Time for skinning up Pico. PK skinned up to the top of Birch Glade Thursday morning before work and got 3″ of fresh snow on top of a perfect base. Saw 4 turkeys, heard songbirds and saw bear tracks. Had a beautiful run down. Now’s the time to hike and ski Pico. It’s a short window before they open up the work roads. One of his favorite short runs is the top of B Slope, the view is awesome with beautiful sunsets to the West and you can do it in 1/2 an hour.
We had a beautiful tour in Mendon on Sunday, before work. The snow depth was huge, it was so light and powdery, we climbed 750 ft, on a super cold bluebird day. The forest was so quiet, we could hear the trees squeak. We skinned uphill for a little over an hour, and the ridge was windy and cold on the top. The ski down was a super fun luge run, it was so deep , but you could slip in and out of the skinning track and get some amazing deep powder turns.
Getting away from the area and deep into the forest is one of my favorite things. I’m always reminded of a great “TedTalk” I heard once of how “trees talk to each other”! A ten year long study of how interacted their roots and branches are, and the soil they share, and the climate, and how they will actually share water and nutrients with a weaker tree, especially of the same species. It was enlightening and fascinating!
The views from the top are always so beautiful, the ‘reward’ for the skin up! These are of the west ridge behind Pico looking at Blue Ridge and East Mountain..
Ready for the run down, the fun part!
Wow ! What a great couple of weeks of Nor’Easters! Three in a row, to bring us the best March skiing we can remember! We have been skiing the woods, and cruzing on the groomers, it just dosn’t get any better than this. Hope everybody has been getting out there to enjoy it.
We have even had some bluebird days, although cold and windy for spring. Yesterday we did 18 runs on Killington! That’s a big Wednesday! It was totally quiet, everything was perfectly groomed, and we had a motley crew of 18 in the parking lot til 4:30. That’s a rite of spring. Yea! Us! Conditions should continue to be awesome through the weekend on slope, and off piste, the northern slopes are holding up well, soft and powdery still, while the southern exposures are consolidating quickly and will be closed by next week. Killington will be open 100% into April this year, and Superstar into May.
PK’s been skiing everyday he can at Pico! 5+ days a week, sometimes only for a run or two before work. Plus his full days at Killington on Wednesdays. He can’t get enough!
He’s been testing, testing different skis each time, most days on ‘Tele’, but then he’ll throw in a day or two on ‘ A T ‘ or ‘NTN’, just for kicks, and to keep himself ‘up to date’ on what’s out there, and educate himself on what he’s selling.
Traditional Square Toe….He always falls back to ‘square toe Tele’ as his favorite, though. Old school Tele… he likes the light touch. Of the 50 Tele skiers we know , and see come through the shop, 90% of them are still skiing square toe, and will continue to as long as its available.
NTN …(New Telemark Norm) he’s liking more and more, he can appreciate the ability to go hard and fast and ski ‘more alpine like’ but feels like you loose 1st and 2nd gear, and learning to feel the ball of your foot. The NTN binding pulls from the ball of your foot, rather than the heel like in traditional square toe. It is where the R&D of the industry is concentrating, so it can be a great choice for young, up and coming, charging new Tele skiers, who want to go fast, and keep up with their alpine friends.
Alpine Touring…. is really growing, with lots of new comers in the Alpine world jumping in next season. It has a huge place in the skiing world as well, because of it’s versatility, lightweight uphill possibilities, and stability for alpine runs.. It is by far the best tool for big mountain skiing out West, and in Europe, and for any alpine skier new to ‘uphill travel’ who doesn’t want to learn to Tele. The uphill is lighter and more efficient, with AT, its convenient, and has a releasable binding adding an element of safety. Any guide on any big mountain trip, be it heli and cat skiing in the Cascades and Alaska or Chamonix, they will want you on “AT”. We have lots of local Docs skinning up Pico at sunrise, and taking trips to Norway, they don’t want to Tele, they want AT, they’re alpine skiers who want to go uphill. Same with our Stratton customers, who travel out West several times a year, they are loving their ‘AT ‘ set ups they got from Peter.
We still have a decent choice of skis and boots available at our lowest ‘end of the season’ discount prices…as LOW as he’ll go! Come see PK for an education on what skiing style is best for you! And what kind of deal on equipment updates… he might have for you, to replace skis, boots, or both! His March Madness SALE on equipment is going on now through the end of the month.
Last weeks snowstorm was a big surprise bonus for us, both on the hill and down here in the valley. I love to get out in the woods touring almost as much, or more, than I do lift service skiing. Below are a couple of cool ‘wildlife tracks’ shots that I took last week … Beaver tracks, crossing from one section of the river to another. I always admire their determination, engineering, and survival techniques more than any other animal. They are cool.
We have had a huge year at the store selling Nordic. We have stuck with our determination to sell a wider, full edged, cross country ski finding that it is by far the best tool for all around stability and control for “out the backdoor skiing” fields, logging roads, and snowmobile trails like most of our customers prefer to do. We are ‘sold out’ for the 2nd time! It’s great exercise, such a delight out in nature, (cool beaver tracks!) and to us, there’s nothing like getting to spend hours outdoors in the winter. Hope you have all taken advantage of the ‘fleeting’ moments and opportunities to get out on the ‘skinny skis’ too! So fun! And so good for you! One more snowstorm coming up to get out in the backwoods and meadows, before the spring melts it all away for another year. Killington will be open for another couple months, but cross country is as ‘elusive’ as ever, and you have to ‘jump on the chance’ to ski out in your favorite backdoor spots before it disappears! Get out there and enjoy!