Pine Grove

This is my got to place in the city. Been going there for the last three years. This is by far the worst winter there.  The conditions have not been right from the get go.  As it is now the snow is only covering a crust with little give. Its blown in in spots and the wind is hallowing now.  It’s fast, really fast. Though there is no turning unless you get into a powder pack even stopping is a challenge but most of the snow is at the bottom so if you haven bailed by then you can kinda stop.  Mellow still works, though there aren’t very many mellow lines at pine Grove. Most are quick and the terrain changes rapidly. Super quick adjustments. Really fun with a lot of snow.  There are multiple lines there. It’s a micro landscape of bowls. Complete with micro cornices and wind lips. Steep to mellow or mellow to steep or steep steep but all within a hundred vertical feet. The run out is the creek which can play a very important role in how the terrain is ridden.

Snow Ridge, The Weather Phenomenon Know as Lake Effect Snow WCB 8

Pros… Lift Access powsurfing, Closed Monday n Tuesday so be there Wednesday, closed sections on hill easily hikeable to, Big Boards needed, Weather phenomenon know as Lake Effect Snow, Glades, Steep runs, Lots and Lots of snow when the weather is right, 3 hour drive from home

Cons… Weather can be temperamental, Rains frequently, In the USA, Exchange Rate sucks now, US Cops, Main run tracked out fast, Be prepared bring big board,

The weather phenomenon known as lake effect snow drops a ton of snow over the tug Hill plateau every winter, winds permitting.  The moisture picked up over Lake Ontario gets dumped onto the plateau and neighbouring hills.  Since I had to head south on Interstate 81 to pick up a truck I had purchased in the fall for work, I figured I might as well take a little detour and check out what the fuss is about when it comes to Lake effect snow.

So as I left Chrissypoo in Watertown NY to head down n around Tug Hill there was virtually next to no snow on the ground.  As I drove down the road and got closer to the ridge on the backside of the plateau the snow on the ground starts to pile up n pile up.  The first thing I do is hike up a steep road that was  closed for the winter n look for spot off of it.  nothing going there so I ride down the road slow n steady like.  I keep driving south till I see a open knoll of snow n bush and stop and ask a local in his drive if he owns that property.  No, his neighbour does and he is away right now driving trucks.  Not wanting to encroach on lands where I might get shot on I keep moving along.  Around a corner and Snow Ridge pops up.  I park and head into the office to see if I could bring my Powsurfer up the lift, it doesn’t hurt to ask.  To my surprise the lady in the office gives me the ok, the leash is the key.  As I get to the lift the liftie is like Whats That? Anyways I explain that I got the ok from the office and jump onto the rickety old chair.  The main run under the lift is all tracked out, they only have one lift running today, not a lot of people here but it is 3pm.  I head to the trees, 13, 14, and 18 for a couple of runs, get tossed on some of the more choppy areas but anything with fresh snow is sweet turns.  I close out the day with some runs down 7 which hasn’t been all that traced yet due to a lul in the run and the need to walk for a hundred yards.  The boarders don’t like that and skiers didn’t touch much of it, now earning your turns is part of our game so I hit it up till the lift shut down.

Now that was it for that day.  Now I have a 6 hour drive south ahead of me.  whooppie!

It was worth it!

Now I do my thing to get the truck and turn around the next day and start heading back north to Turin NY.  I make it to Marathon NY for the night still two and a quarter hours away from Snow Ridge.  Oh well.  Another hotel night then a quick drive and I’m back at the ridge on Tug Hill.

This day I start off with a hike to Von Allmen and Snow Pocket, 1, 2, and 3 area. It hadn’t been opened yet and a 20 min hike gets me to the top of the runs.  Now my 120cm twin tip isn’t long enough to get on top of all this fresh non tracked snow and the runs weren’t steep enough to get me on top of it either.  It turned out to be to much snow on this side of the hill.  So I head back into the trees on the following runs and finish off what time I had that day with the same runs from two days ago.

With Lake effect snow as long as the wind is blowing right the snow keeps on falling and everything gets replenished with fresh pow.  So all the runs where full again and I was able to get some good turns in and some great moments!

The main reason why I went at this time, cause I could have waited to the spring to get the truck, but it’s going to rain in Turin NY this coming week and all that snow would have been wasted.

It was to socked in with clouds n snow to see much of the country side as to what else was ridable around there but I’m sure with some exploring there would be other goods to be had.

Snowing! But Not Here : (

There is a storm brewing! unfortunately it is in The United States of America. And it is not the political shit show that is Donald Trump. Anyways there is snow out there, and closed down ski hills to hike as well,  and what of the local terrain?  NY state has 65 lost or closed ski hills, while some are no more then lawns on hills other could be gems in their own uniqueness.  Who’s going to check it out? Well if there was a time, the next few days would be a good one.  If you read up more about this approaching snow storm and the lake effect snow to follow, you would learn of Tug Hill and look into it’s geographic location.  It is no longer a drive to get to, than that of Mont Shefferd or Mont Sutton. Expect as pointed out before, it is in the USA.  Exchange rate sucks balls, gas is cheap, and they want you to be afraid. To live in fear.  Crazy!  Snow should be good though, the mountains n hills should do well too.  Hmm…

…Next weeks weather there looks like shit too, shit as in rain : (

The Big Nor Easter Not

Media sure does blow up the weather! If it was up to them we would be inside everyday watching TV believing in all the crap that they are feeding us.  Luckily enough people do go outdoors and try and find out for themselves whats really happening.  Yesterday was a snow day here in Ottawa with school buses canceled and kids out of school for the day, but only 4-5 cm of snow fell in town.  The media was blasting a serious storm moving up the coast that was going to shut everything down and give us 30cm plus of snow.  Did it happen? Not even close.  The most accumulated snow on a ski hill was Le Massif with a big 21cm, not even a foot.  Le Massif is not in daytrippin range for us so we would have to plan a road trip.  And for 21cm its not quite worth it.  There is still a crust under whatever snow was just dropped over night, and any deep tail turns would be thrown off once the board hit the crust.

Granted there was serious weather conditions with freezing rain, rain, and heavy snow fall at times.  Though it wasn’t as bad as they like to portray it.  And there are areas that did fairly well, but unfortunately not within our daytrippin range.

So here we are playing the waiting game again.  Dreaming of big snow dumps in our region.

The god thing is, we did get out and have some fun while it was snowing.  Snowskating at Fortune while the micro snow sticks fell.  Definitely a different kinda snow was falling, should have snapped a pic of it.

For now play safe and dream big, big snows.

Snow is Coming 

Winter is upon us again!  Like the warning says a Colorado low is coming this way.  Ottawa won’t be in the direct line of this storm but that’s ok.  Right now the best place to be looks like the Eastern Townships with possible amounts of 20-30 cm.  Sweet! Lets see how this shapes up.

Unfortunatly Ive got to work Monday Tuesday but come Wednesday I’m free to roam around n punch out lines.