I skied at Stratton today with my family. It was another picture perfect Spring skiing day - clear blue sky and sunny - but not quite warm enough for my shorts.
Conditions were fast hardpack/ice with a thin, loose frozen granular covering that softened up in the sun as the day wore on. The ROTD was Kidderbrook. It had the softest snow due to its full exposure to the sun and there was nobody else on it.
Crowds were large due to the US Open snowboarding championship but they were mostly contained to the Sun Bowl area. Shooting Star had no lift line most of the day and Ursa was very short.
I had no intention of skiing in the trees today because they were bullet proof but my 8yo son, for some unknown reason, was drawn to them like a moth to a flame. Every opening he saw on the side of a trail, he darted into the woods with me yelling and chasing after him. On one run, he went way out-of-bounds and ended up on the wrong side of a 5 foot wide raging stream. He had to take his skis off and hike back up and out. I had to wait 20 minutes for him. And then around 1:00 PM, he lost me in the trees off Black Bear. He's so small and his skis are so short that he can quickly scoot around gnarly stuff and low hanging branches that I have to carefully pick my way through. After waiting for him and then retracing our run (while my wife was freaking out) I finally gave up looking for him and asked the ski patrol to help find him. After a few calls on the walkie talkies and the red phone (yes - it really was red) they told me they had already found him and that I could retrieve him at the information center in the main base lodge. Apparently, the ski patrol has a policy where if they find a lost kid on the mountain, they immediately take the kid to the information center and leave him with the women behind the counter.
While I wasn't looking for my son, we spent some time watching the snowboarding half-pipe semi-finals. We were able to ski right up to the edge of the rail of the half-pipe and watch the boarders fly over our heads. This was pretty cool. Some of the guys/kids (one was only 15) can launch themselves 20 feet into the air straight up out of the pipe. Some pics below.