Get it while you can was the watch word on the slopes on Sat. Jan. 9, 2016, as I was joined by a few thousand of my closest friends at Bretton Woods. The “R” word was in the forecast for Sunday, but Saturday it was nothing but the groomed white stuff as far as the eye could see, including on the cloud-dodging Mount Washington across the notch. With over 100 acres of skiing available, Bretton Woods had an impressive snow surface laid down considering the complete lack of cooperation by Mother Nature so far this winter. It was easily the best conditions of the year to date.
Bode’s Run was open this week to great applause – the Rosebrook Summit Express Quad is now turning for the season. The Rosebrook is a favorite for those of us who like to slam out a multitude of short, fast runs on BW’s steeper terrain. We can pray to the ski gods that soon enough the trail network on skiers left of that lift pod will open soon, as it features arguably some of the best glades in the East. I spent many a weekend on their Telegraph T-Bar and cozy warming cabin in between tree runs last year and I am counting on hitting them again later this month.
The Eastern Inter-Club Ski League (http://www.eicsl.org/) was enjoying a group outing and ski race on Saturday. They are an organization of ski clubs of New Hampshire and Massachusetts, most with ski lodges in the Mount Washington Valley area. The clubs offer year-round sporting and social activities individually and through the league in addition to skiing and winter outings. They all seemed to be enjoying the conditions and each other’s company both in the lodge and on the slopes.
While the weekend did not end as any of us would have liked, rest assured that colder temps are in the forecast later this week and Bretton Woods’ snowmakers will be at it again. Don’t think that one rain event undoes the good work they’ve already laid down. Savvy snowmakers often blow snow on closed trails and leave it ungroomed until after bad weather passes. This gives water time to drain, and allows for fresh grooming of those snow whales you often see on unopened terrain. Keep your fingers crossed that you’ll see those trails opened in time for next weekend. Until then, stay dry and keep up with the snow dancing.