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  • Last Call: Tuckerman Ravine, A Last Call: Tuckerman Ravine, Art of the Carve, Japanimation, More!

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      Last Call is a regular column, delivered every Friday, where we delve into the week's most entertaining, pucker-inducing, and rediculous pieces of moving pixels on the screen.

      Big Day at Tuckerman Ravine

      With a high pressure system locking in clear blue skies, two shop employees from New Hampshire's legendary Fire On The Mountain ski shop took to Mt. Washington to ski some of Tuckerman Ravine's legendary lines in full mid-winter conditions, no doubt after studiously following conditions updates on Mt. Washington Avalanche Center's website. Nontheless, MWAC described their first run, at high speed down Chute Variation, as "bold and risky" on their Instagram.

      Terje Haakonsen and Ben Ferguson: The Art of the Carve

      This two-minute edit could also be called the “Lost Art of Carving.”  In the age of manicured kickers and triple corks, many riders have lost sight of the fun—and importance—of being able to carve.  This, however, is slowly changing.  Through projects like Gray Thompson and Eric Messier’s Warp Wave and designers placing an increased focus on boutique board shapes, carving is making a serious comeback.  That being said, it’s never gone away.  Riders like Terje have always kept the fire alive.  And this edit—shot at Mt. Baker and likely during the Legendary Banked Slalom—serves as testament to this.

      Japanimation

      With March upon us, we can now look back on the heart of the season in Japan, when the ratio of storm days to bluebird days is scratching at 100:1. Euro shred Basti Farber was one of the lucky few (many?) who got to experience just what Japan's notoriously deep brand of storm skiing is like.

      Mountain Bike Shred Session 

      The firewood entry could be an edit in unto itself if Amir Kabbani weren't so damn talented at mountain biking. I mean, a handplant 180 on a full-suspension trail bike?? He didn't even lose his water bottle. I also want to meet the trail builder who built that berm-to-jump-over-the-creek-and-back-in setup. And that backflip into the thread-the-needle line in the vineyard? Someone's frequent flyer miles are reading "BAWSS STATUS!!!"

       Vulcanizing the East

      Winter Storm Vulcan (I love that they're naming these now!) wrought up to two feet of snow on New England, making every employee north of NYC check their allotment of sick days to take advantage. The East Coast thread in the TGR forums has been going of, and as this video from Jay Peak shows, the hype matched the reality. Look forward to a photo roundup from Vulcan next week, and wonder in the meantime whether Dynafit's marketing department will react quickly enough to use the storm to sell some boots...

      Want more Last Call? Check out:
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      -Last Call: Boobilicious, Freestyle Walking, and Everest
      -Last Call: Angel Collinson, an Insane Avalanche, and McConkey Reborn

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  • N. VT BC avalanche N. VT BC avalanche

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      After over 2 ft fell on N. VT, the persistent weak ice layer spawned multiple avies.  Got some real good footage from a seldom shot angle on a decent sized slide -- big for VT. 

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  • Last Call: Jay Peak Pow, Shaun Last Call: Jay Peak Pow, Shaun White Voiceover, Van Damme Splits, More!

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      Jay Peak Gets Slammed With Early Season Snow

      Northern Vermont's Jay Peak, no stranger to freak storms thanks to the infamous "Jay Cloud," got hit with a huge early season storm cycle that delivered 5-8 inches a day for so many days that locals were claiming the pow they were shredding this week was "easily three feet deep." No one was hitting bottom, and the word was that it was like skiing any of the best storms February or March could deliver. We're sure the staff of Jay's season pass office are grinning ear-to-ear right now. - Ryan

      The Other Bode—the One Who’s Not a Skier

      Bode Merrill is good at riding his snowboard.  He can ride it well in all sorts of terrain and conditions—in parking lots and powder, as well as over handrails, lampposts, and other obstacles. Perhaps his magic powers come from drinking a ton of Monster, the webisode’s presenting sponsor.  Or perhaps we should simply attribute this edit’s budget—and annoying title—to Monster.  Regardless of whom we credit for this edit, we’re definitely giving Bode props for terrorizing all sorts of shit. - Mike  

      Next Level Splits 

      Still not in shape for ski season? Have you tried epic splits? Bet it will burn those thighs more than those stupid looking squats you do. Jean-Claude Van Damme somehow actually manages to make a split look "epic." And he still manages to make it look "epic" while background music by Enya is tingling your ears. We dare you to press play and try not to laugh. - Joni 

      Shaun White- The Best or Worst Lip Reading?

