Woke up this morning at Burke - not a wisp of wind, -25F. The mountain would be closed for the day. Walked a bit to experience the nestled grip of frigid air; the northeast kingdom's rural winter detachment. Oh cold for sure, but no humidity. Reminded me of early mornings in Jackson Hole, but no inversion today. After a liesurely breakfast and delicious coffee at the Old Cutter Inn, we took care to cancel tomorrow's ladies FIS GS due to projected windchills. Warmed the car (it started), collected gear and looked forward to the drive home. Headed south on 91, then 93 - spectacularly beautiful - bluebird skies, crystalline moisture in the air, sparkling with the richness of the cold. Headed back towards Twin Mtn after exiting south of Franconia - the snow guns were on at Cannon, with a steady NE Breeze beginning to build. Franconia Notch held a milky haze of deep winter.
Stopped by Bretton Woods - fully running, maybe 40 cars in the lot. The breezes were picking up, but the slope exposure seemed relatively well protected - the base lodge thermometer stood at-22, at 11:30am. Heading on, decided to gas up. The flags were now standing, the air now brisk and biting. Burke's early cold nip was lady-like in comparison. Mount Washington was surreal and enveloped in the chill. Lovely. The other-worldly.
Continued down through Crawford Notch - Bear Peak at Attitash was closed - further down the road, lifts were running at Attitash, with maybe 30 cars - only two skiers were seen descending.
In North Conway, the temps and sunshine was a different zone. Bright, probably just below zero. Although skiers at Cranmore were few and far between, the lifts were running, and the terrain park was being torn apart and refreshed. I caught a bit of a swagger in a couple who obviously relished the elements, as if "no weatherman telling us to stay indoors on such a glorious day!" Very skiable conditions at 1:00 in the afternoon.
Passed by Shawnee Peak - they too were closed for the day.
It's currently -12 here in Western Maine. May you be cozy and refreshed for the upcoming gorgeous weekend. All the slopes are buffed and anxious for your approval!