Monday, February 22, 2016

All hail the arrival of winter at Jay Peak (in February!)

 by Johnny Jay
If these two are skiing, you know conditions are good.

The snow report on Sunday morning, Feb 21, said "Winter has arrived at Jay Peak!" A little late in the season for that announcement but welcome none-the-less. Seeing green grass on Friday in Montgomery Centre and most of the way up the 242, this was encouraging news. With a little snow on Friday night, the mountain actually looked good on Saturday but still pretty rough and patchy with glades on the no-show list. But with wet snow all day that continued to fall overnight (instead of the rain in the valley) dramatically improved conditions on Sunday. Jay marketing was reporting 14 inches over 48 hours, which I suppose was true at the top. Glades miraculously opened up and even the Can-Am was open after looking quite sketchy.

So it wasn't epic but it sure was nice to get some turns in actual snow!


Thursday, February 11, 2016

Skiing between the lines at Jay Peak

As usual, this is not a current snow report, and it is only from last weekend. Things are changing, snow is falling. Winter might be here. And I don't need to tell you about this winter, yikes. But  if you go with an open mind, and ski between the lines, you will have a good time. 

These are the lines:

Don't let the snow-like appearance fool you, it was like concrete in there.
This is skiing between:

The always reliable middle Goat Run was a saviour of this weekend.

Looking the other way, up the Upper Quai, not so good:

There is a line there.
Hike to the summit anyone?

Oops, forgot the crampons.
They called out the army to resuscitate the The JFK:

Not so stealth ops on the JFK.
 But ultimately, Captain America saved the day:

The Captain was everywhere.