      It's an Olympic year folks, so media outlets far and wide are choking over Shaun White. YoBeat is capitalizing on the ginger's fame and doing what they do best  and spoofing SDub all they can. Their latest dig is pretty damn funny. This lip reading video is pure gold, and what White should have said if he wasn't a programmed PR machine. Give it a watch. -HH

      SGT Argentina 2014 Trailer

       This is a pretty high-voltage 1:22 from the gang at SASS Global Travel previewing their backcountry & free ride summer camps in Bariloche, Argentina at my personal favorite resort, Cerro Catedral. Between the double flips, cliff drops, eye-of-the-needle tree jibs and pow shredding, this is some pretty intense shredding for July and August. SGT also just introduced a layaway booking program, where you can pay off your trip in weekly or monthly installments. That makes a trip halfway around the world a little bit easier to digest. - Ryan

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  • Jay Peak --- Deep November!! Jay Peak --- Deep November!!

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      Short vid of epic deep pow on the right coast.  For 3 days in early November, Jay Peak was the place to be to rip deep pow turns anywhere.

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  • A November To Remember - Jay P A November To Remember - Jay Peak Powder

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      Three straight days of continuous snowfall. What did you expect?

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  • Jay Peak, Vt--Nov 12--2feet pl Jay Peak, Vt--Nov 12--2feet plus!!

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      Best November turns I've ever earned!!

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  • Big Jay back country Big Jay back country

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      GoPro POV shot of a line in the Big Jay bc in N. VT.  Good snow last year!!

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  • Video: Jay Peak Powder Skiing Video: Jay Peak Powder Skiing After 40-Inch Storm In February

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      Skiing around Jay Peak Resort on Feb. 25 and 26, 2012, after 40-plus inches of snow. Video by Tim Fater.

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  • News: 3rd Annual Ski The East News: 3rd Annual Ski The East Freeride Tour Dates and Details Announced

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      Ski The East

      Williston, Vermont – Ski The East is proud to announce the 3rd Annual 2012 Ski The East Freeride Tour (STEFT).  The STEFT is the first and only event series of its kind on the East Coast and is proud to continue the tradition of bringing the region’s best all-mountain skiers to the most challenging venues to compete for cash and prizes.
       
      “Each year we’ve improved the tour for our competitors and spectators based off of valuable feedback. This year we’ve implemented some important changes to ensure more consistency and allow the tour to continue its growth, while maintaining each event’s individual integrity,” said Tour Director Tim Fater. “Now there’s a new tour-wide judging system and we’ve helped establish three Junior Qualifier events for our younger competitors, 13 and under.  A limited number of qualifying spots at the main events will be reserved for the juniors, which will ensure the highest level of big mountain talent. I’m proud of the progress we’ve made and look forward to some serious competition and good times.”

      2012 Ski The East Freeride Tour Schedule

      STOP #1 - Mad River Glen – Unconventional Terrain Competition - February 11, 2012

      STOP #2 - Magic Mountain – Southern Vermont Freeskiing Challenge - March 3, 2012

      STOP #3 - Sugarbush – 15th Annual Castlerock Extreme Challenge - March 10, 2012

      STOP #4 - Jay Peak Resort – Extreme Competition - March 17 & 18, 2012

      Jamie Fater Castlerock

      Jamie Fater competes in the Castlerock Extreme Challenge at Sugarbush. Photo by Tim Fater / Ski The East.

      These four resorts previously hosted events that were independent of one another and were individually considered among the most challenging competitions on the East Coast.  Each has their own longstanding history and dedicated following. By integrating these events into a collaborative tour, the STEFT is delivering a heightened level of competition, camaraderie, and exposure for the contestants and the host resorts.

      In addition to the new tour-wide judging criteria and age regulations, we’ve added more awards and prizes, including an overall cash purse of $4,000. Additional signature STEFT awards include the coveted Ski The East “Shot-Ski Trophy,” presented to the male and female first place finishers of each event, as well as a Bern helmet for the “Cliff Huckstable Award,” which will go to the athlete who executes the Best Air at each event.
       
      Also new for 2012, the STEFT has partnered with the Subaru Freeskiing World Tour (FWT), the longest running and most prestigious competitive big mountain tour in the world. The STEFT has been accredited as a 3-star FWT Qualifying event, which provides a direct route for the top Eastern talent to compete in the world-class event series.

      SkiTheEast.net will provide extensive media coverage at each event including news articles, photography, video edits, and a feature-length STEFT compilation video. Ski The East will also facilitate event awareness on a larger scale through garnering mainstream print, television, and internet coverage.

