Stowe, VT 20MAR2011
We spent the entire afternoon on the sunny slopes of Spruce today with lots of great corn snow. Temperatures were probably in the mid to upper 30s F, which was fine to soften the snow in areas with southern exposure, but anything out of the sun didn’t seem to soften up. With that observation, we were never really tempted to head over to Mansfield. Groomed surfaces that didn’t soften in the sun were certainly mid winter in consistency and I heard some good comments about the freshly groomed runs from Claire who was on the mountain for the very start of the day. Corn was definitely the surface for us on the sunny slopes of Spruce, as Claire and I led the “young advanced group” of Dylan, Ty, Jack, and Ethan around the mountain. Main Street was one of our favorites, and it was open since there was no racing going on there in the afternoon. It had great corn snow from top to bottom until the very end of the day when the higher elevations began to tighten up. With the more leisurely pace of the spring-like day, our group got to stop in for a nice long session at the s’mores/hot chocolate fire pit in the center of the Spruce Peak base area, and lots of eating, drinking, and snowball throwing ensued. Some pictures from the day have been added below.