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Jay you're last few reports have been really enjoyable! Thanks so much!

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On Fri, May 14, 2010 at 7:23 AM, Jay Silveira <[log in to unmask]>wrote:

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> a potential Mother’s Day Snowstorm was on the way<http://www.easternuswx.com/bb/index.php?showtopic=228391&view=findpost&p=4858669>so there was plenty of time to get ready for it.  The cold air was expected
> to be pulled into the storm system by Saturday evening, and that would get
> the snow going.  It looked like the snow line was going to be around
> 1,000’ for the event, although by Thursday morning the Burlington NWS
> mentioned the potential for a bit of accumulation even in the lower valleys.<http://www.easternuswx.com/bb/index.php?showtopic=228391&view=findpost&p=4862431> Roger
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> SaturdaBy and Sunday were a bit of a weather roller coaster in Waterbury.
> On Saturday afternoon a summery thunderstorm passed overhead, and we even
> got a bit of hail from it<http://www.easternuswx.com/bb/index.php?showtopic=228391&view=findpost&p=4867435>.
> By Saturday evening though, I checked the real time temperatures atop Mt.
> Mansfield, and saw that they had already gone below freezing.  With
> precipitation in the area, the mountains were probably well into the snow by
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> I wasn’t sure what to expect down at our elevation the next morning, but
> when I looked outside at around 6:00 A.M., it was snowing and we had a
> coating of white accumulation on the elevated surfaces.  By that point
> we’d picked up a couple tenths of an inch accumulation<http://www.easternuswx.com/bb/index.php?showtopic=228391&view=findpost&p=4867935>and it continued to snow.  The snow waned for a bit and the temperatures
> edged up, but at some point after 8:00 A.M., there was a big resurgence in
> snowfall and we started to get more substantial accumulation.  I checked
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> We hung out, had some Mother’s Day breakfast, watched the snow fall, and
> generally took it easy for much of the morning.  I had initially thought
> that we might need to get out early to get some good powder before the day
> warmed up, but with the way the storm was raging in the mountains, being an
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> In the late morning we drove northward to Jay Peak.  By that point, only
> minimal accumulations of snow remained in the relatively low valleys from
> Waterbury through Morrisville, but once we got near the Northeast Kingdom in
> the North Hyde Park/Eden area, the accumulations really shot up.  Snow was
> even accumulating on the road as we passed through Belvidere, and up on
> Route 242 in the final leg of our trip, there was so much snow on the road
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> A bit after noon, we pulled into Jay Peak’s Stateside lot at an elevation
> of roughly 2,000’ and were confronted with a veritable blizzard.  It was
> snowing hard, and winds were gusting to 40 MPH.  We saw a snowboarder who
> had just come down from a run, and he said conditions were great – except
> that it seemed like you were hiking directly into the wind.  E suited up,
> and helped get Dylan into his gear, but Ty apparently wasn’t in the mood to
> ski.  While we talked about options for a bit, Dylan eventually lost his
> momentum as well, and decided that he didn’t want to hit the snow either.  I
> guess I can understand how the boys might have been put off from heading out
> into the maelstrom – going almost directly from spring to an all out
> blizzard must have been pretty strange for them.  I offered to hang out with
> the boys and let E head out for turns, but she said she’d rather hang out
> with them than head up by herself, and said that I could go do a run.
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> I finished getting my gear together and skinned up for a quick run in the
> Chalet Meadows area.  Aside from some wind-scoured spots, I measured
> anywhere from 4 to 18 inches of new snow on my ascent, although I guess I’d
> put the average accumulation at somewhere around 6 inches plus.  The snow
> was dense, but not wet except for in the water bars or other low spots.  It
> certainly skied like dense snow, and was a bit tricky, but a lot of that was
> due to the variability of some spots having wind crust and other being
> softer.  There was so much dense snow there was no need for rock skis; I
> wished I’d brought some newer, fatter skis because they may have made things
> even a little easier.
