Snow was extremely excellent all of Friday to Sunday and as it rained Sunday it slowly got worse, today was mainly ice and not quite as fun. There were a bunch of exposed trees and rocks on the far skiers right in Timbuktu and those runs but everything else was quite solid. I’d say a solid snow will do it proper as the base keeps getting better!
We skied Jay on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Friday was amazing, roaming off the beaten path was easy and every single run we were in fresh deep powder, fluffy and clean, perfect in the woods and glades. We had some really great runs in Everglade. It was cold, and as we came off the hill my son snapped a pic of my frosty ski smile, what a day.
Paolo Cruising Everglade
Saturday we awoke to more fresh snow and we went straight into Timbucktu. I stopped at the boundary line as I watched my 18 and 24 year old sons blow past the boundary into the woods dropping down through fresh knee deep powder. I was so jealous of them and their energy and willingness to cast aside the possibility of out of bounds walk out or a hitchhike back from the road. When we reconnected, their smiles were ear to ear.....my oldest claiming it was the best run of his life. This after reading the Jay report and adding up about 4' of snow in the last 7 days. Saturday night I fell asleep around midnight as I watched yet another night of snowfall diminish.
Sunday morning we woke early and were on second Tram. I had my Monoski and as my sons dove into fresh snow on Tuckermans, I took the straight and narrow to find fresh wind blown powder, which my Monoski just loves. Then off to Timbucktu, Jet and run after run, as the cloud cover slowly dropped and closed in around us. We landed back in my Jeep at 1:00 with freezing rain starting to fall.
Milo blasting though Tuckermans Glade
On the 3 1/2 hour drive back to Johnsburg, we were encapsulated by ice, my Jeep coated a good 1/4" thick in some spots. The entire drive back, we just kept questioning, why, how, what is happening to our climate that brings on such destructive winter weather, with these cycles of freeze and thaw, over and over. As we drove out of North Creek, I looked up at the North Creek Ski Bowl and the 46er and was saddened by the sight of the static Hudson Chair climbing into the rain filled sky.
I firmly believe in global warming and I am frightened as to what it will bring to our future and the future of this sport that I am absolutely obsessed with.
After setting us up for the frozen mustache pic, I'm glad you closed your trip report with it. Looks like you and the boys may have had one of the best weekends of the season! Great report...Mine are still in middle and hugh school, but I can already say that your own kids make some of the best ski buddies!!