so i woke up to 9" on my porch this AM and just had to get out there. I put on my new Lange XT's strapped my skis to my back and headed up Emerald Mountain. Its literally out my back door so I figured even if the snow wasn't deep enough, it would be fun just to gear up and take a hike. Its 2 miles with 1K vert to the "quarry" walking up Blackmere Drive, which is a fire road/ nordic ski road. Its maintained well and is packed gravel. In the winter its groomed. I figured this would at least provide some turns with no surprises.
Since the ground really didn't freeze up well (temps fell yesterday from 63* to freezing in about 3 hours) the lower elevation wasn't very deep but up on top (~8K) there was at least 8" of totally untracked medium density heaven. I got in enough turns to call it a day according Phil using the Bob Peters Standards . I skied downa few hundred yards and walked out. It was a great morning.
my house from the trail head
At about the 1/2 mile mark, it was untracked
The snow started to get deeper
A view from the quarry looking towards Mt Werner and the resort
Selfie from the quarry
AND THEN, THE GOODS!!!!! Nice turns, not much pitch but enough!