Tuesday, April 22, 2014

2013-14 ski season wrap-up and highlights

Whiteface Mountain, January 20, 2014.  2013-14 season wrap-up and highlights.

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The winter of 2013-14 will likely be long remembered by both skiers and non-skiers for its persistent cold weather. Monthly average temperatures for the entire November - March period registered several degrees below the long-term average, and the term “Polar Vortex” seemed to filter into everyday conversation. The emduring cold gave skiers a season spanning six calendar months, with Gore and Whiteface logging their earliest-ever openings in mid-November. Gore closed last Sunday, April 20, but Whiteface may hang in for a record late closing in May. Stay tuned.

Early season packed powder with a view of the High Peaks. Gore, January 4:

Monday, April 7, 2014

Gore Mountain: 04/05/2014

Gore's Northwoods gondola, Saturday April 5, 2014.

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Sunny, soft spring skiing remained elusive at Gore on Saturday. Occasional glimpses of the sun and short breaks of blue sky failed to get temperatures out of the 20s on the upper mountain.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Gore Mountain: 03/29/2014

Gore Mountain, Saturday March 29, 2014.

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No longer winter, but not yet spring. The mid-winter conditions we’ve enjoyed the last couple weekends almost made it to the weekend, but rain Thursday night and Friday put an end to that. Conditions on Saturday ranged from a wet granular “pre-corn” on the upper mountain to mashed potatoes down below. The mountain remained shrouded in fog and clouds until late morning, but the day stayed dry.

Pea soup visibility up top

Monday, March 24, 2014

Gore Mountain: 03/22 & 03/23/2014

Skiers were treated to a mini-whiteout that left a quick inch of snow Saturday morning.

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The calendar said spring, but conditions at Gore over the weekend were more like mid-winter. Winter storm Vulcan finally established the base we needed for good tree skiing a week and a half ago; continuous cold and additional snow since then have brought conditions to the best we've seen all winter.