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  1. Tony Crocker

    An Eclipse Flight for the True Fanatics, Nov. 3, 2013

    I would rarely drive anywhere for a lunar eclipse. But tomorrow is another Selenelion opportunity in the Pacific time zone. Unfortunately neither Adam in Encinitas nor Richard in San Clemente are home, so I'm not motivated to drive 7 hours round trip to Mt. Laguna east of San Diego as in 2015...
  2. Tony Crocker

    Mammoth, May 9-10, 2022

    Both Lonnie and Patrick said these were the worst surface conditions they have ever seen at Mammoth. I have considerably more experience (429 days) but it was possibly in the bottom 5. Our situation was complicated by needing to leave by 12:30 Tuesday to make that concert. Furthermore...
  3. Tony Crocker

    Mammoth, May 9-10, 2022

    This trip was constrained by our schedule and that Patrick and Lonnie were going to be at Mammoth these days. Garry was in his RV at McGee Creek too, and we had dinner with him there Saturday night on the way up. Garry had skied Wednesday-Friday, was annoyed by the ongoing windy weather. The...
  4. Tony Crocker

    Winter Park, CO 5-7 and 5-8, 2022

    348 since 1975-76, a complete dataset since then.
  5. Tony Crocker

    Winter Park, CO 5-7 and 5-8, 2022

    305 inches since Nov. 1
  6. Tony Crocker

    Palisades Tahoe, CA 4/30/22

    Which is what us SoCal skiers could have told them to do back in the 1990's. Mammoth's winds don't stop at the top of the mountain. Driving up 395 we pass the Mammoth airport and there are consistent crosswinds. Bishop is a similar drive from Mammoth (~45 minutes) as a lot of destination ski...
  7. Tony Crocker

    Patrick's Eastern Closing Thread

    That seems evident in view of what terrain was open when I did my last review April 9, and has been confirmed by above average snowfall at Le Massif and the big numbers from Le Valinouet. Yes, as noted in that Mansfield Stake chart. Normally its snowpack melts out precipitously during the...
  8. Tony Crocker

    Palisades Tahoe, CA 4/30/22

    We live 10 minutes from Burbank airport. It would be nice to use it more, but it's usually more expensive than LAX and has few direct flights to our ultimate destinations and none at all for international. Still, if price is similar I'll prefer Burbank with a connection to LAX nonstop. LAX is...
  9. Tony Crocker

    Patrick's Eastern Closing Thread

    Here's OpenSnow's summary of the New England ski season. It includes the natural snow depth at the Mansfield Stake: When I did my last progress report April 9 there was certainly no sign that the eastern spring season would extend more than usual. Jay and Stowe had modestly above average...
  10. Tony Crocker

    Patrick's Eastern Closing Thread

    Sugarloaf had 100 inches (58% of average) of natural snow this season, not much better than the infamous 2015-16 season with 96.5 inches.
  11. Tony Crocker

    Palisades Tahoe, CA 4/30/22

    December was the big month, January-March the dry ones. Overall not a great season. Northwest of Lake Tahoe got the most snow, and Palisades was still 82%. That excludes October though Palisades was open the one weekend, as it melted out so fast that it could not reopen until December...
  12. Tony Crocker

    Aspen, CO: March 10, 2022

    Aspen is the first out-of-state resort I ever skied, in 1980. It is frequently recommended by me and others on ski forums when inquiries are made about destination resorts in the western US. 1) Diversity of terrain for a group with mixed abilities, though that is best realized skiing separate...
  13. Tony Crocker

    Patrick's Eastern Closing Thread

    Checking records I see that Le Valinouet led the East in snowfall in 2015-16 and 2019-20 as well as this year.
  14. Tony Crocker

    Val Thorens, France, April 1-2, 2022

    Yes home location matters. People who have moved around some can get some advantage. ChrisC has lived on the East Coast, Seattle and SF. So for Brisbane, I'd suspect 39 is a rare number for someone living there all their life. There may be people there who formerly lived somewhere more...
  15. Tony Crocker

    Verbier, Switz., Apr. 6, 2022

    Jimmy and Bob mentioned the replacement of the Savolyeres gondola. From that diagram it doesn't seem to solve the Verbie link problem. We skied to Carrefour after lunch and had to take a bus to Mayentiet. That Tski Rouge surface lift was completely burnt off; it's low and south facing.
  16. Tony Crocker

    La Plagne, April 12, 2022

    Yes that Bellecote gondola is an antique: 4 passengers in pairs back-to-back (I've only seen one other like that, in Niseko) and slow. I was pleasantly surprised not to wait in line for it, as opposed to the 20 minute line for the Aiguille Rouge tram at Les Arcs the previous day.
  17. Tony Crocker

    Patrick's Eastern Closing Thread

    Sugarloaf has 162 trails. So that's 45% open. This has been a bad year for Sugarloaf. Mid-February (86%) was the only time over 58% open this season. Thanks for the Valinouet info. Is that your first trip out there? I think former admin skied Valinouet and Edouard about 20 years ago.
  18. Tony Crocker

    Patrick's Eastern Closing Thread

    I’m calling :bs: on that since Sugarloaf was 35% open on April 9 and the weather was not favorable the next week though there has been snow more recently. Is there historical data for Le Valinouet? It was obvious that eastern Canada had a much better year than New England but yes the 362...
  19. Tony Crocker

    Patrick's Eastern Closing Thread

    The Killington numbers go back to 1967, which is the max I have for anyone. The monthly average since then is 47.28, more than the 41.63 since 2008. So at some point that can be considered evidence of declining snowfall. 15 years is about the time one might consider that possibility, now...
  20. Tony Crocker

    Greek Peak, NY Feb 19-21, 2022

    The northeast has rather low precipitation volatility relative to other ski regions but it has very high temperature volatility. Thus the high rain incidence. Is rain incidence increasing? The good data source for that info was the Manfield Stake, which no longer has a human observer since...
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