Monday, January 19, 2009

Bluebird Day

Today was one of those days that I truly believe I have the best job on the planet. For those of you reading this from your office cubicle, be forewarned - this will make you jealous.

We received 13.5 inches of snow in yesterday's storm - over a foot of the lightest, puffiest powder you could hope for, East Coast or West. Vail, eat your heart out.
Being the web marketing professional that I am, I knew I needed to go out for first runs on this blue sky morning to gather photography of the incredible conditions left in the wake of yesterday's storm. Tough job, I know, somebody's gotta do it. And I got a wicked good fresh baked chocolate chip cookie at the Meister Hut - hot out of the oven. What did I do to deserve this?
But the best was yet to come in the afternoon when I went for an out-of-bounds tour of some potential new trails with our GM, Ben Wilcox. He said I can't reveal where this new trail is located, so let's just say it is NOT off a trail that rhymes with "Find a Bar."

The potential trail is a skidder road used for logging last summer and offers some incredible views of Mount Washington with narrow windy passage ways, turns and drop offs. It will require quite a bit of grading (the uphill portions through knee deep powder were quite the work out!) but the potential is awesome. Can't promise it for next winter but we're definitely looking into it.

It was an adventure skiing through the deep powder in Cranmore's uncharted "back country." But it wasn't really back country, as someone else's ski tracks preceded us in places, and we met a woman skinning up at one point. I guess this isn't such a secret trail after all!

Warmer temps have returned to Happy Valley. That combined with the foot of snow, still clinging to tree branches, will make this week the best of the season so far for skiing and riding. See you out there!

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