Friday, February 6, 2009

Wide Open

Photo taken February 6, 2009

With the all-important February vacation week coming up in just a week, you might want to know what the straight scoop is for snow conditions at Cranmore and I'm glad to oblige.

I skied for a few hours here both yesterday and today and hit a variety of trails to taste test the product. I'm happy to report I wasn't disappointed. I can't remember another year where we had so many perfect blue sky days and such beautiful packed powder conditions. No freeze thaw cycle here. In fact, no January thaw at all, and looking halfway into February, nothing ominous looks to be coming at us anytime soon.

Here's a Kats-eye view of conditions at Cranny:

East Bowl to Gibson Pitch - Packed powder, great little lip at the bottom of Gibson Pitch down to lower East -- woopie-dee-doo!

Arlberg to Jughandle to Bandit - Arlberg remains a cruiser's paradise as usual. Jughandle's powder has packed down to nice moguls. Look out for some ice and dirt on the backs of some of the bumps but you can easily fly through Juggie. Bandit's cool little banked turns are always a hoot.

Red Pine to Ledges to Darkside - You need to pick your way through Red Pine Glade but everyone knows a little challenge is fun. Ledges is in as good a shape as I've ever seen it. The Darkside - what can I say; the terrain park crew has been out there for weeks grooming and perfecting the best park in the Valley.

Skimeister to Bandit - Another of my favorite classic New England style trails on the north side of the mountain. Skimeister is a dream; cut over on Bandit to avoid the traverse by the condos at the base back to the Quad.

East to Artist Falls to Oompah to South - This is fast becoming my favorite last run of the day because it's a cruiser that dumps right down to my office in the base lodge. Lovely views of the Moats and the Saco River Valley.

I hope you join us this week for what continues to be a stellar season with pristine conditions. We're wide open. Come and get it. :)


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