Sorry to have missed you, Alfonse. I know if there's someone around here that could truly show me MRG (at least the parts i haven't been shown or found by myself already) it would be you.
Saturday was a great day. Left the house just before 4am, and rolled into the lot @ 8:30. The car was showing the temp @ 20 and it was a beautiful day. The morning started with about 3" of fresh snow everywhere. There was great snow to be found on all of the marked trails until about 1pm or so. I'm not sure if it's always this way, but I was amazed at the way the mtn emptied around noon for lunch. That meant no lift lines at all for an hour, so I got in the obligatory Paradise run (three, actually
and ended up wrapping up around 3pm.
Sunday was good as well - not quite as good as Saturday - but still very nice. We were doing well until about noon, when my wife decided to run into that wooden fence at the base of that mid-mtn double. I even saw it happening before it happened. I ripped into the lift line and it was pretty icy, so I barely made it.. Then I saw my wife trucking along behind me and said to myself: "there is no way in hell she's going to be able to hold an edge and make it". I was right! Fortunately, she wasn't injured, but that pretty much sapped her desire to continue on so we called it a day and trudged home.
All in all, I'm very happy that I made the run to MRG. Took about 4.5 hrs (I can get to Okemo or Mt. Snow in about 2.5 hrs) but it was well worth every second of the 4 extra hours.
We're headed to Vail in 2 weeks, and hopefully conditions will permit another visit to MRG this year.
I've come to the conclusion that if I'm going to drive upto VT to go skiing, there really isn't any point in going anywhere besides Jay and MRG.