Not 2 of the words you'll usually find in a Wachusett TR ... but they were both there in spades yesterday! OK .. to be fair, 8" of fresh is a "dusting" in Utah, but 8" of fresh pow in central MA is still a wee bit of heaven.
After a terror filled drive out Rt 2 in the AM, I made it late to the base around 8:45. Missed 1st chair and the chance for untracked runs, but still plenty of fresh snow to go around in the morning. Crowds were light, so the snow held up well through the morning.
As the Boston crowds started to spill in around 11:00, the upper mountain started to get a bit skied off. Conifer got scraped up in the middle of the trail, 10th suffered the usual effects of death-wedge skiers and heel-slide snowboarders. Smith-Walton was the gem of the day with nice soft bumps that held up well into the afternoon.
All 3 main summit trails began to look like neighborhood yard sales in the afternoon as the once-a-year crowd tried (in vain) to negotiate ungroomed snow. Spent a lot of time waiting for wreckage removal before you could find a clean line down the hill. But when you did, every trail (even Conifer!) was a sea of soft bump lines down the edges.
Popped onto the mid-mountain lift for a while after lunch and found sweet powder stashes along the edge of Hitchcock & Challenger. Most of the crowd seemed to avoid the trail edges, which left some great skiing and clean lines along the edges.
Stumbled over Matt (Matthias99), sporting his relatively new instructor's jacket (congrats Matt!!) in the lift line and took a few runs together before he had to get head off to lineup.
So ... Powder? Check. Bumps? Check. Bears to ski with? Check. An Epic adventure close to home? Priceless!