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Mad River Glen 12-12-09 A Hermit's Paradise

post #1 of 10
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I have been having withdrawal symptoms fro lack of skiing.  Surfing got me through the summer, but the fall has left me doing yard work dreaming of snow.  Friday I had my holiday party for my office from 4-7.  During the dinner I kept thinking, ski or house work tomorrow.  I decided on option A as I drove home from the party.  Withants in my pants, I know there was no way I would fall asleep, so I packed up and hit the road at around 10 and stopped twice to take 1.5 hourr catnaps .  I arrive at Mad River Glen at 8:45 and was about the twnth person in the lot.  It was opening day and it was exciting to walk out of the car and share the same stoke with parking lot attendants, skiiers and just about everyone else there.

Then I get on the single chair!  This is when I realize this was not just about getting on snow for the first time of the year.  It was Awsome.  I SEE POWDER.  Catamount bowl led me to untouched snow.  It was light and fluffy about 12 inches deep.   This was about the same for the rest of the morning, with trails only getting fully tracked out at around noon.  Even then, they were forming nice bumps.  The only condition issue was that when you hit bottom, it was either moss mud or rock instead of packed snow underneath.  No big deal,  that was rock skiis are for and only a couple of 1 to 3 mm gauges.  I was suprised about how much was open.  "Chute was awesome with 3 to 6 foot drop off".  "Upper glade" was really fun too with although my binding pre-released on my second run and It took me 15 minutes to find my ski.  It turns out that it was wedged under an exposed root of a tree. 

Skied from 9 to 3 then hit the road.  Get back to New Jersey around 9.  Have 1 and a half beers with my wife then fall asleep on the couch mid conversation.  Wake up next morning sore as hell but loving life.


Opening Day



post #2 of 10
Opening day, powder, 8:45am, and there were only 20 people?  I thought the east was supposed to be crowded.  What gives???  There were about 100 times that number waiting to ski the 220 yard long WROD at Loveland on opening day. 

Nice report by way.  Sounds like a few of the over-nighters I have pulled with a buddy of mine.  It always catches up with you. 
post #3 of 10
 LOL, I loved reading this post.  That's living life.  And great pics.  One day I'll check out Mad River.
post #4 of 10
MRG without bumps! Priceless!
Tx for the buzz.
post #5 of 10
Great way to kick off the season.  MRG with powder - it doesn't get much better in the east than that.
post #6 of 10
 Wow, that looks nice!  
I sincerely thought about hitting MRG on Monday but figured it'd be tracked out.
post #7 of 10
Sweeet!!
post #8 of 10
Now that's the way to start the season
post #9 of 10
First opening day at MRG I've missed in four years.  Apparently I missed an epic one!

My strategy was always to leave NYC area at 3 AM. ski like mad all day and call the wife to say I was just to exhausted to drive home.  Thus I could crash and get in another half day before the drive home.

Obviously I played that card one two many times!

Hopefully some of the goods will still be there for me and my wife the upcoming weekend.

Great report!
Joseph
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Originally Posted by JTripodi View Post

First opening day at MRG I've missed in four years.  Apparently I missed an epic one!

My strategy was always to leave NYC area at 3 AM. ski like mad all day and call the wife to say I was just to exhausted to drive home.  Thus I could crash and get in another half day before the drive home.

Obviously I played that card one two many times!

Hopefully some of the goods will still be there for me and my wife the upcoming weekend.

Great report!
Joseph
 
 
Funny,
My stratagy is different.  I annoy my wife at home until she says why don't you go enjoy yourself.  Although we love skiing together,  I usually don't get here to go on these long quick runs.

Lets all hope the Weather dude from the MRG website is on target.  He is thinking we should get some more storms in the next week or two.

Also can't wait to meet some of you out at the gathering in utah.  It looks like they are finally getting some snow out there also.
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