Friday, January 27, 2012
I don't usually do two Win's Word messages in the same day, but after getting out on the mountain I need to today!
I was expecting to be skiing on some nice surfaces in freezing drizzle or maybe even rain. It was raining lightly when I left my house in East Warren at 9 AM. But on the mountain, things were very different. I skied all around Lincoln Peak these past two hours and just ended with a fast non-stop run down Stein's -- my pick of the day. I would describe the snow today as similar to a freshly baked glazed donut. There was a very light surface glaze but underneath a fresh, delicious new coating of snow that has bonded to what was there previously.
Riding up the Castlerock chair, I saw John Egan cruising smoothly down Lift Line. I chose Castlerock Run to Bailout to get over to Heaven's Gate. There was a bit of that thin crust but it was easy to break through -- and it was a great run.
Then I rode Heaven's Gate and skied Ripcord to Spillsville. What a difference a day made on Ripcord! The new snow has bonded to the firm surface of yesterday and there is no problem arcing some nice turns with my Mantras. Birch, Morning Star and Sunrise are all nice, too. Actually everything is sweet today. Beginners might find it a bit challenging today. But for intermediate and advanced, everyone out there today should have a great day.
People on the slopes now are doing some excellent human grooming and our machines tonight are going to set up some fabulous groomed runs in the morning.
If it is rainy where you are, ignore it. There is really good skiing and riding up here!
We have a chance for some more snow Saturday night into Sunday, after a nice warm partly-sunny day tomorrow (23-27 degrees at the summit and 31-35 at the base).
Thanks to all of you who have voted in the Boston.com poll. You can vote again if you like.
All the best and hope to see you tomorrow.