I was riding the summit quad when someone with me pointed it out.  Wasn't a big deal.  Just a noticeable distortion of snow over in slide 4.  I think it was more like a  slough than an avalanche.  Maybe what you mentioned was something else.  The slides were not open at that time. Jimski

On Wed, Feb 26, 2020 at 9:06 AM Sharon Heller <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Way to get out there!! Do what you can and listen to your body. That's the best anyone can do. 

Did you see the avalanche? Was there any chatter about it?

On Mon, Feb 24, 2020 at 5:00 PM James Dugan <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
What a fantastic blue bird day.  Do we really want such a thing in February?  
Drove my tedious 20 miles to Whiteface's parking lot, got my stuff on and hit the first chair at precisely 10 AM.  I am still on the wait and let it warm up mode and probably should have gotten there earlier.  Taking the short hop over to the main lifts I got on the gondi only to find they actually had technicians working on the towers concurrently so it was about the slowest ride up I can ever remember.  Skied Essex-Excelsior-Victoria's and would rate it about 9 all things considered.  Then up to the summit and a complete Cloudspin run.  One other day I had done three runs in perfect snow conditions just after the big storm recently, however it was in zero visibility with freezing drizzle on the goggles.  Today I could see all the way to Mansfield summit.  The rocks on the first few turns were very sketchy but easily avoided and I got into such an enjoyable groove that I almost missed lower Switch back to get over to lower Skyward.  Today was my first run on Lower Skyward which I prefer over Niagara/Victoria as that is usually much more steep and icy.  The whole thing was so enjoyable that I did it a second time.  They up Lookout Triple to a fantastic run down Hoyt's High.  I had my best rock skis which are also excellent for blasting through dense stuff and slough giving me the best stability for hold on the head walls and run outs.  I went up again and did a Wilmington Trail run.  The usual phenomenon of every grade of condition was in effect depending on the elevation and sun angle.  The bottom of the run was getting a little stony churned up that got hidden in the dense mashed potatoes.  At this point I was getting hungry and thirsty and getting to Bear Den lodge was annoying in the wet snow and very low angle beginner trails were very sticky.  I pondered going back up higher after lunch but when I walked out the  door the heat hit me.  Someone said they saw 55 degrees on a thermometer somewhere.  I decided to bail and save energy for tomorrow.  Sounds like the same idea but more cloudy and a little cooler.  I need to do at least four days this week to make my personal
 Feb. quota.  Gore is supposed to get 5 to 8 inches last I saw for Wed into Thurs.  I plan to hit that with a friend who can get a reciprocal discount with his other  area season pass and then Sat he can bring a buddy (me) to Titus on his pass their for pass holder appreciation day.

I feel a little guilty only attaining 5 runs, 9500 ft vert and 7.9 miles skiing today.  When you get to be my age saving some for tomorrow can be necessary in the long run.  Have fun gang, get it while it's out there.  Jimski
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