Bolton Valley, VT 01MAY2011
It was a busy weekend culminating with Ty’s first communion and the ensuing party today, but once things had wound down by the afternoon, I had a chance to head up to the mountain and make some turns. There was fresh snow on April 23rd, but the snowpack has certainly crept upward in elevation since April 17th, which was the last sunny day I was out on the mountain. At that point the first signs of natural snow appeared at around 900’, but today the natural snow didn’t appear until roughly 1,750’. Timberline had just a couple patches of snow remaining, but up at the main base the snowpack was quite substantial.
I skinned up Beech Seal where the snow was still continuous, although it probably won’t be by next weekend unless we got a good bit of new snow and temperatures stay very cool. Above that point, the areas closest to losing snow continuity on Sherman’s Pass were that area below Schuss, and then the big hairpin just beyond. Other than that, Sherman’s is in really good shape, with substantial snow remaining. It was surprising to see that Spillway did not have continuous snowpack on it, so perhaps the snow wasn’t quite as deep there this season.
My timing was such that it was approaching sunset when I hit the Vista summit, so I was treated to some amazing views to the west. As the sun was getting low in the sky, the snow in the upper elevations was thinking about firming up, but I was still well ahead of the point where any issues with scratchiness developed; the corn was great from top to bottom, although there was certainly a gradient in softness with elevation. Cutting some big arcs on Beech Seal near the end of my run had me wishing for more laps, but blasting out one top to bottom tour certainly delivered a nice evening workout. At some point it will be time to switch over more consistently to Stowe for turns with the better exposure and elevation there, but for now things are still good on the main mountain at Bolton.