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Hey I'm in central ct and was just wondering what ski area's tend to NOT groom most of their trails RIGHT after a fresh dumping of snow? I couldn't believe my eyes at a groomer ruining almost the entire mountain after nearly 6 inch dump. he was doing this crap 15 minutes before the place even opened with all kinds of fresh snow. Grooming at the end of the day/night after everything is tracked and beat up is ok and totally needed, but destroying first tracks from fresh powder? What the HELL? I'm also not looking to go all the way to vermont. Although I would like a recommendation for a souther vt area for the 1 or 2 times a year I'll go. So something nearby in ct/ma? I'm not into anything really steep so a place that has a lot of greens and blues is good.. Anyone have any recommendations?

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Go to Vermont... lol or move west young grasshopper.
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Go to Vermont... lol or move west young grasshopper.
It's over 300 miles roundtrip and 75 bucks for a lift ticket for the closest vt resorts unfortunately. Not financially possible and that type of drive regularly would half kill me.
I like to go snowboarding often.
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It's over 300 miles roundtrip and 75 bucks for a lift ticket for the closest vt resorts unfortunately. Not financially possible and that type of drive regularly would half kill me.
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Unfortunately if you want powder you have to go where the powder falls. A lot of resorts in areas that don't get large snow dumps tend to be groom happy.

For the east I think you're pretty much limited to VT, NH or PQ if you want to ride real powder more than once a year. Move west and you can have your choice of which TYPE of powder you want to ride on a regular basis...
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Unfortunately if you want powder you have to go where the powder falls. A lot of resorts in areas that don't get large snow dumps tend to be groom happy.

For the east I think you're pretty much limited to VT, NH or PQ if you want to ride real powder more than once a year. Move west and you can have your choice of which TYPE of powder you want to ride on a regular basis...
I'm not even talking deep power. Just like 4-6 inches of the fresh stuff is good enough.

yeah of course what you're saying is true...

BUT the berkshires/nw ct/wachusett average 70-90 inches of snow a year. So there are powder days to be had more than once a year, it's just I've noticed they groom when there's fresh snow on the ground. Anyone from the area care to chime in on which place tends to leave the freshies alone? Which place is groom-crazy?

There's no ocean out west. LOL
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I doubt you're going to find any greens or even blues that are ungroomed no matter where you go. Most bigger resorts have trails they leave untouched but those are all likely black/double black. Sugarbush has a lot of ungroomed stuff. but ungroomed also usually = moguls

As for places close to CT, you could try berkshire east, jiminy peak, butternut which are all in MA. Southern VT isn't too much farther than those places and you have you choice of mt snow, stratton, okemo, bromley, magic mountain. but for frequent powder you'll really have to go farther north unfortunately. I can't really speak on the grooming habits, sadly i havent lived in that area for quite awhile

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Well since Whitewater only has like 2 green runs we have lots of ungroomed blues and 97% of blacks don't even know what a groomer looks like.
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I doubt you're going to find any greens or even blues that are ungroomed no matter where you go. Most bigger resorts have trails they leave untouched but those are all likely black/double black. Sugarbush has a lot of ungroomed stuff. but ungroomed also usually = moguls

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I'm not talking ungroomed all the time. I just mean right after a storm/fresh snow comes in. Leave the fresh stuff alone and then groom at the end of the day. You're telling me that those resorts in VT groom every single green run; in the morning right before opening, after a big overnight dump? In other words, NEVER having any fresh powder? That's the dumbest thing I've ever heard.

I'm a beginner rider. Don't really want to go on double lack trails. I don't feel like leafing it the whole way down. Want to stay safe and have fun.

I have sooo much fun riding on greens in powder. I just take it easy. It's so much more fun than groomed stuff. It's like your carving in the clouds.

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I've been to wachusett on a pow day and you can find lots of ungroomed stuff you just gotta findyour own line in the trees
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I've been to wachusett on a pow day and you can find lots of ungroomed stuff you just gotta findyour own line in the trees
No thanks. I like wide open long carving and not hugging a tree lol

I always thought ski's were a better tool for really tight east coast tree skiing anyway. Can change direction much quicker. Snowboards better for wide open deep powder.
So rightcoast shred....if they have a big overnight storm at wachuesett, do they groom the entire mountain before opening?
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