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Corn Powder - Sugarbush Stoke Exchange

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Any challenging weather or conditions this spring have been very short-lived, and we've enjoyed long strings of sunny warm days, interspersed with shots of fresh accumulations. The corn snow harvest is well on its way to legendary status and yesterday's late shot of stealthy powder was a sweet bonus. 

Spring wing.
Spring wing. Last weekend on Birdland.

April snow is common, but it usually isn't as dry and light as yesterday's, and doesn't last very long either. However, Wednesday was cold, with a full 60 degree temp change from the heat on Monday. The summit was 5F at 6 AM and never broke 20F, perfect powder preservation conditions. 

The maple sugar makers are still seeing good sap flows as it warms, which means the corn snow is ripening again and melt-off is slowly proceeding. Spring is inevitable, though.

Wednesday surprise.
Yesterday's surprise on Ripcord.

Friday and the weekend look mostly dry, with warmer temps in the 30's to 50's. In particular, Sunday looks like another ideal spring skiing and riding day.  

We like surprise snow, even in April.
We love fresh snow, even in April.

Looking ahead, we plan to be open daily through ...

the end of next weekend. After that, we will re-assess conditions. This gets us almost to May, with a good chance of being open May 3rd and 4th. Win has threatened to stretch it out even longer, but that remains to be seen.   

Sunshine is fun, too.
Sunshine is fun, too.

Who can resist?
Who can resist? 

A little taste from yesterday.

The freshest corduroy.
The freshest corduroy.

Cross stitch.
Cross stitch.

Corn morn.
Fresh born corn.

What the mountain looked like this morning.
What the mountain looked like this morning.  

Even if we stay open extra late, the end is coming in less than a month. Time is short, but the base is deep, the turns are sweet and it's going to be another great weekend. Better be here!

John Atkinson
Chairman, Sugarbush Stoke Exchange
Staff PhotographerSnow ReporterCoach 

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Thanks, Ginnis. Just trying to keep the fun alive and thriving. Another great day ahead!

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 07:28 by John Atkinson

What another great job of writing and pictures, thanks John Atkinson. There's rarely comments left here but I talk to people on the mountain all the time who appreciate The Stoke Exchange

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 18:19 by Jeffrey Ginnis

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