Actually, is was a very beautiful, Vermont winter’s day. Unfortunately, you had to be a polar bear to truly appreciate it! The sun was shining brightly but it was near zero degrees Farenheit and the wind was blowing about 15 mph. That means the wind chill was down near -20 degrees Farhenheit (-28 Celcius). Whew. I had lots of layers on but I still got a slight case of frostbite on my right cheek skiing from Sterling to The Village at Morse. Undeterred I went into 3 Mountain Outfitter who were amazingly well stocked with full face Turtleclavas. It’s a good thing too. They were very busy!
One of things I most enjoy about teaching skiing is taking students to the big mountains for the 1st time. At Smuggs we have a great beginner training area at Morse Mountain. The trails are perfect for the new skier to progress from very beginner lessons on Sir Henry’s right up to Level 4 skiers who are getting confident with their parallel turns and skiing down Garden Path & Sam’s Run which are wide and gentle yet still have a couple of blue pitches that provide a bit of a test. These are great places to build the skills needed to progress to steeper slopes and the fun that awaits advanced skiers.
Wow, what a great recovery from Monday’s bad weather. Smuggs got 6 – 8 inches of new snow and skiing on Sterling was magnificent! I wouldn’t have believed it could be better than Sunday but it most assuredly was.
I’ve traveled all over the world and everywhere I’ve been people say ‘If you don’t like the weather here, wait a minute’. Well, it’s really true here in Vermont!
Big rain coming tonight and tomorrow. But, today was beautiful: Sunny, high 30s, light breeze, small crowds. No teaching today, just free skiing with my big brother on trails where few others go. What fun! I bit scratchy and a few patches of boiler plate but a quick resharpen and it was pretty good. We had to ski around a few rock outcroppings and some small skating vertical skating rinks but boy did we have fun.
The sun shined brightly today on Vermont, Smuggs, and me in particular. After several days of cloud cover and fog, clear skies and bright sunlight warmed both face and my spirits. The air was cold but the air was still and the sunshine felt so very nice on my face and on my black ski pants.
The sun came out late today. What a morale booster. Great clinic today with Tom Glynn including a bonus run down the bumps. Looking forward to sunshine all day tomorrow & skiing with my brother!
We skied in the clouds today. Really, it was pretty thick too. Skiing without visuals made me want to get defensive. I know how new skiers feel. Snow was nice but skiing by feel can be daunting. Sunny tomorrow!!
A good base + a few inches of fresh snow + nice temps + willing students = a great day.
What a great day for skiing at Smuggs, www.smuggs.com , today!