Thursday, December 30, 2010

12/30/10-Save $10 with Amex on Mid-Week lift ticks at Sunday River, Sugarloaf & Loon

Save $10 when you pay for a mid-week lift with an American Express Card at Sunday River, Sugarloaf or Loon Mt. Details here: http://www.boyneresorts.com/amwx/

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

12/29/10-Safe skiing advice from Chago

Post by Chago of Nashua, NH - 12/29/10:

I was reading the blog about death at Cannon, Mt on 12/16 and it truly is a tragedy. Placing blame is never going to bring the person back and I pray for the loss of the family and friends.

But I would like to add for the benefit of my fellow friends as they ski Cannon.

I was skiing Cannon last weekend and knew from reviewing the open trails before I went on the first lift ride that the DJ's Tram Run and Kinsman glades were NOT open as they are my favorites at Cannon. As I was cruising past their entrances at 11:00AM they were NOT marked closed. I found this odd as I knew there clearly was not enough snow for those runs on this day. I used my own good judgement and did not enter them. Looking back, I should have notified the management at Cannon that they forgot to close those two runs with ropes. Instead I just kept on skiing. I noticed later in the day around 2pm that they finally roped those runs off.

My point: Cannon has in the past failed to rope off closed runs that are very hazardous such as the rocky Tram Run as I personally witnessed last weekend. So, we all need to use our best judgement when skiing or riding. We may be skiing INbounds, but just as we ski out of bounds, as many of us do regularly, we all should exercise good judgement in what we choose to ski. Skiing is a risky sport which we all love and if we exercise our own good judgement instead of relying on the resort to do it for us we will have a better chance of going home alive and safe at the end of the day.

Just Beware that Cannon has in the past failed to rope off closed trails. I will continue to ski Cannon but will think twice before entering runs that I know are quite hazardous.

Ski safe!
Chago - Nashua, NH

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

12/28/10 - Snowfall from last storm at New Hampshire Ski Areas









Bretton Woods 36"
Cannon 32"
Wildcat 28"
Mt. Sunapee 18"
Loon 18"
Gunstock 16"
Ragged 15"
Black Mt. 14"
Dartmouth Skiway 14"
Cranmore 13"
King Pine 13"
Crotched 12"
Granite Gorge 11"
Pats Peak 10",
The Balsms 10"
Waterville Valley 9"
Attitash 8"

12/28/10 CNN Reporting Spillway Chairlift @ Sugarloaf derailed

11:10 AM: CNN is reporting that because of high wind gusts, the cable on the Spillway chairlift at Sugarloaf derailed off a tower and there are some injuries. Three to four chairlifts fell to the ground. Currently they are working on a belay system to get close to 100 skiers off the lift one chair at a time. Winds are gusty and the current temperature is only 8 degrees.

11:50 AM: CNN reporter on the chairlift is reporting that half the people on the lift have been evacuated and the process is going smoothly and fast.

12:00 PM: Sugarloaf's post on their web site about the incident: http://community.sugarloaf.com/forum/topics/spillway-east-1

Monday, December 27, 2010

Killington & Sunday River reporting 12"-16" of new snow...so far

Killington Conditions:

Open Trails: 98
Open Lifts: 18
Miles of Skiing: 47
Acres of Skiing: 515
Surface Conditions: Powder / Packed Powder
New Snow 24 hours: 14"
New Snow 48 hours: 14"
New Snow 7 days: 18"
Average Base Depth: 18" - 24"
Total Season Snowfall: 81"
Base Areas: K-1: Open
Snowshed: Open
Ramshead: Open
Bear Mountain: Open
Skyeship: Open
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Sunday River Conditions:


93Trails
Open
15Lifts
Open
10Snowmaking
Trails
74Groomed
Trails
492Acres
Open
37Miles
Open


New Snow: 18
Past 1 Days Snow 18
Snowmaking Trails: 10
Primary Surface: POWDER
Secondary Surface: packed powder
Avg Base Depth: 32



Trails This Weekend: 100
Lifts This Weekend: 15

Direct links to Snow Conditions added to Bumps & Powder

We have added direct links on Bumps & Powder to snow conditions for some of the more popular resorts in Maine, New Hampshire and Maine. Snow Condition links can be found on the right side of every page of this blog.

