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This report starts off with a weather update, and Iíve pasted in the storm observations I made to easternuswx.com, along with a weather table and chart that you can see at the web page with the ski pictures.
Weather update 26DEC2006 Ė P.M.
We made our trip back from
When we got to our place in
The higher elevations in
Trip Report Ė Wednesday 27DEC2006
With the new snow, the family headed up to
Once we started skiing, we got Dylan to put his mittens on, but he still complained whenever we stopped on the trail. He rode down between my legs, and I tried to keep him moving and happy as much as possible. Unfortunately, the route we took from the top (
Ty discovered that heís not a fan of snow guns. While they didnít have any guns going on the trails we were actually skiing, there were one or two on other trails that had some overspray onto
We had a substantial run all the way to the base, but I was concerned about Dylan being too cold after the long lift ride and the long trip down. He wasnít working as hard as the rest of us, and the air temperature was somewhere in the low 20s. So, just to be on the safe side, I decided to head into the lodge with Dylan to make sure he was warm, while Ty and Mom headed up for another run. It didnít take any convincing to get Ty to go for one of the double chairlifts instead of the quad, since he wouldnít have to hear any snow guns. I checked Dylan out and he seemed to be warm enough, and since I had taken off all his outerwear, I decided weíd just stay in for lunch. E and Ty joined us after their run, and we were ahead of the lunch hour so getting a table was easy. All in all Iíd say the crowds at the lifts felt much smaller than our previous trip, despite it being a holiday week. There was never a line at the Snowflake Lift, and I think a lot of it had to do with the Vista Quad being open.
After lunch, we all went out again and hit the Snowflake Lift. Hardly anyone was riding the Snowflake Lift, so the snow quality was good and fewer people were on the trials. On our third run, we rode the Mid-Mountain lift, and that was the end of the ski day for Dylan. He arrived at the top with Mom, and she couldnít figure out why he wouldnít stand up. His legs seemed very rubbery. I turned around, looked at him, and realized he was sound asleep. I joked that either he was really relaxed, or the hypothermia had gotten to him ;). I skied down with him in my arms and he snoozed away with his head on my shoulder. E then headed into the lodge with him so he could finish his nap.
From then on, it was time for Dad and Ty to explore. We pretty much went back and forth between the Mid-Mountain and Snowflake Lifts, and I sniffed out a few powder stashes for Ty to try. I was intrigued by an area off to the skierís right of Sprig Oí Pine (possibly part of Deer Run). I thought the area would be undiscovered, but when we finally got there, we found that it was actually open and a few other skiers had already been on it. Still, it felt like it was almost our own stash. Iím not sure if they actually blew snow there or if it was all natural, but it was nice. Ty had some fun adventures along the edges and in the trees in the fresh snow. The other main stash we frequented was below the quad, where we could keep a high traverse off the Mid Mountain lift and catch some of the untracked quad lift line. We worked these areas pretty well, and combined with some carving and jumps on the trails, it made for quite an afternoon. Weíd been pretty busy, with the Avocet logging 11 runs for 4,275 feet of vertical and the Suunto S6 logging 11 runs for 4,199 feet of vertical. The instrumentsí performance was very tight on Wednesday with only 1.8% difference over all those runs. Iíve written to Suunto through their web customer support about issues with recording the exact time at which altitudes are attained in the logbook, but the absolute vertical changes seem to be bang on relative to my Avocet. It wasnít easy to slow Ty down, but eventually I convinced him that we should go in and see how Mom and Dylan we doing.
We had a snack in the lodge and then decided to call it a day. Before we headed home, Ty took a spin on his new snowshoes around the village, and seemed to get the hang of it immediately. There wasnít any really deep powder to play around in to test the snowshoes in terms of flotation, but he enjoyed making huge footprints and tracks in the few inches of powder that were there. There are only a couple of inches of snow in our yard in
Some pictures from the day and a couple of weather data plots can be found at the link below. They are mostly of Ty, because Dylan fell asleep before I had a chance to get any pictures of him in his new gear. Weíll have to get some shots of him on an upcoming trip.
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