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On Tue, Feb 22, 2011 at 8:04 AM, roger Klinger <[log in to unmask]>wrote:

> Well, there goes my plan for untracked today.  Way to get it, JJ!
>
> Good thing there are so many other choices.
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> On Tue, Feb 22, 2011 at 7:57 AM, JJ <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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>> I guess I should complain that we need more fresh snow, but the fact that
>> the base is consolidated, deep, firm, and mostly consistent has us skiing
>> anywhere the trees and schwack give room to run. It may be a few inches of
>> powder on hard snow, but go anywhere you like; you can always get an edge
>> in, so why complain? All this sunshine has me ok about the cold and wind,
>> too,
>> as long as you think of somehwere interesting to ski.
>>
>> Julie had asked about the Steeple trail the other day, so after some
>> President's Day tree runs (Bypass glades untracked, Hazelton scratchy) we
>> headed off to do a long tour, and explore the historic valley where VT
>> skiing
>> got really started. Down the Bruce we went, and once again I was happy to
>> have new skis with rocker, fresh edges, and a base that hasn't been abused
>> yet. I have to say that these rockered boards have brought me up a
>> notch...the improvement is control reminds me of when the first plastic
>> tele
>> boots, or when the first Jaks came out...when suddenly the tele-floppers
>> were
>> charging around MRG...game changer, for sure. Good thing, cuz as I close
>> in
>> on 50, I need all the help I can get!
>>
>> Our little 3 hour tour kept us focused due to the cold temps, and the wind
>> hit
>> us here and there, but we kept our heads down and focused on traversing
>> through beautiful hardwoods. It did feel like forever though, as we
>> traversed
>> and climbed all along the Burt, Underhill, and finally Steeple Trails. On
>> the final
>> steep struggle up the last pitch, I thought I finally was going to see
>> Julie cry,
>> but she is a tough VT girl, and didn't give me that satisfaction.
>>
>> The down run consists of a mixed pitch, double fall line in spots kinda
>> old style
>> run. The funky hard base with a inch or two of pow kept us on our toes,
>> but
>> the wind had blown in more snow in spots, and or course, it was completely
>> untracked, being hours from anywhere. All that work, and it was over too
>> soon, and we spit out onto the touring groomer and slid south to 108,
>> where
>> we  found ourselves at the Matterhorn, eating some sushi and washing it
>> all
>> down with some Switchbacks,
>> JJ
>>
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