Sunday, March 8, 2009

Sweet Corn Snow at Cranmore

There's a reason why Cranmore has a reputation as being a great early spring mountain and I have the sunburn to prove it. I did not heed my own good sunscreen advice before going out to watch yesterday's fabulous Meister Cup Race at Cranmore. Sunglasses anyone?
We are still 100% open and conditions have turned to corn, or in the vernacular, that would be "mashed potatoes" or as others call it, hero snow. We've let Ledges bump up and they are a joy to fly through, as forgiving as they are.
We still have excellent coverage although on some areas with underlying ledge, direct sunlight or heavy traffic might have some dirt or rock surfaces poking through. You'll also want to wax your skis as sometimes the wetter surfaces can slow you down. But in looking at this week's forecast, there's an off-and-on weather of various types then colder temps returning. What's good for maple syrup is good for skiing - cold temps at night and warm temps during the day. Are pancakes in order?
One of the pleasures of my job is working with many excellent photographers. We've recently completed working on several different shoots as well as our daily efforts for our CAM shots and of course, our blog.



This photo is from the shoot we did with Rob Bossi who works with many major ski areas throughout the country. I've been managing photo shoots for many years but I learned a boatload that day working with him, and the results are spectacular.

We also welcomed back John Webster to photograph our terrain parks after the terrific work he did for us last year. His photo shoot added new meaning to the term "Darkside" as he and Jess Richitelli and crew shot at dusk and after sunset. Thanks John!





Last but not least, North Conway denizen and "snow-ga" practician Bill Lee has faithfully provided photos for this blog, in addition to a fun shoot we did last fall for the Ghoullog. He has a gift for capturing that special sense of place that makes Cranmore North Conway's gem in the heart of the Presidentials. I just love this rock on the North Conway trail, don't you?

There's still plenty of skiing left in March. And as you may know, March is the snowiest month up here. Don't let this tease of spring weather fool you. I'm not putting away my shovel just yet.
We're hosting the Buddy Warner races next week which will bring hundreds of racers and their families to our sunny slopes. Be sure to join them here at Cranmore!

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