Bretton Woods Mountain Resort 12/17/2012

Date(s) Skied: 12/17/2012

Resort or Ski Area:
Bretton Woods Mountain Resort

27F LSGR Packed Powder 4-6" Of Fresh Powder on top of MM.

Trip Report:
Got to Bretton Woods around 10:00AM due to road conditions from North Conway which got 8" of fresh powder overnight.

Snow started to fall on my drive up Route 16 from the Red Hook Brewery in Portsmouth starting at around 5PM the night before. Tip: Do not use Google Maps Navigation just follow Route 16 straight up or you will get to visit scenic narrow route 153 in a blinding snowstorm. As to Route 302 light misty snow but roads were not well plowed. Understand NHDOT has consolidated many of its garages and its obvious as once you hit Crawford Notch the road is clean.

Bretton Woods on a Monday was virtually private as there were less than 100 cars in the parking lot and while a lot of the skiers come in by shuttle buses from the Mount Washington Resort and its surrounding condos and there are a lot including some new construction slopeside. No ticket lines.

While $59 pre-season is steep, their snowmaking conditions make it worthwhile. Omni Resorts runs the area and it shows.
Bathrooms are spotless with an actual roving attendant.
:idea:Tip: They have a 2 for $70 deal on Wednesdays making that the day to be here if weather permits. Three Lifts were open. Only two of which matter as the third is the learning area
Bethlehem Express High Speed Quad a fast ride up to Latitude 44 Lodge (:idea:Tip: Tuckermans On Tap:beer:). Great food. Chicken Sandwich with Swiss, Grilled Apple, Bacon and Mushrooms on a crispy bread with homemade potato chips.

First run of the day is Cascade in front of the lodge deck which leads you down a solid fall line trail to the Rosebrook High Speed Quad to the Summit of an area that will soon on natural snow open to the Rosebrook Canyon Glades which is an entire new area of 11 Glades coming down to the new Mount Stickney Glades and the new T-Bar lift. This area will breathe life into Bretton Woods topping 100 trails and while not the steepest in the East is a great mountain. This area expansion is supposedly the start of more and from the maps appears to be a brilliant move on the part of Omni Resorts.

From the Summit, headed down High Ridge to Upper Swoop which takes you right back down to the Summit Lift. Swoop skiied well and kept hoping the ropes would come down on Bode's Run as it had several huge snow mounds that appear to be piles of marshmallows from the lift.

Decided not to wait and traversed over on Outerbounds to Avalon which was the best fall line and while not steep trail of the day. Conditions were not heavy slow crud but light powder on a machine base. It might have been that I decided to ski my new Salomon Enduro LX 800 which I highly recommend if you are looking for limited Rocker for East Coast Skiing. Its not the fastest ski I have owned that would be the Fischer Red Heat RX but its wide, light and cruise control on short turns. For an all mountain intermediate ski, I've never skied as versatile of a set of boards zero chatter, light and stable.

While after 1 day of skiing I may need PTex as I finally got the opportunity to ski on Bode's Run as they dropped ropes at around 11:30AM. Great general conditions on the snow but misty and windy all day with most of the day as generally dry ice crystals coming down but by 1:30PM it started to mist and that's when I started to see icing up on some of the front side trails Bretton's Woods skiied well up until around 2:00PM when I realized first day I probably shouldn't kill myself pre-hot tub and Jets game. Ugly 3-7 game right now. Shame we have such a bad QB, Coach, GM, etc...

:idea::spread::spread:If you are going to ski Bretton Woods this week don't miss skiing on Sawyers's Swoop which was the trail of the day.

I would avoid Bretton on Tuesday as the weather forecast is wet and they have already updated their site to show that the Summit Trails off the Rosebrook Quad will be closed on Tuesday likely in anticipation of whats coming.:cry::cry::cry::cry:

Tuesday is going to be the decider for the rest of the week for all of the Mount Washington Valley from Loon which I hear has great open terrain to Cranmore which opened a good portion of trails today to Ragged, Wildcat, Attitash and Cannon which I'm told is not in great shape.

If you are in a must ski situation, Sunday River Ski appears to be the place that got the most at 9+ Inches pre opening today and had over 50+ trails open. My issue was the roads to Newry go over Mount Washington by Wildcat and it was hairy enough:smash: getting to Bretton Woods from North Conway. I almost got off and skiied Attitash but decided to continue on the Bretton.

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