Saturday, January 23, 2010

Heavenly Views of Lake Tahoe

The Ski Guru is still playing catch up, but did upload this clip shot with the Helmet Cam during a visit to Heavenly over MLK weekend.

Full trip report and some inside info on Heavenly forthcoming.  Stay tuned.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

A look at Killebrew Canyon

This terrain is what those in the know call the "Hidden Heavenly"

photo from the top of Mott Canyon, 1/16/10

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Professional Ski Bumming

The Ski Guru loves this guy!

"I've lived this life for 33 years and now all the sudden I'm supposed to admit I'm guilty? I can't do that," he said from jail last week. "I don't know what changed after the Forest Service tolerated me for all these years. I thought we were just respecting each other. Let me ask you, is it snowing?" subject quote - Charlie Toups
How can you plead guilty to being a ski bum?

That would be wrong.  See LINK

Friday, January 8, 2010

Weekend Links

Here are a few quick time kills for the weekend.

Story from ABC News on Breckenridge Avalanche rescue dogs.  LINK

Form Powder Magazine Daron Rahlves training for ski cross, helmet cam POV.

Think Snow,
The Ski Guru

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Alipne Meadows, CA

Lake Tahoe is buried. Tremendous reports out of that region.

Alpine Meadows is one of The Ski Guru favorites in that hood. The area has a ton of stuff going on and skis a heck of a lot larger than the 1700' vertical they advertise.  They also get jacked and pumped for  'The Wong Banger' as seen below.

I found this rad pic here LINK

Currently the Tahoe region is bracing for another dose of snow, stay tuned.

Revelstoke POV Footage from 1/2/10

This is pretty good.  Almost makes one want to go up to Canada.

Great White North RULES!

Ride the Pats Peak Bus!

 The Ski Guru loves this news, Awesome.

Pats Peak is now running busses from Boston up to the mountain every Saturday this season, starting January 16th. There are two trips (day & night). Either way will bang you $59 for a round trip and lift ticket. That’s a Deal, more details below…

pic from Pats Peak - taken 1/7/10

Bus Trip & Lift Ticket Combo Only $59 per person (either trip)
  • Saturday Morning Bus
  • Saturday Night Bus for fun "Under The Lights"!
Bus Departs from these Locations:
  • Braintree Southshore Plaza @ 6:30am/12:30pm
  • Comm. Ave/Warren Towers @ 7:00am/1:00pm
  • Ruggles T Station Roundabout @ 7:30am /1:30pm
  • Departs Pats Peak @ 4:30pm/10:30pm
Book Online: or call (781) 849-0200
This is a great way to make a day or night trip.  Pats Peak is close to home so you will spend more time on the snow than you will in the bus.  Right now Pats Peak in Henniker, NH has 100% of it's terrain open.

Think Snow!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Killington meets Barstool party?

It looks like Killington is going for a deep dive in the Boston market.

Check this LINK because Barstool Sports is hosting a ski party at the Harp.  Get some discounts and some eye candy.

Think Snow!

Bolton Valley, VT = Go Now

***Deal Alert***
Bolton Valley has really good snow.

pic from BV - taken 1/4
Best in VT from “The Blizzard” and they have been killing it all season. Here the lodging deals.

Call 877-9BOLTON to book

Stay Slopeside for just $69
From January 3-14, 2010 midweek rooms at the slopeside Inn at Bolton Valley are just $69 per night

$99* Holiday Ski and Stay Rate
Ski and stay slopeside over Martin Luther King weekend (1/15/10 - 1/17/10)
Get There - easy drive from Boston. Three hours on decent roads, speeding. Nidght skiing is a check.  Cool - wish you were there, check plus.

pic from BV - taken 12/30

Obviously the skiing is getting better.

Think Snow!

Avalanche at Stowe, VT

The Teton Gravity Research forum has an excellent report on a slide in Vermont. The person posting and a friend triggered avalanches while hiking Spruce Peak at Stowe on 1/3/2010.

The recount has a ton of pictures and information. LINK

pic from “snowrider” 1/3/10 entry

Monday, January 4, 2010

Southren VT did OK ~ Magic is Real

I was poking around the internet sidewalk and found this clip from Magic Mountain in Londonderry, Vermont - 05148 style...

Starts with Red Line from Witch - nice to see the chair full.

Grand Report!

New Year's In VT from Andrew Weyl on Vimeo.

The SG believes in Magic

Saddleback, Maine = Snow Dominance!

Rangeley, ME - Since New Year's Eve Saddleback has received 38” - 48” of new SNOW!

The new snow totals at Saddleback trumped all others in the region. More cold air and snow in their forecast. The resort is currently operating with 64 open runs and has already tallied 114 inches of snow this season.

photo from Saddleback, skier Steve Prince

The Ski Guru loves this somewhat under the radar ski area. It presides in a town better known for snowmobiling and fishing (most of the trails named after fly patterns). Saddleback is a long hall from the major population centers of New England. Not an excuse. It is a must visit. The mountain has been going gangbusters in the past few years, building infrastructure around the outstanding terrain.

Major recent improvements
  • A new chairlift (Kennebago Quad) which replaced the old T-bar (video below) 
  • An enormous swath of glade terrain (Casablanca) that was able to open officially for the first time with the incredible new snow totals
  • A state of the art base lodge, only a few seasons old

Keep thinking Snow, we got the cold air!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

New England - Snow Reports

Good, but not that impressive so far. This season has been narrowly avoiding excellent storm after storm.  For the region as a whole.  The New Year storm is no different.  Had some big winners mixed with non events.  The snow is still flying. Hit the following links for conditions.
More Ski Guru updates later...NFL time.