/7,300
– New snow in the last 24 hours – 0″, 72 hours – 0″, 7 days – 10″
– Base – 49″
– Season total to date – 216″
– Surfaces – Packed powder

Snowbird
– # of trails open – 168/169
– # of lifts open – 11/11
– New snow in the last 24 hours – 0″
– New snow in the last 48 hours – 0″
– Average base depths – 88″
– Season total to date – 308″
– Surfaces – Packed powder

Quebec, Canada

Mont Tremblant
– # of trails open: 92/96
– # of lifts open:  11/13
– New snow in the last 24 hrs: 1″, 48 hrs: 1″, 7 days: 8″
– Season total: 88″
– Average base depths – 24″
– Surfaces – Hard Pack
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British Columbia, Canada

Whistler Blackcomb
– # of trails open: 200/200
– # of lifts open:  37/37
– Open acres 8,171/8,171
– New snow in the last 24 hrs: 0″, 48 hrs: 4″, 7 days: 29″
– Base: 81″
– Season total: 294″
– Surfaces –  Packed powder

Snow Report, Feb. 5, 2016

Friday, February 5th, 2016

Here is the latest!

Vermont

Killington
– # of trails open – 66/141
– # of lifts open – 18/22
– Acres of skiing – 378
– New snow in the last 24 hours – 0″, 48 hours – 0″, past week – 1″
– Season total to date – 33″
– Average base depths – 8″ – 20″
– Surfaces – Machine groomed / packed powder
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Mount Snow
– # of trails open – 42/85
– # of lifts open – 13/20
– Acres of skiing – 329
– New snow in the last 24 hours – 0″, 48 hours – 0″, 7 days –  0″
– Season total to date – 22″
– Average base depths – 14″ – 22″
– Surfaces – Machine groomed/loose granular
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Okemo
– # of trails open – 83/121
– # of lifts open – 14/20
– Acres of skiing – 503
– New snow in the last 24 hours – 0″, 7 days –  0″
– Average base depths – 12″ – 30″
– Surfaces – Machine groomed/variable

Smugglers’ Notch
– # of trails open – 31/84
– # of lifts open – 7/8
– New snow : 0″
– Season total to date – 74″
– Average base depths – 18″ – 36″
– Surfaces – machine groomed/variable
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Stowe
– # of trails open – 72/116
– # of lifts open – 10/12
– New snow in the last 24 hours – 0″
– New snow in the last 72 hours- 0″
– New snow in the past 7 days – 1″-3″
– Season total to date – 76″
– Average base depths – 12″-36″
– Surfaces – Machine groomed/Loose and frozen granular
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Sugarbush
– # of trails open – 66/111
– # of lifts open – 13/16
– Acres of skiing – 328
– New snow in the last 24 hours – 0″, 48 hours – 0″, 72 hours – 0″
– Season total to date – 79″
– Average base depths – 10″ – 32″
– Surfaces – Machine groomed/frozen granula
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Colorado

Aspen Mountain
– # of trails open – 76/76
– # of lifts open – 6/8
– Open acres – 675/675
– New snow in the last 24 hours – 1″, 48 hours – 1″, 7 days – 39″
– Average base depths – 59″
– Surfaces – Powder / packed powder
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Aspen – Snowmass Mountain
– # of trails open – 90/91
– # of lifts open – 19/20
– Open acres – 3,342/3,366
– New snow in the last 24 hours – 1″, 48 hours – 1″, 7 days – 36″
– Average base depths – 68″
– Surfaces – Powder / packed powder
Last Minute Deal – Lift and Lodging packages from $120/ person / night!

Steamboat

– # of trails open – 162/166
– # of lifts open – 16/18
– New snow in the last 24 hours: 4″, 48 hours: 5″, 7 days: 37″
– Season total to date – 269″
– Average base depths – 72″
– Surfaces – Powder
Last Minute Deal – coming soon!

Vail
– # of trails open – 194/195
– # of lifts open – 31/31
– Open acres – 5,289/5,289
– New snow in the last 24 hours: 2″, 48 hours: 3″, 7 days: 34″
– Season total to date – 226″
– Average base depths – 62″
– Surfaces – Powder/Packed powder
Last Minute Deals – Save up to 70% Vail lodging!

