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#56583 - 01/24/11 11:30 PM Re: Catskill backcountry skiing [Re: powderbroker]
Rickster Offline
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Registered: 10/16/07
Posts: 850
Loc: Orange Cty, NY
Apparently, the presence and thickness of a crust from last week's rain event is spotty. Some areas have nearly none, others a bit more, and even other areas the snow has since consolidated well. This next snowfall could be the topping on the cake. Cross your tips we don't get any ra..........
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#56615 - 01/31/11 12:27 PM Re: Catskill backcountry skiing [Re: Rickster]
Rickster Offline
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Registered: 10/16/07
Posts: 850
Loc: Orange Cty, NY
Saturday, Jan. 29 found our group of five (four on boards, one with paws) on Bear Den Mt. just south of Prattsville in the northern Cats. The site of a now defunct ski area once known as the Princeton Ski Area in the Bear Den State Forest. This hill gets plenty of snow. The 9.24 mile ski tour ascends the old access road up to the ridge, then follows the ridge for another 2.5 miles to the summit area. From there a complex network of old tote roads, ski trails, snowmobile tracks, herd paths and such lead off in multiple directions. Without much beta, we opted for a return down the up track with a few short sessions of glade play on the return. If they get more snow up on top, we'll be skiing in the tree canopy. Over all this area offers lots of opportunity for both "groomed" trail skiing on snowmobile traveled trails and far more glade skiing than any other hill I've seen in the Cats.

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#56617 - 01/31/11 05:07 PM Re: Catskill backcountry skiing [Re: Rickster]
chip Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 10/06/01
Posts: 2677
Loc: Sittin' Pretty in Fat City
The Poconos also have this same, sometimes outright ice, crust not deep beneath a little pow. Tomorrow/Wednesday will be interesting.

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#56620 - 01/31/11 08:31 PM Re: Catskill backcountry skiing [Re: chip]
Rickster Offline
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Registered: 10/16/07
Posts: 850
Loc: Orange Cty, NY
The crust in the Catskills is now, almost a non-issue on northerly peaks or on the higher peaks. There has been enough new snow, and consolidation to take care of it pretty well. Weather prognostications for tomorrow and Wednesday have the mixed precipt remaining south of the region. Hopefully........ RC

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