Not sure if going today was the right choice (some of my favorite stuff was skied off in the usual areas), but damn, that sunshine was nice, the roads were good, and the surface was sooooo nice.
Here are some pics & words:
No Deuce or Burnt Ridge when I started skiing at 9:45. My only option was the Gondy, so that's what I took. Everyone seemed to be headed up Uncas, so I took Topridge. Nice powder pockets, bit slick in between. Then, on the lift ride, I noticed they dropped the rope to High Pines, so I took that next for freshies. I glanced over to the Straight Brook, and every chair was filled. So I headed for Burnt Ridge, assuming they'd open it in time.
First, though, I did Twister Glades:
After that, I rode the lift up to Boreas:
It was good:
Cirque Glades were closed from the Sagamore side, but look what I found over on Echo:
It was also good:
Really, really good if you made the right turns:
Back up the lift, glad that I was here on this long high speed quad, and not up top with everyone else.
I hit Abenakee, hoping that the Ski Bowl/Hudson Chair would be open, but no such luck. So I hit Tahawus Glades, which seemed to have a better base than everything else I skied, and was wide open:
I skied one on North Star (a favorite Powder Day ski because people forget about it...Shhhhhh), and then headed up to the Darkside. Had to hit the Darkside Glades. Hadn't skied it yet this year, and it looked so enticing from the top:
I did a Thumper run, then a Top Secret/Furry Birch/Nugget run. More skied than I thought they'd be but don't ask me anything else about them. I don't know what you're talking about.
Did a Rumor run. Nice styrofoam on the headwall, then pow bumps and huge whales on the way down. Hopefully, the styrofoam doesn't change into ice for the weekend. It's skiing fun right now. (Sorry, no pics).
Met a dude from Long Island in the lift line that wanted to ski trees, so we did a "McIntyre"/Mineshaft/"Narrows" run. I believed he was good enough, so I took him on a classic Upper/Middle/Lower Newton's run, then a Hippy run:
Did OSG on the way down, then set up a car drop down at the Ski Bowl. Hiked over to Burnt Ridge, ripped down Barkeater, skied over a certain bridge, then did a little hike to another place. Again, no pictures and don't ask about details. I have no info to give. But I highly recommend the car drop if they don't open up the Hudson Chair this weekend.
Great times at Gore. Some stuff a bit skied off already, but a few inches on Friday night will make it a great choice for this weekend (and, hopefully, the rest of the season).