First trip to New Hampshire and Maine slopes.
8 straight days of skiing, 7 Slopes and 3 States
Friday – Jan 21, 2011: Drove to Lebanon, NH. Crossing the Green Mountains on Route 9 from Bennington, VT to Brattleboro, VT took an hour and a half to drive 40 miles through a white out.
Saturday – Jan 22, 2011 – Day 1: Dartmouth Skiway, NH (1943’ – 968 VD). Rank #7. Blizzard 81’s We arrived to 5 degree temperatures and a sizable crowd of Special Olympics athletes and volunteers. Skied off the Skiway by noon to the sounds of the Olympic Games music and cheering in the background. We skied Herman’s Highway a nice blue cruiser with banked curves named after Herman Dupre’ from Seven Springs Resort, PA. Also Thomas, Lyme Drop and Don Worden Schuss were nice cruisers. Drove to Franconia, NH.
Dartmouth Lodge from Don Worden
Sunday – Jan 23, 2011 – Day 2: Burke Mt, VT (3267’ – 2,011 VD). Rank #6. Blizzard 81s. Drove form Franconia, NH to Burke, VT with Ed and Karen. We arrived at the slopes early to light crowds and 5 degrees F with nice packed powder. Skied East Bowl first but due to light snowfall was basically a cross country course. Skied Dipper, Mountain Marsh, Willoughby and Warrens trails.
View from the top of Doug’s Drop
Monday – Jan 24, 2011 – Day 3: Bretten Woods, NH (3100’ – 1,500 VD). Rank #5. K2 Xplorers. We awoke to a crisp -25 degrees. The temperature was -15 degrees as we hopped onto the lift. No lift to the top of Mt. Rosebrook due to the cold. Skied on numerous black and blue cruisers and glades off the Zepher and West Mt lifts. The temperature finally rose to 0 by 3:00 pm when we quit skiing for the day and retired to the Mt. Washington Hotel for après ski drinks and a crystal clear view of Mt Washington peak.
Presidential Range from the top of Joseph’s Run
Tuesday – Jan 25, 2011 – Day 4: Cannon Mt, NH (4080’ – 2,180 VD). Rank #2. K2 Xplorers. Drove to Cannon Mountain and began skiing at 5 F. We met up with a local guy named Kent who showed us how to ski his mountain. Very nice top to bottom black runs. Ravine, Cannon, Hardscramble, Cannonball, Avalanche, Zoomer and of course Gary’s run were some of our favorites. Avalanche and Zoomer were nice steep ungroomed black runs. Did not ski the Mittersill area due to thin cover.
Avalanche, Zoomer and Paulie’s Folly makeup Cannon’s front steeps off the Zoomer Lift.
Wednesday – Jan 26, 2011 – Day 5: Wildcat Mt, NH (4062’ – 2,112 VD). Rank #3. Blizzard 81s. We skied numerous top to bottom black and blue cruisers off the high speed lift with Ed and Karen. Lynx, Wildcat and Catapult were very nice. Nice soft bumps on Tomcat Schuss and Middle Catapult. Left Wildcat and drove to Rangeley, ME encountering our first three moose of ten on the way.
Mt Wasington and Tuck’s in the clouds from Tomcat
Thursday – Jan 27, 2011 – Day 6: Sugarloaf, ME (4237’ – 2,820 VD). Rank #1. Blizzard 81s. On the drive to Sugarloaf we saw more moose. Arrived at Sugarloaf to overcast conditions with temps in the 20s and the peak hidden in clouds. Skied off the Super Quad and King Pine lifts all day. Kings Landing, Haybuner, Competition Hill, Sluice, Gondola Line, Boomauger, Widowmaker and Haulback were all great runs.
Looking up Gondola Line from Sugarloaf base
Friday – Jan 28, 2011 – Day 7: Sugarloaf, ME (4237’ – 2,820 VD). Rank #1. Nordica Helldivers. Returned to Sugarloaf with more moose along the way and arrived to gorgeous blue skies and temps in the upper 20s. Skied off the Super
Quad, Timberline and King Pine lifts. Skied some of the same trails as Thursday and the upper snowfield runs of White Nitro and Gondola Line. Very steep runs with nice packed powder. Much more variety of skiing here than anywhere else we visited. Did not ski Brackett Basin due to thin cover.
White Nitro from the Top
Top of King Pine Lift looking at Burnt Mt and beyond
Saturday - Jan 28, 2011 – Day 8: Saddleback, ME (4120’ – 2,000 VD). Rank #4. Nordica Helldivers. Arrived early to an empty lodge and began skiing at 8:45. Rode the Royal Coachman double lift to ski the lodge side slopes. All black trails off the Family Secret lift were nice steep runs. We skied a cross country trail traverse to Muleskinner trail which reminded me of the Middle Earth trail at Sugarbush, VT. We skied off by 12:00 as the Saturday crowd exploded.
Looking at upper Ridge runs from aSaddleback base