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Old 12-30-2017, 06:34 AM
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There is a hard cold snap gripping the Eastern United States which isn’t much fun unless you are trying to make ice

Just a week ago Alton Bay was reporting open water but today they are watching significant ice developing!
”Good Saturday Morning! It’s over cast and 3 degrees below 0 in Alton Bay. I checked the ice we have approximately 71/2” to 8” in the bay it’s coming along!!”
They need a minimum of 12” everywhere - runway, taxiway, parking, access routes, and snow removal & equipment areas - before they can open. Then also need to be able to keep everything plowed.
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Old 12-30-2017, 06:48 AM
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Great news Glen! I am returning from Canada in couple days will take a look.

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Old 12-30-2017, 12:57 PM
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There is a hard cold snap gripping the Eastern United States which isn’t much fun unless you are trying to make ice

Just a week ago Alton Bay was reporting open water but today they are watching significant ice developing!
”Good Saturday Morning! It’s over cast and 3 degrees below 0 in Alton Bay. I checked the ice we have approximately 71/2” to 8” in the bay it’s coming along!!”
They need a minimum of 12” everywhere - runway, taxiway, parking, access routes, and snow removal & equipment areas - before they can open. Then also need to be able to keep everything plowed.
Thanks for the heads up humpty. BTW, the accident on 02/19/2017, never showed up in the FAA preliminary’s or an NTSB query. Looks like substantial damage...

Can’t wait for it to open, as we missed last season. Again, thanks for the reminder...
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Old 01-04-2018, 04:53 AM
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As of Wednesday (ahead of the storm hitting the east coast) Alton Bay reported ice ranging between 9” and 10.5”. Still not the 12” minimum everywhere but getting closer.

BTW: if you use Facebook, you can catch their updates including video posts.

https://facebook.com/AltonBaySeaplaneBaseandIceRunway/
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Old 01-06-2018, 09:34 PM
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January thaw next week at Alton Bay
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Old 01-09-2018, 06:12 PM
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The snow hasn’t helped and indeed they re in for a bit of a warm up. Ironically, the snow may help insulate the ice.

Today’s report ...

“Hi everyone we checked the ice again this afternoon. We are not gaining as fast as we would like. The ice is still uneven 9 1/2 to 13 “ the snow didn’t help . We just have to wait longer to be safe”
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Old 01-29-2018, 09:49 AM
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From Facebook today ...
“Alton Bay ice Airport Runway is now Open. Runway 1 /19. Runway is 100’ wide x 2800 ‘ long surface conditions all ice no snow very slick . Runway is marked with yellow cones every 300’ on both sides with triple cones on both ends marking thresholds . Taxi way is on east side of runway marked with orange cones into parking ramp on south end. If you have ice cleats for your shoes I suggest you bring them.” - Paul LaRochelle Airport Manager
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Old 01-29-2018, 02:17 PM
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Be somewhat careful as one of the pilots from Concord said some snowmobiles had run up and down the runway and created some ruts in the strip.

Someone in the town was suppose to keep it open and plowed but I'm not sure who to call to check about it?
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Old 01-29-2018, 05:26 PM
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Checking with Paul re: conditions on Friday. If it is smooth a few of us are planning to arrive 9 am
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Old 01-29-2018, 05:32 PM
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Steve,

Nah, If it is glare ice I doubt that some sleds could rut it up... unless the top layer turned to slush while they were riding on it and it froze that way.

Dave, I am down for annual Condition Inspection now. If I am back into the air, I will head north and see you!

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