Today was the best run on Vermonter I've ever had. Somewhere between 1-2' on the upper mountain depending on location and wind aspect. Vermonter felt like 2' deep in many places, definitely didn't hit bottom once. Excellent snow, good density for early season but still sinkable and powdery. Met MadPat's friend Lucky Luke at the summit, small world!
Water bars still in lower mountain as expected but many mid and upper mountain water bars were pretty well covered, not bad. Brushy trails still not good options. I managed to break one of my skin clips while prepping for a second skin (oops). Skin was not sticky so I tried to keep it on with maximum clip tension. Snap! Oh well, great first powder turns of the season. Totally worth waking up at quarter of five and driving four hours round trip before going into work. Definitely need to do that more often this season.
OH YEA... new Stateside Lodge is a huge sterile thing. I can deal. The new condos right off 242 at the "old" entrance? Really pushing it. Though the "new" entrance for Tramside is going to be nice. It is where the old dirt road shortcut used to be (it has been closed for a few years due to the construction). For those coming up 242 from the east, it saves over a mile of up, down, and around to get to Tramside. Looks like they paved it.
Still can't get over the new condos at the "old" entrance, practically right on 242.
Yeah, sorry we missed you, Riv, we started hiking a little past 11, got up to the top of Bonnie around 1. Did power line (I guess) until it started to get flat, then hoofed it back up to the top of the Jet and did Haynes to U.N. Awesome snow on everything. Just amazing for this time of year and no base.
I was going to make a sweet video tonight, but left my camera in Ted's new Subaru, so it'll have to be tomorrow
Wow. Coverage must be even better than I thought if you did Powerline. Good grief. That trail is a mess or rocks and old lift junk. That is on my avoid list for early season. I wish I got my second run down Green Mountain Boys... one of my favorite early season earned turn powder at Jay. But when the snow is that good... it is not like you really need to go out of your way!
I was just getting back to my car around 11am so we must have just missed each other in the parking lot. Perhaps another time later this season!
It was pretty gnarly underneath, but the snow was so good, we weren't complaining. We floated above almost everything anyway. The only things better than fat skis are fat rock skis. I was damn near ready to jump in the woods until Ted talked me out of it.
He went up again today. There were reports of 4-6" more overnight, so it should be pretty amazing again. He brought his good camera, so there should be some awesome pics out later.
Speaking of awesome pics, Riv, I keep refreshing The Snow Way Hoping to see a report, but haven't seen it yet. C'mon! I had to work today. Give me some stoke!
Is there a tale that ended with a nickname for Luke?
No it doesn't involve Ingrid last night. :) Maybe his gf, she was also there last night.
Lucky Luke or Lucky is his nickname alias that he has used on the ski forums. It is also a popular comic book. "Lucky Luke, the cowboy known to "shoot faster than his shadow"." The Luke I know ski faster than his shadow.
Lucky : he's like a cat with 9 lives. He's an awesome skier that has accidents (bad luck) but that hasn't slowed him down (car : deer collision, head-on, sign, rock in windshield / ski : ski under buried tree resulting in fracture, main against tree fracture).
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