Saturday, May 9, 2015
2014-15 ski season wrap-up and highlights
No regrets though. Our ski season spanned six calendar months, from mid-November into April. We had powder days, spring days, cross-country skiing, lots of tree skiing, the slides at Whiteface and our first family trip out west.
We didn’t get the huge coastal storms that buried coastal New England in 6 feet of snow, but the snow that fell stuck around, thanks to the record-breaking stretch of sub-freezing temperatures that lasted from mid-January to early March.
Unlike last year, when we were shut out of the glades until late in the season, the trees were in play for nearly the entire season. In fact, one of the best days of the season came in mid-December when Daniel and I got stuck up top when the gondi went down, with a foot and a half of powder to ourselves. As a rule I avoid the word “epic,” so let's just call it “memorable” instead.
As a family, we logged nearly 2 dozen days at Gore, a few more up at Whiteface, a couple in Vermont, a day at Hickory and 5 in Steamboat, CO. I managed to squeeze in a few more days here and there, including a 3-day trip to Telluride. If I add in my out-the-back-door nordic tours I think I skied my age (52) this winter.
Here are some photo highlights from the winter:
The "stuck up top" day at Gore, December 13, 2014:
A nice early-season stash at Gore, January 11, 2015:
View of Moxham Mountain and the High Peaks from the Twister trail at Gore, January 17, 2015:
Daniel and Sylvie cross country skiing at Lapland Lake, January 19, 2015:
Rumor opens, January 24, 2015:
Three amazing days at Telluride, January 29-31, 2015. This shot is my buddy Dennis in Dihedral Chute, part of Telluride's hike-to terrain:
My brother Dave telemarking on Chatiemac, February 14, 2015:
2 feet of new snow for our 5-day trip to Steamboat, CO February 19-23, 2015:
First time in the Whiteface slides, March 21, 2015:
Perfect spring conditions at Sugarbush, April 3, 2015. This is Daniel skiing Rumble:
Closing out our season at Whiteface, April 12, 2015. The skier is my buddy Jim on Hoyt's High:
Till next year... Beth and the kids at Steamboat: