Mt. Abram
Mt. Abram
Sunday, April 2, 2017
Submitted on April 2, 2017 by rocket21 (866 Rating866)
Session SessionFull Day
Lift Ticket Ticket TypeDiscount from Third Party
Lift Lines Lift Lines1 to 2 minutes
Snow Trail Conditions100% open; Wet Powder, Spring Snow
Glades GladesFull coverage.
Moguls MogulsNatural snow moguls throughout. Steep ones on Rocky's Run, smaller, softer ones on Lower Fractured Fairytales.
Terrain Park Terrain Park(s)Dudley Park was set up. The Flying Squirrel Terrain Park on the map is non existent, as that logged area has yet to be excavated.
Run of the Day Run of the DayLower Fractured Fairytales
Food and Beverage Food and BeverageThe main lodge has yet to be replaced, despite burning down nearly 6 years ago. The yurt is dark and cramped, in part because the bar takes up half the space. It appears they've constructed detached greenhouses for overflow seating.
Comments CommentsSpring powder day with mid winter base depths/coverage. Everything was open as far as I could see, even the narrow, steep chutes (The Cliff was getting scraped toward the end of the day from side slippers, but otherwise pretty much everything had complete wall to wall coverage). It appears they picked up somewhere around of a foot of snow from the Friday-Saturday storm and had base prior.

Conditions were initially powder/packed powder, but the warm sun made the snow heavy/sticky by 11. The steeper mogul trails were actually soft and forgiving. The Skyline trails were virtually unskiable in the afternoon due to how flat they are and how sticky the snow was. Lift lines for the main chairlift were perhaps 2 to 5 minutes during peak morning (e.g. 10-11:30), but ski on by mid afternoon.

My three points of criticism would be 1) the base yurt is still there, instead of a proper lodge, 2) the rusting lifts don't give the appearance of being well maintained, and 3) large scale logging throughout the mountain. In the case of the latter, a few new trails and glades were cut two years ago, but many haven't been excavated. Arr2Dee2 was dangerous with logging slash poking out of the powder. I'm not sure if I even saw a defined trail where the map shows Tucker's Tumble. The widened trails also appear to be left in their post-logged state with no excavation.

Nonetheless, the morning ski conditions were excellent. I was amazed at how much more natural snow they had vs. Bretton Woods yesterday. With the wide variety of terrain (from the flat Skyline complex to the steeps of Rocky's Run) and the over 1,000 feet of vertical, it amazes me that so many people drive past this on their way to a busy, expensive weekend day at Sunday River with runs of the same length/pitch.
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