Vintage Vermont four day ski trip, made by Jamesj, Laurel Hill Crazie (LHC), and Vince.
Suicide Six 2/28/11: Officially opened by rope tow pioneer Bunny Bertram in 1936, but an improvised tow operated here as early as 1934 making it the first ski lift in the Eastern US. Vertical drop of only 650’, but about 500 feet of it is a straight shot down the face of the mountain with four or five good bump runs. Heavy drizzle turned loose snow into quick sand.
View of Suicide Six from base area
Like a knife thru buttah
This line was suicidal in 1936, still a good bump workout 75 years later.
Mad River Glen (MRG) 3/1/11: Founded by Roland Palmedo in 1948. Beautiful day at one of the cathedrals of our sport. MRG did not get the rain we saw the day before in central VT and the entire 2000 vertical feet of this mountain was soft and very pleasant to ski. Good terrain, good vibe, good people. Best overall trail conditions of the week. If you love skiing and have never been there, you owe it to yourself to visit MRG, preferably on a weekday.
LHC takes his first ride on the Single Chair at MRG.
Tres Amigos at summit of single chair
View of Camel's Hump from MRG
Icefalls, moguls and LHC, they go together.
LHC and Vince with bag lunch in Stark's Nest at the summit of single chair. Note Laurel Mountain, PA logo on LHC's vest. He was an instructor there. Vince is an instructor at Seven Springs, PA.
Jamesj psyched for video on Paradise Glade, note 40 year old Blue Knob pin on jacket.
LHC in Paradise.
LHC scoping out mandatory air in Paradise Glade.
Sugarbush North (Mt. Ellen) 3/2/11: Youngster of our vintage group, founded in 1963 by Walton Elliott. All bump runs were concrete so we went cruising. Then around 11AM a series of snow squalls moved in. We found the best snow on the mountain after lunch in Exterminator Glades. It wasn’t quite “Paradise”, but it was fun and memorably challenging. In the end we had ourselves a very fun mini powder day in 3-4 inches of new snow.
Near the summit of Sugarbush North (Mt. Ellen, elev 4083')
Snow squalls moving in.
Exterminator Glade at Mt. Ellen
Coming out of Exterminator Glade
mini powder day
Pico 3/3/11: Founded in 1937 by the parents of Andrea Mead Lawrence, Pico (Pie-Koh) was the site of the first t-bar installed in the US in 1940. We saw varied weather on this trip (typical of March in VT) and it was minus 2 when we arrived at Pico. All bump runs were rock and the glades were glazed over. We skied the groomers from the top of the summit HSQ and did our best to stay warm. Found skiable bumps off the old yellow Outpost Double Chair with lattice lift towers. Then we headed south for the return home. Very fun ski trip to Vermont.
Pico was crowded...NOT!
Springtime in Vermont - minus 2 degs air temp.
the Outpost double chair at Pico.
This was our (my son and I) first extended ski trip with Laurel Hill Crazie (LHC) and I wanted to send him a shout-out. He’s a real Pittsburgh Steeler and has worked in the Western PA steel mill industry for 30 years. LHC is an intelligent, big-hearted gentlemen with rock solid ski skills and a deep appreciation for snowsports history – the perfect guy to enjoy Vintage Vermont with us.
I also want to thank Epicski for offering tickets via the Free Face Shots in Vermont Contest last month: http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/100906/free-face-shots-in-vermont-contest
Who says skiing has to be expensive, the key is traveling weekdays and keeping your eyes open for publicly available bargains. Below is cost information for our party of two adults and one college student, four days skiing.
Suicide Six – two free vouchers from Epicski contest and an $18 student half day ticket;
MRG – three lift tickets from Liftopia @ $24 each;
Mt. Ellen – one free ticket from the Epicski contest and $58 two-fer coupon from City Market of Burlington;
Pico – two free ticket vouchers from an online Dave Mathews Band promotional deal offered late in 2010.
Total four day ticket costs, all obtained via means open to the general public: $148.
Lodging: three nights Golden Lion Inn at Sugarbush Access Rd - $379 including tax for a large, plain efficiency apartment with full kitchen and access to a good hot tub right outside the door.
Food: $00.00 - used leftovers from Epicski/DCSki Blue Knob Gathering 2/26&27 for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Gas/Fuel: We used Laurel Hill Crazie’s 1997 VW Diesel TDI that drove 500 miles for about $50 in fuel.