Stowe 4/12-13

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Stowe 4/12-13

Postby Sharon » Sun Apr 13, 2008 9:03 pm

The weather forecast was foreboding and thoughts of bailing on this trip crossed my mind, especially after the 4 epic days we had last week at Whiteface. But I had 2 ski pals on board to share the 6 1/2 hr drive to Stowe. When we arrived Friday night, our friend Bruno, who had snowboarded that day did not have anything very good to report. He said it was solid and 40 degrees was not enough to soften things up without sunshine. The report was for rain, fog and clouds for the rest of the weekend.

Saturday morning the sun was shining in the valley which was most encouraging. The mountain tops were still in the clouds, but the clouds broke up and moved around a lot all day, never completely overtaking the sky. The snow softened up and layers of clothes were left in the car.

We met up with a very large group from the skivt-l ski discussion group. We started off with about 20 skiers and each run we snowballed into a much larger group, topping out somewhere close to 45 people. I have never skied with such a large group. But this group was comprised of people who live to ski and ski to live and most were excellent skiers, willing to ski wherever the group would go. Wes and his 7 yr old son WIlliam led the pack and we went to a number of different locations in the woods. William is proving to be quite the budding skier. The snow softened as the temperatures climbed. We skied hard until noon. Pam and I dropped more clothes and refueled and hydrated at the car, the phat skis came out and we went up to meet the group for more adventure.

Right after lunch, Pam and I took a run with Allen Taylor and Sam Lozier (you may see their exploits on TGR) and a few other guys on the closed Goat. I don't know why this run was closed. It skied very well. We also skied the woods on both sides of Goat. At one point we had 40 people duck the rope at Goat, all dropping into the woods like nobody's business. It was quite a mob scene. We were the only crowd on the mountain. When we got down to the lift, we were the lift line. When we were on any trail, it was crowded. We often stuffed ourselves into the woods. We were a mob scene. It was a whole nuther type of skiing, but fun none-the-less.

Saturday's conditions softened to a creamy corn on the traveled surfaces, but the snow was rotting like crazy on the less-traveled surfaces. It was sometimes very tricky skiing through the woods on that rotting snow. It would really grab your ski and keep you from turning. A few close calls were had. Being with such a large group made it much easier by letting the first people "groom" it out for us, "human groomin".

For a last run, Allen and Sam led the group again under the rope at Goat and we dropped into what is called Pipeline. This was pretty challenging for most. Hop turns and side slipping were required as well as a log and rock crossing. Once through the narrows, it opened up nicely and the skiing was good the rest of the way down. It was a fitting way to end the day and we were ready for apres ski libations.

We had a tailgate party in the parking lot afterwards and many beers and hot dogs were consumed.

Sunday the group was lighter and the skiing was much less exciting. It was cooler and less sunny. It had snowed about a half-inch which really did help the conditions. It would have been much more icy had it not snowed. Anything ungroomed skied like a coral reef. Not the most pleasant and quite chattery. We kept it to the groomers and made it a short day so we could get home at a reasonable hour not thoroughly exausted.
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re: Stowe 4/12-13

Postby kcyanks1 » Mon Apr 14, 2008 6:49 am

I unfortunately missed out on Stowe Saturday, but I can't complain, because I was skiing fun conditions at Sugarbush -- though the Sugarbush woods were a mess with downed branches, etc., so I only was in them for one run. The bumps were lots of fun though.

Stowe on Sunday was ice, and anything ungroomed essentially unskiable. We stuck to the groomers as well, and took a morning break as well as a lunch break (as well as stopping around 2:40), because there wasn't much to ski. Second to last run I decided to just try something ungroomed so I wouldn't regret not doing it. Skied Centerline (Goat, Starr, and Lookout were all closed from the top) to woods off of Hayride to lower Lookout. Centerline was solid icy bumps. The woods were slightly better than that--the positive thing I can say is that there is a ton of snow and there is not a mess like there was at Sugarbush. Lower Lookout was closer to Centerline. After that I knew the groomers were the right choices, as much as I normally stay off them.

Unfortunately I didn't notice Sharon or Porter ... kind of funny, since there were so few people on the mountain, I figure I would've ran into everyone.

Also, I have to give credit(?) to those two people hiking up to the Chin shortly passed 10am. I wasn't going up in those conditions. Hope they made it out ok.
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re: Stowe 4/12-13

Postby Sharon » Mon Apr 14, 2008 7:02 am

Sunday, we skied one run off the quad and went right over to the gondi. Conditions there were much better, so we spent the rest of the morning lapping the gondi trails. When that got boring, we went back to the quad and skittered down Liftline to end our day. We were done by 12:45. The skiing was uninspiring Sunday after such a great day on Saturday.
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Re: re: Stowe 4/12-13

Postby kcyanks1 » Mon Apr 14, 2008 7:07 am

Sharon wrote:Sunday, we skied one run off the quad and went right over to the gondi. Conditions there were much better, so we spent the rest of the morning lapping the gondi trails. When that got boring, we went back to the quad and skittered down Liftline to end our day. We were done by 12:45. The skiing was uninspiring Sunday after such a great day on Saturday.


Pretty similar for us. Booted up in the main lodge by the quad, did Liftline as a first run and took it over to the gondi. Did the groomers there until lunch, and then headed back to the quad for a couple runs. Even weirder that we didn't run into each other given that we were both on the gondi for much of the morning.
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Re: re: Stowe 4/12-13

Postby salida » Mon Apr 14, 2008 7:16 am

kcyanks1 wrote:Also, I have to give credit(?) to those two people hiking up to the Chin shortly passed 10am. I wasn't going up in those conditions. Hope they made it out ok.