      The STEFT aims to continue growing the Eastern freeride community by offering a unique platform for the collaboration, recognition, and progression of competitive freeskiing within the region.

      For more, visit skitheeast.net

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  • News: Kye Peterson, Ashley Max News: Kye Peterson, Ashley Maxfield 1st After Day 1 Of Freeskiing World Tour In Revelstoke

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      Freeskiing World Tour Day 1 Revelstoke
      Revelstoke, Britsh Columbia – Day One of the Swatch Freeskiing and Freeride World Tour went off Friday on Revelstoke’s “North Bowl” with great success.  The level of skiing and athleticism displayed was high, with athletes battling for the few spots in Sunday’s finals.

      Already a freeskiing legend at the young age of 21, Kye Peterson of Whistler/Blackcomb, Canada, topped the Men’s field by taking full advantage of the terrain “North Bowl” has to offer. Kye successfully skied off a big double-staged cliff up top, and then skied fast and aggressively through the open bowl.  To gain maximum style and creativity points, he landed two huge 360s at the bottom, impressing fans and judges alike.  Sitting in second place, with his playful, fluid, stylish skiing, is Subaru Freeskiing World Tour 2011 Champion and The North Face athlete, Drew Tabke, with a score of 39.17.  Completing out the top three Men’s finishers was Oakley White Allen of Snowbird, Utah, scoring 37.50.  Out of the 50 Men’s skiers, 25 men will advance to the heli-accessed Day 2 Finals on “Mac Daddy”, a remote location in the Revelstoke backcountry.

      The stacked women’s field was very competitive, with only 3 points separating the top ten female competitors. Ashley Maxfield of Alta, Utah, skied the most technical line of the day for the women, wowing the crowd and surprising even herself. “I went bigger than I thought, but as soon as I landed on the second pillow I knew I had it” said Maxfield who scored 33.50.  Two- tenths of a point behind Maxfield sits the third place finisher of the 2011 Canadian Freeskiing Championships and Revelstoke local, Nicole Derksen with a score of 33.30.  Rounding out the top three Women’s Day 1 competitors is the 2011 Freeskiing World Tour Overall Champion and The North Face athlete, Angel Collinson with a score of 32.90.

      “The level of skiing today was even higher than anticipated,” remarked Event Director Bryan Barlow. “Conditions were perfect. Soft landings and good snow allowed competitors to ski lines that have rarely or never been skied before.”

      The 2012 Swatch Freeride and Freeskiing World Tour at Revelstoke Mountain Resort continues Saturday with snowboarders from The Swatch Freeride World Tour and The North Face Masters of Snowboarding, competing on Mac Face for a one-run final.  The Final Day, Day 2, of the Swatch Freeskiing and Freeride World Tour is currently scheduled for Sunday, January 8.

      Saturday Jan 7: Snowboarding

      Sunday Jan 8: Day 2 Skiing Finals

      Day 1 results below:

      Freeskiing World Tour Day 1 Revelstoke
      Swatch Freeskiing and Freeride World Tour
      Revelstoke Mountain Resort – Day 1 – North Bowl
      Friday, January 06, 2012

      Results


      Ladies     Result     Name     Bib     Home Mountain     Country     Day 1 Score        
          1     Ashley Maxfield     14     Jay Peak / Alta     USA     33.50            
          2     Nicole Derksen     19     Revelstoke     CAN     33.30            
          3     Angel Collinson     12     Snowbird     USA     32.90            
          4     Jess McMillan     3     Jackson Hole     USA     32.87            
          5     Crystal Wright     9     Jackson Hole     USA     32.73            
          5     Tatum Monod     1     Whistler     CAN     32.73            
          7     Louise Lintilhac     5     Stowe     USA     32.30            
          8     Sarah Martinais     16         FRA     31.77            
          9     Pia Widmesser     4         GER     31.70            
          10     Alexis Dupont     20     Snowbird     USA     31.67            
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          11     Jacqui Edgerly     15     Aspen Snowmass     USA     30.40            
          12     Janina Kuzma     8     Cardrona     NZL     30.27            
          13     Sonja Lercher     6     Blackcomb     CAN     29.27            
          14     Jaclyn Paaso     2     Squaw Valley     USA     27.40            
          15     Lorraine Huber     13     Arlberg     AUT     19.00            
          16     Leah Evans     11     Red Mountain     CAN     17.63            
          16     Lauren Goss     18     Revelstoke     USA     17.63            
          18     Eva Walkner     17     Dachstein     AUT     17.07            
          19     Crystal-Rose Lee     10     Whistler     CAN     15.00            
          20     Gillian McKercher     7     Sunshine Village     CAN     12.00            
                                         
