Without getting into the Stowe vs. Jay debate, we decided to head up to Stowe yesterday for a full day of skiing. We found suprisingly good - but mixed - conditions for a great mid-week trip!
Started off with a couple of warm-up runs off Lord where we found packed powder on most of the cruisers with about 3" of fresh on the edges. The more exposed trails on the front side were somewhat windblown leaving firm, but manageable conditions. Many of the steeper trails were groomed (including National, lower Liftline, Hayride & Nosedive).
Around 11:00 we decided to ski over to the gondola for a few runs and found 3-4" of powder on Rimrock on the way over. The cruisers were groomed and fast. Gondolier was pretty icy up top, but firm and fast through the mid- and lower sections. The big surprise was Chin Clip ... the upper section was a sea of soft, powdery bumps (turn, turn, turn .. splat! .. Wheee!! ... I gotta get better at bumps
Back over to the quad and took a trip through the Nosedive glades in 4-6" of powder ... lots of folks skiing in the trees ... plenty of snow for the most part in the upper sections. A few more runs off Nosedive & Liftline & finished off the day over on Hayride.
I'm not quite worthy of Goat or Starr, but saw some adventerous souls taking the plunge. Conditions looked icy in spots, but good snow was there to be found.
Overall, a great day ... conditions ran from thin cover & icy to soft & powdery. While there was ample evidence of what a lousy snow year we've been having, I also found some of the best conditions I've seen all season. Looks like a strong finish to an otherwise forgetable season.