does it take you from your house to get to the 5-6' of snow?
more of a "snow-like substance" than actual "snow". Most of it was
sprayed onto the slope then bulldozed into a terrain feature before it
became the rained-on sunbaked refrozen rethawed sludge it is today.
time from my house to the "governor's parking space" at the Balance
Rock fire road gate is about 25 minutes, but doing a WaWa
drive-by skiing tour adds only about 10-15 minutes to the total
commute time. Hike time to the last remaining patch from the gate is a bit
under 5 minutes (without jogging) so with stepping out of the winter-mocs into
the clunky alpine boots call it 30-35minutes before actual gliding down
hill on skis was in progress. I was in and out in about 20 minutes.
(It beats goin' to the gym, eh? ) I won't even get into the "vertical
hiked to vertical skied ratio" data- lest I become depressed.
Let's just say it was a "large number". :-)
recently as five weeks ago it was possible to ski to & from the
car at the Balance Rock Road gate after skiing the resort
top to bottom on (sagging but all-natural) real snow cover, a hike time of about
3 seconds from the driver's door to the back hatch, and a 1:1 hike/ski
ratio. Ahh, the good old days of April, way back when...