Monday, February 27, 2012
A reporter early last week asked me, "How was the winter?" "Was?", I said. "We are only 60% through the season. February, March and April usually have the best skiing and riding. And we often see some awesome storms this time of year."
I don't think he reported these words but they surely came true with the snow that began Thursday evening and lasted until late Saturday, dumping two feet of new fresh light snow on our higher elevations.
Saturday was windy but we managed to get all the lifts operating by noon, with the exception of Slide Brook. The powder runs were great. Sunday was less windy and colder, with bluebird skies. It was my best day of the year so far. I took forty-one Clay Brook owners on First Tracks at 7:30 AM and then did a few more runs with my son-in-law before jumping on the first chair at Castlerock. Only a patroller's tracks were evident on Middle Earth.
We had groomed on Friday night and unfortunately the wind sheared it afterwards so it was horrible Saturday morning. But on Sunday morning -- with well over a foot of new light powder -- I have never seen it better. I have probably had as nice a day as this one but never a better one. Today everything is good -- lower mountain, upper mountain, Lincoln Peak, Mt. Ellen, Slide Brook, the woods. And there are plenty of people enjoying the day.
The forecast for the week looks great, so I hope those of you with school vacations will be up here midweek and the rest of you will be here next weekend. Winter is far from over. As we go into our final two months of the season, we do so with the best conditions of the year.