Resort and backcountry skiing and snowboarding in eastern US and Canada, including our famous reader-submitted No-Bull Snow Reports.
Sat Jan 11, 2014 8:54 am
Saturday morning update : Sitting in front of this screen because it is pouring rain outside followed by a night of freezing rain . The kids instructor jobs for the day have been cancelled and our local powder hill Alta which opened last weekend with great conditions is closed for the day today . Tomorrow is another day , so will see what happens . Unlike areas south of the St. Lawrence river and areas in north east US the Laurentian snow pack is deep at 3 feet so at least there is a base to build up on when the snow returns .
Sun Jan 12, 2014 10:36 am
Big snow loss in the Laurentians after all the rain , current snow pack now at 58 cm down from 93 cm . Last year at this time snow pack was 137 cm . Current natural snow trail coverage below seasonal average . Will see how the rest of January, February and March play out.
Snow latest 24h 0 cm
Snow latest 48h 0 cm
Snow on the ground 58 cm
Sun Jan 19, 2014 6:10 pm
The best thing for natural snow trails when it rains is to stay off them , let them dry out and freeze over without being compressed. Good decision not to open Alta last week during the rain /thaw period . The natural snow trails froze over but only with a thin crust . Today , in advance of the cold front snow showers were on and off all day depositing about 3 inches of dry snow . This was enough to open the low angle natural snow trails with loud powder . Recovery in progress.
- Samples of natural snow trails that have never been groomed.
Sun Jan 26, 2014 6:47 pm
Natural snow skiing was prime this weekend . 8 inches of new snow on Saturday with temps about - 7 C . We skied all day during the surprising heavy snowfall pounding out run after run . This morning temps dropped below -30 C with another 4 inches of new snow so about a foot in total . With temps at minus 30 C , today was a day of cold smoke . Amazing powder when the temps are cold . Snow depths now over 3 feet again so woods are prime . More snow and cold temps in the forecast to preserve the snow pack .
Sat Feb 08, 2014 8:18 pm
No new snow this week but base depths are getting close to 4 feet with good wind blown and tracked up powder on natural snow trails. The last measurable snow was Saturday night (Feb 1 / 4 inches). Heavily used glade trails are fast and slick but venture beyond the pale and fresh snow is there. Snow stats listed below.
Snow latest 24h 0 cm
Snow latest 48h 0.5 cm
Snow on the ground 113.5 cm
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Sat Feb 15, 2014 7:36 pm
Friday night our family ski team had tough choices to make as a few in the clan didn't have to teach so the decision was where to go . Over a foot of snow fell to the south but only a few inches in the Laurentians . Do we go for it , break out of our zone for the first time this season and face Saturday traffic and huge lift lines or stay home and ski the good base with a few inches on top . Decided to stay home as couldn't face the long drive. After reading about the lines at Orford ( our choice ) due to broken lifts and post storm crowds glad we stayed home . Checked out some unused side country today in the mid Laurentians where the snow is prime . The kid in the family spends most of his weekends teaching on the magic carpet so today he let it rip.
Note : Alta , after the fire , scheduled to reopen next weekend
, Keep the faith .
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Mon Feb 24, 2014 7:18 pm
Heavy torrential rain fell on Friday ( Feb 21) for the third major setback ( rain event ) of the season . Natural snow trails took a good soaking followed by a gradual freeze up on Saturday morning as temps dropped below freezing and continue to drop. We had just recovered from the last rain event ( Jan 11 ) and now we have another one . The mid January thaw melted almost 2 feet of snow . This one lasted one day so no significant snow loss but the snow has transformed into frozen granular and ice . Current snow conditions have made natural snow trails hazardous to put it mildly .
Snow latest 24h 2 cm
Snow latest 48h 2 cm
Snow on the ground 116 cm
Sat Mar 01, 2014 4:40 pm
The Laurentian snow belt delivered today as in the zone about 4 to 5 inches of new snow and more snow falling when we left at 3.30 today . We skied in the Val Morin hills where the steep drops had good snow coverage covering up the ice from the rain last week . Natural snow depth on the trails well over 4 feet . Should be a good one tomorrow .
- Natural snow trail , good pitch .
- Heading out of the woods .
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Sat Mar 01, 2014 9:31 pm
Excellent surprise little light pow day at Edelweiss today. It was so good that an 80-yr old ex-Prime Minister even showed up.
BTW, did you know that Mont Sauvage lift was spinning today for the first time in maybe 20 years? Apparently they are honouring the Alta passes?
Sun Mar 02, 2014 6:32 am
I skimmed through the history of Mont Sauvage on this really interesting site called Ski Mad World.
Is this plan still moving ahead: a version of Mont Glen (failed)/Haystack?The former Mont Sauvage ski resort will gradually be restored for the exclusive use of Via Sauvagia residents.
Amazing how many ski hills there were in the Laurentians.
Sun Mar 02, 2014 6:53 am
Yeah, we were at Sauvage yesterday,took me a few minutes to find the place. 1 T bar all powder runs. Heading back out now for another shot at it.
Sun Mar 09, 2014 5:42 pm
It has been 7 days since the last measurable snowfall so conditions out on the natural un groomed trails were hard packed and choppy today due to fluctuating temperatures . Has not been warm enough to transform any of the snow but warm enough to allow a thin crust to form on untracked snow and freeze up the tracked snow after the temperature drop last night. Snow pack at a elevation under 2000 feet still at 5 feet ( average ) . Signs of spring are only noticeable along the snowbanks on the southern side of roads. Away from the roads , little change.
Sun Mar 16, 2014 7:43 am
The Laurentians were just out of range on the last storm that passed just to the south last Wednesday and Thursday. Nevertheless ,since last Sunday passing snow showers during the week dropped off almost a foot of snow. Yesterday, had our doubts as light rain was falling in the lower Laurentians with temps above the freezing mark. We decided to go over to the snow belt and check out Sauvage since it was open for us Alta pass holders. Pulled into the village of Val Morin to find snow covered roads and fresh snow,the snow belt delivered again. Out in the surrounding hills ,made first tracks thru dry snow on top and damp snow at the base.The steep drops in the woods were prime . Snow depth reported from Tremblant park listed below. Consider this a average as would say depths are higher in the snow belt due to overall elevation.
Snow latest 48h 2.5 cm
Snow on the ground 149.5 cm
Type of surface Packed powder
For those of you into stats, have listed the snow depths for the same time period last year.
Snow latest 48h 0 cm
Snow on the ground 195 cm
Type of surface groomed
- End of day , into the parking lot .
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Sun Mar 16, 2014 9:55 am
Does any place in the laurentians have long term monthly snowfall data?
Sun Mar 16, 2014 6:59 pm
Tony , Good question as don't believe the commercial ski areas keep any stats. They just like to count on machine snow. I take my stats from the Tremblant Cross country ski area at a elevation of just under 800' . The area where we do most of our skiing is in the so called Laurentian snow belt which has a base elevation of 1056 feet . This slight elevation and cluster of condensed numerous 500 vertical steep hills intensifies the snowfalls and helps out when temperatures are just at the freezing mark . 1 degree can make the difference between rain and snow. If you cross reference the weekly stats (snow on ground ) you can see that the mid Laurentian snow pack at 1600' keeps pace with the Mount Mansfield vt stake at 3900 ' in elevation . Classic case of latitude over altitude. We spend all of our time searching for powder in a region where snow falls just a few inches at a time so you have to know which lifts don't run during the week and which lifts you can use to access side country , then there are the hills with no lifts. If it snows any time during the week we can count on a powder day on Saturday morning and it will not be at the commercial centres .
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