Schussing Nemo (Pt. 2)

By:  Greg
February 11, 2013 8:04 am | Category: Quick Update, Skiing

For most of Vermont at least, the best day of schussing Nemo was Friday. Nemo was really two storms. As I understand it from Lionel, the first storm was a shortwave to the north, and right on its heels was a classic coastal low to the south. The shortwave on the front end of the storm performed well in Vermont, putting down a layer of 8-12″ north of Vermont Route 125 by midday Friday. The shortwave was then “ingested” by the coastal low Friday afternoon, transferring the snowfall (and the highest storm totals) to areas from CT to ME from Friday afternoon through Saturday. As this happened, up north, the snow shutoff, and the winds ramped up as the low slid along the Atlantic coast. These winds, as we found out the hard way, made for very stiff snow at elevation.
Saturday morning, at the top of the mountain, the best snow was confined to small pockets in the one-off sheltered areas…
best snow on Saturday was in sheltered areas

…and those pockets would then instantly transition into tip-grabbing wind-affected snow (unbeknownst to Lionel).
tip grabbing wind-affected snow

Pow is pow though…
pow is pow

…so you won’t hear us complaining. Looking back on it, it might have made some sense to make a trip to one of the proud resorts in southern NH. Oh well.
isolated pockets

The snow was so wind affected at elevation in Vermont that we even set off a small loose avalanche in bounds that ran about 50 feet. After pooping his pants, Hutz skied the debris.
hutz in the avalanche debris

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  1. Jake
    wrote on February 11th, 2013 at 9:29 am  
  2. Adrian
    wrote on February 12th, 2013 at 11:55 pm  

    Farming it out nicely in that third pic. Good stuff!

  3. bushman
    wrote on February 13th, 2013 at 7:39 am  

    Morning FIS:
    Heading to JP tomorrow; reportin 15″ new yestiddy, more Friday; hope it spreads your way; if not come up to J. Good luck. And thanks for pics and reports. B

    • Greg
      wrote on February 13th, 2013 at 10:01 am  

      morning sir! GIT SUM!!

    wrote on March 3rd, 2013 at 12:28 pm  

    Great photos and TR! Finally getting around to reading more of this year’s stoke!

    • Greg
      wrote on March 3rd, 2013 at 1:12 pm  

      Welcome back MO! enjoy

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