Laurentian Snow Report 2016/17

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Laurentian Snow Report 2016/17

Postby Anthony » Mon Dec 26, 2016 9:16 am

Slow start in the Laurentians this year, better than last year but that doesn't mean much. Started the season off at Jay Peak VT (which is skiing fine) while waiting for the Laurentians to fill in. Currently snow depths on the ground are averaging about 1.5 ' with no base. snow making is providing the season as natural snow trails have a thin cover with grass and rocks poking thru. Skied some natural trails with 106 mm's and going easy on the edging. Still managed to dig into the ground. Not sure how Tremblant can open up their glades and be at almost 90% open, it has to be thin.
The onslaught of vacation skiers will hit the trails tomorrow just in time for the freezing rain that is in the forecast.

Freezing rain warning in effect for:

Mont-Tremblant - Sainte-Agathe area
Sainte-Adèle - Saint-Sauveur area
Freezing rain will affect Western Quebec beginning late this morning. This area will gradually move eastward and will reach greater Montréal this afternoon then the Mauricie, the Eastern Townships and Quebec city areas this evening.

This freezing rain will occur for several hours and will cause ice accretion ranging from 5 to 10 millimetres.
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Re: Laurentian Snow Report 2016/17

Postby Admin » Mon Dec 26, 2016 1:09 pm

Anthony wrote:Freezing rain warning in effect


Oh joy.
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Re: Laurentian Snow Report 2016/17

Postby Tony Crocker » Mon Dec 26, 2016 4:09 pm

Overall the Northeast was doing very well as of mid-December. But it's just uncanny how often it rains at Christmas to $%^& up the holiday week. Not too long ago it happened something like 7 years in a row.

As much as I tend to avoid that week for skiing anyway it's a REALLY bad idea to advance book that week in the Northeast.
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Re: Laurentian Snow Report 2016/17

Postby Anthony » Tue Dec 27, 2016 7:33 am

The morning after a night of freezing rain and straight pouring rain has soaked the snow. Temperatures have already started to fall off and will drop below freezing before the end of the day. Snow should freeze up rock solid. Mad River Glen in VT did the smart thing today by closing the lifts and banning hiking to let the mountain dry out and freeze up on its own rather than have skier traffic compress the snow and make the freeze up even worse. Thankfully got some time in at Jay this year before this.
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Re: Laurentian Snow Report 2016/17

Postby berkshireskier » Tue Dec 27, 2016 2:50 pm

Tony Crocker wrote:Overall the Northeast was doing very well as of mid-December. But it's just uncanny how often it rains at Christmas to $%^& up the holiday week. Not too long ago it happened something like 7 years in a row.

As much as I tend to avoid that week for skiing anyway it's a REALLY bad idea to advance book that week in the Northeast.



Truer words have never been spoken (or written) ! Although that statement pretty much applies to almost any week in the Northeast.
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Re: Laurentian Snow Report 2016/17

Postby Anthony » Tue Dec 27, 2016 4:49 pm

Measured almost 1 inch of ice coating the snow today. Conditions haven't been this bad since the 1998 ice storm. 1 inch of of ice incasing the previous ski tracks is something that is going to require a lot of new snow to cover up. A few groomers were open today on crushed ice
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Re: Laurentian Snow Report 2016/17

Postby Tony Crocker » Tue Dec 27, 2016 10:00 pm

berkshireskier wrote:Although that statement pretty much applies to almost any week in the Northeast.

For Northern Vermont the core of the season from late January through early March has about a 1/4 chance of any given week having poor skiing. For Christmas Week the odds of poor skiing are more than 50%.

Keep in mind NoVt is the most reliable sub-region of the Northeast. Odds are less favorable elsewhere.
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Re: Laurentian Snow Report 2016/17

Postby berkshireskier » Wed Dec 28, 2016 10:15 am

Tony Crocker wrote:
berkshireskier wrote:Although that statement pretty much applies to almost any week in the Northeast.

For Northern Vermont the core of the season from late January through early March has about a 1/4 chance of any given week having poor skiing. For Christmas Week the odds of poor skiing are more than 50%.

Keep in mind NoVt is the most reliable sub-region of the Northeast. Odds are less favorable elsewhere.


Those stats do not surprise me at all. The only reliable fact about ski conditions in the Northeast is their unreliability. Can be great, at times; can be terrible, sometimes. IMHO, impossible to predict with any high confidence factor.
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Re: Laurentian Snow Report 2016/17

Postby Anthony » Fri Dec 30, 2016 2:15 pm

6 inches of new snow on top of the ice crust and a thin base made for sub par skiing on natural snow trails. A improvement over the non existent skiing but still a way to go . Groomers built up by snow guns and the new snow are skiing fine . Anthony jr , bailed on the Laurentians yesterday and headed to Jay where the new snow is being measured in feet.
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Re: Laurentian Snow Report 2016/17

Postby Tony Crocker » Fri Dec 30, 2016 2:42 pm

Anthony wrote:Anthony jr , bailed on the Laurentians yesterday and headed to Jay where the new snow is being measured in feet.

That's what I would be doing most of the time if I lived in the Montreal area. Natural snowfall drops precipitously once you go north of Mont Sutton.
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Re: Laurentian Snow Report 2016/17

Postby jamesdeluxe » Fri Dec 30, 2016 9:50 pm

Looking passable at Massif du Sud today:
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Re: Laurentian Snow Report 2016/17

Postby Anthony » Thu Jan 05, 2017 4:44 pm

The latest weather system that was a mix of rain/freezing rain/snow was all snow in the Laurentians as just far enough north to make a difference . About 1.5 feet of new snow was recorded over the last 7 days. The base now at a elevation of 1600 ft is just under 3 feet. Places like Tremblant should be skiing fine with by now packed powder. Time to break out the skins for powder descents on the 600 vertical hills.
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Re: Laurentian Snow Report 2016/17

Postby Anthony » Sun Jan 08, 2017 9:56 am

Enough of a base and new snow to bring out the skins . Skiing was good yesterday with fresh snow available days after the last storm if you hiked for it. Laurentian powder! Sketchy long range near forecast in store for eastern skiing with rain on the way mid week followed by the usual freeze up.
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Re: Laurentian Snow Report 2016/17

Postby Anthony » Fri Jan 13, 2017 4:34 pm

This week, soaking rains followed by a quick freeze up has frozen up the un groomed with frozen tracks and fallen tree branches. Granular groomers are it again until it snows.
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Re: Laurentian Snow Report 2016/17

Postby Anthony » Tue Feb 14, 2017 7:20 pm

Time for a update ,well into winter and significant new snow this week . Over a foot received and a few more inches in the forecast with no rain or freezing rain. Snowpack at 1600 feet in elevation at 100 cm (just over 3 feet ).
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