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Denis Bogan <[log in to unmask]>
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Vermont Skiing Discussion and Snow Reports <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 1 Apr 2014 00:31:30 -0400
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> 
I compiled some pictures here:
http://tinyurl.com/20140329SESnowfield
... including a map.

From one of the large paved parking lots, sounds like you're skiing the SE Snowfield.

The most popular snowfield once Otto opens is the NE Snowfield:  when driving up the road, take a left onto the dirt/rock/whatever/yet-still-official parking lot just before the summit road branches in various ways, then contour ~100' north along the boulders.

Further north of that, from before Airforce, is the far less frequently skied or even referenced Far NE Snowfield -- not much vertical, although sometimes it will have as much as the NE Snowfield if the spring Otto season is below par.

On Sun, 30 Mar 2014 22:51:31 -0400, Denis Bogan <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>Impressive.  I had no idea that the summit snowfields could slide like that.
>
>On another note, I have no idea what/where the various summit snowfields (east, northeast, southeast, etc.) are., despite having skied the 'summit snowfields' at least a dozen times.  The one I have skied the most is reached from the highest parking lot on the auto road, short of the summit, by walking about 100 feet south on a contour line.  It can't be seen from the auto road itself, which I think is kind of cool.  My favorite is one reached from a couple of parking lots lower, one below the air force lot, which accesses Ball Crag I think.  I'm curious to know the names by which these 

Well then I've been skiing the NE snowfield.  My description matches yours, walk 100 ft. South on a contour line.  I didn't specify anything about the parking lot, which is small, 7-8 cars at best, and dirt.  Maybe it doesn't merit being called a lot.  It is the highest other than the summit lot.

I don't see the ball crag snowfield on your map.  Also a small dirt lot, on an almost level stretch of the road and below the AF lot.  Go straight down the trail toward the alpine garden, and soon you reach snow.  The short convex snowfield there connects to a much larger longer one to your right, as you face toward the alpine garden.  It was much better skiing when I was there than the NE field.  Smooth virgin corn, that had not been skied for a while.  I was just exploring when I found it.

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