Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Hunter February 2

Hello all and happy ground hog day.
Even the ground hog had a great day on skis – saw him cruisin’ down the main line on all fours! It’s spring time in February.
What another beautiful day to ski with brilliant sun, no wind and temps that went from overnight lows of 29 to 43 now. The mountain was empty except for those lucky enough to have today off.
There were no lift issues and the grooming was excellent on all front side trails. The surface was firm to start but softened up quickly under the strong sun. There are a few brown spots starting to develop where it was thin coverage to start like where the Cliff meets Bleeker and skiers right side of lower Racer’s. Some small pebbles started to show up on Eside & Minya in the usual spots. It was ego snow by mid morning. White Cloud was not groomed and it rattled your bones & teeth. Wayout was hard and fast but by now I am sure it has softened. Claire’s was not groomed and shiny / bumpy as you looked up at it but by now probably nice to ski. The deck was a nice place to hang out today with a drink after skiing as temps in the sun easily hit upper 60’s.
Nasty weather is forecast for Wednesday with heavy rains – more than an inch – high winds and temps in the low 50’s. It doesn’t look like any recovery can begin before Thursday night when it all freezes again.
Be safe,
Jon
 
 
Tonight
A chance of rain and snow, mainly after 4am. Increasing clouds, with a low around 32. South wind 7 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
Wednesday
A chance of rain and sleet before 7am, then rain. High near 51. South wind around 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Little or no sleet accumulation expected.
Wednesday Night
Rain likely before 8pm, then a chance of showers, mainly between 8pm and 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36. South wind 10 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Thursday
A slight chance of showers before 8am. Partly sunny, with a high near 40. West wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Thursday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 21.
Friday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 31.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Hunter January 28

Hell Hunter fans,
It was two thumbs up today and if I had 4 thumbs they would be up too. What a difference from yesterday’s bad conditions.
Crystal blue sky with awesome sun made for great visibility. Fresh powder was blown on all main front side trails except Racer’s & Huega and they were all excellent.
Apurna & Claire’s groomed top to bottom – excellent. Light crowds. Temps overnight were in the low 20’s but now 38 at the base. There was a wind out of the west 10 mph at the top but no big deal. The summit temp is 29 was as low as 18.
Tomorrow looks to be cloudy with a 40% chance of snow/rain – hopefully just some snow. The weekend is looking warmer and clear.
Be aware that they are now checking tickets/passes for every run with a crew of 4 at the Flyer. Long range weather forecast for the entire northeast Feb – April calls for above normal temps.
Come ski it while we have it and man we have it!
Happy trails,
Jon
 
 
Tonight
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25. South wind 5 to 9 mph becoming calm after midnight.
Friday
Scattered snow showers, mainly after 10am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36. Light west wind becoming northwest 8 to 13 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Friday Night
Isolated snow showers before 8pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 22. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Saturday
Partly sunny, with a high near 35. Light and variable wind becoming south 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.
Saturday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27.
Sunday
Partly sunny, with a high near 44.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Hunter January 27

Hello Hunter fans,
Didn’t go out yesterday due to flat light, early rain, temps at 48 & high wind. I was told surface conditions were soft and consistent if you could see it. The Flyer was unloaded and shut down late morning for about an hour and there were other lift issues later. Temps dropped into the upper 20’s last night and you know what that means after a spring-like day. Even with heading out late at 10 this am I found surface conditions hard marbles and slick spots – very variable. One could only ski where it was groomed otherwise it was shiny surfaces. The sun was out for a while but now we have flurries, flat light & wind. Temps around 35 at the base, 26 on top with 15-20 mph wind. The only consistent flat surface run was Cliff/ Racers but it was noisy. The groomers did their best but the marbles were no fun so it was a short day for me at least. The main line and all east side trails were marbles. There were and are no guns on. There were no lift issues today – so far - and no crowds. They were checking all lift tickets for the first time this season.
Looks like a variable cold and windy week & weekend ahead. Bring back Monday!
Ski on.............
Jon
 
 
 
 
This Afternoon
A slight chance of snow showers before 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 34. West wind 14 to 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Tonight
Partly cloudy, with a low around 18. West wind 5 to 8 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Thursday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 31. South wind 6 to 11 mph.
Thursday Night
A slight chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23. West wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Friday
Scattered snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 31. West wind 7 to 17 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Friday Night
Isolated snow showers before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 19. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Saturday
Mostly cloudy, with a high near 34.
Saturday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27.
Sunday
Partly sunny, with a high near 44.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Hunter January 25

Hello Hunter fans and storm survivors,
All I can say is OMG!  What a day to be on the slopes – best of the season by many accounts. Those of you who stayed up here because of the down state snow conditions had a real treat. Not a single snowflake up here from the storm.
Great sun, NO WIND and temps that went from an overnight low of 25 to 37 now. Every popular front-side trail had consistent excellent groomed (thanks Skip!) powdery conditions (Thanks Bruce!). Apurna & Claire’s were not groomed but softened by late morning. Cliff / Racer’s / Ike / Gunhill magnificent! HBK, Minya, Eside, Huega etc. couldn’t have been much better.
There were no crowds, no lift issues and no snow guns to deal with. Today was the first of the Localmotion races for all the mid and late life wannabe racers. ( I expect some feedback for that comment but hey – I really don’t care)
Even though the grooming report showed Lower K groomed it was only the run out – a bit of misinformation there. They do not groom the headwall.
The weather for the week looks to be okay for the most part with some mixed precip Tuesday night into Wednesday.
Going to be a great week – come play hooky!
Jon
 
 
 