Maine Conditions

New Hampshire Conditions

Vermont Conditions

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

12/22/10 - New England Snow Bus Announces Day Trip Schedule For January


The New England Snow Bus announced their schedule for January. Ski areas include Sunday River, Okemo, Killington, Stowe, Sugarbush, Mount Sunapee and Waterville Valley.

$79 for bus ride & lift ticket
$40 for just a bus ride

Not a bad deal.

www.newenglandsnowbus.com

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

12/21/10- Ski NH Announces Free Learn to Ski or Ride Program Week of January 3rd

SKI NH's LEARN TO SKI & RIDE FREE WEEK -
January 3-9, 2011 -
First-time skiers & snowboarders receive a free learn to ski or snowboard lesson, free equipment rentals & a free beginner terrain lift ticket. Participants must register with Ski NH to download a Learn to Ski & Ride Free coupon, then make a reservation with one of our participating resorts.

PARTICIPATING DOWNHILL SKI AREAS
Bretton Woods (age 13+)
Loon Mountain (age 7+)
Cannon Mountain (age 13+)
Waterville Valley (age 7+)
Cranmore Mountain (age 13+)
Wildcat Mountain (age 13+)
King Pine (age 8+)
Black Mountain (age 10+)
Gunstock Mountain Resort (age 6+)
Pats Peak (age 6+)
Ragged Mountain (age 6+)

PARTICIPATING CROSS COUNTRY SKI AREAS
Great Glen Trails (age 6+)
Purity Spring Resort XC (age 13+)
Dartmouth Cross Country Ski Center (age 6+)
Sunset Hill Nordic Center (age 13+)

Register

Monday, December 20, 2010

12/20/10 Save $10 on Waterville Valley (VT) Tickets when you buy their 5 Pack

Waterville Valley's announced a new deal. Their 5 Pack saves $10 on each lift ticket when 5 tickets are purchased online 48 hours in advance. On their web site (link below) the $10 off a lift ticket is already calculated into the total price on the 5 tickets. So you save $50 bucks if you buy 5 of one type of lift ticket. There is no expiration date listed on their web site for this deal.

Details & Prices

Thursday, December 16, 2010

12/16/10-Pretty Good Conditions Last Weekend

Had some fun shooting this video last weekend. Hit Sunday River Friday, Bretton Woods Sunday, Attitash & WildCat on Sunday. Pretty good conditions for the most part. Only wipe out twice. Watch for my 2nd yard sale after the GoPro logo.


12/16/10-Canon (NH) reports 15" of snow in 3 days


Canon's web site reports that they picked up 15 inches of new snow in the past 3 days.

33 Trails & 4 Lifts Open



Discount Ticket prices 12/17 - 12/24
Adult: $59 Full / $39 Half
Teen: $49 Full / $32 Half
Junior/Senior: $39 Full / $26 Half
Tuckerbrook: $29 Full / $20 Half

Tickets will go to full price starting December 26th. The Tram is scheduled to run on Friday, December 24 and then daily through the holiday week, starting December 26th. Also, please note, Cannon will be closed on Christmas Day.

12/16/10 - Pico (VT) Opening Friday (12/17) -Partnering w/United Way



Colder temperatures and snow combined with Pico's snowmaking will allow them to offer top-to-bottom skiing and riding on opening day this Friday. They will kick off the season at 9 a.m. with three lifts and six trails.

Pico Mountain is partnering with United Way on opening day and they are offering a free opening day lift ticket to those who purchase a $39 Express Card. Plus, Pico will donate $20 for each Express Card sold on opening day to United Way of Rutland County. If you already have an Express Card, donate $20 to the United Way and they will give you a free ticket to ski or ride on Friday.

12/16/10- 6 Men 1 Truck -They really know how to ride in Scotland

This is a great GoPro video. Love the way they snowboard in Scotland....

6 Men 1 Truck from Jamie Matthew on Vimeo.



Scotland was recently been blessed with a big dump of snow. Jay Mathews had a weekend off work so met up with friends John Soutar, Al Conroy, Chris Asquith, Chris Ball, Mat Hay and Mike Guest to shred their homeland.

