Sugarbush, April 7th
So, I started off the day with high hopes of sun, but that faded quickly. The wind was whipping pretty hard when I rode Bravo for trail checks--- right in the teeth as I was getting off of the chair. Fortunately, I wasn't stationed there because Bravo spins until five now-- makes for a long day. Conditions were windblown, but other patrollers reported remarkably good stashes on the Mall and in Domino, where the wind had taken all of the other snow.
I headed over to Gate House and North Lynx. Spring was starting to show at the bottom as it was corning up by 11-- a definite change in conditions from the top of North Lynx. I managed to make a pilgrimage over to Castle Rock for one run. I'd never been down Middle Earth before so that is where I headed.
Not surprisingly it was pretty hard packed though there was more than enough snow in between the bumps to make it fairly enjoyable and a good reminder that pre-conditioning is always wise at my age. My colleagues had placed an amusing sign above a flowing water feature (see photos) to remind people that yes, indeed, it was spring.
While I was working my way down, pond skimming was going on. We have places for 120 people to brave the elements and sure enough, 120 brave souls showed up to give it a go. I met several folks who had made it across without getting wet. Bravo to them as it wasn't exactly beach weather.
Also, going on at the same time, a local bear family had decided to make an appearance on the Gate House side, so several of us were dispatched to protect the bears from the skiers. A momma and two cubs ambling around. All I saw was a black lump in the woods. Not exactly Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom going on. Hopefully they'll stick to the woods and not venture out anymore. Once the skiers go, it's pretty much their mountain.
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