Eastern Skiers Wanted for Holiday Skiing: must have sharp edges, ability to make the most of any ski conditions, highly developed sense of irony and a deep yearning for soft snow. Must be willing to drive long hours and line up for ski conditions that would cause a western skier to get in the car and go home. Should not be fazed by rocks, twigs, grass or gravel on runs of any level. Skiers with pristine bases need not apply.
|Hi, I'm SBR and I'll be your tour guide in my new red jacket!|
A short summary from the SBR point of view:
Dec. 27 - Too cold for pics. Sunny. Very windy. Tram and Freezer on wind hold. Skiing fast and scrapy, good on the edges.
|Hey, let's go up the Tram!|
Dec. 29 - Temperature better. Almost zero visibility due to freezing rain / snow / wind / snowmaking fog. Freezer loading every second chair due to "slippage" (according to lifties). Could this have been due to the fact that the snow guns were blowing snow on the cables? Skiing as above, much better on natural snow runs like Derick and Liftline (bumpy and fun). Jonny Jay demonstrated the iconic Jonny Jay Jet Turn on the JFK. Taxi was a horrorshow of ice and stumbling snowboarders. Haynes was a skating rink on a tilt. Big Show bruised his ribs performing the new "rollover recovery technique" on Haynes (ejected and landed chest-first on his binding. Ouch).
|The nephews question Uncle SBR's judgment on the Tram ride idea.|
|And then the sun appeared!|
Quotes of the week:
1) 15 year-old Gollum and I took a few runs late in the day after the others quit. We did Liftline again, he said to me: "I love skiing moguls." This from a kid skiing on park skis with tip and tail rocker, listening to Eminem on the ear-buds.
2) On the Tram, on the rainy morning of New Year's eve, the upper windows are open for ventilation. Rain is coming in and soaking those of us in the front half of the tram car. Some wag comments: "they must be getting us ready for the waterpark!"
|Getting ready to do the RFID dance in the Flyer line-up|
We all got our new RFID tickets in various forms, some Jay Cards, some season passes and a few 581 cards. Everybody at Jay Peak was trying hard to love this new technology. When it works, it's easy. The paddles flip and you pass through the gate and board the chair. Every now and then it doesn't quite work and you have to do the new "Jay Dance," a little hopping up and down number that magically causes the gate to open. I had my pass in my pants pocket and on the rainy day, one lifty even suggested that I rub my leg against the plastic scanner thing to get it to read. Lo and behold, it worked. The jury is out and we remain optimistic on this technology. Personally, I hope the 581 card gets some convenience factor added in so I don't have to get in line for a new ticket every day.
|We skied Liftline a lot more than usual - it was in great shape.|
|Blue Toes schusses the hardpack on Ullr's. The West Bowl looks invitingly sunny.|
|Jonny Jay likes his new skis, now that they stay on his feet.|
|A young hot-shot on the Derick Hot-Shot. There was some hardscrabble.|