By later in the noontime hour we broke for lunch at the Great Room Grill, and then headed over to Mansfield for the afternoon. We never made it over to the Quad area, but instead stuck to the Gondola. I suspect options over on the Chin Clip side were limited, since they had a rope right near the top of the gondola preventing access to that side. We skied parts of Perry Merrill, Gondolier, and Cliff Trail/Nosedive. That first steep pitch of Perry Merril actually had some nice bumps. Although I couldnít see it, coverage must be getting thin on a section of Lower Gondolier, because they had it roped and everyone had to head back to Perry Merrill. Everyone seemed to enjoy Lower Nosedive, it had lots of soft bumps, and jumps off to the sides, and coverage was great. Off to the skierís right of Nosedive, I even found some areas where the snow hadnít quite softened. That was amazing considering the temperatures, and certainly speaks to the snow-preserving power of Nosedive.
Iíve heard that this is the last weekend for the Gondola and Spruce Peak before they become hike/traverse only. Thereís enough snow to keep some trails open in both spots, but options would start to get pretty limited anyway. When we left around 4:00 P.M., the temperature was 80 F at the Spruce Peak base, and 84 F lower down in the valley toward Stowe. Iíve attached a few shots from the day below:
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