      Gents     Start     Name     Bib     Home Mountain     Country     Day 1 Score        
          1     Kye Petersen     46     Blackcomb     CAN     41.93            
          2     Drew Tabke     32     Valle Nevado     USA     39.17            
          3     Oakley White Allen     56     Snowbird     USA     37.50            
          4     Benjamin Ogilvie     59     Fernie Alpine Resort     CAN     37.10            
          5     Cliff Bennett     30     Audobon     USA     36.90            
          6     Richard Small     67     Fernie Alpine Resort     CAN     36.83            
          7     Carter McMillan     31     Lake Louise     CAN     36.70            
          8     Sebastian Hannemann     25     Hochfingen     GER     36.60            
          9     Rylan Kappler     68     Revelstoke     CAN     35.67            
          10     Sean Cochrane     62     Revelstoke     CAN     35.17            
          11     Mat Jackson     48     Squaw Valley     USA     35.10            
          12     Josh Daiek     38     Kirkwood     USA     34.97            
          12     Jake Sakson     60     Aspen Snowmass     USA     34.97            
          14     Sean Collin     69     Squaw Valley     USA     34.57            
          15     Samuel Anlhamatten     24     Zermatt     SWI     34.33            
          15     Jeremy Prevost     55     Meribel     FRA     34.33            
          17     Nicolas Salencon     43     Bariloche     ARG     34.30            
          18     Kevin Guri     65     Les Menuiry / 3 Valley     FRA     34.07            
          18     Bjorn Heregger     39     St. Anton     AUT     34.07            
          20     Aurelien Ducroz     26     Chamonix     FRA     33.67            
          21     Adrien Coirier     50     Tignes     FRA     33.63            
          22     Christian Boucher     58     Whistler     CAN     33.20            
          23     CJ Wright     42     Craigieburn Valley     NZL     33.10            
          24     Dylan Crossman     64     Mad River Glen     USA     33.00            
          25     Julien Lopez     54     Tarentaise     FRA     32.87            
      Cut-Off                                    
          26     Guerlain Chicherit     63     Tignes     FRA     32.67            
          27     Blake Clarkson     33     Snowmass     USA     32.50            
          28     Ben Paciotti     21     Crystal Mountain     USA     32.07            
          29     Tom Leitner     27     Hochfella     GER     31.50            
          29     Patrick Westfeldt     57     Aspen Snowmass     USA     31.50            
          31     Mathieu Mati Imbert     35     Vars La Foret Clanche     FRA     29.67            
          32     Erik Sunnerheim     49     Are     SWE     27.97            
          33     Tom Runcie     61     Crested Butte     USA     27.80            
          34     Christian Reichenberger     28         GER     26.33            
          35     Connery Lundin     47     Squaw Valley     USA     25.67            
          36     Jason Jones     41     Adanac Ski Hill     CAN     20.67            
          37     Willie Rocket Schneider     22     Alpine Meadows     USA     17.33            
          38     Matty Richard     44     Whistler / Blackcomb     CAN     16.67            
          39     Stefan Hausl     36     Arlberg     AUT     16.33            
          40     Caleb Mullen     51     Schweitzer     USA     15.70            
          41     Richard Amacker     23     Nendaz     SWI     15.40            
          42     Luke Nelson     34     Fernie Alpine Resort     CAN     14.97            
          43     Reine Barkered     40     Are     SWE     14.67            
          44     Henrik Windstedt     45     Are     MCO     14.17            
          45     Conor Pelton     29     Crystal Mountain     USA     DNF            
          46     Neil Williman     37     Temple Basin     NZL     DNF            
          47     Sam Smoothy     52     Treble Cone     NZL     DNF            
          48     Caleb Brown     53     Fernie Alpine Resort     CAN     DNS            
          49     Kevin O’Meara     66     Squaw Valley     USA     DNF

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  • News: East Coast Resorts Get P News: East Coast Resorts Get Primed For Ski Season

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      Despite the fact that it’s been warm enough for a few resorts to keep the lifts open for mountain biking into the first weekend in December, it is indeed technically winter on the East Coast.  When the snow does come, skiers and riders will find that more and more hills are now catering to the burgeoning freeride population carrying 120-waisted, rockered pow skis onto their lifts and befuddling the rest of the region who is still on tiny carving skis.  

