Winter solstice. First day of winter and shortest day of the year. For skiers, it’s the end of early season skiing and the start of prime time. The best skiing of the year lies ahead of us.
It certainly looked like full-on winter this weekend at Gore. Aided by the 1 to 2 feet of dense snow that fell earlier in the month, trail counts are ahead of where they usually are at this point in the year.
However, the powder and packed powder conditions of the previous weekend were nowhere to be found, with generally firm and fast conditions on Sunday. Although there’s a significant base in the woods, the glades are out of play until enough new snow falls to restore the surfaces. Trails that had received significant grooming skied the best on Sunday, with Showcase being our pick for the day. Up at the summit, Lies skied well if you stuck to the edges.
I wish I could report a positive skiing outlook for the upcoming holiday period, but it looks like wet weather for the next 2 to 3 days will impact all of New York and New England. The next best hope for significant snow appears to be around New Year’s Day. With luck we’ll retain the base of snow on the trails and in the woods and get back to the business of winter as quickly as possible.