I did suffer from WhiteFever yesterday. Plus I was having vision problems, I just couldn't see going into work!
In spite of the adverse comments I had from my children as they headed off to school, I made my way to Mt. Snow. I need to get in some days, so I "worked" Volly Patrol.
From the depth at my home, there was at least 10 inches and about 20 degree temps. Light and fluffy. At the mountain, It was better!
Reporting in at the summit, I was quickly assigned PDF A typical New England narrow black on the north face.
We haa! 'Rolling over the knees! choke choke! Hard to breath at times.
On my return to the summit with the "trail report" I suggested that the rope be pulled across the entrance as the reduced visibility from flying snow made the entire mountain a hazzard!
Did I mention it continued to snow all day?
Soon I was out again, this time to check "The Trials" A favorite glade along side Olympic on the north face. Though I had to act in my professional capacity as I skied up to a gentleman who had caught a ski on some half buried obsticle and tumbled head first into a 4 inch diameter tree stub that had been cut into a sharped weapon, the snow was FANTASTIC, thin, but first tracks were rewarded with some very quiet turns!.
Then "Work" reared it's head. I pulled four codes yesterday with one guy a walk-in from the top. 235# guy, What a sled load! and all the way down the mountain. The first code was on FreeFall, while bracing that loaded sled down a lower pitch someone commented that I did a better job than the groomers! I must have been pushing 5 yards of soft snow in front of me. It was so light and fluffy, I needed that much to make resistance. (a hard base under the fresh). I'm stiff today!
At 2:10, I was sent out to "double check to see if we should open Rip Cord" Our "pucker factor" slope I think it's called 47 degrees "somewhere" There are a half a dozen turns on the face that a slip means a fast slide to the bottom. This run was "closed" but I believe someone was conducting tours down it, there were so many tracks. Great sking on the approach, with snow mid calf, but the pitch was a crown of ice, with all the snow slid to the lower third. Rocks showing as well. The new snow just didn't stick. The lower part was a delight. Too bad it is so short.
The South Bowl area was closed all day, as the spring time sun reduces that snow to grass early on. The new snow had been cat packed during the day to try and stabilize it as base. Checking out Big and Little Dipper, the packed stuff skied as buttery groomed, the snow was so soft. The trail edges held about 10 inches at the least. Great fun, but the area needs snow still.
A call at 2:51 in the afternoon was to Challenger, again the north face. We have adopted a "bullet" system where the first responder free skis to the scene, and then calls for a sled as needed. It helps to keep from running out of equipment at the summit.
I was given the the task of this rescue and had to make my way through Sweet soft snowy bumps all the way to the lower section. I almost forgot what I was going for! This patient was viciosly attacked by a tree on her way through Epiphany glades and luckily escaped with only a bruised thigh.
Snow sends people into the woods like nothing else.
The snow started tapering off by days end, but it has dusted over night, and a bit this morning,
I would say we might get another week of great skiing, though even a foot of snow doesn't cover all the bones on a trail.
Admission of folly! While doing a bit of "poaching" under a lift, I skid over a solid chunk of concrete with several bits of twisted re-bar poking out at every angle. What was I thinking??? I could have been killed or even worse! Be careful out there, It's a jungle!
Trail closing, I was assigned Hop. A nice little run on the front that doesn't get much use due to a steep pitch at it's end before the runout. There was still lots of untracked snow at the edges, and the left side of the pitch was criss crossed a bit, but there were lot's of tracks to make!
I skied my G-4's. Very nice choice for the day. 173cm, and they still feel a bit short.
well, Thats the snow and ski report from beautiful southern Vermont.
Heck, It was snowing while I drove into work!