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"Jonathan S. Shefftz" <[log in to unmask]>
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Vermont Skiing Discussion and Snow Reports <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 1 Apr 2014 07:56:06 -0400
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Yes, parking there at first appears to be in violation of all LNT principles, but it is indeed a maintained/sanctioned/approved place to park.  (And I just noticed a typo in what I wrote previously:  walk South as you correctly stated to reach the top of the NE Snowfield, not North as I incorrectly wrote.)

I didn't mark the Ball Crag snowfield on my map, but yes, often some enjoyable snowfields will form in between the NE Snowfield and the furthest extent of the summit snowfields that I marked as the Far NE Snowfield.  The vertical gets kind of short over there, but as you found, if the NE Snowfield hasn't had a good season, and if it's being further pounded in submission by all the Otto-assisted skiers, then some lateral exploring up there can be very fun.

On Tue, 1 Apr 2014 00:31:30 -0400, Denis Bogan <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>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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