While some people cheer an early spring, others pray for just a few more snowstorms to help preserve skiing and riding right into April. That would make for a majority of those of us who live and work in Mount Washington Valley (or at least the ones I hang out with). Eyes were glued to the weatherman as last week’s Nor’easter became more and more likely, and once again as another storm targets us for next week. Baseball and gardening can wait. March is for skiing.
With said weather report looking pretty solid, I preemptively scheduled a last minute vacation day for last Thursday so I could join the other snow worshippers for first turns on a powder day. Attitash was the destination and I was beat out for first chair by several dozen hearty types who braved the roads to arrive before the 8:30am start time.
Riding up the Bear Peak Express Quad, we scanned the untouched foot of snow underneath and picked our line. Avenger first, the steepest black diamond at Bear Peak, as the snow continued to fall heavily.
We barely made it off the lift before our inability to ski in deep powder became apparent. Both me and my husband did face plants in the snow on the first pitch. I temporarily lost my skis and a pole and struggled to get it all back together in the drifts that were above my knees.
A few runs later, I adjusted my stance and powered through the powder. Determined to take advantage of a full day off from work on a powder day, I lasted six hours before my quads gave up the ghost. Two days later, they are still singing. More squats and lunges are in order before the next storm!
Snow showers continued off and on over the weekend, sweetening up conditions all over again. That plus daylight savings time and a close-to-7pm sunset will make it possible for an after work jaunt on cross country skis a likelihood for Monday at MWV Ski Touring Center. Did I mention it’s great to live and work up here?