12/11/10 Bretton Woods (NH) Zip Line

Very fun ride but remind me not to scream like a drunk cowboy when I'm shooting.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

12/14/10-Cannon & Bretton Woods reporting new snow fall

Bretton Woods ( 12/14/10 7:11 AM) - 6-7 inches of new snow, 10-30 base depth, 17 trails open, 4 flifts & 93 acres of skiing

Cannon (12/14/10 9:24 AM) - 8-10 inches of new snow, 10-30 base depth, 18 trails open, 4 flifts & 55 acres of skiing

12/14/10- Quick iPhone video shot @ Attitash on 12/12/10

Great Conditions at Attitash on Sunday. It was snowing like crazy. No lift lines. That was before the rain they got later in the day. Their site is reporting wet granular/machine groomed snow today on 11 trails with 55 acres of terrain open and top to bottom skiing and riding on a 5” to 12” base depth.

video

12/14/10- New Years 2011 at Wedeln Ski Club


Looking to combine New Years fun with skiing? Check out the Wedeln Ski Club in Bartlett, NH from Dec 30th to Jan 2nd. The Wedeln Ski Club is only 5 minutes from Cranmore mountain and less than 20 from Wildcat, Attitash and Black Mtn. The Wedeln Ski Club is only $20 a night per person - check out their Meet Up:

http://www.meetup.com/Wedelns/calendar/15724533/

Thursday, December 9, 2010

12/9/10-Boston Sailors Ski / Board Day Outing on Jan. 30th


Day of fun on the mountains with fellow sailors at Loon Mt on Jan 30th. Group adult lift ticket price of $61. See http://www.kevinwiant.com/bostonsailorsskitrip.html for more details and ticket purchase.


Facebook Invite: http://www.facebook.com/leightonoc?ref=profile#!/event.php?eid=109575519114458

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Name Game...Feel free to chime in & comment.

So the name of this skiing blog tanked. I have temporally renamed it to "New England Ski & Snow Boarding Conditions". I think the name is a snooooza. I was thinking about calling it "Bumps & Powda".

What do people think? I'd be happy to hear other suggestions. Gotta' luv the Internet. :) The good news is that the BA gear is actually selling.

Who is going to Sunday River for Facebook Friday? $25 Ticks

Sunday River is doing Facebook Friday and offering tickets for people who RSVP on their Facebook Friday event page. Details are on their Facebook event page at the link below.

http://www.facebook.com/leightonoc?ref=profile#!/event.php?eid=178065005552257


Conditions look okay. 32 Trails, 4 lifts and they are talking about opening Aurora Peak this weekend. They claim to have the most open terrain in the East. Their site says they have been making snow for 31 days.

Are asses will be there with live reports, videos & photos. See you on the slopes.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Liftopia Announces Winter Sale - Save up to 60% on lift tickets.


Liftopia Announced a Winter Sale - Save up to 60% on lift tickets on New England Ski Areas such as Jay Peak, Waterville, Sunday River, Mad River Glen & Burke.

http://www.liftopia.com/ski-resort-info/region/27/New-England-lift-tickets

12/7/10- 8' of Powder @ Loon


From Loon Mountain 12/7/10


We received 8.5 inches of light, fluffy powder in the last 24 hours. Skiers and riders lucky enough to be here today are carving 22 trails and 2 parks of packed powder - that's 10 miles of white corduroy and elbow room to enjoy it.
The forecast is for seasonal temps and flurries/snow showers right through Friday. We're not leaving it all up to Mother Nature, either. Our new tower snowguns, which are making a big difference in the amount of early season terrain and snow quality we can provide, are blasting to pile up deep carpets and expand open terrain. Stay tuned to Loon's snow and trail reports, video and photos, and come join us.

Upcoming Events:

December 11-12: Ring in Winter - Don't forget to clean out your closets and bring your outgrown winter outwear to Loon's Octagon Lodge Winter Coats Collection to benefit the Salvation Army and local shelters.

December 18: Demo Day - Come test the latest equipment from Volkl, Salomon, Atomic, Nordica, Rossignol, Dynastar and more.

December 18-19: Santa on Skis - Santa will be here skiing. Catch up with him here and let him what you'd like for Christmas.

12/7/10- Sugarloaf get's 8-12" - 14 trails & 3 lifts open


From Sugarloaf 7:30 AM 12/7/10

Yesterday's snowstorm hit us harder than expected and this morning we're looking at roughly 8 inches of new snow here at the base and 12 inches up higher on the mountain. Snow continues to fall at this very moment, and we're expecting another inch or so throughout the day today.

Conditions on the hill today will certainly be the best we've seen so far this season, and we may see some ropes drop today as patrol gets up there and checks things out.

