Wildcat, NH - October 28-29, 2005

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Wildcat, NH - October 28-29, 2005

Postby Patrick » Sun Oct 30, 2005 2:25 pm

You can't let days like this go by, especially in October.

When will another occasion like this happen again :?: :?: :?:

Being October, I will put an baseball analogy to this trip.

How long will it take for Red Sox or White Sox to win the World Series again?

How long will it take for the EXPOS to win a World Series?


PREPARATIONS (WEDNESDAY EVENING):

S**t, need to get myself in gear.

a) Ski stuff, somewhere around here. Readjust the DINs on my biddings.

b) Show tires, not much time...I promised a ride for someone at work tomorrow.

c) Ski driving partner. Already called, he can't make it on friday. It's a PD day for school in the Townships. Left a message with the other partner in Montreal. Don't necessarly need a partner, but it's helps split the cost.

d) At least, I secured a place to sleep tomorrow night (if they open friday) at my friend in Bromont. That should cut 45-60 minutes to the drive from Montreal. So it a 3 hours drive tomorrow evening to get to his place.

e) Snow tires ... don't necessarly need them, but it would be nice just in case. My friend in Bromont said that it was still snowing and there was a new 6 inches on the ground.

f) One small detail. I have to ask for my friday off (in case). Open on FRiday would definately be much better and probably less skiied out.

g) Schedule to work on Sunday. Wife will not be happy if I'm not at home for two days then I go to work all day Sunday. Need to change that also.

h) Later at 10pm at night... Wife says that she would LIKE to have the car on Saturday :roll: . My daughter has music lesson + birthday party. Ah yes, I need to be back in Ottawa before sunday morning.


WHAT WAS I GOING TO DO? WHAT THIS DOING TO STOP ME?

Asked my mother in Montreal if I could borrow her car and asked her to get the snowtires on.

Took the Voyageur/Greyhound to Montreal that thursday evening. No skiing partner, regardless I was determined. Some people might call it committed. :shock:

Montreal-Wildcat: 340km (230 miles) and 3:30 hours drive.

It was interesting to see the snow variations on the ground during the drive. First sight of snow started in the field around Farham (40km east of Mtl). We could see the ski runs of Bromont, Sutton, Glen, Orford and Jay Peak were all white. This really looked like winter, except for the leaves on the red trees.

Snow didn't last... to my surprise there wasn't any snow on the ground from a few miles past the US border until the White Mountains.

Arrived at the Wildcat parking lot at 9:30am - first chair at 10:00. I was there at around 10:15am.

FRIDAY OCTOBER 28:

Tomcat triple was the only lift open. 1500' vertical of pure natural snow skiing, much better that the usually early season eastern skiing. The mountain was charging $30 for lift tick.

Trails open at opening were: Middle/lower Polecat, Tomcat, Catnap, Middle/lower Lynx. However poaching was definately happening. Maybe one-two hours later, Tomcat Schuss official openned. I did one of my early runs here. Lost a ski for no apparent reason, but continued skiing for maybe 30-40 ft. Tried to retreive my ski by walking up. I sank down by 3 feet, boy was this hard. I always had mid to full pole in snowdepth.

Around lunch, the patrol was about to official open the skiing on the right side of the mountain (Cat Track, Middle/lower Wildcat, Middle Catapult, Bobcat, Cheetah). I decided to ski down a steep line, Black Cat. Let's say that there was a lot of snow, because this run looks like it was full obstacles (i guess this one was not open). Made it down (I was puffing)... continued down Alley Cat (lower mountain intermediare). AHHH - huge waterbars every 30feet... What a rough ride. The worst part of it, I screwed up skiing Catapult and ended again on that same Alley Cat trail.

What a beautiful view of Mount Washington, regardless that the cloud level was at around 5000ft (top of Tuckerman).

Some people were climbing the extra 500ft vertical to reach the summit. I had such a fun time that I decided to sleep in Gorham and ski the next day. You can get the following day ticket for $25!!! Good deal indeed!!! A full day skiing: 10:15 - 3:30 virtually without a break or lunch. The mountain definately became quiet after 1:30pm. I did 15 runs, I was going to feel it the next day.