      The name of the game for many resorts this summer was to have as many employees as possible (as well as volunteers) marching around the woods to cut and clear new glades.  From tiny Plattekill in central New York to Sugarloaf in northern Maine, many resorts have expanded into their woody environs.  Outside of that, there are a few other interesting tidbits in East Coast resort news, from water parks to new freeride programs and everything in between.  Before you buy your pass or plan your trips, read up on the news from the East’s best hills for freeriding.

      Zephyr Express At Hunter Mountain

      The new high-speed quad charilift at Hunter Mountain. 

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      Hunter Mountain

      One of the closest to downtown N.Y.C. and thus one of the busiest, Hunter Mountain is opening a new high-speed quad, the Zephyr Express, on the resort’s west side, which holds the hill’s steepest terrain, best bumps and quality glades if you’re smart enough to keep your eyes open.  Hunter’s also got a new mobile site, 54 new snow guns and a new groomer.

      Season pass: $949 for adults. 
      Day ticket: $68 for adults, $61 for 13-18.
      Specials:  Available online until Christmas Eve and then for mid-week only after that, the 3X card gets you three days of skiing for $119.

      Plattekill

      While known more for its world-class mountain biking than its ski terrain, Plattekill is a favorite N.Y. maggot haunt when the East Coast blizzards swing farther south as they have in the past few seasons.  The independent, family-owned hill organized a work day this year to clean out some new glades, so mags can look forward to a little more space in the trees when they stop by this winter.

      Season pass: $575 for adults. 
      Day tickets: $56, $44 for college students and juniors (8-17).
      Specials: $15 lift tickets on Jan. 6, Feb. 3, and March 2.  $30 early-season rates in effect until Christmas Eve.

      Whiteface

      The resort with the biggest vertical drop in the East and the only in-bounds terrain requiring an avalanche-trained ski patrol staff returns to the 2012 season unchanged from 2011.  Some minor refurbishing and capital projects have been undertaken, but other than that, nothing new.  For those looking to get a chance to ski The Slides — 35 acres of hike-to open chutes at Whiteface Summit — your best bet is March, when the snow is deeper, stable enough to be skied and occasionally pow.  Especially if another 250-inch season hits like last year.

      Season pass: $720 for adults, $385 for teens and college students.
      Day ticket: $79 for adults, $64 for teens.
      Specials: The Empire Card goes for $89 and gets you your first and sixth days of skiing free and $15 off all other days.

      Lincoln Limo at Sugarbush

      The Lincoln Limo at Surgarbush.

      VERMONT

      Sugarbush

      A new, cheaper young adult pass (the adeptly well-coined “For20’s” pass) is being offered for $399.  The resort saved 23 tons of C02 emissions last year by switching its off-road fleet to biodiesel. The Lincoln Limo, New England’s only “cat skiing,” gives you the chance to score snowcat-assisted first tracks before the lifts open on powder days.  For those who want to shred Sugarbush’s endless Slide Brook Basin glades covering all 200 acres between Mt. Ellen and Lincoln Peak, and don’t want to spend a night in the woods, guided tours are available including with Warren Miller legend and Sugarbush mascot John Egan.  Uncanny for the East, Sugarbush also has a Mountaineering Blazers program for kids where they skin around Slide Brook and learn backcountry skills, winter camping, and improve their big-mountain skiing.

      Season pass: $1,569 for adults 30+ $399 for young adults 19-29, $479 for youth 7-18.  Cheaper passes available for Mt. Ellen-only or Mt. Ellen Plus passes.
      Day tickets: $58-$88, depending on type of pass. 
      Specials: SugarDirect card for $99 gets you your eleventh day and one other day free, and 20 percent off all weekend days (25 percent for weekdays).

      Also be sure to check out the benefit event for the Flyin’ Ryan Foundation, which was set up after Vermont freeskier Ryan Hawks died tragically at the Kirkwood stop of the Freeskiing World Tour last spring and seeks to provide scholarships for gifted but disadvantaged athletes and adventurers.

      Jay Peak

      For those of you who didn’t get a chance to read about Jay’s $50 million expansion earlier this fall, there are some big things going on in the Northeast Kingdom.  While no new terrain or lifts will be opened this winter, Jay’s taken a few big steps to combat their reputation of shady lodging and non-existent off-hill entertainment by opening a new Tram Haus Lodge with high-quality studios and a new bar and restaurant, a new ice rink, golf course club house, cross-country ski center and the Pump Haus and Conference Center, an indoor water park with a surfable wave, lazy river and a handful of waterslides including an aqua loop. 

