Quote of the day: From the liftie at the bottom
of the Worth Mountain chair, when the person in front of me had to
wait one chair before getting on the lift: "A lift line?? On a
Wednesday?? Who told everyone about this place??"
Indeed, the word seems to be getting out. Today maybe about 60-70
people all decided to forego MRG and Sugarbush, and celebrate a
powder day at the little hill.
What a difference a day makes. Far from yesterday's dense, heavy,
wind-blown stuff, this was the real thing. The powder-hungry mob
of 25 was in line and ready for the go signal at 9:00. A few
minutes later we all dispersed at the top of the mountain, and
from then on the powder flew. I first ventured over to skier's
left, to try out the steep woods near Ross that I missed
yesterday. Sadly, yesterday's fierce wind had done its foul work
on that side, to the point that I was actually scraping moss and
logs in places. The back side of the mountain was unfortunately
closed, so for next run I shifted over towards skier's right,
behind the ridge that I hoped had blocked the worst of the wind,
and was treated to an untracked feast in the woods that kept me
coming back lap after lap after lap. Every time I thought it was
completely tracked out, I found more untouched lines.
After losing count of how many laps I did over on that side, just
for variety I moved back to over Proctor later in the afternoon.
This was on the wind-scoured side of the mountain, but to my happy
surprise I discovered there were still spots the wind missed, and
I found more untracked deep fluff in the jughandles and adjacent
My legs gave out before the snow did, and I finished up in the
afternoon with my only trail run of the day, a brisk run down
Ross, finishing with 4 big, fast, GS turns through still more
untracked foot-deep powder at the little-used left fork at the
bottom of the trail.
I'm really liking the new woods-friendly Snow Bowl this season.
It'll never have the snow or vertical of the big mountains, which
is fine, because that's what I count on to keep the crowds away.
But what it has, it does well, and today it did it as well as
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