Skied Killington on Wed. Most of the mountain stayed firm except the lower part of Bear Mt. They had most of the steeper terrain closed (Vertigo, Ovation, Downdraft, Double Dipper & a few more) because they never softened up & were hard as a rock. What was open & groomed was excellent. Beautiful day weatherwise but a little cool. Still needed to wear a jacket for the tailgate party. The picture above was taken Wed.
Thurs we went to Stowe. Conditions were a big disappointment. The snow was very soft & heavy all over the mtn. It never went below freezing Wed night so it never firmed up. The steep bump trails were alright but the groomed trails were like pushing around muck. There is definitely a lot less natural snow up north this year. Cover was thin in some areas with bare spots starting to show. If they get hit with rain this week they'll be in trouble because they just don't have the base that other areas further south have. The new village & hotel at Spruce Peak is absolutely stunning. 1st class all the way with beautiful marble flooring & granite counters everywhere. It makes Jackson Gore at Okemo look like a warming hut.
Yesterday (Fri) we skied at Stratton. It dropped below freezing Thurs night & everything was firm but very good early on. By 10 o'clock the bumps trails (which they had many surprisingly) softened up & they were in excellent shape for several hours. I left around 2 o'clock because it started to get to mushy. It was 67 degrees in Manchester at around 3pm. The conditions & base at Stratton were a big improvement over what we had at Stowe. They have the U.S. Open at Stratton this weekend & there was plenty of beautiful female scenery at the mtn. Very pleasing on the eyes.Edited by steamboat1 - 3/20/10 at 11:05am