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> Our plan had always been to do a bit of skiing and then drive around in the
> car and find a new place for some lunch/brunch.  E reminded me that we
> wanted to take a look at Jay Peak’s new Tram Haus Lodge before we left the
> resort, so we headed over to the tram side of the resort to check it out.
> While there, we wondered if there might be a new restaurant in the lodge, so
> I ran inside to take a look.  In fact there’s quite a nice restaurant in
> there called Alice’s Table.  It was pretty busy with Mother’s Day brunch,
> but after a bit of searching through her notes, the hostess said she’d be
> able to seat us.  I told her I’d go grab the family and be right back.  E
> was a bit concerned that we weren’t appropriately dressed for the
> restaurant, and while there were folks dressed nicely for Mother’s Day
> outings, there were also numerous folks wearing ski gear and more casual
> attire.  It is Jay Peak after all.  The brunch buffet had some excellent
> food, it was reasonably priced, and the boys even ate free because of a
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> After bunch we hurried back to the car through the storm.  We were all set
> to head home, but brunch had given Ty renewed energy and he wanted to ski.
> Dylan was still a bit under the weather and wasn’t quite eager to ski, so E
> decided that she’d stay in the car with him while Ty and I headed up for
> some turns.  I let Ty choose the path of ascent, and he chose an area over
> near the Boulevard Trial.  I set the skin track, and we went as far as Ty
> wanted to go before we stopped and prepared for the descent.  With less wind
> over in that area, there was a pretty even coating of snow that suggested
> good skiing.  Ty mostly paramarked on the descent, with some heel lifting,
> and I could see him trying to figure out the best approach to the dense
> snow.  With this run longer than my first one, I had more time to diagnose
> the best technique for the skiing, which was a lot of fun.  I found that
> staying in the top couple inches of lighter powder above any wind crusts
> made for silky smooth turns.  That wasn’t always possible depending on the
> snow and the level of pressuring, and it was obvious that some additional
> girth in the skis would have favored turns higher on the snow.  It was mid
> may after all though, and I did get in some great turns and had fun
> experimenting.  Ty actually floated better with his lower weight, although
> he ultimately said he was personally unimpressed by the snow.  I don’t think
> he got quite the enjoyment out of experimenting with technique for the
> conditions the way I did.  We both agreed that we’d try to go a bit wider
> with his next pair of Telemark skis.  While he does use them on piste, they
> are definitely the tool of choice when he’s earning turns, and that often
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> Back at the car, I had left the ski rack open while Ty and I were out, and
> E said that the winds had been so strong there that they’d blow her skis
> right off the roof.  Ty and I had hardly noticed the wind up where we’d
> been, but Ty had chosen a good option in terms of wind protection.  We
> geared down and got back in the car, and the winds just continued to rage
> with steady snowfall.  It was getting close to 4:00 P.M. by that point and
> the storm showed no signs of caring about any sort of afternoon sun or
> warming.  The Jay Cloud was clearly in charge of the weather.
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> We headed down to the village of Jay on our trip back home, and in the
> course of about three miles and an elevation drop of a thousand feet or so,
> heavy winter changed over to spring.  In Jay it was still snowing, but the
> trees were green and lush, and the ground was devoid of snow.  It continued
> to snow all the way back to Waterbury, even with temperatures approaching 40
> F in spots, but none of the lower valleys were supporting any accumulation.
> It had been quite a unique Mother’s Day overall, hopefully one that the boys
> will remember for a while.  Getting snow in May isn’t all that uncommon,
> especially for the mountains, but getting a snowstorm to fall right on
> Mother’s Day is lucky… or I guess unlucky as most people might have seen
> it.  Additional weather details from Sunday can be found in my report to
> EasternUSwx.com<http://www.easternuswx.com/bb/index.php?showtopic=228391&view=findpost&p=4868725>
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