Tonight
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23. South wind 7 to 11 mph.
Tuesday
A slight chance of freezing rain between 9am and 11am, then scattered rain showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 41. South wind around 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Tuesday Night
A chance of rain and snow showers before 7pm, then a slight chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. Southwest wind 10 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Wednesday
Isolated snow showers after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 34. West wind 9 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Wednesday Night
Isolated snow showers before 1am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 16. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Thursday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 31.
Thursday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 21.
Friday
Mostly cloudy, with a high near 33.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Hunter January 22

Hello all,
Come on up and enjoy some of the best skiing of the young season.
Today easily was a top 2 day with great sun, no wind and fresh powder from lots of snow making on groomed corduroy. It was very cold with summit temps in single digits and  22 at the base.
Guns were blasting fresh powder in many areas especially the entire mid-station section. The Cliff and Huega were not groomed (probably tonight). Huega was full of soft whale humps which were fun to ski since there was no ice for a change. There is massive snow making now on Apurna which may officially open tomorrow for the first time in 3 years.  Claire’s is in very good shape.  The depth of the snow base is now quite substantial on most trails especially Hgate which I would estimate at 7 ft.
They were running “F” today but it really was not needed. All of you from downstate, LI & NJ better get on the road tonight if you plan to make it up here. We are not expected to get any more than an inch or two if any out of the storm. IT will however be cloudy and windy.
Winter has arrived!! Enjoy the weekend.
Jon
 
 

Detailed Forecast

Tonight
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 11. Wind chill values as low as zero. North wind 5 to 8 mph.
Saturday
A slight chance of snow after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 20. Wind chill values as low as -1. North wind 8 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Saturday Night
A slight chance of snow before 9pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 13. Wind chill values as low as -2. North wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Sunday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 28. Wind chill values as low as -1. Northwest wind 9 to 13 mph.
Sunday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 15. Northwest wind around 8 mph.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Hunter January 21

Hi all you Hunter Fans,
I got back on the slopes after a few days off. Those who were out during the first hour said conditions were excellent with lots of powder on the main line trails and Racer’s – thanks “Killer”. I went out at 10:00 and found conditions good but not great. It was another cold windy day with temps in the teens and a brisk cold wind. It was very sunny. Although it is 23 at the base now the wind chill is still around 10. It is 15 at the summit with a real feel of 0 and wind steady at 15 mph with gusts to 30. The lifts were functioning well but no “F” or “D” as not needed.
Those surfaces exposed to the wind were blown off and very hard. The wind was out of the west today. The guns were still on in many places so there were pockets of powder in between hard packed “noisy” surfaces. I found many trails scraped off except for narrow strips on the sides. My opinion, very variable conditions. Cliff was left with ungroomed whale humps. Wayout was hard and fast. Claire’s, which was only accessible via the Alternate, had guns blasting from both sides top to bottom and although a few said the powder was excellent I do not ski a trail like that anymore unless the visibility is very good. White Cloud was just that – a snow guns whiteout.  Every trail on the mountain except Apurna & 44 Westway is open with good coverage. The weather for tomorrow looks to be a repeat of today. The Nor’easter forecast for the Atlantic coast is not expected to reach Hunter with anymore than winds and maybe a dusting to an inch or two.
If you know of anyone interested in a sublet of a High Peaks locker with parking benefits for the rest of the season please let me know as I have someone who will not ski the rest of this year.
Bundle up for the weekend – it will be very cold,
Jon
 
NWS forecast for Hunter
 
This Afternoon
Sunny, with a high near 22. Northwest wind around 14 mph.
Tonight
Mostly clear, with a low around 8. Wind chill values as low as -1. Northwest wind 8 to 14 mph.
Friday
Sunny, with a high near 23. Wind chill values as low as zero. Northwest wind 5 to 7 mph.
Friday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 10. North wind 3 to 6 mph.
Saturday
Mostly cloudy, with a high near 23. North wind around 8 mph.
Saturday Night
A chance of snow after 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 14. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Sunday
A chance of snow before 8am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 30. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Sunday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 15.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Hunter January 14

Hello Hunter fans,
It was a great day to be on the slopes. The surface conditions were excellent powder, packed powder and consistent grooming (except E-side which was covered with whale humps). The snow guns continued blasting on many slopes and we expect Claire’s, Gunhill and White Cloud to open tomorrow for the first time. Upper Cross opened today and it was superb even with the guns still going. The sun was adequate with some high clouds filtering it at times. The wind was much less than yesterday but still fairly strong on the west side especially on the upper Belt and on the Z lift – that was a cold ride up.   Wayout was very nice from which one could take UpperK to Minya & LowerCross. 
Cliif/ Racer’s or Ike was exceptional. The entire mid-station area was nothing but fresh dry squeaky powder right down through Kennedy. I don’t recall seeing so many guns operating at the same time as yesterday & today.
Overnight temps stayed in the mid teens but rose to a high of 26 today. It is just now clouding up with a lake effect squall due soon. The crowd was relatively light – no”F” or “D” needed or open.
Friday looks to be another really nice day, warmer, but the weekend outlook looks rather sketchy with a mixed bag of tricks from mother nature Friday night and Saturday followed by a deep freeze Sunday night into Monday.
Have a great safe MLK weekend,
Jon
 
Tonight
A slight chance of snow showers before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 24. Southwest wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Friday
Partly sunny, with a high near 40. Southwest wind 5 to 7 mph.
Friday Night
Showers likely, mainly after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33. South wind 6 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Saturday
A chance of rain and snow showers before 11am, then a chance of rain showers between 11am and 3pm, then a slight chance of rain and snow showers after 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38. Southeast wind 6 to 10 mph becoming northwest in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Saturday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 21.
Sunday
Partly sunny, with a high near 29.
Sunday Night
A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 11. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
M.L.King Day
Partly sunny, with a high near 19.