After a cancelled trip to SLC and various holiday/weather-related holdups, Sunday was my inaugural North American turns of the season on what was supposed to be the final day of this more than two-week cold snap. While it's small potatoes compared to up north, people were seeing -12F readings in their cars driving up and by the time I was on the lift at 9:15, it was -6 but at least there was no wind. The place was empty during the first hour; however, a decent crowd eventually turned up. Still, lifts were always ski-on.
As posted, Sunday was Harv's annual birthday "I Want To Buy You A Beer" event so there were nine of us skiing together in the morning. I was the only one not on teleskis; now I know how it feels to ski at Gore.
As befitting the temps, conditions were nice and chalky for the first few hours. The ungroomed was a wee bit stiff in spots but kept getting better as the day went on. The rime-covered branches on several traverses were a nice touch:
None of my pix will win awards, but here are a few in-action shots of MattChuck, TBatt, and Harv:
Catskills Freeheel sporting the de rigueur frozen beard look:
A fun day and a pleasure to meet some of the NYSB crowd.
You don't get many perfect blue skied days in the Northeast in January. Gotta,take the cold with it. Arrived at Platty at 800 am neg 12 on car, thermometer. Looked up in parking lot ,about only car there before me was the N.Y. ski blog Honda. I know you had a great day Harv thanks again for the beer but better yet the blog!
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