Hate to be "that guy" however, I'm gonna say it anyway. JH can be pretty scratchy in March. Especially the lower mountain. Gets warmish in the day and freezes up at night. Lots of south facing slopes etc. I think that The Gathering dates are even a bit late for peak JH skiing... that said, anything can happen.
So, basically Epic North Carolina conditions? Excellent! We can both ski overnight refreeze like champs.It's true, it can be scratchy in March. Maybe even icy [Western calibration]
So, basically Epic North Carolina conditions?
Another feature is the large vertical. Conditions can be different at the entrance and the exit.All kidding aside, the Hobacks is great when it is snowing and before the sun gets on it. The SE aspect explains a lot.
Yeah the difference is that you have travelled a long ways from home to visit an iconic ski hill. I am a fair conditions skier and will say "cranky" stuff like, "These conditions are conditions I would have stayed home for at home."So, basically Epic North Carolina conditions? Excellent! We can both ski overnight refreeze like champs.
And I've learned to avoid the Hobacks from this thread. Always helpful, Pugsters.
I’m there for 7 possible ski days not counting night skiing option day of arrival but only have a 5 day pass. I’m planning on doing some of those things on during my stay.On the plus side if you get crap conditions; you have traveled to a glorious, beautiful and yes spectacular region in the US west. You can xc in Grand Teton, go snowmobiling in Yellowstone, drive around looking for moose and elk...
Good times!Hobacks was one of the highlights of the last gathering. Distinctly remember finding some weird funky shit there then going back for another lap. Must have been in pretty good ski shape at the time.
I'll throw out my $0.02, but this subject is worthy of a whole thread by itself. In no particular order, my faves are:Are there any "not to be missed' places?
There is usually one big dinner, but lots of "hey, let's get a (manageable) group together tonight" dinners.Are there typically group dinners during the gathering or does everyone do their own thing?