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Joe
Reply with quote  #51 
That's funny. I skied Sugarbush yesterday with bros Tom and Dave, and it turns out the "newbie" crew were skiing there also. And what's even funnier is that Tom and I would of hiked into Burling this weekend if we had a crystal ball and knew only you yahoo's were going to be there. I guess it was meant to be...... I do feel an emptiness not going to burling this year. What ever that means.

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Bob
Reply with quote  #52 
Joe it means you lost the faith for a bit. You never know unless you go. SB is fun but I have done that so many times. I never have worked the conditions we saw this weekend. Really tough and in a way silly. My gear all held up, I did rip a D ring off my tow hip belt. Lucky there where two positions on each side. My skis and skins are trashed. WE were crossing streams with skis on and then pulling the sleds across. Broken pole corner was an open 30 foot wide stream with ICE trails leading to it from both directions. The little hill part was mostly open. I just took off the skis and dragged the sled up and over it, then I walked back to collect the skis. The down was ok with a brake. The road from the gate to the PK lot was solid ICE, bumpy. IT was amazing not one of us fell on the way out. Never has a Winter Event been so warm. That cabin had to be 80 last night.

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Tom
Reply with quote  #53 
Bob, sounds like the trip up and back was a blast. I wish I could have trashed my BC ski gear, too. [rolleyes]

Difference for me about SB is that I didn't ever ski there much (three times in 30 years) so I still have fun exploring the place and learning the ropes. The skiing was actually pretty good considering the winter we've had.
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Bob
Reply with quote  #54 
They do make a ton of snow at SB. Its funny that like 7 people who were going to go camping all went skiing at SB instead. You guys could have all skied together, They posted pics of Steins all bumped up.

My skins took the brunt of the abuse. I got sand in the adhesive and will need to re-glue them. They were on edge already. They never fell off so its wasn't that bad. My skis look ok no core shots just a few scratches, edges fine.  I enjoy using my skis, the V8 is a tough ski.
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stan
Reply with quote  #55 
I'm happy to report no damage to my skis. I'd also like to mention that I wouldn't have gone to Sugarbush over the winter event anyway. Limited trails open. Clusterfuck crowds and so on. You guys are too old and set in your ways.
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Joe
Reply with quote  #56 
Stanny you invited women to the event (normally that's a good thing). The event is a boys weekend. It's what myself, Bill Raub, and Mal came up with back in 1990. The first boysweekend was 1991. Tim, Bob, myself, Jon, and Bill were present. I plan on staying the course with a weekend for the boys - to get away from the wife, the kid, and the dog - T.O. 

We used to have a family weekend and a kidsweekend, how bout coming up with a couples weekend. I had a fkn blast skiing at the bush. And spending a day (Fri.) with a future rock-star..... No shit
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Stan
Reply with quote  #57 
Joe, If I remember correctly when the Julie group showed up last year, most were in favour of having a couple tough extremely capable ladies join in this year. Don't worry Joe I'm just giving  you shit. It's the boys weekend way[smile] Hey, maybe you guys have Gynophobia?
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Joe
Reply with quote  #58 
Maybe you're turning into a girl.... You sure like showing your ugly ass to the boys.
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Bob
Reply with quote  #59 
I think a couple weekends are in order. Clearly Joe is challenged by girls who can out ski, out drink and out Bike him. A little earlier in the year would be better for the skier weekend. The Boysweekend can stay were it is so nobody gets uncomfortable.

To be historically accurate Joe, Tim never had a dog as an adult.

I went up into that valley 4 weekends in a row. Skied some excellent powder on three of the trips. Just Stan, Shane and Julie joined up despite putting it out there 4 times.  I value the place and I don't care who doesn't. Life is too short to be wiping dead horses.
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Bob
Reply with quote  #60 
Joe we never did a summary for this years winter event. I have been lazy.

So here is what I remember.

Friday Bob and Shane met at the Taj and car pooled up. We headed to Morristown and saw Stan on the way. An Accident blocked RT100 at the Moscow turn so we got stuck in a line of cars. Stan went back and around, we eventually did too. We spent about an hour figuring that out.

We got the the lot at the end of BM road arounf 10:30am and Stan was already packed and waiting. We assembled our shit and headed out on snow. This was my forth trip in a row up there and the snow pack had really taken a hit. The road was little more then a blue ice sheet. My 100 pound sled (cannon) actually went pretty well in the beginning. We made the gate and continued. We had a snow pack up past the VAST trail and a little bit further. Then the fun started. We began to encounter open streams. Not one or two but more like 15 or 16. At first it was de-ski and haul the sled across for me. It soon degraded to just cross the stream and drag the sled across with skis on (poor skins). I left little blue paint on 100's of rocks. I texted some others who were thinking about coming and told them not too. It was not an easy pull.  We got to the last 1/2 mile on the old trail and there were sections of open dirt. At one point I tried to go around a blow down and got hopelessly stuck. Shane had to help me recover the trail since my sled was too heavy for me to pull out with out unpacking it. Stan was long gone and already had a fire going at Burling. He beat us by an hour at least.

We found the cabin in good shape. The weather was awesome but the snow was suffering. We settled in and cut all our wood in an hour. We made a big fire in the excellent out door fire pit. Cooked steak with Shane which we will not talk about. I did retain my dental work, tough no tire like. That was Friday.

