VT - Stowe - 2018-2019

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VT - Stowe - 2018-2019

Postby LewLasher » Fri Nov 16, 2018 6:48 pm

This topic is for trip reports and other information about the Stowe, Vermont area for the 2018-2019 skiing season.

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16 Nov 2018 - Stowe Rec Path

Postby LewLasher » Fri Nov 16, 2018 6:54 pm

I skied today on the Stowe Recreation Path from Towne Farm Lane (i.e., Sushi Yoshi) to Stowe village and back. Conditions were consistently good. About 5 inches of non-wet snow. By the time I started, the Rec Path had been skier-groomed up to Weeks Hill Road. After that, there had been a lot of pedestrian traffic, but the snow depth and quality was such that it didn't matter. At one point, a father was dragging his very young child on a small plastic sled, and that created a footstep-free surface for a section of trail.

In Stowe Village, I stopped to get an ice cream soda. Not something I would usually do, but, after all, it was the best conditions of the season.

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Re: 16 Nov 2018

Postby LewLasher » Fri Nov 16, 2018 7:04 pm

Meanwhile, Trapp's reports 35 km groomed today.

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30 Nov 2018

Postby LewLasher » Fri Nov 30, 2018 3:52 pm

Today I skied at Trapps. Conditions were generally good. Almost all trails were open, the main exceptions being the Haul Road below the Oslo trail and the Morrison Corner trail. Tuesday's snow was a little on the wet side, but it groomed up to an acceptable surface, with very little skier traffic today. By tomorrow afternoon it will probably be an icy nightmare, and then on Sunday it's going to rain anyway.

In local racing news, the Stowe Derby (a 20 km combined alpine/cross-country race, dating back to a 1945 "personal challenge") has been rescheduled this year to January 13, although they are keeping the traditional late-February date (February 24) as a contingency plan in case of unskiable conditions in mid-January.

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7 Dec 2018

Postby LewLasher » Fri Dec 07, 2018 4:43 pm

I skied at Trapp's today. Conditions were fair to good, which is a typical thing you might expect me to say this time of year. But usually the differentiator is elevation. Today it was the tracks that had the worse conditions, pretty much irrespective of elevation.

There has only been a little snow since last Sunday's rain, but almost all the trails re-opened. Hare Line is open again but with a warning about "wet spots" (what I would call "water features").

No snow in the forecast for the next 7 days.

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17 Dec 2018

Postby LewLasher » Mon Dec 17, 2018 4:53 pm

I skied today at Trapp's. Conditions varied as the afternoon went on and a little bit of snow (or some kind of precipitation that aspired to be snow) fell. Earlier, I'd describe the conditions as fair. Later, good.

I was surprised that conditions were at all skiable after last Saturday's rain, but, then again, I was skiing with metal edges, so my definition of "skiable" was more tolerant than that of other skiers. And then I waited in the cabin for probably a good hour, until I was dried off and the trails were freshly dusted.

The snow will continue tonight, so conditions should be acceptable for the next 3 days before the next big rain storm, which is predicted for Friday.

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19 Dec 2018

Postby LewLasher » Wed Dec 19, 2018 3:08 pm

I skied today at Trapps. Conditions were good to very good, from lower to higher elevation. It looked to me more like 1 inch rather than 3, but it was enough. Just a handful of easily avoidable icy spots. Morrison Corner trail and lower Haul Road remain closed. This was my first time using waxable skis this season, and it was a fine day for extra blue.

After the rain that is predicted for Friday, I'll be lucky if I can manage to ski with metal-edged skis on Christmas.

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Christmas 2018

Postby LewLasher » Wed Dec 26, 2018 12:07 am

On December 24 I read the ski conditions on the Web and decided to try snowshoes. The conditions on the snowshoe trails were much worse than on the ski trails. So, on December 25 I tried again with backcountry skis. I can report that it was certainly possible to ski, if you really wanted to, and if you had skis with metal edges, and if you were ready to take those skis off every now and then to walk around the unskiable sections. Actually, yesterday I only had to take the skis off once, and then, after I had cleaned the ice and mud out of my (NNN-BC) boots I could put the skis right back on again. There were a number of skiers out on skate skis and they seemed happy enough.

The weeklong forecast continues to predict a chance of snow "showers" and a certainty of more rain.

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5 Jan 2019

Postby LewLasher » Sat Jan 05, 2019 12:41 pm

I skied today at Trapp's. A modest snowfall (3-5 inches) a few days ago allowed an impressive recovery from the rain last Saturday. Conditions today were generally good, somewhat better with elevation, but with (easily avoidable) rough/thin/icy spots even on some higher elevation trails. The only trails closed today were the Chute (but Chute By-Pass was open) and Morrison Corner.

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6 Jan 2019 Re: 5 Jan 2019

Postby LewLasher » Sun Jan 06, 2019 6:52 pm

LewLasher wrote: rough/thin/icy spots even on some higher elevation trails.

A little more snow last night and today, and the rough/thin/icy spots were gone today.

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18 Jan 2019

Postby LewLasher » Fri Jan 18, 2019 2:15 pm

Skied at Trapp's today. Conditions generally very good at all elevations. All trails open. Morrison Corner, usually the last trail to open, did not have any trail anomalies, but was somewhat more scraped down than, say, Chris's Run.

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20 Jan 2019

Postby LewLasher » Sun Jan 20, 2019 5:47 pm

Today I skied at Stowe Mountain Resort (formerly, and still, known as "Mansfield"), Trapp's, and a small section of the Stowe Recreation Path ("Rec Path"). Conditions were good for backcountry skiing, due to the snowstorm that started late last night and continued through the afternoon today, dropping over a foot of powdery snow. Mansfield, under new management, does not groom during hours when skiers are on the trails, so, by the time I got there, it was, well, backcountry conditions. Trapp's, which does groom during the day, had their Pisten-Bully break down, but, by the time I got there, they managed to groom a little bit of the trails that I was skiing there. Also, by the afternoon, most trails had been skier-groomed, or, at least, -tracked. Still, the downhill runs that I was looking forward to were so slow that I sometimes had to double-pole to keep moving. At least I stayed warm.

Mixed precipitation predicted for Wednesday and Thursday.

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19 Feb 2019 - small new trail

Postby LewLasher » Tue Feb 19, 2019 5:15 pm

Yesterday and today I skied at Trapp's. It's been a few weeks, so I was surprised at how good the conditions were, I guess I'd call them "very good." All trails open. Today I skied the whole Haul Road, including the Chute, for the first time this season. Whee!

There is a short new trail this season, which I skied for the first time today. Earlier in the season, it was unclear whether the trail was open. Today, it was groomed. It's about 0.4 km, and it connects Yerrick's Yodel (upper section) with Chris's Run (at the "hairpin turn"). Doesn't sound like much, but it does a create a few new route options.

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Re: VT - Stowe - 2018-2019

Postby Pat » Wed Feb 20, 2019 8:38 am

Hey Lew -- I'm taking the trek up to Craftsbury in a few weeks for a 3 day stay. Looking forward to the trip. A bit of a haul from Philadelphia but wanted to get up there and with very limited snow here this year I'm taking the plunge. Thanks for the previous advice about Craftsbury.

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Re: VT - Stowe - 2018-2019

Postby LewLasher » Wed Feb 20, 2019 9:24 am

Pat wrote:trek up to Craftsbury in a few weeks ... very limited snow here this year

March in New England can be, well, inconsistent, but your best bet is with a place like Craftsbury (or Stowe, or Jay Peak, both of which are within easy driving distance of Craftsbury).

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