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awesome ben. i wonder how many of us were up there today?

sam

On Oct 1, 2009, at 5:12 PM, Ben Peters wrote:

> So Greg, Allen, and I beat us to it by a couple hours, but today I  
> rallied one of my dartmouth skiing friends and a boating friend who  
> has decided class V creeks are too scary and wants to start skiing  
> more to ski the freshies at stowe. Here's our report:
> (cross-posted from TGR http://www.tetongravity.com/forums/showthread.php?t=169840)
>
>
> 10/1/2009 - The day dawned cloudy and cold, with (premature)  
> snowflakes drifting lazily down from the slate-grey Hanover skies. A  
> flurry of activity: making coffee, checking webcams, packing the car  
> with skis (and bikes). We left town giddy with a mix of excitement  
> and anticipation. All the new (developmentally-challenged) snow that  
> had fallen overnight made driving treacherous, necessitating a chain- 
> law for all of I89 in Vermont:
> http://www.metrocast.net/~saragreg/Pics/10-1-2009/IMGP1903.jpg <http://www.metrocast.net/%7Esaragreg/Pics/10-1-2009/IMGP1903.jpg 
> >
>
> Fortunately, by the time we got to Stowe, it was clear that the snow  
> that had fallen overnight on the mountains was more well developed.  
> In fact, the snowline was low enough that we scrapped our initial  
> idea to bike to the goods and just booted up from the parking lot!
>
> Breaking trail was tough, but fortunately there were a few tracks  
> (gpetrics, allenataylor, and samthaman) to help us. Otherwise it's  
> doubtful we could have made it to the top in just one day. But we  
> persevered and made it to the snowy summit. Conditions were  
> deteriorating however, and as more snow began to fall out of the sky  
> we opted to descend, given the increasing avy danger. (a cursory  
> snow pit revealed a well-bonded snowpack; anything that would have  
> slid would've gone to ground)
>
> Noah led us off and I followed, my trusty powder skis providing  
> adequate flotation in the 2-3" deep snowgrass
> http://www.metrocast.net/~saragreg/Pics/10-1-2009/IMG_2372.jpg <http://www.metrocast.net/%7Esaragreg/Pics/10-1-2009/IMG_2372.jpg 
> >
>
> The top of Nosedive was a little rocky for good turns, but soon we  
> found ourselves on grassier terrain and we were able to really open  
> it up. It was chest deep in a couple places:
> http://www.metrocast.net/~saragreg/Pics/10-1-2009/IMG_2378.jpg <http://www.metrocast.net/%7Esaragreg/Pics/10-1-2009/IMG_2378.jpg 
> >
>
> The trail was divided into two mowed-grass ribbons on the sides that  
> had by far the best skiing of the day.
>
> http://www.metrocast.net/~saragreg/Pics/10-1-2009/IMG_2383.jpg <http://www.metrocast.net/%7Esaragreg/Pics/10-1-2009/IMG_2383.jpg 
> >
> Noah tearing it up
>
> http://www.metrocast.net/~saragreg/Pics/10-1-2009/IMG_2388.jpg <http://www.metrocast.net/%7Esaragreg/Pics/10-1-2009/IMG_2388.jpg 
> >
> My kayaking friend Nick proved that skiing 2" of grass is harder  
> than Class V boating and thus adopted an interesting descent strategy
>
> Finally around where national comes into nosedive, the snow ran out.  
> but we continued bravely on and skied frosted grass to the car
>
> http://www.metrocast.net/~saragreg/Pics/10-1-2009/IMGP1915.jpg <http://www.metrocast.net/%7Esaragreg/Pics/10-1-2009/IMGP1915.jpg 
> >
> Me working on my form under adverse conditions.
>
> Overall it was... interesting conditions, but this is my earliest  
> first day on the east coast ever! Hard to complain on october first...
>
> Let's keep it coming!!!
>
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