|Originally posted by Scalce:
How were the bumps at Okemo Max?
I'll eiter be at Okemo or Sugarloaf this weekend.
I heard Sugarloaf was like a sheet of ice on Sunday.
I was at Sugarloaf all weekend with the Boston Ski Club. Saturday it was 40 something, with about a half-hour of rain in the morning. Nice spring skiing -- the rain kept most people away. The cover looked pretty good, and I was roaming all over the mountain. There are definitely some bare areas though, but you could always see them coming and steer around them. I skied a couple bumps -- some rocks in the troughs, but nothing too bad (you could plan around them).
Sunday was somewhat different. It froze overnight, temps were in the 20s, and lots of death marbles. The snowfields were just a sheet of blue ice -- it was glistening in the sunlight. Looked like a couple hundred foot high diamond. It actually hurt to look at it. Needless to say, they're closed. You definitely had to pick your spots on the open trails, but it was certainly edgeable. i.e., serious hardpack, but I wouldn't call it ice. The bumps looked like Pierre would have loved them -- just blocks of ice, so I stayed out.
They had the snowguns blasting again on a couple trails Sunday (Tote Road, Hayburner, Kings Landing, that general area). Given that the groomers only had a few hours to work the mountain, I thought they did a wonderful job. I was pretty sure it was just going to be like skiing on coral reefs, but it wasn't anywhere close. Give them a few more days and I think Sugarloaf will be fine by the weekend.