      Season pass: $799 for adults. 
      Day tickets:  $75 for adults, $55 for 6-18.
      Specials:  Anyone from Vermont or with a season’s pass at another mountain gets a day ticket for $55 any day of the year.  The 581 card costs $99 and gets you $19 off any ticket you buy.

      Stowe

      A new high-speed quad replaces the former fixed-grip Fourrunner Quad that accesses Mount Mansfield, the resort’s most popular lift along with the Gondola. Although, you’ll still have to buy the locals just as many beers to find the goods. The Fourrunner should help clear out Stowe’s legendary weekend lift lines a bit quicker.  Outside of that, a gondola ride now brings you across the Stowe parking lot to Spruce’s tamer trails and environmental award-winning luxury accommodations.

      Season pass: $1,996 for adults, $499 for college students.
      Day ticket: $88 ($92 Saturdays) for adults, $66 ($69 Saturdays) for kids.
      Specials: The StoweSeven, StoweSix, and StoweFive season passes offer significantly cheaper passes that exclude holiday periods, Saturdays, or weekends altogether. 

      Mad River Glen

      Not too much has changed at the legendary co-op for this year; the single chair is still spinning, the snow’s all natural, snowboarding still isn’t allowed, and if you’re interested in buying a share in MRG’s unique co-op operation, they go for $2,000 a pop.  Stop by Feb. 11 for the 2012 Ski The East Freeride Tour stop at MRG — the Unconventional Terrain Competition — which will give you a chance to compete in a big-mountain comp format on the cliff-strewn Liftline trail.

      Season pass: $963 for adults, $609 for a Saturday-blackout pass, Triple Major College Pass gets MRG, Bolton, and Jay for $299.
      Day tickets:  $66 for adults, $50 for 6-18.
      Specials:  The Mad Card gets you 3 days for $144, and the 30 Day Ticket lets skiers and riders ride for 30 consecutive days from the day of purchase for $332.   Might be good if your new ACL is set to go by March. …

      Bolton Valley

      Not too much news to report from one of Vermont’s more affordable hills, which also has the most extensive night skiing in Vermont and an on-site wind turbine.  While not packing as much vert as bigger hills like Stowe and Jay, Bolton’s down-home operation has some super fun woods and great backcountry for those who come equipped to hike around, or who want to take part in a guided tour of Bolton’s unmarked stashes that are stuffed with about 310 inches of snow annually.

      Season pass: $599 for adults, $429 for Triple Major College Pass for Bolton, Jay, and MRG.
      Day tickets: $55 for adults, $44 for youth, seniors and college students.
      Specials: $199 Powder Pass gets you four days plus one free before Christmas.

      Magic Mountain

      Three Vounteer Days this fall brought out a 100+ strong crew each day to clear glades and re-paint the classic Red Double — pretty much the only lift running at Magic and the only one you’ll ever need to access the small hill’s awesome and laissez-faire managed terrain.  The co-op, a true bastion of Vermont ski culture, will also be having Danielle Lillard head up a new Freeskiing Team program at Magic.   This will build on the success of the Magic Extreme Challenge as a key stop of the Ski The East Freeride Tour in establishing Magic as southern Vermont’s center for freeride skiing, and a welcome alternative to the tame blues southern VT’s more corporate resorts are known for.

      Season pass: $449 for adults and teens, $149 for college students.
      Day tickets: $59 for adults, $51 for teens.
      Specials: a special Holiday White-Out Pass goes for $279 and gets you 19 days of skiing during Christmas Week, MLK Day Weekend, and President’s Week, when it will likely be less crowded than nearby Stratton and Okemo.

      Skiing Powder At Cannon Mountain

      Skiing some epic powder at Cannon Mountain in New Hampshire. 

      NEW HAMPSHIRE

      Cannon Mountain

      Cannon Mtn., which received 248 inches of snow in the 2010-’11 season, the second highest snow total in its history, returns with the second season of the re-opened Mittersill double chair.  Mittersill was a previously-shuttered and unmanaged hike-to face of the mountain that required a shuttle transfer back to the base, but is now accessed by a new double chair that opened 71 days last season, exceeding the resort’s expectations.  The resort treats the area as an extended gladed terrain – i.e. no snowmaking, grooming, and limited patrolling.  While several locals were distraught at the idea of improving access to their favorite stash, Cannon’s marketing director, Greg Keeler, heard almost no negative feedback from locals once the chair opened last January. 

      Season pass: $760 for adults. 
      Day tickets: $68 for adults, $55 for 13-18.
      Specials: 2-for $68 every Tuesday & Thursday outside of Christmas and February vacation weeks, $36 every Wednesday for New Hampshire residents.

