Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Gore Mountain: 02/11/2017

Daniel and Sylvie skiing Chatiemac, Gore Mountain, Saturday 2/11/2017.

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Quick update from Gore on Saturday. Rain earlier in the week put an end to the nice 2+ week stretch of great ski conditions. 4 inches of snow on Thursday followed by 2 more Friday night helped bring conditions back, although the icy crust lurked below the surface at all times to remind skiers that this is the east.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Whiteface: 02/04/2017

Whiteface Mountain, Saturday 02/04/2017.

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I wasn’t exactly wishing I was back east, but the reports I heard while I was at Whistler sounded like conditions at Gore and Whiteface were about the best they’ve been in two years. Luckily, those conditions only got better during the week that followed.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Whistler-Blackcomb: 01/26 - 01/28/2017

View of Whistler Peak from Blackcomb, January 2017.

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Whistler seems to be on every avid skier’s must-ski list, and I was lucky enough to enjoy my first visit there last week on my annual "guys' trip." It’s hard to describe Whistler-Blackcomb if you’ve never been, but “big” is a good start. With 8 thousand skiable acres, 5 thousand vertical feet and two huge mountains, 3 days of skiing was barely enough to just scratch the surface.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Whiteface: 1/21/2017

Whiteface, Satuday 1/21/2017.

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No skier would actually wish for April temperatures in January, but nobody was complaining at Whiteface on Saturday when temperatures climbed into the upper 30s by opening bell. The mild weather softened surfaces from base to summit, delivering spring conditions that were a vast improvement over the frozen ice cube that would have greeted skiers had temperatures been 10 degrees colder. In the middle of what has been a vicious January thaw, we got the next best thing to a powder day.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Mont Tremblant: 01/14 - 01/16/2017

Mont Tremblant, January 14-16, 2017.

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“Head for Canada!” has been frequently heard around the Saratoga Skier household since November, but it has nothing to do with the presidential election. It’s all about the snow – north of the St. Lawrence was the jackpot for eastern snowfall last winter (about 130% of normal), and that trend has continued into this winter as well.