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by LewLasher
Sat Nov 17, 2007 3:09 pm
Forum: NorthEast
Topic: VT - Stowe - 17 Nov 2007
Replies: 0
Views: 1870

VT - Stowe - 17 Nov 2007

This morning I skied for a few (about 5) km on the Mountain Road (Vermont route 108) up to Smugglers' Notch, at elevations roughly from 1550-2170 feet. Conditions were fair up to the Stowe town line (roughly 1650'), and good past (above) that point. Just more than enough snow so that pole plants did...
by LewLasher
Wed Nov 07, 2007 10:19 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Vacation ideas
Replies: 9
Views: 2807

Re: travel to ski

I'm not in the "Kauai + Waikiki" crowd, but hey, why not consider skiing in Europe? I think what Ken meant was that, for people in North America, if you are willing to travel overseas, then there lots of attractive travel destinations in Europe. If you live in, say, Wisconsin, then going ...
by LewLasher
Wed Nov 07, 2007 7:06 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Vacation ideas
Replies: 9
Views: 2807

Any thoughts on Nordic areas in Canada? I, too have heard good things about Gatineau Park, although I haven't skied there yet. I'll be going for the first time in mid-January, finally visiting a friend of mine who has come to Vermont to ski with me many times. I have skied in other parts of Quebec:...
by LewLasher
Wed Sep 26, 2007 10:38 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Economics of cross-country ski areas
Replies: 30
Views: 6216

Organizational structure of cross-country ski areas

One aspect that may (or may not) affect the economics of a cross-country ski area is its organizational structure. I've noticed the following different types of organizational structure: 1. Government owned/operated 2. Cross-country ski area affiliated with another business 2-A. Cross-country ski ar...
by LewLasher
Wed Sep 26, 2007 10:32 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Economics of cross-country ski areas
Replies: 30
Views: 6216

Economics of cross-country ski areas

I've started this topic to discuss the economics of cross-country ski areas. My impression is that cross-country ski areas in North America are not big money-makers, and that, indeed, many of them have to struggle to remain financially viable. I don't have any personal experience in the industry, ju...
by LewLasher
Mon May 21, 2007 1:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: hope for long-term future of XC ski?
Replies: 3
Views: 2218

If the Texas resort ever gets built, perhaps they could include a cross-country trail within its terrain.

But, the way their "artificial snow" is described ("wet, white Astroturf with bristles") it may not lend itself easily to cross-country skiing.

Lew
by LewLasher
Sun Mar 18, 2007 6:34 am
Forum: NorthEast
Topic: VT - Stowe - 17 Mar 2007
Replies: 0
Views: 2224

VT - Stowe - 17 Mar 2007

The St. Patrick's Day storm gave most of Vermont a foot or more of much needed powder. So skiing was great on Saturday. Lighter snow is continuing to fall, so skiing will continue to be great today (Sunday), and for a couple of days through the vernal equinox. So far so good, but the long range fore...
by LewLasher
Tue Feb 13, 2007 8:58 pm
Forum: Races and Racing
Topic: Stowe Derby
Replies: 3
Views: 2390

Stowe Derby

Thought I'd put in a plug for a local event. The Stowe Derby is a 16K race, the first 1/3 of which is on an alpine trail (with a number of tight switchbacks). The middle 1/3 has a bunch of ups and downs, and then the end part is basically flat. The overall vertical drop is almost 3,000 feet. Availab...
by LewLasher
Tue Feb 13, 2007 8:51 pm
Forum: NorthEast
Topic: Update - Stowe - 10 Feb 2007
Replies: 0
Views: 2064

Update - Stowe - 10 Feb 2007

I've been away from this forum for a few weeks. Busy skiing, having people visiting at my apartment, cleaning up the apartment ... Meanwhile, conditions have greadually gotten better and better in northern New England (sorry if all you Midwesterners have been worrying about us, the whole time I've b...
by LewLasher
Tue Jan 23, 2007 10:13 am
Forum: NorthEast
Topic: Trip report - Jackson, NH - 13 Jan 2007
Replies: 1
Views: 2316

Re: Trip report - Jackson, NH - 13 Jan 2007

Lest I forget, I should conclude this trip report by mentioning that, to my great relief, the 2008 presidential campaign is not yet in full swing. I was kidding, but, it turns out, it's closer than I thought. The presidential campaign will, it turns out, be in full swing during the current ski seas...
by LewLasher
Mon Jan 22, 2007 12:28 pm
Forum: NorthEast
Topic: VT - Huntington, Stowe - 20/21 Jan 2007
Replies: 0
Views: 2020

VT - Huntington, Stowe - 20/21 Jan 2007

This past weekend, I skied at two different touring centers in northern Vermont. On Saturday, I skied at the Sleepy Hollow Inn "ski & bike center" in Huntington ( http://www.skisleepyhollow.com/nordicskiing.html ). On Sunday, I skied at trails of two connected cross-country areas in St...
by LewLasher
Wed Jan 17, 2007 6:02 pm
Forum: Midwest
Topic: [WI] Minooka Park - Waukesha
Replies: 17
Views: 6261

I remember Blue Special, but that memory may be fading

Biffbradford wrote:I went waxless, but word on the trail was that Blue Special was the wax of the day.

Does "Blue Special" exist any more? Now it seems that there's just regular blue and blue extra. And green seems to be down to just one grade: regular green.
by LewLasher
Wed Jan 17, 2007 11:51 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: XC vs. Snowshoeing?
Replies: 6
Views: 2564

Snowshoes are good when/where skiing is not good

Each form of transport has it's place. The most important thing IMHO is that folks are gettng out to enjoy winter! I agree with that. I prefer skiing, but I use snowshoes for situations that are too difficult to ski. But I choose one or the other; I haven't yet combined snowshoes with skis in the s...
by LewLasher
Tue Jan 16, 2007 11:47 am
Forum: NorthEast
Topic: 2006-2007 season finally starting in New England
Replies: 4
Views: 3346

Only about a month behind schedule

Even though the DrMLKjr storm was less than predicted, it nonetheless allowed a few more cross-country areas to open in Vermont (Hazen's Notch, Stowe Mt Resort, Trapp, Sleepy Hollow, Blueberry Lake, Ole's) and buttressed those already open in Vermont (Craftsbury) and New Hampshire (Balsams, Great Gl...
by LewLasher
Sun Jan 14, 2007 8:00 am
Forum: NorthEast
Topic: Trip report - Jackson, NH - 13 Jan 2007
Replies: 1
Views: 2316

Trip report - Jackson, NH - 13 Jan 2007

I skied yesterday in Jackson, New Hampshire. Conditions were generally fair, but, in a few places, they were (can't think of another way to say this:) poor, with thin snow, a few rocks, and some water features. Yesterday's weather was surprisingly warm, but today it seems that winter is back (or, pe...

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