Mt. Snow, Vermont, 4/9/18
On Monday I experienced what was perhaps the best day of spring skiing I ever had. How often do you get all of the below, let alone on April 9?
Perfect temps - starting in upper teens, ending at 32
Parking in the first row closest to the lodge
Bluebird sunshine, and warm sunshine at that
Making second chair up
No wind issues
$37 ticket at a major resort (Liftopia)
No liftlines or crowds
Virtually the entire mountain open (minus Sunbrook)
Perfect snow - either groomed to perfection, or packed powder, or even powder stashes in the woods. The snow never really softened up except maybe the bottom 100-200 of vertical or on south faces
The chance to ski trails that are not always open, let alone in April
Skiing the most amount of miles (40) and vertical (38k) in over 10 years, from 9-4 with 25 min lunch stop
It was just amazing - the stars really aligned here - it was too good to be true, but it was...
I've skied Mt. Snow several times, but I always considered it a bit tricky to get there, especially going through Wilmington. In Nov, we discovered a "new" way to go there by Haystack that shaved off about 6 miles and 15 min which made a big difference.
My goal was to ski as much as possible as this is possibly my last day of the season, as my schedule is getting more hectic later this month. And, to ski every trail that I could (minus a few trails on the North Face). I accomplished this, as you can see below in the map.
It was a blast to ski trails that I either haven't skied often, or weren't open every time I've been there - like Tramline, Uncles, Narrow Gauge, Ledge, Iron Run, Hop, Shootout, Cutoff, Olympic, One More Time, and Fool's Gold. Ledge was a surprise - it's a narrow bump run with lots of surprises. Fools Gold feels like a forgotten slope at Carinthia - it's the farthest out and didn't have the features the other trails there. Narrow Gauge was a quick zip under the Heavy Metal double. Uncles and Cutoff features interesting turns at just the right pitch.
This really put a big exclamation point on an incredible end to the season - I had such awesome days at Mad River, Berkshire East, Stratton, Tenney, Cranmore, and Catamount that this will be a season to remember.
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