Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Gore Mountain: 03/08/2011
I don't usually have the flexibility in my schedule to take a spur-of-the-moment, mid-week powder day, but I needed a day like today. Last weekend was my first non-skiing weekend since before Thanksgiving, with family committments on Saturday and a soaking rain in ski country on Sunday that made staying home - beleive it or not - a better option.
But sometime Sunday afternoon a little magic worked in, and rain turned to snow from north to south across the Adirondacks. By the end of the day Monday, Gore and Whiteface checked in with 25 and 30 inches respectively.
Calls were made, schedules were cleared, and by 9am I was pulling into the main lot at Gore. Skies were clear and windless, with temperatures in the upper teens, a contrast to Monday when high winds shut down just about the entire mountain.
Skiing solo today gave me complete flexibilty in terrain choice, and a day like today is made for skiing in Gore's extensive glades and woods. The trails will be great in spring conditions, but the trees ski best in powder conditions like today. We've had a great run of conditions this winter at Gore, but today put my season over the top.
The reported 25 inches seemed pretty honest to me on the upper mountain. In the woods, I put my ski pole in about that deep before hitting the old consolidated base beneath. The new snow is relatively dense, and bonded well to the trails that I skied, providing a consistent skied-up powder surface on the trails all day long. No ice, no hardpack, just soft, surfy snow on the trails that were left ungroomed (just about all of the upper mountain).
In the woods, the new snow filled in and covered everything, providing soft bumps where glades had been skied, and enough density for good flotation in the untracked lines. Simply put, everything skied just great.
Wednesday and Thursday should both provide excellent skiing. After that, we'll have to keep an eye on the chance for mixed precipitation at the end of the week.