We got out on the hill at 8:30.  There was little to no line on the quad.  It was snowing lightly and there were a couple of inches of fresh snow.  Plus they had groomed most of the mountain.  None of that could change what was hidden underneath.  As I rode up the chair I could see some people sliding long distances after falling.   The wind was also strong in the morning and it exposed the ice underneath.  My wife looked down at Lift Line and said "no way I am skiing that today".

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I didn't expect the fresh snow because we had none at my house, so I brought a pair of 195 cm GS skis with a 27m turn radius.  I was looking for speed.  I started out on Nosedive,  when I tried to let my skis run, the wind blowing up the hill kept my speed in check.   

When I skied Liftline I could feel small chunks of ice hitting the inside of my lower legs.  After several runs at the quad I tried to venture over to the Gondi, but the line was too long for my taste.  So I did one more on LiftLine  and packed up.  

On the way home we decided to give the ski touring center a try.

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In all my years at Stowe I never stopped on my way home to do some cross country.  It was surprisingly fun/relaxing.   I stuck to easy stuff, but it was just my speed.  I am curious to see if this becomes a regular thing.

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