Utah

Park City
– # of trails open – 330/336
– # of lifts open – 41/41
– Open acres – 7,197/7,300
– New snow in the last 24 hours – 2″, 72 hours – 2″, 7 days – 30″
– Base – 54″
– Season total to date – 216″
– Surfaces – Powder / packed powder

Snowbird
– # of trails open – 149/169
– # of lifts open – 11/11
– New snow in the last 24 hours – 13″
– New snow in the last 48 hours – 14″
– Average base depths – 98″
– Season total to date – 308″
– Surfaces – Powder / Packed powder

Quebec, Canada

Mont Tremblant
– # of trails open: 64/96
– # of lifts open:  12/13
– New snow in the last 24 hrs: 0″, 48 hrs: 0″, 7 days: 5″
– Season total: 88″
– Average base depths – 24″
– Surfaces – Hard Pack
Last Minute Deals – Slopeside lift & lodging packages from only $108 /person /night!

British Columbia, Canada

Whistler Blackcomb
– # of trails open: 200/200
– # of lifts open:  36/37
– Open acres 8,171/8,171
– New snow in the last 24 hrs: 0″, 48 hrs: 4″, 7 days: 17″
– Base: 81″
– Season total: 269″
– Surfaces –  Powder / packed powder

Snowmaking Basics

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

We take it for granted that all of our favorite ski resorts have snow making capabilities and will make enough snow to make us happy on the slopes.  Well, yes, they do and we generally are but it really isn’t that easy.

How important has snowmaking become? As of today (Jan. 22, 2016), the Killington (VT) ski resort has 101 open trails despite a season total of only 31” of natural snow so far this season. The Sugarbush Ski Resort was 100% open in mid-January despite near record low amounts of natural snow.

Basic science tells us that 32F / 0C degrees is the magic number but like most thing in life, there’s some grey area.  Humidity also plays a factor in snow making.  Low humidity will actually allow snow to be made at temperatures slightly above the normal freezing mark and the lower the humidity, along with the temperature, the more snow that can be made in an hour.  Ideally, temps of 28F or -2C or below are ideal.  Especially early in the season, snowmakers are watching their thermometers and barometers like hawks!

Most ski resorts draw the melting snow run off each spring and collect in a reservoir pond at the base of the mountain.  This water is used and reused each year to feed the millions of gallons needed each season for snowmaking.  Talk about going “green”!

Once it is cold enough, this water is pumped up the mountain through pipes, in combination with the right mix of compressed air, is blown out onto the ski trails.  When this mixture hits the cold air, it freezes into snow crystals (as opposed to natural snow flakes) and covers the ski trails in “artificial snow”.

Man-made snow is actually more durable than what Mother Nature produces so, even in good snow years, the best resorts will be out there priming the ski trails with their own brand of snow.  A good base of man-made will help cover the ski trails better and can help prevent them from icing up or reducing the amount of icy spots.

Once the snow falls, groomers hit the hills to distribute it and make sure that you get the full coverage that you’ve come to expect from your favorite ski resort.  Of course, to make sure that you get the best, snowmakers and groomers can and do work 24/7 on the coldest days of the year but, like you, they know it’s all worthwhile.

So next time you see a member of the snow making /grooming team at your resort, make sure that you say thanks for all their great work, maybe even buy them a hot chocolate!

Marc Shade,

Editor

Ski Vacation Ideas

Ski Sugarbush This Season

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

One of LMSG’s most popular destinations is in Sugarbush, Vermont.  With ski on / ski off, slopeside and shuttle to the lifts, great restaurants and some of the best skiing in the East, Sugarbush has to be on your “To Do” list!

Snow Report – Jan. 18, 2016

Monday, January 18th, 2016

Powder for everyone!
No major storms in the East but snow’s been falling almost everyday and things are stating to pile up so conditions continue to improve everywhere.
In the West, up to 30″ on new snow fell in the last week so conditions are close to perfect.

Vermont

Killington
– # of trails open – 79/141
– # of lifts open – 16/22
– Acres of skiing – 343
– New snow in the last 24 hours – 5″, 48 hours – 7″, past week – 13″
– Season total to date – 27″
– Average base depths – 4″ – 18″
– Surfaces – Powder / Machine groomed
Last Minute Deal – from $79/night at the North Star Lodge in Killington.  One bedroom slopeside condominiums from $75 /night

Mount Snow
– # of trails open – 40/85
– # of lifts open – 18/20
– Acres of skiing – 310
– New snow in the last 24 hours – 2″, 48 hours – 9″, 7 days –  21″
– Season total to date – 21″
– Average base depths – 16″ – 22″
– Surfaces – Machine groomed/packed powder
Last Minute Deal – Lift and Lodging packages from $79/ person / night!

