Sunday, January 15, 2012

Giving Credit - New Snow

   A few weeks ago I wrote a skiers lament.   A poem deploring the ugly ski conditions previous to Christmas.   To balance the lament I need to give credit for the improvement in conditions over the last couple of days.   A wonderful snowfall early Friday morning and throughout the day Friday produced a marvelous transformation of conditions.   And the additional snowfall overnight on Friday into Saturday was a bonus.   After skiing on crud for Thursday, Friday was a transformational  day with about 8 inches of new snow on the machine groomed base.   Although it was cloudy and snowy on Friday, it was a real pleasure to bomb silently through the snow up around the shins of my boots.   Saturday was even more pleasurable with an additional three inches of new snow, sunshine and smooth groomed base.   The scenery was fantastic as well with snow clothing the trees with wonderful winter beauty highlighted by occasional sunshine.   For the first time this season,  I exploited the capability of my new powder skies in a non groomed crossover trail where the snow was at least a foot deep.   The spate of low temperatures enables additional snow making.  Let's hope that the combination of mother nature and man made snow will give us a lasting base well into the end of March in spite of the slow start.
    With the improvement in conditions, the geezer group is beginning to enlarge.   For some this January storm is the trigger to get them on the slopes.   It is good to renew friendships with geezer past.   I hope we will have a record attendance of geezers at our Second Annual Geezer Skiers Luncheon in March.   Be there Geezers!

Snow and Skiers at the Base

Castor Trail - Snow Decorated Trees

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