Dream-state ride down the interstate and 4:30 AM. Arrived at Gondola around 5:20. Arrive summit I dunno when 'cause it was dark out. Bumbled into shape resembling Reggie and Rod (mt. ops) and PattiMac. Scarfed free coffee and free donuts and free carnation. Woke up in time for groovy sunrise service sans sun: weather was 22 degrees, fog and snow. Yes, snow. Not really pounding, but maybe and inch or two of fresh that had been groomed into existing suurface. Managed four fast cruisers down a variety of things before Brunch at the CLiff house. Surfaces were marvelous for the upper half, but still pretty rock hard for the second half. Soft snow for the last 100 feet before the gondola. Place was pretty packed for the one hour of free skiing, kinda empty we when pulled out at 10:00 AM. Still, four runs before breakfast and one after? How can you go wrong. Last run down, it *was* pounding snow. There is no spring in the North Country.