Three days of storminess on Mansfield leads to some of the first legitimate powder turns for the season. It started on Thursday night when a warmish 3″ fell over night leading to some nice creamy turns early on Friday morning. Poking around the nooks and crannies along the sides, I was able to link together numerous untracked lines, especially on the newly opened Perry Merrill trail off the Gondola. Throughout the day, as the temperatures dropped and the wind picked up, the snow dried up and we ended up picking up a few more inches of the Champlain Champagne.
Saturday morning started off very cold, which helped firm up newly fallen snow. Then Santa arrived on Saturday night, delivering the best present skiers can ask for, a Christmas Day dump!! The snow started in the early morning hours, but it really started hammering around lunch time and continued throughout the day and right on through until mid morning today. Sometimes good things come to those who wait, which was definitely the case on Sunday. Skiing playful lines through 6 – 8″ of blower amongst the spines and drops formed by the mountains of man made, I was reminded me that winter is indeed upon us and the best is yet to come.
Waiting was definitely not an option this morning. With the holiday week crowds descending on the resort, catching the 7:30 chair this morning was a must and the mountain did not disappoint. 4″+ of untracked over perfect corduroy top to bottom was the reward. In places left untouched by the machines, it was much deeper. After a couple of laps on the main routes, I followed the leads of others and explored a few of the trails that haven’t been hit by the snow guns as of yet. Floating through calf deep, untracked lines on the lower angle trails was great, however not for those who got new skis for Christmas as numerous rocks and water bars are still lurking just below the fluff.
It appears that a good sized storm is headed in our direction for tonight and tomorrow. As is usually the case here in the East, the forecast seems to change every couple of hours, but it appears that Stowe will be right on the cusp of the warm and cold air. As long as the warm precip is short lived, this could be a good thing as very cold air is poised to rush in behind tomorrow morning. A scenario like this would help lock in the base setting up the potential for exploration into the steeper lines across the front.