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Shane
Reply with quote  #26 
The Universe sent me a clear message yesterday when I ripped out of my ski. So I listened and just bought abrand new pair of Volkl V8's with Axl bindings. The woman at OGE said I would be "stoked". She was right! I'm f------- stoked!
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Joe
Reply with quote  #27 
Awesome Shane! You're going to dig the axls. They're the bomb. Those V-8's will be dancing in the trees.

Bob, great report..... Really. You should open up an adventure/tour camp. All inclusive. Just show up and listen and watch.
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stan
Reply with quote  #28 
Happy you made the move Shane!
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Shane
Reply with quote  #29 
Thanks Stan and Thanks Joe! Yea, I'm really psyched to get out there again. It was so weird to drive up to Beaver Meadow almost expecting to see bare ground or at best patches of snow. To literally ski in a true winter setting was awesome. It exceeded our expectations - that's for sure.
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Bob
Reply with quote  #30 

Joe you are so Volkl in the morning, did you just drink your V8?


 

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Joe
Reply with quote  #31 

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Hey we got some snow. Keep it up mother nature..... Shane needs some pow

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Bob
Reply with quote  #32 
We just endured Bolton for the morning. That place Blows. They are running it into the ground. No snow making to speak of. The trails are sheets of ice with a little fluff on them. They cant groom because there is nothing on the trail to till. They didnt turn Vista till 11am. First it was a wind hold then it was a mechanical. We skied the little lift, two runs at timberline and then one on Vista after it opened. It sucked so we left.
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Joe
Reply with quote  #33 
Yeah, I cannot imagine how Bolton is going to survive. If they're not able/willing to make/groom enough snow to cover half their trails, then their days are numbered. I love how they brag about their snowmakers/groomers on their FB page. Kinda sickening. What's really bad is, Smuggs is for the most part cheaper than BV..... WTF. My guess is, that they won't sell half the season passes for next season as they did for this season. At least you gave it a try.... Now write them a letter of discontent, and be sure to post it here for me to read. I love a good laugh.


This is off BV website describing todays conditions: 

Simply put, today was awesome. Last night's 5" of snow combined with the wind left some massive drifts on the side of the trails. Things will warm up a bit tomorrow as temps will rise into the 20s. There are also a number of fun events happening around the mountain. You've just got to get up here to enjoy it. $19 tickets for Late Night at Bolton Valley starts a little earlier at 4pm this evening with skiing until 10pm.
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Bob
Reply with quote  #34 
They are so full of shit that the access road is now blocked. A giant wave of shit is covering the road. They are on shit hold.
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Joe
Reply with quote  #35 
Nothing worse than a giant wave of shit.

How the hell can you operate with 4 lifts and only end up with 7 trails?  


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Bob
Reply with quote  #36 
I went on their Web site and left them some customer feedback. info@boltonvalley.com. IT came back as not deliverable. BrokenValley! I have a season pass and I don't even want to go
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Joe
Reply with quote  #37 

Rate and leave a review on their Facebook page...... Or should I say fakebook page. Come on! I dare ya. Let your voice be heard.

That is bad.... When you have food in your hand and no interest in eating it. I wouldn't go for free right now.

This isn't going to help, but I bought - on ebay - 2 coupons for $7.00 that gets me in for $39 a ticket. I more than likely won't be using them and feel a bit foolish for doing so. Hey, who knows, 2 weeks from now it could snow 2 feet of cold powder and all will be good.
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Shane
Reply with quote  #38 
I really don't care that much about their downhill operations, but I love the backcountry opportunities there. I love the whole BC area, and it is in my humble opinion one of the best places I've ever BC skied.
I know that I'm not alone in that assessment. Gardiner Lane and Clem Soutiere are two of my personal heroes who loved that place. Gardiner passed away, but Clem is in his eighties, and he gets dropped off at the Nordic center and skis down Broadway to a waiting car. Now that's what I call dedication! Gardiner painted some beautiful water colors of skiers in that area. I'm headed up there after work today to climb Gardiners Lane and check out Heavenly Highway. I'd love to see a system of yurts from Bolton to Trapps and beyond. I mean you could conceivably ski from Bolton to Beaver Meadow without too much trouble and hit some incredible mixed terrain.
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DP
Reply with quote  #39 
Keep your fingers crossed for snow next Wednesday
We had so much fun out west that I'm not sure if I could ski here again, unless we get a serious dump.

Head west young men
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Shane
Reply with quote  #40 
Next year there will be no snow out west and tons of snow here. That's my official forecast and you heard it here first. My only gripe about people who complain about the weather is that they don't do anything about it!
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Tom
Reply with quote  #41 
Skied Sugarbush today and it was OK. Really crowded; the lower parking lots were all full. The snow was wicked hard pack (and ice) but there was a bit of fresh to make it tolerable. Problem is that the boarders scrape it all off, then they camp along the edges so you can't even ski that. I noticed a difference between Smugglers, where there aren't that many boarders, and Sugarbush, where boarders make up maybe a quarter of the people there. At Smugs, the snow lasts longer, especially along the edges.

I know, we can't complain too much because boarders help to keep the industry alive. But still, it's frustrating, especially in a bad winter where snow is at a premium.

I probably won't bother skiing again until we get a couple of really warm, sunny days and that bullet-proof, frozen slush turns into something resembling corn snow. What a year.

PS: Stan, I know that you and other good boarders aren't to blame, you carve, but unfortunately there are a lot of sliders on the slopes.
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Bob
Reply with quote  #42 
We are headed out at 8:30am Sunday at the taj. Headed for the Sterling Ridge area north of stowe. Hopefully to find the back door to the glades at BM. Looks like we can connect it. Who knows what we will find.
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Tom
Reply with quote  #43 
Happy hunting! Maybe you'll find the lost glades of the Valkyrie.
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Bob
Reply with quote  #44 
We found it, Winter is up there. We got three runs in all first tracks. We climbed up the back way topped out on top of one of the glades we always ski. We yoyoed a bit and then skied back to the car into the sterling valley. 9:30 till 2pm a good day all around.IMG_1739.jpg IMG_1755.JPG IMG_1751.jpg 
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Joe
Reply with quote  #45 
That's great. I can't believe there's that much snow on the ground. Good work.
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Bob
Reply with quote  #46 
Yes that area seems to hold it. The snow pack is normally much deeper but I will take the 20" that's there. Excellent base all set up. I am thinking they will get more this week too.
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Bob
Reply with quote  #47 
Next week looks bad, a really warm trend is headed our way. 50-60 degrees Wed/Thur next week.
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coal roller
Reply with quote  #48 
time to put the ice fishing gear and plow truck away for the year.
get out the van and the boat.
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Bob
Reply with quote  #49 
Well the BM valley yielded yet another mostly untracked set of runs on powder. Thats three weekends in a row draggin my ass up there to get the goodsIMG_1772.jpg IMG_1784.jpg 
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stan
Reply with quote  #50 
Very fun day!
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