Okemo
– # of trails open – 83/121
– # of lifts open – 19/20
– Acres of skiing – 457
– New snow in the last 24 hours – 4-6″, 7 days –  15″
– Average base depths – 12″ – 30″
– Surfaces – powder/packed powder

Smugglers’ Notch
– # of trails open – 32/84
– # of lifts open – 5/8
– New snow : 2″
– Season total to date – 51″
– Average base depths – 12″ – 28″
– Surfaces – machine groomed/packed powder
Last Minute Deal – Mountainside Lift and Lodging packages from $99/ person / night!

Stowe
– # of trails open – 92/116
– # of lifts open – 12/12
– New snow in the last 24 hours – 2-4″
– New snow in the last 72 hours- 4-7″
– New snow in the past 7 days – 11-19″
– Season total to date – 56″
– Average base depths – 10″-30″
– Surfaces – Packed powder
Last Minute Deal – Lift & Lodging packages from $63 /person /night

Sugarbush
– # of trails open – 92/111
– # of lifts open – 10/16
– Acres of skiing – 397
– New snow in the last 24 hours – 3-5″, 48 hours – 6-8″, 72 hours – 6″-9″
– Season total to date – 66″
– Average base depths – 8″ – 28″
– Surfaces – Powder / Packed Powder
Last Minute Deal – Ski on / Ski off Lift & Lodging package from $63 /person / night

Colorado

Aspen Mountain
– # of trails open – 76/76
– # of lifts open – 6/8
– Open acres – 675/675
– New snow in the last 24 hours – 2″, 48 hours – 6″, 7 days – 10″
– Average base depths – 36″
– Surfaces – Powder / packed powder
Last Minute Deal – Lift and Lodging packages from $120/ person / night!

Aspen – Snowmass Mountain
– # of trails open – 90/91
– # of lifts open – 17/17
– Open acres – 3,319/3,366
– New snow in the last 24 hours – 1″, 48 hours – 5″, 7 days – 13″
– Average base depths – 49″
– Surfaces – Powder / packed powder
Last Minute Deal – Lift and Lodging packages from $120/ person / night!

Steamboat

– # of trails open – 162/166
– # of lifts open – 16/18
– New snow in the last 24 hours: 14″, 48 hours: 17″, 7 days: 23″
– Season total to date – 199″
– Average base depths – 59″
– Surfaces – Powder / Packed powder
Last Minute Deal – coming soon!

Vail
– # of trails open – 191/195
– # of lifts open – 31/31
– Open acres – 5,168/5,289
– New snow in the last 24 hours: 4″, 48 hours: 19″, 7 days: 30″
– Season total to date – 173″
– Average base depths – 56″
– Surfaces – Packed powder
Last Minute Deals – Save up to 70% Vail lodging!

Utah

Park City
– # of trails open – 302/314
– # of lifts open – 39/40
– Open acres – 6,409/7,300
– New snow in the last 24 hours – 0″, 72 hours – 8″, 7 days – 18″
– Base – 41″
– Season total to date – 158″
– Surfaces – Powder / packed powder

Snowbird
– # of trails open – 123/169
– # of lifts open – 11/11
– New snow in the last 24 hours – 9″
– New snow in the last 48 hours – 17″
– Average base depths – 69″
– Season total to date – 221″
– Surfaces – Powder / Packed powder

Quebec, Canada

Mont Tremblant
– # of trails open: 74/96
– # of lifts open:  11/13
– New snow in the last 24 hrs: 1″, 48 hrs: 3″, 7 days: 15″
– Season total: 65″
– Average base depths – 24″
– Surfaces – Powder / Packed powder
Last Minute Deals – Slopeside lift & lodging packages from only $108 /person /night!

British Columbia, Canada

Whistler Blackcomb
– # of trails open: 200/200
– # of lifts open:  37/37
– Open acres 8,171/8,171
– New snow in the last 24 hrs: 6″, 48 hrs: 10″, 7 days: 20″
– Base: 77″
– Season total: 223″
– Surfaces –  Powder / packed powder

Snow Report – Jan. 14, 2016

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

Cooler temps in the East will help the snowmaking add to the new snow (up to 14″) falling this week. Even more trails will be opened by the weekend.
In the West, it continues to snow with a possible double digits of new powder coming to some resorts. Most are in full operation with great bases.

