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by LewLasher
Thu Jan 03, 2008 8:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: XC Skiing in the USA - Where and When?
Replies: 14
Views: 3914

Some ideas in eastern US + Canada

In the northeastern part of the U.S. there are lots of small cross-country resorts. Three of the larger, more popular resorts with relatively consistent snow conditions are: Jackson, New Hampshire; Stowe, Vermont; and Lake Placid, New York. In Eastern Canada (Quebec province), three of the larger, m...
by LewLasher
Wed Jan 02, 2008 10:15 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: XC ski links?
Replies: 10
Views: 2769

Some New England links

Vermont ski conditions: http://www.skivermont.com/conditions/ New Hampshire ski conditions: http://www.xcskinh.com/Snow_Reports.cfm Catamount Trail Association (300-mile, mostly backcountry, trail across the state of Vermont): http://www.catamounttrail.org/
by LewLasher
Wed Jan 02, 2008 7:12 am
Forum: XC Ski Gear Discussion
Topic: What's the difference between different NNN bindings?
Replies: 6
Views: 8059

How does NIS get onto the ski?

I take it that NIS involves a mounting plate that is attached to the ski without putting screws into drilled holes. So how does the NIS plate get onto the ski? Is the mounting plate already on the skis when I buy them? Should I make sure that I don't buy skis that are lacking this mounting plate?
by LewLasher
Wed Jan 02, 2008 5:59 am
Forum: XC Ski Gear Discussion
Topic: What's the difference between different NNN bindings?
Replies: 6
Views: 8059

Paying more for manual binding

Thanks for the clarification.

It looks like I paid extra (on the racing version, as opposed to the touring version) for the privilege of being able to open and close the binding manually.
by LewLasher
Tue Jan 01, 2008 7:08 pm
Forum: XC Ski Gear Discussion
Topic: What's the difference between different NNN bindings?
Replies: 6
Views: 8059

What's the difference between different NNN bindings?

I scored a deal today on some Rossignol R4 classic bindings for $52.50. Now I'm puzzling over the various NNN bindings listed on the REI Web site: They show (Fischer) R4 bindings for $80, (Fischer) R3 bindings for $70, Rossignol T-4 bindings for $52, Fischer T3 bindings for $45 and Rottefella "...
by LewLasher
Tue Jan 01, 2008 6:56 pm
Forum: Where are the best deals?
Topic: L.L. Bean outlet stores
Replies: 0
Views: 2916

L.L. Bean outlet stores

This is relevant only to the northeast U.S., where L.L. Bean has its outlet stores. And it's quite possible that not all the outlet stores carry cross-country skiing equipment. Having said that, I've gotten good deals at the outlet stores in Concord and North Conway, New Hampshire. Today, the Concor...
by LewLasher
Sun Dec 30, 2007 8:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Secret trails?
Replies: 4
Views: 1896

Secret trails?

In the last couple of days, I "discovered" some "new" trails that I didn't know about. That may not sound particularly noteworthy, but I've been skiing in this town (Stowe, Vermont) for over a dozen years, and I've got all the local trail maps - this is, in general, a very well-d...
by LewLasher
Sat Dec 29, 2007 5:46 pm
Forum: NorthEast
Topic: VT - Stowe 2007-2008
Replies: 12
Views: 5424

Fast times

Today's above-freezing temperatures made for the second thaw of this season (er, month). Conditions were very fast this afternoon and will probably be even faster once temperatures fall below freezing tomorrow. Still plenty of snow depth, and it's definitely groomable. Hoping for the 2-4" predi...
by LewLasher
Tue Dec 25, 2007 3:35 pm
Forum: NorthEast
Topic: VT - Stowe 2007-2008
Replies: 12
Views: 5424

Not as good as before the rain, but still good

I didn't ski on Monday, so today was my first chance to see what the conditions would be like after the first weather crisis this season. I skied on groomed trails today (Trapp) and conditions were pretty good. I don't think backcountry skiing would be a great idea right now, though. There was maybe...
by LewLasher
Sun Dec 23, 2007 7:33 pm
Forum: NorthEast
Topic: VT - Stowe 2007-2008
Replies: 12
Views: 5424

First thaw of 2007-2008

Pouring rain today.

Tomorrow will be the test of the groomers.

Yesterday I celebrated the last day of good snow by skiing on an easy backcountry trail (Beaver Meadow trail in Morristown). Nothing like having lots of soft, forgiving snow, on the trail and off ...
by LewLasher
Sun Dec 23, 2007 11:47 am
Forum: Europe
Topic: Please advise : skiing near Oslo?
Replies: 6
Views: 4904

I would recommend staying in Oslo, where there is a lot of competition for hotels (compared to a tourist destination such as Lillehammer). You can get to ski trails from the Oslo subway (T-banen). When I went to Oslo in 2000, I stayed at a moderately-priced "business" hotel near the main t...
by LewLasher
Sun Dec 16, 2007 4:28 pm
Forum: NorthEast
Topic: VT - Stowe 2007-2008
Replies: 12
Views: 5424

Sun 16 Dec 2007 - SMR/Trapp

My original idea was to ski along the (ungroomed) Recreation Path up to Topnotch and thence to Trapp. But I was too lazy to break trail - it was at least 6" of new snow as of 10 a.m. - so I just took the bus to SMR. Obviously, conditions change a lot when you are skiing during a storm, and some...
by LewLasher
Sat Dec 15, 2007 9:20 pm
Forum: NorthEast
Topic: VT - Stowe 2007-2008
Replies: 12
Views: 5424

Trapp cabin

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by LewLasher
Sat Dec 15, 2007 4:49 pm
Forum: NorthEast
Topic: VT - Stowe 2007-2008
Replies: 12
Views: 5424

SMR, Trapp - 15 Dec 2007

Today I started at the Stowe Mountain Resort touring center and then skied up to the Trapp trails. Conditions were good to very good at SMR, but a little better on the Trapp trails. Almost all SMR trails were groomed, but Ranch Valley Cruise was closed because a bridge was out, and the minor trails ...
by LewLasher
Fri Dec 14, 2007 7:48 pm
Forum: NorthEast
Topic: VT - Stowe 2007-2008
Replies: 12
Views: 5424

Trapp - 14 Dec 2007

I skied today at the Trapp Family Lodge trails. Conditions were "very good". (There was about 1 km of the Haul Road that was not tracked, and they didn't groom Hare Line or The Chute, so I'm holding out on "excellent".) Even though Thursday's snow was mostly further south, in sou...

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