Monday, March 7, 2016

Hunter March 7

Hello Hunter fans,
It was a magnificent morning to be out on the slopes. All trails were groomed to perfection and partial sun with high clouds made for excellent visibility. The temps went from 22 late last night to 40 this am and now 57 base / 44 summit.
The surface conditions were very consistent & fairly firm but softened with each run until late morning when it became a bit mushy and sticky. No significant brown or bare spots. It was very windy on top gusting to 35 mph but it was not real cold. Every open trail was excellent with ego snow. The west side: Claire’s & Wayout were superb. “Z” was running slow due to the wind but the Flyer had no issues.
There was a very light crowd even with the Localmotion and Grand Marnier Bartenders races. Most of the deck was fenced off for the bartenders party including a mechanical bull (see attached photos).
The firemen come in to race tomorrow and Wed – man are they going to sweat in those heavy jackets! The cold beer will be flowing.
 
I am pleased to advise officially that Hunter / Peak Resorts will honor all LIFETIME passes for Hunter only. The new season passes are being offered at bargain prices and cover 7 of Peak’s eastern resorts including Mount Snow but must be purchased by April 30th with only a $99 down payment.
 
The weather for the rest of the week is forecast to be very warm with possible rain due Wed night into Thurs. I do not enjoy skiing mush so I may not be out to write a first hand report for a while.
Party on........
Jon
 
Tonight
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40. West wind 5 to 7 mph.
Tuesday
Partly sunny, with a high near 57. Southwest wind 3 to 6 mph.
Tuesday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 50. Southwest wind 5 to 7 mph.
Wednesday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 66. West wind 7 to 11 mph.
Wednesday Night
A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 51. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Thursday
A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 62. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
Thursday Night
A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
Friday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 51.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Hunter March 3

Hello Hunter fans,
It was a very nice day to be on the slopes – best so far this week. Cobalt blue sky, strong sun, light but gusty wind with base temps from 14 to 28 / summit 6 to 16. No crowds at all – quite empty & no lift issues.
Surface conditions were very consistent with an overnight dust on a well groomed hard pack. Make no mistake, one needed good edges today but it was hard & fast ego skiing due to the excellent visibility. All front side trails and Wayout were groomed flat. Claire’s gleamed like a shiny mirror. It was frozen moonscape where it wasn’t groomed. Dropoff was groomed and open as they did a nice job on it of covering up some bare spots.
Snow making is done for the season. Big party this Saturday sponsored by Grand Marnier with a band, torchlight parade and fireworks. The main bar will be open late.
Restaurant news: Ike’s Tavern is closed for good – out of business.  Hammo’s was sold to an Indian (from India) but it remains open and status quo – no changes – the only raw bar on the mountain top.
Next Tuesday & Wednesday are the fireman’s races and get this – the temps next week forecast: Mon 45, Tues 55 & Wed 60+.
 
The go-fund-me campaign for Tommy “Wheels”  is nearing it’s goal of $10,000 thanks to contributions from many of you – let’s keep it going! hthhttps://www.gofundme.com/kmqvfp5pttps://www.gofundme.com/kmqvfp5ptps
 
Keep those skis and boards tuned!
Jon
 
Forecast:
 
Tonight
A chance of light snow, mainly after 2am. Increasing clouds, with a low around 14. Light and variable wind becoming northeast around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Friday
Light snow likely, mainly before noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 30. East wind 5 to 8 mph becoming northeast in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
Friday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 17. North wind around 8 mph.
Saturday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 34. North wind around 6 mph becoming calm.
Saturday Night
A slight chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Sunday
Partly sunny, with a high near 39.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Hunter March 1

Hello Hunter fans,
Mother nature is still playing tricks on us. After periods of rain yesterday and temps in the 50’s a front came through last night with high winds and cold temps down to 19.
Today started out sunny with no wind but the damage was done. The light went flat around 10 am and the surface was flat frozen corduroy so visibility for my old eyes was tough.
Thankfully the groomers made skiing possible but it was noisy, frozen hard and fast. It was like skiing on a Ruffles Potato Chip – it rattled your bones but it was edgeable. After a while the ridges broke down on the main trails and it turned to sugar on hard pack. All front side trails were groomed but there were ice & brown patches. One could not venture where it was not groomed.The snow base is receding from the edges of the trails.
Apurna and Dropoff look to be done for the season. Claire’s was not groomed and showed quite a bit of brown and bare from what could be seen from the intersection with Wayout. One could not access Wayout from White Cloud as the narrow path there was bare. Temps are now 35 at the base / 25 at the summit and the sun is peeking through but clouds and mixed precipitation are forecast for later today, tonight and more rain/snow tomorrow – really can’t catch a break.
The hoses have not been removed from the guns yet so there could be some recovery effort Thursday night and Friday as very cold temps move in.
None of the rumors you hear about closing early or going with weekends only after mid March are true as no decision has been made yet but stayed tuned.....
This Saturday is Grand Marnier weekend with bands, torchlight parade and fireworks well past dark – big time party!
 
