Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Pudd reports on a spring powder day at Jay Peak

by Pudd

I was at Jay on Thursday and Friday (April 23 & 24). Both days were good but Friday was epic. There was about 6 inches of fresh powder on the entire mountain, with drifts making it very deep in spots. Only the Jet was open but at 10am they opened the Bonaventure. For some reason everyone went down the Can Am that still had ice moguls on it, I chose to go Goat, Green Mountain Boys, Perry Merrill, with first tracks the whole way.

Glades were awesome and deep, a great way to the end the year.
For the first time, the new Stateside Lodge felt like home. When I walked in, there were six people upstairs, no school bus lights and Procol Harem's A Whiter Shade of Pale was playing.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Jonny Jay's weekend report from Jay Peak: Jay in good shape!

 by Jonny Jay

Can Am looking fat, Powerline not so much.
Jet side looks good
Saturday morning: sunshine, great temps and super spring conditions. After a quick trip down the Queens Highway to make sure our mutual aches and pains were in order, I headed up the Flyer while the English lassie toured the lower mountain. Couldn't resist heading over to family favourite JFK -- a little tight at the mid-point but my timing was perfect as the snow was just softening, the moguls were perfect and it looked like I was the first or second down -- sweet. Into Beaver Pond for a quick dip, then over to Can-Am to bite into the Volkswagen-sized moguls -- no barespots and in top shape, sadly the same couldn't be said about the River Kwai.

The UN Express.
Next up was good old Green Mountain Boys into North Glade -- about 11:00 am and again no one had been in, I guess they were waiting for the snow to soften. Awesome timing once again, best run of the day. Coffee break with Suse follwed Perry Merril trip over to the triple. I wasn't planning on it, thinking maybe Timbuktu or Derrick, but the UN beckoned me as I got off the lift -- the UN Express to anyone who skied in the olden days! Somehow the legs did what the head wanted -- works that way sometimes -- and it was classic UN. After that, a cruiser (I thought) on the Montrealer but there was Hell's Woods now calling -- alternate entrance the key but you can still get nice and high -- and it was still good at the top but getting a little heavy and my legs a little weaker. Ended the day around 12:30 and by 1:30 the rain came down.

Get there soon -- the skiing is great.


Stay left on JFK.
Looks like there is a line on the Upper Quai.

Hell's Woods looking good to go.

The DC enjoying the spring skiing, only a year after a broken femur.