Three lifts are scheduled to operate for us today. Winds are a bit gusty which may affect lift operations.

Jay Peak gets 12-15" last night but still only 3 trails & 3 lifts open


From Jay Peak 6: 30 AM 12/7/10

Got to love being in the Northeast Kingdom. This latest storm came into northern Vermont through the "backdoor" from Maine, and has pounded us with 12"-15" of snow and it's still coming down. The storm is riding on the back of some strong winds so you will find 30" pockets of snow....and in some places you'll only find 10". Because the wind is sticking around, the Jet Triple may have a delayed opening. Stay tuned here for the latest.

TODAY'S PLAN: Spin the Triple, Queen's Highway T-bar, and Sun Kid carpet at 9:00 AM servicing the Haynes, Jet, Chalet Meadows, and the Learning Area.

The Metro Quad and Flyer will be opening up on Tramside this Friday. Trails such as Upper Goat Run, Lower Quai, Queen's Highway, Perry Merrill and the Interstate will be among the trails added for the weekend, connecting the two sides of the resort. Stay tuned because as natural snow increases more terrain will open.

Monday, December 6, 2010

12/6/10- Ski NH Announces Holiday 2-Packs (Save a few bucks)





Holiday 2-Packs are available only until December 22. These tickets are valid any day.

Buy early to ensure that you will be able to purchase tickets for your favorite areas. Here are the details: 
Simply create your package of 2 lift tickets or more by choosing the mountains you want with no more than 50% of your lift tickets to any one mountain. (In an order of two tickets, this means you must pick two different ski areas; in a three ticket order, two can be to one area and one to another; in a four ticket order, you can choose two to one area & two to another.)

You can choose from any or all tiers of mountains.

-- $65 per lift ticket for Bretton Woods and/or Loon Mountain 


-- $55 per lift ticket for Attitash, Mount Sunapee and/or Waterville Valley


-- $ 53 per lift ticket for Cannon Mountain, Gunstock Mountain Resort, Ragged Mountain and/or Wildcat Mountain


-- $43 per lift ticket for Cranmore, Crotched Mountain and/or Pats Peak
 (Pats Peak tickets not valid for Saturday Night POP program.)


-- $30 per lift ticket for The Balsams Wilderness, Black Mountain, Dartmouth Skiway, Granite Gorge Ski Area, and/or King Pine


-- $20 per lift ticket for McIntyre Ski Area

TO PLACE AN ORDER:
(If ordering 5 tickets or less, you must order via phone or fax.)


Phone: 800-887-5464 
Fax: 603-745-3002

ORDER FORM.


If ordering 6 or more tickets you can order online.

*Tickets are valid any day, including weekends and all holidays.


*Redeem at the ski area for an all day lift ticket, a twilight lift ticket or a night lift ticket. 

*Quantities are limited, so once we sell out of a specific ski area, those tickets will no longer be available. 


12/6/10 - Loon claims to have the most open terrain in New Hampshire


Trails open:
21
Lifts open:
3
Acres open:
120
Miles open:
10
Parks Open:
2

From the Loon web site 12/6/10: You'll find the most open terrain in New Hampshire here at Loon with TOP TO BOTTOM terrain for all abilities, plus we have two parks open! So come check them out! We received 2" of snow overnight! This week's forecast looks great for snowmaking around the clock and we'll continue to both resurface open trails and open additional terrain. Our snowmakers are doing an awesome job - and our new tower snow guns are making a huge difference! For today we have 120 acres, 21 trails and over 9 miles open for your skiing and riding pleasure. Early-season ticket rates are in effect: $56 adult (19-64); $46 teen (13-18); $36 junior (6-12); 5 and under and 80+ ski free.

http://www.loonmtn.com/

Waterville Valley - New Online $35 Learn to Ski and Ride Special


Learn to Ski/Ride Programs

Learn to Ski/Ride Anytime Package

Get good your first time! For ages 7 and up, Learn to Ski & Ride inclusive beginner's package includes a 2 hour beginner lesson, quality rental equipment and a learning area lift ticket.. Also, check out our Beginner's Guide to Waterville Valley - everything you need to know for new skiers/riders!
$75

Take 2 and 3 Plan to Learn to Ski or Ride

Your Best Deal! Includes a lower mountain lift ticket, lesson and rental. Valid any day throughout the 2010-2011 season.
Take 2 Plan $130 ($65 / day)
Take 3 Plan $150 ($50 / day)

New Online $35 Learn to Ski and Ride Special

Available for ages 7 and up and requires a purchase made 24 hours in advance online in our e-store (coming soon). It's good Sunday-Friday, non-holidays and that's all the fine print. Holiday dates are: 12/26/10 through 1/2/11, 1/15 through 1/17/2011, 2/19 through 2/26/2011.