      Cutting glades at Sugarloaf

      Cutting the Brackett Basin glade at Sugarloaf in Maine.  

      Bracket Basin Glade Sugarloaf Maine

      Shredding the Brackett Basin glade at Sugarloaf in Maine. 

      MAINE

      Sugarloaf

      If you’ve had a chance to read a recent issue of Powder Magazine, you’d know the big news is Sugarloaf’s gladed sidecountry expansion along the ridge toward Burnt Mountain.  Last year, 270 new acres of glades opened up, and 100 more come on line this year, some from additional clearing in existing terrain, and some from further expansion along the ridge.  As well, a new fixed-grip quad – the fastest model on the market – replaces the Spillway East chair, and has been built lower and is heavier to minimize closures and swinging chairs from Sugarloaf’s infamous high winds.

      Season pass: $1,149 for adults, and $899 for teens — works at Sunday River and Loon Mtn. as well.
      Day ticket: $77 for adults, $66 for teens.
      Specials:  Maine residents ride for $39/day every Wednesday, and the Frequent Skier Card, which works at Sugarloaf, Sunday River, and Loon Mtn., New Hapshire, costs $97, gets you one free ticket, $15 off weekend tickets, and $25 off weekday tickets.

      Saddleback

      If you make your way to Sugarloaf, you definitely have to take the hour drive over to Saddleback.  Much like Magic Mtn. and Mad River Glen in Vermont, Saddleback is all fixed-grip lifts, great glades, and true New England ski culture.  As well, the Kennebago Quad is separate from the more beginner-friendly areas and hosts the Casablanca glades, some of the highest and steepest tree skiing in the East.  Some additional tree clearing went down on the glades off the Kennebago and several trails were graded smoother in order to be able to be opened with less snow.

      Season pass: $699 for adults, $249 for college students, and $399 for 7-18.
      Day ticket:  $59 for adults, $49 for 71-18 year olds as well as college students.
      Specials:  Maine residents get a $29 ticket the first Sunday of every month.

      Saddleback Glades in Maine

      Saddleback glades in Maine. 

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      Waves Of Change At Jay Peak

      November 22, 2011

      — Ryan Dunfee

      Jay Peak has always held a mystical place in the East Coast ski scene. Literally as far north as you can get without crossing the Vermont border into Canada, Jay sits on the peak of a relatively short ridgeline that climbs out of the flat, empty, cold farmlands surrounding it. Alone, Jay is separated from the rest of the Green Mountains that wind their way along Route 100 from Mount Snow in the south all the way to Stowe. 

      Jay has more or less been the Mt. Baker of Eastern skiing — isolated in its Northeast Kingdom four hours from Boston and eight from New York City, with a solid stretch of nothing going for sixty miles all the way from the base of the infamous tram to downtown Burlington. Just like Baker, its snow totals and terrain are unheard of — wide-open glades found almost nowhere else in the Northeast that are pounded with over 400 inches of snow every winter, dwarfing the rest of the region’s 150-inch to 200-inch average. And just like Baker, if you’re not riding, there’s nothing to do. Up until last year, much of the resort’s nightlife revolved around the quirky ski bum lodges ten miles away in Montgomery, where skiers, riders, and snowmobilers reeling from cabin fever would pound drinks at the Snowshoe Lodge & Pub until they were kicked out, at which point they raged in the basement of Grandpa Grunt’s across the street until they passed out in their rooms with pink shag carpeting and full-length ceiling mirrors.

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      Now Jay is in the midst of a number of major projects that should take the edge off the apres scene, offer non-dirtbags beds with a decent thread count, keep the resort turning profits year-round, and give back to the community in the form of increased public recreation opportunities and local, full-time jobs. 

      Last season marked the opening of the Tram Haus, a more upscale 57-unit hotel with a new bar and a separate restaurant and this spring a new clubhouse opened for Jay’s championship golf course, a central part of Jay’s plan to attract more summer visitors. 

      More recently, a NHL-size ice rink opened in the Ice Haus. And this Black Friday, unheard of for most ski resorts, a full-size waterpark called the Pump House will open with a lazy river, a handful of waterslides including a Six Flags-style Aqualoop, and a surfable indoor wave attached to the 170-suite Hotel Jay and Conference. 

      Jay Peak Water park

      Jay Peak Water Park

      While a waterpark would be a big move for any Intrawest resort, for Jay, a resort that’s been so quiet a new chairlift was considered a ‘major capital development,’ this is serious news. But despite the obvious instinct to eschew major developments at one of the East’s relatively ‘pure’ ski areas, the new construction seems set to benefit Jay Peak’s business, visitors, passholders and local jobseekers.

