Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Pudd goes west!

I am taking all my lessons learned on the Goat Ice Fields to New Denver BC. I will be representing the East and Jay to the best of my abilities Cat Skiing. I will report when I return.
Nihil Sine Labore

Monday, January 29, 2007

What does this mean?

And I quote:

"We got some more machine made down on the Goat today so that should be in good shape for tomorrow."

OK, were they making machines on the Goat and just forgot the "S?"

Or will the Goat be in good shape, or perhaps the elusive "machine made?"

We got?


Thursday, January 25, 2007

Good question!

One of our faithful readers wants to know:

Just read the ski report today and they have "about" 100% of the lifts open. Wondering if that means they drop you half way???!!!

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Fun and games

I enjoy the occasional hard Scrabble - after skiing, not during! Call me silly but I prefer not to mix my board games.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Cold Week-end on the Freezer

I think what the snow report is referring to as the "windblown hardscrabble" is most likely the earthquake cracks in the middle of the Goat Icefields, which spand for about 100 feet right around the Green Mountain Boys Bend. The Goat Icefields were in great condition this weekend. The ice was as fast as its been in years, resulting in a few minor crashes (see Pudd's story below - SBR). Thank God, the JPSP kept all the beginner and intermediate skiers on the Goat Run where it was supposed to be hard-packed corduroy. We wouldn't of wanted them to end up in Andres Paradise, where it was marked as being very "Thin cover, with lots of Ice". As I did ski both these runs this week-end, im sure the signs were just mixed up because the only thing I found out in Andre's Paradise was a little bit of Northern Vermont FRESHIE.
The Green Beret, somewhere in Andre's Paradise. Photo by Pudd.

Good Weekend at Jay

I encountered everything at Jay this weekend, cold temps, high wind, cordoroy, hard pack, ice, powder, rocks and grass. When I read the snow report on Monday morning apparently there was something else "windblown hardscrabble". I guess it was there but I am unclear what it is.

We found some good powder in Andre’s Paradise. The highlight of the day was the upper Goat Ice Fields. My young friend and I decided to trade skis. His skis were loose on me, so we decided to ski the Goat and trade back when we got to North Glade. It was about 3:00 pm when we started down the Goat and you could only see about 20 feet in front of you, with frequent white outs because of the high winds. I looked to the right to see my buddy pass me then we hit the ice ( a cross between a hockey rink and an earthquake zone). Usually the “goat power slide” is a way to show off for the chairlift because it is only 30 feet long. This time the slide went from the turn to the chairlift tower. My loose ski ejected and it was a race between me and the loose ski, we both stopped at the feet of my side kick. Needless to say, we traded our skis back.

High wind + snow=Low visibility
(The weather channel said on Saturday that the wind on the top of Mount Washington was 100 mph with a wind chill of -70 F. I do not think Jay was far off.)
Is it hot chocolate time yet?

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Photo of the Day

I hear what you're all hagging about with the snow report, but what about that photo of the day? Is BK going to get his a.. in gear and take it out of Adobe Flash Player 9 so we can set the photos as our wallpaper or what!!!!

How about those new video games they have in the entrance to the tramside cafeteria. There is much less room to get by but now they have "Big Buck Hunter," which is a classic game to play while you're taking a hot chocolate break.

Short but to the point

Now this is a snow report. Dateline, Monday January 15, 2007:

me and harry had to take the snorkels out this morning on the UN

- contributed by The Green Beret

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

It all started here...

Pudd sent us all this report, direct from the Jay Peak newsroom:

Weather has certainly taken a turn for the better here in FunWorld. Forecasters calling for another storm this weekend with moderate snow. Our last round popped open another 25 trails and now pins us at 50 trails with more expected to open today. Expect machine groomed and packed powder conditions today with some windblown in spots where the wind has, well, blown. All 8 lifts are scheduled to spin but winds will gust today so stay tuned to for operational updates today.
And he wondered aloud:

Fun World?????????
To which I replied:

Funworld...wallyworld....stengerworld....Who writes this stuff? How can a storm produce moderate snow? And what is moderate snow, really? Since when do runs get "popped open," "pinning" a hill at 50? I'm glad the Kitz didn't pop open while we were skiing it at Xmas. I might have fallen through the cracks. Oh yes, and the lifts are spinning too.
Then Jonny Jay got in touch:

For those of us who try to write for a living it's obvious this guy has to throw
out his thesaurus! Trying to reach that hip new generation I guess -- what else
could it be. Well we'll be sure to check out Funworld for you this weekend...
Followed by Dougskis:

I believe Jay has outsourced the writing to New Delhi to save mucho bucks. This explains why the snow depths are never right because they just throw a dart.

However the outsourcing has produced some lingo problems but I am sure B.S. will be on it.

For example I am sure they meant to refer to a Perfect Storm in which can account for the truly odd "moderate snow"

As for funworld there is a rumour that B.S. has a line on a some ferris wheels and roller coasters he can purchase for a song and install in the parking lot. This explains the reference to spinning?

As to "pinning" I think it was a typo and he was pining for the days when we had a lot more than 50 runs open Jan 17th.

The one thing that can't be explained is "popping", maybe amphetamines or most likely it is an oblique reference to Mickey's eyes
And so it starts - the world needs to know this!.
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