Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Whiteface, closing weekend: Friday 04/14/2017

Whiteface, Friday 04/14/2017.

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It's amazing how quickly a strong April sun can bring the ski season to an end. After starting out the month with mid-winter conditions and full trail counts, Gore and Whiteface were working hard to piece together skiable routes just two weeks later. With some creative route finding and a willingness to slide across some occasional snirt, we closed out our season at Whiteface on a high note.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Gore Mountain: 04/09/2017

Gore Mountain, Sunday 04/09/2017.

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If you like spring skiing - and who doesn't? - Sunday was a day not to be missed. Not a cloud in the sky, temperatures warming into the upper 50s (my car said 65 pulling out of Gore's lot around 3:30) and deep snow above mid-mountain thanks to a string of late season storms.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Pico Mountain, VT: 04/02/2017

Pico Mountain, Sunday 4/02/2017.

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Stella may have saved the tail end of the 2016-17 ski season, but the April Fools Day storm really put the icing on the cake - literally - with ski areas across the Adirondacks and Vermont reporting between 8 and 16 inches of spring powder. After a great day at Pico just two weeks earlier, the Saratoga Skier team got to work scheming out a way to get a taste of the 14 inches Pico received. Thanks to Pico and our good friends the Albas, plans were made for an early Sunday morning departure for the quick drive over to Vermont.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Whiteface: 03/26/2017

Whiteface Mountain, Sunday 03/26/2017.

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Our gamble with a dicey weather forecast paid off Sunday morning as we were greeted with sun and blue skies. By the time we booted up and boarded the gondi, warm air aloft (the summit was a good 10 degrees warmer than the base) and the strong March sun had already worked their magic.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Mad River Glen and Pico Mt., VT: 3/17 & 3/18/2017

Riding the single chair at Mad River Glen, St. Patrick's Day 03/17/2017.

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A Friday school holiday (Superintendent's Day) plus discounted lift tickets (half price at MRG and pre-season, pre-buy tickets for Pico) provided the perfect opportunity for the kids to add a couple new stickers to their helmets. And a storm named Stella didn't hurt either.