That was us. Didn't have the green pants on because they were still wet from the day before. Skied a viciously icy hour-glass, then out to the brook. BONE CHATTERING. Was pretty freaking fun none-the-less. Probably be some of the last people down that route for the season, as it at lower elevations the stream crossings are getting TOUGH.

Spent Sat night in the taft with a huge group, damn was it fun.
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Re: re: Stowe 4/12-13

Postby kcyanks1 » Mon Apr 14, 2008 7:40 am

salida wrote:
kcyanks1 wrote:Also, I have to give credit(?) to those two people hiking up to the Chin shortly passed 10am. I wasn't going up in those conditions. Hope they made it out ok.


That was us. Didn't have the green pants on because they were still wet from the day before. Skied a viciously icy hour-glass, then out to the brook. BONE CHATTERING. Was pretty freaking fun none-the-less. Probably be some of the last people down that route for the season, as it at lower elevations the stream crossings are getting TOUGH.


You know, I figured it might have been, but I didn't think I saw anyone matching the clothing description given in the other thread. Had you sampled the icy inbounds ungroomed terrain before going up? Did you stay in bounds otherwise?
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Re: re: Stowe 4/12-13

Postby kcyanks1 » Mon Apr 14, 2008 7:48 am

salida wrote:
kcyanks1 wrote:Also, I have to give credit(?) to those two people hiking up to the Chin shortly passed 10am. I wasn't going up in those conditions. Hope they made it out ok.


That was us. Didn't have the green pants on because they were still wet from the day before. Skied a viciously icy hour-glass, then out to the brook. BONE CHATTERING. Was pretty freaking fun none-the-less. Probably be some of the last people down that route for the season, as it at lower elevations the stream crossings are getting TOUGH.

Spent Sat night in the taft with a huge group, damn was it fun.


BTW, now you are also making me a little jealous. As much as my run down Centerline/Hayride woods/Lookout made me think I made the right decision staying on the groomers, your report of the Chin being "pretty freaking fun" makes me think I should've been more adventurous ;-)
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re: Stowe 4/12-13

Postby salida » Mon Apr 14, 2008 7:50 am

Um... We skied back from the taft lodge with very heavy packs through the forest making our way back to chin clip, and knew it was very slick. So yes I guess so. We only took the far back country run for the day, as we had to be out by 1pm. So didn't ski much in bounds... Wanted to show one of the folks in our party the area as he'd never been out there.
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re: Stowe 4/12-13

Postby Harvey44 » Mon Apr 14, 2008 9:55 am

Looks like pretty good coverage...should be some good skinnin up there for a while to come.

The huge group thing can be magic. It seems to happen when conditions are good and a variety of levels can stay together more easily.

Saturday sounds like a day you won't forget. Maybe your brain will edit out Sunday and in the distant future you'll remember Saturday as your last day in 2008.

How many days did you get this year Sharon?
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re: Stowe 4/12-13

Postby Sharon » Mon Apr 14, 2008 10:48 am

How many days did you get this year Sharon?


I ski about 50 days a year give or take. I think I'm in that zone. I don't keep exact records.

I also xc ski about 25 days a year.

I am sad that my ski season is over. There is a small chance I'll head up to Gore this weekend if the weather is decent, but I have so much to do here that has been neglected for the last few weeks. I pretty much have decided that I'm done, but that could change in a flash with nice weather on the weekend.

My mtn bike is all ready to go and my trails were nearly dry enough last week (minus a few really muddy sections). I think with 2 or 3 dry sunny days, I'll be able to hit the trails on my land.
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re: Stowe 4/12-13

Postby Acidchrist » Mon Apr 14, 2008 11:11 am

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re: Stowe 4/12-13

Postby Sharon » Mon Apr 14, 2008 12:29 pm

Acid Christ wrote:
South America


I will go with you if you pay :) . How about early September?
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Re: Stowe 4/12-13

Postby Patrick » Mon Apr 14, 2008 2:19 pm

Sharon wrote:We met up with a very large group from the skivt-l ski discussion group.


That makes me thing of the "live" discussion James, Harvey and I were having at Whiteface last week. We were thinking that it would be fun trying to set up a day like this next season.

I've skied with River, maybe a partial run with Salida, Tony, Admin, Hamdog, James deluxe, Harvey, etc... just to say, I've always had fun with you guys and it would be fun to together at some point.
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re: Stowe 4/12-13

Postby Harvey44 » Mon Apr 14, 2008 2:29 pm

While it might be hard to organize, due to timing issues, when they are open etc...I'd love to have a pilgrimage to the slides next year. Or maybe Mad.

Hey Sharon...all days on skis are ski days in my book. When you think about it, fixed heel skiing is new to the party....maybe 60 years old? Free heels been happenin at least a couple thousand years. :wink:
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re: Stowe 4/12-13

Postby Sharon » Mon Apr 14, 2008 8:15 pm

It would be fun to do an FTO gathering some place. Certainly Whiteface is a good bet. I also have digs up there for 10 people!! so, we can maybe do something for next year.

Let's try to make something happen for the last weekend of March...this way it won't conflict with the skivt-l shindig, which seems to happen either the first or second weekend of April.

We've got a whole year to make this thing come together.
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