Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Winter's not over yet

I'll start by noting that the last photo posted by Silver Linings is a bit disturbing. Funny, but disturbing.

As for Winter, I was out on the snow on Monday morning, expecting a 35-40 degree day, since that's what the weather forecast had indicated. Boy, was I wrong. It was just like the middle of February, low 20's, breezy and crystal blue skies.... and snow everywhere.

It was so nice on Monday, I went out again on Tuesday morning for a few runs. The temps were a little warmer, but winter is still here. Which means.......the skiing and riding will continue to be good for the next few weeks. OK, I know, Mother Nature could change her mind. But she's gonna have to work really hard to make all of the snow disappear that fast.

I had the pleasure this winter of taking part in the Innkeeper's Racing series. Sadly, we had our last race on Tuesday. The fun part was, we had a really great End of Season dinner and awards event up at The Hawk Mountain Resort. Great food, music and a ton of heckling, for those people who won 1st, 2nd or 3rd place.....and the team trophy went to Northern Ski Works....nice job! If you know Chris Kleeman, the Innkeeper's race director, say thank you for a great season, without his dedication the weekly races would never happen.

See you on the snow.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Is that a Marshmallow Peep in the Trees?

Eastern Ski Writers Association President Chris Dehnel spent Sunday in the glades researching terrain for upcoming segments in his Journal Inquirer column and SnowEast magazine and had this to report:

"Tree skiing at Okemo is the best its been in five years.

The run down Outrage was silky smooth - especially in the middle - and almost every fall line had it rewards. There were a lot of easy decisions to make in there - even over the ledges where one can get abit of air.

Forest Bump was a little firm at the top, but the rest of the glade made one forget about that in a hurry.

Supernova had an annoying crust to it - as did most of Jackson Gore early in the day - but when it softens up over the next couple of days, add that run to the list of must-dos for the this spring.

But the real hero of the day was Loose Spruce. It began with a smooth carpet and became better as one worked his way down the glade. Skiing it just made one giddy."