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To put our current conditions in perspective,  BV and MRG are closed today.



On Wed, Feb 24, 2016 at 11:45 PM, Alex Friend <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Here in VT, listening to the rain hammer on the roof, I can't help but
> think how many listers are living vicariously through your reports. At
> least I am: it's school vacation week in most of Vermont, but for the first
> time I don't have any kids in school. You know there's not much to miss
> here, but it's hard to overstate that. On Sunday I went to Sugarbush, but
> there's only so many times one can lap Sleeper, the only trail that wasn't
> ridiculously firm. The highlight of the day was lunch at Mad Taco.
>
> Looking forward to more updates.
> --Alex
>
> On Feb 24, 2016, at 10:42 PM, roger Klinger <[log in to unmask]
> <[log in to unmask]>> wrote:
>
> For Sonya, this lousy season has
> a) been filled with very few days outside of her weekly lesson at Smuggs
> b) low on vertical(a function of most of her time spent in ski class)
> c) low on black diamond vertical( a function of limited options at Smuggs
> this year), though last week she did get her first
> Doc-Dempsey's-from-the-top and Smuggs-Alley-trees runs.
>
> This AM, we worked on fixing b and c.  (Mostly)Non-stop runs(her
> choice(she gets upset if we make her stop)) that included  black diamond
> trails Storm Peak Bowl, Drop Out,Cyclone, Lights Out, Middle Rib, Three
> O'Clock, and Rolex plus some easy trees and 3 blue groomers, and she was
> burnt toast after skiing ~15K verts at 1:00(a time that included included 2
> lodge stops for snacks and lunch(home prepped(No $15 resort burger for
> me))).
>
> ******************************************************************************************
> Sonya is opposite most of the kids in her level 6 class at Smuggs.  Most
> of them are braver than they are good, willing to ski down anything at full
> speed, limbs flailing every which way.  Sonya has always been more
> cautious, but has taken to heart the ideas of hands and body down the fall
> line.  This really became clear as we chased her down the steep pitches of
> Drop Out on the first run, after which Amy said to me "She's going to be
> better than me in two years."
>
> "And better than me in two more," I answered.
>
> *****************************************************************************************
> For me, the highlight of the morning was watching her ski Rolex, some 900
> verts of 35+ degrees
>
> *******************************************************************************************
> She and Amy headed for the hot tub, and I headed out in search of good
> snow.
>
> Despite the great season, they have had, conditions aren't as great as we
> hoped. Everything is open and well covered, but a frzra event ten days ago,
> followed by some freeze/thaw has left much of the ungroomed in rough loose
> granular conditions.
>
> **********************************************************************************
> A quick revisit to our first run from yesterday showed that I should wait
> another day before I bring Sonya back  to it again. But I've been in the
> mountains long enough to know that there are always sheltered slopes, and
> to know how to find them. Think tighter, think shadier.  And I found just
> that. Twice. I know where Sonya's next step up will be tomorrow.
>
> *************************************************************************************
> White Out is ~700' verts of steep, big, big moguls.  Smuggs skiers don't
> get to ski lots of big moguls. Especially not for any distance.  And
> definitely not this year.  And never at 9000' elevation.
>
>  I was winded.
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