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Re: Montañas Blancas Occidentales '17-'18

Postby Bob T » Fri Feb 09, 2018 10:07 am

"lots of schuss with minimal turning" - especially on GF which has the slope. Lower down where I usually play it's "ski down the skin track or come to a stop"

The whumping is from the previous storm which came down wet and then freeze dried to Biscotti. Even before the The Dump du Wednesday low-angle meadows were cracking and scaring the sheet out of the dogs. I can imagine the Waterfall is going to be kind of dicey. Especially when it gets loaded again with the wet stuff that's coming next.

Very happy you got out Rob!
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Re: Montañas Blancas Occidentales '17-'18

Postby RobRox » Fri Feb 09, 2018 10:27 am

Going up tomorrow with a couple of friends. One is young and strong, he can break trail....
Feel free to join in 8-8:30 at the trailhead or catch up. The new skintrack is working out rather well.
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Re: Montañas Blancas Occidentales '17-'18

Postby telehubby » Sat Feb 10, 2018 3:07 pm

Well that was a fun little mid-week storm fellas! School was dismissed at noon wednesday so up to the lifts we did go.
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Skied 'til 3:45 or so. Somewhere in the trees of Cannon
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Made it out the next morning with Telewife. Weird ping pong ball effect up top.
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Set up a meet and greet in the western Whites this morning. Absolutely gorgeous! Someone kindly set the skin track for us but wandered off elsewhere to ski.
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It's an escalator of a track but you gain elevation quick!
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Its always too much damn fun to stop and shoot on the way down but I got one non-action shot.
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Re: Montañas Blancas Occidentales '17-'18

Postby RobRox » Sat Feb 10, 2018 7:06 pm

Looks like days of fun telehubby. :)

This ski pole was extended to 145 cm, the basket was removed and it was thrust through powder, three crispy layers with soft between and pushed so the top of the grip was just below the snow surface, at an elevation of +/- 3300 feet.
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I measured the pole's length at home and came up with 144.145 cm or almost 4.73 feet.

Time crunch turned us around a few hundred vert short of the top, which was a benefit as the snow became sticky around 2300 feet. We did enjoy creamy pow for the first 1000' vert.

A decade and a half's worth of pole depth measurments in this Zone confirm what Mr Hannah said of the place all those years ago, it is "where the snow is". Wind is infrequently felt when skiing in the zone. Wind hammering is unheard of. November gales do hit some spots, knocking down trees but in those 15 years, mid-winter blowdowns have been infrequent, albeit occasionally frustrating.

Three hour approaches are the norm for small groups, so it is never skied out and on the way up there are many inviting places for shorter rips.

Today's run featured a broken instep cable on one of my T2 Ecos, discovered at "transition"....it was still a fine romp.
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Re: Montañas Blancas Occidentales '17-'18

Postby RobRox » Sat Feb 10, 2018 11:42 pm

Thanks to Bob's tip on heating the bolt with a torch lighter, I have already replaced the broken strap. I harvested the remaining T2 strap and it's now my spare.
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Re: Montañas Blancas Occidentales '17-'18

Postby telehubby » Sun Feb 11, 2018 12:34 pm

There is definitely good snow pack out there Rob. It is presently being consolidated :(

Before the liquid precip I took the pup for a spin.

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I came across what I thought was a deer run because there are traditionally many in this area. but they can't fit under this leaner.
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Closer inspection revealed paw prints. First I thought porcupine but it doesn't really look like it. Perhaps Fisher or Pine Marten? Maybe a fox?
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Happy puppy!
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Re: Montañas Blancas Occidentales '17-'18

Postby Bob T » Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:41 am

Looks to be 4 toed which rules out fisher and marten (5). I'm going go with fox, especially if you saw claw points on top of the toes. If you didn't then maybe bobcat. Bobcat, red & grey fox all share 2" diameter prints which match your pics.

Nice shots of your WW forest climb, TH. Looks like a happy place.

RR, high five (or 4?) for 1000' of powder skiing, especially on Saturday!

Tried to make some big board lemonade on Saturday but got glopped up. Need RainX on top sheets.
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Team foto after wet snow defeat.
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Succeeded in making 5 miles of XCD lemonade yesterday.
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Borrowed snow machine trails for all but a mile of it.
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Ended up breaking out a mile of skid paths to create a good lollipop tour which we may re-visit this evening.
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Full disclosure: anything with barns and big open fields and machine tracks/grooming is in VT. Didn't create a separate VT thread this season.
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Re: Montañas Blancas Occidentales '17-'18

Postby RobRox » Mon Feb 12, 2018 1:18 pm

What a sloppy-gloppy mess! We will have to wait for the next dumpage or ride the lifts.
Good shots gents, looks like grand days out with the pups.
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Re: Montañas Blancas Occidentales '17-'18

Postby telehubby » Mon Feb 12, 2018 5:20 pm

True enough Rob, lift serve for the foreseeable future. I appreciate the invitation last week, next time....

Bob, it seems it's way past time for a Eustis ski and a Schilling beer, or soon enough a Rek-Lis beer. Next year even an Iron Furnace Brewery beer.
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Re: Montañas Blancas Occidentales '17-'18

Postby Bob T » Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:25 am

TH, it is indeed past time for a WW Shustis and local brew. I bet we could convince RR to drive only slightly more north after one his Gluten Free tours. Or whenever.

Today it is going to be above freezing. I'm all for base preservation, but am looking forward to touring with the zogs on something that's more forgiving than refrozen machine trails. Loud!
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Re: Montañas Blancas Occidentales '17-'18

Postby greatgt » Thu Feb 15, 2018 12:55 pm

Get out there it's really good...Don't believe the press....If your up North it's good...Real good...Did I mention GOOD...?...Tomorrow?...Good! TM
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Re: Montañas Blancas Occidentales '17-'18

Postby Bob T » Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:07 pm

Yesterday evening.
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Re: Montañas Blancas Occidentales '17-'18

Postby Bob T » Sat Feb 17, 2018 1:38 pm

Out the door tour yesterday evening. WAY western whites aka VT/NH border.
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Re: Montañas Blancas Occidentales '17-'18

Postby Bob T » Sun Feb 18, 2018 12:42 pm

lost in xcd land
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Re: Montañas Blancas Occidentales '17-'18

Postby Bob T » Mon Feb 19, 2018 6:08 pm

Yet another yesterday evening. The dogs and I have been out all over soaking up winter for all we're worth!
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Ask yourself. Does your ski wax have "optical grade polishers"? Anti-glop experiment only partially successful.
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Liberal application of glide wax at the top undid any ill effects.
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Dec 7th.
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Feb 19th.
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Jumped off and skied the stream bed this afternoon! :)
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