On a more serious note a Go-Fund-Me page has been set up by the ski patrol and family members of Tommy “Wheels” Cannalonga to purchase a new wheel chair accessible vehicle for him. Many of you see Tom wheeling around the base lodge in his wheel chair and skiing the mountain on his uni-ski. Here is the link:    www.gofundme.com/kmqvfp5p  Please try and help out.
 
Be safe out there!
Jon
 
NWS Forecast:
Tonight
A slight chance of rain, snow, and sleet before 9pm, then a chance of rain between 9pm and midnight, then rain and snow after midnight. Low around 33. South wind 11 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow and sleet accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Wednesday
Rain and snow showers before 9am, then a chance of snow showers between 9am and 4pm. Temperature falling to around 21 by 5pm. Breezy, with a northwest wind 11 to 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
Wednesday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 10. Wind chill values as low as -3. Northwest wind 11 to 17 mph.
Thursday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 25. Northwest wind 7 to 11 mph.
Thursday Night
A slight chance of snow after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 13. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Friday
Partly sunny, with a high near 30.
Friday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 17.
Saturday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 34.
Saturday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23.
Sunday
Partly sunny, with a high near 39.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Hunter Feb 26

Hello Hunter fans,
I did not ski today (issues with my boiler) , actually not since Monday, but wanted to up-date you on the weather etc.
We had torrential rain (about 3”) with lightening and thunder Wed/Thurs with temps up to 54. The temps dropped dramatically late yesterday from 50 to 34 with evening snow flurries before it all froze last night.
Today is very bright, sunny, very windy with temps now 24 at the base and 15 at the summit with winds from 18 to 54 mph – wind chills below zero.
There are guns on mid-station, Hellgate and maybe Minya but not on the Belt or anywhere else that I can SEE (that doesn’t mean that they are not blowing on the west side).
The daily snow reports from Hunter all this week have been quite fictional to put it mildly. Apurna is closed for the season.
The groomers had to do some snow farming to cover multiple bare and brown spots left by the rain. There were rivers running down the mountain.
Saturday should be sunny, windy and cool but Sunday the temps will approach 50 again with some rain expected Monday & Wednesday next week.
Unfortunately with March only a few days away, and given the season we have had, it is almost time to dust off the golf clubs.
Make the best of it,
Jon
 
This Afternoon
A slight chance of snow showers before 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 23. Blustery, with a northwest wind 18 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Tonight
Partly cloudy, with a low around 12. Wind chill values as low as zero. Northwest wind 7 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph.
Saturday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 34. Southwest wind 6 to 10 mph.
Saturday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. West wind around 11 mph.
Sunday
Partly sunny, with a high near 49. Southwest wind 9 to 11 mph.
Sunday Night
A chance of showers after 2am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 38. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Hunter Feb 22

Hi all you Hunter fans,
It was a bluebird day with a cloudless sky, strong sun, no wind and no crowds. The surface froze overnight as temps dipped below 30 (22 at the summit this am) and early runs were teeth rattling on hard, fast frozen corduroy. However by about 10:30 the sun had worked its magic on all east facing trails and the snow quickly softened. It is 41 now at the base, 31 at the summit and most surfaces I would guess are mushy. The west opened late due to frozen conditions and I never made it over there but all front side trails were groomed and enjoyable. The mountain was really empty even given the fact that there was a Localmotion race today. Tomorrow should be another nice day but it goes downhill from Wed thru Fri with mostly rain again – we cannot catch a break this year!   FYI – Saturday’s crowd topped 6,000 with about 4,000 on Sunday – yes, it was a zoo but great deck parties.
Ma Ma’s Pizza plans to move and open in it’s new location (ex Numero Uno) in April.
Happy Trails,
Jon
 
