Valley, VT 30DEC2010
After Tuesday’s great outing with the boys, the whole family headed out for more turns today. The skies had been somewhat gray on yesterday, but the sun was back today and consistent with the forecast trends, the temperatures were climbing to the low 30s F.
There hadn’t been any new snow, so we didn’t find ourselves out to the slopes until midday, but the Timberline area still seemed to be following the trends I’ve seen over the week and most visitors were presumably over at the main mountain. We kicked things off on Spell Binder, and the most obvious change in on piste conditions from Tuesday was that the powder and chowder had been replaced by packed powder. I found that there was still powder to be had if I went very tight to the edge of the trail, but it had to be helmet-scraping tight.
We then headed off to the trees for a bit to get in some powder skiing – E had gone with alpine skis for the day so that we could explore some steeper lines and see how they were faring. Our first test was the steep terrain dropping into the KP glades, which revealed that tight evergreens at around the 2,000’ elevation had still not seen enough snow to support much traffic or aggressive skiing. The evergreens had not allowed enough snow to fall to the forest floor, but the mixed evergreen/hardwood glades below were in prime form and yielding great untracked turns.
We also made some runs on Twice As Nice, which was starting to form some bump lines – the kind that would be great for people that are just learning to ski moguls. On another run we hit some of the trees above Wood’s Hole, and the narrow lines had some tracks but held excellent snow that had been protected from the wind. Dylan had wanted to stay out of there and ski some on piste terrain, but after hearing a “Woo Hoo!” from me in the KP glades on one of our runs, he decided that he had to get back into the trees and check it out.
Ty and I had only skied some of the upper part of Doug’s Woods, but when we were down at the base lodge I could see that the snow looked good all the way to the Timberline base. We never left the Timberline area, but I did hear that Wilderness opened up for the first time this season, meaning that Bolton had all of its lifts running. We didn’t find this out until this evening, but we plan to head over there tomorrow to check it out.