Jay Peak, VT: 3/2/11

Northeast Ski Blogger Summit Day 1: I’ve been imagining skiing Jay Peak since 1999. I was working late one night in December and started fantasizing.

Stateside

I googled “best powder in the east” and I found Jay Peak’s website. It sounded perfect to me. Tons of snow and trees.

After a long drive last night, we woke up this morning at 6:30 and it started to snow at 7 am.

Bonaventure

The forecast was for 1-2 inches, but I was hoping for some of that legendary Jay magic. When we got to the mountain at 9 am, it was really coming down, and it snowed until 2:30.

on-the-bonny

As much as possible, I tried to stay with Riverc0il and Sick Bird Rider.

Riverc0il-in-the-Trees

Mattchuck

Both Riverc0il and SBR recommended Exhibition. But Matt and I couldn’t resist the trees. We went in and had a great run.

Trees

When we reconnected farther down, they both agreed that Exhibition was among the best runs they’d ever had at Jay.

We had maybe 8 inches of snow today, and lots of wind up high. Both the Tram and the Freezer went down around 1. We did the short hike up to Everglade, and had it completely to ourselves. We savored it.

The trails had lots of soft cut-up powder, and there was a decent amount of untouched snow along the sides. The trees were lightly tracked or untracked.

There were very few spots we found all day that had exposed rock or ice. Considering the winds today, that’s amazing.

SBR-on-CamAm

Jay Peak is exactly what I imagined. Lots of snow and great, well-spaced trees. Today was exciting. It was my first time experiencing a significant snowfall on a mountain that makes it own weather. I love this place.

4 comments on “Jay Peak, VT: 3/2/11

  1. Well said Harv. It was a great day and a lot of fun showing you around my favourite mountain. Actually, it wasn’t just a great day. In the many years I have been visiting this place, it was one of my best-ever days.

  2. Nice to see that you got out of NY Harv! Jay Peak Rocks! I hope to get up there this spring.

  3. Although I never believe the Jay snow reports it is true that they get more snow on average than anyone in the east. Great glades and on a pow day its a blast. Looking forward to a day there soon, with fresh or maybe a spring corn day.

  4. My only experience with Jay Peak’s snow reporting was this week: they listed Wednesday’s total at 5 inches. I called it 8. When you ski that hill and see how well covered things are in the trees, Jay’s season total of 275 inches looks legit. I saw very little exposed rock or ice.

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