Thursday, May 5, 2016

2015-16 ski season wrap-up and highlights

Ask just about any avid east coast skier and they’ll likely tell you the best thing about the winter of 2015-16 is that it’s over. I’m not going to disagree with that, but instead of complaining about the limited terrain, the lack of snowfall, discouragingly warm temperatures and repeated rain events that characterized the season, I want to send out a big THANK YOU to the snowmakers and groomers at Gore and Whiteface. Without their hard work, we wouldn’t have had a ski season at all. So…. THANKS!!

We made the most of the season, skiing just about every weekend from late November on. Even though Gore and Whiteface remained open for a few more weeks, we called it a season after the last weekend in March, going out on a high note following a string of great spring ski days.

In all we logged about 20 days on our Gore / Whiteface passes, split evenly between the two mountains. Add in 3 days out west at Park City / Canyons, 5 days up at Tremblant, a trip up to Jay Peak and some West Mountain night skiing, and I’m up to a number north of 30. Way short of my goal of skiing my age (53, ugh), but respectable for the season we had.

Our best ski days turned out to be away from home. I lucked out with 2 feet of snow on a 3-day trip to Park City, Utah, and we scored another 2 feet on a family trip up to Mont Tremblant for the February school break week. But it wasn’t all gloom and doom back home. Looking back through my blogs from the season, we still managed a bunch of fun days at both Gore and Whiteface.

Here are some photo highlights from the season:

Running the guns, early season at Gore:

Yes, there were a handful of days when Gore's trees were just barely skiable (don't tell Ski Patrol):

Beautiful mid-winter conditions at Whiteface:

2 feet of powder at Park City:

5 fantastic days at Tremblant:

Skyward at Whiteface:

Spring bumps at Gore:

More great spring skiing at Gore:

Closing out the season with a great day at Jay Peak:

A shout out to West Mountain for their new lift, new trail and some great night skiing:

Here's to a colder, snowier 2016-17:

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