Earlier this month, we decided to drive up the Mount Mansfield Toll Road in Stowe, Vermont. We walked the Long Trail from the Mansfield visitor’s center up to the summit of Vermont’s tallest peak! It’s certainly different seeing this mountain in the summer rather than in the winter. All those ski trails were covered in beautiful wildflowers and the icy winds were just a cooling summer breeze!
While I am still working on putting together the video for the last ski day in Colorado, my roommate Rob and I got in some beautiful skiing at Stowe this past weekend! I think this is the first season in recent memory where we have had so many sunny and beautiful winter ski days. Usually, 9 out of 10 ski days in Vermont seem to be overcast and dark, but this season it seems like every other trip has been beautiful blue skies. Just check out this earlier blog entry! I’m not complaining, and it certainly makes for some much nicer looking GoPro footage. Enjoy!
I woke up Friday morning to perhaps the best text message I could ask for. “School cancelled for Friday November 16, Please complete work from home!”
I sprung out of bed and immediately began getting my “work from home” tasks completed as fast as I could. I was going to get on the road to ski as fast as I could. It took me a couple hours, but by 11 I was free and ready to head to the mountain.
As soon as I got off the highway, I was reminded that perhaps school was cancelled for good reason, as the roads were all still covered in snow and I had to drive about 25mph down roads that are normally posted for 50 mph. Either way, I eventually got to the mountain, got my new Epic Pass from the counter and made the quick walk to the FourRunner Quad. Despite the foot of snow that fell overnight, I didn’t need to wait in any lift line. I hopped on the Quad chair and had the ride all to myself.
The chair sped me to the top of the mountain and before I knew it I was at the top. I took a quick selfie (Insert obligatory selfie below), and my 2018/2019 ski season had begun!
I was amazed on the first few runs at how great conditions were. Usually, before Thanksgiving, skiing consists of skidding down a single icy glacier of snow making snow with little, if any natural snow. This year however, has been an especially stormy November and the mountain certainly benefited from that. There was a variety of trails to ski and many of them opened up with just natural snow!
In total, I did 12 runs over the 4 hours I was there and enjoyed every single one of them. I’m very excited that my preseason workouts seemed to have paid off as well. Usually my legs only last for 3 or 4 runs this early in the season. It seems like this fall is setting up to be a great winter. Get outside and enjoy it!
Also, I wanted to mess around with video editing, so I made a quick Youtube video. Check it out. I might make more of these videos since I think they might fit my subject matter.
Two weeks ago, I went the lazy route of mountain climbing. It was the last weekend of “Summer/Fall” lift service at Stowe Mountain Resort and so my girlfriend and I went to check out the Vermont fall colors. When we got there, we were pleasantly surprised to see a different color at the tops of the mountains.
When I moved to Vermont 10 years ago, it was because I wanted a longer ski season than the 3 months of slushy conditions I was used to in southern New England. Whenever I see the hills go white early in the season, I know its almost time. In years past, I had hiked up Stowe to get a few “very early season” turns. But this year, I didn’t have the skis in the car yet. This year, I got to use my new Epic Pass in order to get a free lift ride to the top. The Stowe Gondola delivers riders up to an elevation just over 3000 feet above sea level, and we needed almost all of that elevation before we got to the snow zone, but it was a treat to watch the seasons transition from the base area, to the top of the lift. We snapped a few pictures, made a tiny snowman, and enjoyed this tiny preview of winter.
The valley looks pretty colorful! But looking further up the mountain?