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I have stuff I gotta do saturday, then a x-mas party on saturday night, so I may go sunday mid-morning somewhere. I tell you what boys, let me know what you come up with and when you're doing it, and I'll do my best to join you. If not now.... later for sure.
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Shane
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Sounds good, Joe. I know that Janice and Sophia have plans mid-morning on Sunday, so that may work. I skinned up Timberline last night under some pretty decent ambient moonlight and it was great. It only takes 35 mins to get to the top then a 20 min descent. So roughly an hour round trip - not too bad. Nice easy piece of exercise after work.
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I can go on Sunday. Hopefully we will get some more snow. Not sure where. Bolton is opening on Friday. not sure what that means in the BC area if they will be looking for money. 

We could go up and try Dewey. My guess is it will be thin. I have heard nothing from the Tear Drop side of MAnsfield. 
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There was plenty of coverage at higher elevations. The problem is that the ground hasn't frozen yet so the open water bars need to be avoided. The temperature is supposed to drop soon so perhaps that will set everything up then it will be stellar. No complaints though...it's been a fantastic season for me so far.
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The word on Dewey is, it's too thin to ski the woods right now. Looks like BV has gotten more snow. I'd be up for a simple ski up timberline. Maybe do adam's solutude, or just ski the trails. No body's going to care if folks are uphill skiing this weekend at timberline. If this sounds good, then let it be known. If snot, then blow it out your nose.
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So I guess BV opened today Friday
Are they making any snow at all this year up there?
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DP, they opened with lift 2 featuring black bear as about the only trail open..... Off to a good start... NOT. They've got to get it together soon, or poof! I feel for them, and hope they can stay open, but I think their days are numbered. It'll take new blood with real vision to pull it off, but I think BV can make it, it needs serious capital, and redstone isn't going to pony up. Long live BV.... one can only hope.

Just looked at BV's webcam, and there's a shit load of snow (way more than over at the Underhill side of Mansfield), but they only have 4 beginner trails open on 3 lifts? WTH. They don't/can't even fill the water bars with MM snow, so they can open the mountain up... Or maybe it's because they don't have the man power....Willing to work for peanuts and on-call. 


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We are heading up to Stevensville for 9am. Time to see what the Dewey glades are like.
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Bob, You talking about tomorrow? Believe me, dewey ain't ready. If you're talking about skiing from Stevensville, you would be better off hiking. I have been going up there right along, and the hiking is great, the skiing is sketchy. I tell ya, there's not nearly the snow depth in Underhill as there is elsewhere. If you're talking about meeting up there tomorrow for some outdoor adventure, I'll meet you at 9am with hiking boots. It's supposed to be sunny and cold. Perfect for a hike. I don't ski the steep woods until there's a base, it's a buried treasure party up there in underhill. 

I love to hike, so, I'll see you guys up there, and may the best man live to see another day.
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Joe, I'd go for a hike but it's a bit far to drive back up there. I'll join you another time. Soon!

Bob, there's a lot of hobblebush and beech branches still waiting to grab a ski and the rocks are right below the surface, ready to grind your edges down and put some nice deep grooves in the base. But I guess that's how you like 'em. [wink]
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We altered our course a bit and went on the other side of Dewy near the Trout club. We skinned up on top of that ridge that heads down toward Traps. There is perhaps a couple feet of snow on the ridge top. All the streams are open. I skied all the way to the car. I hit a few submerged stones lightly, never even came close to falling. Both Shane and I enjoyed first tracks. Most of the descent was decent. Perhaps 300 turns in powder. We had to break the trail so the skinning was great. Saw three other skiers coming up on the way down. Early season skiing requires a safe attitude, keep your tips in view, go slow. Plan your line. I really think you can safely ski and should in all conditions. Its good experience. It was great to be outside. Going again in the morning. Ski season is here Joe. According to Stan the upper reaches of Spruce peak are the deepest right now of anywhere. Stowe woods pics are all over Facebook. The upper half of these mountains are skiable. Part of me wants to try Sterling Valley. I might go up to Stevensville.  I would not mind checking those glades out. If nobodies been in there the top half would be good. Hiking with skis is not out of the question. If you hiked what we skied today you would have had problems on the upper half. You would have needed snow shoes. Dish pan cant be much different up high. 
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This was a little way up probably 20 minutes into the hour up. We ended up in the Spruces on top.

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Reply with quote  #113 
It looks like there was more snow where you guys were today. Brandon Gap didn't look too bad when we drove over today but probably not as much snow as the Mansfield/Madonna complex.
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I skied across the street. Hell of a time crossing the brook. Once I got up high the logging roads were great. Still thin but I skied all the way to the river and took a bridge back. Glad I didnt take anyone but a dog because it was work getting up. Breaking trail crossing streams you know the drill. Didn't hit a thing float like a butter fly avoid sudden stops.
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I skinned up into Cotton Brook today. It's full on winter there on the Bolton side. Saw lots of people and did multiple runs off Ravens Wind down into Cotton Brook. Then I skinned up to Wilderness and skied out on Snow Hole. It was all good. I didn't have to worry about buried treasure like yesterday, but I don't have any complaints about Dewey. Amazing conditions for early December. And with this latest storm slated to hit us tonight I've got new batteries in the headlamp and I'm ready for the next foray. I even picked up a Xmas tree on the way home so I'm a hero at the homestead. I highly recommend hot chicken broth in a thermos with hot chili oil mixed in-it heats you all the way to the core. And for the second time in 2 days I've run into damsels in distress with 3 pin set ups struggling in the woods. I had to teach them the skiers code.
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Reply with quote  #116 
Sure, it all sounds nice, but did you give them any of your chicken soup?
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Shane
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Not exactly....you'll have to ask Bob for a description of the skiers code.
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Sorry Shane I am going dodge that bullet. A full explanation of the skiers code including penalties for being a nimrod needs to be done in a more private setting. Perhaps at the next event we can fully explore this subject. 


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MRG was good today. I got a week day pass for 360 bucks no restrictions. In one day my per run costs are lower then what it cost me to ski at Bolton last year.
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Shane
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No worries Bob on the skiers code as that is definitely left for private conversation.
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Bob
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I think we need to expand the skiers code a bit more. Extreme laziness should have a penalty. There also ought to be a Whining rule. I think the poor equipment choices area we have just started exploring can also get expanded. 
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This is how our ski trips are suppose to be. The trouble is it requires people who can do it.

https://www.zoneski.com/reseau/mansfield-tear-drop-trail/
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Shane
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I would be up for something like that. It seems like these guys had their shit together. Of course, the beauty of where we live means we can sleep in a warm bed at home then drive to Teardrop. They caught some great conditions.
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Just commenting on the energy. I talked to Jon the other day and he said he was too Old for winter camping. It was in reference to the Burling trips as in he is not going anymore because he is too old. I still feel 18 and being old has nothing to with doing fun things out side. I would love to do a trip with those Canadians.  They have the BWE attitude I remember.
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just in time for the holiday  

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