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Old 01-22-2019, 12:20 PM   #1
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Default Alton Bay Runway

NHDOT tweeted this link just a few minutes ago...

https://www.facebook.com/AltonBaySea...eandIceRunway/
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Old 12-28-2019, 01:51 PM   #2
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I realize that the post above is almost a year old, but does anyone know how the runway ice is doing so far this year and how it looks for 2020?

Also, is the Winter Carnival 2020 already scheduled or do they wait on that until we're further into winter?
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Old 12-28-2019, 04:01 PM   #3
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Default Good news, bad news thing

It's a good news, bad news kind of thing.

Good news is the ice has caught almost all the way out the bay. Bad news is that it is no where near thick enough to lay out the airport, never mind land a plane on it.

We need little snow(it insulates) and cold weather. Usually not open until mid-January or later. Keep the good thoughts heading this way, Dave.

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Thanks for the update.

We'll be checking NOTAMs but it always helps to get first hand info.
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Old 12-29-2019, 12:00 PM   #5
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Default Alton Bay Seaplane base and ice runway

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Thanks for the update.

We'll be checking NOTAMs but it always helps to get first hand info.
Dave, also as we get closer, Paul Larochelle does a great job updating conditions on the Alton Bay Seaplane Base and Ice Runway Facebook page.

Keep the shiny side up

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Just heard a report from Paul Larochelle that the opening of the Ice Runway is not looking good and PROBABLY not going to happen this year!

9" of ice measured in front of Shibley's and 6" as you head West down the bay. With the upcoming warm temps Paul is not confident he will get the 12"-14" required to open...

Paul does a great job and he knows what he is doing! Better safe than sorry!

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Alton Bay Seaplane Base and Ice Runway Airport Manager Paul Larochelle announced today that the ice runway would not be opening this winter due to a lack of sufficient ice.

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That's too bad. I thought today was the last day.
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Old 02-07-2020, 06:25 PM   #9
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It's too bad. Last weekend Paul was trying to remain positive and optimistic, but he knew that the forecast just was not conducive to good ice development.

The ice runway is true labor of love for Paul and his crew of volunteers.

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Old 02-11-2020, 02:20 PM   #10
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Is Alton's winter carnival still on for this weekend?
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Yes, it is still on. Lots of activities planned.

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Most activities will be in the parking lot instead of on the ice. Several years ago when the ice was thinner too, they had horse drawn wagon rides instead of the sled.
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