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  1. Hi guys-

    Great site. I’d like to link to this from our AdventureSkier.com site, as it’s a great resource for VT backcountry skiers. We’d greatly appreciate if you could list AdventureSkier.com on your site as well.

    Have we met?

    Thanks and let’s be in touch.

    Brian Mohr
    EmberPhoto.com
    AdventureSkier.com

  2. Hi Jay,
    many tanks for your great page ! I’m from Germany, but since I’ll be in Vermont for Christmas, I’m thinking about doing some alpine ski-touring in the Stowe area after Christmas. According to your snowfall measurements there might already by enough snow. What’s your advice ? Would that be possible ?
    Many thanks and best regards from Gremany
    Christian

    1. Hi Christian, there’s certainly the potential for some ski touring during the holidays in Northern Vermont, as long as the snowpack is at least average. In an average season, the snowpack at the Mt. Mansfield stake will be approaching the 3-foot mark around the holidays, which means that certain high elevation areas will have sufficient coverage. You can see a plot of the average snowpack depth and progress on the season at the following address:

      http://www.uvm.edu/skivt-l/?Page=depths.php

      At that ~3 foot stage of snowpack, high elevation spots with good maintenance such as the Bolton Valley Backcountry Network will typically be options, and other well-maintained glades that don’t have extremely steep pitches will hold potential as well. Keep an eye on the plot at the link above, and hope we can get a good start to the snowpack that is above average. As usual, we’re all hoping for a snowy start to the season here in Vermont!

  3. Hi Jay,

    Are you ever open to allowing others to venture along with you on these short trips? I am local here in VT (BTV) and have seen you a few times hiking Bolton. Let me know.

    Adam

    1. Hi Adam, no problems with others coming along, it’s just that between work, family, church, ski program, other obligations, weather, etc. it’s tough to plan trips ahead of time and I’m usually squeezing them into available windows on relatively short notice. I’ll send an email though so we can get in contact.

  4. Hey I stumbled upon your site a few weeks back and been keeping up. I currently live in CO and till recently you guys were having a much better season then us. How does the snow compare to Co in terms of dryness? I have only been a few times here, moved here from Michigan. I know co is superior but man is it busy and expensive here. Thinking of moving somewhere else or buying property in another state to go to in winter and ski. Shoot me a email I have tons of questions..

    Tim

    1. Hi Tim, the Northern Greens get some incredibly dry snow (sub-6% H2O) through a couple of key mesoscale mechanisms: 1) lake-effect snow that carries over from the Great Lakes, and 2) upslope snow from moisture that is wrung out of the atmosphere by the spine of the Green Mountains. The “dryness” of snow (i.e., how fluffy it is) is actually much more about the structure of the flakes than the air temperature near the ground. Those LES and upslope mechanisms often involve very good dendritic growth, so the snowflakes have long arms and they stack up easily. We do get plenty of typical synoptic (~10% H2O) snow as well, but often times our storms will finish off with upslope snow to give that density gradient to the snowfall that makes for such great powder skiing. The main issue here in Vermont is that you’re not going to get the consistency of Colorado in terms of dry air and cold temperatures – we’re going to have the occasional thaw during the winter, and the thaw-freeze will harden up surfaces until the next storm cycle. But, the ski resorts in the Northern Greens all average 300+ inches of snow a season (pretty much on par with most resorts in Colorado). With the most snowfall in the Eastern U.S., along with the number and size of the ski resorts, the zone from the Central through Northern Greens is really the premiere lift-served skiing location in the U.S. east of the Rockies.

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