11/16/17 Midwest Talkin’, Rockies Snowin’ , Northeast Blowin’

first off, kudos to local rec department area Wild Mountain up in Taylors Falls, MN; they’re treating the Minnesota Ski Areas 4th Grade Passport as full season pass with unlimited usage. Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about…97″ of snow so far this season in the Tetons, Grand Targhee going to open tomorrow. Here’s a look up the Dreamcatcher lift we grabbed late yesterday — looks to be in great shape. Local forecast sez it will be snowin’…New Hampshire’s Loon Mountain opens tomorrow as well; they’re usually first in the Granite State but got beat this year by the higher base elevations at Bretton Woods and Wildcat. Anyway, Loon will have two runs off the gondy and looking to add more on Saturday — mountain ops has the fan guns blowin’…more on the tragic passing of French World Cup skier David Poisson; teammate Alexis Pinturault summed up the sentiments, his words loosely translated were these:

You, the man with the big heart … Your joy, your values, your strength … we miss you already a lot … I promise you that in all our turns there will be a small part of you … We will never forget you!

…Poisson died in a training crash earlier this week…on the subject of World Cup racing, we expect word from FIS today regarding positive snow control at Killington. “Snow control” is when the course inspectors verify that the show can go on next weekend. They do it this far in advance so that travel plans and logistics can be rearranged if the course is not up to snuff…UPDATE positive snow control on the Superstar course at Killington, the ladies will be competing in World Cup action next weekend…With Kmart and Lake Louise being next on the schedule, we’ve got a lot of skiers staying and practicing at Copper Mountain in Frisco this weekend. Lara Gut, Mikaela Shiffrin, Anna Veith, Ted Ligety, Lindsey Vonn are among those working the piste at Copper…Sunday River Maine doing real well real early season, they have a pair of lifts running serving terrain on Barker and Locke mountains, fan guns and Mother Nature working together to get more runs open…sister resort Sugarloaf plans to reopen with daily operations Friday, and they’re hoping that will hold for the season…New York City skiers looking for local turns have to cool their heels until Tuesday; Hunter Mountain set to open then. Right now they’ve got a mess of manmade down on Hellgate, Kennedy and Fifth Ave but they expect to be top-to-bottom when the lifts spin on the 21st…Vermont’s popular Sugarbush Resort set to open Friday, they’ll have Snowball and Spring Fling “with more terrain possibly opening over the weekend,” good news indeed…