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First Turns – an early season ski conditions report! (updated 11/29)

Gearx.com has a new blog, and what better way to kick things off than with an early season ski conditions report!

For the last few days the ski bum weather junkie sites I frequent have been abuzz with talk of snow. From all the forecasts it looked like we would finally see some serious accumulation…. but only above 2000ft. Leaving Burlington at 6:30 this morning, I headed up to Bolton Valley to see what the reality was. I began to ready myself for disappointment when halfway up the access road the ground was still bare. At the base of Timberline there was half an inch… at least it was white. Then, a few hundred feet of vertical later I found the main base lodge parking lot covered in 6 inches of dense wet snow! The base of Bolton is just above 2000 ft. Amazing what a little elevation can do.

Sun is Psyched!

Sun is Psyched!

Sun Getting Down Low!

Sun Getting Down Low!

I met up with two fellow OGErs, Holly and Sun to enjoy the first turns of the season. Skinned up the wilderness lift. I’d say there was a foot or more up there. The snow was so dense that we didn’t hit any rocks on the way down. I could have left the rock skis at home! I’d definitely recommend fat skis with a fresh hot wax for easier turning and in this dense wet snow. Sun was on some sweet old skinny Fischers. He was either turning quickly or straightlining.


And what would an OGE outing be without dogs:

It was Tupper's first day in the snow!

It was Tupper's first day in the snow!

Holly Rippin'

Holly Rippin'

Thanks to FamousInternetSkiers.com for some top notch forecasting. You guys were right on. Looks like the FIS crew hit up Stowe today, and are much better photographers than I am! Check out their trip report.


Update:  Sunday 11/29

Went up again this morning.  The snow has settled some, and colder temps have crusted it up a bit.  As long as it doesn’t warm up, this should provide an excellent base for the Bolton snow makers to build on.  Here’s to the lifts turning on Dec. 11th.   A few pics from this morning:

Skinning Up.....

Skinning Up.....

....Skiing Down

....Skiing Down


Shaping up to be a beautiful day

Shaping up to be a beautiful day

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Published:November 28, 2009

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4 Comments

  1. Zeke
    Posted November 29, 2009 at 10:14 pm | Permalink

    Hey Dave! I’m sure some Vermonters would trade places with you in a heartbeat. We’ll be glad to have you back even for a short while.

  2. Tucc
    Posted November 29, 2009 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

    Ugh… I miss snow! It is 70 degrees today in Raleigh! Plus side I wore flip flops while taking Harlem for a walk around the lake. See y’all so soon!

  3. Zeke
    Posted November 29, 2009 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

    Sure thing, Greg. Hoping to make it up to Stowe soon. I hear the top didn’t get the mild thaw and refreeze that bolton did. I’ll definitely be watching the FIS weather page for the next storm!

  4. Posted November 29, 2009 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the update Zeke! This is definitely gonna help get me up to Bolton this week for some after work turns! AHHHH… thank god it’s white again!

    And thanks for the props!

    We were up at Stowe today again, and I’ll be putting up some pictures in a minute.

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