VT - Stowe - 2017-2018

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VT - Stowe - 2017-2018

Postby LewLasher » Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:25 pm

This topic is for trip reports and other information about the Stowe, Vermont area for the 2017-2018 skiing season.

Stowe has 4 commercial groomed cross-country ski areas, the 2 larger ones being the Trapp Family Lodge ("Trapp's) and Stowe Mountain Resort ("SMR" or "Mansfield").

The Stowe Nordic club Web site has a map that shows the general location of various trails around town:

https://stowenordic.org/ski/

This season, Trapp's is celebrating their 50th anniversary as a cross-country ski area, but, unlike for their 40th anniversary, they don't seem to be adding a new trails.

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15 Dec 2017 - free groomed trails

Postby LewLasher » Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:42 pm

I decided to start my 2017-2018 ski season on the free groomed trails. The Stowe Nordic club grooms the 5.5-mile Recreation Path as well as a 3 km loop on the Mayo Farm conservation property, and a short connector between the two trails. Both were groomed on Wednesday evening.

The grooming held up better on the "Rec" Path. Conditions were generally good, except where pedestrians walked on the tracks (especially where the path runs behind a line of businesses such as Piecasso and the Idletyme Brewing Company). The worst conditions were under the Luce Hill Road overpass, but that is not surprising this early in the season.

Conditions on the Mayo Farm loop were fair. It is a big open (windswept) field. The snow depth was low enough that there was significant vegetation in the way in some spots. Because this is not a trail in the summer, the vegetation is not mowed.

Back on the Rec Path: the path runs sort of parallel to the Mountain Road, which has a free shuttle bus. I picked up the bus at Topnotch, near the end of the path, because it was already dark by the time I finished the path.

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16 Dec 2017 - Trapp's

Postby LewLasher » Sun Dec 17, 2017 7:28 am

Yesterday I skied at Trapp's. Conditions were generally good to very good, although there were a few places with ice under the snow. Not all trails were tracked. Yesterday morning their Web site reported that almost all the trails were open; today they are reporting 100% open, as is the adjacent SMR/Mansfield touring center.

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Trapp's - 24 Dec 2017

Postby LewLasher » Sun Dec 24, 2017 3:57 pm

After yesterday's mixed precipitation, today's conditions were fair to good. The grooming was excellent as of this morning, but, by late afternoon, the steeper trails had been scraped down to ice. Hopefully, the snow tomorrow (Christmas) will ameliorate that.

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Trapp's - 26 Dec 2017

Postby LewLasher » Mon Dec 25, 2017 10:02 pm

Conditions today were very good. The amount of snow today was less than predicted/hoped, but was still enough to make a tremendous difference.

Temperatures are predicted to remain far below freezing for the next 7 days, so there is no imminent risk of ice formation.


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