Saturday dawned clear we rose ate shat and headed out on skis. We went over to the beave and then on to the classic glades. The snow was still frozen so we could actually ski. Shane disappeared for a Cell signal and Stan and I went sideways to the left to explore. We found a huge new area of open glade To the east on the same ridge we usually ski. We climbed up it in full sun and topped out on the ridge. We got a run on corn snow with no falls and headed back to camp doing a high traverse. We pretty much were able to ski all the way back to the cabin.   We hung out and ate drank some headys and shot about 50 rounds with my 44 mag pistol. Very loud but we had safety glasses and ear protection. Cooked on the fire again for dinner outside. I did the steaks this time and you didnt need a knife. cut it with a fork.  That was Saturday

Sunday we had to ski out. We knew it was going to suck. My long sled was best suited for the road so that's what I did. I basically just dragged it with no skis on from Broken pole corner for about a third of a mile till the snow started. Then I walked back and got my skis. Stan and Shane were able to manuver through the trees along the pond and be on snow the whole way from the stream. Broken pole corner was a 30 foot wide stream so we had to de ski. Stan didnt he just dragged his sled across and skis on like it didnt matter. IT took a while to get down we all were  just dragging the sleds across open sections. We all got down and nobody even fell down. Clearly the hardest sledding I have seen on this trip. IT cant ever be worse in my opinion.

The good

The weather was stellar
The cabin was in good repair
Firewood was plentiful
Food was excellent

The Bad

The snow sucked, one run!
There were only three of us
We fired the cannon once







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Bob
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Joe
Reply with quote  #62 
Bob, I'll put your summary/pics up soon.... I will be leaving out one of the chosen pics you posted. Nasty.



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Bob
Reply with quote  #63 
Yea I suppose if Roy and his special friend could not be posted. Stan's ass is probably over the line. He urged me to to take the picture, just sayin. Hey you should put it in the front page image that cycles. Every 100 times display Stan's ass so most people would not see it. But every once in a while it would pop up. I am evil.
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Joe
Reply with quote  #64 
The bw winter event summary/pics are up. I enjoy reading about other peoples misery. Good read.
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Bob
Reply with quote  #65 
Anyone up for a Winter event? I get the feeling that all but a few of us have aged passed the place where dragging sleds to an old cabin in the woods is too much work. Its too bad as we used to have a lot of fun. That snow pack is huge still despite the warm temps this week. I have been up there twice this season so I got my fix, but I could do it again.
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Reply with quote  #66 
So I get it you are all lazy. What if the last BWE event is at my house like the first one? We could all ski at SB. On Saturday. Two nights my yard might be skiable. My cabin is way better then Burling.

 
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Reply with quote  #67 
Bob, that's funny. I was just thinking maybe we should do what we did years back at our first 2 winter events, and ski lift service, then hit a cabin in the woods (in order to include more of us). I went online to see what's available as far as a cabin in the woods, and it's not pretty, so if your offering up your camp/cabin, I'm in. Maybe Mal and Mike would make the scene. I bet Jon Boy will go, and DP might even be able to do the evening portion. Friday at SB would rock. Thanks for the offer..... Where would your cute wife be? Would she hide or scat?


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Bob
Reply with quote  #68 
She doesnt like the idea. I got yelled at. She doesnt want a bunch of drunks in or house. I did talk to Stan. He said he would go to Burling again in minute.

Its all good, I have a SB quad pack to use. I hope the Winter is not over.
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Reply with quote  #69 
It's good you have one sane person in your household. Not sure about this fkn weather we're having, if this keeps up, the stream crossings will be pure hell, and I don't want to go to hell. The fall event is in stone, the winter event is on the fly at this point. I'll do whatever makes me happy, I have been out straight with work and need to chill on the weekends when possible. Falling into a cold stream is too much of a chill. Let's watch the weather, and see what the fk it has to offer.

The east sucks for skiing..... West is best.
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Bob
Reply with quote  #70 
Yea I am sure there are way more open today. I had a pretty trouble free sled in out on the 2/10 weekend just two weeks ago. I imagine even last weekend was good.  I got 51 degrees outside at about 4pm. Tomorrow it might 60. Its hard to believe I was in 2 feet of fluff last Saturday across the street. fucking shit ass weather.

Who knows 3 weeks is a long time weather wise in Vermont.
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Shane
Reply with quote  #71 
I skinned up Gardiners Lane in the Bolton BC yesterday and there was 3 inches of fresh powder on a bulletproof base. It was fantastic..I could ski anywhere and I did a whole bunch of runs. No one else out there. I'm glad I went!
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Bob
Reply with quote  #72 
Yea I wondered about that. I worked on cars both days. I did take my skiis out for a walk on the back hill. Where there was a base and sufficient room to turn it was good for one pass. Clearly higher up would have been fine. I also saw pictures of MRG (closed), up high there was several inches on a hard base. Scavenger skiing.

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Bob
Reply with quote  #73 
I just looked at the Cam at MRG. Talk about dismal. Not one person outside. All that is open is the little double and the practice slope.
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Reply with quote  #74 
Well, it looks and feels like BW Winter 2017 is a bust. I am loaded with work I need to attend to, so am only free for Sat/Sun. It's going to be bitter cold this weekend, and the snow pack sucks. Add to that, the lack of interest from our group as a whole, so I think it's best to stay put and watch UVM basketball on Saturday. Next year, or sooner, I think we need to adjust to our aging group, and find a cabin to rent near a ski area and go with that. We'd most likely get everyone going again, and that's what it's about anyway. 


Glad Bob, Shane, and Stan got to the cabin this year. They got their fix. Hopefully we can get together as a group and go spring skiing sometime this season. Smuggs or SB will do. 
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Bob
Reply with quote  #75 
Sounds good to me. I got one trip in. I skied a bunch.  Our idea of a ski trip needs to change as the climate is changing.  The Chic Chocks is getting hammered 8 hours north. 
Out west seems reliable. 

I have 4 tickets to SB I have not used and once again a season pass that will not pay. I am done with passes. 3 years in a row of expensive skiing.

We got 2 inches in 30 minutes this morning. All white again for the moment. 

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