Sunday River - Facebook Friday - 12/10/10 $25


RSVP for Facebook Friday and ski or ridge for just $25!

The most popular ski deal on Facebook is back. Friday, December 10 is Facebook Friday - any Fans who RSVP can purchase a lift ticket for just $25.

How does it work?
1) RSVP to Facebook Friday here. *Required*
2) Purchase your ticket at the Facebook window in the Welcome Center of South Ridge Lodge on Friday. You'll be on the RSVP list.
3) Ski or ride all day.
4) Hit the Foggy Goggle (optional)

Remember, putting your name on the event wall or commenting on a post does not register you - you must click "I'm Attending" above.

12-6-11 Jay Peak Snow Report -3 Lifts & 3 Trails


Jay picked up 3-4" of new snow overnight, and it is currently still snowing. Forecaster's expect 1-3" to fall during the day today, with an additional 2-4" overnight into Tuesday.

The Jet Triple Chair, Sunkid Moving Carpet and Queen's Highway T-Bar all start spinning at 9:00 AM with last chair at 4 PM. Surface conditions will be Packed Powder/Loose Granular on our open trails, which consist of The Jet, Haynes, Chalet Meadows and Learning Area.

The Metro Quad and Flyer will be opening up on Tramside this Friday, as we will have both sides of the resort connected and a extensive trail network taking form. Trails such as, Upper Goat Run, Lower Quai, Queen's Highway, Perry Merrill and the Interstate will be among the trails added for the weekend. Stay tuned, because as natural snow increases, terrain will be opening at a rapid rate, and with every flake we get one step closer to glade skiing.

Early-season lift tickets right now are $39 for Adults and $29 for Juniors, plus a one time $5 fee for your very own J CARD (which allows you to reload tickets online and bypass ticket lines forevermore.)

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Attitash hopes to be open Dec 11th

From the Attitash Website 12/4/10:

Projected Opening Day


Due to the extensive rain and projected forecast for the next few days, we expect December 11 to be to the opening day for the 2010 - 2011 winter season.

Unfortunately, due to this rain and the warmer temperatures, we could not make snow last night and will not be able to make snow tonight. We do hope that we will be able to resume snowmaking efforts Thursday night if the temperatures permit and will make snow at every possible opportunity.

The taste of the natural snow we saw the other day only has us even more fired up for this season and we're fervently praying Mother Nature sends us more soon, since it's time to get this winter rolling!

Wildcat due to open December 11th


From the Wildcat Facebook Fan Page December 1st, 2010:

Bad news/good news: Bad news, we're set to repeat last year's December opening date and are now aiming at Saturday, December 11th to open this season. Good news, after today's rain event, we should be getting in to a stretch of cold weather to consistently resume snowmaking to work on that effort. Pray for snow.

Sunday River claims to have the most open terrain in NE


Most Open Terrain In New England
We were the first in the East to open for the season back in October, and thanks to the continued magic of Sunday River snowmakers we have the most open terrain in the East. We’re carving across Locke Mountain, Barker Mountain, Spruce Peak and South Ridge with the Chondola and North Peak being added to the mix shortly. With more terrain and more snow, it’s that much easier to find your happy place. See the Mountain Report for some new photos, or take a look at our new video shot this morning.

Liftopia Annouces Deep Discounts for Jay Peak & Stowe


This just in: Stowe has extended their early-season prices on Liftopia.com from now through December 10th. Ski or ride for as low as $51.99/day!

Stowe Lift Tickets from $51.99/day

And while we are on the topic of killer Vermont resorts, be sure to check out our deals at Jay Peak from $34.99/day. That's a savings of 49% off the on-mountain price!

Jay Peak Lift Tickets from $34.99/day


Think Snow - Wildcat Snow Globe

Guess that ski area....

Friday, December 3, 2010

11/27/10 - Sking & Boarding @ Bretton Woods, NH

video

Yes there is snow & skiing up North. It was snowing like crazy at Bretton Woods Saturday.