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Scott Braaten <[log in to unmask]>
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Vermont Skiing Discussion and Snow Reports <[log in to unmask]>
Date:
Tue, 7 Dec 2004 17:04:15 -0500
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Got up to Stowe today by 1230 in order to get a couple hours of turning
in.  Another couple inches of snow since Saturday.  Nice.  Its really
starting to look like winter up there.  Snowbanks near the resort are
growing, trees are lookin' good, ect.  The top half of the mountain was
socked in with freezing fog riming everything from your jacket to the
trees.  We started with a run down the open trails...nice to see Stowe
finally opened some other routes down the mountain.  There were some fun
new snowmaking whales and even a little bump section somewhere in the
vicinity of the triple.  I have no idea what the trail names are over
there, but there are now 2-3 routes down the mountain all the way.  Good
stuff.

That was the only open trail we skied all day.  Next few runs included,
Nosedive, Bypass, Nosedive Glades, Gondolier, and stuff inbetween.
Nosedive was awesome.  Very much skied out but now with 2 inches of new on
top to soften it up.  That trail as a great base and they could open it if
they wanted.  Very chalky, carvable powder snow.  Waterbars are now packed
down and not a problem.  Nosedive Glades saw a few tracks from us and
other people today.  Not really skiable but there are a few lines that are
filled in.  Just lean back and surf.  Fun stuff.  Nice to finally get into
the trees for some powder.  Bypass was quality.  There is a lot of snow up
there.  It always seems to fill in over there.  Over by the Gondola
everything's game.  Skied down underneath it and it was just cruisin in
powder.  Again, fun stuff.  I kinda don't want Stowe to open any of these
trails.  I'm getting used to skiing powder with only my friends.

It started to sleet around 4 as we left.  The drive home featured temps
from 27 in the towns of Stowe and Waterbury with sleet and freezing rain
to temps of 32-33 here in Burlington.  Gonna be interesting up there
tomorrow.  But the skiing today was better than expected.  A nice way to
spend a Tuesday afternoon.

-Scott

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