NWS Forecast for Hunter
 
Tonight
Mostly clear, with a low around 19. Northwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Tuesday
Partly sunny, with a high near 35. Southeast wind 3 to 8 mph.
Tuesday Night
A chance of snow, mainly after 7pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27. Southeast wind 7 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Wednesday
Snow and sleet before 10am, then rain and sleet between 10am and 11am, then rain after 11am. High near 39. East wind around 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Wednesday Night
Rain. Low around 38. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.
Thursday
Rain likely. Cloudy, with a high near 48. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Thursday Night
A chance of rain before 10pm, then a chance of rain and snow between 10pm and midnight, then a chance of snow after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Friday
Mostly cloudy, with a high near 29.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Hunter Feb 18

Hello Hunter fans,
Another great recovery as only Hunter can do. Tuesday weather yielded over 2.5 inches of rain that froze overnight into Wed. Between great grooming and snow making the skiing today was very good.
It was cold overnight 14 and only 26 now but it stayed cold on top with 2 to 17 now. We had brilliant sun today, a bit of wind on the front side and an inch of natural snow overnight. All front side trails had variable conditions with crusted powder, soft powder and Hunter hard-pack underneath it all. Guns had blown fresh snow mostly on the top front of the mountain where most of the inconsistencies were but the west was very consistent flat and easy. Apurna was closed but both Claire’s & Wayout were very sweet as the west ruled the day. There were minor crowds for a holiday week. “F” was running but no “D”. Tomorrow may start out sunny but forecast to cloud up later in the day and stay that way through the weekend with a chance for mixed rain & snow.  Expect a large crowd again this weekend.
In restaurant news, Ma Ma’s Pizza will be moving into the old Numero Uno Pizza store in the near future. Hammo’s in Hensonville remains open as they seek new owners / buyers as the current owner recovers from a stroke.
Happy trails,
Jon
 
 
Tonight
Mostly clear, with a low around 10. Northwest wind 5 to 8 mph becoming calm after midnight.
Friday
Increasing clouds, with a high near 33. Light south wind increasing to 9 to 14 mph in the morning.
Friday Night
A chance of snow showers before 1am, then a chance of snow showers and sleet between 1am and 4am, then a chance of sleet after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27. South wind 13 to 17 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Saturday
A chance of rain showers and sleet before 10am, then a chance of rain showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 45. Southwest wind 11 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Saturday Night
A slight chance of rain showers before 1am, then a slight chance of rain and snow showers between 1am and 4am, then a slight chance of snow showers after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Sunday
Mostly cloudy, with a high near 42.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Hunter Feb 12

Hello Hunter fans,
Today capped off the best weekday week of the season. Cold, crisp, sunny (at least until 11 am) and no wind. It was 2 at the summit (now 12), 10 at the base (now 24) with some fresh machine made snow – more like a thick layer of dust – on a well groomed hard packed surface. The entire mountain was groomed including all west side trails. There is a high cloud cover since 11 am but it’s still bright enough for good visibility. There was a bit of a crowd for a Friday and “F” lift was also running but no “D”. The Flyer was stop and go mainly due to people who had trouble getting on or off but no major down time. Claire’s was under the guns all morning and it was dry soft powder. Be careful where Wayout, Claire’s and Apurna merge as that run out to the lift is solid ice from a leaky snow gun.  There were a few other guns on around the mountain as well. The arctic blast comes in tomorrow through Monday. Seriously people, if you go out cover all exposed skin as wind chills could easily top 30 below zero!
I am pleased to advise that the main bar now serves Guinness for those who like it. The Copper Tree will be open throughout the holiday so make sure you try Slurps noodle bar – I think it is the best food served at the lodge.
Once again, don’t forget Sunday is Valentine’s Day – the dog house will be frigid!
Be safe, layer up and stay warm,
Jon
 
Tonight
A chance of snow showers, mainly before 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 3. Southwest wind 7 to 10 mph becoming west after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
Saturday
Scattered snow showers, mainly between 1pm and 4pm. Mostly sunny and cold, with a temperature falling to around -4 by 5pm. Wind chill values as low as -28. Blustery, with a northwest wind 18 to 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Saturday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around -16. Wind chill values as low as -40. Blustery, with a northwest wind 17 to 20 mph.
Sunday
Sunny and cold, with a high near 6. Northwest wind 10 to 14 mph.
Sunday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around -1.
Washington's Birthday
Partly sunny, with a high near 20.
Monday Night
Snow likely before 4am, then snow and sleet likely. Cloudy, with a low around 19. Chance of precipitation is 60%.