Got to spend the weekend skiing in New England for only the second time ever! Flew into Boston Thursday and did some general exploring of the city - Boston is a great, great city - and met up with friends for dinner. Next day three of us met up in Beantown and made the trek to Killington to spend rain checks from last year.
It's really astonishing just how mild this winter has been.
Rental skis were in order and I picked out a pair of all mountain shaped Rossies. My skiis back home are fairly narrow K2's with a small bit of sidecut so getting on the wider, all mountain Rossignals took some adjustment...to say the least! They definitely felt like they were trying to take off without me after each turn. Two quick runs on the beginner hill and we were ready to go explore the mountain.
Conditions ranged from groomed/packed snow on the flats and easier trails to scraped off hardpack at the steeper tops. This was my second time skiing Killington and obviously better weather/visibility makes for a better day. I really like this mountain alot: very nice views from the top and plenty of trails to play on. After finishing up on the beast the three of us drove to Sugarbush to continue the vacation.
I was immediately blown away by the verticle of sugarbush...considerably more than the 600-1,000 feet I'm used to skiing in the mid-atlantic.
Mount Ellen looking up to the summit From the summit...spectacular
Great mountain...Sugarbush definitely won me over and I plan to make it back there sometime. I didn't get to ski Castlerock but definitely got in my bump fix on the some of the other trails. Going from skiing West Virginia to New England I now understand there are bumps...and then there are BUMPS in new England the size of cars. I was also amazed at how much longer the runs were as wel...I guess going from 600 verticle to ~2,500 will do that. Snow conditions were mostly hardpack on Lincoln Peak and almost completely hardpack with intermittent boilerplate ice on Mountain Ellen. I actually enjoyed skiing the difficult conditions though it definitely let me know if/when I was skiing incorrectly!
I definitely plan on visiting the Northeast again! Now I ask you readers on Epicski what is YOUR favorite mountain in the northeast?
I've only skiied New England twice so I definitely don't know all of the mountains.