I know you were expecting a report from the Hickory Telemark Festival today. But today was the last day of Daniel's Mountain Adventure program at Gore, and we couldn't miss that. So we "endured" another day of peak snow conditions at Gore.
We spent a good deal of the morning on lower mountain cruisers, all in excellent packed powder condition.
Later, after picking up Daniel from his program, we skied a variety of trails and glades on the upper mountain. Some trails like Hawkeye and Chatiemac were beginning to show wear from skier traffic by mid-afternoon, but piles of fresh snow, including some untracked, could be found in out-of-the-way corners of the glades all afternoon.
Light snow had been falling off and on all day, but around 2pm an intense squall blew through that dumped between one and two inches of snow in just a half hour, freshening up skiing surfaces nicely but just about eliminating any visibility in the whiteout. For some reason, I thought it would be a good time for a run down Rumor. Rumor was in top condition, with soft snow and well-formed bumps top to bottom, probably my pick of the day for trails.
As quickly as the snow squall hit, it lifted and the sun came back out at the end of the day to illuminate Open Pit, below, which Beth skied while Daniel and I made a final run through some glades.
As for the Hickory Telemark Festival, we stopped by the apres ski party briefly on our way home and found out that ticket sales and participation had exceeded expectations by a wide margin. Good for Hickory!