SATURDAY OCTOBER 29:

Wildcat was charging $39, but it's was still a bargain if you ask me.

More people and the worst line-up were about 5 minutes at around noon.

I got to the chairlift at 9:15am, the plan was no lunch and end early, because I needed to end back to take the Greyhound back to Ottawa from Montreal.

Extra runs official opened (?): Feline, Cougar, Allet Cat (no more waterbars), Lower Catapult, Wildcat Pitch, Wild Kitten, Catenary (incl Lower). Basically, virtually everything was skiable. Ally's Folly was great, some people skied Hairball and Mountain Jag Glade regardless of the creeks.

The high traffic areas started to ice up (ie. Middle Wildcat). When the skier density increased, I decide to climb to the top via Upper Catamount. It probably took me between 30-45minutes, I was happy that part of that climb was groomed, the first 15 minutes were really hard. Today was definately the most specular day. A blue sky day, Mount Washington white and bright. WOW!!!

Did my top to bottom run on the classic Wildcat trail, what a fun trail. Lose powder, wind blown at some spots, but definately worth the climb. Finish my day at 3pm with approximately 10 runs.

What about the snow compared to the previous day? I estimate that under the Triple the snow compacted by about one foot at mid-mountain between early Friday and late Saturday. How much snow will there be in the next few days?

WHAT A DAY...AGAIN!!!

A FEW COMMENTS:

1) First of all, I want to thank the management of Wildcat for making this possible. =D>

Maybe they did it for the publicity, but it's sure beat all the signals we've been hearing in the East lately.

2) You know your waving a good day when you skip lunch TWO days in a row. \:D/

edit: re-edition and improved version of TR on Ski Mad World. Same text and more pictures.
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re: Wildcat, NH - October 28-29, 2005

Postby eatskisleep » Sun Oct 30, 2005 4:11 pm

Sounds like you had a great time. Thanks for the report!
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Postby Jonny D » Mon Oct 31, 2005 8:04 am

Having to take the greyhound to borrow your mothers car:
Now THAT'S dedication.

Nice moves Patrick!
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Postby Patrick » Mon Oct 31, 2005 7:02 pm

Jonny D wrote:Having to take the greyhound to borrow your mothers car:
Now THAT'S dedication.

Getting my mother car in Montreal wasn't that crazy...I had to make through Montreal anyway. I almost always use Montreal as a gateway to New England and Quebec City.

I was still bouncing around at work today. \:D/ WOW!!!
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Postby Ryan » Tue Nov 01, 2005 6:54 am

Ok Patrick, Now I'm a little jealous. I spent the weekend in a muddy hole putting in an ornamental pond, but Oh well. that season is about to end and I'll break into skiing soon.
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re: Wildcat, NH - October 28-29, 2005

Postby Patrick » Sat Oct 14, 2006 9:17 pm

It's almost one year ago...

...the best october skiing in the East in the millennium. :P
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Postby Tony Crocker » Sun Oct 15, 2006 7:24 pm

Now we know what Patrick was doing this weekend instead of extending the streak.
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Re: re: Wildcat, NH - October 28-29, 2005

Postby Patrick » Sun Oct 15, 2006 7:28 pm

Tony Crocker wrote:Now we know what Patrick was doing this weekend instead of extending the streak.

That and going to Morgane's 9th birthday party. 8)
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Postby hamdog » Sun Oct 15, 2006 7:40 pm

dam! i thought there was going to be an early openning, but then i looked at the year. :oops:

well, it didn't look anything like that up there today, but there were some flurries falling. gulf of slides has a dusting on it as well as left gully. ~40mph winds on ridge. summit whiteout in the clouds in the afternoon. clear mid morning. hopefully it's on it's way!
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Postby willywhit » Thu Oct 19, 2006 9:03 am

We were there last year and it was awesome. Leaves still on thetrees and blowing down the trails.Kickin' halloween party in North Conway saturday night to boot.
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Postby Live,Ski,orDie » Thu Oct 19, 2006 12:03 pm

I was there also.
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