Vermont

Killington
– # of trails open – 51/141
– # of lifts open – 10/22
– Acres of skiing – 250
– New snow in the last 24 hours – 1″, 48 hours – 5″, past week – 5″
– Season total to date – 19″
– Average base depths – 4″ – 18″
– Surfaces – Machine groomed/variable
Last Minute Deal – from $79/night at the North Star Lodge in Killington.  One bedroom slopeside condominiums from $75 /night

Mount Snow
– # of trails open – 26/85
– # of lifts open – 9/20
– Acres of skiing – 250
– New snow in the last 24 hours – 1″, 7 days –  4″
– Season total to date – 15″
– Average base depths – 12″ – 20″
– Surfaces – Machine groomed/packed powder
Last Minute Deal – Lift and Lodging packages from $79/ person / night!

Okemo
– # of trails open – 66/121
– # of lifts open – 1920/20
– Acres of skiing – 377
– New snow in the last 24 hours – 1″, 48 hours – 3-5″, 7 days –  3-5″
– Average base depths – 12″ – 30″
– Surfaces – Machine groomed/packed powder

Smugglers’ Notch
– # of trails open – 26/84
– # of lifts open – 5/8
– New snow : 6″
– Season total to date – 48″
– Average base depths – 12″ – 26″
– Surfaces – machine groomed/packed powder
Last Minute Deal – Mountainside Lift and Lodging packages from $99/ person / night!

Stowe
– # of trails open – 78/116
– # of lifts open – 11/12
– New snow in the last 24 hours – 0″
– New snow in the last 72 hours- 5″-8″
– New snow in the past 7 days – 5″-8″
– Season total to date – 49″
– Average base depths – 8″-24″
– Surfaces – Powder/frozen granular
Last Minute Deal – Lift & Lodging packages from $63 /person /night

Sugarbush
– # of trails open – 92/111
– # of lifts open – 10/16
– Acres of skiing – 397
– New snow in the last 24 hours – 0″, 48 hours – 3″-9″, 72 hours – 6″-14″
– Season total to date – 56″
– Average base depths – 8″ – 28″
– Surfaces – Packed Powder/machine groomed
Last Minute Deal – Ski on / Ski off Lift & Lodging package from $63 /person / night

Colorado

Aspen Mountain
– # of trails open – 76/76
– # of lifts open – 6/8
– Open acres – 675/675
– New snow in the last 24 hours – 0″
– New snow in the last 48 hours – 0″
– New snow in the last 7 days – 5″
– Average base depths – 31″
– Surfaces – Machine groomed
Last Minute Deal – Lift and Lodging packages from $120/ person / night!

Aspen – Snowmass Mountain
– # of trails open – 90/91
– # of lifts open – 16/17
– Open acres – 3,319/3,366
– New snow in the last 24 hours – 0″, 48 hours – 0″, 7 days – 7″
– Average base depths – 41″
– Surfaces – Machine groomed
Last Minute Deal – Lift and Lodging packages from $120/ person / night!

Steamboat

– # of trails open – 162/166
– # of lifts open – 16/18
– New snow in the last 24 hours: 0″, 48 hours: 0″, 7 days: 17″
– Season total to date – 182″
– Average base depths – 46″
– Surfaces – Packed powder
Last Minute Deal – coming soon!

Vail
– # of trails open – 191/195
– # of lifts open – 31/31
– Open acres – 5,168/5,289
– New snow in the last 24 hours: 0″, 48 hours: 0″, 7 days: 10″
– Season total to date – 143″
– Average base depths – 40″
– Surfaces – Packed powder
Last Minute Deals – Save up to 70% Vail lodging!

Utah

Park City
– # of trails open – 302/314
– # of lifts open – 39/40
– Open acres – 6,409/7,300
– New snow in the last 24 hours – 1″, 72 hours – 1″, 7 days – 7″
– Season total to date – 141″
– Base – 34″
– Surfaces – Machine groomed

Snowbird
– # of trails open – 154/169
– # of lifts open – 11/11
– New snow in the last 24 hours – 3″
– New snow in the last 48 hours – 3″
– Season total to date – 187″
– Average base depths – 55″
– Surfaces – Machine groomed

Quebec, Canada

Mont Tremblant
– # of trails open: 65/96
– # of lifts open:  10/13
– New snow in the last 24 hrs: 3″, 48 hrs: 9″, 7 days: 12″
– Season total: 60″
– Average base depths – 24″
– Surfaces – Powder / Packed powder
Last Minute Deals – Slopeside lift & lodging packages from only $108 /person /night!

British Columbia, Canada

Whistler Blackcomb
– # of trails open: 200/200
– # of lifts open:  36/37
– Open acres 8,171/8,171
– New snow in the last 24 hrs: 0″, 48 hrs: 7″, 7 days: 11″
– Base: 71″
– Season total: 213″
– Surfaces –  Machine groomed