Beautiful posting. This for me fundamentally is why I ski the east. It is
the magic of what we get and the acceptance of everything else.
That is so nice photography.

On Sun, Feb 7, 2010 at 11:11 AM, Caveat Lector <[log in to unmask]>wrote:

> Every winter in New England there is at least one weather event that truly
> tests the sanity of The East Coast Skier. Although The East Coast Skier’s
> mountains are quite far north in comparison to resorts in the western United
> States, they are relatively low elevation, and are close to a warm ocean.
> Because of this, sometimes there are days in New England when it’s going to
> rain. Monday January 25th was one of those days. With a brisk wind out of
> the south-east, temperatures rose into the mid 40s at all elevations, and a
> soaking rain–heavy at times–doused the heart of The East Coast Skier. In
> that dark moment the East Coast Skier undoubtedly looked west, and
> considered a life without soul searching rainy days in January (and
> delicious real beer) in exchange for a life with reliable, predictable, and
> great snow (and 3.2% beer).
> As we have documented before however (see parts one<>,
> two<>or
> three<>),
> VTah is a surprising place. While one day can truly decimate the resolve of
> even it’s hardiest gravity enthusiasts, the next can truly lift them to
> great heights. On Wednesday January 27th our own Scott Braaten<>wrote the following which sums up what occured less than 48 hours after a
> devastating rain storm slammed the region:
> *“Its alllllll good. Just got home after what was quite possibly the best
> powder morning of the season…following what was quite possibly the worst ski
> day of the season (yesterday).*
> *I definitely under-reported with 6-8″ this morning… there’s a solid foot
> across the top half of the mountain. Skied everything and it was all blower.
> Streams and creeks were open and are now filled with 10-12″ of
> snow… as long as you are cautious, its game-on again.*
> *Today was the best of days… un-forecasted powder day with the majority
> falling after the skiers/riders had left yesterday and even with only 2-3″
> down in the town of Stowe, no one had any idea it would be face-shot heaven
> up there.”*
> To the East Coast Skier’s chagrin, the surprises have continued right up to
> this very moment. Almost every night since January 27th, the Green Mountains
> have managed to find moisture hidden in the stiff Arctic breeze, and wring
> it out in the form of pure VTah blower. While the valleys received nearly no
> snow whatsoever, the mountains became buried by round after round of “nickle
> and dime”–or “magic snow<>”
> storms as our own Lionel Hutz<>likes to say… and of course we decided to go skiing. While other skiers
> resigned themselves to the groomers for fear of hitting the dangerous ice
> crust buried beneath the surface, we went out in search of the deepest,
> softest, and most surprising snow on earth… here’s a pictoral record of what
> we were surprised to find in VTah.
> The first day Greg <> got out with
> a friend he hadn’t skied with in a long time, and both were surprised by the
> quality and quantity!
> After a few tentative turns before the surprise wore off, we decided it was
> time to rip.
> …and then get deep.
> About 28 seconds after the above photo was snapped, Greg sent Ben a text
> message simply saying: “Waist deep easy.” Since the moment of that text
> message that’s been the name of the game. Needless to say, it wasn’t long
> before Ben left the confines of his academic endeavours and joined the
> party.
> It was definitely hard for Ben to get back to business with this sort of
> stuff waiting to be skied.
> Greg agreed.
> On the heels of the first “magic storm<>(Copyright 2010Lionel Hutz<>)”,
> but before the second, a surge of Arctic air blew across VTah and turned its
> small expanse of alpine terrain into a moonscape.
> Although the snow in the alpine had been completely withdrawn by the wind,
> the sub-alpine had definitely received a few deposits. This was very very
> good about 20 seconds after this picture was taken:
> The anticipation before Christmas… an untouched snow filled sub alpine
> gully… the appeal of lingerie…
> nevermind
> A TOUCHED ALPINE GULLY!… oh wait a second! Shoot! We already used that one.
> The next day we went out searching for the goods and the steeps. The “steep
> goods” one might say. We started out in some unlikely places like “Upper
> Chin Clip.”
>  To be honest that wasn’t all that fun… so we moved back to the DEEP
> goods… O.K. now we’re talking!
> Giggity!
> Giggity giggity giggity!
> Ben: (Giggity giggity giggity!)^2
> Greg: (Giggity giggity giggity!)! (that would be a factorial at the end <
> /dorkout >)
> Well that day kinda was OK we guess. The snow was excellent, but Greg broke
> a ski and a boot. What a horrible day… Luckily the next day was…um… a new
> day. Let’s go find some more deepness. The top of this line was a bit
> windblown this day…
> But the bottom was definitely all right.
> Spooky place! We weren’t sure what we were going to find this day. All I
> can say without pissing people off is that I’m VERY glad we ski with a
> length of rope.
> With that expedition out of the way, we were glad to still be alive, and
> decided to celebrate by getting back to the VTah deepness. Luckily no one
> else had decided to ski it (except for us whose tracks are visible)… at 3 on
> Sunday afternoon.
> Late in the day? Check! Soft landings? Check! Ice bulge? Check! Time to
> …and ski it deep to the road…
> We got back to the bottom around 345 and were ready to call it quits, but
> had one more special line in mind. Would it still be fresh at Sunday at 4?
> You betcha!
>  We went home and figured we were all done with what was undoubtedly the
> best VTah weekend of the season. But low and behold! The next day dawned
> with ANOTHER 4-7″ of magic blower! KC couldn’t be happier
> On second thought… maybe she was a bit happier here:
> And maybe even just a wee bit happier yet here:
> Maybe even just a touch happier still here:
> But I think without a shadow of a doubt I’ve never seen her happier than
> she was here in this “shade” shot! Look at that smile!
> Ben was probably approaching all time highs of exuberance as well!
> Greg seconds the motion!
> So much happiness, I almost forget that these shots depict EPIC VTAH
> Greg in need of his air supply.
> Or at the very least, his snorkel
> Honk if you love gravity. (apologies to some Salomon poster I saw when I
> was 10 years old at a Warren Miller movie)
> Gravity winning again…
> Greg couldn’t help but throw his hands up in surprise. VTah delivers again!
> And with that… VTah IV concludes. Indeed, considering the fact that it
> rained well over a warm inch on January 25th, this was the most surprising
> snow we’ve ever skied on earth.
> caveat lector
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