Sunday, March 22, 2015

Whiteface Mountain: 03/21/2015

Whiteface, Saturday March 21, 2015.

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After last weekend’s uninspiring conditions we felt the need for a change of pace, so we headed up to Whiteface on Saturday. Whiteface can be a tough mountain, but somehow we always seem to luck into good conditions up there.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Gore Mountain: 03/15/2015

Gore Mountain, Sunday 3/15/2015.

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Perhaps it's just an indicator of how spoiled we've been by this winter's reliably good ski conditions, but if there was a weekend to stay home, this was it. We were in fact going to do just that, but some sort of mild panic set in Sunday morning as we confronted the reality of a winter weekend without skiing. That's right, winter! It's still winter! And skiing is what we do in the winter!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Gore Mountain: 03/07/2015

Daniel skiing Hawkeye, Gore Mountain, Saturday 3/07/2015.

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A quick update from Saturday at Gore. The weekend may have featured winter's last full grip on the mountain, as spring conditions have taken hold since then. Despite a lack of recent snowfall, the mountain skied well with generally edgeable hardpack conditions on the steeper expert trails and packed powder on the lower mountain cruisers.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Stratton, VT: 03/06/2015

Stratton Mountain, VT, Friday 03/06/2015.

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Stratton’s faux European base village, well-heeled clientele and excessively groomed terrain are generally not my cup of tea, but I had such a fun day of skiing this past Friday that I’m reconsidering my past bias against the southern Vermont mega-resort. It’s been four or five years since I last skied Stratton. The base village hasn’t changed and there are just as many Connecticut Volvos in the VIP paid parking lot, but I can overlook those shortcomings and appreciate Stratton for its excellent snow conditions and surprisingly varied and interesting terrain.