      This huge set of projects was the vision of Jay’s CEO, Bill Stenger, who first took the helm back in 1985. Seeking a way to bring profitability to the resort outside of the normal seven-week high season, provide local jobs, and something to do for non-skiers as well as those who get shut down when the upper mountain closes for high winds, Stenger’s proposed plan seemed impossibly radical for Jay’s historically glacial development pace. 

      “When I first saw the plans, I didn’t believe them,” said “Huge” Mike Steeves, a Jay fixture who’s been making the five-hour drive from Rhode Island every weekend since 1993 to ride the legendary woods here. “Our last major change was a new chairlift; a project on that scale simply didn’t seem possible.” 

      Not to mention that the kind of money that funds a $50 million expansion hasn’t made its way to the Northeast Kingdom often. But while Stenger and co. were able to put up ten million of Jay’s own money, the resort ultimately found the majority of its funding through an international network of 450 investors sanctioned through the EB-5 Foreign Investment Program, a federal program where foreign investors who put in more than $500,000 and create at least 10 local jobs get residency status and an accelerated application for permanent citizenship.

      Tram Haus Lodge At Jay Peak

      Steve Wright, Jay’s vice president of marketing and sales, certainly anticipated some negative feedback from hardcore riders at the outset of the project, but he looked past it pretty quickly. 

      “I’ve said this all along: if all Jay Peak is is a collection of distressed lodging, lack of amenities and tree cutting, then we don’t really have much of a place to hang our hats,” Wright said. “The character of this place doesn’t have to change because we increased the comfort quotient of our pillows or added new places to eat.” 

      Steeves seems to back him up. Since the Tram Haus Lodge and the Tower Bar opened, “It’s been great. Before the bar was cramped in the basement. Now we have a big, airy space with five times the capacity that you can actually bring your kids into for lunch without having some drunk fall over on them.” Steeves notes he saw more passholders in the Tower Bar in its first year than he ever saw at any mountain lodges before. 

      Tim Fater, senior editor for Ski The East and a Jay passholder, supports the vision of Jay’s home-grown management team. 

      “If you told me five years ago all this would be happening at Jay, I’d probably tell you you're crazy,” Fater said. “But this development is happening and these aren't new faces hired to reshape the resort. These guys have been there for a long time and know the mountain, their brand and their customers better than anyone.”

      Ryan Dunfee Skis Jay

      And while Wright admits that building a tropical indoor water park at the base of one of the East’s coldest resorts was not the most environmentally sustainable move, he notes that they did invest $1 million into a repurposing and transfer system laid between the Ice Haus and the Pump House that will take waste refrigeration energy from the hockey rink and convert it into heating energy for the water park. The system is set to have an ROI of five years.

      Steeves sees the local community as the biggest benefactor of the new developments. In the 1990s, unemployment in the Northeast Kingdom was high, and beyond a few hardcore skiers and riders, the locals didn’t support or interact much with the resort. Full-time work at Jay, even in the winter, was hard to come by, and traditionally 85 percent of the workforce was laid off at the end of the ski season. Steeves anecdotally noted “dozens” of local friends who only had part-time work or only their spouse with a full-time job in the ’90s, but now, with the focus on attracting more people to Jay Peak and for more of the year, he sees more couples where both people are on the payroll. By the end of the projects, Wright anticipates Jay’s workforce to grow to 800 employees. Not to mention a few side perks — the local high school hockey team, which used to play home games across the border in Canada, now calls the Ice Haus home.

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      Despite the changes, Fater still believes that the mountain’s unique terrain, soon to be expanded with additions of new intermediate and upper-intermediate glades along the West Bowl ridgeline, will continue to be the main attraction. 

      “Jay Peak has some of the most unique terrain in the east — the Face Chutes being a prime example — and the sidecountry and backcountry options are plenty,” Fater said. “They’ll always have that terrain, and as long as they continue getting nearly 400 inches of snow a year, that will be the mountain’s main draw, as it has always been.” 

      While Fater anticipates that the new developments will help bring in new crowds during key holidays and compel some new people to come visit for the first time, he still believes the resort’s remoteness will keep flooded liftlines like those at Stowe and Killington at bay. 

      As Tim puts it, “A resort mailing arrived on my doorstep this fall that said: ‘Everybody’s welcome at Jay Peak.’ Thankfully, not everyone comes.”

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