i just think that comparing snowfall amounts between whistler and jay peak seems like a misleading way to use one to understand the other.
i dont mind being wrong i just imagine that they aren't very similar in any way.
HOWEVER i bet riding when u guys get those big ass dumps that shut the whole coast down for 3 weeks is pretty fuckin awesome!
Comparing snowfall is very valid, comparing vertical drop to terrain grade/steepness or length of runs, not at all. If 3" of snowfalls in Vermont or 3" of snow falls in Colorado its still 3 inches. Making a correlation between types of snow is different.
Jay get a 30:1 ratio of snow:rain (30"snow : 1" rain) that's champaign super powder and the only reason why they get that is from the up-slopping; they get the most snow on the east coast. Its like how Sierra's get MEGA dumps of 700" a season, the storms from the west coast get pushed to higher and higher altitudes super cooling the storm and causing it to snow epic amounts.... but since jay doesn't have the Pacific they have the great lakes that they suck the moisture from and keep getting sent to higher altitude till it hits Jay which is one of the highest elevation (4,000ft) besides Mt Washington (in New Hampshire, 6,300ft)
When Jay peak gets snow it is feak'n great! BUT it doesn't happen all the time, id say your best bet is end of feb or first week of march. 2 seasons ago first week of march 60+" in 2 days!!!! the trees were magic. Bring supplies and good base layers cuz it gets cold on top!
Any word on Jay Peak opening day? Didn't find anything on their website.
Also is it worth it to go early? Any glades? Any ideas?
I had a blast there last year, I live in Lowell, Ma. Never even seen real glades before going up there.. Almost killed myself on multiple occasions, but was awesome at the same time. Bringing the go pro with me this year.
There not the best on informing people on there website besides up and coming weather....facebook them, but killington seems to be the only mountain that really open. I was there last Sunday, spring conditions.
BTW Jay you want to hit up later Jan/Feb for some good powder