This past weekend I joined some good friends and made the trip to Sugarbush, VT. Five inches of new snow fell Friday night and Saturday morning, leaving variable packed powder / hardpack for Saturday. Unfortunately I was on my slalom skis so I couldn’t fully enjoy the powder and crud, but the conditions were still a blast. In addition to the natural stuff there was plenty of manmade snow coming down all of Saturday, and several trails stayed nice and soft. Stein’s Run was bumped up, and although the lines were spread out it was great to get real bumps in early January on the East Coast. The Castlerock area was shut, and likely won’t be open until one more good dump (obviously, this means that Mad River is in need of snow as well). Heaven’s Gate was pretty solid, but got a little skied off toward the end of each day. We never ventured over to Mt. Ellen, but reports were similar from there. Overall, it was good skiing, but won’t be great until they get one more big storm. Cross your fingers, because some reports have a foot or more coming to the mid -VT mountains this Wednesday (Killington this Saturday anyone?!?!).
The Sugarbush Apres scene was its usual self – slightly more mellow than the Wobbly Barn but also involving fewer people from Jersey (a trade0ff than can and will be debated at length on the fashion page in coming weeks). Apres for our group started with some live music at the Castlerock Pub (I recommend the steak and cheese sub accompanied by the Labatt Blue draught special) and ended with late night Keystones smuggled into a resort hot tub. All in all, a solid weekend. Anyone else make it out there?